Campaign for Action Update: March 18, 2014


Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities

Use This Handout to Spread the Word on the FTC’s New Paper

Last week, we let you know about the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) staff paper, Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses, which offers robust support for removing barriers to APRN practice and care. Now you can share the paper’s key findings with a new handout available on our website (handout is attached at bottom of page).

Tools from Recent Weekly Updates:

Campaign for Action Marketing Materials

Updated Action Coalition Status Reports

Campaign for Action Directory of Resources

AACN Tool Kit: Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

National League for Nursing: Teaching Care of Older Adults Workshop

Several dates from March 14 to May 20, 2014
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)

Nurse Managed Health Centers: Turning the Affordable Care Act into Action
Conference: June 9, 2014

Campaign Pillars
Promoting Nurses as Leaders

Colorado Nurse Leader Sue Birch Recognized by the American Medical Association

Susan E. Birch, BSN, RN, MBA, executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, was recently awarded the Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service from the American Medical Association. She was chosen for the award because of her groundbreaking work to improve Colorado’s Medicaid system and transform the state’s health care delivery and payment system.

Learn more here.

Hassmiller Receives AONE Honorary Member Award, Red Cross Harriman Award

On March 14, 2014, Sue Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, received the 2014 American Organization of Nurse Executives’ (AONE) Honorary Member Award at the AONE Annual Meeting in Orlando.

The award recognizes an individual who has made a noteworthy contribution to the health care field and to nursing leadership practice. Hassmiller was also recently named one of two recipients of the 2013 Red Cross Harriman Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service, the highest honor bestowed upon a Red Cross volunteer.

To learn more, visit our website.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

FTC Weighs In on Massachusetts Proposal

In January 2014, the FTC provided comments to the Massachusetts legislature on House Bill 2009, stating that the the proposed legislation would likely benefit consumers and competition in the state. According to the letter, “If APRNs are better able to practice to the extent of their education, training, and abilities, and if institutional health care providers are better able to deploy APRNs as needed, Massachusetts health care consumers are likely to benefit from lower costs, additional innovation, and improved access to health care.” The bill, which would eliminate certain supervision requirements for nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists, is currently under consideration by the Joint Committee on Public Health

See the FTC’s press release about the letter here.

Removing Barriers in the Media


Nurse Practitioners Urge State Lawmakers to Follow FTC Lead on APRN Restrictions (Advance for Nurses)

FTC Cautions States Against Overbroad Regulation Of Nurse Practitioners In Continued Effort To Promote Expanded Roles For Non-Traditional Providers (Mondaq)


Obamacare spotlights need for nurse practitioners, physician assistants (Los Angeles Daily News)


Proposal to let nurse practitioners practice independently advances (Connecticut Mirror)


Bill Would Expand Role of Registered Nurses in Minn. (ABC Affiliate KTSP)


Pennsylvania nurse practitioner bill would allow them to practice without doctors’ oversight (

Opinion: To Address Doctor Shortage, Nurse Practitioners Bill is a Must-Pass (Keystone Politics)

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.

Nursing Residency Programs:  Transition to Practice (Part I) 

Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Register Here

Many Action Coalitions are advancing work in the development and implementation of transition to practice programs. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change and Advancing Health described the importance of structured programs for new nurse graduates. Evidence shows these programs enhance safety and quality of care, as well as reducing employee turnover. Health care organizations across the U.S. need alternatives which are high quality and cost effective. Join us for a two-part series to discuss progress and share information.

This webinar will be an introduction and overview of work in progress. This session will feature the online modular program under development in Iowa, and the work underway in New Jersey, which emphasizes residencies to long term care settings.

Nursing Residency Programs:  Transition to Practice (Part II)

Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Register Here

This webinar will complement the previous webinar and feature a presentation describing the innovative program developed in California, with funding support from the Gordon and Betty Moore foundation. The California program is academically based, rather than employer based, and has applicability across a broad range of settings.

Making Your Case for Nurse Leadership

Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Register Here

Building on the leadership planning meetings, this webinar will focus on how to make a convincing case to increase the number of nurses serving in leadership positions. We will identify the different audiences you need to reach and explore the elements of developing persuasive messages. We will also hear from Action Coalition members who have been especially successful in growing the ranks of nurse leaders and engage in role play to demonstrate an understanding of what works.

Participants will learn:

  • What tools are available to increase the number of nurse leaders;
  • The elements of an effective message;
  • How to identify audiences you need to reach and how best to persuade them.
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