Campaign for Action Update: August 27, 2013


Sent on behalf of Susan Reinhard, Patricia Polansky, and Winifred Quinn to help inform and assist your work on the national Campaign for Action.

Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for the Action Coalitions for August 27, 2013, that describe successes, related activities, and relevant tools for this national campaign.

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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.

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.

AANP National Conference – Call for Presentations

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) invites all interested parties to submit a presentation proposal for consideration to be included in their 2014 national conference schedule. The conference will be held June 18-22 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Learn more and begin the submission process here.

Apply by Tuesday, September 3.
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

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

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

APIN Webinar: Academic-Practice Partnerships in Action

This webinar will highlight successful academic-practice partnerships supporting seamless academic progression in the nine states participating in the Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) program.

APIN is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative of the Tri-Council for Nursing, overseen by the American Organization of Nurse Executives. APIN collaborates with nine state Action Coalitions and their partners to accelerate implementation of promising practices that will help states achieve our goals of seamless academic progression and increasing the number of nurses with a baccalaureate degree.

Speakers include:

  • Tina Gerardi, Deputy Director, APIN National Program Office
  • Bryan Hoffman, Program Manager, APIN National Program Office

Wednesday, September 11 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Registration and more information

Community Discussion Topic: Nurse Residency Programs

Pat Farmer notes in a community post that there are quite a few states working on transition-to-practice nurse residency programs. Several of the State Implementation Program (SIP) grants have residency programs as their primary focus, and a number of other states are making great progress in this area. She asks for those with this work underway provide comment with a brief overview of their project and progress to date.

Join the discussion and share what your state is doing in the Online Community.

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

NJ Video: Nurses on Boards – Why it’s So Important

The New Jersey Action Coalition recently produced a video describing the importance of having nurse leaders on hospital boards. In the video, David Knowlton, president & CEO, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, and Dr. Robert Wise, president and CEO of Hunterdon Healthcare, share their views on how nurses can influence the quality of patient outcomes through their participation in board decision-making.

Read Eileene Shake’s praise in the Shout Outs section below and watch the video here.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

APRNs get Bump from President Obama

Last Friday, President Barack Obama gave resounding support to nurses during an event at Binghamton University in Upstate New York. In addition to championing nursing education, he weighed in on the scope of nursing practice:

“One of the keys to reducing our health care costs overall is recognizing the incredible value of advanced practice nurses and giving them more responsibilities because there’s a lot of stuff they can do in a way that, frankly, is cheaper than having a doctor do it, but the outcomes are just as good.”

Read the full remarks and like our Facebook post about it.

Susan Reinhard Discusses Independent Practice for APRNs

On August 19, Dr. Susan Reinhard was quoted in “Independent Practice Coming into Focus for APNs,” a article. The article focused on the efforts of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and their allies in New York and New Jersey who are working to achieve full practice authority. It also discussed similar efforts on the national level.

“We believe the tide is turning,” Reinhard said. “This year 14 states introduced bills to ensure that NPs could practice to the full extent of their education and capabilities without unnecessary and restrictive physician supervision.”

Read the full article here.

State of the Scope of Practice

Across the country, health care reform is bringing the focus back to nurses as primary care providers. “As a physician, it’s a little embarrassing to see these medical guys who make a big deal of evidence-based medicine, and they’re against this,” said John W. Rowe, MD, a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. “The evidence is all in favor of having advanced practice nurses provide for basic primary care services.”

Read the full article on

Opinion: When Doctors Get Between You and Your Health Care

Emily Washington writes in the U.S. News and World Report that commonsense reforms to give nurse practitioners more autonomy often run into opposition from lobbying by special interests. She takes these interest groups to task for many of the same reasons that Ezra Klein did in Wonkbook. As you read the full article, keep in mind that our focus should always be on patients.


What the ACA Means to Communities of Color

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is dedicated to addressing the health needs of diverse communities throughout the country. Read this blog about what the Affordable Care Act means for communities of color and check out some helpful infographics here.

Health Innovations

Find resources on the Affordable Care Act on the Campaign for Action’s website.

FAQ On ACOs: Accountable Care Organizations, Explained

Last week, Kaiser Health News published a list of helpful questions and answers on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Read the FAQs to learn more.

Health Insurance Marketplaces – What’s Your State Doing?

Kaiser Health News shows how states are raising awareness for their health insurance marketplaces. As you know, the marketplaces are scheduled to open for enrollment on October 1.

See what your state is doing.

Health Reform: What it Means for Nurse Practitioners and Patients

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has posted a guide to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on their website. The guide covers general information, what the ACA means for consumers, and what the ACA means for NPs. The guide also includes a section on how NPs can help.

Check it out 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.
Stay Tuned for Upcoming Webinars!

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.

Read a short summary of the webinar.

Shout Outs

This is a section that we encourage you to take advantage of, to congratulate your AC or someone in your AC who deserves recognition. Send Shout Outs to Andrew Bianco at [email protected] with the subject line “Shout Out.”

NJ Video: Nurses on Boards – Why it’s So Important

“I would like to offer a special ‘Thank You’ to the speakers, producers, and the New Jersey Action Coalition for developing and sharing with us the video titled ‘Nurses on Boards-Why It’s So Important.’ Now more than ever it is important for nurse leaders to step up to the plate and become members on hospital boards so they can directly influence the quality of patient care being delivered in the hospital.

“The South Carolina Action Coalition invited Dave Knowlton to speak at an annual nursing leadership conference in South Carolina at the South Carolina Hospital Association and his presentation was outstanding. This video clearly describes why it is important to have a nursing leader on the hospital board in order to participate in decisions that will influence the quality of patient outcomes.”

Eileene Shake, RN, DNP, NEA-BC

Senior Strategic Policy Advisor AARP/CCNA

Posted in News.

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