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Nurse Innovation Fellowship Program by Johnson & Johnson

The Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellowship Program (JJNIF) powered by Penn Nursing and the Wharton School is a ground-breaking, one-year, team-based nursing fellowship (June 2023-May 2024) for Chief Nursing Officers (CNO), nurse executives, and senior nurse leaders. The goal of the fellowship is to advance health care by powering up nurse-led innovation and leadership within health systems.

Introducing the 2023-2034 Fellows

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is pleased to announce the ten teams from health systems around the country who have been selected for the 2023-2024 JJNIF program, powered by Penn Nursing and the Wharton School.

The fellows come from geographically diverse areas across the US. They come from large and small health systems as well as stand-alone hospitals and public health systems in urban and rural locations.

Meet the Fellows

Program Overview

The JJNIF is designed for innovative nurse executives who have a passion for finding solutions that provide better care for patients and support a workplace environment where nurses can thrive. 

This fellowship is unique in that two nurse leaders – one Chief Nursing Officer or nurse executive and one other senior nurse leader from the same health system organization – participate and work together to address a real-world challenge they are facing in their health system. The program will immerse fellows in the innovation process by focusing on human-centered design and design thinking methodologies and will teach fellows how to apply them to their challenge areas. The innovation curriculum provided by Penn Nursing will be paired with business acumen and leadership skills development through Wharton Executive Education.

How is the Fellowship structured? 

The JJNIF program is a combination of in-person and virtual sessions, and teams are expected to attend all sessions. The program begins with a virtual half-day kick-off meeting in early June 2023, followed by an in-person 5-day Summer Innovation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, from June 26-30, 2023. Following the Summer Innovation Institute, there are three 2-day virtual synchronous sessions (one each quarter) throughout the year and a 2-day in-person closing event at Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ, on May 22-23, 2024. 

During the fellowship, participants will work on a health care problem specific to their health system. Teams will leave each session with homework to be completed at their institution in order to move their project forward and to sustain buy-in and support from their institutional leaders and stakeholders. While two-person teams from each health system are required to attend all in-person and virtual sessions, fellows may invite extended team members from their health system who can help them identify the problem and develop their solutions to attend virtual sessions as needed. The program will conclude with a final in-person pitch session where fellows will describe the problem they are addressing and their recommended solution. 

Program Timeline 

  • June 5, 2023 (virtual)
  • June 26-30, 2023 (Philadelphia, PA)
  • September 12-13, 2023 (virtual)
  • November 7-8, 2023 (virtual)
  • February 13-14, 2024 (virtual)
  • May 22-23, 2024 (New Brunswick, NJ)

Each virtual session will last approximately 5 hours, tentatively from 11 AM - 4 PM ET (times are subject to change).

Learn more about Johnson & Johnson’s 125 commitment to the nursing profession here.


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