Celebrate Nurses Week from May 6-12
The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is celebrating National Nurses Week 2014 from May 6-12. This year’s theme is “Nurses Leading the Way.” During this week, we’ll be sharing these stories and graphics and other content highlighting the importance of nurse leadership. If you’re not doing so already, follow us on Twitter and become a “fan” of the Campaign on Facebook so you won’t miss all this great content. In addition, be sure to read and share our two new articles on nurse leadership:
- “The Importance of Nurse Leadership: Increasing Nurses in the Boardroom ” is a feature article on the Campaign‘s efforts to increase the number of nurses on hospital and health system boards; and
- “You Can’t Improve Quality and Safety Without Nurses” is an article by Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, on why nurse leaders are essential to making progress in hospital quality and safety.
To learn more about Nurses Week, please visit our website. Thank you for joining us in celebrating nurse leadership. We hope you have a wonderful Nurses Week!
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Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities
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.
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 Wednesday, June 11, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET. You will receive additional details after registration. For additional information, contact Michael Pheulpin at [email protected].
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:
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:
National League for Nursing: Teaching Care of Older Adults Workshop
Several dates from now to May 20, 2014
Nurse Managed Health Centers: Turning the Affordable Care Act into Action
Conference: June 9, 2014
Removing Barriers to Practice & Care
Connecticut Bill to Remove Barriers to Practice & Care Becomes Law
On April 28, 2014,the Connecticut House approved Senate Bill 36 with 110 in favor and 35 opposed. The bill had passed the Senate on April 9. This legislation eliminates the collaborative practice agreement requirement for advanced practice registered nurses who have attained three years practice experience under a collaborative agreement with a physician.
Congratulations to the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative Action Coalition and AARP Connecticut on this tremendous win for patients, providers, and good policy.
Nebraska Governor Vetoes Popular NP Practice Bill
With the good news from Connecticut comes disappointing news from Nebraska. Despite herculean efforts by the Nebraska Action Coalition and AARP Nebraska, the fate of Legislative Bill 916 came down to one man: Governor Dave Heineman. Nebraska’s Unicameral Legislature passed LB 916 on April 17 by unanimous consent. Unfortunately, Gov. Heineman vetoed the bill, ending the bill’s path to becoming law. Nonetheless, the bill’s unanimous passage must be recognized for the unprecedented success that it was. Legislators and advocates have already stated their interest in pursuing similar legislation next year with a new governor in office.
New Analysis Finds Full NP Practice Authority would Increase Access and Reduce Cost
According to a new analysis by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, allowing nurse practitioners (NPs) to practice to the full extent of their education and training could save California $1.8 billion on preventative care visits alone over 10 years while increasing the number of preventative care visits by 2 million per year.
The white paper- Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners Increases Access and Controls Cost-finds that granting full practice authority to NPs in California would boost the supply of NPs throughout the state by 24 percent, with the largest increases in high-need areas such as the Central Valley and the Inland Empire.
Removing Barriers in the Media
Independent NPs Could Save California $1.8B, Increase Care Access (Fierce Healthcare)
The Basics: How the Nurse Practitioner Bill Could Change Health Care (The Connecticut Mirror)
Promoting Nurses as Leaders
ANA Announces 2014 National Awards Recipients
On April 15, 2014, the American Nurses Association (ANA) announced the award recipients for its 2014 National Awards. Five registered nurses (RNs) will be inducted into ANA’s Hall of Fame and five RNs will receive the Honorary Awards. The awards will be presented at a ceremony and reception on Thursday, June 12 in Washington, DC.
Advancing Nursing Education
New RWJF Paper Summarizes 2013 Community College Presidents’ Meeting
Last April, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) convened a diverse group of leaders from community colleges, the Tri-Council for Nursing, and RWJF’s Academic Progression in Nursing Initiative (APIN). Following the meeting, RWJF released a paper that covers the proceedings of that meeting and highlights progress made in nine states around academic progression for nursing students and nurses already in the workforce.
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.
Speaking of Academic Progression
NEW DATE: Wednesday, June 11, 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.
This webinar was originally scheduled for May 8, 2014.
Shout out to the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative Action Coalition and AARP Connecticut for their hard work and success in the passage of Senate Bill 36, which removes major barriers to full practice authority for nurse practitioners.