Campaign for Action Update: April 30, 2013


Funding and Other Opportunities

New HHS Program Helps Veterans Pursue Nursing Careers

Today, at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a new program to help military veterans with health care experience or training, such as medics, pursue nursing careers. The program is designed to help veterans get bachelor’s degrees in nursing by building on their unique skills and abilities.

Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at HHS, the Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program will fund up to nine cooperative agreements, of up to $350,000 a year. Funding of $3 million is expected to be awarded by the end of September.

Learn more about the Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

Final Joining Forces Webinar: Teaching Students to Care for Veterans

Don’t miss the final webinar of the seven-part series hosted by Joining Forces and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing! Almost 650 schools of nursing have pledged their support to the Joining Forces campaign. One priority of this national initiative is to make health care professionals more knowledgeable about the population of armed forces members and their particular health care needs, especially as they return from modern deployments with characteristic injuries.

May 1, 2013; 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET

Register and view past Joining Forces webinars here.

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

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 Conference: The Evolving Role of Nurse Leaders from Bedside to Boardroom

June 19-20, 2013. Scottsdale, AZ.

Find registration and more information here.

RWJF Future of Nursing: State Implementation Program (SIP)

Read the short summary here.

Campaign Pillars

Promoting Nurses as Leaders

Sigma Theta Tau International’s 2013 Board Leadership Institute

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI’s) Board Leadership Institute prepares nurses to be knowledgeable and responsive leaders on national and international boards. The Institute is a three-phase program that combines online and in-person activities.

During this two-day seminar, industry leaders including professional board recruiters, board presidents, and experts in board competence will share their insights about all aspects of board membership. Participants will learn to assess their own strengths; evaluate their readiness to serve on a board; enhance skills to better serve those boards on which they currently participate; develop a personal plan to meet board participation goals, and more at the 2013 STTI Board Leadership Seminar.

For additional information, contact the International Leadership Institute at [email protected].

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala Addresses the Role of Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care

Last month, Dr. Donna Shalala spoke about removing barriers to practice and care and the future of health care delivery in her address to the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) Annual Congress.

Dr. Shalala underscored the need for nurses to play a lead role in all aspects of the health care debate, ensuring that patients and families have access to timely, effective care; and outlined specific steps that health care executives should take to fully maximize nurses to meet patient care demands.

She also encouraged the audience to pay attention to the research which clearly states that advanced practice registered nurses can handle a lot of primary care, prevention, and care management in the country; and to join their state’s Action Coalition.

Dr. Shalala is the longest-serving secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and chair of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee that produced the report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.”

Watch a portion of the speech.

Bolstering Workforce Data

NIH Releases New Data on U.S. Nursing Workforce and Compendium of Federal Health Data Sources

The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis has just announce the released of its two most recent publications.

The first, The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education, presents data on the supply, distribution, and education/pipeline of the U.S. nursing workforce. Data and information are incorporated from various sources covering both the registered nurse (RN) and licensed practical/vocational nurse (LPN) workforces.

The second, The Compendium of Federal Data Sources to Support Health Workforce Analysis, summarizes 19 federal data sources that can be used to support health workforce analysis. The Compendium is designed to help those interested in the health workforce understand how these sources (many of which were not established specifically to collect health workforce data) could be used for health workforce analysis.

Learn more about these data sources and the May 14 webinar to present findings in this community resource on data.


Johns Hopkins, Black Nurses Association to Examine Ways to Enhance Diversity

Through a new grant, “Enhancing the Diversity of the Nursing Profession: Assessing the Mentoring Needs of African American Nursing Students,” the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore and the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) are examining ways to increase the number of black nurses in the U.S.

The $20,000 grant from the NBNA will go towards conducting a national survey to identify the drivers and barriers to success among black nursing students and nurses.

“As nurses, we all know what we needed while attending nursing school,” Deidre Walton, RN, MSN, JD, NBNA president, and member of the Campaign’s Diversity Steering Committee said in the release. “We need to have a better understanding of what this generation of nursing students need in this new technological and innovative world of nursing.”

National Association of Hispanic Nurses and Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics to Offer Scholarship

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) recently announced the establishment of a $2,500 Children’s Mercy Hospitals Pediatric Nursing Scholarship. The scholarship funding is provided by NAHN Corporate Member Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics to promote the study of Pediatric nursing among Hispanics.

Please visit the NAHN website for more information and the scholarship application.

Health Innovations

Study Finds that Hospitals Profit When Surgeries Go Wrong

The “Health Innovations” section is typically reserved for bright new ideas that are transforming health care. Every once in a while, however, a story comes along about something so wrong with the current system that we include it in hopes that someone offers a bright new idea to fix it.

The study, which was published this month in The Journal of the American Medical Association, found that hospitals earned 330 percent higher profit margins on surgeries with one or more complications, because private insurers pay them for longer stays and extra care.

Read more in Kaiser Health News.

AARP Solutions Forum: How to Improve Care and Lower Costs in Medicare: Promising Approaches

Join the AARP Public Policy Institute for a discussion of promising approaches to improving care and lowering Medicare costs. The discussion will be moderated by CCNA’s Susan Reinhard. The panel of experts will discuss:

  • New ways to organize care that is better for patients and for the program, such as use of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and medical homes.
  • Payment approaches that encourage health care practitioners to work together to provide better, more efficient care.
  • Practices that help reduce hospital readmission and improve transitional care.
  • Building infrastructure (such as health information – HIT) to support these structural changes.
  • How we can enhance the value of prescription drugs across the health care system.
  • Practices that promote optimal medication use.
  • Effective ways to get the highest value drugs to market.

The panel includes:

  • Leah Binder, CEO, The Leapfrog Group
  • Jennifer Eames Huff, Director, Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Group
  • Michael H. James, President and CEO, Genesys PHO
  • Lisa McGiffert, Director, Safe Patient Project, Consumers Union
  • Christine M Simmon, SVP, Policy and Strategic Alliances, Generic Pharmaceutical Association
  • Patricia Smith, President and CEO, Alliance of Community Health Plans
  • Nicholas Wolter, MD, CEO, Billings Clinic

Register to attend in person here.

Upcoming Webinars

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. To ensure that you receive future webinar invitations, please go to, enter your information, and select the publications you wish to receive.

Webinar: Plan to Get Funding – Creating an AC Development Plan

Monday, May 6, 2013 | 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT

CCNA consultant and former CA Action Coalition co-lead, Casey R. Shillam, PhD RN, will facilitate a discussion on opportunities for seeking funding. The discussion will center on understanding principals of fundraising and establishing a team within your Action Coalition that focuses on development.

Register here.

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