VA Submits Proposed Regulation Allowing Full Practice Authority
Now under consideration: a proposal to allow advanced practice registered nurses full practice authority in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities. Soon, the Office of Management and Budget will publish the proposed rule in the Federal Register, seeking public comment. We will let you know when that happens, and also how to send your notes. Supporters will have 60 days to comment, after which the VHA will review the comments and consider publishing a final rule.
Until then, show your support by commenting on the Veterans Access to Quality Healthcare Alliance website. (This will not affect your opportunity to comment later to the Federal Register.)
N.J. Nurses May Be Allowed to Delegate Tasks to Home Health Aides
As of mid-2015, nine states allow registered nurses to delegate some tasks to home health aides, and New Jersey might be the next state to do so, reports Newsworks. New Jersey’s State Board of Nursing has approved the rule change, which now needs approval from Gov. Chris Christie’s administration.
Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities
CMS Funding to Link Clinical Care, Social Services
In many communities, residents grapple with problems that fall in the gap between clinical care and other services. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) over the next five years will test a three-track model based on promising service delivery approaches; each track features interventions that link beneficiaries with community services. CMS will award a total of 44 agreements ranging from $1 million to $4.5 million to implement the Accountable Health Communities model, which is based on evidence that addressing health-related social needs through clinical-community links can improve health outcomes and reduce costs.
CMS is accepting applications until March 31; letters of intent are due February 8.
For more information, visit CMS Initiatives.
AARP National Policy Council Seeks Volunteers
The National Policy Council’s (NPC) is accepting applications for volunteers. To be considered, qualified applicants must:
- Have experience developing and analyzing public policy issues
- Have the ability and time to fully participate in the NPC
- Be open to new and challenging concepts
- Be an AARP member (age 50 and over)
Sign Up for Weekly Funding Updates
Action Coalitions can learn of funding opportunities and Culture of Health-related events each week by signing up for the Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest from the Trust for America’s Health.
Join the Campaign’s Listserv
The Campaign’s listserv was created to boost collaboration among Action Coalition members, Campaign stakeholders, supporters, and others interested in our work. To join, visit the Campaign website and complete a brief form. 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 also to let other members of your Action Coalition know about this easy way to exchange information and ideas!
CVS Health Partners With Two Leading Multicultural Nursing Associations
CVS Health announced partnerships with the National Black Nurses Association and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses–two leading national organizations whose missions are to improve the quality of health care for more Americans by increasing the number of nurses with ethnically diverse backgrounds. CVS Health will establish education and training programs that will strengthen its nursing workforce as well as increase the number of internships and scholarships it offers multicultural candidates.
Backstories Are Important When Enrolling Nursing Students
When considering prospective students, life’s experience matters as much as academic scores, says the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing, which is changing its selection process. Along with test scores, grade point average, and extracurricular activities, the school will also consider the experiences that build empathy, resilience, and leadership skills–characteristics that truly make a good nurse. Read how.
Removing Barriers to Practice & Care
Delaware Nurse Practice Act Now in Line With APRN Consensus Model
In the closing hours of its 2015 session, Delaware passed legislation that brings the state’s Nurse Practice Act in line with the APRN Consensus Model–a move that will ultimately help improve consumers’ access to care and relieve some of the burden of family caregiving. States that adopt the Consensus Model have unified regulations when it comes to the licensure, accreditation, certification, and education of advanced practice registered nurses. The Delaware legislation:
- Changes the title of advanced practice nurse to advanced practice registered nurse
- Creates a new Board of Nursing APRN Committee, which includes four APRNs, four physicians, and one pharmacist
- Allows APRNs to order medical devices, durable medical equipment, and diagnostic and supportive services
- Allows APRNs to sign death certificates in long-term care settings if there is written authorization from a physician
- Eliminates collaborative agreements for licensure for APRNs already practicing with a collaborative agreement as of July 1, 2015. All new APRN graduates and those nurses seeking to obtain independent practice must practice under a collaborative agreement for two years and a minimum of 4,000 full-time hours
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 receive future webinar invitations, please go to http://campaignforaction.org/email-registration/ , enter your information, and select the publications you wish to receive.
What Makes an Effective Action Coalition? TCC Group Offers Its Findings
Date: Friday, January 29
Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET
Hear evaluators from TCC Group explore their findings on how effective the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action has been. TCC presented this summary at the Campaign’s annual Summit in Washington, D.C., December 10; this webinar is for those who did not attend. Use the TCC Coalition Capacity Checklist to assess your coalition’s work, and take part in a conversation to understand what qualities in a coalition and its leaders move us closer to achieving the Institute of Medicine goals.
Register for the webinar.
Succession Planning: Bringing Up Tomorrow’s Leaders
Date: Tuesday, February 9
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Leadership change is inevitable in all organizations. Has your coalition developed a succession plan? Do you have potential leaders who should be mentored and given the chance to lead? Prepare your coalition for shifts at the top by learning from coalitions that have made smooth leadership transitions.
Register for the webinar.
Webinars of Interest
Fundraising Communications 3: Engaging Volunteers With Your Case
Date: Wednesday, February 10
Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET
In major gift fund-raising, your volunteer leaders can be your most effective ambassadors–but only if they feel confident sharing your case for support in their own words.
The third webinar in Campbell & Company’s Fundraising Communications series will guide you through tactics including talking points, elevator speeches, materials, and coaching to get your volunteers excited and “on message.”
This session will cover:
- Engaging your volunteers in the case development process
- Expressing your case in language your volunteers will want to use
- Coaching and equipping your volunteers to share your message with confidence and passion
Campbell & Company explores these ideas in the context of campaigns as well as ongoing institutional fund-raising.
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American Nurses Foundation Seeks Grant Reviewers
Application deadline: February 28.