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.
A timeline of nurses changing human health
Florence Nightingale introduces sanitation and hygiene practices that are still used today.
Nurses discover that sugar can be used to clean wounds and fight infection during the Civil War.
Sister Elizabeth Kenny realizes exercise helps rehabilitate polio patients better than splints.
Bessie Blount Griffin invents the feeding tube for paralyzed patients.
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.
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.
Still leading the way
- The U.S. needs more nurses, which means it needs more nursing students. Many students, especially non-traditional, or those who may be first in their families to pursue higher education, may need additional types of support throughout their academic journey to prepare them to enter the workforce. Galen College of Nursing recognizes that every student has individual needs, which is why they employ a holistic approach to expanding access to nursing education.2023-05-05T16:22:48.479Z
- In celebration of National Nurses Month, meet nurse innovators transforming healthcare across the U.S., underscoring the impact of the profession in advancing health equity, improving patient care, and strengthening health systems.2023-04-27T13:12:20.960Z
- Timiya S. Nolan, PhD, APRN-CNP, ANP-BC, is a nurse scientist at The Ohio State University focused on working in and with her community to reduce healthcare disparities. In honor of Minority Health Month, learn how she’s helping Black patients improve quality of life after breast cancer, boosting heart health in Black men, and bringing more nurses of color into community-based research.2023-04-14T18:43:34.391Z
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.
- The state of nursingNursing is the fastest-growing occupation in the US. Jobs for registered nurses are
expected to increase 15% by 2026.
- The state of nursingThere will be 3,393,200 jobs for Registered Nurses by 2026.
- The state of nursingThe annual salary for a registered nurse can range from $49k to 104k. Salaries will vary based on education, location, and experience..
California has the most job openings for nurses.
Source: HRSA July 2017
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
Most nurses are pushed into the hospital and clinical settings when there are many other opportunities for nursing out there.”
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.”
Something for Everyone
- More than 90 specialtiesFrom 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 youNursing 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.