Johnson & Johnson Nursing: Our Commitment to Nurses
Nurses are innovators, lifesavers, and fierce patient advocates. For healthcare to work, it takes nurses. That’s why Johnson & Johnson has proudly championed nurses for 125 years.
Watch our special TODAY show segments featuring Nurse Innovators
- How a nurse is improving health equity with a touch of a buttonWatch a special TODAY show segment featuring nurse innovator Bre Loughlin, MS, RN
This segment features nurse innovator, Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge awardee and co-founder of Nurse Disrupted Bre Loughlin, as she shares her story on how she is improving health equity by bringing healthcare out of the hospital and meeting patients where they are. Johnson & Johnson is proud to sponsor this segment and to continue to shine a light on the incredible impact of nurses.
- Meet a nurse midwife saving the lives of Black mothersWatch a special TODAY show segment featuring nurse innovator Ebony Marcelle, CNM, MS, FACNM
Featuring former Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Fellow Ebony Marcelle, this segment highlights Ebony’s mission to improve outcomes for Black mothers in her community and beyond. As the Director of Midwifery at Community of Hope in Washington, D.C., she is a passionate, innovative leader improving access and equity. Johnson & Johnson is proud to sponsor this segment and share the stories of incredible nurses like Ebony.
- Welcoming the newest nurses to the professionWatch a special TODAY show segment featuring Lydel Wright, MSN, BSN, RN, NEA-BC and the graduating class of students from Montclair State University School of Nursing
This special segment of the TODAY show in honor of National Nurses Month features Lydel Wright, a Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellow, who speaks with Al Roker to honor and welcome the 2022 graduating class of students from Montclair State University School of Nursing. Johnson & Johnson is proud to sponsor this segment and support the nursing workforce of the future.
At Johnson & Johnson, we believe nurses are the backbone and heart of health systems, critical in transforming healthcare.
We believe that if we can help support and empower nurses and other frontline health workers to solve for the healthcare challenges they face every day, we will improve healthcare for everyone.
Our Commitment to Nurses
In alignment with a long-standing commitment to supporting frontline health workers, Johnson & Johnson is proud to continue our legacy of advocating for, elevating and empowering the nursing profession by working with our partners to attract and strengthen an innovative, thriving and diverse nursing workforce, empowered to transform healthcare. We do this through three focus areas:
The History of Our Commitment to Supporting Nurses
- Our HistoryOur Commitment to supporting nurses dates back to the 1890s. To learn more about our heritage of support for nursing visit Our StoryOur History
- 1897In 1897, a Johnson & Johnson nurse, Elizabeth Washam, helped lead the first-ever large scale manufacturing of sterile surgical dressings
Throughout history, nurses have played an outsized role in interacting with patients, with critical roles in prevention, education, treatment, and recovery. Learn more here1897
- 1908J&J Scientific Director Fred Kilmer supports the establishment of the new St. Peter’s Hospital Nursing School in New Brunswick, NJ
Fred Kilmer, Johnson & Johnson Scientific Director from 1889-1934, helped support the nursing school at St. Peter’s Hospital in the company’s hometown of New Brunswick, funding the purchase of books, classroom materials, and more after the school was founded in 1908. Learn more here1908
- 1930J&J launches Print Ad campaign in support of nursing1930
- 1943In 1943, we included nurses in the first line of Our Credo
Our responsibility to nurses at Johnson & Johnson is called out in the first paragraph of Our Credo, the 1943 document that sets out the values that guide our Company. Learn more here1943
- 1953J&J created an annual nursing scholarship to address a shortage of nurses in the U.S.1953
- Late 20th CenturyJohnson & Johnson Wharton School Fellows Program for Nurse Executives at the University of Pennsylvania
Nursing executives learn the skills for effective management and implementation of strategic and tactical plans with this program offered through the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Learn more hereLate 20th Century
- 2002In 2002, a shortage of 500,000 nurses in the US loomed, so we launched the Campaign for Nursing’s Future to help turn things around.
Launched in 2002, the Campaign for Nursing’s Future sought to inspire more people to enter and stay in the profession. Learn more here2002
- 2014Launched Tomodachi J&J Disaster Nurse Training Program
The lifesaving Tomodachi J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program was inspired following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011. Learn more here2014
- 2018In 2018, we launched a QuickFire Challenge Series to support nurse-led innovation
Launched in 2002, the Campaign for Nursing’s Future sought to inspire more people to enter and stay in the profession. Learn more here2018
- 2020In 2020, we hosted our first-ever virtual hackathon to help nurses develop technological solutions to COVID-19 healthcare challenges and multiple initiatives to elevate the nursing profession.
Our NurseHack4Health hackathons continue today and provide a unique experience for nurses to flex their innovation muscles. Learn more here2020
- TODAYJ&J Nursing: Proudly Advocating for, Elevating and Empowering All Nurses to Drive Transformative Health Change
Johnson & Johnson is committed to elevating and empowering all nurses to drive transformative healthcare change. Learn moreTODAY
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Down to their core, nurses carry a fundamental respect for human dignity and an intuition for patient needs. That's why they're natural innovators. If you'd like to learn more about nurse-led innovation, here's where you can get started.