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Reimagining Nursing Initiative

Dramatic and disruptive shifts are happening in health care and nurses need to not just respond, but to lead.  But to do this, nurses must be better prepared to work in the evolving health care environment and allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training.  This will require fundamental changes in the education, regulation, and practice of nursing. The Reimagining Nursing (RN) Initiative will invest in these changes. 

The RN Initiative will focus on three bold moves which have the most opportunity to realize this vision and create an environment where nurses of the future can thrive:

  • Practice-Ready Graduates: Innovate competency testing that bridges between theory and practice to ensure nurses can immediately contribute to and succeed in a continuously transforming healthcare system, resulting in improved patient outcomes and reduced staff turnover.
  • Digitally Enabled Nursing Practice: Improve productivity and clinical outcomes by having technology companies directly engage nurses in the design and implementation of technology-based tools, resulting in reduced inefficiencies and improved patient outcomes.
  • Direct-Reimbursement Nursing Models: Expand access to health care and address health inequities by using direct reimbursement for nursing care and coordination to fund new avenues and venues—from communities to virtual spaces – for nurses to practice and deliver care.

From 2021 through 2024, the RN Initiative will grant $15 million to up to 11 innovative pilot programs that test these bold moves.  Those that succeed will then be brought to scale, disrupting – for the better – long-standing practices that leave nurses under-developed, under-utilized, and under-appreciated.

We expect to release a Request for Proposals in Summer 2021 and make grant decisions in early 2022. If you would like to receive the RFP when it is available, please email us at



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