Campaign for Action Update: November 22, 2016

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Shout-Outs

Breakthrough Leader Named a New York Academy of Medicine Fellow

Gina Miranda-Diaz, DNP, MPH, APHN-BC, a 2015 Culture of Health Breakthrough Leader in Nursing, has been named a New York Academy of Medicine fellow, recognized for her “vast expertise in public health, policy, advocacy, governmental agencies, minority and marginalized disparities in health and health care over several decades.” As a fellow, Miranda-Diaz says, she will work with the Institute for Urban Health’s program to eliminate disparities–the focus of her DNP studies.

Future of Nursing West Virginia Earns Excellence Award

The Future of Nursing West Virginia Action Coalition has been recognized as an outstanding nonprofit organization , earning the Excellence Award in the small-budget category from the West Virginia Nonprofit Association. “They exemplify the best of the nonprofit sector in our state and serve as an inspiration to all of us,” said the nonprofit association of the three winners, including those in the medium and large categories.

Breakthrough Leader Moderates Public Health Panel

In celebration of its 50th year, Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing hosted a panel talk on public health, and it was moderated by Lucia Alfano, RN, MA, a 2015 Culture of Health Breakthrough Leader. Guiding the conversation among the New York City schools chancellor, a pediatrician, and a representative from the housing authority, Alfano focused on the many elements that affect wellness, emphasizing that those needs must be addressed to build a Culture of Health.

Campaign News and Features
Campaign
Website Launches Hub for Workforce Data News 

Knowing how many nurses are working and where has never been more important. To keep up on the effort to track data on the nursing workforce, take a look at the new area on the Campaign website that offers, in one place, the latest research on the topic. Also there: A white paper that summarizes findings from the meeting the Campaign held in May among 40 experts on workforce data.

States Offered New Agreement Compact for Multistate Licenses

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing last year introduced the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), which updates the still-in-use agreement among 25 states that allows nurses to practice in other compact states. Legislatures in 10 states have enacted the eNLC.

Oregon Nurse Educates Others on Female Veterans’ Needs

Cindi Warburton, 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Jonas Scholar and member of the Oregon Action Coalition’s leadership group, helps connect women veterans in rural Oregon with specialized services that the Department of Veterans Affairs provides.

Workforce Expert Tallies Number of Those Entering Field

Campaign ally Edward Salsberg, MPA, of the George Washington University School of Nursing, reviews how many are taking the National Council Licensure Examination for the first time. The numbers are up for those with bachelor’s degrees, he writes on the Health Affairs Blog , but other figures aren’t as promising.
Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

Scholars at All Levels Encouraged to Apply for Nursing Education Grants

The National League for Nursing provides three to five grants a year for research that contributes to the development of the science of nursing education. One theme this year for its Education Research Grants Program is partnerships as a strategic approach to improve patient-centered outcomes. Deadline: February 9.

Action Coalitions! Nursing Journal Wants Your Stories

Nursing Education Perspectives will devote a whole issue to the subject of preparing nurses of the future, and invites Action Coalitions to write about how they are implementing recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Deadline: January 15.

Meetings and Webinars

Meetings open to all unless otherwise noted. Follow links for details about fees and registration. 

Families Caring for An Aging America: The Current Landscape and Opportunities for the Future

AARP Solutions Forum. Washington D.C.  December 1, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET.

Culture of Health and Nursing Education Learning Collaborative
(teleconference)
The Center to Champion Nursing in America. December 7, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET.

RN-to-BSN: Tracking Bachelor’s Degrees Now and Tomorrow (webinar)
The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) program. December 15, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET.

Teaching Health Policy in Graduate Nursing Education 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative conference. Coronado, Calif. January 17.

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Campaign for Action Update: November 8, 2016

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Shout-Out
Wisconsin Honors Nurse Advocate With Newly Named Award

The Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA) bestowed the 2016 Political Nurse Award on Campaign consultant Barbara Nichols, DnSc.(Hon), MS, RN–then named the award after the longtime advocate. Nichols earned The Barbara Nichols Nurse Advocate Award for her role as a leader of policies that are good for nurses and those they care for.

Campaign News and Features


New Page Groups Resources on Culture of Health and Nursing Education 

Educators and practitioners are considering ways that public health, and building healthier communities, are reflected in nursing education. The first of a series of teleconferences on the topic took place October 27. You can find comments and resources for future conversations on this new page on the Campaign website.

The Future of Nursing Report: Still on Top

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine ranks what we’re reading, and in October The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health was still its most downloaded publication on health and medicine–exactly six years after its release.


Nursing Journal Hails Nursing Education Programs in Special Issue

The Journal of Professional Nursing reviews the programs that welcome those from other fields into nursing with a special issue on accelerated nursing programs. Featured prominently is New Careers in Nursing, a joint program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

American Academy of Nursing Conference: Talk of Childhood Poverty, More

“Childhood poverty is a public health crisis,” but nurses are helping, said two speakers in a panel discussion at the American Academy of Nursing’s 2016 policy conference. Panelists discussed how nurses are addressing childhood poverty through a number of initiatives. (Read a few of the comments on other topics overheard throughout the event.)


Federal Grant Helps Montana State Enroll More Native American Students 

Montana State University’s College of Nursing has seen its student enrollment grow more diverse–in fact, the proportion of Native American students now matches the state’s population–thanks in part to program whose long-term goal is to improve the health of Native Americans in Montana.

#WeGotThis: Johns Hopkins Rewriting “The Script”

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is looking to nurses to help update the perception of nursing. Share your stories on Facebook and Twitter (and hear from others) by using #WeGotThis


Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

Below are three funding opportunities with fast-approaching deadlines.

Meetings and Webinars

Meetings open to all unless otherwise noted. Follow links for details about fees and registration. 

Fostering Innovation, Sustaining Transformation: the Future of Nurse-Led Care

The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (co-lead of the Pennsylvania Action Coalition) national conference in Philadelphia. November 9-11.

Families Caring for An Aging America: The Current Landscape and Opportunities for the Future

AARP Solutions Forum. Washington D.C.  December 1, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET.

Culture of Health Briefing

Health Affairs, Washington D.C. November 10, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET.

Teaching Health Policy in Graduate Nursing Education 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative conference. Coronado, Calif. January 17.

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Campaign for Action Update: October 25, 2016

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Shout-out

Shalala Receives David Rall Medal 

Donna Shalala, PhD, was awarded the David Rall medal by the National Academies of Medicine for outstanding leadership of the committee that produced the 2010 Future of Nursing report.

Campaign News and Features
AARP Board Member Urges VA to Improve Access to Care 

AARP board member C. Alicia Georges wrote an op-ed for STAT calling for the VA to approve the proposal to grant APRNS full practice authority in VA facilities.

Reinhard Speaks at AAN Conference: Urges Support for Family Caregivers

Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president and director, AARP Public Policy Institute and chief strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America, gave a keynote address at the  American Academy of Nursing’s annual policy conference last week in Washington DC. Reinhard focused attention on the need for nurses to support family caregivers.

To Deliver Better Care, Nurses Must Take Care of Themselves

Nurses need to care for themselves as devotedly as they care for their patients, writes LeAnn Thieman, author of Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, on the Campaign blog. Thieman introduces CARE4ME-strategies that include eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep.

Study: Nurse-Designed Models Match Tenets of Culture of Health 

A study published in Nursing Outlook of 39 models of care created by nurses found the models closely aligned with issues related to a Culture of Health. Researchers say communities can benefit if other health care professionals adopt aspects of the models.
Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities


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Improve Your Policymaking Skills with AcademyHealth

AcademyHealth is looking for applicants for its Population Health Scholarship program Jan. 30-31 in Washington, DC. This “policy bootcamp” convenes around the 2017 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference and will cover topics such as defining policy issues, communicating with policy makers, and building connections at the national and state level.  The application deadline is Oct. 28.

Deadlines Approach for Two Efforts to Fund Healthy Communities 

Two grants meant to support communities that put a priority on health have the same deadline of November 3.

Apply for New Award That Honors Innovative Health Training

The Bipartisan Policy Center, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and American College of Sports Medicine want to celebrate health care professionals who provide especially effective advice on nutrition and exercise. They’re introducing the Innovation Award for Health Care Provider Training and Education, open to schools and programs. Deadline: November 11.

 

Meetings and Webinars

Meetings open to all unless otherwise noted. Follow links for details about fees and registration. 

 

Making the Case for Expanding and Enhancing Registered Nurses’ Roles in Primary Care (webinar)

The Macy Foundation, October 26, 2 – 3 p.m. ET.

A Chat About Nursing Curriculum and a Culture of Health
(teleconference)

The Center to Champion Nursing in America, October 27, 2-3:30 p.m. ET.

Open Enrollment: Affordable Care Act (teleconference)
Health Resources and Services Administration, October 27, 4:30 p.m. ET

Race and Language in Healthcare: The Impact on Quality of Care (webinar)

The Tennessee Action Coalition, November 8, 4 – 5 p.m. ET.

Fostering Innovation, Sustaining Transformation: the Future of Nurse-Led Care

The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (co-lead of the Pennsylvania Action Coalition) national conference in Philadelphia. November 9-11.

Families Caring for An Aging America: The Current Landscape and Opportunities for the Future

AARP Solutions Forum. Washington D.C.  December 1, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET.

Teaching Health Policy in Graduate Nursing Education 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative conference. Coronado, Calif. January 17.

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Campaign for Action Update: September 27, 2016

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Shout-Out

Second Edition of The Power of Ten Published   

Congratulations to Campaign Director Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Jennifer S. Mensik, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, who surveyed more than 50 nurse leaders to compile a list of the top 10 priorities for nursing today. Buy the book.

Campaign News and Features
Arizona Leader Recognized As “Legend in Nursing”

Arizona Action Coalition’s Robin Schaeffer,  MSN, RN, CAE, was named a Legend in Nursing  by the Arizona Chapter of March of Dimes. The award honors a nurse who has dedicated his or her life to making outstanding contributions to building the nursing profession in Arizona.

Swan Song: U.S. Rep. Lois Capps Celebrates Nursing, Her Time in Congress
As co-author of the bipartisan act just passed again that bolsters nursing education, U.S. Rep. Lois Capps writes in The Huffington Post about how her being a nurse has ultimately served the public well over her 18 years in Congress.

Public Health Nurse Leaders, Action Coalitions Join in Leadership Training 

The Center for Creative Leadership hosted the 25 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Nurse Leaders and representatives from their 22 Action Coalitions for leadership training designed to strengthen their partnerships as they build a culture of health in their communities. The training was in Chicago September 6-9.

Professor Gives Overview of Changes That Will Reshape Nursing

Retirements in the nursing workforce and among baby boomers are among the forces that will reshape the nursing profession, says nursing professor and health care economist Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, in a magazine interview.

New York State Action Coalition a Hit at the Fair

Some 100 volunteers from the New York State Action Coalition visited the New York State Fair in August, staffing a booth where they welcomed 2,500 fairgoers over two weeks. They talked about nursing, handed out tips on personal and community health, and persuaded many to take a survey that they hope will provide ideas for ways to spread well-being.

Nursing Journal Highlights 10 Years of Charting Nursing’s Future

The September issue of the American Journal of Nursing showcases the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Charting Nursing’s Future, describing the decade-old publication as “a great resource not only for nurses, but for policymakers, consumers, health care organizations, and educators.” View past briefs.
Change.org Petition Aims to Put Nurses in Schools
Virginia schools average 1 nurse to 873 students. In response, one nurse started a Change.org petition that would require every public school in Virginia to have one full-time registered nurse. “School nurses may be the only health care resource” a student has, says Dana Holladay-Hollifield, BSN, RN, NCSN.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

New – Nursing Schools Can Apply for Faculty Loan Program

Schools of nursing can apply for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nurse Faculty Loan Program, which is designed to increase the number of qualified nurse faculty. Applications are due by November 14.

Action Coalitions, Nursing Journal Wants Your Stories

Nursing Education Perspectives will devote a whole issue to the subject of preparing nurses of the future, and invites Action Coalitions to write about how they are implementing recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

Communities Can Apply for Culture of Health Prize

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation wants to recognize communities that put a priority on health. Those committed to helping everyone live well can apply for the 2017 Culture of Health Prize, which provides $25,000 and publicity for the efforts. Deadline: November 3.

Health Policy Collaborative National Conference Set for January

The annual policy conference hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico is set for January 17. Submissions for abstracts for “Teaching Health Policy in Graduate Nursing Education: Giving Wings to Innovation” will be accepted through October.

Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America hosts technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. We also post information about webinars hosted by Action Coalitions and other organizations that may be of interest.

Fundraising Webinar Teaches How to Make Your Case

Campbell & Company leads a free webinar to define what is meant by “case for support” and explain its importance to would-be supporters. October 5, 1-2 p.m. ET.

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Campaign for Action Update: September 13, 2016

 

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In Memoriam: Dean Rita Ann Frantz
The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is saddened to learn of the death of University of Iowa College of Nursing Dean Rita Ann Frantz, PhD, RN, FAAN. Dean Frantz was co-lead of the Iowa Action Coalition; colleagues will miss her leadership and insights. Links to articles about the dean’s life can be found on the Campaign blog.

Campaign News and Features

Campaign’s Weekly Email Now Biweekly
After a short break, the Weekly Update is back with a new name and schedule: Now you’ll receive the Campaign Update every two weeks. Let us know what you think by writing to Aidan McCallion.

Nevada Nurses Plant Energy and Ideas to Help Urban Farm Grow

The first time the co-leads of the Nevada Action Coalition toured the Vegas Roots Community Garden with its energetic executive director, they knew they had found their Culture of Health calling. The city’s only urban farm is growing to meet the needs of a low-income neighborhood, and now student nurses are involved in this flourishing partnership.

Louisiana Still Recovering; Nurses Are Still There Too
When the American Red Cross asked for help after the damaging storm that hit Louisiana in August, among the nurses responding was Connecticut’s Cindy Holle, RN, DNP. What does a nurse do in meeting needs of hundreds of residents who are suddenly homeless? Holle wrote about some of what she encountered.

When Health Is Good, So Is Business
Health Means Business, a two-year campaign of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows up in Atlanta next. One speaker at a forum this week: Lisa Eichelberger, DSN, RN, co-lead of the Georgia Action Coalition and project director for that state’s RWJF State Implementation Program. She will be part of the Georgia Health Means Business Forum in Atlanta September 15.

Modern Healthcare Top 100 Includes Many Campaign Allies
Many Campaign supporters were among those Modern Healthcare named the 100 most influential people in health care in 2016, including members of the Campaign’s Champion Nursing Council and Champion Nursing Coalition.

Nebraska Nurses Offer Tips on Getting Laws Changed 

Though law-making differs state to state, similar strategies can be applied when it comes to making a compelling case. That’s why a paper by three allies of the Nebraska Action Coalition can help everyone in analyzing how Nebraska got its scope laws improved.

2010 Future of Nursing Report Has Moved
The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health has a new online home. Find The 2010 report–better yet, bookmark it!–at http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/reports/2010/the-future-of-nursing-leading-change-advancing-health.aspx.The Institute of Medicine is now the National Academy of Medicine, and online resources were reorganized.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

CMS Alters Applications for Accountable Health Communities Model Award
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, which through its Accountable Health Communities Model will fund efforts to link community services with health-related needs, has modified its requirements for the first track: awareness. Learn more at a webinar on Wednesday, September 14 at 2 p.m. ET. Applications are due November 3.

“Teaching Health Policy” National Conference Set for January
“Teaching Health Policy in Graduate Nursing Education: Giving Wings to Innovation,” the fourth annual policy conference hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico, will take place January 17. Submissions for abstracts will be accepted through October.

Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America hosts technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. We also post information about webinars hosted by Action Coalitions and other organizations that may be of interest.

Webinar Stars Nurses on Boards Chief, 2 Young Leaders
Learn about leadership from leaders at different stages in their careers, including the executive director of the Nurses on Boards Coalition. The Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition hosts. Continuing education units are offered. September 15, 1 p.m. ET. Register.

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Campaign for Action Update: August 23, 2016

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Burnes Bolton Named a 2016 Living Legend
In honor of her tremendous commitment to nursing, the American Academy of Nursing has named  Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, a 2016 “Living Legend.” Burnes Bolton is vice president for nursing and chief nursing officer at Cedars-Sinai in L.A. She was vice chair of the committee overseeing the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report on the future of nursing, and serves on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation board.

News

Louisiana Needs Nurses for Victims of Flood

In the wake of historic flooding, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is not the only one asking for volunteers in the state: the American Red Cross Disaster Health Services seeks nurses and other health professionals to provide aid for thousands unable to go home. For those health professionals who can make a nine-day commitment, learn more.

Tool Shows Correlation Between “Digitally Isolated” Communities, Health Quality

The Mapping Broadband Health in America tool, produced by the Federal Communications Commission, shows that people in counties that have poor access to broadband also do more poorly when it comes to health. The tool is based on the County Rankings & Roadmaps, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and also useful in showing the health of communities.

Pack Meals for Seniors in Need on September 11 
AARP Foundation, which with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP backs the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, invites all to join its annual day of service at the National Mall September 11-12 to pack 1.5 million meals for the Capital Area Food Bank. The volunteer event is a tribute to veterans and first responders and takes place on the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Find out more at the Meal Pack Challenge website

 

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities


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Communities Committed to Health Can Apply for Culture of Health Prize

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation wants to recognize communities that put a priority on health. Those that are deeply committed to helping everyone live well can apply for the 2017 Culture of Health Prize, which provides $25,000 and publicizes your efforts. Apply by November 3. Learn more during a webinar on September 22.

Schools Invited to Apply for Funds for 2017 Future of Nursing Scholars

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program aims to help build a cadre of PhD-prepared nurse leaders committed to long-term careers, the better to create a Culture of Health. Nursing schools have until September 15 at 3 p.m. ET to apply for funding to support their Future of Nursing Scholars.

Nursing Journal Requests Articles for Future of Nursing Issue

Thanks to Connecticut, Nursing Education Perspectives will devote one of its six issues a year to the subject of preparing nurses of the future, and seeks submissions from Action Coalitions writing about their efforts to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The National League for Nursing’s research journal prefers data-based manuscripts.

Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America hosts technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. We also post information about webinars hosted by Action Coalitions and other organizations that may be of interest.

Webinars Hosted by Action Coalitions 

“Expand Your Mind and Heart Through Reflective Practice”

Host: Tennessee Action Coalition

Date: Tuesday, September 13

Time: 3 – 4 p.m. ET

The Standards of Practice for Culturally Competent Nursing Care are, much like the Culture of Health, founded on the belief that everyone deserves fair and equal rights in health care. The Tennessee Action Coalition will host the third of six webinars based on those standards in a session that introduces the value of reflective practice and critical reflection–ways of critiquing one’s practice as well as examining values, beliefs, and cultural heritage . Register 

Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

Lessons Learned: Gaining Full Practice Authority in Nebraska

STEM Programs to Grow a Diverse Nursing Workforce

Fundraising and Coalition Building

Perspectives on the Evidence: Workforce Planning 
Summary of the May 20 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session. 

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

RWJF’s Initiative:Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

Nominate Exceptional Nurses for Modern Healthcare’s Excellence in Nursing Awards

Deadline: October 7.

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Campaign for Action Update: Louisiana Needs Nurses for Victims of Flood

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The American Red Cross Disaster Health Services needs nurses and other health professionals as it helps victims of the flooding in Louisiana. The Red Cross needs to hear as soon as possible from those who can help.

Exact duties and demands change daily, but there are two broad requirements:

  • You can make a nine-day commitment  (seven days of work on the job and a day for travel at each end)
  • You are a health care professional with a current, unencumbered license

The Red Cross seeks registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and advanced practice registered nurses.   (Here is more information for non-health professionals who wish to volunteer.)

Please contact Respond@redcross.org with this information:

  1. Professional name
  2. Email address
  3. Professional license/certification
  4. State in which you live
  5. Airport(s) that you would fly from
  6. Earliest date you can leave
  7. Date you must be home
  8. A phone number and good times to call

After the screening, those who are able to fit the need for this disaster relief effort will be asked to take a one-hour course, Health Services Fundamental 2.

Thank you for considering this request to help the thousands affected by the flooding.

Campaign for Action: Finalize the VA Proposed Rule

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Write Now! Ask Your Representatives to Say Yes to Better Health Care for Veterans

As you might know, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) received enormous response to its proposed rule that would allow all advanced practice registered nurses (nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse-midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists) to practice to the full extent of their education and training in its health facilities.

Now the VA has to make a final decision-and you can still speak up. Your legislators on Capitol Hill need to know that you, as a constituent, believe that the VA should approve the proposed rule.

Why? Because, in addition to the 200,000 comments it received from the public, the VA also will take into account what they hear from elected representatives.

Please feel free to use any or all of the draft language below to express to your representative or senator your support for full practice authority for all four categories of APRNs at the VA. (Do note that there are a few areas you should fill in to personalize this letter.)

This website can help you locate contact information for your members of Congress.

Sample Letter:
Dear Representative/Senator___________:

So that we as a nation are able to provide veterans high-quality care when and where they need it, all of our health professionals must be allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training. That is why I support the Veterans Health Administration’s proposed rule to improve veterans’ access to care by removing the barriers that keep advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) from providing the care they are trained and able to provide.

Acting in the best interest of our veterans means that this rule should apply to all APRNs: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse-midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. For example, veterans need better access to pain care and pain management, as seen in just two findings from the independent assessment of the VHA mandated by Congress in 2014. That assessment tied a lack of anesthesia support to the fact that veterans had to wait longer for cardiovascular surgery and colonoscopy services than did those in the private sector.

The public comment period has ended. Now we need our representatives in Congress to weigh in on this proposal that in its entirety would give veterans the care they deserve. As a [nurse, nurse champion, citizen who cares about veterans], with [family member, spouse, friend] who has served in the armed forces, as well as a concerned constituent from your [state/district], I urge you to let the White House know of your support for the proposed rule RIN 2900-AP44-Advanced Practice Registered Nurses for all four categories of APRNS.

Thank you for your attention to this important veterans’ health care issue.

Sincerely,
Xxxxx

Campaign for Action Update: August 9, 2016

 

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Shout-Out

Wisconsin SIP Project Manager Named Chair of School of Nursing

Congratulations to Carol Sabel, PhD, RN, CNE, for being named chair of the School of Nursing at Milwaukee School of Engineering. Sabel is active with the Wisconsin Center for Nursing, a co-lead of the Action Coalition, as the grant project manager for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Implementation Program. She was associate dean of the master of nursing program in the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing at Alverno College, also in Milwaukee.

News

No Weekly Update Next Week 

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action‘s Weekly Update will be on hiatus August 16. We will return August 23.

Numbers Marking Progress Have Been Updated

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action gauges progress on a number of fronts, and many of those have just been updated with new figures. The primary indicators were updated in June, and now the same has been done for secondary indicators on the Campaign Dashboard. Read more about the latest numbers on education, diversity, workforce data, leadership, access to care, and other Campaign pillars on the website.

Study Shows Shorter ER Waits When Nurses’ Responsibilities Expanded

If hospitals expand nurses’ responsibilities in the emergency room for certain types of treatments, patients can leave much sooner, finds a new study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. The study’s lead author told EMSWorld, “For certain patients, nurse-driven protocols can dramatically decrease the amount of time they spend in the emergency department. …It helps everyone in the ER by reducing crowding.” One such protocol: administering acetaminophen for those with fever. The study concludes: “A cooperative and collaborative interdisciplinary group is essential to success.”

Radford School of Nursing Joins Collaborative Community Effort
In Wise, Virginia, 10 members of Radford’s School of Nursing joined an annual massive effort to deliver health care to more than 2,000 underserved Virginians. At this year’s Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic in early July, 1,200 health care providers and other volunteers delivered medical, dental, vision, and preventive care. It’s the latest example of Radford’s preparing nurses by getting them out in the field. Among Radford volunteers was faculty member Kemberly Campbell, MSN, RN, who called it a “valuable experience for the students to see the reality of health care when access is limited or unavailable.” RAM is part of a nonprofit volunteer medical relief corps that offers such clinics where it is needed around the world.

Gap Widens Between Rich and Poor in Health Care Use, Costs 

Since 2004, the gap has widened between rich and poor when it comes to health care, finds an analysis published in the July Health Affairs of 50 years of data. It wasn’t always so (Medicare and Medicaid shifted the balance in the 1970s), but today, copayments and deductibles are most likely the reason that the middle class and poor are paying more for care than they used to, and so seeking it less. Report authors discuss their findings in a commentary published in The Hill.

Pack Meals for Seniors in Need on September 11 

AARP Foundation, which, with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP, backs the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, invites volunteers to be a part of its annual day of service. P eople of all ages are asked to spend 90 minutes (or more!) at the National Mall September 11-12, in the effort to pack 1.5 million meals for hungry residents served by the Capital Area Food Bank. The charitable event is a tribute to veterans and first responders on what will mark the 15th year after the attacks of September 11. Find out more at the Meal Pack Challenge website. If you want to volunteer as a group, please contact Darryl Lockett at AARP,  dlockett@aarp.org.

Send Us News of Your Webinars

Remember, the Weekly Update now lists webinars held by Action Coalitions. Let us know of an online event you’re hosting: Send title, date, time, and description to Aidan McCallion at amccallion@aarp.org.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

Modern Healthcare Seeks Nominations for Exceptional Nurses

Calling exceptional nurses at all levels: Modern Healthcare,  the health magazine, has teamed up with the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility at the Emory University School of Nursing to celebrate, for the second year, nurses who are out in front. Now is the time to nominate those who show exemplary leadership in advancing care through nursing, and developing innovative programs, in the Excellence in Nursing Awards.

Because nurses are in executive suites as well as delivering care alone and on teams in hospitals, health systems, and in the community, the awards for leaders in nursing are in six categories: unit/departmental; senior-level; the Lillian Carter exemplary acts; team-achievement; diversity; and rising stars. Last year, the inaugural year, featured three categories. (See last year’s winners.)

Nominations deadline: October 7.  Winners will be announced January 16.

Schools Invited to Apply for Funds for 2017 Future of Nursing Scholars
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program aims to help build a cadre of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, the better to create a Culture of Health. The program has issued a call for proposals for schools that want to apply for funding to support its scholars. Schools selected will then choose the PhD students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars.

Schools interested in learning more can participate in an optional Web conference call on August 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET. You must register in advance. Proposals are due September 15 at 3 p.m. ET.

Partnership for a Healthier America’s 2017 Summit Invites Speakers, Presenters

If your expertise concerns childhood obesity or communities especially affected by the crisis, you’re invited to address others who are also trying to solve this problem. The Partnership for a Healthier America will hold its annual summit next May, and seeks a diverse set of experts to lead some of its popular breakout sessions about solutions or innovations. The Partnership works with the private sector to improve our nation’s health, starting with youngsters and communities most in need.

Those interested should return completed applications for the Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington, D.C., no later than September 1.

Nursing Journal Requests Pieces for Future of Nursing Issue

Nursing Education Perspectives will devote one of its six issues a year to the subject of preparing nurses of the future, and particularly seeks submissions from Action Coalitions writing about their efforts to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The idea for the special issue is thanks to the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition, following its work on transforming education. The research journal, which is produced by the National League for Nursing, prefers data-based manuscripts.

Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America hosts technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. We also post information about webinars hosted by Action Coalitions and other organizations that may be of interest.

Webinars Hosted by Action Coalitions 

New – “Expand Your Mind and Heart Through Reflective Practice”

Host: Tennessee Action Coalition

Date: Tuesday, September 13

Time: 3 – 4 p.m. ET

The Standards of Practice for Culturally Competent Nursing Care are, much like the Culture of Health, founded on the belief that everyone deserves fair and equal rights in health care. The Tennessee Action Coalition will soon host the third of six webinars based on those Standards of Practice. The one-hour session introduces the value of reflective practice and critical reflection — ways of critiquing one’s practice as well as examining values, beliefs, and cultural heritage.

Presenting will be Kate Payne, JD, RN, NC-BC, associate professor of nursing at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Register 

Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

Lessons Learned: Gaining Full Practice Authority in Nebraska

STEM Programs to Grow a Diverse Nursing Workforce

Fundraising and Coalition Building

Perspectives on the Evidence: Workforce Planning 
Summary of the May 20 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session. 

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

RWJF’s Initiative:Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

Stay in Touch: Join the Campaign’s Listserv and Receive Our Mailings
The Campaign‘s listserv allows collaboration among Action Coalition members, Campaign stakeholders, supporters, and other interested in our work, To join, visit the Campaign website.

To receive the Weekly Update, e-alerts, or webinar invitations, register here

Campaign for Action Update: August 2, 2016

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Shout-Out

A Culture of Health Summer, In Photos 

Over two sessions in two cities in the past two months, almost all Action Coalitions, plus some Breakthrough Nurse Leaders and RWJF’s Public Health Nurse Leaders, participated in training and conversations on ways to build a Culture of Health. Through consultations, Q&As with experts, conversation among panelists, the ideas flowed in both Omaha and Knoxville, where the workshops were held. In the coming months, you’ll hear more of how the inspiration has been turned into action, but meanwhile, the Campaign offers a look at what went on.

News

Take a Look at the Campaign PowerPoint Presentation (and the Do’s and Don’ts)

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action PowerPoint regularly updates its slide presentation so you have a tailored way to talk to others about your Action Coalition’s work. One update worth noting: We have spelled out the guidelines to make clear what you are allowed to use and alter, and posted that disclaimer. The rules mostly address protected copyrighted materials, especially photos and images, that are licensed by the Campaign but owned by others. If you have questions about how to use the presentation, contact Campaign staff for assistance.

Program Focuses on Nurses, Team-Based Community Care 
A unique alliance of four foundations is behind a new two-year program to help nurses lead the way in providing team-based care in their communities. As reported online in Health Affairs, the Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice program will choose 16 schools to build new models for multiple professions to work together. Susan B. Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and director of the Campaign, came up with the idea as one way to strengthen community-based programs. RWJF is collaborating with The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation on the program, which starts with a three-day training in October at the University of Minnesota.

Connecticut Education Efforts Lead to Journal Opportunity 

A respected, peer-reviewed research journal invites Action Coalitions to send articles about their work and successes on the Institute of Medicine recommendations, as noted in the July 25 Weekly Update. The road leading to that invitation is worth noting as well.

Read the Campaign’ s short report on how efforts to improve nursing education by the dean and assistant dean of Fairfield University’s Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, working with the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition statewide director, evolved into a special edition of the National League for Nursing journal that will be focused on nursing. (Read more about that invitation below, under “opportunities.”)

Pack Meals for Seniors in Need on September 11 

AARP Foundation, which, with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP, backs the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, invites volunteers to be a part of its annual day of service . People of all ages are asked to spend 90 minutes (or more!) at the National Mall September 11-12, in the foundation’s effort to pack 1.5 million meals for hungry residents served by the Capital Area Food Bank. The charitable event is a tribute to veterans and first responders on what will mark the 15th year after the attacks of September 11. Find out more and sign up at the Meal Pack Challenge website. If you want to volunteer as a group, please contact Darryl Lockett at AARP,  dlockett@aarp.org.

Send Us News of Your Webinars

Remember, the Weekly Update now lists webinars held by Action Coalitions. Let us know of an online event you’re hosting: Send title, date, time, and description  to Aidan McCallion at amccallion@aarp.org.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities
New
– Partnership for a Healthier America’s 2017 Summit Invites Speakers, Presenters

If your expertise concerns childhood obesity or communities especially affected by the crisis, you’re invited to address others who are also trying to solve this problem. The Partnership for a Healthier America will hold its annual summit next May, and seeks a diverse set of experts to lead some of its popular breakout sessions about solutions or innovations. The Partnership works with the private sector to improve our nation’s health, starting with youngsters and communities most in need.

 

Those interested should return completed applications for the Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington, DC, no later than September 1.
Nursing Journal Requests Pieces for Future of Nursing Issue

Nursing Education Perspectives  will devote one of its six issues a year to the subject of preparing nurses of the future, and invites submissions now. Articles are to be based on the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the report that kicked off the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. The National League for Nursing’s research journal prefers data-based manuscripts, and particularly seeks submissions from Action Coalitions.

Deadline: January 15, 2017.

Schools Invited to Apply for Funds for 2017 Future of Nursing Scholars
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program aims to help build a cadre of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, the better to create a Culture of Health. The program has issued a call for proposals for schools that want to apply for funding to support its scholars. Schools selected will then choose the PhD students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars.

Schools interested in learning more can participate in an optional Web conference call on August 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET. You must register in advance. Proposals are due September 15 at 3 p.m. ET.

Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America hosts technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. We also post information about webinars hosted by Action Coalitions and other organizations that may be of interest.

Webinars of Interest


Better Health Within Five Years? CDC Offers the Evidence 

Date: Tuesday, August 9

Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) has identified a range of community-wide approaches associated with improved health, and wants to talk about it. John Auerbach, CDC’s associate director for policy, will give real-world examples of its new High-Five initiative (formally, Health Impact in Five Years) in a webinar hosted by the National Network of Public Health Institutes and the CDC. Auerbach and other experts will highlight nonclinical, cost-effective interventions that will help improve health within five years (or sooner).

Register for next week’s session on early childhood intervention.

Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

Lessons Learned: Gaining Full Practice Authority in Nebraska

STEM Programs to Grow a Diverse Nursing Workforce

Fundraising and Coalition Building

Perspectives on the Evidence: Workforce Planning 
Summary of the May 20 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session. 

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

RWJF’s Initiative:Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

Stay in Touch: Join the Campaign’s Listserv and Receive Our Mailings
The Campaign‘s listserv allows collaboration among Action Coalition members, Campaign stakeholders, supporters, and other interested in our work, To join, visit the Campaign website.

To receive the Weekly Update, e-alerts, or webinar invitations, register here!