Campaign for Action Update: June 17, 2014


RWJF President & CEO Named One of Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful Women

Forbes recently named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWFJ) President and CEO Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey its annual list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey is joined by influential leaders in politics, finance, business, and activism who are making a positive effect on the world stage. We at the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action congratulate Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey on this outstanding achievement. She is a true champion for the increased role of nurses in building a culture of health. In fact, she has said time and time again that we must maximize the use of nurses to address the health and health challenges facing our nation.

Learn more about Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey here.

Life Reimagined: AARP Bulletin Publishes Story on “Second Acts in Nursing”

An article in the June 2014 issue of the AARP Bulletin profiles four people who reimagined their lives and entered the nursing profession later in life. The article, “The Late Shift: Second Acts in Nursing,” shares the unique experiences and background of each person and explores the reasons they decided to enter the nursing profession.

Read more here.

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Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities

Webinar: Building a State Health Workforce Center — Lessons Learned in the Carolinas

June 25, 2014 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Join here at the time of the webinar (no registration required)

The Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center (HWTAC) will host a webinar on building a state health workforce center. Linda Lacey, director of the Office for Healthcare Workforce Analysis and Planning at the South Carolina AHEC, has been involved in the founding of two different health workforce centers. One was focused exclusively on the nursing workforce in North Carolina and  the other focused on all health workforce groups in South Carolina. Through those experiences, she has become familiar with the trials, tribulations, and rewards of developing an effective health workforce center. She will share some of the lessons she has learned in this webinar.

HHS Announces $300 Million in Funds to Expand Community Health Center Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the availability of up to $300 million under the Affordable Care Act to help the nation’s community health centers expand service hours, hire more medical providers, and add oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy, and vision services. Today, nearly 1,300 health centers operate more than 9,000 service delivery sites that provide care to over 21 million patients in every U.S. state and territory. The health center program is administered by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). “These funds will allow health centers to expand health services to better serve newly insured patients,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, who is also a nurse.

Applications are due by July 1, 2014. Learn more here.

CMS Announces $60 Million in Available Grants for Navigators

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a total of $60 million in available funding to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces in 2014-2015. Navigators provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Nurses are a trustworthy source of information and advice for consumers seeking guidance on health care. Nurses across the country have already led efforts to educate consumers about health reform and health insurance marketplaces.

This funding opportunity is open to eligible individuals, as well as private and public entities, applying to serve as Navigators in states with a Federally-facilitated or State Partnership Marketplace.

Applications are due by July 10, 2014. Learn more 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:

RWJF Call for Proposals: Public Health Services and Systems Research

Apply by July 23, 2014 (3:00 p.m. ET)

Fall 2014 NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat

November 7-9, 2014

Atlanta, GA

Apply by August 8, 2014

NLN 2014 Education Summit: Flight of the Phoenix

September 17-20, 2014

Phoenix, Ariz.

Campaign Pillars

Leveraging Nursing Leadership

How TV Gets Hospitals All Wrong

Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, a Champion Nursing Coalition member and Campaign for Action supporter, looks at how hospitals are portrayed on television in her recent post on the Wall Street Journal‘s The Experts blog. Her post, “How TV Gets Hospitals All Wrong,” debunks the televised myth that there are 10 times more doctors than nurses in hospitals. She calls on Hollywood to “acknowledge the actual work of nurses” so that young people might aspire to a career in nursing.

Nurse-led Initiatives Improve Patient Outcomes and Save Millions for Boston-area Hospitals

According to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), nurse-led initiatives in seven Boston-area hospitals measurably improved patient outcomes while demonstrating a combined fiscal impact of nearly $8 million in anticipated annual savings to the organizations.

Teams of staff nurses from each hospital developed the initiatives while participating in AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy, a 16-month, hospital-based nurse leadership and innovation training program delivered and funded by AACN. The program empowers bedside nurses as clinician leaders and change agents whose initiatives generate quantifiable improvements in the quality of patient care and hospital bottom lines.

Learn more about the program and results here.

Advancing Education Transformation

New Study Further Informs Action Coalition Work on Academic Progression

A study just released in the Journal of Nursing Education examines promising practices in design and implementation of alternative pathways for academic progression in nursing. Four case studies are presented that explore the challenges of designing these alternative pathways. The information is consistent with the four promising models identified by the Campaign‘s Action Coalitions. One of the cases illustrates components of the competency or outcomes-based model, one the ADN-to-BSN conferred by the community college, and two draw from many aspects of the shared-curriculum model.

Read more about the study here.

Montana Summit on Academic Progression Attracts Local Media

On June 10, 2014, the Montana Action Coalition held their first-ever summit on nursing academic progression. Summit participants included university instructors, students, and employers within the health field. Speakers presented on the future of Montana’s nursing programs.

News coverage of the summit was featured on KPAX-TV, a local television station in Western Montana. Watch the segment here.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Utah Expands Access to Nurse Practitioners Under Medicaid

The federal government recently approved Utah’s proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to services delivered by women’s health, geriatric, psychiatric mental health, occupational health, and adult nurse practitioners (NPs). Previously, only pediatric and family NPs were allowed to bill Medicaid for services. This Medicaid decision will increase the number of providers available to deliver primary health care to some of Utah’s most vulnerable consumers.

Danielle Pendergrass, a nurse practitioner and owner of the Eastern Women’s Health Clinic, writes in Desert News that she is “an example of the good this new Medicaid policy will accomplish. Under the new policy, I will be able to become a Medicaid provider, assuring that underserved, low-income women will get the health care they so desperately need.” Pendergrass’s clinic serves a designated health professional shortage area.

Read the full op-ed here.

New York State Action Coalition Shares Video on New NP Law

Watch Diana Mason and Susan Apold discuss the latest advances in nursing practice in this video produced by the New York State Action Coalition.

Watch the video here.

Nine things to Know About Nurse Practitioners

Believe it or not, one of the biggest barriers to practice and care is the fact that many consumers know very little about nurse practitioners (NPs). This short list from the U.S. News & World Report identifies nine basic facts for consumers to know about NPs. You can share this article with stakeholders or use it as a reminder that most Americans do not know as much about NPs as anyone reading this newsletter.

Read the full article here.

Promoting Workforce Diversity

AHRQ Releases New Report on Heatlh Disparities

Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has reported on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality and reducing health care disparities. The National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) focuses on prevailing disparities in health care delivery as it relates to diverse populations. You can find the recently-published 2013 NHDR here.

Recruiting and preparing a more diverse and culturally competent nursing workforce is essential to reducing health disparities and improving the quality of care for all people.

Health Innovations

Nursing Roles Featured on National Quality Forum

The National Quality Forum’s May/June 2014 feature looks at the role nurses play in improving care and safety for hospitalized patients. The feature notes nurse designed and lead initiatives that reduce patient falls, infections and pressure ulcers. This program has improved patient outcomes and nursing leadership. The National Quality Forum website also features comments on the changing role of nurses from CEO Chris Cassel.

Read more here.

HRSA Announces New Bureau of Health Workforce

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced the creation of a new bureau to integrate the programs previously administered by the Bureau of Health Professions and the Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service. The new Bureau of Health Workforce will help HRSA better achieve its mission of improving health and achieving health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce, and innovative programs. The bureau will be led by Associate Administrator Rebecca Spitzgo.

Learn more about the Bureau of Health 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, enter your information, and select the publications you wish to receive.

Recent Webinars:

Speaking of Academic Progression

Who Cares About Nursing? Building Community Support and Raising Funds for Your Action Coalition

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