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NURSES: Their Vital Role in Transforming Healthcare

NURSES: Their Vital Role in Transforming Healthcare

“Nurses: Their Vital Role in Transforming Healthcare” Narrated by Joan Lunden

Starting with the foundation of professional nursing in 1860, nurses have made a significant impact on our individual lives and on our society as a whole. And that impact, both quantitative and qualitative, will become even more pronounced as demands on our health care system increase exponentially. There is an expected shortage in the US of over 500,000 nurses in the coming years.

“Nurses: Their Vital Role in Transforming Healthcare,” narrated by Joan Lunden, is a half-hour documentary exploring the impact of nurses on our nation’s health care system, in our community, on patients and their families, and of course, on the nurses themselves. We look at the role of nurses on both the front lines of health care, as well as the backbone of patient treatment. We see nurses as innovators in health care–like pain detection in newborns. We see how their observational skills, advanced knowledge, interventions and compassionate care help patients manage their medical needs.

“Nurses” also explores critical issues in the health care system that, if changed, could allow nurses to practice to the full extent of their education across the country. Experts discuss how nurses, working together with all the stake holders including patients, physicians, providers and insurance companies, can improve patient outcomes while reducing the costs of health care in the future. This video is intended to engage communities, health care leaders and government officials in the discussion around the impact of nursing.

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The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future is a multi-year national initiative designed to enhance the image of the nursing profession, recruit new nurses and nurse faculty, and help retain nurses currently in the system. Launched in February 2002, the Campaign works 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 to our society and America’s healthcare community. To learn more, visit the Campaign’s comprehensive website at:

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