Campaign for Action Update: April 7, 2015

Weekly Update
Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for April 7, 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]

Action Coalitions Hosting The American Nurse Screenings

Campaign Director Sue Hassmiller and the Campaign for Action staff send a shout-out to the Action Coalitions who are working with Carmike Cinemas to host screenings of the American Nurse movie on May 6 to celebrate national Nurses Week. Participating Action Coalitions include: 
  • Arizona 
  • Illinois 
  • Michigan 
  • Nebraska
  • Pennsylvania 
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
If your Action Coalition plans to host a screening, and we left you off this list, please accept our apologies and let us know. You can email Campaign Communications Director Mary Boyle at [email protected], and we’ll let everyone know you’re getting in on the fun too!
It’s not too late to join in on hosting a screening, a great way to help your community learn about the Campaign and nursing. Your questions about what’s involved are answered here.
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 Mary Boyle ([email protected]).



Alabama Gov. Names Action Coalition Leaders to Health Care Improvement Task Force
Gov Bentley
The Alabama Health Action Coalition sends a shout out to three of its leaders, Carol J. Ratcliffe, DNP, RN, FACHE, Joy P. Deupree, PhD, MSN, APRN-BC, and Ron Sparks, for being named to the Alabama Health Care Improvement Task Force. The task force was created by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley this week to improve the health of Alabamians and increase accessible and affordable to health care throughout Alabama.

See all Shout Outs from the Campaign for Action here.

Passing the Torch
Dear Readers,
Thank you for tuning in each week, sending me stories, and telling me what you liked–and disliked–about the Weekly Update. I first took the reigns of the Weekly Update in July 2011 and it has been a pleasure connecting with you almost every week since then. This is my 177th Weekly Update–and my last. You can now send your tips, shout outs, and suggestions to my extraordinarily capable colleague Aidan McCallion ([email protected]), who picks up the torch for next week.
Again, thank you for reading and for all the work you do to make the future of nursing a reality.
Best regards,
Andrew Bianco

Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities

CCNA Webinar: New Coalition Leaders Orientation 


Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Join us for the Coalition Building and Sustainability Learning Collaborative’ s second virtual convening. This session is targeted to new Action Coalition members and/or those who will develop onboarding for new Action Coalition co-leads and workgroup co-leads. This NEW learning collaborative is intended to enhance Action Coalition sustainability by providing coalition member engagement and management tools as well as promising practices that you can use in your state.
By the end of this webinar, participants will:
  1. Understand the role of Action Coalition co-leaders
  2. Be informed about the purpose and value of coalitions
  3. Have a better understanding of how to successfully manage a coalition
Suggested Pre-work:
  1. Watch our first WebEx, “What Makes an Effective Coalition” 
  2. Complete TCC Group’s Coalition Capacity Checklist 
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.

Public Radio Spotlights Nursing Challenges 
National Public Radio recently took a look at the nursing profession, which it described as one of the most dangerous jobs in America. A four-part investigative series ran on All Things Considered, NPR’s afternoon news program. The series pointed to government data that show nurses, nursing assistants, and orderlies experience high rates of back and other injuries, largely because of their work to lift and move patients. Read more about the series here.

Campaign Pillars

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 important issues and make key decisions around 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]

Advancing Education Transformation

RWJF Selects 25 Nursing Schools for Future of Nursing Scholars Program
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently announced the second cohort of grantees for its Future of Nursing Scholars program. Twenty-five schools of nursing were chosen to receive grants to support 48 nurses as they pursue their doctoral degrees. Learn which schools of nursing received the grants here.

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.

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


Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

AARP Collecting Stories for I Heart Caregivers


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

June 10-12, 2015 | Denver, CO
Early Bird Registration Deadline: April 15!
September 17-18, 2015 | Grand Rapids, Michigan
Abstract submissions due Midnight, April 15, 2015 (EDT)

We Welcome Your Comments and Contributions!

You may have noticed that we moved a few things around. Let us know what you think and share any other suggestions you have. Is there a story that you would like us to share? Let us know by emailing Aidan McCallion at [email protected]

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