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The Reimagining Nursing Initiative

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Health care in the United States must become more person-centric, forward-looking, and technology-enabled.

Nurses are uniquely positioned to lead the transformation of our health system.

American Nurses Foundation Reimagining Nursing Initiative (RN Initiative) is equipping nurses with skills and resources to meet the health care needs of the future. We are funding bold ideas developed and led by nurses to transform nursing for improved access, care, and outcomes for all.

The RN Initiative has granted $14 million to 10 exciting pilot programs in 29 states. These pilots are sparking new ideas and testing solutions. By nurturing these bold ideas and enabling those that work to scale, we are designing a future where nurses everywhere can drive change and effectively use their skills. We envision a future where nurses are valued and compensated for the care they provide.

The RN Initiative will help nurses realize their full potential—giving them the tools, knowledge, and power to improve health care for generations to come.

Kate Judge Executive Director, American Nurses Foundation
Nurses know the challenges they face; it’s time to equip them to reimagine a health care system that is better for all of us.


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Featured Project


Reimagining Nursing Focus Areas

The RN Initiative is focused on three priority areas for innovation that present unique opportunities for large-scale, replicable change. Focusing on these areas can enable nurses with cutting-edge knowledge, tools, environments, and systems to deliver equitable and exemplary care to their patients:

Explore the Reimagining Nursing Pilot Projects


Big 10 Practice-Ready Nursing Initiative

Immersive virtual reality simulation in tandem with debriefing and clinical preceptorship prepares students to care for multiple, complex patients


Compassionate Care On-Demand

Compassionate, on-demand nurses are hired by patients to help them transition home from the hospital, empowering them to manage their health at home


Competency-Based Education for Practice-Ready Nurses

This project accelerates the movement to a new model of nursing education by supporting innovative approaches to competency development and skills assessment for nurses


CONCERN Implementation Toolkit

Consolidating nurse knowledge, perception, and expertise to create predictive tools that provide early warnings about deteriorating patient health


Disrupting Nursing Education with XR, AI and ML

Using cutting-edge XR, AI/machine learning technology to disrupt nurse education and better prepare graduates for high-stakes, real-world situations


Driving Nursing Outcomes through Robotics

ChristianaCare is piloting collaborative robots (cobots) as an innovative, strategic approach to assist inpatient nurses and staff in their daily work


Integrated Memory Care in Community

People living with dementia will be able to receive quality, specialized nurse-led care where they live


Making Nursing Visible for Healthy Communities

Developing a structure to capture and reimburse nursing services that facilitate health and wellness in community


Practice-Ready. Specialty-Focused.™ Nurse Education

Generalist-educated BSN nurses receive opportunity for specialty-focused education and clinical experience, better preparing them for specialty practice


Reducing Barriers to NP Value-Based Care

Reducing barriers to ensure nurse practitioner-owned practices can participate and thrive as US health care shifts to value-based payment structures

Reimagining Nursing Next Steps

The Reimagining Nursing Initiative is not currently accepting new applications, however, the program is constantly evolving! Sign up for our mailing list above to receive the most up-to-date information on the status of the Initiative.

Our next anticipated step will be to bring the most successful pilots to scale with the eventual goal of industry-wide adoption. Scaling efforts will begin no later than 2025.

The Reimagining Nursing Initiative is made possible through the generous support of our funders.

Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit Fund at East Bay Community Foundation

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