I have been voicing my opinion on what today’s nurse is for a few weeks now and it seems that I have been dwelling on negative images of nurses in the media. So, imagine how pleased I was when I saw the latest Johnson & Johnson campaign for Nursing’s Future commercial. For those of you who may not have seen it, please check it out at this link:
This commercial really pulls at my heartstrings—as a nurse and as a mother. The positive image of a male nurse providing outstanding care to a sick little girl is a very powerful message. It is not just saying that nursing is a great, caring profession, but that even "big, strong men" can care for the most fragile patients.
I have been impressed with the Johnson & Johnson campaign for Nursing’s Future for many years now. It is not just the numerous TV commercials that really show what nurses today do, but it is the recognition they give. I was fortunate enough to attend a Johnson & Johnson gala for nurses held in Philadelphia this past October. It was a black tie event to celebrate and honor today’s nurse. It was outstanding! Real nurses got on stage and shared amazing stories of care they provided. It made me burst with pride to be in the same room as those awesome nurses! It made me so proud to be a nurse.
This past weekend I had another moment of pride when I graduated from Drexel University with my Master’s of Science in Nursing. I was heartened by the number of nurses who graduated with me—Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels. I am excited to see nurses obtaining their degree or furthering their education. We hold the key to the future of nursing. We are today’s nurse.