Campaign for Action Update: August 20, 2013


Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for the Action Coalitions for August 20, 2013, that describe successes, related activities, and relevant tools for this national campaign.

New Video About the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action
Learn how Action Coalitions across the country are harnessing the power of nurses and nurse champions to generate real, transformational change for the U.S. health care system.

This video, produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a great way to explain what we do as a campaign and to get people involved in your Action Coalition!

Watch the video here!
Join RWJF & CCNA for a Leadership Reception during AAN’s Annual Meeting & Conference
If you or any member of your Action Coalition will be heading to Washington, DC, for the American Academy of Nursing’s Conference October 17 – October 19, we want to know! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) will host our annual reception to honor RWJF scholars, fellows and alumni from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 18 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. If you will be in DC, we would love to see Action Coalition members, Campaign champions and CFA national supporters at this event.

To attend the reception, RSVP no later than October 4th, 2013.

Please email Charlene Riley at [email protected] with any questions.

Get to Know a Nurse Champion!

The Convenient Care Association (CCA) is the national trade association of companies and healthcare systems that provide consumers with accessible, affordable, quality healthcare in retail-based locations. CCA works primarily to enhance and sustain the growth of the Convenient Care industry through sharing of best practices and common standards of operation.

Learn more about CCA here

Funding and Other Opportunities
Webinar: Deep-Dive on Building your One-Pager

Part of the RWJF Connect eTraining Series: Policymaker Outreach.

Wednesday, August 28 | 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. EDT

Register here.

If policymakers only have time to read one page about what you do, what should they know? What makes the cut and what doesn’t? From identifying the most important messages and statistics to designing something that looks great, this session will take Action Coalitions and RWJF grantees on a deeper dive through developing a powerful one-pager without overwhelming policymakers and stakeholders with too much information.
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

Contact Your Regional Association of Grantmakers
HRSA Seeks New Director for Nursing

HRSA Grant: Veterans to Nurses

Apply by August 26, 2013

AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference: Call for Abstracts

Abstracts due September 6, 2013

AACN Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award: Call for Nominations

Nominations due September 13, 2013

AACN and CDC Public Health Fellowship
Apply by September 19, 2013

2013 Fall Interprofessional Education Collaborative Institute

October 7-9

Campaign Pillars

Advancing Nursing Education

National League for Nursing Awards Four Nurse Educators

The National League for Nursing (NLN) recently announced the winners of the annual NLN Awards and NLN President’s Awards for their achievements in nursing education.

The NLN President’s Award will be presented to Linda Q. Everett, PhD, RN, and to Afaf I. Meleis, PhD. Dr. Everett is executive vice president and chief nurse executive at Indiana University Health, and associate dean for clinical affairs at the Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis. Dr. Meleis is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, professor of nursing and sociology, and director of the school’s WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership.

Suzan Kardon-Edgren, PhD, RN, who holds the Jody DeMeyer Endowed Chair at Boise State University School of Nursing, will receive the NLN Award for Excellence in Nursing Education Research. Julie A. Meek, PhD, RN, clinical associate professor in the Department of Environments for Health, and DNP Program co-director at Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis, will receive the NLN Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Read more about the awards and winners here.

Promoting Nurses as Leaders

Upcoming Leadership Learning Collaborative Calls

The goal of the leadership conference calls is to connect state Action Coalitions with leaders across the country and to provide a venue for sharing ideas and successful programs that are preparing nurses to lead. Calls will offer a discussion forum around topics most relevant to the leadership work that is happening within states or nationally. Call leads have varying experience with the given topics and will share their experiences in program/project planning, development, implementation, lessons learned and ongoing plans for developing nurse leaders. Upcoming calls include:

September 10, 2013  3:00-4:00 ET  –  State Leadership Institutes

Register here.

October 8, 2013  3:00-4:00 ET  –  Mentorship

Register here.

November 12, 2013  3:00-4:00 ET  –  Preparing Nursing Students as Leaders

Register here.
Wyoming Medical Center Appoints Nurse as Interim CEO

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s board of trustees recently appointed Margo Karsten, PhD, MS, BSN, as the system’s interim chief executive officer, effective September 1.

Dr. Karsten has managed in large and medium-sized health care systems, said Joe Evans, president of the board of trustees. He added, “She has successfully guided several systems through transitions such as the one Cheyenne Regional is facing now.”

Read more here.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act

On August 6, 2013, AARP sent a letter to U.S. Senators Collins and Schumer, and U.S. Representatives Walden and Schwartz endorsing the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act. The bill would authorize nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants as eligible health care professionals who can order home health services under Medicare.

Read the letter.

California Nurse Practitioner Bill Drawing Media Attention

A bill in California which would allow some nurse practitioners (NPs) in the state to practice independently is moving its way through the state legislature and drawing media attention to the issue of increasing access to health care provided by NPs. In California, Senate Bill 491 would allow NPs with 4,160 hours of experience working with a physician to autonomously practice in certain settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and medical groups. A recent amendment to the bill removed a second pathway that would have led to autonomous practice by NPs, and another amendment in the bill states that NPs cannot supplant physicians, and to do so could result in criminal charges.

Four other states-Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts, and New Jersey-have proposed legislation to allow NPs to practice independently. Articles about the bill and the efforts of NPs in other states have been published recently in the The Wall Street Journal (subscription only), The Washington Post (see below), NBC News , Slate, American Health Line (subscription only), and Inside Health Policy (subscription only).

Washington Post’s Wonkbook Takes on Barriers to Practice and Care

Last week, policy wonks Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas took to their popular Wonkbook blog to discuss restrictive scope of practice laws for nurse practitioners. They contend that bringing down health care costs is difficult, “But there’s one thing states can do that isn’t particularly hard: Allow more nurse practitioners – who charge much less than doctors – to treat patients directly, without a physician’s oversight.”

Their argument (“Doctors for higher health-care costs!”) takes aim at powerful state medical associations that fight to limit the supply of providers despite existing doctor shortages and growing demand. While these groups say that removing barriers to NP practice will risk patient safety, their real fear is that it will reduce physician incomes. (For the record, evidence does not support either argument.)

The authors conclude that restrictive scope of practice laws amount to “a protection racket. Any state legislature that extends it is choosing higher health-care prices – and health-care costs – for no good reason.”

Read the full post in Wonkbook.

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.

Recent Webinars:

Social Media 101: An Intro for Action Coalitions 

Campaign for Action communications specialists gave an overview of the evolving social media landscape and tips for how Action Coalitions can use social media to engage their audiences. This webinar  featured live demonstrations of Facebook and Twitter, and highlighted several examples of how Action Coalitions, the Campaign, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) are using social media to increase their reach and impact.

Watch the archived webinar.

Learn more at the Campaign’s Social Media Toolkit.

A short summary will be posted here shortly.

Patient Advocates: A Powerful Nurse Practitioner Resource (Summary Now Available)

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.

Watch the archived webinar and access additional resources.

Read a short summary of the webinar.

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