The Nation of Nurses

The Nation of Nurses

A Manual for Revolutionizing Healthcare

Dr. Jalil A. Johnson, PhD, MS, ANP-BC


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Inspires nurses to envision themselves as leaders, innovators, and agents of change

Firmly grounded in the digital age, this unique and innovative book focuses on the challenges and opportunities for nurses in the 21st century. The author, one of nursing's fastest-rising influencers, focuses on the power dynamic between nurses and the healthcare system—which often impedes opportunities for nurses to manage and lead effectively—and offers contemporary solutions that help nurses to mobilize and completely revolutionize healthcare as we know it.

Based on the author's extensive experience with digital and online trends, communities, and spaces, the book offers practical strategies whereby nurses can assert themselves within the healthcare and education systems to make positive change on institutional, regional, and national levels. Focusing on nurse self-advocacy, the book offers concrete strategies to ameliorate a top concern for nurses: a perceived lack of power and respect in the workplace. It features step-by-step processes for empowering and mobilizing nurses as change agents at a systemic level, demonstrates how nurses can alter cultural norms and perceptions of their profession, and illustrates how nurses can maximize their influence and impact on institutional and government policy. Woven throughout is the author's extraordinary personal story of rising from a Certified Nursing Assistant to CEO of the largest nurse-run online community.

Key Features:

  • Delivers contemporary strategies to help nurses powerfully assert themselves within the healthcare and education systems toward effecting positive change
  • Discusses how nurses can significantly impact healthcare on institutional, regional, and national levels
  • Addresses a top concern for nurses: a perceived lack of power and respect in the workplace
  • Accessibly written for all nurses with step-by-step instructions for implementing the book's concepts and strategies
  • Demonstrates how to use social media platforms to expand the influence of nurses in the healthcare system


Dr. Jalil A. Johnson, PhD, MS, ANP-BC:

Jalil A. Johnson PhD, MS, ANP-BC is an advance practice nurse, educator, advocate, speaker, and influencer. He is knowns as a renaissance nurse, in that he has broad experience and expertise in many areas and subspecialty areas related to healthcare. He began his career in healthcare in 2000 as a CNA, and continued his education as an LPN (2001); RN (2006); Nurse Practitioner training (2010); and PhD (2018). He is a has Hluchyj Fellow (UMass, Amherst 2012); Facebook Community Leadership Fellow (Palo Alto, California 2019); and Fellow of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership (SONSIEL, 2019).

His clinical practice background includes bedside nursing in Intensive Care Units, Emergency Departments, Telemetry Units, Sub-Acute Units; as well as Long Term Care, Medical Surgical Units, and Psychiatric Units. His advance practice experience includes adult primary care specialty, with subspecialties in behavioral health and substance used disorders. His research experience includes study of the intersection and influence of culture on health disparities in minority populations. His teaching experience includes didactic and clinical teaching at the associates degree, bachelors degree, and doctorate of nursing practice level.

He is the CEO of Show Me Your Stethoscope, an online nurse advocacy community of over 600,000 nurses; and an organizer for NursesTakeDC, a grassroots movement of bedside nurses advocating for safe nurse staffing. Professionally, he is most passionate about helping healthcare professionals become greater self-advocates. He is a father to six children, and husband to his wife who is also a nurse.