Nursing is one of the most important professions in this country, and it needs our help. Over the past decade, the United States has experienced a profound shortage of nurses, the national vacancy rate for registered nurses (RN) still stands at more than 4 percent. Consequently, long term programs to support the profession are crucial. Concerted and coordinated efforts are required to support nurses and nursing education.
The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future is honored to sponsor a national contest that spotlights the important role that nurses play in our communities. The “Amazing Nurses” contest provides an opportunity for patients, their families and communities to celebrate individual nurses and their dedication to healing. Anyone can nominate a nurse who has had a significant impact on their or a loved one’s life by going to http://www.facebook.com/jnjnursingnotes. The contest can also be followed via Twitter at hashtag #thankanurse.
The winning “Amazing Nurse” and a guest will receive a trip to Los Angeles, to attend the 2011 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute Show this December. The winner will also be featured in a TV commercial on CNN, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.
“We have long supported nurses through awareness initiatives, local education and appreciation programs, and ‘Amazing Nurses’ is yet another example of a terrific program that we can all participate in to provide the national recognition so richly deserved by the countless hardworking and devoted American nurses,” said Andrea Higham, Director of The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.
The Campaign for Nursing’s Future, established by Johnson & Johnson in 2002, is a national initiative to enhance the image of the nursing profession, recruit new nurses and nurse faculty and help retain nurses currently in the profession. For nearly a decade, The Campaign for Nursing’s Future has worked in cooperation with professional nursing organizations, schools, hospitals and other healthcare groups to promote opportunities in nursing and increase awareness of the value of the nursing profession. “Amazing Nurses” extends these efforts by going well beyond congratulating nurses in general to acknowledging that individual nurses must also be recognized and appreciated by their families, patients and communities.