In Their Own Words: Action Coalitions Working to Transform Nursing
Since the launch of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, state-based coalitions around the country have been working to strengthen the nursing profession to improve health and health care. These Action Coalitions have identified priorities and strategies specific to their states, and forged diverse partnerships to help reach their goals.
A new series of videos on RWJF.org features leaders from some of those Action Coalitions discussing their work and successes, and some of the unique challenges and opportunities they’ve faced.
Funding and Other Opportunities
VOTE NOW! RWJF Policymaker Outreach Webinar Series
Over the past 15 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has helped hundreds of its grantees and partners build relationships with their policymakers through in-person and virtual training sessions through the Connect Project. Starting in June, Connect will continue a webinar series it began last year to help RWJF grantees think through different aspects of engaging policymakers.
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Please review and prioritize the session topics you find most appealing. Select your top three session ideas (or add your own) and RWJF will use your input to determine the final course.
Celebrating Amazing Nurses
The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future is now accepting nominations for Amazing Nurses 2013. This national recognition program invites the public to nominate and vote for nurses who provide extraordinary care for patients, their families, and make a difference every day in the lives of others.
A public voting period will run July 15 – August 16, and the 2013 Amazing Nurse will be announced on September 9.
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:
June 19-20, 2013. Scottsdale, AZ.
Find registration and more information here
Promoting Nurses as Leaders
Dr. Susan Reinhard Honored by AANP
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) will honor Dr. Susan Reinhard with the Sharp Cutting Edge Award. Recipients of this award have shown leadership through innovative services, technologies or advocacy activities that have advanced NP practice and patient care.
Dr. Reinhard will receive the award in recognition of her work at the AARP Public Policy Institute and as the Chief Strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America at AARP. She directs advocacy work focused on removing scope of practice barriers for APRNs at both the federal and state levels. Her work has supported NPs as they work toward full practice authority in their states.
The awards will be presented during the 2013 AANP National Conference at the annual membership meeting on June 22.
Video: Interview with Dr. Susan Hassmiller on Leadership
Vicki Burns of the Louisiana Action Coalition interviews Dr. Susan Hassmiller, Senior Adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, to discuss the future of nursing.
Advancing Nursing Education
Community Colleges, Universities Collaborate to Support a Stronger Nursing Workforce
Leading nurse educators are working together to provide nurses and nursing students with more and better options to advance their education.
Nurse Residency Program Gets Rhode Island Nurses into the Community
Learn more about Rhode Island’s new residency program in this RWJF Human Capital blog post
by Lynne Dunphy, co-lead for the Rhode Island Action Coalition.
Removing Barriers to Practice & Care
Politico Op-Ed: Advanced Nurses Work Wonders
Sheila Burke and Bill Novelli recently wrote an op-ed for Politico supporting the role of nurse practitioners in meeting America’s primary care demands.
As our nation prepares to implement the bulk of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the issues of access to care and unsustainable cost continue to loom large. What can we do about an aging population with increasing chronic health issues and millions more needing care? How can we meet the increasing demand, maintain quality and not break the bank?
Legislators looking for solutions to these questions can unleash the skills of nurse practitioners by removing regulatory barriers that prevent them from practicing to the top of their education and training.
Bolstering Workforce Data
Empowering Nurses with Data
Florence Nightingale’s ability to translate statistics into improved outcomes forever changed nursing-and the world. Jackie Larson writes in Advance for Nurses that data can truly empower nurses to transform the health care system. She shares three keys to actionable data:
- Data must be Transparent and Accessible
- Data must be Easy to Comprehend
- Data must be Timely
Fostering Partnerships Between Nurses and Family Caregivers
America’s population is aging, and now more than ever family caregivers are called on to master tasks that nurses and other clinicians spend several years in training to perform. According to a 2013 AARP Public Policy Institute study, Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care , these health-related tasks can include managing complex medication schedules, giving injections, providing wound care, or handling catheters and tube feedings. These are not easy tasks, and the strains on caregivers take their toll increasing stress, and burnout. As nurses, we must educate and prepare ourselves to include family caregivers, empowering them to become a full partner in the health care team.
Nurses can lead and improve patient outcomes by partnering and helping to train the family caregiver. The Professional Partners Supporting Diverse Family Caregivers program is providing nurses with tools and resources to fully engage the family caregiver. The program helps nurses build relationships and improve communication. There are simple but meaningful steps that nurses can take to engage the family caregiver in the patient’s care, such as simply asking the questions “how are you?” or “is there anything that I can do to help?”
Advancing Health in Rural America: Maximizing Nursing’s Impact
Sheila Burke speaking to the National Rural Health Association emphasized that nurses are critical to meeting America’s rural health care challenges. Here are a few quick facts and resources about rural health care.
- Virtually every state in the country has counties that are classified as rural areas. 25 percent of Americans live in rural areas, approximately 70 million people.
- In rural areas, the ratio of primary care physicians to patients is 1 to 3,500, substantially under the ratio recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Anywhere from 57 to 90 percent of first responders in rural areas are volunteers.
- Rural residents have greater transportation difficulties reaching health care providers, often travelling great distances to reach a doctor or hospital.
The bottom line is that we need America’s 3 million nurses to address these challenges.
Study: Lower Mortality Rates at Magnet Hospitals
A new study published in the May issue of Medical Care found that “Magnet hospitals had significantly better work environments and higher proportions of nurses with bachelor’s degrees and specialty certification,” and that “patients treated in Magnet hospitals had 14 percent lower odds of mortality and 12 percent lower odds of failure-to-rescue.”
They concluded that “lower mortality we find in Magnet hospitals is largely attributable to measured nursing characteristics but there is a mortality advantage above and beyond what we could measure. Magnet recognition identifies existing quality and stimulates further positive organizational behavior that improves patient outcomes.”
The study’s authors examined patient, nurse, and hospital data for 56 hospitals designated as Magnets by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, along with comparable data from 508 non-Magnet hospitals.
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 http://campaignforaction.org/email-registration/, enter your information, and select the publications you wish to receive.
An Update on NCSBN’s Campaign for Consensus, Legislation and Maps
Monday, June 3, 2013 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
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:
- Identify gains made by states in the 2012 and 2013 legislative sessions, as reflected in the NCSBN APRN Maps;
- Describe efforts that were successful as well as those that were unsuccessful; and
- Discuss lessons learned from legislative attempts
Thursday, June 13, 2013 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
The TCC Group, a leader in developing strategies and programs that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations and foundations will present content on what advocacy evaluation is, how it is different from traditional evaluation. The webinar will explore how groups engaging in advocacy activities can benefit from advocacy evaluation (such as informing strategy), and will share tools and resources on how Action Coalitions could incorporate this into their work. Presenters will also share a resource on developing rough logic models.
What Makes an Effective Coalition? Evidence-Based Indicators of Success
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Drawing from TCC Group’s research and experience, this webinar will present key elements of effective coalitions (e.g., what does effective leadership look like, how do you manage and structure the coalition, etc.), tailored to the goals and needs of Action Coalitions. Some of the information to be covered in the webinar can be found in the paper, ” What Makes an Effective Coalition? Evidence-Based Indicators of Success.”
Patient Advocates: A Powerful Nurse Practitioner Resource
Thursday, August 8, 2013 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT
This webinar, offered by the American Nurse Practitioner Foundation features Regina Holliday, caregiver, patient advocate and artist. Holliday tells a personal story in words and art across the U.S. and globally. She sends a powerful message about patient rights, the healthcare system and needed change. She will change your view of patient relationships. Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, will address nurse and faculty shortages in an effort to create a higher quality of patient care in the U.S. Dr. Hassmiller will share how focusing on patient centered messaging can have an impact on changing legislation by addressing: scope of practice, prescriptive authority and reimbursement.
Plan to Get Funding – Creating an AC Development Plan
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.
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