Innovation in nursing has become an increasingly important concept in nursing literature. In the concept analysis, definitions of the innovation in different fields as well as nursing were reviewed. To use a common terminology, it is needed to clarify concept of innovation, nursing education programs, and health professionals should pay strict attention to correct use of that concept. This concept analysis provides a greater understanding of the innovation term to help its use in the nursing. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license.