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Accelerating Nursing, Transforming Healthcare

New Research to Define the Future of the Nursing Profession

The silver lining of COVID-19 is that it changed the practice and delivery of healthcare in fundamental ways, with a significant impact on the nursing profession. As nurses answered the call for crucial healthcare leadership, longstanding barriers were broken down, policies shifted, and innovative new approaches were developed.

While our healthcare system has been ripe for change, the pandemic exposed areas of opportunity and opened a door to new thinking that we need to examine and continue to push forward.

We have partnered with leading nurse organizations to carry out this examination, understand the factors that optimized nurses’ impact on improving human health, and chart a path forward to enable this momentum far into the future, so that the nursing profession is well prepared to lead and help meet the evolving needs of our healthcare system.

To download the highlights from our research, click here, or continue reading for full details.
  • Who Is Involved and What Are We Doing?

    Johnson & Johnson, American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) partnered to conduct quantitative and qualitative research to evaluate the impacts of the pandemic on the nursing profession.

  • What Will This Achieve?

    This research will allow us to define a progressive path forward for nursing, ultimately strengthening care delivery and elevating the role of nurses as change agents and innovative, transformative healthcare leaders.

  • What Have We Found?

    Informed by national quantitative research in 2020, we conducted a range of qualitative interviews with renowned nurse leaders that reveal a set of critical learnings from the pandemic as well as next steps and promising practices that will be essential in delivering the full potential of the nursing profession for healthcare—now and in the future. The findings are delivered through an executive summary and three deep chapters of focused exploration.

Our Key Learnings
Read the executive summary and learn more about how nurses are accelerating major transformations in U.S. healthcare.
Dive Into Our Three Main Research Chapters
  • Male nurse in scrubs and a face mask taking the blood pressure of an elderly patient
    The first chapter looked at Care Delivery, focusing on the changes that enabled nurses to lead amid the pandemic and those needed to continue to escalate this work in a post-pandemic world, with improved patient outcomes and stronger health systems as the goal.
  • Group of five healthcare workers in scrubs and lab coats standing in a hospital corridor
    We then explored Organizational Structure—the structures, operations, interdisciplinary collaborations and organizational innovations that helped transform leadership models, staffing and the delivery of care.
  • Futuristic medical ward with sick patient lying in bed with doctor using augmented reality interface to look at brain scans
    The final chapter, Workforce of the Future, focused on understanding the changes needed to build a stronger, more diverse nursing workforce to address the evolving needs of patients and support the healthcare systems of the future.
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