Earlier this month, the nurses of tomorrow brought their energy and enthusiasm for the profession to Phoenix for the 63rd Annual
Since thebegan in 2002, we’ve been fully committed to support of tomorrow’s nurses, our nursing students. The Campaign contributes more than $500k annually to U.S. nursing scholarships and grant programs. And through “The Promise of Nursing” galas, the Campaign joins with local healthcare organizations, hospitals and schools to raise funds to support local nursing programs and students in their communities. Since these first began, we’ve hosted over 30 galas and these events have raised more than $19M. These galas are a wonderful way for us to work directly with a region’s healthcare community and leverage together the goals of the Campaign, strengthen healthcare and support students.
This year’s convention, (which marks the thirteenth I’ve attended!) left me again fully inspired about the future of nursing.. I met soon-to-graduate Michael from Baylor University in Texas and young working mom Brandy from the University of North Florida; and students who fundraised for weeks and took multiple flights to get to the meeting from school chapters in places like Hawaii, New Jersey, Nebraska, Maine and Georgia to name a few. They were determined to be there!
As part of our on-going support of nursing students and their career development needs, the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future was thrilled to bring the
Always a favorite offering in our room, students had the opportunity to have professional headshots taken for their online career/networking activities such as LinkedIn. And, as they waited for their photos they took a moment to read, reflect and write a message about their own hopes and dreams for their future career in nursing for our iDream Tree.
It was inspirational to read the authentic dreams of today’s nursing students, our nurses of tomorrow! There were hundreds of iDream messages which ranged from the specific to the broad: “To make children’s lives better”; “to put as many smiles on as many faces as I possibly can”; “to work with babies and work in the NICU“; to save lives and work hard” and “to change the world.”
Building on the affinity and enjoyment of many to take and share photos via social media, our “iDream Selfie Station” complete with red carpet, branded “step and repeat” backdrop, Campaign scrub tops and chalkboards for personalized messages, was a huge hit! Integration with our
The hundreds of students who visited our iDream Room also had the opportunity to stroll through an exhibit of inspirational stories from seasoned nurses as part of ouras well as in our video viewing area.
There was time to soak up new ideas as well with an online nurse specialty quiz and through special short career learning sessions around such topics as “Thriving in Your Future Nursing Career” and “Creating a Winning First Impression, a personal branding workshop. The students also had the opportunity to consult one-on-one with a professional stylist for questions about business dress for interviews, practice tie-tying, and get energized by a live “Dress for Success Style Showcase” fashion show complete with lights, music and professional models wearing career-appropriate interview attire. All of these sessions offered practical, real-world career-related advice and were well-received. We even got some new ideas from the students themselves on how to improve for next year!
And, that’s just it – we’re constantly learning from these best and brightest of students. They are right on the cusp of their nursing careers – dedicated beyond belief, hungry for education, information, insights and exude contagious passion for the profession. Their dreams as student nurses today will soon be realized as nurses of tomorrow and we will all be better off for it.