Campaign for Action Update: September 22, 2015



Does your Action Coalition or someone in it deserve recognition? Send shout-out suggestions to Aidan McCallion at [email protected].
New Mexico, North Carolina, and California Increase Diversity in the Workforce through Schools of Nursing

Through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) program, states are working to increase workforce diversity in nursing through schools of nursing. A recent article in highlights the work of three APIN states: New Mexico, North Carolina and California.  Congratulations!

Read the article.

See all shout-outs from the Campaign for Action here.

The Campaign for Action is turning five, and we want to include your Action Coalition’s work in a video that celebrates successes! Please send your photos or top accomplishments. We’ll use these materials in a video that will debut at the December Summit and then shared via social media, in presentations, and made available to all Action Coalitions.

Please send photos of an event or group shot of your Action Coalition members, and in a brief sentence, tell us what your Action Coalition has accomplished in the past five years. We know some of you have many accomplishments, so please highlight only the top two or three.

For example:
Nebraska joins 19 states and Washington, DC in modernizing nurse practitioner laws.
Photo: Nebraska Action Coalition, or Nebraska nurse practitioner
(Note: several other states could use the scope example.)

Also, please think about events your Action Coalition in having in the coming weeks and what photos you can take to share with the Campaign. And please be sure to have everyone in the photo complete the release form.

Send your accomplishments, photos and questions as soon as possible to video producer Jacqueline Boulden at [email protected].

Thanks for your help!

RWJF Google+ Hangout on Why Nursing is Key to a Culture of Health
Oct. 2 | 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. ET

On Oct. 2, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will host an online video chat (Google+ Hangout) on why nursing is key to a Culture of Health. Nurses are of inestimable value to the nation’s health care system. Thanks in part to a groundbreaking Institute of Medicine report and the resulting Campaign for Action, nurses are now taking on leadership roles on the boards of some of America’s largest hospitals and health systems. At the same time, nurses are also innovating how the nation prevents and treats illness, and are advancing the underlying health of communities, businesses, schools and even prisons.
Panelists include:

  • Susan Dentzer (moderator), senior policy adviser to RWJF (@susandentzer)
  • Sue Hassmiller, PhD, RN, senior adviser for nursing, RWJF and director, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, invited (@suehassmiller)
  • Anna Young, co-founder, MakerNurse (@annakyoung)
  • Patricia Gerrity, PhD, RN, professor and associate dean for Community Programs, Drexel University and director, 11th Street Family Health Services (@DrexelCNHP)

Prior to the Hangout, you can join the conversation and ask questions on Twitter by using the hashtag #RWJF1stFri.

Register Today!

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities
Call for Applications for Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships

Nursing schools, nursing centers, academic health centers, state or local governments, and other public or private nonprofit entities authorized by the Department of Health and Human Services to educate nurse anesthetists are encouraged to apply for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship program. The purpose of the award is to provide traineeship support for licensed registered nurses enrolled as full-time students in an accredited graduate-level nurse anesthesia program.

Applications are due by Nov. 20.

Read more about the program.

Call for Applications: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows

Attention, midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is looking for applicants for its 2016-2017 Health Policy Fellows program. The fellowship provides the nation’s most comprehensive learning experience at the nexus of health, science, and policy in Washington, D.C. Fellows will have the chance to participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care, and health policy.

Apply for the fellowship.

Call for Applications: 2016 Culture of Health Prize

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates U.S. communities that are making great strides in their journey toward better health. Does your community qualify? Apply now! The prize recognizes and celebrates communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to make change that will enable all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives. Up to 10 winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally driven change across the nation.

Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Read more about the Culture of Health Prize.

Join the Campaign’s New Listserv

The Campaign launched a new listserv to better facilitate connections and collaboration among Action Coalition members, Campaign stakeholders, supporters, and others interested in our work. The new Campaign for Action listserv is open to anyone who wishes to join: just visit the Campaign website and complete a brief form. Once you’ve joined, you can send a message to the group by emailing [email protected]. More information about joining the listserv and managing how you receive your emails can be found on our website. We encourage you to sign up and to share this announcement with the members of your Action Coalition!

Upcoming Webinars

Center to Champion Nursing in America webinars
The Center to Champion Nursing in America continues to host 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.

Creating Leadership Capacity for Success
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 13
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Do you wish you had more engagement from other key leaders in your state to achieve the Campaign goals? Explore how your Action Coalition can create maximum impact through engagement of key leaders in your state. Join us in discussing how two Action Coalitions have strategically engaged both nursing and non-nursing leaders for success. Hear the perspectives of these leaders as to how they are helping their Action Coalitions to achieve the Campaign goals by 2020.

To register for this webinar:

  1. Go to: Register for the meeting.
  2. Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with a link and instructions for joining the meeting.

Webinars of Interest
2016 Nurse Faculty Loan Program Webinar
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 23
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET

This webinar will provide an overview of the Nurse Faculty Loan Program funding opportunity (see call for applications above).

Webinar link:
Dial-in number: (888)469-0951
Participant passcode: 5568237

The webinar will be recorded for access one hour after the call ends. The audio recording will be available until Dec. 23, 2015, at 10:59 p.m. ET.

Audio Replay Number: (866) 448-2572

Recent Archived CCNA Webinars:

Diversity and Coalition Effectiveness: Strategies for Sustainability
View a summary

Fundraising Mentor Program Launch

Recomended Criteria for Diversity Action Plans: Two Years Later
View a summary


Wisconsin Center for Nursing Diversity Toolkit for Recruitment and Retention of Minority Nursing Students
View a summary

Legal Training: Winning Policy Campaigns with Non-Lobbying Funds
View a summary

Creating Coalition Capacity via Membership 2

View a summary

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

American Assembly for Men in Nursing Holds 40th Annual Conference

Sept. 24-26| Minneapolis
Call for Applications: 2016 Culture of Health Prize
Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Organization for Associate Degreee Nursing Convention
Nov. 13-15| Jacksonville, Fla.

National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers Annual Meeting
April 27-29, 2016 | Orlando, Fla.
AARP Collecting Stories for I Heart Caregivers

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