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 Nursingâ€™s Future is honored to sponsor a national contest that spotlights the important role that nurses play in our communities. The â€œAmazing Nursesâ€ 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 oneâ€™s life by going to http://www.facebook.com/jnjnursingnotes. The contest can also be followed via Twitter at hashtag #thankanurse.
The winning â€œAmazing Nurseâ€ 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.
â€œWe have long supported nurses through awareness initiatives, local education and appreciation programs, and â€˜Amazing Nursesâ€™ 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,â€ said Andrea Higham, Director of The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursingâ€™s Future.
The Campaign for Nursingâ€™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 Nursingâ€™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. â€œAmazing Nursesâ€ 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. (ARAContent) â–