Campaign for Action Update: March 13, 2014

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

Nurse Champion: American Federation of Teachers

Please join us in recognizing our Nurse Champion of the Month: American Federation of Teachers (AFT) for their support of nurses as leaders in health care. The AFT, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, represents 1.5 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide. The division of AFT Healthcare represents more than 112,000 workers (including 84,000 RNs) who practice in a variety of professions and settings.

The AFT is a proud supporter of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, and believes that nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training. The AFT strongly supports the recommendation that nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression. They have vigorously supported advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). The AFT seeks to ensure that consumers have access to the critical care that nurses are able to provide, especially in rural areas where physician shortages are the most prevalent. Learn more about their important work here.

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Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities

Check Out the Campaign for Action‘s New Marketing Materials

Do you need a brochure? A one-page Campaign overview? A postcard you can leave behind at meetings? The Campaign for Action has a number of new marketing materials that Action Coalitions can use, customize, and print for meetings, events, and more. These materials-which include a folder, brochure, postcard, and poster-can help you to connect with new and current stakeholders and spread your message. To find out more about how to access and use these materials (and review the recent webinar about them), please visit our website.

Updated Action Coalition Status Reports are Posted

Find out what’s happening in other Action Coalitions with recently posted Status Reports. These Status Reports provide updates on Action Coalitions’ work from November 2013 through January 2014 and include AC leadership, goals, progress, significant successes, and stakeholder engagement. The updated status reports can also be found on individual state pages. Thank you to those who contributed to these documents.

You can also view previous status reports from August through October 2013 and April through July 2013.

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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Tools from Recent Weekly Updates:

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

Reflecting On the Legacy of Florence Nightingale

Physician Victoria Sweet reflects on the legacy of Florence Nightingale in a new article in The New York Times. In “Far More Than a Lady With a Lamp,” she summarizes Nightingale’s noteworthy career and innumerable contributions to health care. “So much of what she fought for we take for granted today-our beautiful hospitals, the honored nursing profession, data-driven research,” she writes. In the article, Sweet also speculates about what Nightingale might  have thought about the Affordable Care Act.

Read more here.

Antonia Villarruel Named Dean of UPenn School of Nursing

On July 1, 2014, Dr. Antonia Villarruel will become dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. A long-term leader on the Campaign for Action, Dr. Villarruel has been serving as a member of the Campaign for Action ‘s Strategic Advisory Committee and as a co-chair of the Campaign‘s Diversity Steering Committee.

Villarruel is currently a professor, the Nola J. Pender Collegiate Chair and the associate dean for research and global affairs at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She also has ties to Penn’s School of Nursing. As an alumna of Penn Nursing, a faculty member from 1995 to 2000, and a collaborator and co-author with several Penn faculty, she has an understanding of the core values, traditions and aspirations of the School and the University .

Please welcome us in congratulating her for this prestigious new position. Read more here.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Essential Reading: FTC Offers Robust Defense of APRNs

On March 7, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a Staff Paper urging state legislators and policy makers to be mindful when evaluating proposals that limit access to care provided by Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). In the paper, Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses, the FTC concludes that “expanded APRN scope of practice is good for competition and American consumers.”

You can find some very helpful quotes and key findings from the report on our website. We encourage Action Coalitions to use these quotes in your materials and talking points when making the case for removing barriers to APRN practice and care. We also encourage you to share the FTC’s report with legislators in your state (let me know when you do so by emailing [email protected]!).

See what the FTC has to say here.

Health Innovations

Charting Nursing’s Future – Ten Years After Keeping Patients Safe: Have Nurses’ Work Environments Been Transformed?

The March issue of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Charting Nursing’s Future examines the progress made in the 10 years since the Institute of Medicine issued “Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses.” The brief revisits some of the IOM report’s recommendations and highlights both progress and persistent gaps in transforming nurses’ work environments, and showcases research, policies, and tools with the potential to advance this transformation.

Read the full issue here.

Why Nurses Deserve a Seat at the Health IT Development Table

As the use of technology in healthcare becomes more ubiquitous, what role should nurses play in development and implementation decisions? Theresa Meadows, senior vice president and CIO at Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas, believes that RNs like herself bring a unique perspective because they can “discuss the process of patient care in great detail…. Nurses have the ability to form relationships with patients, physicians and other caregivers; they are trusted advisors.”

Read the full article 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.

Making Your Case for Nurse Leadership

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

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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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