Campaign for Action Update: November 3, 2015


Wisconsin Launches Men in Nursing Roundtable 

Hats off from one Action Coalition co-lead to the other for efforts to encourage greater diversity: The Wisconsin Center for Nursing applauds the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, its co-lead, for launching a forum for men in nursing. The Men in Nursing Roundtable is open to all men in nursing as well as other nurses interested in increasing diversity in the cooperative’s membership of 40 acute, general medical-surgical hospitals. The group will meet regularly starting in January to support members in their work and develop ways to increase diversity in the nursing workforce.

Cincinnati Schools Partner to Boost BSN Numbers

Ohio’s Action Coalition thanks Kathy Carrissimi, MSN, MEd, RN, for easing the way for nursing students to get their bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degrees at the University of Cincinnati. Kathy, a member of the coalition’s group dedicated to increasing the number of nurses with BSN degrees, has helped expand partnerships between the University of Cincinnati and two community colleges. These arrangements give nursing students a jump on their advanced degree, saving time and money. WCPO-TV covered the story.
See all shout-outs from the Campaign for Action here.

Oregon Now a SIP State; Seven Others Renewed

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced this week that Oregon will receive $150,000 over two years as the 34th state to join the RWJF State Implementation Program (SIP). As part of $1.2 million in new grants to eight states, RWJF has also renewed SIP funding for Alabama, Maryland, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia for their second round of two-year grants, bringing the total SIP funding to $8.9 million.

The mission of state-based Action Coalitions is to prepare the nursing profession to promote healthy communities and address the nation’s challenges in access, quality, and cost of health. SIP grants allow Action Coalitions to especially focus their efforts on up to two of the recommendations laid out by the Institute of Medicine in its 2010 report on the future of nursing. States must raise funds to match the RWJF grant; so far, states with SIP grants have raised more than $12.6 million beyond their RWJF funding.

Read the news release.
Week Three of What’s New in RWJF State Implementation Program Work

The Weekly Update continues to introduce materials produced by the Action Coalitions that have received RWJF State Implementation Program (SIP) grants–inspiring and useful materials that can now be found in the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action’s Directory of Resources.

This week, we highlight the fine work from Pennsylvania: four short videos that show the diversity in the ranks of the state’s nurses as they talk about what it takes to succeed.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

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.

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.

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

Call for Applications: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows

Attention, mid-career 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: 3:00 p.m. ET on November 12.

Apply for the fellowship.

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.

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.

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: Wednesday, 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
Recent Archived CCNA Webinars:

The Social Determinants of Health

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

National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers Annual Meeting
April 27-29, 2016 | Orlando, Fla.
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