Campaign for Action Update: February 16, 2016


Wisconsin Making Headway in Addressing the Rural Nursing Shortage

The Wisconsin Action Coalition salutes one of its co-leads, the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, for its multipronged approach to addressing nursing shortages in rural areas. One solution: creating a nurse residency program specific to those areas.

Read more.
FTC Submits Comments on West Virginia APRN Bill Removing Barriers to Care

The Federal Trade Commission bolstered West Virginia’s efforts to strike down barriers that keep advanced practice registered nurses from practicing to the full extent of their training. In comments on a proposed amendment to a Senate bill that would place the regulation of certain APRNs under the authority of the West Virginia Board of Medicine or Board of Osteopathy, the FTC notes “that removing unnecessary and burdensome requirements may benefit West Virginia consumers by increasing competition among health care providers.”  The FTC, which develops policy initiatives on issues that affect competition, consumers, and the U.S. economy, has weighed in with a similar stance in other states considering APRN practice legislation.

Read the FTC news release.


Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

AARP National Policy Council Seeks Volunteers

AARP’s National Policy Council is accepting applications for volunteers. To be considered, qualified applicants must have experience developing and analyzing public policy issues and be an AARP member (age 50 and over).

Apply by February 28.


Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars
The Center to Champion Nursing in America hosts technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. We also post information about webinars hosted by others that may be of interest.

The Evidence Shows: Better Laws Mean Better, More Accessible Care
Date: Tuesday, February 23
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training. So said the Institute of Medicine in its recommendation, and so says the evidence, which shows that consumers have better access to high-quality care when nurses have the authority to provide the care for which they were trained. Join expert Joanne Spetz, PhD, FAAN, director of the University of California, San Francisco Health Workforce Research Center, as she reviews evidence gathered since the 2010 IOM report came out. Practical effects of improved laws include lower costs, fewer hospital readmissions, and higher satisfaction among family members. Discussing those aspects will be:

  • Blanca Castro, senior manager of advocacy, AARP California


Webinars Hosted by Others

New: Tracking Health Care Workforce Capacity and Training: Spotlight on Ohio

Date: Thursday, February 18
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Many states seek to understand the quantity, distribution, and training levels of health care providers available to residents, particularly those enrolled in Medicaid. Join the AcademyHealth’s State-University Partnership Learning Network to learn how Ohio State University built and manages a health professions data warehouse that helps the state identify health workforce needs, align its programs, reform higher education and training, and change health services payment systems to support workforce priorities.


New: Surplus? Shortage? Recent Trends in the RN Labor Market

Date: February 24
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

In light of a hot hospital labor market for RNs and reports of looming retirements of nurses, this discussion should be enlightening: Hear from David Auerbach, MS, PhD, policy researcher at RAND Corporation specializing in health care workforce, and Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, talk about employment trends of RNs through the end of 2015 as well as a forecast of national and regional trends.


Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

What Makes an Effective Action Coalition? TCC Group Offers Its Findings

Increasing Access to Care: The APRN Consensus Model 2008 to 2015

Holistic Admission Criteria: Promising Approaches

The Numbers Are There: Using Data to Pave the Way to Increased Diversity


Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

Macy Foundation’s 2016 Faculty Scholars Program
Applications are due by February 17 at 3 p.m. ET

American Nurses Foundation Seeks Grant Reviewers 
Application are due by February 28.

2016 Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
Applications are due by March 15 at 3 p.m. ET. Supporting documents must be postmarked by March 16.

Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

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


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