Johnson & Johnson recently announced the launch of a new campaign to not only recognize nurses as critical partners on the front lines of healthcare, but to empower them as innovators. The “Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge” invites more than 3.2 million nurses in the United States to submit their ideas for new devices, health technologies, protocols, and treatment approaches. They have also committed up to $100,000 in grants and access to mentoring and coaching via their Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS.

Michael Sneed, Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs and Chief Communication Officer at Johnson & Johnson, stated in a press release: “Nurses have ideas that can profoundly change lives, and at Johnson & Johnson, we’ve consistently provided support by educating, inspiring, and empowering those in the field. The Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge was created to bring these ideas to life by pairing them with our vast network of resources and expertise. In the end, our goal is to use Johnson & Johnson’s scale, resources and know-how to help incredible ideas move forward.”

Johnson & Johnson conducted a nationwide survey that found that nearly half of Americans are unaware of the role nurses play in developing new medical tools and solutions. However, 75% of those surveyed believe nurses should be given a platform to submit their ideas and inventions to improve patient care.

The Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge will run from October 1, 2018, to February 1, 2019, and solutions will be evaluated based on uniqueness of the idea, potential impact on human health, feasibility of the idea, thoroughness of approach, and identification of key resources and plan to further idea.

To learn more about the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge which calls on nurses to come up with the next big idea in healthcare, visit here.

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