Campaign for Action Update: October 22, 2013


IOM Report on the Future of Nursing Celebrates its Third Anniversary

This month marks the third anniversary of the landmark Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, leading to the launch of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. A new Campaign infographic celebrates three years of progress! You can share and use this to tell our story and get people engaged in your work.
Thanking You for Three Years of Nurses Leading Change to Advance Health

In this community post, Susan B. Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, thanks Action Coalitions for their tireless work to advance to recommendations of the IOM report on the Future of Nursing.

“I am astounded by the progress we have made in advancing the recommendations. Without question, we have succeeded because of you. Vibrant Action Coalitions in 50 states and the District of Columbia are creating change because you volunteered to transform the nursing field and improve care for patients, their families and communities…. I am grateful to you for answering the call.  I am grateful to you for believing that strengthening the nursing workforce will better equip our country to meet the health demands of today and tomorrow and help us all to achieve a healthier tomorrow.”

Read the rest here.

Transforming Nursing will Improve Health Care for Consumers

In this new blog post from AARP, Susan Reinhard, senior vice president, AARP Public Policy Institute, talks about the consumer organization’s commitment to creating a larger, more highly skilled nursing workforce to improve access to higher-quality, more patient-centered, and more affordable care. That is especially important when demand for nursing care is growing as the population ages and millions more people are entering the health care system under the Affordable Care Act. As we mark three years of progress since the release of the landmark Institute of Medicine report, read what Susan has to say about progress and why it matters to consumers.

The Institute of Medicine Report Inspired Me to Pursue My PhD

In this community post, Wanda Montalvo, Steering Committee Member of New York State Regional Action Coalition, reflects on how the report inspired her to pursue her PhD full time and decrease health disparities by influencing policy. “I experienced an ‘aha!’ moment that day-I knew the IOM report would change the nursing profession.”

Read the whole story here.

Share Your Story!

How are you working to implement the recommendations of the IOM report? What does the report mean to you? How has it inspired you work? Tell us your story here.

IOM’s 2013 Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Lecture

The Institute of Medicine’s 2013 Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Lecture will celebrate the three-year anniversary of the IOM’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report, which was released on October 5, 2010. The event will highlight the impact of the report through implementation of recommendations at both the national and local level, discuss the continued work of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, and chart future directions and priorities for the nursing profession.

National Academy of Sciences Building

2101 Constitution Avenue NW

Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm (ET)

Reception to Follow

Learn more and sign up for registration information here.


  • Donna Shalala, Ph.D., President, University of Miami; Chair, Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing


  • Carmen Alvarez, Ph.D., R.N., NP-C, CNM, Julio Bellber Postdoctoral Fellow at The George Washington University
  • Linda Burnes Bolton, Dr.P.H., R.N., FAAN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Vice-Chair, Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing
  • Susan Hassmiller, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, Senior Advisor for Nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Study Director, Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing
  • Darrell Kirch, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • David Vlahov, Ph.D., R.N., Dean and Endowed Professor of Nursing Education, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco

Moderated by:

  • Harvey Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., President, Institute of Medicine

Funding and Other Opportunities

Four Tools for Successful Coalition-Building

See Texas AC co-lead Alexia Green’s four tools for success in the “Shout Out” section below.

RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars: Call for Applications

The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program is to develop the next generation of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards for outstanding junior nursing faculty. The program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training, and salary and research support to junior faculty.

Apply by February 12, 2014 (3:00 pm ET)

More details and how to apply.

RWJF New Careers in Nursing: Call for Applications

RWJF’s New Careers in Nursing is a scholarship program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program provides scholarships to college graduates without nursing degrees who are enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs.

Apply by January 9, 2014 (3:00 pm ET)

More details and how to apply.
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

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

All Together Better Health: Call for Abstracts

Abstracts due October 25, 2013

AACN Master’s Education Conference

February 27-March 1, 2014

Abstracts due November 4, 2013.

See other AACN calls for abstracts here.
Become an RWJF Health Policy Fellow
Apply by November 13, 2013 (3:00 pm ET)

National Institute of Nursing Research Graduate Partnerships Program
Apply by December 2, 2013

Campaign Pillars
Advancing Nursing Education

Rutgers to Begin Offering Doctorate of Nursing Practice

In summer 2014, the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden will begin classes for its newly-approved doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program. Considered a significant step forward in advancing nursing education and practice in New Jersey, the program is designed to educate clinicians for advanced practice leadership roles with an emphasis on primary care of adult and gerontological patients.

Rutgers-Camden will be the first southern New Jersey institution to offer licensed registered nurses with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree direct admission into a DNP program, which will prepare nurses for national certification and licensure as an advanced practice nurse in adult-gerontology primary care.

Read more.

Promoting Nurses as Leaders

Susan Hassmiller Elected to Institute of Medicine

Susan B. Hassmiller, director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the IOM is widely recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

See what other health leaders had to say about her election here.

Read the IOM’s press release.

Nurses on Boards: Diversity of Leadership is Critical to Transforming Health Care

Alexia Green, professor and dean emeritus, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and co-leader of the Texas Action Coalition, writes on the RWJF Human Capital blog that diversity of leadership is critical to transforming the health care system. Alexia serves as the only nurse on the 15-member Texas Institute of Healthcare Quality and Efficiency, a board charged with improving health care quality, accountability, education, and cost containment in the state.

“While I am very proud to be at this policy table, I look forward to the day when such policy boards consist of more nurses….  Our profession needs to identify promising leadership development programs to specifically prepare nurse leaders to assume these leadership positions. Our nation’s leaders and citizens need a deeper understanding of why diversity in leadership is critical to transforming the health care system. And our profession needs to prepare more nurse leaders to assume this important leadership role of ‘nurses on boards.'”

Read the rest here.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Maryland AC Co-Leads Push to Remove Barriers to Practice & Care

Jane Kirschling, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, and Patricia Travis, former president of the Maryland Nurses Association, wrote an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun pressing lawmakers to “Let [nurse practitioners] do what they are both trained and educated to do without bureaucratic encumbrances.”

They argue that removing unnecessary restrictions for nurse practitioners “will increase access to health care providers and expedite diagnoses, treatment and referrals, significantly improving the health of Marylanders.”

Read the rest here at The Baltimore Sun.

Bolstering Workforce Data

Vanderbilt University Receives Grant to Address Nursing Workforce Challenges

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has announced a $2.2 million grant to Vanderbilt University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies to evaluate, inform, and advance solutions to challenges confronting the nursing workforce in the United States. The grant will support the center’s effort to review and evaluate existing data, conduct additional empirical research, and use the findings to inform solutions to these issues.

The center aims to play a leading role in improving the nursing workforce by providing Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows with opportunities to enhance their quantitative research skills and develop experience in moving research into action. The center intends to build a central online hub complete with analysis-ready data sets and other useful materials to fill the current void with respect to accessing and sharing information.

Learn more.

Interprofessional Collaboration

Leading in a Collaborative Environment: A Top 10 List for Getting There

Susan B. Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, shares her Top 10 for how to lead in a collaborative environment.

  1. Speak up and advocate for those who cannot speak up or advocate for themselves.
  2. Use evidence to make decisions.
  3. Know what you don’t know and say you don’t know.
  4. Be a team player.

See the rest of the Top 10 here.

University of Texas Receives Federal Grant to Enhance Interprofessional Education

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing was awarded a three-year, $1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to help integrate interprofessional education experiences with medicine, pharmacy and social work into the curriculum. This is intended to help healthcare professionals provide comprehensive, evidence-based care of persons with multiple chronic conditions in underserved populations.

Learn more here.

Health Care Innovations

Health Affairs Study: More Nurses Leads to Fewer Hospital Readmissions

With hospitals facing penalties for higher than average rates of readmission for certain conditions, health IT companies and entrepreneurs have responded with an array of analytical and remote monitoring tools. A new study in Health Affairs suggests that for discharge and remote monitoring strategies to work, however, more money needs to be invested in increasing the number of nurses on staff.

Read more.

Educators Help Future Nurses Understand Health Care Reform

As the nation’s healthcare conversation turns to implementing the cornerstones of reform, nursing schools are refining course content and creating assignments that will better prepare nurses for the profession’s new reality.

Together with the influence of the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 Future of Nursing report, the Affordable Care Act has opened numerous possibilities for nursing roles at all levels, and educators are making sure students are ready.

See what nursing educators are doing to prepare students here.

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