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American Nurses Foundation and CALNOC Establish $2.5 Million Research Fund

Zachary Levine

Shannon McClendon

SILVER SPRING, MD—Today, the American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation) and the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC), the nation’s first database of nurse sensitive measures and a pioneer in health services research, are pleased to announce the establishment of the CALNOC Research Fund (The Fund). The $2.5 million gift from CALNOC to the newly created Fund will support and foster health services research in the ambulatory setting with a focus on the nursing profession’s contribution to improving health care delivery. This gift is the largest endowment in the Foundation's history.

The substantial endowment to establish this Fund is a testament to and a celebration of the past efforts of CALNOC researchers and nurse scientists, as well as the contributions of nurses, nursing leaders and executives who have championed quality and safety measurement to improve patient care. 

“This Endowment ensures the legacy of CALNOC will continue and flourish through the American Nurses Foundation,” said Mary Foley, RN, PhD, FAAN, Chairperson of CALNOC. “We are grateful for the Foundation and American Nurses Credentialing Center for their support and stewardship of this endeavor.”

The Foundation will use this Fund as a vehicle for innovative research and scientific inquiry on the contributions of nursing practice in ambulatory care to patient care, safety, and quality. The Foundation, with counsel from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), will provide grants from the Fund.  

“We are committed to advancing the quality of nursing and patient care,” said Rebecca Graystone, MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC, Vice President, ANCC. “This Fund will enable nurses to continue their integral role of improving the quality and safety of patient care through research and innovation.”


About the American Nurses Foundation
The American Nurses Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), with the mission to transform the nation’s health through the power of nursing. The Foundation supports research, education, and scholarships, which improve health, wellness, and patient care. For more information visit

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center
The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, is to lead the profession to shape the future of nursingand health care. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits  organizations that provide and approve nursing continuing professional development and accredits transition to practice programs and prepares nurses for new practice roles. For more information about ANCC, visit us at and follow us on Twitter. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001: 2015 certification.

About the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC)
CALNOC is a health services research organization committed to the mission of being a catalyst in advancing excellence in nursing care delivery by building expertise in the generation and use of practice-based evidence; facilitating clinical inquiry to optimize care excellence; and convening thought leaders to inform strategies for advance nursing practice. CALNOC is a public benefit nonprofit company with headquarters in Walnut Creek, CA. For more information visit  

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