Campaign for Action Update: October 1, 2012


Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for the Action Coalitions for October 1, 2012, that describe successes, related activities, and relevant tools for this national campaign.

Attending the American Academy of Nursing’s 39th Annual Meeting & Conference?

If you or any member of your Action Coalition will be heading to Washington, DC for the AAN Conference October 11-13, 2012, we want to know! RWJF and CCNA will host our annual reception to honor RWJF scholars, fellows and alumni from 4:30-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  We would love to see Action Coalition members, campaign champions and CFA national supporters at this event.

If you would like to attend, kindly RSVP here by no later than October 5, 2012.

Please email Cordelia Hill at [email protected] with any questions.


New! Resources to Orient AC Administrators, AC members and all Campaign for Action Stakeholders to the New Website

We have developed several resources to help you to log-onto the new Campaign for Action website, create a profile and get the conversation started.

Website Resources:

Funding and Other Opportunities


Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

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

RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Call for Applications

Apply by January 15, 2013


Campaign Pillars

Advancing Nursing Education

Ohio State University Launches Nurse Athlete/Health Athlete Program

The Ohio State University College of Nursing has teamed up with Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, to offer the Nurse Athlete/Health Athlete program, the first under the college’s Health Athlete initiative to promote healthy practices in nurses and healthcare professionals.

The Health Athlete program is designed for professionals from all healthcare disciplines using proven techniques that refocus and re-energize a participant’s personal and professional life. The program focuses on human energy management and one’s goals to affect sustainable behavior change. The university hopes the program will improve the quality of health professionals’ personal and professional lives, including patient outcomes.

Read more here.


Promoting Nurses as Leaders

Nebraska Action Coalition Launches Leadership Team, Honors Nurse Leaders

The Nebraska Action Coalition hosted two back to back events on September 13 and 14, 2012 to celebrate the recent formation of their Leadership Team. A reception, Honoring Nurse Leaders: 40 under 40 was held at Bryan Health in Lincoln to honor young nurse leaders showing expertise in their field, adherence to high ethical standards, and leadership within their profession, organization, and community. Guest speaker Winifred Quinn PhD of CCNA spoke to honorees and guests, state senators, leaders of HCOs, LTC, and AARP, professional nursing organizations and their lobbyists.

The following day a conference/summit was held at Creighton University in Omaha, Nurses Leading at All Levels: Bedside to Boardroom. Featured speakers included Winifred Quinn PhD, Angela Barron McBride PhD, RN, Dean Emerita of Indiana University, and Robert Witheridge PhD, Werner Institute for Conflict Resolution/Negotiation – Creighton University. A two hour summit for the Leadership, Education, and Practice teams was held in the afternoon for strategic planning.

Each event was attended by approximately 130 people who donated a total of $1,300.


Diversity Corner

Directory of Multicultural Nursing Organizations

The nation’s leading multicultural nursing organizations have been working for decades to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce. These organizations are now collaborating with the Campaign for Action to further advance and incorporate the campaign’s pillar areas into their organizational strategies. The campaign’s new directory of diverse nursing organizations provides a full listing of the organizations that we are collaborating with, contact names and information. We will feature regular updates about the initiatives that are underway.

You can find the directory on the Campaign for Action website here.


Health Innovations

Health Reform and the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court’s June 28 decision on the Affordable Care Act upheld most of the law’s provisions, but declared the law’s Medicaid expansion unconstitutional. The Court ruled that the law could not threaten states that did not expand Medicaid with the loss of all their Medicaid funding. This has led to uncertainty about the future of federal-state programs. Health Affairs has published a brief that reviews the Supreme Court’s decision and its implications, particularly for federal-state programs.

Read the Health Affairs brief here.


Nurse-Led Models to Improve Care for Nursing Home Residents

Last week, the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the launch of seven state models to reduce hospitalizations among nursing home residents. The IOM Future of Nursing report recommended that CMS implement nurse-led models that improve quality and reduce costs. Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses are central to all seven innovative models:

Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation – Alabama

Alegent Health – Nebraska

HealthInsight of Nevada – Nevada

Indiana University – Indiana

The Curators of the University of Missouri – Missouri

The Greater New York Hospital Foundation, Inc. – New York City

UPMC Community Provider Services – Pennsylvania

Learn more about this CMS program 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.

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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