Campaign for Action Update: November 5, 2012


Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for the Action Coalitions for November 5, 2012, that describe successes, related activities, and relevant tools for this national campaign.

Have you signed up for the new Campaign for Action online community yet?

More and more of your colleagues are signing up to be part of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action online community. If you have not yet done so, now is the time.  We’re inviting you to be part of conversations about nursing education models, reaching out to physician organizations, promoting nurse residency programs, developing a clear & concise elevator speech, and more!

Here’s how you get started.

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Select red the “Community” button (top right on home page)

Step 3: Select “Create Account” (top left), enter the requested information, including a picture (optional) and read the Terms of Service, then select “Submit”

This short process allows you to post your thoughts, ideas, comments or resources on all things related to the Campaign for Action.

Are You an Online Power User?

The Campaign for Action is seeking volunteers to become Online Community Leaders, actively participating in the new community to share perspectives and ideas from your state with the rest of the country. The community is where we promote active discussion and information sharing to bring all members of the campaign together. Here are ways you can be an Online Community Leader:

  • Contribute two times per week or more on issues related to education, leadership, practice, interprofessional collaboration, diversity or data; or on issues related to communications, structure, strategic planning and fundraising.
  • Highlight your Action Coalition’s individual website and what people can find there.
  • Talk about a recent meeting you attended, what you learned and how it will help you advance our campaign work.
  • Share your opinion or reaction by commenting on other posts, questions or resources.
  • Answer someone’s question.
  • Upload a short video sharing vision of a transformed health care system.

The Campaign for Action team stands ready to assist you with training, tools and other resources and we look forward to working with you. If you are interested in becoming an Action Coalition Online Community Leader, you will contribute greatly to our overall success. For more on this opportunity, contact Colleen Krepstekies at [email protected]

Funding and Other Opportunities

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

AACN Awards for Outstanding Dissertation and Capstone Project

All nominations must be received by December 7

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

NCSBN Wants to Fund Your Regulatory Nursing Research

Apply by January 18, 2013

Campaign Pillars

Advancing Nursing Education

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.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Primary Care Needs Advanced Roles for Nurses

CCNA’s Andrea Brassard writes about the need for advanced roles for Advanced Practice registered nurses (APRNs) in the latest issue of Health Progress, the journal of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. Dr. Brassard describes who APRNs are, the roles they currently serve in many states, and some of the barriers that prevent them from providing the care consumers need.

You can download the full article and share your thoughts with the author here.

CMS Rules in Favor of Patient Access to CRNA Care

The Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the 2013 physician fee schedule final rule, authorizing Medicare direct reimbursement of CRNA chronic pain management services, and of all services within CRNA scope of practice in a state where the services are permitted to be furnished.

The agency’s action, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2013, is consistent with the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that Medicare cover services provided by advanced practice nurses to the full extent of their state scope of practice.

What does this mean for nurse anesthetists and patients? Read the statement released by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists here.


Upcoming Webinar on Data: Ask your questions online

Do you have questions on data, like what is collected, where to access it and how to use it? Do you have questions about the Campaign for Action dashboard indicators? We invite you to post your questions now in the campaign online community; we’ll collect them so we can be sure to include them in the upcoming December 13 webinar on data collection.

Post your questions and comments here.

Honoring Nurses

NYU Nurses Help Patients Evacuate Hospital During Superstorm Sandy

We would like to give a special thanks to all the nurses and other staff at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, who were forced to evacuate patients when the hospital lost emergency back-up power during last week’s storm. Nurses at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit faced the particularly harrowing task of evacuating 20 fragile newborns down nine flights of stairs in the dark. According to ABC News, each infant was “swaddled in blankets and a heating pad, cradled by one nurse and surrounded by at least five others” as they made their way down the stairs, aided by security guards and secretaries lighting the way.

Read the ABC News story and watch the 20/20 interview with several of the nurses here.

DESSERT: Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report takes a minute to honor the heroic actions of nurses. Watch the clip here (relevant portion is 1:45-2:20).

Nurses, Addicted to Helping People

In The New York Times Well Blog, Abigail Zuger writes about a new coffee table book, “The American Nurse.” The book includes the stories of 75 nurses from around the country who work in a wide variety of settings for as many reasons.

Read the blog post here.

Health Innovations

State Accountable Care Activity Map

With the support of The Commonwealth Fund, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is tracking state efforts to lead or participate in accountable care organization models (ACOs) that include Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program populations. ACO models aim to address lack of care coordination and wide disparities in cost and quality of care in the U.S. health care system, perpetuated by the prevailing fee-for-service payment method, through shared incentives to manage utilization, improve quality, and curb cost growth.

Arkansas and Utah are the latest addition to the map. The implementation of ACOs provides rich opportunities for nurses to help shape the future of health care delivery and demonstrate how nurses can improve the quality of care while controlling costs.

See the map on NASHP’s website, 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. Invitations and login information for webinars will be sent separately.  If you don’t receive an invite to a webinar that you would like to attend contact Michael Pheulpin, [email protected] for more information.

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

December 13, 3:30-5:00 p.m. ESTData: 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 Data sections above.

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