Campaign for Action Update: September 24, 2013

You’re Invited: Call with Joe Biden and Kathleen Sebelius

Join Vice President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for a conference call on September 26th to discuss the October launch of the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

Vice President Biden wants to personally reach out and thank all of the nurses across the country who are gearing up to help millions of Americans access affordable, high quality health coverage.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

4:30 pm ET (please dial in no later than 4:25)

Dial in: 1-888-664-9858

Passcode: 4728618

There are limited phone lines available so RSVP here. You may also submit questions in advance when you RSVP.

Updated Status Reports are Posted

For updates about Action Coalitions, view the recently posted Status Reports . These Status Reports provide updates on Action Coalitions’ work from April through July 2013 and include AC leadership, goals, progress, significant successes, and stakeholder engagement.  Thank you to those who contributed to these documents.

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

Research Opportunity for Doctoral Nursing Students

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is seeking doctoral nursing students interested in boosting their basic or clinical research careers by becoming an NINR Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) Fellow starting fall of 2014.

Apply by Monday, December 2, 2013 (5:00 pm ET).

Learn more here.
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

Contact Your Regional Association of Grantmakers
Campaign for Action Promotional Video Talking Points
Watch the video here.

HRSA Seeks New Director for Nursing

2013 Fall Interprofessional Education Collaborative Institute

October 7-9

All Together Better Health: Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are due October 25, 2013

Become an RWJF Health Policy Fellow
Apply by November 13, 2013 (3:00 pm ET)

Campaign Pillars

Advancing Nursing Education

Advancing Nursing Education Transformation Meeting

Last week, representatives from seventeen Action Coalitions and CCNA met in Chicago to advance projects on academic progression. A key objective of the meeting was advancing academic progression projects in the four models identified: RN to MSN, RN to BSN conferred by community colleges, shared curriculum, and competency based curriculum. In addition, participants were assisted by expert consultants to strengthen diversity initiatives and refine messaging to external stakeholders. 

Find Education Talking Points and materials from the meeting here.

Promoting Nurses as Leaders

CMS Administrator Wins AACN Policy Leadership Award

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) will award Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, RN, the AACN 2013 Policy Luminary Award at their upcoming Fall Semiannual Meeting. The Policy Luminary award is granted to one nurse each year whose work in public policy has made significant and lasting contributions to the nursing profession. Ms. Tavenner serves as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is the first nurse to serve in that position.

Read more in the AACN Policy Beat newsletter.

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.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

RWJF Awards Grants for Two New Scope of Practice Studies

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently announced grants for two new studies examining the regulations, policies and practices that affect nurses’ ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training. The two studies, which will receive a combined total of nearly $500,000, are being conducted by researchers at the University of Florida and the University of California, San Francisco.

The UF research team will examine the effects of state regulations and other barriers on advanced practice registered nurses’ practice, particularly in rural and other underserved communities. 

The UCSF research team will examine the structural, practice and policy opportunities and barriers that affect psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners’ ability to most effectively use their skills and expertise in public mental health settings.

Read more 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.

One Week Until Health Marketplace Opens: Find Information at 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.”

Show-Me State Shout Out

“The Education team of the Missouri Action Coalition , led by Rebecca Miller and Rita Wunderlich, held a Shared Curriculum Collaborative Discussion on Friday, September 6th.  Educators, Deans and Directors from around the State participated in this integral discussion responding to the call for academic progression.”

-Tina Lear

 Director, Missouri Action Coalition

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