Campaign for Action Update: December 3, 2012


What’s New in the Online Community

For those of you who haven’t visited the Campaign for Action’s online community lately, you might want to read a recent community post titled “Evolving as a Coalition: How are we Doing?”  This post provides some perspective on a coalition building resource and where you can locate self-assessment tools.

If you missed the How to Make Messaging Work for You webinar, you can watch key points as you listen to the presenters share their experience and communications knowledge. You can also listen in as your colleagues role play different scenarios of how to “pitch” the Campaign for Action in their elevator speech to different audiences from pitching to a nursing colleague and a potential funder or hospital executive. Fundamentals shared include handy tips to keep in mind, common mistakes to avoid and how to begin drafting an introduction that will pique your audience’s interest.

Funding and Other Opportunities

HRSA Division of Nursing Funding Announcement

Last week, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced this year’s Nurse Faculty Loan Program and Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention program – Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Funding Opportunities. The announcements are now posted on HRSA will also offer a technical assistance webinar for each program.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Learn more and apply here.

Applications due January 10.

Technical Assistance Webinar: January 8, 1:00-3:00 pm EST

Register here.

Join here.

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention program – Interprofessional Collaborative Practice 

Learn more and apply here.

Applications due January 25.

Technical Assistance Webinar: December 5, 1:30-3:00 pm EST

Register here.
Join 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;
  • Scope of 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 More information is also available in this brochure.

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

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

Collaborative Academic Progression Models: Showcasing Successful Partnerships

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

Campaign Pillars

Advancing Nursing Education

Various Factors Motivate RNs to Pursue BSN Degrees

A new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation cites a variety of reasons that influence an RN’s decision to pursue a BSN or higher degree. Motivators include an interest in career and professional advancement, gaining new knowledge, improving social welfare skills and being a positive model for one’s children. RNs identified a desire for personal and job satisfaction and professional achievement as important intrinsic motivators.

Researchers also asked nurses about barriers to returning to school and getting an additional nursing degree. The two most prevalent responses were “cost” and “family/children,” followed by “lack of time.” Of those reporting cost and time as significant barriers, many cited difficulty in scheduling classes around their work schedules as a significant challenge.

Learn more here.

Colleges Reach Agreement to Synchronize Nursing Programs

Jamestown Community College (JCC) of Jamestown, N.Y., has reached a deal to synchronize its nursing degree program with Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. JCC students who earn an associate’s degree in nursing will be accepted into the bachelor’s degree program at Edinboro.

Learn more here.

Washington State Colleges Reach Dual Admissions Agreement

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) and Lower Columbia Community College both signed a Memorandum of Understanding for dual admission with Saint Martin’s University.  The Olympian published an editorial praising the collaboration between SPSCC and Saint Martin’s.

The agreement allows students graduating from the SPSCC’s registered nursing program seamless transition to Saint Martin’s new bachelor of science in nursing program.

The goal of the pact is to increase the number of nurses with a baccalaureate education in nursing to meet the needs of a health care system that is growing more complex. Accordingly, the agreement will improve the ability of nurses to provide high-quality, safe patient care.

Read the editorial here.

Transforming Nursing Education

Hospitals nationwide have taken the lead to provide advance nurse training and mentoring. The landmark report published in October 2010 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, has in part lead how nurses are trained for leadership roles.

Read the feature in Advance for Nurses here.

Promoting Nurses as Leaders

Nurses Remain the Most Trusted Professionals in America

Today Gallup released the results of its annual survey that rates 22 professions on honesty and ethical standards. It found that nurses are once again the most trusted professionals, with 85 percent of respondents rating them high or very high for honesty and ethical standards. Pharmacists and medical doctors were close behind with 75 and 70 percent, respectively. At the bottom of the list were car salespeople (8 percent) and members of Congress (10 percent).

Nurses have scored the highest rating every year since they were first included in the list in 1999, with the exception of 2001, when firefighters were included on a one-time basis after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Nurses outperformed five other medical professions, underscoring their value and leadership potential in team-based care.

See the full results here.

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 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

Register here.

Workforce Data

Health Workforce Information Center State-by-State Guide

The Health Workforce Information Center launched a new State-by-State guide featuring reports, web sites, maps and other resources, focused on a range of health workforce topics and professions.

State Health Policy Resources

The National Governor’s Association recently launched a new webpage that provides resources to states for workforce planning and analysis, recruitment and retention, scope of practice regulations, and workforce models.

Health Innovations

Study: Nurses’ Practice Environment Vital to Identifying Medication Errors

A research team including educators from Rutgers University College of Nursing, Newark, N.J., has published a study that reports nurses’ practice environments are an important factor in the identification of medication errors. The study, “Nurses’ Practice Environments, Error Interception Practices, and Inpatient Medication Errors,” said medication errors, an ever-present threat to patient safety that can originate at the prescribing, transcribing, dispensing or administration stage, most likely are identified by RNs. The study was published in the June issue of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative.

Read more 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. ESTData: An Overview of What is Collected, Where to Access It and How to Use It (Invitation sent)

February 7, 3:00-4:30 p.m. EST – Laying the Groundwork for Evaluating Progress (Invitation to be sent)

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