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New Podcast Spotlights Nurses’ Expertise in Health Innovation, Technology and Industry as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife Commences


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JANUARY 28, 2020 – Johnson & Johnson and the American Nurses Association today launched SEE YOU NOW, an inspiring storytelling podcast that highlights innovative and human-centered solutions driven by nurses addressing today's most challenging healthcare problems. SEE YOU NOW will unpack the personal motivations of each guest and explore how their experiences ultimately sparked action to address some of the many complex healthcare challenges that exist today. SEE YOU NOW launches as part of the global recognition and call to action of the World Health Organization’s International Year of the Nurse and Midwife in 2020 and will bring greater visibility to nurses as innovators, leaders and catalysts in improving human health.

Health systems across the world are strained by ever increasing demands and in need of innovation from all corners. On a daily basis, the public trusts nurses to work with billions of dollars of technology, devices, pharmaceuticals, data and human lives. Despite being the most trusted profession, nurses’ potential to improve health outcomes and lead system change is often underestimated and their expertise underutilized. Nurses are discovering the gaps in care and driving solutions, often under the radar, in every care setting they work in; addressing the unmet needs of individuals and communities, leading hospital systems, advancing health technology, and shaping health and human services policy.     

“Nurses combine hands-on patient experience, resourcefulness and innate innovative mindsets that need to be broadly recognized, elevated and celebrated,” said Lynda Benton, Senior Director of Corporate Equity, Johnson & Johnson. “SEE YOU NOW aims to bring insights gained by nurses through direct patient care and across all aspects of the healthcare system to a broader audience, sparking ideas for future innovations in listeners wherever they may be in their careers and around the world.”

SEE YOU NOW invites listeners to see nurses as they may never have before – as leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs with the power to improve lives and strengthen health systems. Hosted by nurse economist and tech enthusiast, Shawna Butler, SEE YOU NOW gives listeners direct access to meaningful conversations with nurses at the forefront of healthcare and innovation – those developing new devices, processes, protocols and ways to address maternal mortality, infectious disease, anxiety, grief, diabetes, allergies and so much more – and will empower anyone with an innovative idea for health with the inspiration to see it through.

“Nurses are actively creating new solutions to redesign care delivery to meet the emerging needs of people and communities across the health care continuum,” said American Nurses Association Vice President of Innovation Oriana Beaudet, DNP, RN, PHN.  “SEE YOU NOW acknowledges nurses’ rich history of impacting change and showcases the indisputable impact of the nursing profession on the world we live in.”

SEE YOU NOW is available for download on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and wherever you listen to podcasts. For more information, visit and follow the social conversation at #SeeYouNow.

Episode Information

SEE YOU NOW features stories highlighting nurses as leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs and spotlights the broad range of health conditions and challenges they are solving.

Some episodes in Season One include:

What Ebola Taught Us About Collaboration and Communication

Effective communication is key for any team, and during an infectious disease outbreak when the public is on high alert and lives are at stake, it becomes even more critical. As some of the first healthcare providers to treat the Ebola virus in the U.S., members of Emory University’s Serious Communicable Diseases Unit Sharon Vanairsdale, APRN, and Colleen Kraft, MD, share their experiences, learnings and innovations they established to create a culture of safety and an affinity for preparedness to prevent the spread of deadly infections.

Gaming for Health

What happens when a nurse merges a love of gaming with a passion for improving healthcare? A transformation in solving health challenges that is as unique as it is fun. Anna Sort, nurse, gamer and digital health entrepreneur, talks with host Shawna Butler about her groundbreaking work that leverages the fun, thrills and science of gamification to create behavioral change, improved health and innovative ways to learn new skills.

The Power of Having Nurses at the Table

Gender equality. Economic development. Greater health outcomes. According to nurse, researcher and policy expert Barbara Stilwell, PhD, RN, FRCN and Executive Director of Nursing Now, a global campaign seeking to elevate the nursing profession, more nurses in leadership and policy roles can result in all those things and more. In this episode, Stilwell speaks with Shawna Butler about the need to raise awareness of the impact nurses have in transforming health systems, the groundbreaking work they have accomplished in devising solutions to patient care and health outcomes and the exciting potential of nurse leadership and innovation. 

The Importance of the Pause / Pause for a Moment

As an emergency nurse and palliative care liaison, Jonathan Bartels, RN, understands the toll that witnessing a death can have on healthcare worker resiliency. In this episode, Shawna Butler talks with Bartels on designing The Pause , a meaningful and effective practice that health systems are rapidly adopting to address the alarming rate of clinician burnout and mental stress.

Empowering Childbirth

Pioneer, MacArthur Fellow and Nurse Midwife Ruth Watson Lubic, EdD, RN, CNM, FAAN, FACNM, opened the first freestanding birth center for low-income families in New York City at a time where it was common for women to have very little say in their labor and delivery experience. In this episode, Lubic talks with Shawna Butler about her six decades of experience in nurse-midwifery, how far care delivery in childbirth has come and what the next 60 years of health innovation in this space could be. 

Brushing for Your Life 

Nurse, educator and historian Dian Baker, PhD, APRN-BC, PNP, PHN, has been championing a creative solution to reduce cases of hospital-acquired pneumonia across the country: encouraging patients to brush their teeth. In this episode, Baker and Shawna Butler discuss the significance of nurses taking the lead in developing partners for scaling innovative solutions across an enterprise and why dental care, as well as mental healthcare, should be a larger priority in every healthcare setting.

Transforming Care Practices for HIV/AIDS Patients in the 80s

In the early 1980s, the HIV and AIDS epidemic had public health experts, nurses and physicians around the country perplexed, concerned and anxious. Patients with HIV suffered physically and emotionally as they faced stigma associated with a disease the world was just discovering. In this episode, host Shawna Butler talks to the extraordinary nurses of Ward 5B at San Francisco General Hospital, Alison Moed, RN, Cliff Morrison, RN, MPH, MBA, MS, and Guy Vandenberg, RN, MSW, whose innovative work was the inspiration for the critically acclaimed film 5B that tells the story of humanity-centered leadership that established a new standard of care for patients with HIV and AIDS.

About Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson is committed to advocating for, elevating and empowering nurses as innovative leaders who improve patient outcomes and strengthen health systems, changing the trajectory of human health. In 2020, the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, Johnson & Johnson proudly continues its 120-year commitment to the nursing profession by championing nurse-led innovation in healthcare, supporting clinical skills and leadership development and advocating for and with nurses for the betterment of the profession. We believe nurses change lives, and that changes everything. To learn more visit

About the American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's 4 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on healthcare issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of healthcare for all. For more information, visit

About Shawna Butler, Host, SEE YOU NOW

Shawna Butler has 30+ years of experience in the nursing profession worldwide from patient care to technology and policy. Her clinical experience includes emergency, cardiac and critical care in large university and small community hospitals and international medical repatriations. She has spoken at major conferences including SXSW, the Biden Cancer Summit, Aspen Ideas Festival, XPRIZE, HIMSS Europe and more. Butler is on a mission to ensure that nurses are part of the decisive healthcare conversations in politics, inside boardrooms and in media.

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