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Nursing innovation doesn’t just happen in the hospital — some of the most exciting examples of healthcare entrepreneurship are nurses who see a problem at the bedside that can be solved in the community. Find two of these inspirational stories in this month’s Notes on Nursing, which also includes a brand-new episode of the SEE YOU NOW podcast and scholarship information for nursing students.
Past Issues
  • In the October issue of Notes on Nursing, learn all about the transformative ideas presented by the awardees, as well as innovative solutions presented by the finalist teams. Also in this issue, an inspiring nursing student, and the power of unlocking nurse’s potential through leadership training. Learn more:

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  • In this month’s Notes on Nursing, learn how Pat Patton is approaching the nursing shortage with creativity and innovation. The September issue also highlights the important work by the National Association of Hispanic Nurses to increase the number of Hispanic RNs and become a leader in Latino health, and the exciting live, virtual NurseHack4Health Pitch-A-Thon.

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  • Investing in nursing students today is an investment in the healthcare systems of tomorrow. In the August issue of Notes on Nursing, we highlight exciting innovation in nursing and nursing education, from nurse-led pilots reshaping the delivery of patient care, to new programs that seek to strengthen readiness to practice and improve the transition from nursing school to the nursing profession.

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  • Notes on Nursing—July 2022 Issue
    Nurses need a workplace environment where they can thrive, not just survive. In the July issue of Notes on Nursing, we’re covering new initiatives and important conversations focused on building a better working environment for nurses and healthcare workers.

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  • Nurses are natural patient advocates, and in celebration of #PrideMonth, we’re highlighting nurse innovators reimagining care delivery and outcomes for #LGBTQIA+ patients. The June issue of Notes on Nursing features a social entrepreneurship lab at UPenn’s School of Nursing bringing evidence-based solutions for LGBTQIA+ health to market, as well as a groundbreaking clinic in Massachusetts delivering respectful, gender-affirming care and powerful healing experiences. Check out the issue.

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  • In this issue meet Jean Putnam, DNP, MS, RN, CPHQ, NEA-BC and Paulo Alves, PhD, MSc, RN, the awardees of the latest QuickFire Challenge, who are advancing innovative nurse-led technology. Additionally, participate in National Nurses Week with us by tuning into both the TODAY Show's celebration at Montclair State University Nursing School as well as the Facebook Live Event discussing the significance of the Lorena Breen Law enactment.

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  • In this month's issue we highlight the many ways innovators are tackling the mental health crisis in nursing. Discover how Charlene Platon, NurseHack4Health self-care and resiliency category winner, is making waves with her new self-care app designed specifically for nurses. Additionally, learn how the landmark Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act is aiming to alleviate mental-health suffering among healthcare workers.

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  • This month we highlight three nurses who created an innovative approach to learning—and ended up with a book's worth of nursing stories. Plus, a nursing innovator develops a way to help nurses to thrive and grow through mentorship. Stay with us to learn about the impact the winners of first Johnson & Johnson Nursing Innovation Fellowship are making in the profession.

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  • This month, we showcase how nurse leaders aim to tackle health disparities in different ways. From an innovative academic partnership that brings together faculty and students from two universities to cultivate cultural competency in nursing education, to early interventions in the community through Barbershop Health Talks. Stay with us to learn about the expanding impact of the first Johnson & Johnson Nursing Innovation Fellowship cohort.

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  • In this issue meet and get inspired by the Nurse Team Re-imagining At-Home Care for Patients and Nurses alike. And among other interesting articles and resources such as the ALL IN WellBeing First hub, which provides mental health resources and tools, discover how an innovative nurse education model aims to meet the needs of patients in rural areas by building APRNS for the community from the community.

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    Check out what happened at our fourth virtual NurseHack4Health hackathon as we challenged the nursing community to design a more sustainable workforce for the future. You can also see how J&J and The Drew Barrymore Show teamed up for a very special episode honoring nurses.

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    This month, see how nurses are using their skills and experiences to support and transform the nursing profession. From championing nurses’ mental health, to finding innovative ways to resolve workforce challenges, nurses are leading the way to a stronger healthcare system.

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    This month, we share important information on how the nursing workforce has applied informatics to streamline systems and practices to enhance patient care. We are also excited to introduce you to the Awardees of the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge: Improving Access to Care. Lastly, read a reflection from Lynda Benton.

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    This month, we challenge nurse innovators to build a sustainable nursing workforce of the future through our latest NurseHack4Health hackathon. Plus, meet Shawna Butler, host of the SEE YOU NOW podcast. Finally, we highlight the ways nurses brought healthcare to their communities during COVID-19.

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  • August 2021 Promo
    This month, we’re heading to the cornfields of southwest Georgia, where the Farmworker Family Health Program provides Emory University students an opportunity to offer care to underserved migrant farmworkers. In another piece, respected industry leaders take stock of how changes brought about by COVID-19 can empower the next generation of nurses.

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    In this month’s newsletter, get to know the 12 J&J Nurse Innovation Fellows whose individual projects spotlight the power and potential of nurse-led innovation. You’ll also meet Charlene Platon, who leveraged her own mental health struggle to create a nurse-led, community-based app that helps alleviate pandemic burnout.

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    We’re celebrating Pride Month with a look at the patient experience for the LGBTQIA+ community, including a profile of Kevin Moore, who serves in a unique role dedicated to patient advocacy and equity, as well as a special fireside chat with actor and activist Billy Porter. This month we also explore how nursing hackathons are transforming the industry.

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  • This National Nurses Month, we are honored to announce the awardees of the Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge on Mental Health. Also in this newsletter, meet Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL), a champion of raising awareness around the Black maternal health crisis.

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  • From an inspiring keynote speaker to worldwide collaboration, NurseHack4Health organizers and participants let us in on what they’re most looking forward to at our next virtual hackathon. Plus, meet a nurse whose invention is helping to improve the health and quality of life for patients who need catheters.

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    This month, we profile five nurses from Advocate Aurora Health, whose innovative and collaborative expertise helped write the COVID-19 response playbook. Plus, in the latest SEE YOU NOW episode, meet Karen Dale, a pioneering force who is revolutionizing health plans to address equity concerns.

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  • In this special edition, we announce the awardees of J&J’s Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge: Jennifer Stinson, whose work helps children struggling with chronic pain, and Kathleen Malouf, inventor of the IsoPouch, which helps make COVID-19 patient care more efficient.

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    In celebration of Black History Month, we’re recognizing nurses of color—individuals who have transformed healthcare, but whose stories are underrepresented. Meet inspiring trailblazers like Tommye Austin and Wallena Gould, as well as Nurse Innovation Fellow Lydel Wright, who urges his fellow visionaries to ask, “Why not me?”

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    In 2021’s inaugural issue, we summarize the results of a 2020 survey on the impact COVID-19 has had on nursing. Plus, we unveil the Nurse Innovation 101 Hub, an online destination that empowers nurses to flex their ideas and innovative skills to shape the future of healthcare.

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    When the WHO designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse, no one could have anticipated just how poignant that title would become. Looking back, we’re proud to highlight events like NurseHack4Health and the SEE YOU NOW podcast, which showcased the resilience, compassion and tremendous innovations nurses exhibited throughout this unprecedented year.

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    In honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, we speak to five nurses from throughout the U.S. whose commitment to improving access to care in their local communities is nothing short of remarkable.

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    This month we are proud to unveil the J&J Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Mental Health, a partnership between Johnson & Johnson and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association inviting nurses to submit their ideas with the aim to improve mental health for patients and healthcare workers amid the pandemic and beyond.

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    This month we share multiple ways to contribute to healthcare change during the pandemic. From a free virtual event—the NurseHack4Health—to the Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge: COVID-19 Patient Care.

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    This month, we invite nurses across the world to share their innovative ideas to address Patient Care through the Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge: COVID-19 Patient Care.

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    This month we explore how nurse are creating the Future of Healthcare. We spotlight a startup innovating to transform the future of the night shift, we share a nurse student-led webinar series aimed at helping early adolescents Stay Calm and Well amid the pandemic, and feature a remarkable show from the SEE YOU NOW podcast on Mental Health.

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    In this month’s newsletter, we recap the NurseHack4Health event, which (virtually) brought together 500+ nurses, healthcare professionals and tech enthusiasts to innovate around COVID-19. We share how lessons learned in Ward 5B during the 1980s are helping today’s frontline nurses overcome challenges and drive new standards of care.

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    This National Nurses Month—and in the International Year of the Nurse—Johnson & Johnson could not be prouder to further strengthen oru 120-year ommitment to advocating for and elevating the nursing profession. Learn how we are working to support nurses on the frontlines of COVID-19 and register for the NurseHack4Health: COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon.

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    This month, we feature nurses who are having a ripple effect of Change. We check in with J&J’s Nurse Innovation Fellows, who recently converged for their first in-person meeting. We also profile two inspiring women, nurse entrepreneur Layo George and Director of Innovation at Penn Nursing, Marion Leary, whose passionate approaches to nursing are improving health outcomes throughout their communities.

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    In honor of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we kick off the celebration by introducing SEE YOU NOW, a new podcast that invites listeners to view nurses as pioneers who have the power to transform health. We also ask 14 nurse leaders and innovators to tell us what the WHO’s designation means to them, in 2020 and beyond.

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