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Strengthening Diversity in Nursing at All Levels and Readiness to Practice

The nursing workforce is approximately 90% female and 81% Caucasian, as reported in The 2020 National Nursing Workforce Survey. We believe that people in the nursing profession should mirror the communities they care for as one way to improve access to quality care and patient outcomes. We also know that over 45% of RNs leave their jobs within the first two years of practice, signaling challenges with readiness to practice. Here is how we are working to diversify the nursing workforce and strengthen readiness to practice.

We are also working to better prepare new nurses for clinical practice through academic-clinical partnerships, diversified clinical experiences, and clinical skill development. Find out how we are working to improve representation in the nursing workforce and strengthen its readiness to practice with these resources.
  • Audience: Diverse nursing students and nurse leaders
    Johnson & Johnson is proud to partner with the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA) to provide scholarships to increase representation in the nursing profession and improve health equity. This year, as part of Johnson & Johnson’s Our Race to Health Equity initiative, over $500,000 in scholarships for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) students were funded through FNSNA. Learn more here. In addition, the Johnson & Johnson Andrea E. Higham Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established in memory of Andrea E. Higham, a longtime employee of Johnson & Johnson and fierce nurse advocate.
  • Audience: Nurse executives, nurse leaders
    Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Institute
    The CNO Institute is a 3-day, highly interactive workshop and gathering that helps nurse executives and leaders strengthen the skills needed to lead through the wide range of challenges they face. Participants receive valuable insights and advice, workshop strategies to implement in their health systems, and the opportunity to build their network of peer leaders from across the country. Contact to learn more.
  • Audience: Prospective nurses, nurses
    This video series seeks to inspire and drive interest in the nursing profession among diverse students. Nursing students share their stories about their paths to nursing, including what drew them to the profession as well as the opportunities and challenges they have faced. Watch these inspiring stories here.
  • Audience: All Nurses
    Whether you’re looking to stay current on the latest practices or maintain a license or certification requirement, the Johnson & Johnson Institute is pleased to offer both lecture-based and online continuing education courses for nurses. Online courses are offered at no charge on Nurse education content is located under the Library tab of
  • Audience: All nurses
    This website provides information on career paths, scholarships, nursing specialties and thousands of schools offering nursing degrees, as well as unique programs and innovation resources, along with hundreds of inspirational stories of novel nurse-led solutions transforming healthcare.
  • Johnson & Johnson’s Our Race to Health Equity is proud to support this survey initiative, which seeks to provide insight on the impact of the learning environment on student and faculty outcomes, as well as identify areas for improvement and spur the creation of work groups and action plans needed to create diverse, equitable, and inclusive spaces where all students of color feel supported and valued as they prepare to lead the profession forward.
  • This multi-faceted leadership development program provides training and coaching for both nursing students and nurse faculty. With funding provided through Johnson & Johnson’s Our Race to Health Equity, the initiative is designed to prepare senior nursing students transitioning into the workplace through learning modules, group coaching and leadership webinars.
Our Commitment to Nurses
In addition to working to improve diversity in nursing and strengthen readiness to practice, learn more about Johnson & Johnson's other nursing focus areas here:
Download a Summary of How Johnson & Johnson Supports Nurses Today
Johnson & Johnson is committed to providing mental health and well-being resources to help nurses better care for themselves so they can care for others.