Sigma Nursing with Johnson & Johnson Foundation launch 2023 Nurse Empowerment Program for frontline nurses

Based on successful previous cohorts, this customizable learning program leverages innovative and flexible online education opportunities

INDIANAPOLIS — The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) announced the 2023 Nurse Empowerment Program, a customizable, free, flexible online education program developed through support from the Johnson & Johnson Foundation to help frontline nurses grow and develop their skills in key non-clinical competency areas. In this third cohort, Sigma has worked to tailor the Nurse Empowerment Program curriculum to important challenges and opportunities facing frontline nurses today. Sigma's Nurse Empowerment Program is funded by a Johnson & Johnson Foundation grant given to International Honor Society of Nursing Foundation Inc.

The 2023 Nurse Empowerment Program is intended for nurses who wish to further strengthen non-clinical skills and develop in their current role, as well as for nurses interested in powering-up their skills to take on new roles. The program offers a curated set of LinkedIn Learning and Sigma courses that address eight competencies: leadership development, effective communication skills, dealing with conflict, healthy work environments, diversity, change management, team science, and resilience. Through support from the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, the 2023 Nurse Empowerment Program is offered free of charge to frontline nurses in the United States and Canada, with particular interest in nurses who represent minority groups.

The 2023 Nurse Empowerment Program is based on a highly successful pilot and previous cohort that were featured in LinkedIn Learning’s 2021 Workplace Learning Report and as a LinkedIn Learning Customer Success Story, respectively.

Of previous participants:

  • 99%  said the program added value to their professional development as leaders.
  • 93% found the courses useful to their workplace leadership practice.
  • 66%  who applied for or considered a promotion felt ready and willing because of the program.

“We are thrilled once again to collaborate with the Johnson & Johnson Foundation to offer this program with a significant demonstrated benefit to frontline nurses,” said Sigma President Kenneth Dion, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN, RCSI, FAAN. “As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, we strive to provide critical support to frontline nurses and help them prepare to lead in rapidly changing work environments.”

The 2023 Nurse Empowerment Program begins 10 February and ends on 31 May 2023. The program is free of charge, but registration is required to receive access to the Sigma and LinkedIn Learning courses. Learn more at

Sigma is also pleased to collaborate with the Johnson & Johnson Foundation on the Professional Development Program: Clinical Nurse – a new initiative to support hospitals and health systems seeking to develop an evidence-informed professional development program for their nursing staff. Professional development or clinical ladder programs have been shown to recognize employee accomplishments, allow a path for growth without leaving the bedside, and – in some cases – increase pay, all of which can contribute to a healthier partnership between nurse professionals and their employers. The Professional Development Program: Clinical Nurse pilot project will incorporate participants, guidance, and input from health and hospital systems. Participating health systems have been selected for this pilot, and Sigma will provide updates in the near future on this exciting initiative.

About Sigma

The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 members and 600 chapters at institutions of higher education and healthcare partners from Armenia, Australia, and Botswana to Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Sigma members include clinical nurses and administrators, academic nurse educators and researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others working to fulfill the organization’s vision of connected, empowered nurse leaders transforming global healthcare. Learn more at

The International Honor Society of Nursing Foundation (Sigma Foundation) for Nursing) supports Sigma programs and activities. Thanks to its donors and grant partners, the Sigma Foundation for Nursing provides annual funding for more than US $360,000 in research grants, leadership education grants, membership subsidies, and support for Sigma initiatives.