As part of our broader pledge to help support frontline healthcare workers and provide equitable health solutions for communities of color, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies is proud to further our 120-year commitment to nurses, including advocating for, elevating and empowering all nurses as innovative leaders who strengthen health systems and change human health for the better.
An estimated 20 million nurses and midwives around the world — the equivalent of more than 50% of the healthcare workforce — are the backbone of health systems worldwide, with invaluable hands-on patient experience, resourcefulness and an innate innovative mindset, bringing forward powerful ideas on how to help improve patient outcomes and healthcare. We are proud to help bring these ideas to life.
In May during National Nurses Month, we launched the seventh Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge together with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) and the Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN). Focused on “Improving Access to Care,” the challenge invites nurses and nursing students worldwide to submit their nurse-led novel concepts, protocols, treatment approaches, screening tools, and consumer product ideas with the potential to help improve access to care amid the current pandemic environment and beyond.
The nurse innovators with the best idea(s) will have the chance receive up to $100,000 in grant funding and access to mentoring from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies to help bring their ideas to life.
As we approach the upcoming deadline for applications for the QuickFire Challenge on August 6, our team and a past Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge awardee reflect on the potential of nurse innovators and our collective commitment to helping increase access to care: