Campaign for Action Update: June 17, 2013


Winifred Quinn on AARP Blog: Why Access to APRNs Matters

As America’s health care environment rapidly changes, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) will play an increasingly important role in delivering high quality health care. Dr. Winifred Quinn, Co-Director of the Center to Champion Nursing in America, wrote for the AARP blog that APRNs will help fill the primary care gap, but that “outdated laws across the U.S. are limiting consumers’ access to these highly-qualified clinicians.” In the last three weeks, however, there have been victories for consumers in Nevada, Iowa and Oregon that will help turn this tide. Though this issue is often politicized as a turf battle between physicians and nurses, Dr. Quinn shows that it’s about consumers.

Read the full blog post here.

Funding and Other Opportunities

CMS Health Care Innovations Awards

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a second round of the Health Care Innovation Awards . CMS will spend up to $1 billion for awards and evaluation of projects from across the country that test new payment and service delivery models that will deliver better care and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees.

The awards will support public and private organizations in four areas that have a high likelihood of driving health care system transformation and delivering better outcomes:

  • Models that are designed to rapidly reduce Medicare, Medicaid, and/or CHIP costs in outpatient and/or post-acute settings.
  • Models that improve care for populations with specialized needs.
  • Models that test approaches for specific types of providers to transform their financial and clinical models.
  • Models that improve the health of populations – defined geographically, clinically, or by socioeconomic class – through activities focused on engaging beneficiaries, prevention, wellness, and comprehensive care that extend beyond the clinical service delivery setting.

Two informational webinars will be held on June 18 and June 20.

Letters of intent must be submitted by June 28.

Applications will be accepted through August 15.

Learn more about the awards and application process.

RWJF Connect eTraining Series: Policymaker Outreach

Last year, RWJF held a series of webinars on policymaker outreach for Action Coalitions and other grantees. The second installment of the series begins on June 27. See the titles below for more information.

Structuring a Site Visit: Engaging local policymakers and district staff

It’s great if you can get to Washington, D.C., and talk to your Senator, but it is not easy for everyone to do that. What you can do more easily is reach out to both local policymakers and district/state staff of your federal policymakers, and invite them to see what’s going on in their backyard. This session will introduce grantees to a proven framework for thinking through a site visit to a school, hospital, community center, or any other grantee site.

June 27, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. ET

Register here.

Upcoming webinars in this series:

July: Outreach 2.0: Engaging Policymakers via Social Media

August: Deep-dive on building your one-pager.
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

AACN Webinar: Building Academic-Practice Partnerships

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

2:00 – 3:00 pm (ET)

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.

Dr. Mary Anne Rizzolo/NLN Doctoral Dissertation/DNP Project Award

Apply by June 28, 2013.

Campaign Pillars

Promoting Nurses as Leaders

Leadership Learning Collaborative Conference Calls

CCNA has now hosted 5 calls in 2013 on a variety of leadership topics:

  • February: Building your leadership workgroup and setting leadership goals in your AC
  • March: State efforts to get nurses into board positions
  • April: State surveys of leaders/leadership opportunities
  • May: Recognizing Young Emerging Leaders/”40 Under 40″
  • June: Succession Planning

We’ve had leads from 11 states that have shared their experiences and expertise and over 180 participants have joined the calls!

If you missed the calls or are interested in a particular topic, visit our website for call summaries and comments:

Our next call is September 10; topic: State Nursing Leadership Institutes.

Register for our September call here!

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

See Winifred Quinn’s AARP Blog post above.


We Want to Learn More About Your Diversity Initiatives

The Campaign for Action is committed to increasing the diversity of the nursing workforce, faculty, and leadership. Many Action Coalitions share this goal and are developing  action plans to incorporate diversity into their work.

Please join us for a teleconference to share information about your states diversity initiatives, and to learn from other states.

Monday, June 24 2:00-3:30 pm ET

Who should join?

Any Action Coalition member engaged and/or interested in increasing the nursing workforce diversity in their state; or any stakeholder who is interested in learning how the Campaign for Action is addressing diversity .

Please visit the Campaign’s directory of resources for a current list of diversity plans. Email Nefertari Carver at [email protected] to RSVP for the call and to update your states information.

Health Innovations

Red Cross Down Under

Susan Hassmiller, Senior Adviser for Nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Director, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, was in Australia a few weeks ago. During her stay, she visited the Red Cross in Sydney and the Australian Red Cross’s headquarters in Melbourne.

Read about her trip 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.

What Makes an Effective Coalition? Evidence-Based Indicators of Success

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Register here

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.”
Update on Reporting AC Progress

Monday, July 22, 2013 | 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Register here

Action Coalitions (ACs) are a driving force of the Campaign for Action.  To best feature the successes being made to transform health care through nursing, the Campaign is redesigning the way ACs will communicate their progress. Participants will also learn about the Campaign’s 2013 national priorities and how they relate to the work ACs are already doing.

Patient Advocates: A Powerful Nurse Practitioner Resource

Thursday, August 8, 2013 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT
Register here

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, Senior Advisor for Nursing, is responsible for addressing  nurse and faculty shortages in an effort to create a higher quality of patient care in the U.S. at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  She is also the Director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. 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.

Recent Webinar:

An Update on NCSBN’s Campaign for Consensus, Legislation and Maps

On June 3, representatives from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) took a look back and look ahead at the APRN Campaign for Consensus. This webinar helped participants:

  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.

Watch the archived webinar.

Read a short summary of the webinar’s most important information.

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