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Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge: Improving Human Health

About the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge: Improving Human Health

In hospitals around the world, nurses are innovating every day to ensure the best possible care for patients. To “nurse someone back to health” is an iconic saying grounded in the foundation of influence and responsibility that nurses hold to potentially change the trajectory of patient outcomes by caring for the sick when others would not, identifying smarter and better ways to heal, and developing life-saving methods.

For over 120 years, Johnson & Johnson has supported nurses, through employment, platforms, partnerships, training and millions in scholarships, helping to educate, empower and inspire those in the field. We know nurses hold the keys to many new and innovative ideas that can profoundly improve human health. In 2018, Johnson & Johnson expanded its advocacy for the nursing profession by partnering with nurses to help bring those ideas to life.

In the inaugural launch of the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge series in 2018, the more than 3.2 million nurses located throughout the U.S. were invited to submit ideas for new devices, health technologies, protocols or treatment approaches that had the power to profoundly impact patient care and human health.

The nursing innovators with the best idea(s) received up to $100,000 in grants and access to mentoring and coaching from Johnson & Johnson, via Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS to help bring their ideas to life.

Read more about the Challenge Awardees

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.
Meet the Awardees of the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge: Improving 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.
Learn From Our Awardees
Nurses are the ones that are the most hands on with healthcare issues, and they need to have the confidence to try to develop and not pass off their idea. They might think the solution is already out there, but they should take the time to look into the research and take a chance on it. Don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith, and don’t rely on other people to develop your idea for you."
LAUREN WRIGHT
MSN, AGNP-BC
Your ideas and solutions to these challenges will improve healthcare for patients and clinicians across the world, and they are waiting for you to take the next step."
ABBY HESS
APRN, DNP

Past Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenges

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Mental Health
Together with the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge on Mental Health launched in 2020.
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COVID-19 Patient Care
Together with the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) and the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders (SONSIEL), the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge: COVID-19 Patient Care launched in 2020.
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Oncology Care
Together with the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Oncology Care launched in 2019.
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Maternal and Newborn Health
Together with the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Maternal and Newborn Health was launched in 2019.
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Improving Human Health
Together with the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Maternal and Newborn Health was launched in 2019.
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