Campaign for Action Update: November 10, 2015


Nebraska Holds Statewide Summit on Culture of Health          

“A Healthy Nebraska for All” was the name of the talk given by state Sen. Sue Crawford to some 175 people, but it also represents the theme of a great undertaking in mid-October for which four organizations deserve recognition. “Defining a Culture of Health in Nebraska,” a summit coordinated by the Nebraska Action Coalition, Nebraska Nurse Association, Nebraska Organization of Nurse Leaders, and Nebraska Assembly of Nursing Deans and Directors, was broadcast in four locations October 15. The group also heard from Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services CEO Courtney Phillips. Results should be seen soon: The next day, nurses and others, inspired by the summit, met in small groups to develop action plans involving collaboration with many to build healthier communities across Nebraska.

California Nurse Honored by State, Community College District

The California Action Coalition congratulates Pilar De La Cruz-Reyes for her appointment by state Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Board of Registered Nursing. Pilar also has been recognized by the State Center Community College District with the 2015 Muro de Honor, an award celebrating the contributions of dedicated and outstanding members of the Chicano/Latino community. Indeed, her contributions are many: The Action Coalition says Pilar has been a true champion for expanding the academic progression in nursing model in Fresno.

Wisconsin College Launches New BSN Program
The Wisconsin Action Coalition congratulates Silver Lake College, in Manitowoc, Wisc., for initiating a four-year prelicensure baccalaureate nursing program in Northeast Wisconsin, launched with a $1 million anonymous gift. The first group of nursing students is expected to begin classes in fall 2016. Silver Lake College, a Franciscan Catholic college dedicated to developing students “to serve, lead, and transform the world,” already has an accredited RN-to-BSN program. The new BSN program is in response to aging demographics in Manitowoc County, as well as anticipated shortages in the Wisconsin nursing workforce.  Read more about it here.

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

Celebrating 50 Years of Nurse Practitioners

We’re in the middle of Nurse Practitioner Week, November 8 to 14, and 2015 also marks the 50th anniversary of the first nurse practitioner program. Visit the American Association of Nurse Practitioners to find ways to celebrate, at Quick facts : Today there are more than 205,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) licensed to practice in the United States, and NPs have full practice authority in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Did you know? Since the Campaign began, eight states have removed statutory barriers that prevented NPs from providing care to the full extent of their education and training, helping to increase consumers’ access to care. And the status of practice laws for nurse practitioners is a measure of the Culture of Health , the movement driven by the belief that everyone deserves to live the healthiest life possible.

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.

Application deadline: November 12, 3:00 p.m. ET.

Apply for the fellowship.

RWJF to Fund Efforts to Evaluate Innovations in Low-Resource Communities

In a new call for proposals, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks to fund organizations that can identify and evaluate promising innovations that improve health and health care quality–without increasing costs–in low-resource communities. Up to 10 evaluations will be funded for a total of up to $2.5 million.

The Foundation is particularly interested in innovations that are set in low-resource communities; intended to substantially improve a pressing community health problem; and are consumer-focused.

Application deadline: December 10.

Funds Offered to Support BSN Students’ Experiential Training

Accredited schools of nursing and health care facilities–or a partnership of such a school and facility–are invited to apply for a program offering bachelor of science (BSN) in nursing students experiential training in primary care community-based settings. The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce offers funding for a two–year program designed to expand academic-practice partnerships between schools of nursing and community-based clinical sites, while providing senior-level BSN students with clinical experiences and training in medically underserved and rural communities.

HRSA expects to award up to 12 cooperative agreements totaling $6 million with a program start date of July 1, 2016.
Application deadline: January 20, 2016.

For more information, visit HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce site.

To learn more about eligibility and selection criteria, visit RWJF’s funding opportunities page.

Campaign Pillars

Advancing Education Transformation

Education Innovators Invited to Speak at Community College Conference 

Is your school applying innovative ideas to clear the way for nursing students to get their bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN)? Tell others how at the 2016 Community College Baccalaureate Association conference in Chicago March 18-20. Practices such as how you deliver BSN degrees, your partnerships, and your use of distance learning: Explore these and other innovations at the conference. To submit a proposal to talk about ways your institution is increasing the number of nurses with a BSN, visit Deadline: November 30.

Transition Programs Help New Grads Build Confidence, Get Jobs

In 2009, the San Francisco Bay Area faced a nursing challenge: lots of nurse graduates and too few jobs in that region. That’s when HealthImpact, funded by the Moore Foundation, started working with local schools of nursing to create transition programs, initiatives that allow nursing students to burnish their skills while seeking full-time employment. Launched in 2010, these RN Transition Programs–12- to 16-week sessions that combine in-class instruction and clinical training–have been so successful in getting skilled nurses into the workplace that the practice has spread to other California cities. Read more.

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.

Academic Progression in Nursing Accreditation

Date: Monday, November 16

Time:  3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

The Center to Champion Nursing in America will co-host this webinar with the Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) national program office. Please save the date for a discussion with representatives from the three nursing accreditation agencies about advances in academic progression.

Invited panel of presenters:

  • Marsal P. “Marcy” Stoll, EdD, MSN-CEO, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • Jennifer “Jen” Butlin, EdD-executive director, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Judith “Judy” Halstead, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF-executive director, National League for Nursing’s Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation

By the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Be familiar with issues related to academic progression.
  • Be able to better communicate with stakeholders about accreditation standards related to academic progression.

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.

“The Numbers Are There: Using Data to Pave the Way to Increased Diversity”   
Date:   Monday November 18
Time:  3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

The changing face of America means that its nurses must be equally diverse. That’s one reason the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report set as a goal greater diversity in the nursing workforce.

Good news: Data are available to guide Action Coalitions in creating a more diverse workforce.

This webinar will help states find and use facts and statistics to assess and track the diversity within their state’s nursing workforce and among graduates of nursing programs. Participants will also learn how to develop a “diversity ratio”–comparing diversity among nurses in each state to the state’s population.

Presenters are Edward Salsberg, MPH, director of health workforce studies at the George Washington University Health Workforce Institute and instructor at the GW School of Nursing; and Leo Quigley, MPH, senior research assistant at the GW School of Nursing.

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

What You Need to Know About the Move From Fee-for-Service: Webinar

Get a one-hour overview of the new payment and delivery models and what they mean for nurses. Betty Rambur, PhD, RN, leads a practical discussion of the implications on the nursing workforce of emerging value-based payment models, all directed to the Triple Aim of reducing costs, improving care, and enhancing the health of the population.

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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

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