Every year, National Nurses Week is a time to honor nurses for their yearlong dedication and commitment to the field. Beginning each year on May 6 (also known as National Nurses Day) and ending on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, National Nurses Week is designed to call attention to our society’s caregivers on a greater level. This year’s theme was “Delivering Quality & Innovation in Patient Care.”
This year, the Campaign encourages you to show your appreciation for nurses and future nurses by donating a photo to support student nurse scholarships! Donate a Photo, a new free mobile app from Johnson & Johnson, allows users to select a cause they care about, take a photo, and then “donate” that photo to their chosen cause. The app is available in the iPhone® app store, the Google Play market and at www.donateaphoto.com.
We’re excited to announce that the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA) is one of the causes receiving support through the Donate a Photo app! From now until August 6, 2013, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to the FNSNA for every photo uploaded to the cause.* You can donate one photo a day, every day to maximize the difference you make for nursing students. For every 1,000 photos donated, one student will be awarded with a $1,000 scholarship to nursing school. To learn more about Donate a Photo, watch this video.
Additionally, be sure to check out the new complimentary CE course launched by Nurse.com during National Nurses Week titled “Structural Empowerment: Boosting Professional Practice,” designed to inform nurses of the significance of structural empowerment in organizations and its impact on nurses’ work. The free online CE course, supported by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, will be available until May 6, 2014.
We also encourage you to read this inspiring blog post shared with us and written by a nurse in Maryland in honor of National Nurses Week as an “ode to nurses” and the field of nursing.
*Johnson & Johnson has curated a list of trusted causes, and you can donate a photo to one cause, once a day. Each cause will appear in the app until it reaches its goal, or the donation period ends. If the goal isn't reached, the cause will still get a minimum donation.
Growing Interest in Nursing Programs and Careers
According to an article recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future is cited as one of several major factors that have helped boost interest in the nursing profession over the last 10 years. In fact, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), enrollment in entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs has more than doubled since 2002.
To read more about this exciting development, visit www.nejm.org.