Campaign for Action Update: October 20, 2015



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

Louisiana Holds “Think Tank” to Boost Diversity Efforts

Congratulations to the Louisiana Action Coalition for hosting its first “Nursing Workforce Diversity Think Tank,” in Baton Rouge in August. More than 80 thought leaders participated in one of three sessions, examining the challenges and possible solutions related to diversity and leadership, education, and practice in Louisiana. Louisiana will use findings from these break-out group discussions in a report on ways to create a diverse nursing workforce.
Two Maryland Schools Sign Dual Admission Agreement

The Maryland Action Coalition congratulates the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and Montgomery College (MC) for a recent agreement that will allow students a seamless transition from the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. The dual admission means nursing students will have simultaneous admission into MC’s ADN and UMSON’s BSN programs while satisfying the requirements of both schools.

Plaudits to Wisconsin’s Project BEYOND

The Wisconsin Action Coalition congratulates those involved with Project BEYOND, a Marquette University College of Nursing program designed to nurture and increase diversity in nursing. Thanks go to the school in Milwaukee; project director Leona VandeVusse, PhD, RN, CNM, FACNM; and project coordinator Juanita “Terrie” Garcia, MEd, RN. This project is described in this month’s Marquette Nurse.

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

Campaign Website Now Hosts Recent Findings That Quantify Nurses’ Contributions

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action has put online a library of research reports, journal articles, and papers on nursing from recent years. Especially notable among the Campaign’s new resources are dozens of evidence briefs–summaries of rigorous studies that establish exactly the link between nursing and high-quality care. Findings from these studies, which are part of the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative program (INQRI) launched in 2005 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, are on the Campaign for Action’s Directory of Resources in four categories: practice, education, leadership, and workforce data.

Read the briefs.

Array of New Materials Online Reflects RWJF State Implementation Program Work

An idea planted two years ago and seeded with $3 million has produced its first crop, which can now be found in the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action’s Directory of Resources: Brochures, PowerPoints, studies, and communication plans are just a few of the winning materials resulting from RWJF State Implementation Program (SIP). Action Coalitions that earned SIP grants have created numerous materials that all Action Coalitions can use and learn from.

For the next five weeks, in each Weekly Update, we’ll feature one of those impressive pieces. Today’s spotlight is on the Wisconsin Inventory , which measures how the state has responded to the Institute of Medicine recommendations — findings that help pinpoint progress and where growth is needed.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

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 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.

Time is Running Out!  Submit Photos and Success Stories For Our Celebration Video Today!

The Campaign for Action is turning 5, and we want to include photos of your Action Coalition’s work in a video that celebrates successes! The video will debut at the Summit in December, and then be shared on social media and in presentations and made available to all Action Coalitions.

You might have many accomplishments, so please highlight only the top two or three by sending a brief summary of each along with photos from your Action Coalition. For example:

Nebraska joins 19 states and Washington, D.C., in modernizing nurse practitioner laws.
Photo: Nebraska Action Coalition, or Nebraska nurse practitioner.

Also, please think about events your Action Coalition will hold in the coming weeks and what photos you can take to share with the Campaign. And 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] by October 30.

Campaign Pillars

Fostering Interprofessional Collaboration

Report Spotlights Promising Interprofessional Collaboration Practices

A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) highlights more than 20 hospitals and community health centers that achieve better consumer outcomes thanks to  interprofessional collaboration (IPC). Lessons From the Field: Promising Interprofessional Collaboration Practices can help health care organizations evaluate the potential benefits of IPC and offers guidance on how to put IPC practices in place.

Insights from the report on ways to create a culture that embraces IPC include:

  • Put consumers first
  • Use shared language to promote effective communication
  • Train the different disciplines together

Read the RWJF report.

Removing Barriers to Practice and Care

Winifred Quinn, Peter Reinecke in Q&A With Open Philanthropy Project

The Open Philanthropy Project, a collaborative effort of Good Ventures and GiveWell (a charity-evaluating nonprofit whose motto is “real change for your dollar”), publishes information about outstanding giving opportunities. Early this summer, in what it calls a “shallow” investigation (its initial, cursory consideration of a subject), the project interviewed Winifred Quinn and Peter Reinecke about the work carried out by AARP and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action to see that nurses are allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training in every state.

Read the resulting Q&A.

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.

Social Determinants of Health
Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

The range of personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health are known as social determinants of health. The purpose of this Learning Collaborative is to discuss how a nursing workforce that is diverse can better address these various factors. Guest speakers include:

  • Herminia Palacio, MD, MPH, director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), who will describe RWJF’s approach in building a “Culture of Health” by addressing the social determinants of health.
  • D.C. Action Coalition co-lead Pier A. Broadnax, PhD, RN, director and associate professor at the University of the District of Columbia, who will discuss how the D.C. Action Coalition addresses the social determinants of health at a local level, including its plans to increase interprofessional collaboration.

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.

How Is Your Coalition’s Culture Affecting Your Progress?
Date: Tuesday, November 10
Time:  2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Culture trumps strategy: Understanding that is critical to your coalition’s success. How your team members work together, understand your group’s goals, and treat each other are examples and symbols of an organization’s culture. What cultural barriers might be within your coalition? How can you reframe your coalition’s culture to achieve success? In this session, learn ways to improve how your team works together.

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
Recent Archived CCNA Webinars:
Leveraging Leadership Capacity and Management Capacity for Success

Diversity and Coalition Effectiveness: Strategies for Sustainability
View a summary

Fundraising Mentor Program Launch

Recommended 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


Resources From Recent Weekly Updates:

Grant Resource Guide

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

Call for Applications: 2016Culture of Health Prize
Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. on November 12.

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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