Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge on Mental Health
About the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge on Mental Health
Together with the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge on Mental Health launched in 2020.
Nurses and nursing students worldwide were invited to submit their nurse-led novel concepts, education programs, protocols, prevention or treatment approaches, screening tools, and consumer product ideas with the power to potentially transform mental health care and well-being for their fellow healthcare professionals or the patients they serve amid the current pandemic environment and beyond.
Ideas could include potential solutions for practice in any setting, including inpatient, outpatient, education, private practice, community, military and VA settings and could address health and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health conditions, and care & treatment considerations for persons with psychiatric and/or substance use disorders. Example focus areas included: Mental health conditions including trauma, depression, PTSD, etc.; The impact of health disparities/health inequities on mental health needs; Access to care and treatment for those with mental health and/or substance use conditions; Remote care delivery opportunities such as telehealth.
The nurse innovators with the best idea(s) gained access to grant funding of up to $100,000 and support to help advance their solution and innovations forward. This includes mentoring and training opportunities from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies and access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS ecosystem, which helps innovators accelerate discovery and get operational support to bring their healthcare solutions to life.
PhD, RN, FNP-BC, NEA-BCChris 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.
PhD, APRN-NPBre 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
In healthcare innovation, I think it’s NOT better to be safe than sorry. The difference between your idea succeeding or never being heard is you stepping off the curb.”
I think any nurse thinking about applying for a chance to develop either themselves or their ideas should apply, because the worst thing you’ll ever hear is “No.”
It’s really time to step up, put on your innovative cap and go change the world. That’s what we do as nurses, we’re changemakers."
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See You Now Podcast46: What the HackHackathons provide a fast-paced, high energy, community-building opportunity for a wide spectrum of participants to flex their innovation muscles and solve for some of today’s greatest challenges. While these events have traditionally been geared towards computer scientists and software developers in recent years nurses, clinicians, and health innovators have started to convene health-challenge inspired events. Today the health hackathon landscape is exciting, rapidly evolving, and nurses are playing a lead role in driving them. In this episode, we learn from health influencers, hackers, and innovators Jane Sarashon-Kahn, MA, MHSA; Chris Recinos, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, NEA-BC; Anthony Scarpone-Lambert, BSN ‘21, and Jennifferre Mancillas, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC about how hackathons have impacted their thinking, skills, lives, career trajectory, as well as the landscape of innovative health solutions and products.
Past Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenges