Nurses are an indispensable part of U.S. healthcare delivery. Standing on the front line of patient engagement and at the crux of care coordination, RNs have long served as the backbone of the medical industry, helping to keep healthcare consumers, their loved ones, and clinical staff in step in their shared pursuit of improved patient health.
During National Nurses Month each May, these care team members are formally recognized and celebrated for their ongoing commitment and contributions. The hardship experienced by many nurses during the COVID-19 response over the past two years serves as a particularly salient reminder of the sacrifices that are frequently required of these vital resources. As our nation emerges from the pandemic to confront a national nursing shortage and unprecedented rates of clinician burnout, many organizations aligned to the field of healthcare are amplifying efforts to identify new ways to better support our RNs.
It is in the spirit of that mission that Caregility has teamed up with the American Nurses Foundation (ANF). As the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), ANF’s vision is to “achieve a healthy world through the power of nursing.” Relying on the generosity of donors to help achieve and expand this mission, the Foundation funds “bold thinkers to pilot and evaluate new ideas that accelerate widespread transformation in nursing.” The ANF’s Reimagining Nursing Initiative focuses on three core pilot program areas:
- Practice-Ready Nurse Graduates
- Technology-Enabled Nursing Practice
- Direct-Reimbursement Nursing Practice Models
To support the ANF’s cause and honor National Nurses Month 2022, Caregility donated $3,000 to the Foundation’s Technology-Enabled Nursing Practice program, which supports the design and implementation of technology-based tactics and tools that meaningfully enhance the practice of nursing. The program’s emphasis on nurses as key drivers of effective healthcare IT design echoes Caregility’s core development principles for telehealth.
“Like the ANF, we recognize the fundamental role that nurses play in successfully reimagining healthcare,” said Caregility SVP of Clinical Solutions Wendy Deibert. “We’ve seen first-hand the tremendous positive impact that our own clinical leadership team has had on virtual care program design, so we see tremendous value in ANF’s efforts to similarly advance nurse involvement in digital transformation.”
Donations from Caregility and others will fund as many as 11 innovative pilot programs that will receive three-year grants totaling a combined $15 million.
“The American Nurses Foundation is extremely grateful for Caregility’s recent contribution to The Reimagining Nursing Initiative in honor of National Nurses Month,” said a spokesperson on behalf of ANF. “This gift will enable the Foundation to fund innovative pilot programs designed to create and implement cutting-edge, technology-based tools and strategies that will significantly enhance the practice of nursing.”
The donation was made as part of the Caregility Cares program, honoring members of the medical community who go above and beyond to bring relief to others. Learn more about the Caregility Cares Essential Worker Scholarship and Frontline Worker Recognition Programs here.
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