Campaign for Action Update: July 9, 2013


The Campaign Welcomes its Newest Nurse Champion!
The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is pleased to announce that MinuteClinic, a Division of CVS Caremark, has joined the Champion Nursing Coalition. Coalition members represent a wide, diverse range of business, consumer, and health professional organizations that have a stake in ensuring all Americans have access to a highly skilled nurse when and where they need one.

Learn more about Minute Clinic and the Champion Nursing Coalition here.

Funding and Other Opportunities
Outreach 2.0: Engaging Policymakers via Social Media

Part of the RWJF Connect eTraining Series: Policymaker Outreach.

Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as web content such as blogs, are an integral part of many organizations’ communications strategies. This session will address how policymakers currently utilize social media and the Internet, and how grantees can begin to think about what opportunities social media presents for communicating with policymakers about their work.

Wednesday, July 24, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. ET

Register here.

The next webinar in this series will be a “Deep-dive on building your one-pager” and will take place in August.

Neighborhood Strategies to National Solutions Forum

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation invites you to attend a Neighborhood Strategies to National Solutions Forum focusing on the Collaborative Approaches in Addressing Community Health in the Landscape of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A major focus of the event will be “Bridging Nursing and Clinics: How the ACA Creates Demand for Nurses.” This event will feature national and local public health organizations and community health professionals.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Philadelphia, PA

This event is FREE! Seating is limited!

Register before July 31, 2013.

Campaign Pillars

Advancing Nursing Education

Susan Hassmiller Discusses the Quest for 80%
In a new article on, Dr. Susan Hassmiller discusses efforts to meet one of the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations-for at least 80% of nurses to have BSNs by 2020. Currently, about 50% of nurses have baccalaureate degrees or higher.
The article discusses the efforts of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action in meeting this goal. In particular, it highlights the Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) program, which is helping to accelerate implementation of promising practices that will help states achieve the Campaign’s goals of seamless academic progression and increasing the number of nurses with baccalaureate degrees.

Read the full article here.

NLN Data Show Capacity Shortages Easing in Nursing Programs

This year’s National League for Nursing (NLN) Annual Survey of Schools of Nursing finds the nation’s nursing education capacity expanding and some of the long-standing unmet demand for seats in nursing schools beginning to subside. The survey also found an increase in the percentage of minorities enrolled in post-licensure programs, with RN-to-BSN programs exhibiting the largest uptick.

Find out how minority enrollment changed for doctoral programs, what percentage of schools added faculty, and how you can use the NLN’s survey data here.

Promoting Nurses as Leaders

New Appointments of Nurse Leaders

Renown Health has announced the appointment of Mayo Clinic nurse executive Joanne Olsen, PhD, RN, CPHQ, CPSO to its board. Dr. Olsen’s experience transcends nearly 40 years of practical, professional and academic leadership positions at institutions such as Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Arizona State University and the Mayo Clinic. She is currently the nursing administrator of research at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ.

Dr. Olsen holds a PhD in nursing research and is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and a Certified Patient Safety Officer. Learn more here.

Heather Healy, FNP, was recently appointed to the Governor’s Task Force to help create the Idaho State Healthcare Innovation Plan. More details forthcoming.

Many State Public Health Departments Struggling to Fill Nursing Vacancies

A new RWJF-funded study finds that public health nurses report high job satisfaction and feel they are making a difference, but have concerns about compensation, job stability, and opportunities for promotion. The study also finds that nearly 40 percent of state and local health departments report having insufficient resources to fill vacant nurse positions.

Learn more about the Public Health Nurse Workforce.

“Mentors for Nurses” Pledge Surpasses Goal

Wanda Montalvo, Co-Chair of the Transformational Leadership Subcommittee for the New York State Action Coalition, has a plan for identifying nurse mentors. Learn how she exceeded her goal of identifying 150 mentors in her post on the Campaign’s Community.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Consumer Reports: The Nurse Practitioner Will See You Now

As health reform kicks in, more health care is likely to come from practitioners who are not M.D.s. Consumer Reports magazine cuts through the issue of who will provide health care with the audience of patients in mind and even includes a guide to who’s who. This can be a helpful resource for explaining the differences between practitioners to those outside the nursing community.

Read the article and guide on

New Study Highlights Role of NPs in Treating Chronic Geriatric Conditions

A new UCLA-led study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society highlights the important role of nurse practitioners in treating chronic geriatric conditions. Researchers studied whether a set of quality indicators were performed for each of four chronic conditions. They found that a higher percentage of quality indicators were satisfied for patients whose cases were co-managed by a nurse practitioner and a physician than for those seen only by a physician. The researchers concluded that much of the difference stemmed from the fact that the nurses were likely to take more detailed patient histories and perform other assessments.

Learn more here.

Bolstering Workforce Data

Five Ways Data Influences Health

Explore this RWJF feature on How Better Data Can Lead to Better Health and find out the five ways that data influences health.

Interprofessional Collaboration

University of Miami Launches Interprofessional Patient Safety Course

The University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and School of Nursing and Health Studies have launched a new program to bring nursing and medical students together in the university’s first joint patient safety course.

The week-long Interprofessional Patient Safety Course uses realistic but simulated patient encounters with mannequins and actors to improve “situational awareness” and nurture the mutual respect, communication and team-building skills the future doctors and nurses will need to prevent errors and improve patient outcomes in the real world.

68 nursing students in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science program and 150 third-year medical students participated in the course. Learn more here.

Upcoming CCNA Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America 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.
Update on Reporting AC Progress via Status Reports

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

The Campaign for Action is improving the quarterly reporting process. We are changing the quarterly time frame and will ask you to update us on your progress as it relates to the IOM report and our related deliverables.

Reporting periods will now be:

  • May 1st – July 31st
  • August 1st – October 31st
  • November 1st  – January 31st
  • February 1st – April 30th

ACs are a driving force of the Campaign. To best feature successes being made to transform health care through nursing, the Campaign is also redesigning how ACs will communicate their progress. Learn more by registering for the webinar, “Update on Reporting AC Progress.” If you are unable to attend this webinar, it will be archived for your use at And you are always welcome to ask your liaison if you have any questions about the Campaign.

Thank you and we look forward to talking with you on July 22nd!

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 Webinars:

Advocacy Evaluation

On June 13, the TCC Group, a leader in developing strategies and programs that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, presented content on what advocacy evaluation is and how it is different from traditional evaluation. The webinar explored how groups engaging in advocacy activities can benefit from advocacy evaluation (such as informing strategy), and shared tools and resources on how Action Coalitions could incorporate this into their work. Presenters also shared a resource on developing rough logic models. The goals of this webinar were to:

  1. Understand how advocacy evaluation differs from traditional evaluation.
  2. Identify tools to assist with evaluating your advocacy efforts.
  3. Determine ways to involve advocacy evaluation in your Action Coalition.

Watch the archived webinar.

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

Special Offer! Your Action Coalition can receive 1 hour of free technical assistance on the topic of advocacy evaluation by emailing Jared Raynor or Kate Locke. Available to the first 10 Action Coalitions that sign up.

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

On June 26, the TCC Group presented key elements of effective coalitions tailored to the goals and needs of Action Coalitions. This webinar helped participants to:

  1. Understand key elements of effective coalitions.
  2. Identify key obstacles in coalition development.
  3. Determine areas for enhancing the work of their own coalitions.

Watch the archived webinar.

Special Offer! Your Action Coalition can receive 1 hour of free technical assistance on the topic Effective Coalition Building by emailing Jared Raynor or Kate Locke. Available to the first 10 Action Coalitions that sign up.

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