Fitsi Health Founder, Kathleen Puri, MSN, RN Wins the American Nurses Association Innovation Award

The ANA Innovation Awards powered by BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) highlight, recognize and celebrate exemplary nurse-led innovation that improves patient safety and outcomes. 

The award was presented by the The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation) at the 2019 ANA Quality and Innovation Conference in Orlando, FL.

Hundreds of applications were submitted for the awards, and each entrant was required to demonstrate how they would apply the monetary prize to further the impact of their innovation.

““Kathleen represent[s] the type of limitless excellence that can be achieved when nurses are encouraged and equipped to develop innovative solutions, ”
— Dr. Bonnie Clipper, DNP, RN, MA, MBA, CENP, FACHE, vice president of Innovation at ANA

The 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)
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