Campaign for Action Update: February 11, 2014


Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for the Action Coalitions for February 11, 2014, that describe successes, related activities, and relevant tools for this national campaign.

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Reminder for Action Coalition Co-Leads

This is a friendly reminder to please update and submit your AC Status Report, AC Funding Chart, and SIP Workplan Report (if applicable) by Friday, February 14. Please email them to [email protected]. If you are looking for the original email with attachments, it was sent on January 30.

Action Coalitions are the driving force of the Campaign for Action and we want to keep up with what you’re doing! To best feature the success being made to transform health care through nursing in states and to share best practices, it is essential that RWJF, CCNA, and all Campaign stakeholders stay informed about your progress. Thank you for your commitment to keep us updated.

If you have any questions, please contact your liaison or Michael Pheulpin ([email protected]) at your earliest convenience. Thank you!

Letter to the Nursing Field from RWJF President & CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Dear Colleagues,

By now many of you have undoubtedly heard about the changes at RWJF-transitions that are occurring as a result of our new direction and strategic vision.  To support the strategic vision, we have made the difficult decision to wind down and conclude ten Human Capital programs.  These programs include Clinical Scholars; Health and Society Scholars; Scholars in Health Policy Research; Executive Nurse Fellows; Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research; Nurse Faculty Scholars; Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College; the Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico; the Center for Health Policy at University of New Mexico; and New Careers in Nursing.

We are immensely proud of each of these programs and the scholars and leaders they support, but we have concluded that now is the time to develop new health-focused leadership programs that connect people across sectors as well as disciplines, capitalize on technology to promote networking and mentoring, and reach and help many more individuals.  I want to confirm that the four nursing programs, as well as the others slated to conclude, will not close abruptly.  Current and newly selected scholars and fellows will receive full support and each program will conclude as strong as it started. And of course, all grantees and alumni will be embraced in our alumni community on LinkedIn as permanent members of the RWJF family.

I’d like to first reassure you that the Foundation’s commitment to nursing and nurses is as strong as ever, and then provide you with context for our decisions.  We believe that a strong nursing workforce and leadership are critical to promoting a culture of health in America.  We are proud of the Institute of Medicine’s report on the Future of Nursing and our successful national campaign, including the State Implementation Program (SIP) and Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN), which we will continue to support.  We have also just launched a new national program, the Future of Nursing Scholars, to address the IOM recommendations around doubling the number of nurses with doctorates and creating nurse leaders for the future.

After a year of strategic planning, including a thorough analysis of all of our areas of work, including Human Capital, the Trustees and Foundation leadership have agreed that the current landscape demands bold new approaches to the challenges we face: historic national health care reform, widening health disparities, increasingly diverse and expanding underserved communities, cost and value issues, and more. Recognizing the critical role of leaders in advancing social change, we want to develop a new generation of health-focused leadership programs. I’ve spoken often about collaboration and teamwork, and the importance of connecting across professional divisions and engaging with stakeholders beyond health and health care systems. Our new programs will be designed to accomplish that. We envision initiatives that will capitalize on technology to promote networking and mentoring, and also reach and impact many more individuals than possible under current program models.

Our work in Human Capital has yielded remarkable results but to achieve our vision, we need to produce many more well-prepared and well-connected scholars and leaders, in order to have greater impact on more people, and on the health challenges we face in society. So rather than tweaking existing programs, we made the difficult decision to start fresh and explore new approaches and possibilities. I pledge to you that these future efforts will include nurses as essential partners in driving our efforts.

I am excited about the possibilities and opportunities ahead. I am also aware that the progress we seek cannot happen without engagement and leadership from the nursing profession.  We will bring nurse leaders to the table as we shape future Human Capital initiatives. We will also reach out to you for your ideas and feedback during the conceptualization and design phases of this work. By year’s end, we anticipate an open competition to select new national program offices to help shape our new programs.

I look forward to working with you, as we continue Robert Wood Johnson’s commitment to support and strengthen nursing and begin a new chapter in our work. I am convinced that, together, we can build a culture of health in this country.



Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D.

President and CEO

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more information, please refer to the RWJF website and this brief video.

Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities

Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center Webinar: State Health Workforce Data

Please join the Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center (HWTAC) this Wednesday for a webinar: “Opportunity for State Health Workforce Data Collection: Motivations, Barriers, and Strategies.” This HWTAC webinar will discuss opportunities and challenges that states face in collecting health workforce data for use in understanding patterns in supply and distribution, informing policy decisions, and engaging in health workforce planning. The webinar will also present common barriers to developing data systems and introduce different strategies for collecting state data. A question and answer session will be held after the presentation.

HWTAC was established in 2013 to  provide technical assistance to states and organizations interested in the health workforce. To receive information about future HWTAC webinars, check out their email list. The Campaign for Action will try to share webinar announcements here in the Weekly Update as well.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST

Join at; click on the Webinar link

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars: Call for Applications
Apply by February 12, 2014 (3:00 pm ET)

RWJF State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE)
Proposals due February 13, 2014 (3:00 pm ET)

RWJF Public Health Law Research (PHLR)
Proposals due April 15, 2014 (3:00 pm ET)

HRSA Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Program – Veteran’s Bachelor of Science Degree of Nursing (VBSN)
Apply by February 18, 2014

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

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Opportunities:
National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)
Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD)
Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC)
Letters of intent are due March 2, 2014 (originally February 18)

Campaign Pillars

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Dept. of Veterans Affairs Considers Designating APRNs as Independent Practitioners

The Veterans Health Administration, a component of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has proposed a rule that would designate all Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) as independent practitioners, regardless of the regulations set up by each state. Currently, many VA APRNs have to change the way they practice based on location, even when treating the same patient, due to the patchwork of state regulations that govern prescriptive authority, admissions, and physician supervision. The VA included the proposal in a draft of the VHA Nursing Handbook in order to “reduce variability in practice across the entire VA health care system.”

Learn more about the proposal here.

Connecticut Governor Urges State to Remove Barriers to APRN Practice & Care

A new proposal by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration aims at expanding access to primary care by allowing Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to treat patients and prescribe medications independently. “We’d like to see increased access to health care at lower costs, and that’s what this will give us,” said Anne Foley, an official from Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management. “We really do feel that the studies are indicative that APRNs can provide comparable outcomes compared to physicians.” The proposal would still require APRNs to practice within a collaborative agreement with a physician for three years before practicing independently.

Read more.
Learn how UConn professor Ivy Alexander is preparing master’s and doctoral level nursing students to take on this expanded role here.

Health Innovations

HRSA Affordable Care Act Update – Challenges and Opportunities

On Wednesday, February 12, the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will host a webcast focusing on the health insurance coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The session will include a brief update on the general marketplace, highlight outreach and education efforts by HRSA, and describe how this information affects health professionals. The webinar will include challenges and strategies and resources that can be used to educate others about the new insurance options open to them for enrollment. Participants will be invited to offer success stories and solutions related to barriers encountered, followed by a period for questions and answers.

Join the Webinar Here

Call-in number: 1-866-916-7016

Participant Code: 7598240

A Patient’s-Eye-View of Nurses

Dr. Arnold S. Relman, an accomplished former medical educator and editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, finally realized the importance of nursing at the age of 90. Lawrence K. Altman writes that after a fall and 10-week hospital stay, Dr. Relman confessed that he “had never before understood how much good nursing care contributes to patients’ safety and comfort, especially when they are very sick or disabled.” Read more of Dr. Relman’s story and insights about the changing world of patient care in the New York Times Well blog.

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.

Make Your Mark: How to Use Campaign Marketing Materials

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST

Register Here

Need a brochure? A one-page Campaign overview? A postcard you can leave behind at meetings? The Campaign for Action has created a number of materials for Action Coalitions to use and customize. Join our webinar to review these materials and how to use them effectively. We’ll walk you through what’s available to help you showcase your work and spread your message.

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