Campaign for Action Update: November 11, 2014


Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for November 11, 2014, that describe successes, related activities, and relevant tools for this national Campaign.

Shout Outs

Does your Action Coalition or someone in it deserve recognition? Send Shout Out suggestions to Andrew Bianco at [email protected].

2014 recipient of the Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action gives a shout

out to Dr. Heather Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing and dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, University of California, Davis.

The Gerontological Society of America chose Young as the 2014 recipient of the Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award, given in recognition of outstanding and sustained contribution to gerontological nursing research.

Young’s research and clinical interest is the promotion of healthy aging with a focus on the interface between family and formal health care systems. She is also a member of the Campaign for Action‘s Strategic Advisory Committee.

Congratulations Heather!

Mary Chesney Issued Minnesota’s First Ever Advanced Practice Registered Nurse License

A second Campaign shout out to Mary Chesney, clinical associate professor and the director of the doctoral nursing program at the University of Minnesota-School of Nursing. She leads the Minnesota Action Coalition’s practice workgroup and led this year’s successful effort to pass legislation that gave all APRNs full practice authority.

Chesney was the first nurse to receive an APRN license from the Minnesota Board of Nursing after the state modernized its nurse practice laws. On May 13, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a law requiring licensure for all APRNs and removing the collaborative agreements for APRNs to practice and prescribe medications.

Countdown to Phoenix

This time next week, representatives from each Action Coalition will participate in the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action‘s national summit, Leadership and Legacy: The Future is Now. We hope you are excited!

Thank You, Veterans!

On Veterans Day, we at the Campaign for Action would like to thank all those who have served our nation and all those who serve our veterans. We are reminded of the many nurses who serve in the Armed Forces and work for the Department of Veterans Affairs. See how Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grantees are helping veterans become nurses here. These programs help veterans start meaningful second careers and lend their skills to meet the demand for health providers.

National Nurse Practitioner Week

Happy National Nurse Practitioner Week! This week is an important time to educate the general public about who nurse practitioners are and what they can do. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has assembled a resource guide and created this 30-second video to help.

Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities

Webinar – Health Workforce Minimum Data Set: Asking the Right Questions

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST

Join the Webinar Here (no registration required)

Timely and reliable data about the health workforce is critical to effective health workforce planning. The Health Workforce Minimum Dataset (MDS), developed by the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, provides guidance on key variables to include in health workforce surveys, including demographic, educational and practice characteristics. This presentation will provide an overview of the MDS, discuss one state’s efforts to integrate MDS questions into a health workforce monitoring system, and provide examples of analysis based on MDS data.

This webinar is presented by the Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center.

Competencies and Frameworks in Interprofessional Education: A Comparative Analysis

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST

Register Here

The National Center Journal Club presents a discussion of Dr. Jill Thistlethwaite and Dr. M Nawal Lutfiyya’s paper, “Competencies and Frameworks in Interprofessional Education:A Comparative Analysis.” Join the authors for a discussion about the nature of interprofessional competencies, the trend towards competency-based education, and its impact on interprofessional education.

See CCNA Webinars and other resources, tools, and opportunities below!

Campaign Pillars

Advancing Education Transformation

The Business Case for Having 80 Percent of Nurses Hold Bachelor’s Degrees

In its landmark report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that the proportion of nurses holding BSN degrees should be increased to 80 percent by 2020. Now hospitals can see how this could affect their bottom lines.

According to a new interdisciplinary study, having more BSN-educated nurses lowers patient mortality rates, readmissions, length of stay, and cost of providing care. Hospitals can even afford to pay these nurses higher salaries. The study found that savings realized by having more BSN-educated nurses outweighed the cost of paying those nurses a higher salary.

The study is published in the current issue of Medical Care and was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI).

Learn more about this research here.

Promoting Nursing Diversity

AARP and the Ad Council PSAs Highlighting Caregiver Roles and Resources

As part of National Caregiving Month, AARP and the Ad Council are partnering to raise awareness of the role caregivers play, and the resources and tools AARP has made available to help them. Some of the new public service advertisements (PSAs) are specifically designed to reach the Hispanic community, where more than one in three households includes a caregiver. Hispanic caregivers also report more intensive caregiving situations compared to the general population (63 percent compared to 51 percent). It is particularly important to reach this population because many Latinos do not identify themselves as caregivers. Instead, many see caring for an older parent or relative as an expected cultural responsibility.

There are 42 million caregivers in the U.S. who are caring for parents and older loved ones, and these PSAs help illustrate the complexity of this relationship while directing caregivers to valuable resources.

Watch the new PSAs.

Visit AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center.

Read more about the campaign in the Washington Post.

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.

Archived CCNA Webinars:

How to Engage Insurers Summary will be available in future

September Meeting of the Diversity/Data Learning Collaborative

View a summary

Jonas Scholars – A Valuable Resource

View a summary

Building Bridges: Making Inclusion a Best Practice

View a summary

Tools from Recent Weekly Updates:

Fundraising Toolkit 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:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows

Apply by Thursday, November 13, 2014

Policy-Relevant Insurance Studies (PRIS)

Apply by Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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