Edge Runners

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Nursing has the answer to the many problems that plague our health system. Raise the Voice: Edge Runners are the practical innovators who have led the way in bringing new thinking and new methods to a wide range of health care challenges. Edge Runners have developed care models and interventions that demonstrate significant, sustained clinical and financial outcomes. Many of the stories underscore the courage and fighting spirit of nurse leaders who have persevered despite institutional inertia or resistance.

Since the beginning of the Raise the Voice campaign, the Academy has identified 50 Edge Runners. Informational profiles are linked below.

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A Nursing Life: Serving the Nation Documentaries

A Nursing Life: Serving the Nation is an inspiring photojournalism project that is documented the work of six Raise the Voice: Edge Runners.

Resources for Edge Runners


10 Steps to Promote and Protect Human Milk and Breastfeeding in Vulnerable Infants
Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN 

11th Street Family Health Services
Patricia Gerrity, PhD, RN, FAAN 

Aging in Place Project
Marilyn Rantz, PhD, RN, FAAN

Arkansas Aging Initiative
Claudia J. Beverly, PhD, RN, FAAN

Caregiver Skills Building Intervention (CSBI)
Carol J. Farran, DNSc, RN, FAAN 

Centering Healthcare Institute
Sharon Schindler Rising, CNM, MSN

Chicago Parent Program
Deborah Gross, DNS, RN, FAAN

Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC)
Nancy Donaldson, DNS, RN, FAAN
Diane Brown, PhD, RN, FNAHQ, FAAN

Community Health Education, Advocacy, and Empowerment: Promotores de la Salud
Connie Vance, EdD, RN, FAAN
Mary Healey-Sedutto, MPA, PhD

Complex Care Center
Lauran Hardin, MSN, RN-BC, CNL

Coping Skills Training: Helping Youths and Their Families Deal with Diabetes
Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN, FAAN

Antonia M. Villaruel, PhD, FAAN
Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, RN, FAAN

Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment (COPE)
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAAN, FNAP

Family Health and Birth Center
Ruth Watson Lubic, EdD, RN, CNM, FAAN

Family Practice and Counseling Network
Donna Torrisi, MSN, CRNP

Family Presence During Invasive Procedures and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Cathie Guzzetta, PhD, RN, FAAN
Angela Clark, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA

Georgetown University Hospital Achieving ANCC Magnet Designation
Joyce E. Johnson, PhD, RN, CNAA, FAAN

Harambee Nursing Center
Kay T. Roberts, EdD, MSN, ARNP, FAAN

The Harriet Lane Compassionate Care Program
Cynda Hylton Rushton PhD, RN, FAAN

INSIGHTS Into Children's Temperament
Sandee McClowry, PhD, RN, FAAN

Integrated Health Care (IHC)
Judith Storfjell, Phd, RN, FAAN

Linear Growth Assessment in Children
Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
Karen D. Hench, MS, RN

Living Independently for Elders Center (LIFE)
Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, CRNP, FAAN

Making Transitional Care More Effective & Efficient 
Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN 

Mental Health Integration at Intermountain Healthcare, UT
Brenda Reiss-Brennan, PhD, APRN

Nurse Managed Health Centers
Tine Hansen-Turton
Joanne M. Pohl, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN

Nurse-Family Partnership
Harriet Kitzman, PhD, RN, FAAN

On Lok Senior Health Services
Jennie Chin Hansen, MS, RN, FAAN

One Year Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency
Colleen J. Goode, PhD, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC
Cathleen Krsek, MSN, MBA, RN, FAAN

Perioperative Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program
Susan M. Scott, MSN, RN, WOCN

Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO)
Marilyn J. Rantz, PhD, RN, FAAN

RightCare Solutions
Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

Diane McGee, MSN, RN

Graham J. McDougall, Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

Special Care Unit for the Critically Ill
Barbara Daly, PhD, RN, FAAN

The St. Francis Health Center
Carol Jo Wilson, PhD, RN, CNP

Training in the Assessment of Depression (TRIAD) Program
Ellen L. Brown, EdD, RN

Transforming Care at Bedside
Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN
Patricia Rutherford, MS, RN

TelEmergency: Distance Emergency Care Using Nurse Practitioners
Kristi Henderson, MSN, FAEN

Wise Health Decisions
Nancy E. Dayhoff, EdD, RN, CNS
Patricia S. Moore, MSN, RN, CNS, CDE

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