Campaign for Action Update: May 13, 2014


Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for the Action Coalitions for May 13, 2014, that describe successes, related activities, and relevant tools for this national campaign.

Reminder: State Implementation Plan (SIP) Work Plan Report Due May 16, 2014

As a reminder, SIP project leads should complete the SIP Work Plan Report and submit it to [email protected] by close of business, Friday, May 16, 2014. SIP leads received the original request on May 1, 2014. We want to understand the progress you are making toward your deliverables. As you know, meeting or exceeding your deliverables is one criterion that must be met to be considered for continued funding in the next grant cycle. For SIP related questions, you can contact NPO Staff, Jennifer Peed at 202-434-3848, or Elijah Logsdon at 202-434-3835, or email [email protected].

Action Coalition Status Reports – Some Changes!

Moving forward, Action Coalitions will be required to provide Status Reports on a bi-annual basis (rather than quarterly). This means no Action Coalition Status Report for Q1 2014! We will ask you to report on your progress in August 2014 and February 2015. In August, we will also move to an electronic reporting format. These improvements are designed to make reporting more streamlined and efficient.

As part of the new format, we will modify the questions. You may be interested in viewing questions in advance to better prepare. Questions will be made available to you soon. More specific instructions will be provided near August.

Of course, when co-lead changes occur, it is important that you promptly notify us through your state liaison. Please use these formal templates to notify us of changes.

Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities

AHRQ Webinar: Teaching Evidence-Based Care Tools

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is hosting a webinar for nurse practitioner (NP) faculty on the value of integrating the agency’s tools for evidence-based care into NP course curricula. The webinar will highlight AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program, the National Guidelines Clearinghouse and the Electronic Preventive Services Selector tool, and will explain how these resources can be integrated into NP and advanced practice registered nurse educational offerings. Continuing Education credits will be available to participants at no cost. Registration is free, but space is limited.

National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers’ Annual Conference and Dinner

On June 12-13, 2014, the Forum will host their annual conference, Strengthening Nurse Practice: Powerful Strategies to Achieve the IOM’s Future of Nursing Recommendations , in Hartford, Connecticut. The conference will engage national nursing leaders representing state nursing workforce centers, Action Coalitions, healthcare facilities, and schools and programs of nursing. Only by working collaboratively and sharing best practices can we ensure a highly qualified nursing workforce nationwide. Attendees will leave engaged and empowered to be an active part of the solutions.

Conference Brochure

Conference Registration

Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action sponsored Dinner

For Action Coalition Co-leads or their designees planning to attend the Strengthening Nurse Practice: Powerful Strategies to Achieve the IOM’s Future of Nursing Recommendations conference, the Campaign for Action is hosting a dinner on Thursday, June 12, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET. You will receive additional details after registration. For additional information, contact Michael Pheulpin at [email protected].

Dinner Registration

Note: The date for this dinner was incorrectly listed as June 11  in an earlier Weekly Update

NLN 2014 Education Summit: Flight of the Phoenix

September 17-20, 2014

Phoenix, Ariz.

The National League for Nursing (NLN) will host its annual conference on nursing education to shed light on timely issues, persistent and new challenges, and expectations for the future. Complete information about the 2014 Education Summit, including featured speakers and online registration, is available here.

Campaign for Action Directory of Resources

Don’t miss the Campaign for Action Directory of Resources! The Campaign provides a library of essential resources for several of the key pillar areas and learning collaboratives. Please visit these key resources and tools to advance your work.

Tools from Recent Weekly Updates:

Campaign for Action Marketing Materials

FTC Staff Paper Handout

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 now to May 20, 2014

AHRQ Funding Opportunities for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in Primary Care
First Opportunity
Second Opportunity
Letters of intent are due May 23, 2014. Applications are due July 3, 2014.

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

Campaign Pillars

Promoting Nurses as Leaders

The Importance of Nurse Leadership: Increasing Nurses in the Boardroom

In honor of this year’s National Nurses Week theme, “Nurses Leading the Way,” the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action published two articles on the importance of nurse leadership. The first article highlights how nurses on boards bring an important perspective that can help hospitals save lives and money. The second article, by Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, drives home the point that “You Can’t Improve Safety and Quality Without Nurses.”

Nurse Leaders on Nurse Leadership

To coincide with National Nurses Week, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Human Capital Blog ran a series of posts by and about nurse leaders.

Read a post by Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN , administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, in which she shares four lessons for aspiring nurse leaders that have served her well; and one by UnitedHealth Group’s Jeannine Rivet, MPH, BSN, FAAN, on the importance of nurse leadership in the upper echelons of business.

See the entire National Nurses Week blog series on nurse leadership here.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Connecticut Bill to Increase Consumer Access to Health Care Becomes Law

On May 8, 2014, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed Senate Bill 36 into law, expanding access to high-quality health care and increasing choice for residents of the state. Senate Bill 36 will remove barriers to full practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) as of July 1, 2014. The new law eliminates the collaborative practice agreement requirement for APRNs with three years practice experience under a collaborative agreement with a physician. A separate bill stipulates that the three years of practice experience must include at least 2,000 hours of practice.

Congratulations to the many groups, individuals, and organizations that supported this critical legislation, including AARP Connecticut and the state’s nursing organizations! With the passage of this law, Connecticut becomes the second state this year to pass legislation removing restrictive barriers that prevent APRNs from practicing to the full extent of their education and training.

Learn more here.

Minnesota Legislature Passes Bill to Increase Consumer Access to Health Care

On May 8, 2014, the Minnesota House voted 119-13 in favor of Senate Bill 511, which would grant full practice authority to all APRNs. New nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists would have to complete 2,080 hours of practice under a collaborative agreement with a physician or experienced APRN. Certified registered nurse anesthetists would also still need a collaborative agreement for intervention pain management procedures. The bill passed unanimously in the Senate on May 1, 2014.

The Minnesota Action Coalition and AARP Minnesota were both engaged in the effort to pass this legislation. The bill will be presented to the governor on May 9, 2014.

Advancing Nursing Education

Massachusetts Action Coalition Advances Academic Progression

If you are on the Campaign for Action‘s community, you probably know that the Massachusetts Action Coalition has been hard at work on academic progression. Recently, the Board of Higher Education approved a plan to streamline transfer credits for nurses. The Action Coalition’s efforts were also highlighted in the spring issue of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing. Part of that effort is reaching out to nurses with a new fact sheet about the benefits of earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Learn about all these efforts at the links above.

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.

Who Cares About Nursing?

Building Community Support and Raising Funds for Your Action Coalition

Thursday, June 5, 2014 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

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Learn how to find partners and financial supporters to help you champion nursing in your state. We will look at ways to identify and cultivate relationships with businesses, organizations, foundations and individuals who can become regular donors to your program. Learn how to leverage the important relationship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one of the most respected names in health care philanthropy, to appeal for matching funds and/or additional support to expand the impact of your efforts locally.

Speaking of Academic Progression

NEW DATE: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

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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:

  1. About data supporting academic progression;
  2. Elements of an effective message – and effective messages on this topic;
  3. How to target messages; and
  4. How to identify the best spokespeople.

This webinar was originally scheduled for May 8, 2014.

Health Innovations

Journal Article Finds Caring Nursing in England Hit by “A Quality Storm”

A recent article published in Nursing Standard explores the public perception of nursing in Great Britain. The article,  “Caring Nurses Hit By a Quality Storm,” finds that negative perception on nurses in England can be attributed to a combination of low investment and excessive workloads. The findings of the article show that nurses simply lack the time to show how much they care and “suggest that increasing nurse resources and improving work environments in NHS hospitals are more likely to result in patient-centered care than blaming nurses for uncaring attitudes.”

Read the full article here.

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