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2020 ANA Innovation Awards Winners Announced

SILVER SPRING, MD – Today, the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation) announced the winners of the 2020 ANA Innovation Awards powered by BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company.

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:

Jan Tedder, BSN, FNP, IBCLC

A nurse for over 30 years, Jan Tedder developed HUG Your Baby - an evidence-based program that helps new mothers and families better understand their baby’s excessive crying, frequent awakenings, increased stranger anxiety, and a perceived inability to latch for breastfeeding. HUG Your Baby uses family-friendly and multicultural language, inspiring videos, and engaging content to help parents, and the nurses who serve them, better understand commonly misinterpreted behaviors, which can reduce poor parent-child attachment and empowers new moms to continue breastfeeding if they chose to do so. HUG Your Baby has become well-known in the nursing, birth and lactation community. In 2019, HUG Your Baby online courses were completed by 800 birth, lactation and parenting professionals. A number of peer-reviewed articles have credited HUG Your Baby for teaching decreased maternal stress and increasing both nurses’ and parents’ confidence. 

Winner of the Nurse-led Team Award:

Joey Ferry, RN and Taofiki Gafar-Schaner, BSN, RN

Joey and Taofiki developed SafeSeizure™ to standardize bed rail pads and help nurses put in place better “seizure precaution” protocols to keep patients safe. SafeSeizure™ are convenient inflatable, water resistant and universal seizure pads that help improve patient safety and compliance standards, decrease hospital-acquired infections and work-related injuries, and reduce unnecessary linen costs and use. Existing bed rail pads are often too large, difficult to store, and expensive. This leads to variations in practice from hospital to hospital and using poor practices such as padding bed rails with linen. In a survey of two hospital nursing units, 94% of nurses said SafeSeizure™ pads work as expected and feel that this product is safer than the pads they currently use. In the same survey, these facilities reported a 31% decrease in linen costs per patient. Currently, four ANCC Magnet Designated facilities are trialing SafeSeizure™ pads.

“Congratulations to this year’s winners. Jan, Joey, and Taofiki are shining examples of nurses who are breaking barriers across the health care continuum and defying stereotypes about the nursing profession,” said ANA Vice President of Nursing Innovation Oriana Beaudet, DNP RN PHN. “Every day, across disciplines and industries, nurses are not only providing quality care, but also reinventing and reimagining health care delivery to meet the growing demand of patient needs. It’s an exciting time for the nursing profession."

“On behalf of ANA and the American Nurses Foundation, thank you to our partner BD for supporting nurse-led innovation and acknowledging nurses’ role in transforming health care,” said Dr. Beaudet.

ANA is committed to creating a culture of innovation in nursing and building a collaborative network within ANA and beyond, to develop a strategic national framework for nurse-led innovation. 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 is proud to continue our support of nurse-led innovation, and congratulate the 2020 winners of the ANA Innovation Awards,” said Kelly Larrabee-Robke, RN, MBA, MS, Vice President of Clinical Thought Leadership at BD. “Support for innovation continues to be essential to nursing practice excellence. The time that nurses spend with patients and families during care delivery allows for unique and valuable insights that, when activated, can help address care delivery needs and expedite healthcare transformation.”

The winners will have one year to further develop their innovation and will share outcomes and findings in 2021. The ANA Innovation Awards is supported by BD’s generous contribution for the next two 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.

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