Breaking: More than 7 Million Enroll in Health Plans under the Affordable Care Act
The White House announced today that more than 7 million Americans have signed up for health insurance plans through federal and state-run insurance marketplaces, exceeding most recent predictions. It is unclear how many of those enrollees were previously uninsured. CCNA thanks all of the nurses and nursing organizations that helped to inform the public about registering for coverage.
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Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities
Action Coalition Opportunity to Join Unique Fundraising Program
The Center to Champion Nursing in America invites your Action Coalition to apply for a special pilot program focused on fundraising. The simple application process consists of a brief one-page checklist and a short letter stating your interest.
This program is an excellent opportunity for your state to not only receive support and guidance on advancing fundraising, but to serve as a leader in this area among Action Coalitions. Participants in the one-year pilot program will receive technical assistance, tools, resources, and individualized consulting on how to build and strengthen fundraising in their states in support of The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Six to eight Action Coalitions will be selected.
The application provides more detail on the program and instructions for applying.
To apply, please submit your letter and checklist by Monday, April 14th at 5:00 p.m. EDT to Michael Pheulpin at [email protected]. We hope you will consider taking part in this unique opportunity.
Tools from Recent Weekly Updates:
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:
Several dates from now 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
Touching All Pillars
New Editorial Discusses IOM Report’s Implications for Cardiovascular Nurses
A recent editorial in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing discusses why cardiovascular nurses should support and promote the recommendations set forth in the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) landmark report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The editorial, “The Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing: Considerations for Cardiovascular Nursing,” focuses on the workforce issues facing cardiovascular nurses, the ability for cardiovascular nurses to practice to the full extent of their training, lifelong learning, team-based care, and research and evidence-based care. The authors state that the report allows for the opportunity “for all cardiovascular nurses to strengthen their national leadership roles” within all areas recommend in the report. Read it here.
Promoting Nurses as Leaders
UnitedHealth Center for Nursing Advancement forms External Nursing Advisory Board
On March 27, the UnitedHealth Group Center for Nursing Advancement (CFNA) announced the formation of an External Nurse Advisory Board (ENAB) to inform, create, and evolve nursing best practices in order to create strong partnerships across nursing, education, and the health care industry; influence nursing policy and changes in the national landscape; and further the nursing profession. UnitedHealth Group is the largest nongovernmental employer of nurses in the United States. Sue Hassmiller, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, senior advisor for nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and director, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, was named external co-chair of ENAB.
“We formed the External Nurse Advisory Board to help lead the way in advancing nursing as a profession, and influencing thought leadership and innovation in nursing and health care in our country,” said Dawn Bazarko, CFNA senior vice president and ENAB co-chair.
The board includes 12 leaders from the fields of nursing, education, and heath policy and practice, many of whom are involved in the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.
“UnitedHealth Group and the Center for Nursing Advancement are already doing so much to harness the power of nursing for better patient care,” said Hassmiller. “To form a group like this and combine forces to explore ways to improve health care is even more remarkable.”
To learn more, visit the Campaign‘s website.
Impact of Nurse-Led Research
Nurse.com is highlighting the work of nurse researchers in a two-part series on how nurse-led oncology research makes a positive impact for both consumers and nurses. The nurses featured in the series give tips for nurses interested in research practice. The article also mentions that the ultimate goals when engaging in nursing research are enhanced patient care and improved patient outcomes.
Read more here.
See the CCNA webinar, “Making Your Case for Nurse Leadership,” below.
Removing Barriers to Practice & Care
AARP Bulletin Highlights Efforts in California to Remove Barriers to Practice & Care
A new article in the national publication, the AARP Bulletin, “Nurses Seeking Larger Role in Primary Care,” highlights efforts in California to remove barriers to nursing practice and care. While nurse practitioners have advanced education and training to provide many aspects of primary care, “California and most other states limit their availability by permitting these nurses to practice only with the oversight of a doctor,” the article states. This translates into extra layers of paperwork, supervision, and sign-offs. For some patients, this means they have to travel further to get care or they experience a delay in obtaining care.
California lawmakers have grappled with this issue, but have not yet been successful in loosening these restrictions, despite the recommendation of the Institute of Medicine for states to do just that. This issue is made all the more pressing because of the estimated 5.3 million Californians who are now eligible to become insured as a result of the Affordable Care Act, which strains “an already burdened primary care network.”
Read the full article here.
Burnt Out Primary Care Docs are Voting with their Feet
According to Kaiser Health News, anecdotal reports and studies suggest a significant increase in the level of discontent among physicians–especially among primary care doctors who serve at the front lines of medicine and play a critical role in coordinating patient care. These doctors are struggling with the breakneck pace of seeing too many patients in too little time. As a result, many are leaving their practices, choosing to see dramatically fewer patients, or leaving primary care altogether.
With millions of Americans gaining insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, we need all the primary care providers we can get. The Association of American Medical Colleges already estimates the United States will be short 45,000 primary-care doctors in 2020. The added stress of increasing demand from patients could persuade more physicians to leave primary care, exacerbating the problem by decreasing supply.
“What drives physician satisfaction is also what patients and payers want – delivering good care. And we’re less and less able to do that,” said Christine Sinsky, an Iowa internist working with the AMA to try to improve physician satisfaction. “You spend less time listening to patients, getting to know them, and thinking more deeply about their care.”
Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) can help patients receive the high quality care that both physicians and APRNs seek to provide. Better use of APRNs can help meet demand by increasing the supply of primary care providers.
Read the full article here.
A ‘Collaborating Physician’ Explains Why Nurse Practitioners Shouldn’t Need One
In a letter to the editor, Devin Coppola, MD, makes his case for why New York should remove the requirement for nurse practitioners (NPs) to have a collaborative agreement with a physician. He explains that NPs have the education to practice effectively without this legal barier and that such agreements are unnecessary to the actual collaboration and consultation that regularly occurs among physicians, NPs, and specialists. He also cites his own practice, the only medical practice in its community, as an example of primary care delivery that would not exist without the capable work of NPs.
Read his letter here.
Removing Barriers in the Media
Nurses Seeking Larger Role in Primary Care (The AARP Bulletin)
Bill Could Clear Hurdles: A new bill could let advanced practice nurses work with less supervision from doctors (Minnesota Daily)
Lower Barriers for Nurses who Help Vets (pnj.com)
Virtual Seminars on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice
On Wednesday, April 2, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education will host three global experts in interprofessional education and collaborative practice ( Dr. Lesley Bainbridge, Dr. John Gilbert, and Dr. Ivy Oandasan) to present two seminars:
- Curricular Frameworks and Institutional Initiatives for IPE: Examples from the University of British Columbia & University of Toronto 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. EDT
- Global Trends in Interprofesional Education and Collaborative Practice 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT
See the invitation for additional information. Both events will be made available Virtually through UMConnect (Adobe Connect).
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 http://campaignforaction.org/email-registration/, enter your information, and select the publications you wish to receive.
Nursing Residency Programs: Transition to Practice (Part II)
Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
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
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.
Speaking of Academic Progression
Thursday, May 8, 2014 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Using the wealth of evidence supporting academic progression in nursing, this webinar will provide information you need to craft messages and identify messengers who can persuade key stakeholders to support the work to create a more highly educated and diverse nursing workforce. The webinar will address several of the strategies Action Coalitions are using to help nurses get higher degrees, including: seamless articulation models, common curricula, diversity recruitment programs, and more. Action Coalition members who have been successful in communicating messages about nursing education will share their strategies.
Participants will learn:
- About data supporting academic progression;
- Elements of an effective message – and effective messages on this topic;
- How to target messages; and
- How to identify the best spokespeople.
RWJF County Health Rankings: Home is How Your Heart Feels
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings provide a health snapshot for nearly every county in all 50 states. See how well your county is doing on 29 factors that influence health, including smoking, high school graduation, employment, physical inactivity, access to healthy foods, and more. The rankings show that where you live matters to your health.
The Power of Nursing and Innovation
A mother of three young children, Nicole Connelly decided in 2008 to switch careers, go back to school and pursue her goal of becoming a registered nurse (RN). She took her prerequisite courses part-time in the evening, and then enrolled in a full-time nursing program where she received her associate’s degree and subsequently obtained her RN licensure. After becoming an RN, she was accepted into the New Graduate Nursing Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
Learn more about Nicole’s story in this video.