Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for the Action Coalitions for April 16, 2013, that describe successes, related activities, and relevant tools for this national campaign.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of the attacks in Boston and their families. Thank you to all first responders, nurses and doctors treating the victims.
Funding and Other Opportunities
Catalyzing Networks for Social Change
This Funder’s Guide, written by Diane Scearce and supported by the Monitor Institute and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, explores how funders can harness the power of networks to further their goals. “Funders know they need big platforms with diverse players to tackle the complexity of 21st-century problems…. This means investing in more than discrete programs and more than individual organizations. It means catalyzing networks.” The guide introduces the network mindset and shares best practices for network effectiveness.
Action Coalitions should use this valuable resource to help understand what funders are looking for and how to leverage AC networks to attract funding.
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:
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May 20-22, 2013. Herndon, VA
June 19-20, 2013. Scottsdale, AZ.
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National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Programs
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Advancing Nursing Education
CCNA Leaders Meet with Community College Presidents
Pat Polansky and Mary Sue Gorski participated in a meeting with 14 Community College Presidents from across the country April 8 and 9 at the American Association of Community Colleges Office. The productive discussion focused on identifying challenges and opportunities; developing strategies and tools to overcome barriers and capitalize on opportunities; and defining opportunities for synergy and collaboration between community college presidents. The meeting was hosted by RWJF and the Tricouncil of Nursing as NPO of the Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) grant initiative. Action Coalition leaders from Texas, New Mexico, and Washington presented their APIN funded academic progression projects to the group.
Promoting Nurses as Leaders
Idaho Action Coalition Co-Lead Appointed to Health Insurance Exchange Board
On April 10, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the 19 members of Idaho’s Health Insurance Exchange Board, a panel authorized by the Idaho Legislature to set the rules and regulations for implementing a state based exchange. The Board must establish the exchange by January 1, 2014, as required by federal law. It is empowered by state law to develop an operating plan and contract for required services. “I’m grateful that the people with the talent, experience and ability to serve effectively on this board accepted the challenge,” Governor Otter said.
Margaret Wainwright Henbest, co-lead of the Idaho Nursing Action Coalition, is one of two health care providers appointed to the Board. Mark Estess of AARP’s Idaho State Office, was also appointed.
Texas Action Coalition Represented on White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing
Texas Team’s Mary Jane Hamilton, Dean & Professor of Nursing, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been selected to participate in this White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing. The event will build on the efforts of the President’s Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force, and the First Lady’s call-to-action to our nation’s governors in February to take legislative or executive action to help our troops get the credentials they need.
The President’s Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force, led by the Department of Defense, is charged with identifying military specialties that readily transfer to high-demand jobs; working with civilian credentialing and licensing associations to address gaps between military training programs and credentialing and licensing requirements; and providing service members with greater access to necessary certification and licensing exams.
Read the White House report and look for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on page 15.
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Nurses and Nurse Champions Included in Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in Health Care
In its yearly ranking of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare , Modern Healthcare included nine leaders with nursing backgrounds, as well as outspoken nurse champions. The program honors exceptional female health care executives who are making a positive difference in the industry. Honoree Leah Binder is president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, a respected organization that mobilizes employer purchasing power to improve the safety, quality and affordability of care in the nation. To meet this goal, Binder wants hospitals to hire more highly educated nurses, which is consistent with the goals of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and the Institute of Medicine recommendation that more nurses earn baccalaureate degrees. The Leapfrog Group is a member of the Champion Nursing Coalition and a vocal supporter for vital role of nurse leaders in achieving and maintaining safety standards in our nation’s hospitals.
Also included on the list is Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. At the recent Campaign for Action Summit 2013, Lavizzo-Mourey spoke about the Foundation’s commitment to nurses and nursing, and what spurred its support for the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report.
Removing Barriers to Practice & Care
Walgreens Now Diagnosing, Treating Chronic Conditions
Walgreens has announced the expansion of its in-store clinic services to include diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic conditions through the introduction of physician assistants and nurse practitioners into 300 of the company’s Take Care Clinics.
Walgreens became the first retail chain to diagnose and treat chronic condition.
Time to Ease Restrictions on Nurses
In this Op-Ed in the Huffington Post, David Freudberg argues that the American medical system must adapt to accommodate the needs of the additional patients who will soon have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Why, Freudberg asks, do primary care providers need to be medical doctors? Highly-trained nurse practitioners (NPs) could be a big part of the solution. Numerous studies have shown that NPs and MDs provide comparable primary care, but more needs to be done. Nursing education must be strengthened, as recommended by the IOM, and barriers to practice and care must be removed.
Freudberg quotes the 2011 New England Journal of Medicine article that said “there are no data to suggest that nurse practitioners in states that impose greater restrictions on their practice provide safer and better care”. He also notes that AARP has called for easing of regulations that limit the independence of NPs.”
Read the full Op-Ed in the Huffington Post.
States Ponder Removing Barriers to Practice and Care
As of March 25, 33 states this year have collectively introduced over 140 bills that address medical “scope of practice” issues. The bulk of the bills deal with licensing and other issues surrounding advanced practice nursing, the use of physician assistants and the ability to write prescriptions.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the nation’s supply of primary care physicians was 9,000 less than demand in 2010. When estimates for specialists are considered, the total doctor shortage will climb to over 90,000 within the decade and to over 130,000 by 2025. That impact would likely be felt the most in low-income and rural areas, which often already have limited access to primary care doctors. Efforts are underway in many states to get more qualified doctors into the pipeline, but getting someone from first year med school to full licensure and practice is at best a many-year process.
Many state governments are now turning to the ready-made workforce of nurse practitioners to ease the primary care shortage. “We are working hard at the state level to ensure every Californian has access to affordable, quality health coverage, but what good is a health insurance card if you can’t get into see a health care provider when you need one?” said California Senator Ed Hernandez. “We need to make better use of the trained healthcare workforce we already have if we are ever going to meet demand.”
The National Governors Association and the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine have both endorsed the concept of granting nurse practitioners more leeway to practice independently.
Read the full article here.