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2019 ANA Innovation Awards Winners Announced

Shannon McClendon, 301-628-5391

Joan Hurwitz, 301-628-5020

SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation) today announced the winners of the 2019 ANA Innovation Awards powered by BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) at the ANA Quality and Innovation Conference in Orlando, FL.

The ANA Innovation Awards highlight, recognize and celebrate exemplary nurse-led innovation that improves patient safety and outcomes. The individual nurse and nurse-led team award recipients will receive monetary prizes of $25,000 and $50,000, respectively. These funds will provide support in translational research, development, prototyping, production, testing and the implementation of their products over the next year.

Winner of the Individual Nurse Award

Kathleen Puri, MSN, RN: A bedside nurse and nursing educator with more than 30 years of experience, Puri knows first-hand that clean hands are the best way to prevent deadly hospital acquired infections. Her creation, Fitsi, is a bedside caddy that allows patients in various health care settings to easily clean their own hands and access and store their personal items, such as cell phones and glasses, without the assistance of a caregiver. Fitsi can help reduce the risk of infection and patient falls, while improving the patient experience and saving providers time. 

Winner of the Nurse-led Team Award

Michael Wang, MBA, MSN, RN, and Paul Coyne, DNP, MBA, MSF, RN, AGPCNP-BC: Wang and Dr. Coyne designed iN to address the preventable patient injuries and medical errors that they witnessed first-hand as bedside nurses. iN is a wall mounted device placed directly behind the patient’s bed that uses computer vision to detect potential risks to patients while simultaneously aggregating data from Electronic Health Records and other medical devices. Through predictive algorithms, iN can help staff mitigate the risk of medical errors, assess patient workloads and enhance staffing. 

“Kathleen, Michael and Dr. Coyne represent the type of limitless excellence that can be achieved when nurses are encouraged and equipped to develop innovative solutions,” said Dr. Bonnie Clipper, DNP, RN, MA, MBA, CENP, FACHE, vice president of Innovation at ANA. “Nurses represent the frontlines of care and impact change through innovation everyday by working through roadblocks and addressing system failures to care for patients. ANA and the Foundation thank our generous partner BD for their support and for recognizing the power of cultivating nurse-led innovation to transform health care.”

Following a three-part innovation framework, ANA is committed to igniting, cultivating, inspiring and celebrating nurses of all levels as they put new ideas into practice or create new ways to use existing ideas. BD has more than a century of experience developing products and processes that transform the health care profession, including safer, smarter and simpler technologies to address challenges that nurses face.

“BD congratulates the winners of the inaugural ANA Innovation Awards, who are being recognized for their influential and inspiring work to address health care challenges,” said Kelly Larrabee Robke, RN, MBA, MS, Vice President of Nursing Engagement for Medication Management Solutions for BD. “We celebrate the critical role that nurses play in the patient care process, as well as their influence in developing innovative solutions to improve and transform nursing practice and patient safety.”

The winners will have one year to further develop their innovation and will share outcomes and findings in 2020. The ANA Innovation Awards will be supported by BD’s generous contribution over the next three years


American Nurses Association - The American Nurses Association (ANA), representing the nation’s 4 million registered nurses, embarked on a journey of innovation as part of the association’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan to cultivate and celebrate nurse-led innovation. ANA is pleased with the milestones accomplished to-date which include hosting the largest-ever nurse hackathon, launching an Innovation Advisory Board and announcing the ANA Innovation Awards. Powered by BD, the ANA Innovation Awards encourage nurse-led innovation that improves patient outcomes and/or patient safety by awarding $25,000 to an individual nurse and $50,000 to a nurse-led team. ANA also supported the Disruptive Solutions for Home Health Pitch Competition, hosted by Northeastern University in partnership with AARP Innovation Labs. Each year, the ANA Quality & Innovation Conference provides a hands-on experience with the top innovations in nursing to learn about the next big tech advancement in health care and help redefine what quality nursing looks like.

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) - BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company supports the heroes on the frontlines of healthcare by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for healthcare providers. BD and its 65,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of clinicians’ care delivery process, enable laboratory scientists to accurately detect disease and advance researchers’ capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics. BD has a presence in virtually every country and partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. By working in close collaboration with customers, BD can help enhance outcomes, lower costs, increase efficiencies, improve safety and expand access to healthcare. In 2017, BD welcomed C. R. Bard and its products into the BD family. For more information on BD, please visit

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