Campaign for Action Update: February 25, 2014


Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities

AHRQ Interactive Webinar: What Works for Students?

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites students to join them for an interactive webinar where findings from the “Evaluating the Knowledge and Educational Needs of Students of Health Professions on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research” project will be shared and students can tell AHRQ what really works for them.

Tell AHRQ What Works for Students: Accessing, Understanding, and Applying Evidence-Based Research in Clinical Practice

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm (ET)

Register here

HRSA Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program. The program provides opportunities  for registered nurses (including advanced practice registered nurses and nursing faculty) to serve in hospitals and clinics in some of America’s neediest communities. In return, the program will pay off 60 percent of their unpaid nursing student loans in just 2 years – and an additional 25 percent of the original balance for an optional third year.

Learn more about the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program.

Apply by Thursday, February 27, 2014 (7:30 pm ET)

National League for Nursing: Teaching Care of Older Adults Workshop

Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors (ACES), the National League for Nursing’s signature grant-funded faculty development initiative for teaching gerontology to pre-licensure nursing students, will host Teaching Care of Older Adults, a full-day ACES workshop, in seven cities, beginning in mid-March.

National experts in simulation, curriculum innovation, and gerontological nursing will guide nurse educators in discussions of simulations, unfolding cases, teaching strategies, and free resources, to provide comprehensive instruction needed to incorporate ACES resources into classroom and clinical education settings. Participants will leave understanding how to teach the complexity of decision-making involved in caring for older adults in home, institutional, and community-based health care environments.

Workshops are scheduled for:

  • March 14 in Atlanta, GA
  • March 21 in Chicago, IL
  • April 4 in Kansas City, KS
  • April 9 in Nashville, TN
  • April 11 in Cedar Rapids, IA
  • April 24 in Duluth, MN
  • May 20 in Flatwoods, WV

Complete information about the upcoming series of Innovations in Teaching workshops, including links to registration, may be found here.

AACN Tool Kit: Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has assembled a tool kit for nurse faculty, students, and other nurses to enhance their understanding of the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.

View the tool kit here.

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

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)

RWJF/Pew Health Impact Project: Call for Proposals

Proposals due April 2, 2014 (6:00 pm ET)

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

Campaign Pillars

Advancing Nursing Education

CCNA & APIN to Address Community College Baccalaureate Association

Mary Sue Gorski, Consultant for the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), and Tina Gerardi, Deputy Director for the National Program Office of Academic Progression in Nursing, (APIN) will co-present at the Community College Baccalaureate Association annual meeting on February 28 and March 1 in Anaheim, CA.  They will present the national perspective on nursing academic progression with an emphasis on community college partnerships.

Profile of New RN-to-BSN Program at Western Washington University

This fall, 24 registered nurses will earn their bachelors of science in nursing (BSN) from Western Washington University. They are the inaugural class of the university’s new RN-to-BSN program, which began in fall 2013 and marked the first time since the 1980’s that Western offered courses on nursing. The program, located in Bellingham, WA, was recently highlighted in the Bellingham Herald.  A portion of Washington State’s Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) grant helped fund the program, as well as the RN-to-BSN programs at Bellevue College and Saint Martin’s University.

Casey R. Shillam, the program’s director, talked about academic progression in nursing and explained why health care today requires more and better-educated nurses. Read the full article here.

The RIBN Initiative: Increasing the Number of Baccalaureate Nurses in North Carolina

To meet the increasing demand for a more educated nursing workforce, the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) initiative provides an economically feasible educational pathway between community colleges and universities so that more North Carolina nursing students can achieve a baccalaureate degree at the beginning of their career.

Read more here.


Campaign for Action Diversity Message and Resources

Your collective work to lead change is critical more than ever. As the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report emphasizes, we have a stake in “ensuring that nurses are effective full partners and leaders in the quest to deliver high-value care that is accessible to diverse populations.” That is why, in addition to building resources for practice, advancing education, and leadership, the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) has created diversity resources.

Please visit our website for an outline of what makes a successful diversity action plan, and to view a webinar that discusses the particular components of a successful plan.

AC Co-lead on the DC Speaking Circuit

Pier Broadnax, co-lead for the DC Action Coalition and Director of Nursing at the University of the District of Columbia, recently spoke at the Black Nurses on Capitol Hill event, urging changes in health care delivery to meet the challenges facing the health care system. She will also provide the keynote address at the Thirty-Fourth Annual Salute to the Black Nurse of the Year and Scholarship Awards Luncheon on March 1.

Learn more about the DC Action Coalition’s take on diversity in this short video.

Bolstering Workforce Data

Who Are Oregon’s Nurses?

The Oregon Center for Nursing has created an infographic to describe the demographics of Oregon nurses, including education levels, work settings and the ratio of nurses to other medical professions. This graphic is easy to download and share on Facebook and Twitter! Click the image for the full-sized infographic.

New Report on Nurse Workforce – Florida Center for Nursing

The Florida Center for Nursing, a co-lead of the Florida Action Coalition, recently published data on nurse workforce demand obtained from their 2013 Nurse Employer Survey. The data include turnover, separations, vacancy rates, estimated number of vacant positions and estimated job growth for surveyed industries.

Read more in the report, “Demand for Nurses in Florida: The 2013 Survey of Florida’s Nurse Employers.”

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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