Campaign for Action Updates: September 24, 2012


Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for the Action Coalitions for September 24, 2012, that describe successes, related activities, and relevant tools for this national campaign.

Funding and Other Opportunities

AACN Grants Fund Research to Help Bedside Nurses

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses invites clinicians and researchers to apply for nearly $200,000 in research funding, including three Impact Research Grants of $50,000 each, to support inquiry that drives change in high acuity and critical care nursing practice.

Projects will address gaps in clinical research at the organization or system level and translation of these findings to bedside clinicians. The AACN will award three $50,000 Impact Research Grants in 2012, the final year of the initial three-year program. Applicants may request up to $50,000 in total costs, with research to be completed within two years.

The AACN also continues to annually offer the AACN-Sigma Theta Tau Critical Care Grant and AACN-Philips Medical Systems Outcomes Grant, up to $10,000 each.

All research grant applications opened Sept. 1 and must be submitted online by Nov. 1. Principal investigators must be AACN members.

Learn more at or AACN’s website.

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

$100 Million in New HHS Grants

Find more information about these programs here and here.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program

Apply by October 16

AACC National Awards Program

Nominations due October 17

RWJF Health Policy Fellows Call for Applications

Reference letters due November 7; apply by November 14

Campaign Pillars

Advancing Nursing Education

Nursing Education Groups Endorse Joint Statement on Academic Progression

In a move to support all nurses moving to advance their education, leaders from national organizations representing community college presidents, boards and program administrators have joined with representatives from nursing education associations to endorse a joint statement on nursing education. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Community College Trustees,  the National League for Nursing, and the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing endorsed the joint statement supporting academic progression for nursing students and graduates.

Read more about the announcement here.

Campaign for Action Applauds Joint Statement on Academic Progression

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action supported the education groups’ announcement with a statement from Susan B. Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action Director and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Adviser for Nursing.

“The Campaign for Action celebrates the steps taken by our community college and nursing education colleagues” wrote Dr. Hassmiller. “We will continue to leverage our network of diverse stakeholders to encourage nurses to pursue academic career growth and development; develop academic programs that offer seamless academic progression; and create environments that support and encourage career development. This work will be realized only through alignment and collaboration, demonstrated by the organizations’ agreement on academic progression.”

Read Dr. Hassmiller’s full statement here.

Promoting Nurses as Leaders

RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Releases Call for Applications

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program is a three-year advanced leadership program for nurses who aspire to lead and shape health care locally and nationally. Fellows strengthen and improve their leadership abilities related to improving health and health care.

Apply by January 15, 2013, 3:00pm ET

More details and how to apply here.

New Roles for Nurses in Accountable Care Organizations

As the health care industry transforms, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) provide opportunities for experimentation, innovation and leadership from new sources, according to Debra Anscombe Wood, an RN and freelance writer. ACOs aim to improve the quality and efficiency of health care delivery, focusing on care coordination, preventative health services and improving overall wellness to avoid more serious illness and unnecessary hospital visits.

Nurses have long practiced and excelled in providing these types of services and can make a great impact on the success of ACOs. Furthermore, nurses now have a chance to shape the way ACOs will function to improve the future of health care.

Read Ms. Wood’s full opinion piece on

Diversity Corner

HRSA Diversity Summit Videos Now Available

On August 16-17, HRSA hosted the Nursing in 3D: Workforce Diversity, Health Disparities, and Social Determinants of Health Summit.  The 3D Summit convened nursing workforce experts, nursing and public health stakeholders, and nursing workforce diversity grantees in face-to-face meetings, webinars, and on social media to engage in a dialog about the “Transition from Health Disparities to Health Equity” framework.

Summit events focused on current efforts that use workforce diversity as a strategic tool to address the social determinants of health and ultimately increase health care quality and access, reduce health disparities and achieve health equity.

Videos recorded at the summit and organized by speaker and session are now available here.

University of Michigan Increases Diversity in Health Care, Receives $1.5 Million Grant

The University of Michigan School of Nursing GENESIS (Gaining Excellence in Nursing Education: Strength in the Sciences) program is designed to increase diversity in the health workforce through recruiting middle and high school students and retaining them once admitted into the university. GENESIS offers mentoring, pre-college support and summer programs to middle and high school students. At the university level, the program offers academic, financial and social support.

Since it began in 2002, 75 students have come through UM in the GENESIS program. GENESIS just received a new $1.5 million grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services to continue its efforts.

Read more about GENESIS and Deborah Kay Mitchell, a young nurse who benefitted from the program and is now earning her master’s degree in nursing, here.

Upcoming Webinars Related to the Campaign for Action

CCNA continues host a series of technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics.  Click here for a current list and description of upcoming webinars and teleconferences.   These webinars will be available to all Action Coalitions.  Invitations and login information for each webinar or teleconference will be sent separately.

September 24, 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT – Preparing Nurses to Lead in Practice:  Snapshots of Nurses from Sigma Theta Tau’s Leadership Institute (Invitation sent)

October 9, 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT – Charting the Course: How do you manage an effective advocacy campaign and steer clear of prohibited lobbying and political activities?

October 31, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT – Hospital Safety as a Priority:  An Opportunity for Nurses to Lead Presented by:  The Leapfrog Group

November 9, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST – An Overview – The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action (Invitation to be sent to selected groups)


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