October 23, 2008, 5:02 pm

Hangin’ With Johnson and Johnson

I’m back!

It was a whirlwind trip to beautiful Orlando, Florida to speak at Johnson and Johnson’s Global Communications Conference.

I had an absolute blast!

I’m standing here with my co-panelist Lisa Emrich, author of Brass and Ivory, her blog about life with multiple sclerosis. She also runs the Carnival of MS Bloggers and writes for Health Central on MS issues. That’s in addition to being a professional musician and music instructor (and I thought I was busy!)!


The speech went well, but I did forget one minor thing:

When you are giving a Powerpoint presentation, advance the slides! I got so into what I was saying, I forgot to press the clicker!

It is very surreal to see your name on a twenty-foot screen, I should have gotten a picture of it.

I was very nervous before and was shaky after, but during the actual talk, I was fine. I just started talking and before I knew it my ten minutes were up (then again, talking has never been a problem for me!). I had notes, but wound up barely using them.

And they had teleprompters! Holy cow – beautiful, huge computer screens! I didn’t need them for my talk, but it was a very cool set-up.


The communications folks at JNJ are very enthusiastic about being a part of the healthcare conversation on the web. Not just having a corporate web site, but actually participating in the blogoshere and other social media.

I would describe them as the “Apple” of JNJ. Enthusiastic about what they do, eager to engage the future of social media via the blogosphere and dedicated to the JNJ family.

I really feel dumb, though. Long ago I signed up for newsletters from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation regarding their funding for nursing education and research.

I had no idea that Robert Wood Johnson was THE Johnson of JNJ!

In fact, Johnson and Johnson has done active work in nurse recruitment through their “Discover Nursing” campaign.

They definitely have much to contribute to the healthcare conversation.

Oh! And if you are a history buff, you have got to check out Kilmer House. It’s full of stories about the history of the Johnson family and the company, including a post about disaster relief the company sent after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.


The night I arrived, we had dinner at Universal Studio’s City Walk. Beautiful!

So there I am, in the city of Disney World, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Adventure – Disney, Disney, Disney.

Guess where I went?

The NASCAR Grille!

Just wait until my husband comes home and sees the two matted Kasey Kahne photos on the wall!

Hey, a girl’s gotta have a souvenir (or two) now and then!


Oh, I’ve never had to do this before, but I think I’m supposed to add a disclaimer:

DISCLAIMER: Johnson and Johnson paid for my travel plus room and board to the Conference. I have no financial interest in the company itself.

How was that?


Don’t forget Grand Rounds is here next week. Submission accepted until Monday 10:00am PDT. Send to kmcallister911 at mac dot com. I already have about ten! Whoo hoo! Keep ’em coming!


  • Strong One

    October 23, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    How very cool. Very cool indeed!

  • Karin, RN

    October 23, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Any video of this speech?

  • Trusted.MD Network

    October 23, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Hangin’ With Johnson and Johnson…

    I’m back!
    It was a whirlwind trip to beautiful Orlando, Florida to speak at Johnson and Johnson’s Global Communications Conference.
    I had an absolute blast!
    I’m standing here with my co-panelist Lisa Emrich, author of Brass and Ivory, her blog ab…

  • Nurse K

    October 23, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    You trying to be the real Speaker for All Nurses?


    Going on the speaking circuit could be profitable, you should market yourself and/or hire a company to “sell” you!

  • Susan

    October 23, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Yeah, those Johnson’s are all over Central Jersey. I liked the Kilmer site, especially the old pictures of New Brunswick. I can practically see their headquarters from my house. And RWJ the hospital is a pretty good place to work if you ever feel like moving out to Jersey!

  • Margaret

    October 24, 2008 at 6:54 am

    Kim, it was wonderful meeting you in person at our Global Communications Conference. Everyone learned a lot from your talk…and everyone loved your slides! (There are a number of cat fans at Johnson & Johnson, me included!)

  • Lisa Emrich

    October 24, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Hi Kim,

    It was fun, wasn’t it? I think you did great, and the LOLcats were awesome! Next time (if there is a next time opportunity), I’ll have to do the Powerpoint thing. However, then I would probably have to give up the live internet tour thing. Hmmm, choices, choices. It was really great meeting you and I’m glad to hear that you got back safely (2.5 hour delay and all).


  • Rob Halper

    October 24, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Thanks, Kim. Well done post, and the disclaimer will have our legal and regulatory folks smiling over their morning coffee and ulcers! I’m glad you had such a great time, but really the pleasure was ours, and meals under a domed roof (were we in Tropicana Field?) were small payment for the insights and energy you were able to impart. I think the most important point in your talk, was that to do engage in the blogosphere sucsseffuly, you must be passionate, and accurate about what you are writing, blogging, vlogging, youtubing or twittering. If you are not, your “truthiness” or insincerity will be immediately picked up, and in some cases, ruthlessly sliced and diced! Sort of like what our once-esteemed finanancial industry did to all those subprime mortgages, reducing them to a toxic state. Happily no one loses their houses if blog posts are called out as fake, or self-serving, but they are going to be disregarded and decrease your credibility. Thanks again, Kim, and we’re all excited about producing an Nursing/Healthcare/Med track at one of the meetings next year. Kim is TIRELESS, and is instrumental in pushing forward some great intitiative for us next year, which we’re in the process of evaluating.


  • Adrienne Zurub

    October 24, 2008 at 10:28 am

    You go grrl! That is soooo cool.
    I know you ‘represented’ us well.


  • girlvet

    October 24, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I bet you never thought when you started your blog that this would happen, huh? Congrats!

  • Mary Lu

    October 26, 2008 at 2:08 am

    Kim, Never thought you’d end up talking TO a corporation about your field when you started this blog did ya? I’m very proud to see you are Cluetraining Nursing and the honest conversations we ALL must have about healthcare. Very proud of you lady. Very proud. Keep it up! I need to get you a copy of the Cluetrain Manifesto http://www.cluetrain.com. You are doing to healthcare what we did to business! Very proud of you! Mary Lu

  • JimK

    October 27, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Heya Kim,

    Sounds like you had a great time and met some fun people.

    Too bad our conferences didn’t overlap. It would have been fun to have some family in Orlando when I was there a week earlier.

    Take care,


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