Campaign for Action Update: September 17, 2013


Campaign for Action Facebook Page Surpasses 500 Likes!

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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

New Talking Points for Campaign for Action Promotional Video

Whether you are raising awareness about nursing issues, building partnerships, or encouraging your state representatives to support the nursing profession, the Campaign for Action promotional video offers a motivating and educational overview of the Campaign’s mission, goals, and objectives. The video helps bring to life the work of your Action Coalition and the Future of Nursing report.

Find the talking points here.

RWJF Health Policy Fellows Releases Call for Proposals

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program provides a comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health science, policy and politics in Washington, D.C. It is a great opportunity for exceptional mid-career health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy promoting the health of the nation. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care and health policy.

Apply by Wednesday, November 13, 2013 (3:00 pm ET)

Learn more here.
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

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

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee to Offer RN to BSN Flex Option
The University of Wisconsin System will begin offering the first programs under its UW Flexible Option starting in Spring, 2014. The University of Wisconsin System is the first public university system in the nation to offer this competency-based, self-paced curricular option. Student admissions will begin in November 2013.

The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee College of Nursing will offer a Flex Option for RNs who need additional college credit to earn their BSN degree. The program will allow students to earn college credits by demonstrating knowledge acquired through coursework, alternative educational activities and professional experiences. Students will progress toward a degree by successfully completing a series of competency assessments that demonstrate mastery of required knowledge and skills.

Learn more about the RN to BSN Flex Option here.

Wanted: Young Nurse Faculty

Nursing schools are in desperate need of faculty and not enough young nurses are answering the call. Fewer than 4 percent of nurses younger than 40 work in academic settings, and only 14 percent of nurses who hold full-time faculty positions are younger than 40. This is a problem because nearly three-quarters of full-time nurse faculty (72 percent) are 50 and older, and a stunning 14 percent are at least 65-and already working past the traditional age of retirement.

Read more in RWJF’s Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge.

Texas Board of Nursing Highlights APIN in Newsletter

The Texas Board of Nursing that published an article about Texas APIN activities in their July quarterly newsletter that gets mailed to all RNs and LVNs in the state. Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) is an initiative of RWJF.

Read the newsletter here (page 4).

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.


HRSA Webinar: Impact of Interprofessional Education on Improving Hispanic Health

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) presents a webinar on the Impact of Interprofessional Education on Improving Hispanic Health. This session will discuss the interprofessional efforts in the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) and feature presentations from the Divisions of Nursing, Public Health & Interdisciplinary Education, and Medicine & Dentistry.

Thursday, October 3, 2013 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

Learn more and access the webinar here.

Please see the CCNA Webinar below, Resources and Promising Practices to Develop & Bolster a Diversity Action Plan.

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.

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

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.”

Shout Outs from Sue Hassmiller

The New Hampshire AC – especially Sandra McBournie, Linda von Reyn, Kelly Clark, Shawn LaFrance and all those who put together the events on September 10th. Highlights for me were your work on diversity; meeting the students; meeting with your legislators on the same day that your state was making important decisions about health care transformation; and the great involvement by AARP New Hampshire. Keep up the good work and I can’t wait to see what you do next!

Lynne Dunphy, Michael Paruta, Sandra S. Phillips, Donna Policastro and everyone from the Rhode Island AC who planned two ambitious days in Providence last Wednesday and Thursday. Hearing first-hand about your efforts in interprofessional education, the state wide residency program, the academic progression work and great involvement from AARP Rhode Island were highpoints for me. I was also so excited to visit the Middle College Charter School, the only high school in the country devoted to bridging the gap between high school and college with a focus on nursing and healthcare (see photo). You may be the smallest state, but you are really doing big things!

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