Campaign for Action Update: October 29, 2012


Special Note

While we intended to give you the Weekly Update in spite of the superstorm, our remote email system wound up getting the better of us. Here is Monday’s update with functional links. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have had and a quick recovery to all those affected by the storm.

Sent on behalf of Susan Reinhard, Patricia Polansky, and Winifred Quinn to help inform and assist your work on the national Campaign for Action.

Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for the Action Coalitions for October 29, 2012, that describe successes, related activities, and relevant tools for this national campaign.

Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action Dashboard Indicators Now Available

You have asked and waited for these: the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action has developed Dashboard Indicators to measure the campaign’s success. In this document, you will find graphic representations of measurable goals that the campaign has selected to evaluate our efforts in support of the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations in their landmark report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. An accompanying document contains answers to frequently asked questions about the indicators.

View the Dashboard Indicators and FAQs here.

Funding and Other Opportunities

AACN Awards for Outstanding Dissertation and Capstone Project

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) created a new award program to recognize and showcase outstanding dissertations and capstone projects completed by students in research- and practice-based doctoral programs. Two awards will be presented at AACN’s annual Doctoral Education Conference in January 2013:

  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award for an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing or DNS program. The dissertation must be an original research project that focuses on advancing nursing science and developing new evidence with the potential to guide nursing practice.
  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award for an outstanding capstone project from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The capstone project must demonstrate high-level mastery of an area of advanced nursing practice and focus on the translation of evidence into practice.

All nominations must be received by December 7, 2012.

Find more information about the award and how to apply here.

NCSBN Wants to Fund Your Regulatory Nursing Research

Are you looking for funding to research new and innovative ways to make a difference in the field of nursing? Then submit your grant proposal to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s Center of Regulatory Excellence (CRE) grant program. The CRE awards grants up to $300,000 (for up to two years) for scientific research projects that advance the science of nursing regulation and build regulatory expertise worldwide. Grants are awarded to qualified researchers who are interested in the following research priorities:

  • Patient safety;
  • Practice (LPN/VN, RN and APRN);
  • Nursing education;
  • Continued competence;
  • Discipline and alternatives to discipline;
  • National and international regulatory issues; and/or
  • Portability.

Researchers are invited to submit grant proposals during one of two funding cycles available throughout the year. The deadline for the next funding cycle is January 18, 2013. To learn more about the grant program or to review the grant application process, visit

RWJF Connect eTraining Series: Packaging Research for Policymakers

Registration for RWJF’s second eTraining on policymaker outreach is now open. This session will focus on how to create messages and materials that are understandable and appealing to policymaker audiences.

November 8, 12:00-1:30 pm EST

Register here.

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

RWJF Health Policy Fellows Call for Applications

Reference letters due November 7; apply by November 14

RWJF Video Contest: Coordinating Care Transitions

Submissions due by November 17

RWJF New Careers in Nursing Call for Applications

Apply by January 13, 2013

RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Call for Applications

Apply by January 15, 2013

Campaign Pillars

Advancing Nursing Education

Looking for Employer Surveys on Increasing the Percentage of BSNs

A group in Florida associated with the Action Coalition would like to conduct a survey of employer settings concerning their BSN-trained RNs. What percentage of RNs have their BSN or higher? How many RNs are currently enrolled? What incentives are employers offering? This group is looking for similar surveys from which they can borrow questions.

Read more and respond here.

Guide to Nursing Education and Professional Development in Connecticut

The Connecticut League for Nursing (CLN) has launched its 2012-2014 Guide to Nursing Education and Professional Development in Connecticut. This comprehensive 150 page publication features all programs in the School of Nursing in Connecticut to provide those wishing to enter the field at various levels for entry as well as for the practicing nurse graduate and doctoral educational opportunities.

Find the guide here.

AACN and N-OADN Promote Academic Progression in Three-Part Webinar Series

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN) are hosting a three-part webinar series, which will be free to their members. Guest speakers include nursing education experts who will provide their perspectives on exciting initiatives that aim to increase the number of baccalaureate and graduate-prepared nurses in the workforce.

Navigating Academic Progression: National Insights and Action

November 8, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET

Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Adviser for Nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will share her work with the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Pamela Thompson, MSN, RN, FAAN, Program Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Academic Progression in Nursing, will provide an overview of her work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Academic Progression in Nursing program. Learn about the significant efforts underway in several states to support academic progression.

Registration and more information.

Collaborative Academic Progression Models: Showcasing Successful Partnerships

January 22, 1:00-2:00 pm ET

Registration and more information.

Information for February’s webinar will become available in the coming weeks.

CCNA Presents to AACN

Pat Polansky and Mary Sue Gorski were invited to present and facilitate an Interest Forum at the semi-annual American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) meeting Sunday October 28 in Washington DC at the JW Marriott.  The semiannual meetings are attended by deans and directors of baccalaureate and higher nursing programs representing nursing schools across all fifty states.   The Sunday morning session was attended by approximately 250 AACN members, and started with an overview of the campaign moving to a focus on the recent developments in the education pillar. The questions and sharing filled the 45 minute facilitated discussion and many participants offered their support to the campaign and requested follow up.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

NYT Opinion: The Family Doctor, Minus the M.D.

Writing in The New York Times “Fixes” blog, Tina Rosenberg highlights the significant role of nurse-managed health centers to provide health care, particularly to rural and underserved communities, and how they can reduce the shortage of primary care providers nationwide. Nurse-managed health centers provide high quality care, increase consumer access and may save money, Rosenberg argues, but they “have to overcome regulatory and financial obstacles that traditional clinics don’t face.”

Read the full article here and then share your thoughts with us.

Health Affairs Policy Brief: Nurse Practitioners and Primary Care

An October 25 Health Affairs Health Policy Brief, “Nurse Practitioners and Primary Care,” addresses the limitations on nurse practitioners to practice to their full potential, policy proposals to address the issues, and opposition.  The brief includes discussion of the debate and what’s next.

Read the full policy brief here.

White Paper on Removing Barriers to APRN Practice and Care in West Virginia

Jenni Fellman, a doctoral candidate at The George Washington University, wrote a white paper to assist the West Virginia Nurses Association and West Virginia Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in their efforts to provide unrestricted safe, quality health care services to the residents of West Virginia.

Read the white paper here.

Health Innovations

Seven Factors Driving Up Your Health Care Costs

Kaiser Health News and PBS News Hour published seven major factors contributing to health care costs. The U.S. spends more on health care services than any other country and health spending often rises faster than inflation. One of these factors is a problem of supply and demand with legal issues complicating efforts to slow spending. State laws that limit the ability of nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their education and training are part of this problem.

Read the full article 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)

December 13, 3:30-5:00 p.m. EST – Data: An Overview of What is Collected, Where to Access It and How to Use It (Invitation to be sent)


See other webinars in the Funding and Other Opportunities and Advancing Nursing Education sections above.

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