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.

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 on Mental Health
  • 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 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
Learn From Our Awardees
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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Past Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenges

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Improving Access to Care
Johnson & Johnson, together with AANP and APHN, launched the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge: Improving Access to Care in May 2021. The Challenge looked to nurses and students to create potential solutions that aim to improve quality and access to equitable care.
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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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Perioperative Care
In collaboration with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Perioperative Care was launched in 2019.
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Improving Human Health
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.
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Group of smiling nurses in scrubs holding folders
Group of smiling nurses in scrubs holding folders
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