Campaign for Action Update: December 17, 2013


The 2013 Rosenthal Lecture: “Back to the Future of Nursing: A Look Ahead Based on a Landmark IOM Report” Draws Hundreds

On Wednesday, December 11, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) held the 25th Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Lecture in Washington, DC. This year’s lecture celebrated the three-year anniversary of the IOM’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report, which was released on October 5, 2010. During the event, speakers highlighted the impact of the report through implementation of recommendations at both the national and local level, discussed the continued work of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, and charted future directions and priorities for the nursing profession.

As former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala noted at the event, “I believe the future of nursing is the future of health care, and that future is now.

The event was attended by 225 people in-person and was webcast to a live audience of 560 viewers. Many groups around the country hosted viewing parties of the webcast, including several Action Coalitions. To read a summary of the lecture, see a great infographic on the Future of Nursing, and find out how to watch the recorded webcast, visit our website.

MakerNurse Wants to Hear from You!

MakerNurse is a new initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Little Devices Lab and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to find do-it-yourself nurses across the country–nurses who improvise workarounds and solve problems by fixing and creating everyday tools and devices that improve patient care. Too often, nurses are overlooked as innovators in the clinic. MakerNurse aims to change that.

The MakerNurse team is conducting a survey of nurses across the U.S. to really understand why and how nurses make things to help patients, and how best to nurture the creative potential of the American nurse. Visit their website to share your story of “making.”

Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities

New HRSA Opportunity: Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced a funding opportunity for its Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) Program. The purpose of the AENT program is to increase the number of primary care providers by providing traineeships to nurses who are pursuing advanced degrees as primary care nurse practitioners or nurse-midwives. Several other funding opportunities to improve health through nursing can be found at the links below.

Learn more about the AENT program here.

Apply by January 16, 2014.

Tools from Recent Weekly Updates:

Four Tools for Successful Coalition-Building

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship
Apply by December 19, 2014

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)

Nursing Workforce Diversity
Apply by January 24, 2014

Advanced Nursing Education
Apply by January 28, 2014

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
Apply by February 3, 2014
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

In Case You Missed It: 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

Eight Action Coalitions Met in St. Louis to Advance Nurse Leadership

Thirty leaders from eight Action Coalitions convened in St. Louis last week to identify promising models for advancing nurse leadership. Materials from this meeting and an earlier one in Seattle are available on our website. These materials include talking points, presentations, templates, background and other technical assistance.

Nurse Appointed to Maryland CareFirst Board

Ann B. Mech, assistant professor and legal affairs coordinator at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), was recently appointed to the Maryland CareFirst Board of Directors. She is the only nurse to serve on the board.

“Ann Mech has continually exhibited her leadership finesse and capabilities. She epitomizes the term ‘nurse leader’,” said UMSON Dean and Maryland Action Coalition co-lead Jane M. Kirschling. “CareFirst has remained a staunch champion of nurses and their critical importance in the transformation of health care. I speak for the entire Maryland Action Coalition in praising this appointment.”

CareFirst is a nonprofit health care company independently licensed by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. CareFirst is the largest health care insurer in the Mid-Atlantic, serving 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia through its affiliates and subsidiaries.

Read more here.

Polansky Interviewed by

Patricia A. Polansky, co-director of the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), was recently featured in a article which focused on her career in the health care industry. The article discusses her current role and career highlights, including her involvement in developing a national agenda for real systems change in home- and community-based health care, her experience as president of the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities, and her work as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, The University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. “This is one of the highlights of my career,” she said of serving as co-director of CCNA.

Read the article here.


Trailblazing Nurse Leader Champions Diversity, Helps Lead Wisconsin Action Coalition

Barbara Nichols, a national nurse leader who broke through color barriers to become the first Black president of the American Nurses Association, likes to point out that she entered the profession in its dinosaur days-before the advent of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, intensive care units, and pre-mixed narcotics.

It was also prehistoric in another way; Nichols became a nurse in the 1950s, when a national system of institutionalized discrimination kept minorities from entering and advancing in nursing.

In those days, many hospitals were segregated, as were many nursing schools. Those schools that weren’t often capped the number of students from racial, ethnic, and religious minority backgrounds with rigid quota systems. Few minority nurses earned baccalaureate or advanced degrees, and fewer still rose to become leaders of the profession.

But Nichols overcame those hurdles and eventually made history as the first Black nurse to hold national and state-level nursing leadership positions. Throughout her career, she has been helping others from underrepresented backgrounds enter and advance in the profession-a mission she continues at the age of 75 as director of a diversity initiative in her home state of Wisconsin.

Read the rest here.

Bolstering Workforce Data

New Publication from HRSA: The U.S. Health Workforce Chartbook

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) National Center for Health Workforce Analysis recently published extensive data on 35 health occupations in its U.S. Health Workforce Chartbook.

The Chartbook includes detailed information on each occupation including estimated total numbers and detailed demographic information including sex, age, race and ethnicity, work setting and geographic distribution.

To view the U.S. Health Workforce Chartbook, visit our website.

For staffing data specific to Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS), check out Long-Term Care Services in the United States: 2013 Overview, published last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’S National Center for Health Statistics.

Health Innovations

Ohio Nurse Leaders Collaborate in Unprecedented Ways

A decade ago, the Ohio Network for Nursing Workforce and Nursing 2015  were working independently to transform nursing to improve health and health care in Ohio. They were like railway workers building parallel tracks; they weren’t working at cross purposes, but they weren’t working together, either, and progress was slow.

That began to change in 2010 with the IOM’s report on the Future of Nursing and the launch of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. In July 2011, the two groups joined forces and created the Ohio Action Coalition.

Now, advocates dedicated to transforming nursing in Ohio are working on the same track-and making speedier progress toward their shared goals, said Jonathan Archey, director of government affairs at the Ohio Hospital Association and co-lead of the Ohio Action Coalition. “Traditionally, it’s been a challenge to get everyone working together,” Archey said. “The Action Coalition has been a forum where that can really happen. I think we’re going to see some successes on a scale we’ve never seen before in the state.”

Jane Mahowald, MA, RN, ANEF, executive director of the Ohio League for Nursing and co-lead of the Ohio Action Coalition, agreed. “The IOM report helped these groups recognize that if they joined together, they would accomplish more, and have more supporters.”

Read the rest 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.

Recent Webinars:

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

During this webinar, Campaign for Action communications specialists discussed 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 provides Action Coalitions with ideas, tips, and tools for showcasing your work in powerful ways. Kathy McKeever from the New Jersey Action Coalition also presented her group’s experience with creating and promoting visual content.

Watch the archived webinar.

View the webinar summary.

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