Campaign for Action Update: March 4, 2014


Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities

Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center Webinar: Health Professions Regulation

Please join the Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center (HWTAC) for a webinar: “Health Professions Regulation in the U.S.” In the United States, the primary responsibility for health professions regulation falls to states. There is concern among some that this approach is not well-suited to respond to the workforce challenges faced in a health care delivery system that is undergoing rapid transformation.

Dr. Jean Moore, Director of the New York Center for Health Workforce Studies, will describe the aspects of health professions regulation that constrain effective and efficient use of the health workforce and offer recommendations to strengthen scope of practice decision-making. Dr. Elizabeth Carter, Executive Director of the Virginia Board of Health Professions, will describe an innovative approach used in Virginia to address proposed scope of practice expansions.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

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Nurse Managed Health Centers: Turning the Affordable Care Act into Action

On June 9, 2014, the National Nursing Centers Consortium will host its annual conference in Alexandria, VA. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a historic and pivotal moment for nurse-managed health clinics, and nurse-managed care is now the future of the preventive and primary care system in the United States. You are invited to join fellow innovators in care to explore ways to strengthen the workforce, break through policy barriers, and make the most of opportunities made possible by the ACA.

Learn more about the conference here.

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.

Tools from Recent Weekly Updates:

AACN Tool Kit: Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

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

New Study Shows Nurse Education Level, Caseload Affect Patient Mortality

A new European study published in The Lancet sheds more light on the importance of nurses having a bachelor’s degree and manageable workload. According to the study, which was led by Linda Aiken, professor and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, patients who underwent surgical procedures were more likely to die if they were treated in hospitals where nurses were caring for more patients and fewer nurses held bachelor’s degrees. The study concluded, “Nurse staffing cuts to save money might adversely affect patient outcomes. An increased emphasis on bachelor’s education for nurses could reduce preventable hospital deaths.”

Find out more here.

BSN-to-DNP Program Helps Advance Nursing Education in Kentucky

The Norton Healthcare Institute for Nursing and the University of Kentucky College of Nursing in Lexington are teaming up to offer a bachelor of science in nursing to doctor of nursing practice (BSN-to-DNP) program. The program allows nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing the opportunity to earn their doctor of nursing practice degree and sit for certification as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). Norton Healthcare is looking for 150 DNP-prepared APRNs to be added in the next few years to serve Norton Healthcare patients through new opportunities in its facilities and physician practices.

Read more here.


Scholarship Program Recognizes Importance of Diverse Nurse Faculty

In 2007, Johnson & Johnson and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing came together to create the J&J/AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship. The scholarship provides financial assistance to underrepresented minority nursing students, allowing them to complete a graduate program and assume teaching roles. Scholarships are awarded competitively to students in master’s and doctoral nursing programs who commit to teaching in a school of nursing after graduation.

One of the program’s scholars, Paule V. Joseph, is a current PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing who seeks to become a faculty member at a research-intensive university where she can pursue a program of research, teaching and mentorship for minority students.

Read more about Joseph and the scholarship program here.

Health Innovations

President’s Budget Seeks to Boost Primary Care

Today the White House released its 2015 fiscal budget. In the budget, President Obama proposed fixing the glitch that left nurse practitioners (NPs) out of the Medicaid primary care bonus, and extending those increased payment rates for all Medicaid primary care providers for one year. This provision was specifically mentioned in the Institute of Medicine’s report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The proposal also calls for $3.95 billion over six years for the National Health Services Corps (NHSC) to grow the program from 8,900 primary care providers in 2013 to at least 15,000 in 2015. Ten percent of the NHSC funding would be reserved for NPs and physician assistants.

If enacted by Congress, these proposals would benefit consumers and family caregivers by increasing access to quality primary and preventive health care and improving consumer choice of providers. This is especially important given the rising shortage of primary care practitioners. We will keep you updated as we continue our analysis of the budget and as Congress considers the president’s proposal.

Read more 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.

Nursing Residency Programs:  Transition to Practice (Part I) 

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

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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

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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.

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