Campaign for Action Update: September 10, 2013


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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
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

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

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

All Together Better Health: Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are due October 25, 2013

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

Million Dollar Gift to Create Nursing Innovation Center in Wisconsin

The Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW) has awarded a one million dollar gift to Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. The gift will aid the college in its creating of the GHC-SCW Center for Primary Care Innovation.

The Center for Primary Care Innovation will engage and enlist Edgewood College nursing students and graduates in innovative, progressive models of primary care delivery.

Learn more about this program here.

Join the Wisconsin Action Coalition in congratulating this exemplary partnership to advance the role of nursing in transforming healthcare delivery models.

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:

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

20 Nurse Leaders Chosen for RWJF Fellowship

Last month, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the 20 nurses from across the country selected to be RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows for 2013. These accomplished, diverse nurse leaders will participate in a three-year leadership development program designed to enhance their effectiveness in improving the country’s health care system.

The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program strengthens the leadership capacity of nurses who aspire to shape health care in their communities, states, and nationally. Each Fellow receives coaching, education, and other support designed to strengthen their ability to lead teams and organizations that are working to improve health and health care.

Meet the 20 new fellows here.


AACN Welcomes Five New Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars

Yesterday, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that five new Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars have been selected through a national scholarship program funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future . Launched to address the faculty shortage and enhance diversity among nurse educators, this AACN-administered program provides financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds who aspire to teach in our nation’s schools of nursing.

The five new scholars, all of whom are enrolled in PhD nursing programs, will join the program’s current 53 scholars:

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  • Deidre Bales-Poirot, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Hershaw Davis, Jr., University of Virginia
  • Paule V. Joseph, University of Pennsylvania
  • Melody Norris Waller, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Yenupini Joyce Tonlaar, Michigan State University

Please consider reaching out to these and other Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars as you work with your Action Coalition on diversity.

Find previous scholarship winners here.

Health Innovations

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

Health Care for All

The Campaign for Action has launched a new webpage dedicated to providing resources about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For nurses, the health insurance provisions of the ACA create an opportunity for leadership and service, helping patients and others in our communities understand the new options they have under the ACA, and showing them how to sign up for insurance through newly formed state and federal health exchanges.

If you are serving on a board related to the ACA or working directly with patients and others in your community to help them understand the new options available to them, please share your story with us.

Webinar – Implementation of the ACA: What Nurses Need to Know

The Nursing Community invites members of organizations belonging to the community to join a webinar on implementation of the ACA. Dr. Many Cohen will address the expansion of insurance coverage with the launch of the new Health Insurance Marketplace on October 1 and will take questions on these timely topics. Dr. Whelan will discuss the impact of the ACA on nursing practice and will offer some guidance for nurses as to how best to prepare for the transition.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Mandy Cohen, Senior Advisor, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Dr. Ellen-Marie Whelan, Senior Advisor, Innovation Center at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMMI)

Thursday, September 12 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Register 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.

Resources and Promising Practices to Develop & Bolster a Diversity Action Plan

Friday, September 27, 2013 |  3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

Register Here

AARP, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Campaign for Action are committed to increasing diversity of nursing workforce, faculty, and leadership. We know that many Action Coalitions (ACs) are developing strategies and tactics to incorporate diversity into their overall strategic planning. On this webinar ACs will learn about criteria, informed by the Campaign’s Diversity Steering Committee and promising practices, that will help create or bolster their diversity action plans. Participants will also learn examples of how ACs are embedding diversity into strategic plans and will hear about resources that will be available to them with this area of their planning and work.
Legal Matters – Making Grant Dollars Go Farther

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

Register Here

Action Coalitions face limits on their “lobbying,” but that may not be as restrictive as you think. Too often, nonprofits fail to take full advantage of their grant dollars because they misunderstand what the lobbying prohibition really covers. To maximize your advocacy, you need to know what is – and, more importantly, what isn’t – lobbying. Armed with that knowledge, you can plan your communications strategically to increase your ability to achieve policy goals.

By the end of the webinar, you will learn:

  • How to maximize the campaign’s branding for lobbying efforts.
  • How to rally the public and legislators behind your policy goals without crossing the line into “lobbying” so you can save your lobbying dollars for when they’ll have the greatest impact.
  • Strategies for crafting advocacy messages without violating grant restrictions.
  • Pitfalls and opportunities for using websites, Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Learn to spot the traps that could turn a harmless tweet into a direct or grassroots lobbying communication!

Shout Outs

Marquette University Awarded $5 Million Grant for VA Partnership

Wisconsin Action Coalition co-lead Judith Hansen congratulates Dean Margaret Faut Callahan, Marquette University College of Nursing in Milwaukee, WI  on the award of a five-year, $5 million grant to partner with the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center to train future nurses to care specifically for veterans and their families, in anticipation of a Veterans Affairs nursing shortage.

Milwaukee is one of six sites in the nation chosen for the VA Nursing Academy’s Nursing Academic Partnership program through the Department of Veteran Affairs.

The program will aim to place graduates into nursing positions at the Milwaukee VA or another VA facility, reducing the training time and orientation needed because they already will have clinical experience in VA settings. Roughly 20% of direct care nurses at the Milwaukee VA are now eligible for retirement.

Learn more here.

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