Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for the Action Coalitions for October 15, 2012, that describe successes, related activities, and relevant tools for this national campaign.
Funding and Other Opportunities
HRSA Offers Grant Writing Workshop
On October 25, the Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – Division of Nursing will host a live webcast to provide technical assistance in grant writing and tips for strengthening grant applications. Back to Basics: The Foundations for Grant Writing Webcast is available to all schools of nursing and healthcare organizations eligible for Division of Nursing awards.
See this flyer for more information.
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:
Apply by October 16
Nominations due October 17
Reference letters due November 7; apply by November 14
Submissions due by November 17
Apply by January 15, 2013
Vote for the IOM Report with the Greatest Impact
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is using a poll to determine which IOM report has had the greatest impact. As you may know, the report on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, is the most downloaded report in the IOM’s history. This would be an opportunity to show that people have not only viewed, but used the report to improve health care in the United States. You will need to add the title in the “other” section at the bottom of the poll.
Take the poll here.
Advancing Nursing Education
New Jersey Action Coalition Hosts Summit on Academic Progression
On October 4, the New Jersey Action Coalition (NJ AC) hosted an Action Coalition Summit on academic progression with over 200 in attendance, representing both practice and academic partners in nursing. Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz, a nursing champion, attended to learn more about NJ’s work on academic progression in nursing.
The summit provided a national and state perspective on the Future of Nursing IOM Report recommendation to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree. It also provided a time for dialogue on how practice and academia can collaborate to meet the Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies©. A panel of three teams demonstrated how to develop a competency based approach to academic progression.
Join our on-line community to read and respond to community posts about this event here.
Promoting Nurses as Leaders
Institute of Medicine Elects Two Nurses as New Members
Today, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) announced the names of 70 newly elected members, including two nurses, to raise the IOM’s membership to 1,732. Election to the IOM is a high honor that recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to service and made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. The two newly elected nurses are:
Marilyn J. Rantz, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Curators’ Professor, University Hospitals and Clinics Professor of Nursing, and Helen E. Nahm Chair, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia
Diana J. Wilkie, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., professor and Harriet H. Werley Endowed Chair for Nursing Research, and director, Center for Excellence for End-of-Life Transition Research, department of biobehavioral health science, College of Nursing, University of Illinois, Chicago
See the full list of new members and learn more about the IOM here.
ANA Leadership Institute Webinar: Results Oriented Leadership
Sign up now for the second webinar from the ANA Leadership Institute on October 18th. Designed for nurses who want to unlock their leadership potential, this webinar uses practical case studies that illustrate leadership strategies for setting and attaining goals and creating a culture that demands high performance from yourself and those you lead.
You can register for all five webinars (for a reduced cost) here.
Removing Barriers to Practice & Care
Primary Care & Public Health: Nurse Practitioner and Public Health Nurse Perspectives
In the Campaign for Action online community, CCNA’s Andrea Brassard and Jen Cooper discuss their perspectives on primary care as a nurse practitioner and a public health nurse, respectively. Read the full post and join the conversation here!
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Ease Burden on New Jersey’s Primary Care Physicians
Like many states, New Jersey currently faces a shortage of primary care providers that could worsen when almost a million residents gain insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Experts say that the expected shortage can be avoided by allowing advanced practice nurses (APNs) to use the full extent of their education and licensure to provide more care. New Jersey’s more than 3,000 APNs are currently allowed to practice independently, but may not prescribe medication without a physician supervision agreement required by the state.
That may soon change as NJ Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz plans to introduce legislation that would remove the joint protocol agreement, allowing APNs to prescribe independently. “It shouldn’t be a fight between doctors and nurses,” said Muñoz, who is also a nurse, mother to a doctor and widow to a surgeon. “There are enough patients to go around. It’s about having enough healthcare providers who are trained and educated to provide this care.”
Read the full article here.
Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Ready to Provide Primary Care for Poor
In an op-ed published on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s website, Joyce Penrose writes that nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) will be vital to providing primary care as more people gain Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. She notes that primary care physicians were in short supply in the 1960s before the Medicare and Medicaid programs were implemented, raising concerns about exacerbating the primary care shortage. This was also a time where the role of nurses began to change, notably with the first NP program at the University of Colorado and first PA program at Duke University.
Today NPs and PAs well-prepared for their expanding responsibilities in providing primary care. This is particularly important for residents in rural areas, where NPs are more likely to work than other primary care providers. “Nurse practitioners have been studied since their field was created, and their ability to deliver high-quality, cost-effective health care has been demonstrated repeatedly.”
Read the full op-ed here.
BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana to Give NPs Credentialing Privileges
Beginning January 1, 2013, registered nurse practitioners will be eligible to participate in BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana’s provider networks and receive their own schedule of allowable charges. Network NPs will also have the option to be listed in the insurer’s provider directories.
Learn more about BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana 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 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)