Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for the Action Coalitions for April 1, 2013, that describe successes, related activities, and relevant tools for this national campaign.
Campaign for Action Welcomes New Action Coalitions
The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is happy to welcome new Action Coalitions from Jamaica, British Columbia, and Vatican City! Now that we have all 50 states and the District of Columbia, we thought we could use that momentum to continue expanding outside of the United States. April fools!
Building Your Presence with Facebook Pages
Do you know how to harness the power of social media to help your Action Coalition? Do you know what Facebook is? If you answered yes or no to either question, this tool can help!
This guide was developed by Facebook for causes and nonprofits to help them use Facebook Pages to engage supporters and stakeholders in meaningful conversations that will promote their causes.
Check out the guide here.
Funding and Other Opportunities
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:
Apply by April 8, 2013.
Seminar will be held July 28 – August 1, 2013. Colorado Springs, CO
Apply here by April 12, 2013
Apply here by May 1.
May 20-22, 2013. Herndon, VA
June 19-20, 2013. Scottsdale, AZ.
Find registration and more information here.
National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Programs
See the guide here .
Touching All Pillars
Nurses Shatter the Stereotype
Check out this video from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nurses Shatter the Stereotype. Nurses represent the largest segment of health care professionals and are the people who provide the most direct care at the bedside. What many people don’t realize is that nurses also are working to provide, shape and improve health care in a wide variety of settings. Nurses are health care researchers, administrators, educators, soldiers, and more. Nurses shatter the stereotype.
Advancing Nursing Education
Student Nurses and Action Coalitions
Jenna Bristol, a student at Yale University, shared this Community Post to see how Action Coalitions have reached out to students:
At the summit a breakout group discussed the ambitious goal of bringing students to every meeting. In an effort to hear the nursing student voice on the future of nursing, several ACs have invited students to attend AC executive committee meetings.
How has your AC reached out to students? Or, if your AC has not yet reached out to students, do you have plans of reaching out soon?
Thank you for bringing this up, Jenna! Continue the conversation in the Online Community.
Removing Barriers to Practice & Care
The Diane Rehm Show Discusses the Role of Nurse Practitioners
In 18 states and the District of Columbia, nurse practitioners (NPs) are allowed to treat patients and prescribe medications without a doctor’s involvement. Lawmakers in a number of other states are pushing for similar changes to existing laws that place unnecessary barriers in between nurse practitioners and patients.
Last week, Diane Rehm hosted a discussion on the role of nurse practitioners on her nationally-syndicated radio show. Can removing these barriers help NPs address the shortage of primary care physicians? Does a team-based approach including a medical doctor result in better care for patients?
Listen to the show here.
Diane’s guests included:
- Dr. Reid Blackwelder: family physician and president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
- Mary Agnes Carey: senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News.
- Ken Miller: nurse practitioner, associate dean at The Catholic University of America School of Nursing, and president-elect of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
- Sandra Nattina: nurse practitioner at Columbia Medical Practice in Columbia, Md., and past president of Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland.
Minnesota Public Radio Talks Nursing Practice
Continuing with the radio trend, Minnesota Public radio welcomed three guests, including the Minnesota Action Coalition’s Mary Chesney, to discuss the role of nurse practitioners and how full NP practice would change health care in Minnesota.
- Angela Golden: President of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, assistant professor at Northern Arizona University
- Mary Chesney: President of the Minnesota Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Coalition, clinical associate professor and director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing
- Julie Anderson: President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians
Marketplace Health Care: The Nurse Practitioner Will See You Now
This Marketplace podcast by Dan Gorenstein also looks at the role of nurse practitioners as approximately 30 million Americans gain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Rural Health Initiative a Successful Model for Improved Health
The Wisconsin Rural Health Initiative, started in Wisconsin’s Shawano County, uses nurses at the front line of care to improve the health and safety of farm families. The non-profit, grass roots organization started in 2004 after a year of meetings by citizens and organizations concerned with the farming community. This model of health care is well received, very successful and has expanded to other counties in Wisconsin.
Please see Stephanie Stewart’s Community Post for more information.