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How We're Supporting Career Growth for Nurses Everywhere

here are more than 3.9 million registered nurses in the United States, working closely with patients across many different treatment settings to keep us, our families and our communities healthy. They are often the unsung heroes of our health system, even as they bring vital technical knowledge, innovation, creativity and a healing touch to improve patient health.

National Nurses Week is May 6–12, and in honor of the occasion let's highlight some of the ways we're powering the careers of nurses to help keep people healthy around the world.

Changing the Trajectory of Health with the Johnson & Johnson Commitment to Nursing

In the next 10 years, healthcare is predicted to radically transform, with old models being disrupted in favor of new methods to make the world a healthier place for everyone. One of the ways we're committed to excelling in these times of transformation and making an impact is by advocating for and empowering nurses everywhere. Nowhere is that more clearly demonstrated than through the Johnson & Johnson nursing commitment.

In 2002, we launched the Campaign for Nursing’s Future in response to a looming healthcare crisis that projected a shortage of 500,000 nurses by 2020. To date, we've provided over $20 million in nursing scholarships, built partnerships with over 25 nursing organizations, developed supportive tools like and created TV advertising that shines a spotlight on the incredible impact that nurses deliver every day. The nursing workforce has now grown by more than a million, with projected growth of another million by 2030.

Today, Johnson & Johnson continues to advocate for the nursing profession by championing nursing innovation that changes patient outcomes, promoting nursing recruitment that emphasizes diversity and inclusion to support culturally competent patient care, and driving the skill development of nurses to prepare them for the demands of the evolving healthcare system.

But we have gone even further.

For example, one component of our Campaign for Nursing’s Future is the Johnson & Johnson/AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars program, which provides financial support to graduate nursing students from minority backgrounds who agree to teach in a school of nursing after completing their studies. It's a natural extension of our focus on promoting diversity and inclusion everywhere we can. One participant even called the program "a springboard for my career."

There are so many other unique educational nursing opportunities supported by Johnson & Johnson. To name only two, there's the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program—which provides scholarships, mentoring and leadership development activities, as well as postdoctoral research support to future nurse leaders like KaraLynn LaValley, MN, RN—and the TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program, an exchange program between the U.S. and Japan. And there are many more.

How We're Helping Nurses Do Even More to Improve Health

As always, at Johnson & Johnson we're excited to form partnerships with organizations that enable us to have the maximum reach and impact. Right now, for example, we've partnered with on a campaign to encourage young people and those who directly impact patients, like nurses, to think about and deliver healthcare with a culturally competent lens for those awaiting bone marrow transplants.

Today, we're leveraging the latest technology and innovations like the Johnson & Johnson Donate a Photo app—which, through a partnership with the Foundation of National Student Nurses' Association, takes donated photos and turns them into scholarship opportunities for nurses—to directly impact the lives of nurses every day. What's more, between our leadership in mHealth innovation, and our longstanding support for nurses, we see clear alignment and overlap—the common goal is to have the greatest possible impact, improve health outcomes and expand the reach of care.

And sometimes that alignment and overlap is simply too obvious to ignore: For instance, Johnson & Johnson's mobile-based initiative NurseConnect helps build peer support and learning communities among nurses and midwives in South Africa.

Recently, Johnson & Johnson recognized that the absence of any formal certification might deter nurses from specializing in the treatment of patients with cystic fibrosis. To remedy that, we teamed up with the Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF) to launch the Johnson & Johnson TRU Heroes Cystic Fibrosis Nursing Program, an educational empowerment program for nurses. All told, the program allocates $1 million for national and local scholarships, seminars, educational grants and nursing achievement awards.

Finally, we're continuing to look for opportunities to educate and train more professional nurses globally. Since 2001, for instance, we've been a vital force in promoting the training of qualified nurses across East Africa. That's been made possible by the partnership between the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). With our support, students are able to attend Aga Khan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU SONAM) in three different locations: Nairobi, Kenya; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and Kampala, Uganda. Over 2,200 students have graduated from the program since its inception, and—no less critically—a full 90% have used their newly acquired skills and knowledge to serve their own local communities in East Africa.

Join Us to Advance Nursing—and Make an Impact—Today

Nurses are incredibly important to us—and to our purpose of changing the trajectory of health for humanity. That's why they're in the very first line of Our Credo: "Our first responsibility is to the doctors, nurses and patients, to mothers and fathers and all others who use our products and services."

If you feel as passionate as we do about all of the good that nurses do globally, check out all of the opportunities to join Johnson & Johnson today.

Want to take action to show your support for nurses? If you share or retweet one of the nursing innovation videos from the Johnson & Johnson Nursing Facebook and Twitter channels during National Nurses Week, we'll make a donation to the Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship program at the Northeastern University School of Nursing.

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