Topic: nursing

July 22nd, 2012

Fighting HIV/AIDS, Part of Our Commitment to Caring

 

From Paul Stoffels, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals Group, Johnson & Johnson

The fight against HIV has been part of my life’s work and one of my greatest passions. I first met this enemy as a young physician in training in Africa in the early 1980s. Today, as Worldwide Chairman of the Pharmaceuticals Group of Johnson & Johnson, I am privileged to be part of a company whose purpose is caring for people.

This purpose inspires me and other employees of Johnson & Johnson as we try every day to create new solutions for patients.  And, it’s what has guided our approach to fighting the devastating global epidemic of HIV/AIDS.

As we prepare for this week’s AIDS 2012 Conference, I thought about how our commitment to the doctors, nurses, patients, communities and our employees affected by HIV is the focus of everything we do. Our commitment to them is what guides our extensive research and development of medicines to treat AIDS; combat resistance; simplify treatment; discover, develop, and submit for approval a novel compound for drug-resistant TB; and conduct early basic research toward fulfilling the dream of an AIDS vaccine.  

It’s also what inspires us to partner with more than 100 community-based organizations in 40 countries and to contribute to the UN Millennium Development Goals to reduce mortality in women and children by 2015.

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November 29th, 2011

7 Summits for Alzheimer’s Awareness

From Ellen Rose, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy

November is National Caregivers Month in the United States and also National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.  According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, as many as 36 million people worldwide are living with dementia and that number is expected to double every 20 years. The worldwide cost of dementia amounts to more than 1 percent of global GDP or $604 billion US dollars and in the United States, an estimated 10.9 million unpaid caregivers see to the daily needs of people with Alzheimer’s.

These are staggering numbers that are hard to put into perspective, but sometimes the societal and human impact of this devastating and fatal disease is better put into context through the personal experience of someone with a family member who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

I am privileged to work with one such individual – Alan Arnette, an Alzheimer’s disease advocate who has combined his passion for mountain climbing with advocacy through the 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s:  Memories are Everything.  The 7 Summits is a public awareness campaign that that shines a light on the need for more research, education and urgency to address Alzheimer’s (Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy is a sponsor of this campaign). 

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May 11th, 2011

Thank a Nurse!

From Andrea Higham, Director, the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future

Nurses are truly amazing.  They make up a profession which is one of the most challenging, but they do it with skill, grace and professionalism. They serve as society’s caregivers and are basically the backbone of healthcare in this country. The level of care, comfort and support nurses provide to patients (and their families) is simply unsurpassed. And quite frequently it’s the nurse who patients remember most fondly about their entire healthcare experience. Good nursing really does make a difference!

Although I’m not a nurse, I’ve been so fortunate to personally and professionally work with this noble profession as part of the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.

According to recent data, enrollments in nursing schools are up, which is very encouraging! This is certainly due, in part, to the hundreds of partnerships that the Campaign has been fortunate enough to be involved in over the last few years.

Since 2002, the Campaign has attracted more than 750,000 men and women to discover nursing and enter the profession. We’ve distributed more than 30 million pieces of recruitment materials in English and Spanish, including brochures, posters and videos, to many junior high schools, career centers and community health centers, as well as to every high school, nursing school, hospital and nursing organization in the country.

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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.

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