Happy New Year!
The Campaign for Action Weekly Update is back after a two-week hiatus with plenty of news and opportunities.
In Other News…
The U.S. News ranked Registered Nurse as the second-best job in the country on its annual list of the 100 best jobs. Learn why and see the full list here.
Valuable Communications Available on the Campaign Community!
Since the Campaign for Action Community launched last fall, you may have noticed a number of communications resources available, as well as a monthly “Communications Corner” columns in the Weekly Update. These resources are designed to help you communicate your work to various people through different platforms. As you reassemble with your teams to plan your work in the New Year, check out the links below as a ready resource of how to do it to help you fit communications into your work.
- Communications Corner: How to Use Campaign Messages
- Communications Corner: Creating Effective Media Materials
- Communications Corner: Introduction to Traditional Media Outreach
- Communications Corner: New Campaign Community Can Help You Communicate
- Communications Corner: How to Write and Place an Op-Ed
- Communications Corner: How to Write a Letter to the Editor
Funding and Other Opportunities
Navigating New Care teams with Nurse Practitioners – Free Upcoming Audio Program
To kick off the New Year, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an independent not-for-profit organization working to lead innovation to improve health and health care worldwide, will host a program on Thursday, January 10 from 2-3 pm EST, “Navigating New Care Teams with Nurse Practitioners.” Join Campaign for Action Director Sue Hassmiller and Department of Veterans Affairs Chief Nurse Executive Cathy Rick along with other notable presenters as they discuss how nurses are contributing in today’s health care system and into new, interdisciplinary and team based delivery settings.
Thursday, January 10, 2013, 2-3 pm ET
Free and open to the public
AACN Webinar: The New Congress and Nurses’ Future
The recent elections and Washington’s attempts to address the fiscal challenges of the United States bear on the market for nurses’ services and shape nursing practice. Two experienced advocates from the nursing community in Washington, DC, will outline major federal policies and programs shaping nursing, including Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, and project anticipated actions by Congress and the federal government that affect nurses’ prospects. Participants will have question and answer time, and will be provided guidance for taking effective advocacy actions to advance nursing interests in Washington.
- Frank Purcell, Senior Director Federal Government Affairs for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
- Patrick Cooney, Founder, The Federal Group, Inc.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 1-2 pm ET
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:
Apply by January 9, 2013
Apply by January 10, 2013
Technical Assistance Webinar: January 8, 1:00-3:00 pm EST
Apply by January 15, 2013
Apply by January 18, 2013
Webinar: January 22, 1:00-2:00 pm ET
Apply by January 25, 2013
Technical Assistance Webinar: December 5, 1:30-3:00 pm EST
Promoting Nurses as Leaders
CCNA Kicks Off 2013 Leadership Learning Collaborative Teleconferences
CCNA’s first Leadership Learning Collaborative teleconference will be held on February 12, 3:00-4:00 pm ET.
The goal of these teleconferences is to connect state action coalitions with the people, ideas and programs that are preparing nurses to be leaders. Calls will offer a discussion forum around topics most relevant to the leadership work that is happening within states or nationally. We’ve invited call leads who have experience on the given topics to share their experiences from their states and/or organizations and help guide the discussion. The February topic will be building your leadership workgroup and setting leadership goals in your AC, led by those involved in leadership work in VA, ND and NC. Invitations with more details will go out to AC leadership workgroup leads or nurse co-leads this week.
Jan. 16th ANA Leadership Webinar – Unleashing Innovation and Creativity
Examine innovation within your sphere of influence in order to improve outcomes, efficiency and job satisfaction. Learn the techniques to create a climate of innovation and to overcome barriers. Develop the ability to differentiate between major personality types and how to lead each type. This is your final chance to participate in the inaugural ANA Leadership Institute series.
Register today! www.nursingworld.org/analeadership
AACN: 2013 Clinical Nurse Leader Summit
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) will host its 2013 Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Summit on January 17-19 at in New Orleans, LA. The CNL Summit provides a forum for all healthcare and academic audiences currently implementing or interested in exploring CNL education or practice. Conference topics include the impact and value of the CNL role on improving patient outcomes, implementing and sustaining the CNL role across diverse systems of care, the CNL role in quality and safety initiatives, innovations in education, and the complementary relationship between the CNL and other members of the healthcare team, including nurse managers, APRNs, and physicians.
More information and registration for the CNL Summit and pre-conference workshops can be found here.
View the conference schedule here.
Removing Barriers to Practice & Care
NGA: Nurse Practitioners Have Potential to Improve Access to Primary Care
One way states could increase access to primary care for their residents is to consider easing their scope of practice restrictions and modifying their reimbursement policies to increase the role of nurse practitioners in providing primary care, according to a new paper released this week by the National Governors Association (NGA).
The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Meeting Increasing Demand for Primary Care reviews academic and policy-oriented literature and state rules governing nurse practitioners’ scope of practice to examine the extent to which:
- Scope of practice rules, licensure and other conditional requirements vary across states;
- States’ rules and requirements deviate from evidence-based research of appropriate activities for nurse practitioners; and
- Changes to state scope of practice laws and regulations on access to health care and its quality.
Read more about the report here.
A quick synthesis of the report can be found here.
Capitol Hill Event Marks 25th Anniversary of National Black Nurses Association Day
On February 7, the National Black Nurses Association will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of NBNA Day on Capitol Hill. The NBNA will honor Dr. C. Alicia Georges, Past NBNA President, the Honorable Louis Stokes, former Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust, William “Larry” Lucas, representing PhRMA and the Honorable Donna Christensen for their vision to launch and help sustain NBNA Day on Capitol Hill.
Learn more here.
Bolstering Workforce Data
National Nursing Survey Begins This Month
The Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) have partnered on a national survey that will begin in January 2013. All RNs in the U.S. with active RN licenses are eligible candidates for survey participation and a random sample of this population will be chosen to participate. Nurses who receive the survey are strongly encouraged to provide information such as basic demographic and professional data (e.g., age, year licensed, etc.) even if they are now employed in another profession or are retired. All responses will be kept confidential and data will only be reported in the aggregate.
An adequate supply of RNs in the workforce is one of the essential components of a safe and effective health care system. The survey results will help predict possible shortages and assist in the allocation of resources, program development decisions, and recruitment efforts in both the health care system and education sectors.
Read the full news release here.
For more information about workforce data, you can view these CCNA webinars:
Oct. 2011: Nursing Workforce Supply Data Collection
Eighteen Communities Embark on Road to Better Health
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded $3.6 million in Roadmaps to Health Community Grants of up to $200,000 each to 18 coalitions across the United States to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play. The Roadmaps to Health grants are part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration of RWJF and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI).
This could be a good opportunity to make 2013 the year for new partners. “If the grant is for a community in your state,” says Dr. Susan Hassmiller, “check it out and see if you might make a connection. In general, linking with other coalitions in your state (no matter where the funding comes from) is a good idea to share partners and ‘join forces’ for the good of health and health care.”
Learn more here.
RWJF Human Capital Blog Features Ideas “Health Care in 2013”
RWJF’s Human Capital blog series, Health Care in 2013, captures the perspectives from a diverse set of health professionals. Jean Giddens, PhD, RN FAAN, professor & executive dean at the College of Nursing, University of New Mexico and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow writes about the future of nursing education and the need for transformation to meet America’s growing health care needs. Dr. Giddens highlights the need to transform nursing education to address workforce diversity, increase access to care in rural communities, and to create a more highly educated nursing workforce.
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.
January 22, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST – It’s Possible: Forecasting and Moving Your Organization to an 80% BSN Workforce. (Invitation sent)