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
  • 1854
  • 1865
  • 1910
  • 1943
  • 1950
  • 1954
  • 1968
  • 1983
  • 2003
  • 2016
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
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
  • Taura Barr, RN, PhD, FAHA, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer at Valtari Bio Inc. is developing a new bedside diagnostic tool to help triage suspected stroke patients in the emergency room setting.
  • Nurses are more likely to come in contact with human trafficking victims during the time of their exploitation than any other profession[1], but very few are identified by staff and helped to find safety. Nurse innovator Danielle Jordan Bastien, APRN, DNP, FNP-BC, was determined to help those potential victims who might be in danger by developing a screening protocol that helps healthcare workers identify signs of abuse.
  • Significant healthcare innovations are often developed in response to issues encountered by providers, including nurses. When it became evident there was a way to provide more efficient care to some of the smallest, most fragile patients – babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) – Erin Hoch, RN, BSN, was determined to bring her innovative idea to life. Working at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in Loma Linda, Calif., Erin’s idea has helped to improve the feeding process for these newborn patients.
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.
Different opportunities
California has the most job openings for nurses.
Source: HRSA July 2017
Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to nursing
Since 1897, Johnson & Johnson has been a proud advocate for the nursing professionals who change and save lives, every day. At every stage of life, in every area of care, nurses get things done with dedication, creativity, and humanity. And giving them support and recognition is one of the most effective ways to help them change the trajectory of health for everyone, everywhere.

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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Most nurses are pushed into the hospital and clinical settings when there are many other opportunities for nursing out there.”
Emergency Nurse
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.
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