Johnson & Johnson and the American Nurses Association, with support of the Congressional Nursing Caucus, hosted a May 20 breakfast briefing and screening of the documentary “Nurses: Their Vital Role in Transforming Healthcare” on Capitol Hill.
The 30-minute documentary produced by Johnson & Johnson and narrated by Joan Lunden, explores the impact of nursing on our nation’s healthcare system, in our community, on patients and their families, and on nurses, according to a statement from Johnson & Johnson.
“Nurses have unique knowledge, wisdom and expertise that make them vital change agents,” said Debbie Dawson Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN, executive director, American Nurses Association, who addressed attendees at the event. “That is why so many of us are working to get nurses at the table. We cannot achieve a better healthcare system without the vital input and expertise of the registered nurse.”
The film examines the role of nurses on the front lines of healthcare and how they use their skills to manage patients’ medical needs. The program and accompanying viewing guide is intended to be used as a tool to engage communities, healthcare leaders and policy makers in the discussion about the impact of nursing, and features many of the nation’s leading nurses. “I can’t imagine a topic more critical to the future of healthcare than today’s focus on the nursing profession and the individuals who make up what really is the backbone of healthcare around the world,” said Gary Pruden, worldwide chairman for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices and executive sponsor of the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, who moderated the event, according to the statement. “Nurses are an integral part of the healthcare system, and Johnson & Johnson is absolutely committed to supporting the profession and its professionals. We learn from them the many varied roles they play — and the enormous demands on them both mentally and physically. But I think sometimes you don’t fully understand until you have a personal experience of nursing care — until you are the patient in that hospital bed, or on the examining table, or recovering from the OR. It is when you feel most helpless, that you understand the true value of what nursing really means, and what nurses really do.”
The event was attended by more than 50 individuals from key healthcare advocacy organizations such as AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; nursing organizations such as AACN, the Oncology Nursing Society and the ANA; and members and legislative staff of the Congressional Nursing Caucus.
Additional insights and remarks were provided by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, as the first nurse elected to U.S. Congress, according to the statement.
“The ANA has been a great partner to us at Johnson & Johnson — and their leadership has helped us to translate our commitment into action,” Pruden said, according to the statement. “Johnson & Johnson is more committed than ever to being on this journey with all of you…to support and empower the men and women of the nursing profession.”
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