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The 2nd Annual ANA Innovation Awards

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is proud to announce the 2020 ANA Innovation Awards, powered by BD, a global medical technology company. The awards highlight, recognize, and celebrate nurse-led innovation that improves patient safety and/or outcomes.

Awards will be presented to a nurse and a nurse-led team whose product, program, project, or practice best exemplify nurse-led innovation in patient safety and/or outcomes.

The ANA Innovation Awards include a $25,000 individual nurse award and a $50,000 nurse-led team award. The money supports translational research, development, prototyping, production, testing, and implementation for an innovative product, program, project, or practice transformative to patient safety and/or outcomes. Winners will have one year to further develop their innovation and will present their outcomes at an ANA event.

Past Winners

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 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 they witnessed as bedside nurses. iN is a wall-mounted device placed directly behind the patient’s bed. It 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.

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