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Nurses Rise to the Challenge Every Day

Johnson & Johnson Nursing: Our Commitment to Nurses

Nurses rise to the challenge every day. Johnson & Johnson sees you and stands with you. For our healthcare systems to work, it takes NURSES. And for 125 years we have championed your innovation, compassion, and grit. And, like you, we will never stop.

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Johnson & Johnson has supported the nursing profession for 125 years because we believe nurses are the backbone, lifeblood and heart of health systems, critical in transforming healthcare.
Nurses are on the front line, leading and innovating to improve healthcare every day. They are the largest and most trusted segment of the health workforce.
With invaluable hands-on patient experience and insights, resourcefulness and an innate innovative mindset, nurses are uniquely positioned to move healthcare forward.
We believe that if we can help support and empower nurses and other frontline health workers to solve for the healthcare challenges they face day, we will improve healthcare for everyone.
In alignment with a long-standing commitment to supporting frontline health workers, Johnson & Johnson is proud to continue our 125-year 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 by:
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Advocating for the Fundamental Value of the Nursing Profession
Elevate and champion nurses’ impact, and educate healthcare thought leaders on the barriers that need to be addressed to help unleash the value of the profession.
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Supporting a Workplace Culture & Environment Where Nurses Can Thrive
Convene health system leaders to address foundational issues, share best practices and pilot new approaches in the workplace, and provide resources to further strengthen nurse leadership and clinical skill development, and support mental health and well-being.
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Working to Diversify Nursing Workforce & Strengthen Readiness to Practice
Inspire and support BIPOC students to enter the nursing profession, support nursing career exploration, and better prepare new nurses for clinical practice through academic-clinical partnerships, diversified clinical experiences, and clinical skill development.
The History of Our Commitment to Supporting Nurses
  • Our History
    Our Commitment to supporting nurses dates back to the 1890s. To learn more about our heritage of support for nursing visit Our Story
    Our History
  • Historical image of nurses working at tables in a hospital setting
    1897
    In 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 here
    Historical image of nurses working at tables in a hospital setting
    1897
  • Black and white image of Frederick Kilmer
    1908
    J&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 here
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    1908
  • Johnson & Johnson history timeline historical nurse drawing
    1930
    J&J launches Print Ad campaign in support of nursing
    Johnson & Johnson history timeline historical nurse drawing
    1930
  • Image of Johnson & Johnson Our Credo pledge
    1943
    In 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 here
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    1943
  • Historic image of nurses at bedside smiling and talking
    1953
    J&J created an annual nursing scholarship to address a shortage of nurses in the U.S.
    Historic image of nurses at bedside smiling and talking
    1953
  • Three students studying bio mechanical blueprints on paper
    Late 20th Century
    Johnson & 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 here
    Three students studying bio mechanical blueprints on paper
    Late 20th Century
  • Close-up image of nurse with a patient
    2002
    In 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 here
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    2002
  • Five woman and a man holding a TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program banner
    2014
    Launched 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 here
    Five woman and a man holding a TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program banner
    2014
  • Close-up image of nurse wearing mask and face shield
    2018
    In 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 here
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    2018
  • image of nurse innovator presenting during hackathon event
    2020
    In 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 here
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    2020
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    TODAY
    J&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 more
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    TODAY
  1. INTRO
Innovation 101
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.
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