Campaign for Action Update: July 30, 2013


Get to Know a Nurse Champion!
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a proud supporter of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and its work to transform health care through nursing.

Learn more about HIMSS and their commitment to innovation here.

Funding and Other Opportunities
Contact Your Regional Association of Grantmakers!

We know how important funding is for the sustainability of your efforts.  Regional associations of grantmakers (RAGS) are membership groups of organizations and individuals who practice philanthropy. Typically, they have several kinds of members including:

  • private foundations;
  • community foundations;
  • corporations; and
  • individual donors.

RAGs are great resources for finding funders in your state! You can find your local RAG to see which organizations are members. From there, you should reach out!

As Dr. Sue Hassmiller tells us, “Funders MUST give away at least 5% or more of their endowment every year and they look for good proposals. WE HAVE WORTHY PROJECTS!!”

Find your local RAG here and get started!

HRSA Grant: Veterans to Nurses

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced a grant for their Veterans to Nurses and Physician Assistants Workforce Program. The purpose of this program is to identify, develop, disseminate, and analyze educational pathways, or career ladder programs, that build upon veterans’ military training and experience and provide a series of educational opportunities required for civilian nursing and physician assistant careers. Applications must address educational pathways for veterans into nurse and/or nurse practitioner and physician assistant education.

Learn more here.

Technical assistance webinar: August 5, 2013
Webinar information will be posted on the HRSA Division of Nursing website.

Apply here by August 26, 2013

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

Loyola Wins Grant to Train Nurses Seeking Advanced Degrees

Loyola University’s School of Nursing in New Orleans has received $350,000 from the federal government to train nursing students working on master’s and doctoral degrees. The U.S. Public Health Service’s Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship grant is designed to increase the number of primary-care providers, especially in areas where such care givers are scarce. It will help students pay for tuition, fees, stipends and books.

Read more from the Times-Picayune.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Tell Your Governor about the NGA Report on Nurse Practitioners!

In December 2012, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) published a report called “The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Meeting Increasing Demand for Primary Care.”

Sharing this report with your state’s governor can help educate him or her on the benefits of removing barriers to APRN practice and care. It is also a wonderful opportunity to introduce the governor to your Action Coalition. To help you bring the report to your governor’s attention, we have created a “Swiss cheese” letter and guide for Action Coalitions.

You can find these resources here.


10 Inspiring Quotes from Nurses

“Diversity nourishes and strengthens a community. Respect and compassion for diversity, varied cultural backgrounds and complex life stories are essential practical qualities of an expert nurse.”

-Mary Thies, Oregon Health and Science University

See the other quotes at Scrubs magazine.

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.

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.

Prior to the webinar, read “Burgess: Nurses can help solve pending crisis.”  This Op-ed offers a great example of how NPs should be advocating for the removal of scope-of-practice barriers.

Social Media 101: An Intro for Action Coalitions

Thursday, August 15, 2013 | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EDT

Register here

Campaign for Action communications specialists will give an overview of the evolving social media landscape and tips for how Action Coalitions can use social media to engage their audiences. This webinar will feature live demonstrations of Facebook and Twitter, and will highlight 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.  By the end of the webinar, you will:

  • Understand the benefits of using social media to engage audiences.
  • See examples of how Action Coalitions, the Campaign for Action, and the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing use social media to engage stakeholders and share information.
  • Have actionable steps for exploring and using social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.
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