April 13th, 2009

Nursing Gala

By Andrea Higham, Director, The Campaign for Nursing’s Future, Johnson & Johnson

Being responsible for our Campaign for Nursing’s Future for the past few years, I’m often on the road meeting with nurses, educators and others interested in advancing the profession. Last month, I was in Seattle to raise funds for local nursing school grants, faculty fellowships and student scholarships. – and it struck me that perhaps those who aren’t able to attend would like to hear more about what goes on at these events.

We’ve been hosting these types of events in different parts of the country for 7 years now, and at this event we had more than 450 nurses, educators and thought leaders attend the Gala which featured tribute videos, inspirational speakers, and the new addition of a “Video Challenge” contest.

The video challenge contest gave Washington nurses the opportunity to showcase their passion for their career. We had many creative entries, but the winning team was “Nursing Queens” from Seattle Children’s Hospital who did a nursing-inspired parody of Abba’s “Dancing Queen” and received a $7500 educational grant. We also shared a sneak peak at our new “Nurse Educator” video which aims to inspire more nurses to pursue a career as faculty in nursing schools because we need to address the shortage of both nursing professionals and qualified faculty.

BTW — I should add that the Seattle event was a great success, raising $300,000 for nursing scholarships, faculty fellowships, and capacity expansion grants for nursing schools. All of this money will stay within Washington State. Since this was the second event in this state, this brings the total money raised for Washington State nursing programs to $750,000.

Update: For those interested in additional information, check out the Nursing Playlist on the Johnson & Johnson health channel on YouTube.


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