Funding and Other Opportunities
NASHP Webinar: Engineering an Exchange: A Look at State Blueprints and Decisions
The National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) is hosting a State Refor(u)m webinar that will touch on state-based, partnership, and federally facilitated exchanges. Alan Weil, NASHP Executive Director, will moderate, and Peter Lee of California and Colleen Burns of Illinois will participate in the conversation.
December 13, 3:00 pm EST
Learn more and register here.
RWJF Connect eTraining Series: Leveraging the Media to Gain Policymaker Support
The media can play an important role in distributing your message, but navigating the press can be just as tricky as figuring out how to work with policymakers. This session will focus on how to engage local and national media in ways that help you get the attention of policymakers, and eventually, help grantees shape good policy.
Panelists include Kevin Casey, associate vice president for Public Affairs and Communications, Harvard University, and Kevin Mahoney, director, National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services. Andy Burness, president of Burness Communications, will present and moderate.
December 14, 2:00-3:30 pm EST
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:
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Technical Assistance Webinar: January 8, 1:00-3:00 pm EST
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Webinar: January 22, 1:00-2:00 pm ET
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Technical Assistance Webinar: December 5, 1:30-3:00 pm EST
Advancing Nursing Education
New Data Show 22 Percent Increase in RN-to-BSN Program Enrollment
Last week, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) released preliminary survey data showing that enrollment in all types of professional nursing programs increased from 2011 to 2012, including a 3.5 percent increase in entry-level BSN programs. One of the survey’s most interesting findings was that the number of students enrolled in baccalaureate degree completion programs – called RN to BSN programs – increased by 22.2 percent from 2011 to 2012.
Nursing schools with master’s programs reported an 8.2 percent jump in enrollments while enrollment in Doctor of Nursing Practice programs increased by 19.6 percent.
In a separate survey, AACN found a strong hiring preference for new nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level as well as a comparatively high job-placement rate for new BSN graduates.
Learn more here.
See the Shout Out below for information about an exciting announcement from Trinity Health in Michigan.
Promoting Nurses as Leaders
Register Now for ANA Leadership Webinar
You are a nurse. You are a leader. Enhance your personal leadership skills and expand your influence on the job and in your community. Register now for the December 11 webinar on Personal Leadership at www.nursingworld.org/analeadership. Understand how to leverage your personal leadership style in the midst of complexity, conflict, and change. ANA President, Karen Daley will join the panel discussion following the presentation.
December 11, 2:00 – 3:15 pm EST
Removing Barriers to Practice & Care
Pulling Nurses Together: Evidence-Based Practice
In nursing, implementing evidence-based practice (EBP) creates new, state-of-the-science knowledge, summarized and clarified for translation into best practice for clinical policy. EBP is used at all levels of nursing in the acute care setting, and its implementation helps to facilitate a culture of safety for patients and staff that can improve the healthcare system by facilitating consistent decision making and advancing cost-effectiveness.
This feature from Advance for Nurses, Kimberly Foisy describes her experience in establishing an evidence-based nursing team and how EBP can help nursing staffs become better teams.
Read the entire feature here.
RWJF’s Susan Hassmiller Highlights Progress of California Action Coalition
Susan B. Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently traveled to Sacramento, California, for a statewide gathering of the California Action Coalition. In this Nurse.com interview, Dr. Hassmiller discusses the progress made by the California coalition and what other states can learn from it.
Read the interview here.
Health Care Law Resources
AARP has many free educational resources on the Affordable Care Act available in their Health Care Law Resource Center, including printable fact sheets, presentation templates, web tools and more. Fact sheets are available for several more specific categories: The Basics, The Law and Specific Populations, Provisions of the Law, The Law and Medicare, and For Small Businesses.
This is a great resource to find the fact sheet that specifically meets your needs. Under “The Law and Specific Populations,” for example, you can find a separate fact sheet describing what the law means for 10 different populations. The “For Small Business” section even contains separate fact sheets for employers and employees.
See the full list of fact sheets here
New State Refor(u)m Blog Post: Profiles in Exchanges – New York
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has a new blog post profiling New York’s health insurance exchange. The blog features in interview with Donna Frescatore, Executive Director of the New York Health Benefit Exchange. Read the interview to learn more about her team’s plans for the exchange here.
You may also want to check out NASHP’s updated Accountable Care Organization map 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 with registration 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 at [email protected] for more information.
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 sent)
January 22, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST – It’s Possible: Forecasting and Moving Your Organization to an 80% BSN Workforce. (Invitation to be sent)
February 7, 3:00-4:30 p.m. EST – Laying the Groundwork for Evaluating Progress (Invitation to be sent)
SHOUT OUTS This is a section that we encourage you to take advantage of, to congratulate your AC or someone in your AC who deserves recognition. Send Shout Outs to Andrew Bianco at [email protected] with the subject line “Shout Out.
From Jeanette Klemczak:
A “top of the lungs” shout out to Trinity Health for its leadership and commitment to the IOM Recommendation 4: Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80% by 2020. Gay Landstrom, Trinity Health’s SVP Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, announced that her 29 Chief Nursing Officers have committed to the goal of 80% BSN by 2020 – a significant stretch from the current 49%. To help achieve that goal, Trinity Health has partnered with Loyola University School of Nursing and its own Mount Carmel College of Nursing to offer full scholarships to Trinity nurses willing to enroll and complete an online BSN completion program. Upon completion of the program, the new BSNs stay with Trinity a minimum of three years. In this first year of the scholarship program, 66 Trinity RNs have accepted scholarships and started their studies.