Original ArticlesOperationalizing a Nursing Innovation Center Within a Health Care SystemAlbert, Nancy M. PhD, RN, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FHFSA, FAANAuthor Information Nursing Research and Innovation, Nursing Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. Correspondence: Nancy M. Albert, PhD, RN, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FHFSA, FAAN, Nursing Research and Innovation, Nursing Institute, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Ave, Mail code J3-4, Cleveland, OH 44195 (firstname.lastname@example.org). The author declares no conflict of interest. Nursing Administration Quarterly: January/March 2018 - Volume 42 - Issue 1 - p 43-53 doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000266 Buy Metrics Abstract In nursing, the terms “innovation” and “innovative” are used freely, especially when individuals or groups either develop something new or improve upon current practice. Innovation is often considered adjunct work, not part of foundational work that aims to meet the vision, mission, and values of the organization. Nurse leaders must include innovation as an important theme of this foundational work. Innovation must become a core expectation of all nurses and nursing team members. Team members can provide ideas that lead to innovations. They can also carry out roles that enhance or cultivate ideas, promote prototyping, ensure innovative ideas are efficacious and effective, and facilitate dissemination and diffusion into practice. To ensure that innovation is incorporated as part of nursing practice and then sustained over time, horizontal (elemental) and vertical (global) infrastructure and processes are needed. In this article, operationalization of a Nursing Innovation Center is described and rationale for specific horizontal and vertical services and features is discussed. © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.