Challenge Highlights Nursing Innovations

September 30th, 2011


By , BSN, RN

Have you ever had a great idea that improved patient care on your unit, invented just the right widget that refines or improves a patient procedure, wondered why a disease course runs the way it does, and started a nursing research project? If so, now is the time to share that idea with nurses all over the world and maybe even earn a little extra spending money to finance your next project.

The Care Challenge program is an online forum where nurses can start conversations, submit ideas and nominate colleagues for excellence awards all focused on the practice of and innovations to nursing. Care Challenge is part of the Connecting Nurses program, an initiative to champion the extraordinary accomplishments of nurses and health care professionals all over the world. The contest is sponsored by Sanofi, a multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Paris.

Open to licensed nurses in every country, the site is sponsoring 20 prizes for the best suggestions for performing and improving healthcare standards. By highlighting innovations in practice, research and education, the initiative could empower nurses to bring their best ideas to hospital administrators. Recognizing creative nurses will also help improve patient care, as policy makers apply the initiatives to real world problems.

Contest Categories

There are two categories in the recognition program, "Helping Hand" and "Nurse in the Limelight". Both categories of the Care Challenge are focused on identifying nursing innovations related to:

  • Education: Resources promoting patient self-management or raising community awareness of a disease.
  • Practice: Nursing services, procedures, techniques or tools promoting patient self-management of disease or new ways to support families and caregivers.
  • Research: Studies of outcomes of innovative approaches to nursing, patient care, and patient education.

The jury will be composed of nurses, healthcare professionals, and representatives of Sanofi and will then select the winners on the basis of the following key criteria:

  • Innovation of concept
  • Social Responsibility-improving access to medicine or education
  • Adaptability to other locations/nations
  • Promotion of health literacy
  • Cultural relevance
  • Impact: how does the innovation make a difference?
  • Sustainability
  • Website audience vote

The jury may choose a maximum of two winning initiatives per country. Ten winners in the "Helping Hand" category will receive 3,000 Euros to support their projects' continued success, and 10 winners in the "Nurse in the Limelight" category will be prominently featured on the Care-Challenge website with a professionally produced video of their innovations.

For more information about Care Challenge link to the Q&A at

Connecting Nurses was developed in partnership with the International Council of Nurses ( ICN), the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF), the Secrétariat International Des Infirmières et Infirmiers de l'Espace Francophone (SIDIIEF) and the Association Française pour le Développement de l'Education Thérapeutique (AFDET).

The Connecting Nurses program provides a forum for healthcare professionals from around the world to share ideas, advice and innovations. This network of shared knowledge and resources equips nurses worldwide with tools to advance their practice and inspire patients to take control of their health.

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