Edge Runners

Transforming America’s Health System Through Nursing Solutions

The American Academy of Nursing's (Academy) Edge Runners initiative recognizes nurse-designed models of care that reduce cost, improve health care quality, advance health equity, and enhance consumer satisfaction. Through its Edge Runners program, the Academy recognizes new and innovative ideas that transform health and underscore the leadership, ingenuity, and determination of nurses. Edge Runner models demonstrate significant clinical, financial, community, and policy outcomes that are sustained and replicated.  

The Academy’s Edge Runner’s program disseminates nurse-driven innovation to reduce inequities, improve health, and impact policy through replication and scalability. The program convenes dialogues to generate creative and collaborative solutions to complex challenges in health and health care.


Applications support the innovative work of nurses and demonstrate the holistic and integrated philosophy underlying nursing care. 

Application Process

Edge Runner Spotlight

Maria de los Angeles OrtegaMaría de los Ángeles Ortega (formerly Ordóñez)

A Caring Science Model of Specialized Dementia Care for Transforming Practice and Advancing Health Equity

The Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center (MWC) model embraces a transformative, holistic model of specialized dementia care and supportive services informed by nursing theories, perspectives, and caring science. Caring is a complex and multi-dimensional concept. This nurse-led program addresses the complex needs of persons with or at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and their families, guided by what matters most to each person. This model is critical in advancing the health of persons living with ADRD as well as their family caregivers while improving health equity for the community and reducing costs of care. Read more.