Campaign for Action Update: November 11, 2013

NJ Action Coalition Receives $1.6 Million from CMS for Long Term Care Residency Program

The New Jersey Action Coalition (NJAC) is pleased to announce civil monetary penalties funding of 1.6 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop, implement and evaluate a RN transition into practice model for Long Term Care (LTC) facilities in New Jersey. Working with volunteers of the education pillar for the NJAC, along with their partner the Health Care Association of New Jersey, and Campaign leadership at the Center to Champion Nursing in America, the NJAC, one of the original five pilot Action Coalitions, was awarded this federal funding. The same NJAC volunteers and the Health Care Association of New Jersey will solicit the engagement of 50 preceptors and 50 new graduate nurses for this 12-month residency.

This project goals are to improve care for LTC residents as well as help stabilize the RN workforce. New Jersey is currently ranked 48th among all states for having the highest readmission rates of geriatric adults with chronic diseases.  Reducing unnecessary re-hospitalizations will improve the quality as well as cost of care.

Dr. Edna Cadmus, co-lead for the NJAC, and Susan Salmond, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, and co-chair for the Education Pillar, will be the project’s co-investigators. The NJAC co-leads and members would like to especially thank the NJ Department of Health team, “who have been working with us hand and hand to make this funding a reality, we appreciate their guidance and leadership on this important project.”

Learn more here.

Action Coalitions are full of good news in education this week. See New Mexico’s big win in the education section below.

Join us for the 2013 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Lecture!

“Back to the Future of Nursing: A Look Ahead Based on a Landmark IOM Report” 

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 5:00???7:30 p.m. ET, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2013 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Lecture , “Back to the Future of Nursing: A Look Ahead Based on a Landmark IOM Report,” will highlight the impact of IOM’s report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Featuring some of the nation’s leading health care experts, 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 Campaign for Action, and chart future directions and priorities for the nursing profession.

The event will be live webcast to provide access to viewers nationwide. Registration for attending the 2013 Rosenthal Lecture, either in person or through the live webcast, is now open. Register here. Registration for the lecture is free. We’d like to invite you, as an Action Coalition, to host a viewing party. A viewing party provides an excellent opportunity to engage your local communities, organizations, funders, and state leaders in support of your work. Visit our website for a collection of materials to help you plan your event, including tips, an event-planning toolkit, and a photo release form. If you would like to host a viewing party, please register your event with the Campaign by sending an email to [email protected].

Don’t Miss the Campaign’s New Newsletter!

This month, check your inbox for our new e-mail newsletter! Advancing Health: News from the Campaign for Action, will feature the latest stories about how the Campaign and its partners across the country are transforming health and health care through nursing. If you are currently subscribed to receive the Weekly Update or E-Alerts, you will automatically receive the new newsletter, which will be published several times a year. Sign up to receive Advancing Health or manage your e-mail subscriptions here.

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Reminder for AC Co-Leads!

This is a friendly reminder for AC Co-Leads to please update and submit your AC Status Report, AC Funding Chart, and SIP Workplan Report (if applicable) by Friday, November 15. Please email them to Michael Pheulpin at [email protected]. If you are looking for the original email with attachments, it was sent on October 28.

Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities

Celebrate National Family Caregivers Month

To celebrate National Family Caregivers Month, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is teaming up with Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE), the leading, nurse-driven program designed to help hospitals improve the care of older adults. NICHE knows that family caregivers require support and guidance to help them understand and cope with their loved ones’ hospitalization and transitions. NICHE also understands that nurses are uniquely positioned to help support family caregivers.

In this series of posts, NICHE staff and others will share their perspectives on health care, caregiving, and the important role nurses play in supporting family caregivers. Read the first post by NICHE Director Elizabeth Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN, on the Affordable Care Act and its implications for older adults.

Happy National Nurse Practitioner Week!

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has created an NP Week resource guide to help plan events to celebrate nurse practitioners. Resources include a press release, community activity suggestions, talking points, public service announcements, an NP Week poster and other tools. Let AANP know how you celebrate NP Week 2013 so they can share your success with NP colleagues around the country.

Tools from Recent Weekly Updates:

Contact Your Regional Association of Grantmakers
Campaign for Action Promotional Video Talking Points
Watch the video here
Four Tools for Successful Coalition-Building

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

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)

HHS Primary Care Services Resource Coordination and Development Program
Apply by December 31, 2013

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

Advancing Nursing Education

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Announces Major Win for State’s APIN Work

Last week, Governor Susana Martinez and leaders of the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) announced that all of the nursing programs offered through New Mexico’s higher education institutions have agreed to establish and implement a common nursing curriculum throughout the state. Making the curriculum consistent across New Mexico will allow credits to transfer more easily between institutions in cases where a student has to move within New Mexico. Previously, such a move might have meant losing precious time, credits and money for students.

Governor Martinez also announced that, due to these changes, more nursing students throughout New Mexico will soon be able to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. For the first time, local community colleges will be able to partner with one of these universities to offer bachelor’s degrees in nursing. This will help translate to more nurses practicing in our rural and underserved areas, where they are greatly needed.

The effort was greatly aided by the New Mexico Action Coalition’s Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) grant, provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Read the governor’s press release here.

Promoting Nurses as Leaders

Dr. John Rowe Receives John P. McGovern Lectureship Award from AACN

On October 27, John Rowe, MD, accepted the John P. McGovern Lectureship Award at the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing’s  2013 Fall Semiannual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rowe served on the Institute of Medicine Committee that developed the 2010 landmark report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health and he currently serves on the Campaign’s Strategic Advisory Committee. In the lecture, Dr. Rowe discussed his views on the current and future health care system and its challenges, the need to transform nursing education, the importance of nurse leadership, and the need to remove barriers to advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) practice and care.

Read the full transcript of his speech here.

New Partnership Prepares Texas Nurses for Larger Leadership Role

Texas Healthcare Trustees (THT) and Texas Team Advancing Health through Nursing, the state’s Action Coalition, announced a new collaboration to increase nurse participation on health care and community boards of directors.

THT and Texas Team will provide nurses across the state with governance and leadership education in order for them to be even more valuable assets to both hospital and community boards. This new program will include educational sessions on governance for nurses as well as create tools and resources to help them become successful leaders and community health advocates. The program is set to launch in 2014 and will include regional education seminars throughout the state.

Chamberlain Adds Leadership Track to Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Chamberlain College of Nursing has launched its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Healthcare Systems Leadership specialty track for master’s-prepared nurses who want to pursue advanced leadership roles within their chosen specialty.

The new specialty track allows students to customize their experience based on their credentials and career goals and tailor their practicum to any specialization, such as nursing informatics, health policy, practice administration or higher education administration.

Learn more here.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Removing Barriers to NP Practice & Care can Reduce Cost in Retail Clinics

Retail clinics (also called convenient care clinics) are an increasingly popular option for people who need diagnosis and treatment for common, non-life-threatening conditions. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are the primary care providers in these clinics, which are located in a range of settings, including pharmacies, grocery stores and “big box” stores. First established in 2000, there are now more than 1,200 retail clinics nationwide. These clinics are projected to account for about 10 percent of outpatient primary care visits by 2015.

A new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and published in Health Affairs projects that the cost savings realized from using retail clinics at that level would be $2.2 million. The savings would be increased by $810 million if all states allowed NPs to practice independently, and by $472 million if NPs were allowed to practice independently.

Learn more about the study here.

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants can Reduce Physician Shortage

Researchers at the RAND Corp. say an expansion of patient-centered medical homes and nurse-managed health centers  “could help eliminate 50 percent or more of the primary care physician shortage” in the U.S. by 2025. The RAND analysis is published in the November issue of Health Affairs.

“Achieving this goal may require changes in policy, such as laws to expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and changes in acceptance, on the part of providers and patients, of new models of care,” said the study’s lead author, David Auerbach, a RAND policy analyst.

Read more in Forbes.
Poll Shows Strong Public Support for Greater Access to Nurse Practitioner Care

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) recently released survey results that show widespread, national support among the general public for legislative and policy proposals that give patients access to NP care and services.

Key Findings:

  • 85 percent of respondents support a proposal allowing NPs to handle long-term care, home care and other services under Medicare. 67% strongly support such a proposal. Strong support is highest among those who reported having seen an NP.
  • A strong majority of Americans back legislation making it easier to choose NPs as their health care providers.
  • A two-thirds majority strongly supports allowing NPs to provide more services under Medicare.
  • A large majority favors removal of requirements that NPs work only under the supervision of a physician.
  • 80 percent of respondents have either seen an NP or know someone who has.

See more poll results here.

Heritage Foundation Supports Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

In a recent report on market-based health care, the Heritage Foundation said, “By removing artificial obstacles that restrict the supply of medical providers, [state governments] can expand access to health services across populations while unleashing new competition that can work to reduce costs.”

The report encourages states re-examine their current scope-of-practice laws: “States should follow the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine in reforming their scope-of-practice laws to allow all medical professionals to practice to the full extent of their training.”

Health Care Innovations

Briefing: Redesigning The Health Care Workforce

The November 2013 thematic issue of Health Affairs,”Redesigning The Health Care Workforce,” takes on the issue of how to create the optimal health care workforce for the 21st century. The forthcoming issue of Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, also focuses on training the future health care workforce.

Health Affairs and Academic Medicine will host a briefing featuring authors from the current issues of both publications to discuss the future of the health care workforce.

The program will include a keynote address by Princeton Professor Uwe Reinhardt, and remarks by Representatives Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), and Aaron Schock (R-IL).

Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 8:30 am – 12:45 pm

W Hotel Washington

Washington, DC

Register here.

Panels include:

  • Setting The Stage For Health Workforce Policy In The ACA Era
  • Restructuring Medical Education
  • New Models of Care And Reaching Vulnerable Populations

Others scheduled to speak are:

  • David Auerbach, RAND Corporation
  • David C. Goodman, Dartmouth College
  • Atul Grover, Assn. of American Medical Colleges
  • Susan B. Hassmiller,Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Michael Hoge, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Suzann Pershing, Stanford University
  • Sheldon Retchin, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Tom Ricketts, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Stephen Shannon, American Assn. of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
  • George Thibault, Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation

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.

Thinking Visually: Using Photos, Graphics and Video to Tell Your Story (A Social Media 101 Webinar)

Tuesday December 3, 2013 |  4:00-5:00 p.m. EST

Register here.

During this webinar, Campaign for Action communications specialists will discuss the benefits of using visual communications (e.g., photos, graphics, and video) to tell a story. Whether you’re sharing existing Campaign-branded visual products or creating your own, this webinar will provide Action Coalitions with ideas, tips, and tools for showcasing your work in powerful ways. The webinar will also feature the perspective of an Action Coalition on the impact of creating and promoting visual content.

Recent Webinars:

Legal Matters – Making Grant Dollars Go Farther

Action Coalitions face limits on their “lobbying,” but that may not be as restrictive as you think. Too often, non-profits 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.

Watch the archived webinar . Please note the presentation clarification.

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