Campaign for Action Update: December 10, 2013


10 States Receive RWJF Grants to Lead Efforts to Transform Health Care through Nursing

On December 4, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced that 10 states will be part of a $4.5 million initiative, the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program. The program is helping states prepare the nursing profession to address our nation’s most pressing health care challenges-access, quality, and cost.

The State Implementation Program is providing two-year grants of up to $150,000 to a total of 30 state-based Action Coalitions that have developed or made substantial progress toward implementing the IOM recommendations. States must obtain matching funds to receive the grant. Grants were announced last week in: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia. These states join the 20 states who received State Implementation Program grants in February. To learn more, please visit our website.

Happening Tomorrow: the 2013 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Lecture

Hosting a Viewing Party? Take Our Survey and Tell Us About Your Plans

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. You can attend in person or by watching the live webcast-learn more and register here.

Many Action Coalitions around the country will be hosting viewing parties to watch the live webcast. If you will be hosting a viewing party, please register your event with the Campaign by sending an email to [email protected] and take our survey to tell us about your plans. To learn more about hosting a viewing party, please visit our website, where you will find a collection of materials to help you plan your event, including tips, an event-planning toolkit, and a photo release form.

Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities

New Funding Opportunities from the Health Resources and Services Administration

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced several funding opportunities to improve health through nursing. More information about these programs can be found at the links below.

Tools from Recent Weekly Updates:

Four Tools for Successful Coalition-Building

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

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)

RWJF Clinical Scholars: Call for Applications
Apply by February 28, 2014 (3:00 pm ET)

Campaign Pillars

Advancing Nursing Education

Studies Assess Impact of IOM Report on Nursing Reforms

Two new studies by researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) examine how well hospitals and other health care facilities are doing when it comes to a call to reform the nursing profession. The 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on the Future of Nursing warned that the nursing profession must change or it would not be able to meet the growing demands that are emerging as a result of health reform, new technologies and an aging population.

In the first study, Patricia Pittman, PhD, an associate professor of health policy at SPHHS, and her colleagues examined the degree to which health care employers have implemented one key IOM recommendation-the goal of achieving a workforce in which 80 percent of nurses have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) by the year 2020.

The second study examines the extent to which health care employers are deploying another major recommendation of the IOM report-the adoption of nurse residency programs.

See the findings of these studies here.

Promoting Nurses as Leaders

Top Veterans Affairs Nurse Catherine Rick to Join Jonas Center

Last week, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence announced the appointment of Catherine J. Rick, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN, FACHE, as Senior Advisor for Nursing Leadership. She will officially begin February 1st following her retirement from her role as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)/Senior Nurse Executive for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where she currently oversees more than 80,000 nursing personnel caring for nearly six million veterans annually.

We are excited to see Catherine continue as a nurse leader and wish her the best of luck in her new role! Read the full press release here.


Campaign for Action Diversity Steering Committee Convenes

On November 21st, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action Diversity

Steering Committee convened at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey. Attending Diversity Steering Committee members included:

  • Brent MacWilliams, board member of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN);
  • Elizabeth Gonzalez, President of the Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association Inc. (AAPINA);
  • Sandra Littlejohn, Secretary of the National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association, Inc. (NANAINA);
  • Jose Alejandro, President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN);
  • Deidre Walton, President of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA); and
  • Daisy Alford-Smith, President of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association (NCEMNA).

Committee members provided Campaign staff with valuable insights and feedback to help advance our work to promote the diversity of the nursing workforce. As we move forward, we will continue to encourage Action Coalitions to engage this group of experts and work with members of their organizations. Please visit our website for more information about the committee and for valuable resources to help develop and strengthen your Action Coalition’s diversity action plan. More information about outcomes of the meeting is forthcoming.

Health Innovations

Educating the Uninsured about the Affordable Care Act

An article in the December 2013 issue of the American Journal of Nursing highlights the different ways states, agencies, and associations are spreading the news about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to uninsured residents. The article features the partnership between AARP and the Phoenix chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) to inform as many eligible Arizonans as possible about the ACA. Nurses were trained to cover topics such as insurance definitions (co-payment, deductible, etc.), the range of plans the marketplace provides, and the tax credits available to offset the costs of premiums. They also were trained to help people understand the consequences of each option.

Adriana Perez, chairperson of the education at the NAHN Phoenix chapter and Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, stated, “We inform them of the tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies and say, ‘Don’t just look for the cheapest plan, because if you need a lot of health care, you’ll have more out-of-pocket costs over the long term.’ They have to understand affordability.”

Learn more and read the full article here. You may also want to join us for a webinar with Adriana on December 13! See details below.

HHS Awards More than $45 Million to Support Nursing Workforce Development

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $55.5 million in funding awarded to strengthen training for health professionals and increase the size of the nation’s health care workforce. A majority of the funding, $45.4 million, will support nursing workforce development in the following areas:

  • Increasing the number of nurse faculty ($22.1 million)
  • Improving nursing diversity ($5.2 million)
  • Increasing nurse anesthetist traineeships ($2.2 million)
  • Promoting interprofessional collaborative practice ($6.7 million)
  • Supporting advanced nursing education ($9.2 million)

Learn more in the Washington Post or HHS’s press release.

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.

Educating Multicultural Communities on the ACA: A Leadership Model for Nurses

Please join The National Association of Hispanic Nurses – Phoenix Chapter, AARP Arizona, and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, for a webinar with AARP Arizona’s David Parra and a national nursing leader, based in Arizona – Dr. Adriana Perez. On the webinar, they will describe the train-the-trainer program they designed for nurses to educate the public about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their program was directed toward racially and ethnically diverse nurses who informed multi-cultural audiences about the ACA. There were many benefits for this program:

  • A dozen nurses were educated on public policy, learned public speaking skills, as well as meeting preparation and implementation;
  • A dozen nurses informed close to 1,200 people about the ACA; and
  • AARP was able to reach these 1,200 people by helping to prepare these new nursing leaders.

Friday, December 13, 2013 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST

Register here.

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