Campaign for Action Update: May 6, 2013


Happy National Nurses Week!!!

This National Nurses Week we are proud to celebrate the Campaign for Action‘s 51 Action Coalitions and the nurses and nurse champions working across the country to transform health care through nursing. Over the next few days, we will spotlight your hard work, and all of the various roles that nurses are playing to make a difference. Please visit the online community to read transformational stories from your colleagues, and take a few minutes to share your own story of transforming health care through nursing.

Bonus: Read about the history of National Nurses Week.

Funding and Other Opportunities

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Veterans’ BSN Program

Last week, 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.

Program funding will go to accredited schools of nursing to increase veterans’ enrollment in and completion of baccalaureate nursing programs, and to explore ways to award academic credit for prior military health care experience or training. The institutions will also train faculty to provide mentorships and other supportive services.

“Through this innovative program, veterans with valuable medical expertise can now help fill the ranks of nurses across the nation,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.

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

HRSA is hosting a technical assistance webinar for interested applicants:

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

3:30 – 5:00 pm ET

Access the technical assistance webinar here.

Audio access: 1-888-324-9363

Passcode: Smithey

The webinar will also be recorded and archived here.

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Apply here by June 7.

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

Nurse Practitioner and Hospital CEO Work Together to Increase Efficiency

Steven Kelley is the CEO of Ellenville Regional Hospital, a critical access hospital in upstate New York. Robert Donaldson is president of the hospital’s medical staff. He is also a nurse practitioner, elected twice by his physician colleagues to lead the medical staff. Together, Kelley and Donaldson have cut the average emergency department stay from three-plus hours to just 92 minutes in a department that now sees 13,500 visits a year, up from 7,000 in 2004. The two have pursued a strategy of attracting high-quality NPs to the area, which has trouble attracting physicians, and looking for improvements at every step.

Read more about Ellenville here.

Nurse Residency

Webinar: Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Providers

Primary Care Progress (PCP), a grassroots organization of interprofessional primary care providers, is celebrating National Nurses Week with a webinar on nurse residency training.

Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Providers:

Residency Training for New Nurse Practitioners

Thursday, May 9, 2013

7:00 ET

Learn more and register here.

Bolstering Workforce Data

Correction: HRSA Releases New Data on U.S. Nursing Workforce

The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), recently announced the released of two new 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.

Note: Last week’s Campaign update incorrectly identified the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis as part of NIH. The Center resides within HRSA. We apologize for any confusion. 

Interprofessional Collaboration

Primary Care Organization Celebrates National Nurses Week with New Resources

Primary Care Progress (PCP) is an interprofessional grassroots network of nurses, physicians, physician assistants, and others working to promote primary care and rebuild the primary care workforce.

PCP is celebrating National Nurses Week (NNW) from May 6th to May 12th with a range of new content including webinars, Progress Notes , interviews and resources. The content will not only to showcase the critical role nurses play in delivering the patient-centered primary care that patients want and need, but will also highlight some of the primary care heroes within the nursing community who are re-shaping and advancing the field.

See the webinar PCP is hosting in the Nurse Residency section above.


HHS Issues Culturally Sensitive Care Standards

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released enhanced national standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in health and healthcare, a blueprint to help organizations improve the quality of healthcare available to diverse communities.

The enhanced standards, developed by the HHS Office of Minority Health, are a comprehensive update of the 2000 national CLAS standards and include the expertise of federal and non-federal partners nationwide to ensure an even stronger platform for health equity.

Read more here.

Health Innovations

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

Join the AARP Public Policy Institute tomorrow for a discussion of promising approaches to improving care and lowering Medicare costs.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

9:30 am – noon ET

Watch the live streaming video here.

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

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: Update on the Campaign for Consensus, Legislation and Maps 

Representatives from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) will take a look back and look ahead at the APRN Campaign for Consensus. By the end of the webinar, participants will:

  1. Identify gains made by states in the 2012 and 2013 legislative sessions, as reflected in the NCSBN APRN Maps;
  2. Describe efforts that were successful as well as those that were unsuccessful; and
  3. Discuss lessons learned from legislative attempts.

Monday, June 3, 2013 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

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