Campaign for Action Update: October 29, 2013

Funding and Other Opportunities

Call for Letters of Intent: Patient & Family Engagement Early Career Investigator Awards

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Patient Care Program has issued a call for letters of intent for their Patient and Family Engagement Early Career Investigator awards.

The Patient Care Program aims to eliminate preventable harm and unnecessary costs by meaningfully engaging patients and families within a redesigned, supportive health care system. Redesigning health care means taking a systems approach to rethinking and reengineering the complex delivery of care so that it functions as a coherent system. Redesigning also means that the system must focus on engaging the patient. Recipients of the Patient and Family Engagement Early Career Investigator awards will conduct work that has the potential to demonstrate the value, remove roadblocks and enable accelerants in the field of patient and family engagement.

Read the full call for letters of intent and find more information here.

Letters of intent are due on October 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm PST.

Florida Statewide Nursing Summit

The Florida Blue Foundation, in partnership with the Florida Action Coalition, will host a statewide summit on November 13-15 in Tampa. The purpose of Nursing in Florida: Celebrating the Past and Advancing the Future is to empower nurses in every health care setting with the information and contacts needed for them to succeed in their careers and in caring for patients. Keynote speakers include Donna Shalala of the University of Miami and Peter Buerhaus of Vanderbilt University.

Learn more or register here.
Tools from Recent Weekly Updates:

Contact Your Regional Association of Grantmakers
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Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

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

IOM 2013 Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Lecture

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

RWJF New Careers in Nursing: Call for Applications

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

RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars: Call for Applications

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

Campaign Pillars

Touching Multiple Pillars

Nebraska Action Coalition Makes the “Good Life” Even Better

The Nebraska Action Coalition has laid out three main priorities: advancing nurse education, promoting nurse leadership, and freeing up nurses to practice to the full extent of their expertise and training. In education, the ultimate goal is to boost the share of nurses with baccalaureate degrees, especially among students who will help diversify the predominantly white and female profession. In the short term, the Action Coalition aims to increase the percentage of BSN-prepared nurses between the ages of 20 and 40 by 10 percent by December 2014.

The Action Coalition is also devoting considerable energies to promoting nurse leadership. They hosted two well-attended events last year and are now analyzing the results of a survey sent to nurses across the state to identify nurse leaders.

Nebraska’s Action Coalition is also supporting the state’s nurse practitioners, who are working to enact legislation that would grant them full practice authority; convening leaders from governmental agencies and academic institutions to identify data needed to promote research on team-based models of care; and working to build membership in minority nurse organizations.

Read more about the Nebraska AC here.

Promoting Nurses as Leaders

SIP Spotlight: Florida Leadership Survey

Last month, the Florida Action Coalition finished collecting responses to its statewide Nursing Leadership Survey. The number of completed responses–3,568–exceeded the Action Coalition’s original projections. You can find a preliminary analysis of demographic data and how it compares to Center for Nursing data here. The Action Coalition will conduct further analysis in the coming months. This project is funded through RWJF’s State Implementation Program (SIP).

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Despite Legislative Disappointment, UC Health Seeks to Optimize Use of NPs

In August 2013, after nearly a year of impassioned debate, the California State Legislature chose not to advance SB 491, a bill that would have allowed nurse practitioners to operate without physician supervision in California. The bill lost support when an amendment was added that fundamentally changed the legislation.

Leaders of UC Health, the state’s fourth largest health care delivery system, were among the bill’s supporters. In May, UC Health’s senior vice president for health sciences and services, John Stobo, wrote: “Enabling nurse practitioners to work and practice to the full extent of their education and training is an appropriate and available strategy that will help address the primary care physician shortage and expand access to care for many Californians.”

UC Health’s concerns about the physician shortage are heightened by the widespread belief that full implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014 will severely exacerbate the problem, given the expected 1.7 to 3 million Californians who will become eligible for health benefits under the ACA.

Dr. Elisabeth Wilson, a physician and the director of education in the UC San Fransisco Department of Family and Community Medicine, defended nurse practitioners (NPs) against the California Medical Association’s claims that NPs are insufficiently trained to practice without physician supervision: “If an NP is a brand-new grad, I would hope they have some form of structured support – someone with experience to help them, whether it’s an MD or another, more experienced NP – but I would also hope the same for someone who just finished residency…. When I think about NPs practicing independently, I have no problems with that.”

“We’ve all been guilty at times of being profession-centric, but this is now beyond what nurses or doctors need,” said Dr. Heather Young, dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and member of the Campaign for Action Strategic Advisory Committee. “It’s a matter of national importance to get what’s needed for our health system.”

Read the full article in UCSF’s Science of Caring


Diverse Elders Coalition Webinar: Why Obamacare Matters to Diverse Older People

The Diverse Elders Coalition – comprised of five national organizations advocating for policies and programs that improve aging for diverse older people – will host a webinar on November 2 to discuss the ACA’s impact on diverse older adults.

The ACA has the ability to create a path to better health by offering more affordable health insurance options, improving services and eliminating the usual obstacles. This webinar will highlight both national and state-specific examples on what is being done to ensure that older people know about the changes that are taking place under the ACA and how it affects them.

Speakers include:

Dr. Yanira Cruz

President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging

Michael Adams

Executive Director of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

2-3 pm ET

Register here.

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.

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.

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