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Spotlighting Nurse-led Innovation with SEE YOU NOW Host Shawna Butler

As the host of the SEE YOU NOW podcast series, nurse economist and health tech specialist Shawna Butler is shining a light on impactful nurse-led solutions amid COVID-19, to support and empower today’s nurse innovators and leaders and create a broader community of collaboration.

To kick off the World Health Organization’s declaration of 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, Johnson & Johnson, together with the American Nurses Association, launched SEE YOU NOW, a new podcast highlighting the innovative solutions driven by nurses addressing today's most challenging healthcare problems. We found the ultimate host in Shawna Butler – a dedicated champion of nurses as leaders and vital players in healthcare innovation – to help us bring these inspiring stories to life. As the COVID-19 pandemic descended upon communities and health systems around the world, and in connection with our overall commitment to supporting frontline healthcare workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we developed a special SEE YOU NOW series, “COVID-19 The Nurse Response,” to better understand the extraordinary challenges nurses and other frontline health workers are facing and innovations they’re creating in real-time to take on the pandemic.

The Johnson & Johnson Notes on Nursing team recently spoke with Shawna to hear her biggest takeaways from Season 1 and the “COVID-19 The Nurse Response” series, her goals for future episodes and why she considers the Year of the Nurse and Midwife an important call to action.

Miss any of the inspiring episodes from SEE YOU NOW? Visit to catch up on recent episodes and stay up-to-date on Season 2!

To learn more about how Johnson & Johnson is supporting frontline healthcare workers and communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our website.

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