Edge Runners

Transforming America’s Health System Through Nursing Solutions

The Edge Runner initiative recognizes nurse-designed models of care and interventions that impact cost, improve healthcare quality and enhance consumer satisfaction. Through its Edge Runner program, the Academy is mobilizing its fellows, health leaders and partner organizations to recognize nurses who are leading the way with new ideas to transform the health system. Non-fellows of the Academy are encouraged to apply.

Click here for more information on the criteria and application process. 
Read profiles of all of the Edge Runner models of care here.

Edge Runner Spotlight



Interprofessional Practice at the Vine School Health Center: 
A School-Based Nurse-Managed Clinic

Dr. Nan Gaylord has provided comprehensive care to the children of Knox County, TN since 1995 through her innovative school-based model. The Vine School is the physical site of the Vine School Health Center (VSHC), a Title 1 school where 100% of the students qualify for free lunch and the median household income is $9,721. In addition to providing care for the students attending the Vine School, VSHC also provides care to anyone from 0 to 21 years of age who will be, or is, a student in the county. There are 10 additional schools served by the Vine School Health Center, through direct health care or telehealth services.  Read More 


A Nursing Life: Serving the Nation

An inspiring photojournalism project that documents the work of six Edge Runners

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

Application Process