Campaign for Action Update: March 11, 2013

Summit 2013: Thank You + Access Resources

A big thank you to all of the Summit teams who really rolled up their sleeves and worked so hard last month in Washington, DC. You can take a look at your work, as well as Summit resources, photos, imperatives and other information on the Summit 2013 web page –

And don’t forget to tell us how you are bringing the Summit to your state Action Coalition members back home!

Campaign Key Messages Now Include Talking Points for Hospitals, Physicians and Funders

Many of you became more familiar with the Campaign’s messages at the Summit. These are the framework messages you can use when you talk about your Campaign for Action efforts. But did you know that the messaging resources on the Campaign Community also include specific audience talking points – for hospitals, physicians and funders. For more, check out How to Use Campaign Messages.

Funding and Other Opportunities

HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Funding Opportunity

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Division of Nursing recently announced a funding opportunity for its Nursing Workforce Diversity program. To demonstrate the Division of Nursing’s focus and commitment to the social determinants of health and health equity, the program now requires applicants to propose innovative workforce diversity projects that offer multi-level, evidence-based approaches that incorporate the social determinants of health into strategies to diversify the nursing workforce and move towards health equity.

Eligible applicants for this FOA are academic health centers, State or local governments, community-based organizations, tribes and tribal organizations, accredited schools of nursing, and nursing centers. HRSA is also looking for qualified reviewers.

Applications are due March 15, 2013.

Learn more here.

Download the application here.

NEW: FAQs posted here.

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

INQRI Webinar Series: Implementation of a Risk Specific Fall Prevention Bundle to Reduce Falls in Hospitals

March 12, 4-5 pm ET

Register here.

AACN: Implementing Successful Academic-Practice Partnerships Conference

April 18-19, 2013. Chicago, IL

Register here by March 22.

Johnson & Johnson/AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars

Apply here by May 1.

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

More Training, Bigger Roles for Nurse Practitioners

Ninety-one of 100 counties in North Carolina are designated as medically underserved. Consumers like 70-year-old Walter Sane, who traveled 225 miles to receive treatment from a nurse practitioner, need better access to high quality care and universities in North Carolina are now expanding programs that will produce more nurse practitioners with the higher skills and training they need to fill this role on the front lines of the state’s health care system. This article demonstrates that this campaign is about the patient and ensuring that Mr. Sane and others like him would have improved access to clinicians.

We would love to share more consumer stories with you and your peers so if you have one, please forward it to Andrew Bianco at [email protected].

Read the full article in the News & Observer.

Nursing Education in Brief:

Thousands of Nurses Needed, Texas Tech Expands to Meet Demands

The Texas Nurses Association estimates that there will be a shortage of 70,000 nurses in the state by 2020. The Texas Tech University School of Nursing is expanding to meet this need.

Read more here.

Boise State Adds New Online Nursing Doctorate

A new online doctor of nursing practice degree program (DNP) was approved by the Idaho State Board of Education and will begin in August 2013.

The DNP is Boise State’s ninth doctoral program and aims at helping prepare nurses to assume leadership responsibilities in the education and clinical work force.  Entry into the program will require a current registered nurse license, a bachelor’s degree in nursing with a master’s degree in nursing or a related field.

Learn more here.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Tom Daschle Outlines a Workforce for “the New Health Care World”

In a recent post to the Health Affairs Blog, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle calls for all primary care practitioners to practice to the fullest extent of their training as one solution to meeting America’s health care demands. Daschle writes that nurse practitioners are and will continue to be in greater demands as they take on larger roles in team based and primary care. Nurse practitioners are a critical component to health care transformation.

Daschle invites policy makers to maximize the roles of all health professionals, along with a host of other innovative solutions to meet America’s growing health care challenges.

Read more here.

Nurse Practitioners Are In — and Why You May Be Seeing More of Them

“Despite continuing protests from some physician groups, the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) in U.S. health care is expanding and will likely change both the costs and type of care experienced by millions of Americans.” This article from [email protected], a publication of the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious business school, provides a business case for removing barriers to APRN practice and care, citing the lower cost of educating an NP rather than a physician and the comparable care that both provide.

“Giving NPs the right to treat patients and prescribe medications without a doctor’s supervision,” according to Wharton professor of health care management Robert J. Town, “‘doesn’t seem to have any negative consequences, and it provides a lot of people with more access to primary care, whether it’s in a retail clinic or whether it means patients can see their primary care provider without having to see the physician.”

Read the full article here.

Role of Nurse Practitioners in Health Reform is Focus of New Report

A new report by the National Institute for Health Care Reform digs into the role of nurse practitioners in addressing an anticipated shortage of primary care physicians.

The institute’s report said that state laws themselves do not restrict what services nurse practitioners can provide but the laws can indirectly affect nurse practitioners’ ability to practice. Considering the big demand for primary care services analysts are predicting, states might want to adjust their regulations to more explicitly define nurse practitioners as primary care providers, the report concluded.

Read more in the Baltimore Business Journal.

Sometimes The Best Medical Care Is Provided By Those Who Aren’t M.D.s

Dr. Amesh Adalja, a physician, argues that allowing non-physicians to practice to a greater extent will benefit patients and lower costs. In an op-ed in Forbes magazine, he explains, “Expanded scopes of practice, in which a non-physician renders care independent of a physician, not only expand access to health care and have the potential to decrease the cost of healthcare, but also reflect a respect for the free market system.”

Read the full op-ed here.

Four out of Five Kentuckians Comfortable Seeing Nurse Practitioners

New poll figures indicate the majority of Kentuckians are comfortable seeing a nurse practitioner or physician assistant for their routine care. The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) also reveals the comfort level is higher among those with experience receiving care from such clinicians.

Read more here.

“Mr. Jones, the nurse practitioner will see you now.”

As aging physicians prepare to leave the workforce and millions of newly insured Americans begin seeking primary care, states must address the question of who will provide necessary care. Across the nation, legislatures are looking towards nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists to meet some of this need.

Read this quick case in the Hospital Association of Southern California’s blog for allowing NPs and other providers to practice to the full extent of their education and training.


See the HRSA Funding Opportunity for the Nursing Workforce Diversity Program above.

US Census Bureau Reports Male Nurses Becoming More Commonplace

The nursing profession remains overwhelmingly female, but the representation of men has increased as the demand for nurses has grown over the last several decades, according to a U.S. Census Bureau study released last month.

The new study, Men in Nursing Occupations, shows the proportion of male registered nurses has more than tripled since 1970, from 2.7 percent to 9.6 percent, and the proportion of male licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses has more than doubled from 3.9 percent to 8.1 percent

Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future Joins with AACN to Expand the Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program

On February 25, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future has renewed its support for the national Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. Designed to enhance racial/ethnic diversity within the nurse faculty population in the U.S., this collaborative effort provides financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students committed to teaching in schools of nursing after graduation. To date, AACN has helped to prepare 53 minority faculty scholars through this initiative and a similar effort.

AACN is currently accepting applications from students for the next round of scholarship awards. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2013, and new winners will be announced in August 2013.

You can download an application here.

Learn more about issues related to diversity in nursing education and AACN’s efforts to address this critical issue 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.

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