Campaign for Action Update: February 5, 2013


Welcome to the Campaign!

The Campaign for Action is happy to announce that Alaska and the District of Columbia have joined us as the 50th and 51st Action Coalitions. Alaska comes in one spot behind the order in which it entered the union, while the District occupies the favored spot of DC statehood fans.

Congratulations to co-leads Julie McNulty, Debbie Thompson and Ken Helander of Alaska, as well as Pier Broadnax and Roy Thomas of the District of Columbia!

Funding and Other Opportunities

Cast Your Vote: RWJF’s 2012 Most Influential Research

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has selected the nominees for the 2012 most influential research articles, and now it’s time for you to select the “Final 5.”

RWJF identified 20 RWJF-supported articles published in 2012 that represent the “best of the best” according to readers—research that has influenced the field and changed their work in a valuable way. These articles will now move forward to compete for the title of the “Final 5” most influential research articles of 2012.

Vote here before the polls close on February 15 (11:59 p.m. EST).

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

CDC Opportunity for Recent BSN Graduates

Applications due February 5

Nursing Community Webinar: “Nursing and Healthcare Delivery Under the 113th Congress”

February 6, 2013, 1:00-2:00pm ET

Note: Registration is now full. The Webinar recording will be available 2-3 days afterward here.

HRSA Funding Opportunity for Nursing Workforce Diversity Program

Apply in by March 8, 2013

IPEC: Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

May 20-22, 2013. Herndon, VA

Register here

Taking the Long View Annual Conference: The Evolving Role of Nurse Leaders from Bedside to Boardroom

June 19-20, 2013. Scottsdale, AZ.

Registration opens February 1 at

Interested in presenting? See the call for proposals here.

Campaign Pillars

Advancing Nursing Education

CCNA Continues Promising Education Progression Models Video Series

CCNA has launched a new video series on education progression and the implementation of the four promising models identified in the Learning Collaborative. We asked our nurse expert consultants to provide additional insights in a video series and make themselves available for further discussion on our website. All of the videos are now available for your use on our website. The presenters will be available on the specific dates below on our website’s Community Post section to answer your questions about their work in this area. Please NOTE: Videos best viewed in Firefox or Google Chrome.     

This Week’s Video for Discussion:

Dr. Jean Wortock presents RN to BSN at a Community College Model which is a general introduction of the implementation of the Shared Curriculum model.

Join Dr. Wortock here on the Community Post for further discussion February 4 through 8.

Other Videos and Future Discussion Dates:

Innovative High Volume AND Quality at University of Texas Arlington and Western Governor’s University:  A National Education Partner

Dr. Elizabeth Mancini and Ms. Jan Jones Schenk will be available to for further discussion on our website from February 11-15.

News About the RN to MSN Education Model – Share Your Thoughts

News this week from George Washington University: A great outcome that will advance nursing education, making it easier for registered nurses to pursue their advanced education from RN to MSN. The University announced jointly with the governor of Virginia a new program to offer a more clinical focus, permitting flexibility to allow nurses to pursue their higher education in “stages.” It will also be more affordable and accessible thanks to an online curriculum. What does this mean for our Campaign for Action work? It exemplifies bold progress on one of the four promising education models; increases the education levels of the nurse workforce; and helps meet the increasing primary care demands.

Read a post from one of our nurse experts and tell us what you think.

Education Progression in Action: Washington State

Washington State University’s Tri Cities campus, Columbia Basin College and several key employers collaborated to expand nursing education in that part of the state. Between the two, aspiring nurses can acquire anything from an associate’s degree to a doctorate, and end up working in a wide range of nursing jobs.

Read more in this story from The News Tribune
In Lacey, Wash., St. Martin’s University has developed letters of agreement with two state-funded community college nursing programs to create a seamless RN-BSN program. Dr. Louise Kaplan is the Director of this private university’s recently-resurrected program.

Changing Roles Lead More Nurses Toward Advanced Degrees

The need for more primary care providers and an unstable economy are among the factors driving nurses in Indiana and other states to seek advanced degrees and to work in settings such as outpatient clinics, home care and community health centers. The need for nurses with advanced degrees will further increase under the Affordable Care Act, said Kimberly Harper, director of the Indiana Center for Nursing and co-lead for the Indiana Action Coalition: Transforming Health Care.

Read the full article in Lafayette’s Journal and Courier.

Promoting Nurses as Leaders

Jonas Scholars and the Campaign for Action

We are beginning to hear about the good work the Jonas Scholars are doing within their Action Coalitions!  If you still need to connect with your Jonas Scholar, need more information on the Jonas Scholar project or if you have something to share about the work the Jonas Scholars are doing in your state, please e-mail Jen Cooper, CCNA Project Manager, at [email protected] or go to the Jonas Scholars page on the Campaign for Action’s on-line community.

Keep an eye on this page for highlights of Jonas Scholar projects in different states throughout 2013!  Jonas Scholars will present their work at the Jonas Center-AACN conference in Washington D.C. in October.

AHCA Appoints Nurse Practitioner to Advisory Board

Stan Whittaker, an NP and Board Chair of the Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners (FLANP), has received an appointment to the Agency for Health Care Administration’s Medical Care Advisory Committee.

Federal law requires each state to establish a committee to serve in an advisory capacity on issues pertaining to Medicaid. Members may be asked to review or provide input on issues pertaining to Medicaid, including rules and regulations.

In his work with FLANP’s policy committee, Whittaker has reviewed agency rules that negatively impact consumer access to care. He has also attended policy meetings at the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to advocate for patients through removal of practice barriers of NPs.

Whittaker is the first NP appointed to this board.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Why Your Nurse Practitioner is Your Friend

Dr. Shirie Leng, a former advanced practice nurse and current anesthesiologist, is well qualified to distinguish between care provided by a nurse and care provided by a physician. In this blog post, Dr. Leng writes that “nurse practitioners, by their training in nursing, are much more likely to deal successfully with chronic conditions because they will talk to you and listen to you. They don’t have the same time-pressures and paperwork blizzards that the doctors have…. They want to take care of you, not just fix your illness.”

Read Dr. Leng’s full blog post here.


See HRSA Funding Opportunity for Nursing Workforce Diversity Program above.

Interprofessional Collaboration

INQRI Webinar Series: Translating Research Into Practice

The Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) is hosting a webinar series on translating research into practice that features the work of all INQRI grantees. This session, “Creation of a Nurse Manager Development Program to Increase Patient Safety,” will be presented by project investigators Linda Flynn and Joel Cantor.

February 14, 2013

3:00pm-4:00pm ET
Learn more about this project.

Register here.

Webinar: Integrating Oral-Systemic Health in Graduate Nursing Programs: A Faculty Tool Kit

The Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice initiative is presenting a FREE webinar, titled “Integrating Oral-Systemic Health in Graduate Nursing Programs: A Faculty Tool Kit.” The webinar will provide participants with an overview of compelling access, workforce, and health disparities issues related to oral health and it link to overall health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and cancer

Presenters will provide strategies and resources for faculty to use in integrating oral health competencies and content in graduate programs. Strategies will also be relevant to engaging learners from different professions in innovative interprofessional oral-systemic health teaching learning experiences that use technology to promote collaborative practice.

March 5, 2013

1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Learn more here.
Register here.

Health Innovations

Health Affairs Releases Policy Brief on Federally Facilitated Insurance Exchanges

One of the key mechanisms for expanding health coverage under the Affordable Care Act is the creation of new state-based health insurance exchanges. States have several options for organizing and operating these exchanges. A state can establish and operate its own exchange, work with other states to establish regional exchanges, run an exchange in partnership with the federal government, or let the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) operate a “federally facilitated exchange” for the state.

As of the brief’s publication date, 25 states have decided not to establish and run their own exchanges, forcing the federal government to have a major role in expanding insurance coverage in the individual and small-business insurance markets in at least half the states. This policy brief explores the issues now arising as the federally facilitated exchanges are being shaped.

Read the brief 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.

February 7, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ESTCampaign for Action: The Road Ahead – An Orientation to the National Summit (Invitation sent to Summit attendees)

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