Campaign for Action Update: September 3, 2013

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 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

New Issue of Charting Nursing’s Future Focuses on Academic Progression

This issue of RWJF’s Charting Nursing’s Future makes the case for academic progression and why nurses should advance their education. It focuses on current trends in nursing education and employment and showcases promising strategies for overcoming existing barriers to academic progression. It also examines how states, the federal government, educational institutions, and employers are creating incentives and opportunities for students and working nurses to earn higher degrees.

Read Charting Nursing’s Future here (click “Download Report” on the right).

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.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Bloomberg Editorial Board: Free Nurse Practitioners from Supervision

In an August 30 editorial, the editors of Bloomberg call for nurse practitioners (NPs) to be freed from physician supervision. With 25 million Americans set to gain access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, there is a growing need for primary care. Already, a number of states are considering legislation to lift these restrictions.

“There’s no evidence that limits on nurse practitioners’ roles protect patient safety,” the editors write. Even the American Medical Association concedes that there is no evidence that patients receive inferior care from NPs.

“Giving NPs more autonomy won’t solve the access problem by itself,” but this is no reason to keep the current rules. It is “just a reminder that the U.S. health-care system needs many adjustments. At least this particular fix is an easy one. State policy makers should follow the data, relax the restrictions on nurse practitioners, and move on to harder issues.”

Read the article here.


Health Reform and the Latino Population

“The health of our nation rests in great part in the health of the Latino population,” writes Portada Online’s editorial staff. Latinos currently represent 17% of the U.S. population and are projected to represent one-third of the population by 2050.

Many insurers and health providers are courting this group, as only 45% of Latinos are currently insured. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 5.4 million Latinos will enter the health insurance pool under the Affordable Care Act, prompting some providers to become “Latin Ready.” This may involve linguistic and cultural training, as well as public health and wellness campaigns.

Read more here.

Number of Men in Nursing Increasing

For the first time ever, the proportion of men in the nursing profession has entered double digits with 11.5 percent of the RN population. Read Dr. Peter Buerhaus’s article on this trend and more in the current issue of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing’s newsletter.

Interprofessional Collaboration

All Together Better Health: Call for Abstracts

All Together Better Health (ATBH) is a global interprofessional practice and education conference that brings together providers, health system executives, educators, policymakers, and healthcare industry leaders to advance interprofessionalism in health care delivery and education locally, regionally, and worldwide.

ATBH is now accepting abstracts for full sessions (90 min.), oral presentations (20 min.) and poster presentations.  Abstracts are due October 25, 2013.

The conference will be held in Pittsburg, Penn., June 6-8, 2013.

Learn more about the conference and how to submit abstracts.

Penn State Receives $1.12 Million Grant for Interprofessional Education

The School of Nursing at Penn State University has received a $1.12 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support interprofessional education and collaboration between students in the school’s nurse practitioner program and medical students at Penn State College of Medicine.

Read more here.

Health Innovations

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

Poll: Nurses and Doctors are Most Trusted Sources of Information on the ACA

With only four weeks until the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance marketplaces open, a new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll is trying to understand where people are getting information about the new law. According to the poll, the public says their most trusted sources of information about the ACA are nurses and doctors, with 44% trusting nurses and doctors “a lot” for information about the law.

Fortunately, only 3% said they have the same confidence in social media.

As the health professionals who spend the most time with patients, and who often serve as coordinators of care, nurses are well-positioned to provide useful guidance as the enrollment phase of the ACA begins on October 1.

To learn more about how you can help currently uninsured and underinsured people in your community gain access to the health care they need, visit our “Health Care for All” page.

See more poll results here

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.
Stay Tuned for Upcoming Webinars!

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

Dr. Hassmiller sends a shout out to David Knowlton, co-lead of the New Jersey Action Coalition (NJAC), and Dr. Robert Wise, CEO of Hunterdon Healthcare System, for their work on getting nurses onto hospital boards. They recently produced a video describing the importance of having nurse leaders on hospital boards and wrote a letter to hospital CEOs and board chairs on the same topic. The letter asks recipients to place NJAC initiatives on their board agenda before the end of the year and to consider placing a nurse on the board.

Dr. Hassmiller also sends a shout out to Lindsey Cardwell of the Virginia Action Coalition for her acceptance into the RWJF Boundary Spanning Leadership program. The three-day program, which will help participants develop collaborative leadership abilities, is a partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Creative Leadership. Congratulations Lindsey! We are very proud of you for being selected for this highly competitive program.

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