Campaign for Action Update: April 21, 2015

Weekly Update
Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for April 21, 2015, that describe successes, related activities, and relevant tools for this national Campaign.

Does your Action Coalition or someone in it deserve recognition? Send Shout-out suggestions to Aidan McCallion at [email protected]

Campaign Diversity Leader Receives AONE Award

Winifred Quinn and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action staff congratulate Deborah Washington, PhD, RN, director of diversity patient care services at Massachusetts General Hospital, on receiving the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Prism Diversity Award. Washington is co-chair of the Campaign for Action‘s diversity committee.The Prism award recognizes a person who has advanced diversity efforts within the nursing profession, the community or the individual’s organization.

See all Shout-outs from the Campaign for Action here

Poster_FinalGet Ready to Celebrate National Nurses Week 2015

The Campaign for Action is proud to celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6-12, and salute our nation’s 3 million nurses who are helping build a Culture of Health in America every day. This year we’re excited to team with filmmaker Carolyn Jones and the American Nurse Project to celebrate Nurses Week. From nationwide screenings of the film, The American Nurse, to a vibrant social media campaign, we’ve got lots in store! Find out what’s going on during Nurses Week and how you can get involved, including special information for Action Coalitions to help you celebrate.  

American Nurse Screenings

It’s not too late to join in and host a screening of the American Nurse Movie to celebrate National Nurses Week on May 6. It’s a great way to help your community learn about nursing and the Campaign for Action. Check out our FAQ on what’s involved.
If you decide to participate, please contact Larry Meistrich ([email protected]) and Jill Solomon ([email protected]), who can help you with questions about local theaters. Please make sure to cc Campaign Communications Director Mary Boyle ([email protected]).

Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities

Communications Support Available

The Campaign for Action Communications Team (CFACT) is offering communications support to Action Coalitions during April and May. CFACT has helped the Montana and New Jersey Action Coalitions develop new materials, written and placed guest editorials for the Texas Action Coalition, and supported the Utah Action Coalition as it organizes content for its website. Those and other kinds of communications support can be available to your Action Coalition too!
To inquire about receiving support, please email [email protected] with information about what activities you have coming up that would benefit from communications assistance. You will receive a response within one week.
Notes: Action Coalitions working on their State Implementation Program grant announcements should continue to use the process specified by the Campaign for materials review, and APIN projects should continue using existing resources to support their communications work.

Campaign Pillars

Bolstering Workforce Data

Call for Comments: Proposed Revisions to Nurse Residency Program Accreditation Standards
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is seeking input regarding proposed revisions to the Standards for Accreditation of Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Programs (2008). CCNE seeks comments from a wide array of individuals and organizations with an interest in the transition to practice of new licensed nurses in all care settings. For more information, please read more here.

Comments are due by April 24, 2015.

Leveraging Nursing Leadership

Next NOBC Steering Committee Meeting
The Nurses on Boards Coalition  (NOBC) Steering Committee will meet at AARP’s National Office on Thursday, April 23 to discuss sustainability and capacity building as the NOBC moves forward. If you are interested in joining the NOBC or have any questions, please contact Natalie Moulding at [email protected]

Promoting Nursing Diversity

See the CCNA webinars section below for more information about the upcoming webinar, “Wisconsin’s Diversity Assessment Tool (WI-DAT).”

Removing Barriers to Practice and Care


Medicare Changes Ahead for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses 

Congress last week passed and President Obama signed legislation that will make sweeping changes in the way Medicare pays doctors, permanently repealing its sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physicians. The bill also contains a number of features and provisions that align with and advance key Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action goals and efforts.  Some important changes include:

  1. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are fully and consistently recognized as eligible provides throughout the bill.
  2. Nurse practitioners will be able to document evaluations for durable medical equipment.
  3. APRNs are eligible providers for chronic care management services; Medicare will also pay for these services.

Upcoming Webinars

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.
Wisconsin’s Diversity Assessment Tool (WI-DAT)
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT
Presenters:  Brent MacWilliams PhD, ANP-BC and Bonnie Schmidt PhD, RN, CNE
Join Dr. Brent MacWilliams and Dr. Bonnie Schmidt  from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh as they present on the Wisconsin Diversity Assessment Tool (WI-DAT).   The WI-DAT provides an integrated outcomes-focused approach to consistently assess, monitor and evaluate the status of diversity within nursing education programs, health systems and other healthcare organizations to enhance and ensure a sustainable and diverse nursing workforce.
Register for the webinar here.

Webinars of Interest

Dissemination Strategies for Health Workforce Research
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM -3:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Patricia Moulton, PhD

Join Dr. Patricia Moulton as she describes the steps in developing an effective health workforce research communication plan including examples of different types of dissemination products and strategies for increasing impact.

No registration required. Learn more about the webinar here.

The End of the Shortage? Emerging Trends in California’s RN Labor Market
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

This webinar will describe the latest findings from the report: Survey of Nurse Employers in California, Fall 2014 supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Hospital Association of Southern California’s “Nurse Vacancy and Turnover Survey,” and the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care’s “Survey of New Graduate RNs.” The webinar will also review trends in nursing program enrollment and the overall nursing workforce in the state.

The webinar will be recorded for those unable to attend.

For questions, contact Joanne Spetz at [email protected]

Register for the webinar here.

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

AARP Collecting Stories for I Heart Caregivers

2015 American Nurses Foundation Nursing Research Grants
Application deadline is May 1, 2015

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Leadership Grant
RFP deadline is May 1, 2015

Association of Public Health Nurses Annual Conference
May 3-9, 2015 | Manchester, New Hampshire

National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program
Apply by May 7, 2015 (7:30 p.m. EDT)

2015 National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers Annual Conference
June 10-12, 2015 | Denver, CO

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