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Got a Great Idea to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health?

Together with the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), Johnson & Johnson is proud to announce the Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Maternal and Newborn Health, inviting nurses to submit their ideas to improve maternal and newborn care.

Earlier this month, Johnson & Johnson was a proud sponsor at this year’s Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Convention and was honored to join in celebrating and empowering nurses who are working to drive better health outcomes in women’s health, obstetric and neonatal settings nationwide.

At AWHONN 2019, Johnson & Johnson announced the continuation of the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge series with the the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Maternal and Newborn Health , which invites nurses around the world to submit their innovative ideas to improve maternal and newborn care.

“Nurses bring resourcefulness and deep patient experience to their work every day, intuitively seeing challenges and opportunities in improving care for patients,” said Lynda Benton, Senior Director of Corporate Equity at Johnson & Johnson, who leads the Johnson & Johnson commitment to nurses. “We believe nurses in women’s health, obstetric and neonatal settings are uniquely positioned to develop innovative solutions with the potential to profoundly improve health outcomes for mothers and their babies, and we’re inviting nurses around the world to enter the QuickFire Challenge to help move their ideas forward.”

According to the United Nations, approximately 130 million babies are born worldwide each year. [1] To help future generations of newborns and their mothers have better health outcomes, the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Maternal and Newborn Health is looking for innovative solutions that aim to provide improved maternal and newborn care—including but not limited to neonatal care, obstetrics, and women’s health.

The Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge series empowers nurse-led innovation in healthcare. It also expands the de­finition of what innovation means for frontline health workers by inviting nurses worldwide to develop and share their novel concepts, protocols, treatment approaches, and device ideas that have the power to profoundly change human health. The nurse innovators with the best idea(s) will receive up to $100,000 in grant funding, mentoring and coaching from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, and access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS ecosystem to help bring their ideas to life.

Applications will be evaluated by an independent panel on the uniqueness and feasibility of the idea, the thoroughness of the approach, the identification of key resources and plan to further the idea, and the idea’s potential to profoundly change human health outcomes. Applications must be submitted by practicing or retired nurses. The deadline to apply for the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Maternal and Newborn Health is October 10, 2019 midnight PST.

To learn more about the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge series, view previous awardees, and apply, visit nursing.jnj.com .

The Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge series is part of the QuickFire Challenge platform which was developed by Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS to attract and develop game-changing, early-stage innovation across the global therapeutics, consumer, health technologies, and medical devices sectors.

[1] World Bank. (2017). Health, Nutrition and Population- Population Dashboard. Retrieved from http://datatopics.worldbank.org/health/population

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