Nurse-led Pilot Funded by The American Nurses Foundation
Phoenix, Arizona, May 24th, 10:00 am MST: Phoenix-based startup Navi Nurses is one of 10 grantees to receive funding from the American Nurses Foundation as part of the Reimagining Nursing Initiative (RN Initiative). The American Nurses Foundation established the RN Initiative to support bold and innovative ideas developed and led by nurses to spark long-term change within health care. Out of the nearly 350 applicants, RN Initiative is supporting the boldest ideas with potential to revolutionize nursing.
Navi Nurses is an entirely nurse-led organization that was initially awarded funding from Arizona State University Venture Devils program. With their support and mentorship, Navi Nurses went on to be accepted into the Arizona Commerce Authority Virtual Accelerator in the summer of 2021. Since then, they have been recipients of the highly prestigious Arizona Innovation Challenge and Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program. They were also recently named one of the top 10 startups to watch by the Arizona Business Journal, and were recently invited to the 2022 cohort of the StartupAz Collective.
The Phoenix-based company was founded by two former Mayo Clinic Registered Nurses (RNs), Jasmine Bhatti and Ayan Said. As RNs are closest to the challenges and problems within health care, they are well-positioned to drive thoughtful and innovative transformation. Since January of 2021, the duo has grown to a team of over 130 RNs who provide personalized and holistic care in collaboration with their current health care team.
The funding and support from this grant will allow Navi Nurses to test their innovative model of registered nurse transitional care for the next three years in partnership with HonorHealth. Together, they will collect data that demonstrates the value of these services. RNs working for Navi will work on demand while making the discharge process as seamless as possible by immediately settling people at home.
“It can be incredibly overwhelming and scary to take a loved one home from the hospital, especially if they have complex health care needs,” said Jasmine Bhatti, RN, and Navi Nurses CEO. “We help ease their burden and facilitate a smooth transition to allow for the most successful recovery.”
Pam Foster, Vice President of Care Coordination at HonorHealth, is also looking forward to this opportunity. “We are so excited about this collaboration and the impact it will have on patient outcomes.”
Since last year, Navi Nurses has provided registered nursing services to hundreds of people and their families, but these registered nurses know they have barely touched the surface. Ayan Said, COO explained, “We have seen incredible results with our clients thus far, but it only benefits people who can afford our services. This is something every person deserves, whether they can pay for it or not.” Jasmine and Ayan hope that data from the pilot will lead to direct reimbursement to nurses for their services.
For more information about Navi Nurses, please reach out to jasmine at firstname.lastname@example.org.