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The Reimagining Nursing Initiative


Our health care system is in need of a redesign and nurses are leading that transformation.

Ten bold projects, led by nurses and funded by a $14 million grant, are set to transform nursing as we know it. Dramatic improvements to access, care, and outcomes are the goal in bringing these projects to scale. We are enabling nurses to design a future where they are valued and compensated for the expertise and care they provide. A future where nurses are listened to and empowered to lead.

These pilot projects are already demonstrating the potential for industry-wide adoption with evidence of impact.

But that’s not the end of the story! The Foundation is gearing up for another round of funding in 2024 for new projects that Reimagine Nursing and disrupt (for the better!) the world of health care. Sign up here to be informed of the latest opportunities! And Be Counted IN!

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Kate Judge
Kate Judge Executive Director, American Nurses Foundation
Nurses can lead the changes our health care system needs. The Reimagining Nursing Initiative is investing dollars in nurses’ knowledge, expertise, and creativity to create radical breakthroughs that maximize health and patient outcomes while also minimizing the strain put on nurses.

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 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 Initiative in the News

Opinion: Invest in Nurses to transform CT health systems -- Nurses fully experience what works well in a health setting and what does not. Listening to and empowering nurses to lead are crucial steps in health care transformation.

Reimagining Nursing Initiative Seeks to Scale Up 10 Pilots -- Kate Judge, American Nurses Foundation’s executive director, says the focus now is on translating nursing innovations to more new settings.

Opinion: Nurses have solutions to the staffing crisis -- The nursing shortage is having a devastating impact on the nation’s fragile healthcare system.

Our Funders

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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