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SUMMIT, NEW JERSEY – The idea that nurses should embrace the roles they play as innovators in the world of healthcare entrepreneurship was one of many views shared by Dr. Suzanne Shugg on Johnson & Johnson’s Nursing Notes Podcast this week.

Dr. Shugg shared these thoughts while being interviewed about her telehealth company, Teleplus Healthcare, by Johnson & Johnson’s Nursing Notes host Jamie Davis.

Davis asked Shugg, who is also a Doctor of Nursing Practice and an instructor at Rutgers University, how her nursing background contributed to the adoption of user-friendly services within her company’s sleep disorder treatment program.

“I think one of the reasons why there is a huge increase in innovation from nurses is because we see the problems firsthand,” Shugg said. “When you’re a nurse, you’re in the line of fire… we’re allowed into a very personal window with patients that most people don’t get to see.”

Shugg also spoke about the way Teleplus Healthcare was created from a holistic perspective with the needs of providers in mind.

“We don’t want to farm out the management,” Shugg explained. “We’d rather keep the patients with their current providers, then go in and train providers and practices to further take care of patients and integrate telemedicine.”

A link to the full interview is available here:

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