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Nursing Today

Nursing is an innovative, challenging and rewarding career that’s in high demand,offering those who pursue this career an opportunity to profoundly change human health. Working on the front-lines of patient care, nurses can choose from many specialties, and work in a wide variety of treatment settings.

A spirit of innovation

Nurses work closely with patients, and understand patients’ needs better than anyone. Which is why they’re the ones who often find new solutions to health challenges, that can make a significant difference in patient outcomes.

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  • Changing the World

    Genevieve Handy, MSN, RN, CPNP, on How Nurses Are Changing the World

A timeline of nurses changing human health

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Florence Nightingale introduces sanitation and hygiene practices that are still used today.
sugar cubes
Nurses discover that sugar can be used to clean wounds and fight infection during the Civil War.
Rehabilitating polio patients
Sister Elizabeth Kenny realizes exercise helps rehabilitate polio patients better than splints.
Bessie Blount Griffin invents the feeding tube for paralyzed patients.
An actor, seen here, is portraying a nurse caring for a child diagnosed with jaundice.
Sister Jean Ward discovers that sunlight is a great way to treat babies with jaundice.*
Elise Sorensen creates the first ostomy bag.
Anita Dorr designs the first crash cart.
Nurses broke down barriers during the AIDS crisis.
Teri Barton-Salinas invents color-coded IV lines to reduce medical errors.
An actor, seen here, is portraying a nurse giving patients a voice by creating an app.
Rebecca S. Koszalinski gives cerebral palsy patients a voice by creating the Speak for Myself® app.*
*This image is an actor portrayal
Innovate with us
We are proud to announce the Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Platform, featuring three programs focused on building skills, developing leaders, and advancing nurse-led innovation in healthcare for nurses at every stage of their careers.
In their own words
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  • How nurses are changing healthcare and lives.

    Hear how a group of nurses solved a problem that people weren’t even aware of.

Still leading the way
  • Virginia Allen, LPN, the last known living Black Angel, at the DNPs of Color conference in Washington D.C.
    For its 100th episode, the SEE YOU NOW podcast attended the DNPs of Color conference in Washington D.C., to highlight a powerful conversation with Virginia Allen, LPN, the last known living Black Angel. Celebrate Black History Month with the trailblazing story of Allen and the nurses whose dedication helped to cure one of the most fatal diseases of the 19th century.
  • Nurse holding a device with a blue digital globe
    Cardiac care nurse Michele Santoro and her fellow clinicians at the Yale New Haven Heart and Vascular Center routinely race against time to save lives. In honor of American Heart Month, read on to find out how her innovations combine technology and a human touch to transform cardiovascular care delivery and improve patient outcomes.
  • Female nurse in scrubs patting the hand of a young female patient
    The roles of a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PHMNP), licensed clincial social worker, mental-health counselor, psychiatrist, and psychologist are all related to mental health and providing support to individuals with psychological issues. However, they differ in terms of their educational backgrounds, scope of practice, and specific roles within the mental health field. Here's a breakdown based on the differences within these roles.
A profession in demand
With more roles and more job opportunities opening up every year across the country, it’s a great time to become a nurse.
Supporting Nurses on the Frontlines of Care
Nurses are critically important in addressing public health issues facing communities across the country. Through our partners and educational grants provided to independent, accredited continuing education (CE) providers, Johnson & Johnson is making resources available to nurses to address substance abuse and addiction. Here's how you can learn more:
Nursing Opioid Education Hub
Johnson & Johnson supported the independent development of the Nursing Opioid Education Hub, a CE resource focused on appropriate pain management and prevention of opioid misuse.
AANP MAT Training
Developed by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, access training materials to qualify for the waiver application to prescribe medicated-assisted treatment (MAT).
Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to nursing
Johnson & Johnson has supported the nursing profession for over 125 years because we believe nurses are uniquely positioned to change the global trajectory of health for humanity. Nurses, over 29 million strong, are our critical partners on the frontlines of care and the backbone of healthcare systems around the world. We know that nurses are leaders, innovators, and compassionate caregivers, requiring resiliency and resourcefulness to navigate the intricacies of health no matter where and to whom they provide care, and we are committed to advocating for and empowering their strong voices to address healthcare access and workforce challenges.

A career with choices

With so many specialties, skills, and environments to choose from, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to do what you love and create the career you want.

In their own words

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Headshot of Avery Huggins
Most nurses are pushed into the hospital and clinical settings when there are many other opportunities for nursing out there.”
Emergency Nurse
Headshot of Kristle Simms
You can obtain multiple degrees, you can travel the world with your degree in hand, and that's a big part of why nursing is so important. You're not bound to one area.”
Perioperative Nurse
Something for Everyone
  • More than 90 specialties
    From trauma care to surgery to education to the latest technology, whatever you’re into, there’s probably a specialty to match.
  • A career to suit you
    Nursing is a flexible career that can adapt to anyone’s schedule, whether you’re a night owl, early riser, team player or prefer to be your own boss.
Take the next step on your nursing journey.
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Group of smiling nurses in scrubs holding folders
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