Program Partners: Message from Johnson & Johnson

Michael Bzdak, Ph.D.We believe there is power in partnerships, and we are proud to partner with Duke University to help ensure the quality of patient care through a premier leadership development experience for advanced practice nurses, especially those who practice in community-based clinic settings serving underserved populations.

Building on a legacy that spans more than a century, our philanthropic mission is focused on making life-changing, long-term differences in human health by targeting the world's major health-related issues.

Our company believes that an investment in leadership and management programs focused on career preparation today will have a powerful impact on the quality of health care in the future, and is a powerful means to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness in health care systems.

We, at Johnson & Johnson, have a deep and continuing commitment to nurses and nursing.  Our legacy and equity in addressing the nursing shortage through the Campaign for Nursing’s Future, as well as our focus on nurse leadership and management, position us well to make a significant impact in health care delivery through nursing solutions.

Our goal is to develop a critical mass of motivated leaders that could potentially have a national ripple effect in delivering quality, cost effective patient-centered health care to the underserved.

Today’s advanced practice nurse has an opportunity to play a bigger and more significant role in health care delivery. We are excited to offer this innovative leadership experience to the advanced practice nurse who chooses to take on a leadership role by leading change to advance health in their communities where they serve thousands of people in need. We also understand and appreciate that fact that quality and meaningful health care cannot be created nor provided in silos and that it takes high performing interprofessional teams to be the change agents we need.  Thus, we look forward to supporting both advanced practice nurses and their invaluable team members in reaching their fullest potentials as transformational health care leaders.  We invite you to apply to our program, and begin your leadership journey - a journey that will allow you to improve the lives of patients and families in very profound ways.

Michael Bzdak, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Corporate Contributions
Johnson & Johnson