Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellowship Program

J&J Nurse Innovation Fellowship Program Powered by Penn Nursing & Wharton 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 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.

The 2024 application is now closed.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2024 cohort.


About the Program

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 bringing together nurse leaders representing a diversity of organization types, locations, size, populations served and healthcare expertise. Two nurse leaders — one Chief Nursing Officer or nurse executive and one other senior nurse leader from the same organization — participate and work together to address a real-world challenge their health system is facing.

The fellowship will immerse participants in the innovation process by focusing on human-centered design and design thinking methodologies, and will teach fellows how to apply it to their specific challenge area and drive transformative changes to the healthcare environment that support better outcomes for nurses and patients alike. The innovation curriculum provided by Penn Nursing will be paired with business acumen, change management and strategic leadership skills development through Wharton Executive Education. At the conclusion of the fellowship, fellows will pitch their innovative solutions and implement them at their healthcare system.

Learn all about the 2024 Fellowship

How is the 2024 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 April 22, 2024 from 11am to 5pm ET, followed by an in-person 5-day Summer Innovation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA from June 3-7, 2024. Following the Summer Innovation Institute, there are three 2-day virtual synchronous sessions from 11am to 5pm ET on September 10-11, 2024, November 12-13, 2024 and February 11-12, 2025, and a 2-day in-person closing event at Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ, on May 21-22, 2025.

During the fellowship, participants will work on a challenge specific to their health system to create an environment where nurses and patients can thrive. 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 care system are required to attend all in-person and virtual sessions, fellows may invite extended team members from their health care 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 describing their problem and recommended solution.



Meet the 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

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