Campaign for Action Update: March 10, 2015


Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for March 10, 2015, 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].

West Virginia’s Action Coalition Steering Committee Gives a Shout Out to Its First Full-time Director

The Future of Nursing West Virginia is pleased to announce Aila Accad, RN, MSN as its new executive director. Aila previously served as an Action Coalition co-lead, representing the West Virginia Nurses Association. Aila brings a wealth of knowledge about the West Virginia coalition, and will be its first-ever full time director thanks in part its State Implementation Program 3 grant.

Good News from the Cornhusker State

Andrew Bianco and the Campaign for Action send a shout out to Nebraska’s governor, legislators, nursing leaders, AARP state office, and all of the other people and organizations that made the recent legislative win possible! See the Removing Barriers to Practice and Care section below for more details about Nebraska’s big win.

See all Shout Outs from the Campaign for Action here.

Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities

Have You Experienced a Nurse’s Care and Want to Say Thanks? 

To celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6-12, AARP and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action are looking for people of all ages who live in the greater Washington, D.C. area and want to share a story about a nurse’s care to say thank you. We’re in search of people who have been cared for by a registered nurse in a hospital, home or any setting, and are willing to talk on camera about the experience and impact on their life.

If selected, you will be asked to visit AARP’s studios in downtown Washington, D.C. to tell your story for a one-minute video. This will be part of a series of videos created and shared online through social media to celebrate and thank nurses everywhere for their important contributions to our nation’s health during National Nurses Week.

If  interested, please fill out the form on this page to tell us a little bit about yourself. If you know of someone who might be interested in participating, please forward this e-mail to them. Our staff will review all submissions and will be contacting select candidates directly. If you have any questions, please contact Meredith Courville.

Fundraising Toolkit Materials for Action Coalitions

With the support of our consulting firm, Campbell & Company, CCNA produced a fundraising toolkit that was assembled in collaboration with nine Action Coalitions taking part in a pilot program focused on building and advancing their fundraising operations. The toolkit includes overview materials, resource guides and workbooks to aid Action Coalitions in their work to secure support for their programs. Additional resources are currently in development and will be added to this toolkit as they become available.

This week’s highlighted resource: Building Widespread Support and Engagement

This document considers different structures that various Action Coalitions have used to build engagement and interest in their states, including models for membership as well as suggestions on types of fundraising appeals.

Since the beginning of the Campaign for Action, Action Coalitions have collectively raised over $13.1 million not including funds from RWJF!

Find even more fundraising resources here.

Campaign Pillars

Advancing Education Transformation

New Data Shows Enrollment Surge in Schools of Nursing

New data released by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing shows an “enrollment surge” in schools of nursing nationwide, indicating that more nurses are heeding the call to achieve higher levels of education. According to the new report, enrollment in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs is up from last year, with a 4 percent increase in baccalaureate programs, a 10 percent  increase in RN-to-BSN programs, a nearly 7 percent  increase in master’s programs, a 3 percent increase in PhD programs, and a 26 percent increase in Doctor of Nursing Practice program enrollment.

Particularly important is the significant increase in enrollment for RN-to-BSN programs. From 2010 to 2014, there was a 69 percent increase in the number of students enrolled in RN-to-BSN programs, from 77,259 students in 2010 to 130,345 students in 2014. The study also found increases in student diversity, with nursing programs reporting increases in the number of students from minority backgrounds at all levels.

The Campaign is pleased to see this progress and we thank our Action Coalitions, academic institutions, nursing organizations, and other supporters and stakeholders who helped to achieve it, as well as the many nurses across the nation who are answering the call to increase their education level. To learn more, read the AACN press release.

Read more here.

Leveraging Nursing Leadership

WebEx Meeting Scheduled Following NOBC Steering Committee Meeting

On Thursday, March 12, the Center to Champion Nursing in America will host a 1-hour WebEx meeting for the entire Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) to vote on important issues to continue the formative work to advance the Vision and the Call to Action for 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020. Forty-two participants and 23 organizations including AARP are expected to participate. The meeting follows an NOBC Steering Committee meeting held at AARP’s national office on February 25. For more information, please contact Natalie Moulding at [email protected].

Students Wanted for Future of Nursing Scholars Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing Scholars program is holding a web conference on Monday, April 27, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET for potential students interested in joining the program. The program creates diverse cadre of PhD-prepared nurses who are committed to long-term leadership careers that advance science and discovery through research, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to nursing and health care.

Learn more about the program here.

Removing Barriers to Practice and Care

Nebraska Joins 19 States and D.C. in Modernizing Nurse Practitioner Law

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action applauds Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and the state legislature for approving legislation that will allow nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their training and education. It’s a change that will mean more access to health care for the Cornhusker State.

Legislative Bill 107 eliminates the integrated practice agreement currently required between a nurse practitioner and a physician for a nurse practitioner to practice. It allows full practice authority for nurse practitioners, including controlled substances, after 2,000 hours of clinical experience as a nurse practitioner during a transition-to-practice period. The transition-to-practice agreement will be a formal agreement between the nurse practitioner and supervising provider, who may be a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy or nurse practitioner with 10,000 hours of clinical experience.

Congratulations to the many people and organizations that supported this important legislation! Learn more here.

Promoting Nursing Diversity

MAN-UP: Men Advancing Nursing, Unleashing the Potential


The Ohio Action Coalition, in partnership with the Greater Cincinnati American Assembly for Men in Nursing and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, invites all Action Coalitions to participate in a conference on April 20 aimed at building a more gender diverse and inclusive nursing workforce in Ohio. Learn more about the conference here.


Bolstering Workforce Data


RWJF Event – Data for Health: Learning What Works


Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT

Union Station Columbus Club

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE

Washington, D.C. 20002



From wearable devices like Fitbits to electronic health records, more personal health information is gathered about us than ever before. But we are still in the dark when it comes to harnessing that data in ways to help us make healthier decisions and build healthier communities.


Join national health leaders on April 2 in Washington, D.C., as they discuss a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Data for Health initiative, and hear how diverse sectors-government, business, health care, public health, social services, and community-based organizations-can better collect, share, and use health information to improve health.


Speakers will include:

  • Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, acting assistant secretary for Health and national coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Deven McGraw, partner, Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, LLP
  • Dave Ross, ScD director,  Public Health Informatics Institute
  • Ivor Horn, MD, MPH, medical director, Center for Diversity and Health Equity, Seattle Children’s Hospital


Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible.

Follow the conversation on twitter at #Data4Health


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:


Your Action Coalition: Multiply Through Messaging

View a summary

View Message Primers

Effective Strategies to Reach and Connect Americans to Coverage
View a summary

Volunteer and Coalition Member Management

View a summary


Moving Forward in Academic Progression: BSN Foundational Courses

View a summary

How to Engage Insurers
View a summary

Tools from Recent Weekly Updates:


Fundraising Toolkit

Campaign for Action Marketing Materials

(Including Two Print-on-Demand Templates)


Campaign Talking Points


Two Campaign PowerPoint Presentations


Communications Resources

Retractable Banners for Action Coalitions


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:


AARP Collecting Stories for I Heart Caregivers

RWJF Awards for Eliminating Health Disparities

Apply by April 14, 2015 (5:00 p.m. EDT)


New RWJF program for Public Health Nurse Leaders

Applications due by April 17, 2015 (3 p.m. ET)


2015 National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers Annual Conference

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