Notes on Nursing—February 2021 Issue

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?”
Inside the Issue

Meet Nurse Executive and Inventor Tommye Austin

n the early stages of COVID-19 when PPE was scarce, University Health CNE Tommye Austin sprang into action to protect her front line – creating a mask with surgical draping and filters. Almost a year later, Tommye’s success is helping to inspire nurse-led innovation at her health system and beyond.

Ask Yourself, “Why Not Me?”

“Trust the vision given to you, and everything will move forward.” In this personal account, Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellow Lydel Wright reflects on the challenges and achievements he has faced throughout his nursing career, which shaped him into the leader and entrepreneur he is today.

SEE YOU NOW Spotlights Trailblazing Black Nurses

During Black History Month, SEE YOU NOW is highlighting the impact of nurse innovators, like CEO Wallena Gould, who created a mentorship program for underrepresented groups seeking to become nurse anesthetists. Subscribe today to hear this and other inspiring stories of Black nurse innovators.

Collaborative Program Equips Black Nurse Leaders for Success

The Nursing Leaders Program, a collaboration between NBNA,
Johnson & Johnson and The Wharton School of Business, equips Black nurses to succeed as leaders who help improve human health. Meet four leaders who shared their ongoing journey and lessons from the program.

Apply Today to the Nurse Empowerment Program

Do you need help navigating difficult situations or advocating for change at work? Sigma has partnered with the Johnson & Johnson Foundation to bring free leadership courses to nurses. Nurses with 0-10 years of experience are invited to apply, with particular interest in nurses from minority groups.

The Johnson & Johnson Race to Health Equity

Johnson & Johnson aspires to help eradicate racial and social injustice as a public health threat by eliminating health inequities for people of color. Learn more about our $100 million commitment here.

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