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QuickFire Challenge Series

The Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge series invites the millions of nurses worldwide to submit nurse-led solutions, protocols, technologies, devices and/or treatment approaches.
The nurse innovators with the best ideas will receive up to $100,000 in grant funding and access to mentoring and coaching from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies to help bring their ideas to life.

  • Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge: Improving Access to Care
    (5/12/21) – Do you have a nurse-led idea to help improve quality and access to equitable care? Together with AANP and APHN, we are pleased to announce the latest Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge. Earn the chance to receive up to $100,000 in grant funding plus mentoring from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies to help bring your ideas supporting potential new solutions to life.
  • Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge on Mental Health
    (5/6/21) – We’re excited to announce the awardees of the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge on Mental Health together with the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Learn more about these nurse innovators and their ideas supporting potential new solutions to our mental health crisis.
  • Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in COVID-19 Patient Care
    (2/4/21) – We’re excited to announce the awardees of the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in COVID-19 Patient Care together with the American Organization for Nursing LeadershipTM (AONL) and the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, & Leaders (SONSIEL). Learn more about these nurse innovators and their ideas that have the potential to improve patient care amid COVID-19.

Mental Health QuickFire Challenge Awardees

These are the awardees with innovative ideas aiming to improve mental health care.

  • CHRIS RECINOS, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, NEA-BC

    Chris Recinos, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, a nurse executive and entrepreneur at Nurse Leader Network in Los Angeles, California developed “Hello Harmony”, a texting bot app designed for adolescents that serves as a virtual friend through a scenario-based game that helps those in need of mental health support. The app intends to help normalize feelings of loneliness, shame, fear, and sadness and aims to equip participants with skills and strategies to address these feelings.
  • BRE LOUGHLIN, MS, RN
    TRACY ZVENYACH, PhD, APRN-NP

    Bre Loughlin, MS, RN and Tracy Zvenyach, PhD, APRN-NP, the co-founders of the health tech start-up Nurse Disrupted in Madison, Wisconsin, developed The Care Station with the aim to bridge the health digital divide to connect patients and care providers. The Care Station is a low-cost, one-touch video connection that ships in a single box and arrives ready to plug in and use at care locations to connect people to health and mental health care providers

COVID-19 Patient Care QuickFire Challenge Awardees

These are the awardees with innovative ideas aiming to improve COVID-19 patient care.

  • KATHLEEN MALOUF, BS, BSN, RN-BC, CBC, CSRN

    Kathleen Malouf, BS, BSN, RN-BC, CBC, CSRN, is a pediatric nurse at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey and is the inventor of the IsoPouch, a simple, disposable, transparent pouch that adheres to an isolation gown. The pouch can help health workers quickly and easily gather supplies and preserve personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • JENNIFER STINSON, RN-EC, PhD, CPNP

    Jennifer Stinson, RN-EC, PhD, CPNP, a nurse scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada, leads a team in the development of a novel rehabilitation treatment: Pain Rehabilitation Virtual Reality (PR-VR). PR-VR aims to develop and implement virtual reality as an at-home rehabilitation treatment for adolescents with chronic pain.

Oncology QuickFire Challenge Awardees

These are the awardees with innovative ideas aiming to improve oncology care.

  • MICAH SKEENS, PhD, RN, CPNP

    Micah Skeens, PhD, RN, CPNP, is a Nurse Practitioner at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and leads a team that developed a mobile application for capturing the entire symptom experience of children with cancer in an interactive and fun interface, enabling personalized interventions and care.
  • JANET VAN CLEAVE, PhD

    Janet Van Cleave, PhD, Assistant Professor at the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing, is the Principal Investigator for the Electronic Patient Visit Assessment (ePVA©) – a digital health platform for capturing patient-reported symptoms of cancer treatment, enabling real-time interventions and capturing clinical & quality data for reimbursement.

Maternal and Newborn Health QuickFire Challenge Awardees

These are the awardees with innovative ideas aiming to improve maternal and newborn health.

  • SIGI MARMORSTEIN, RN, PHN, MSN, FNP-BC

    Sigi Marmorstein, RN, MSN, PHN, FNP-BC, is the CEO and Founder at BabyLiveAdvice.com, a unique telehealth platform that offers online support and advice from live healthcare providers for expectant mothers and parents.
  • NICOLE LINCOLN, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, CCRN

    Nicole Lincoln, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CCNS , Advisor for Breegi Scientific, Inc. and Senior Manager of Nursing Innovations at Boston Medical Center, assisted in the development of the Neonatal Intensive Care Incubator (NICI™), the world's first affordable, scalable, all-in-one neonatal intensive care incubator with a disposable housing.

Perioperative QuickFire Challenge Awardees

These are the awardees that aimed at improving perioperative care through their innovative ideas.

  • DEBBIE KANTOR, APRN

    Debbie Kantor, APRN contributed to Florida-based Hero Medical to help create the HERO Bandage. This simple one-piece wound care dressing for the head, limb or digits, is designed for improved self-care and monitoring of chronic wounds.
  • CHAO HSING YEH, PhD, RN

    Johns Hopkins-based Chao Hsing Yeh, PhD, RN developed a nurse-led innovation called Wireless Auricular Point Stimulation (APS). This treatment based on traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture provides an adjunct non-invasive, self-administered, and nonpharmacological treatment.

Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge Awardees

These are the awardees that shared their novel concepts, protocols, screenings, treatment approaches and device ideas that have the power to change human health.

  • LAUREN WRIGHT, MSN, AGNP-BC

    Lauren Wright, MSN, AGNP-BC, is the CEO and Founder at The Natural Nipple, an innovative solution that improves maternal and child health outcomes by supporting prolonged breastfeeding. She is also a PhD candidate at the University of South Florida.
  • ABBY HESS, APRN, DNP

    Abby Hess, APRN, DNP, invented a video game app that helps children relax and prepare for surgery. She is a nurse practitioner, researcher, and inventor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
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