Campaign for Action Update: September 23, 2014


Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for September 23, 2014, that describe successes, related activities, and relevant tools for this national Campaign.

The Economic Case for Tapping the Full Potential of Nurses

Video Now Available!

Did you miss last week’s event, The Economic Case for Tapping the Full Potential of Nurses? Now you can view the keynote address by Mark McClellan, watch both panels, download related resources, and access a transcript of the full event.

Watch the recorded video and find all these resources here!

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RWJF & CCNA to Host Meeting and Reception during AAN’s Annual Conference

If you or any member of your Action Coalition will be heading to Washington, D.C., for the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Conference October 16-18, 2014, we want to know!

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) will host two events for RWJF scholars, fellows, grantees and Action Coalition members:

  • Call to Action Meeting (Thursday, October 16, 5:15-6:15 p.m.)
  • Leadership Reception (Friday, October 17, 6:00-7:30 p.m.)

If you will be in DC, we would love to see you at the Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001!

RSVP for both events by October 3, 2014. Learn more here.

Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities
See Webinars from CCNA in the Webinar section below!

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

(Including Two Print-on-Demand Templates)

Florida Action Coalition Leadership Toolkit

Tracing Nevada’s Journey to Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners

Campaign for Action Directory of Resources

AACN Tool Kit: Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace

Get Your Copy of the IOM Future of Nursing Infographic

Action Coalition Logos from Across the Nation

LinkedIn Guide for Action Coalitions

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

Online Course: Transforming Nursing — The Impact of the IOM Report

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, AZ

NLN/Elsevier Technology Conference: What’s Happening Now?

October 24-26, 2014

Nashville, TN

Campaign Pillars

Leveraging Nursing Leadership

Nurse Confirmed to High Post at Department of Veterans Affairs

Linda Schwartz was confirmed on September 16 as assistant secretary of policy and planning in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Schwartz, who is a retired nurse and Air Force veteran, has been serving as the state commissioner of Veterans Affairs in Connecticut. Congratulations Assistant Secretary Schwartz!

Read more about her appointment here.

Nurses Among Most Influential People in Healthcare

A recent article published in Nurse Zone, “Nurses Among Most influential People in Healthcare,” highlights the fact that four nurse leaders were selected to the Modern Healthcare 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list for 2014. The nurses are: Marla J. Weston, CEO of the American Nurses Association; Marilyn Tavenner, agency administrator with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of Catholic Health Association in Washington, D.C.; and Maureen Bisognano, president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

These nurses are “transformative and visionary leaders, and some of the brightest lights in the nursing world. They are role models,” said Susan B. Hassmiller, director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The article notes that many of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action supporters were also named to this year’s list. Read the full article here.

Removing Barriers to Practice and Care

Nurse Practitioners Can Help the VA

Speaking of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) says it has a solution for the department’s shortage of clinicians: hire more nurse practitioners and allow them to practice to the full extent of their education and training.

“The shortage of medical professionals was at the heart of a recent scandal over the coverup of long patient wait times,” according to the Washington Post. “But it’s a tough task, since federal salaries for doctors are currently 20 percent or more lower than the private sector, depending on the doctor’s focus.” The salary for nurse practitioners working for the VA, however, is competitive with the private sector.

“The issue is that it doesn’t make sense to prevent NPs from doing everything they are trained to do, especially in a system where they are struggling to have enough doctors,” said Ken Miller, president of the AANP.

Read the rest at the Washington Post.

Barriers to RN Scope of Practice – ANA Professional Issues Panel

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is now accepting applications for the Professional Issues Panel: Barriers to RN Scope of Practice.

This Professional Issues Panel will identify and clarify barriers to having registered nurses (RNs) practice to the full extent of their education, experience, and scope of practice (as set down by the relevant Nurse Practice Act), and guide the development of resources to address these barriers at the institutional, state, and federal level.

The Steering Committee will consist of up to fifteen members and will conduct deliberations via virtual meetings beginning in November 2014. The chosen Steering Committee will meet once or twice a month via conference call for approximately two hours in addition to email dialogue. Panel work generally takes approximately six months to complete. All applicants not selected for the Steering Committee will have the opportunity to serve on the associated Advisory Group via ANA NurseSpace.

Applicants must be ANA members. Applications will be accepted through October 10, 2014. Learn more here.

Bolstering Workforce Data

Recorded Webinar: Economic Recovery and the Nursing Labor Market in California

Since 2008, there have been reports that newly-graduated California RNs cannot find work, and thus many are leaving the state for greener pastures. But, in more recent years, some hospitals have reported challenges in recruiting nurses in some specialty fields, and many leaders and analysts are concerned a nursing shortage might emerge. What is happening now? Will health care providers be able to hire all the RNs needed now and in the long term?

This webinar, hosted by UC San Francisco’s Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, discusses these questions and their answers. The webinar reviews the latest findings from surveys supported by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, the Hospital Association of Southern California, and the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care. The webinar also examines trends in nursing program enrollment and the overall nursing workforce in the state.

View the archived webinar, slides, and report here.

Promoting Nursing Diversity

Tomorrow: September Meeting of the Diversity/Data Learning Collaborative

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

Register Here

This is an opportunity for Action Coalitions to work together to develop, strengthen, or implement a diversity action plan. Meetings occur monthly either via WebEx or teleconference and provide Action Coalitions an opportunity to learn from our diversity consultants, other experts, and each other.

The September WebEx will include:

  • Kenya Beard, who leads the New York Action Coalition’s diversity work, will present on using a strength-based approach to promoting diversity in nursing.
  • Time for Q&A and opportunities to share your thoughts and challenges regarding working on diversity, and plans to move the diversity agenda forward.

Campaign for Action Webinar: Building Bridges – Making Inclusion a Best Practice

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Register Here

Just because everyone is speaking English doesn’t mean you’re all speaking the same language. As national demographics shift to a majority/minority population, involving nurses from diverse races and ethnicities in your state Action Coalitions is crucial. The benefits extend beyond your group, which is stronger with members from diverse backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion also contribute to better patient care and to achieving the long-term goals of the IOM Report. This interactive webinar, presented by the Campaign for Action, will help your Action Coalition to make immediate and impactful changes to be more inclusive in your communications, outreach and engagement.

Recorded Webinar: Racial & Ethnic Enrollment Under the ACA

The National Health Equity Coalition recently hosted part one of a two-part webinar series, Racial & Ethnic Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act: What Does the Data Show?, focusing on closing disparities in health coverage among communities of color. The webinar series is intended for state and federal administrators of health insurance marketplaces, racial and ethnic national leaders, and organizations involved in enrollment activity.

You can view the archived webinar here (free registration required).

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.

See the Diversity section above for information about the September Meeting of the Diversity/Data Learning Collaborative and October 1 webinar, Building Bridges: Making Inclusion a Best Practice

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