Campaign for Action Update: May 10, 2016


Happy Nurses Week
The Campaign for Action is proud to celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6–12, and to salute our nation’s 3.4 million nurses who help build a Culture of Health in America every day. Thank you to all Campaign nurses working to advance health and health care through nursing, as well as all nurses on the frontlines of our health systems, schools, community institutions and businesses.  Join the Campaign in celebrating Nurses Week. Please check out and share our blog posts and graphicsOne post just for you: 

Campaign leaders Susan B. Hassmiller senior adviser for nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and director, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and Susan C. Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president and director, AARP Public Policy Institute and chief strategist, CCNA, share why they became nurses and extend to nurses  “all the gratitude and acknowledgment [they] deserve this week.” Read the article.

Louisiana’s Cynthia Bienemy to Lead National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers

Congratulations to Cynthia Bienemy, PhD, RN, director of the Louisiana Center for Nursing and co-leader of the Louisiana Action Coalition. Cynthia is the new president-elect of the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, also known as the Forum. The Forum focuses on addressing nursing shortages within states and contributes to the national effort to assure an adequate supply of qualified nurses to meet the health needs of the U.S. population. Hooray Cynthia! Read more.
Connecticut Action Coalition Partners With State Agencies to Collect, Analyze Data
The Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition (CNC-AC) has announced an exciting partnership with Connecticut’s Departments of Labor and Public Health to manage and analyze the state’s nursing workforce data. “The collective commitment of our partners fulfills the obligation to support the health care needs of Connecticut residents led by a data-informed nursing workforce,” said Lisa Sundean, RN, MSN, MA, PhD(c), CNC-AC’s director. Read the news release.


Pennsylvania Op-Ed: Give Nurse Practitioners Full Practice Authority

This Nurses Week three nursing school deans in Pennsylvania wrote an op-ed urging that nurse practitioners be granted full practice authority in that state. “Give nurse practitioners in Pennsylvania full practice authority” was published in Centre Daily and  underscores the reasons why nurse practitioners should be allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training.

The deans, Antonia M. Villarruel, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing; and Paula Milone-Nuzzo, Penn State College of Nursing, write that “there could be no better way for Pennsylvanians to honor the work and commitment of nurses this week than to join the 21 other states across the country that have improved health in their communities by allowing full practice authority for nurse practitioners.” Read the opinion piece.

Culture of Health: Why Your Patients’ Home Environment Matters

Have you ever thought of a patient’s home life after they leave the hospital? Why were they  hospitalized a few months ago for the same problem?  Campaign leader Sue Hassmiller highlights a scenario in a Medscape article, “Culture of Health: Why Your Patients’ Home Environment Matters,” as she makes the case of why everyone should work together to build a Culture of Health in America.  Read the article.

When Disaster Strikes: Nurse Leadership, Nursing Care, and Teamwork Can Save Lives

Nurses are ready, willing and well positioned to respond to natural disasters and terrorist events, yet they often feel underprepared or lack the authority or resources to handle such crises. The latest issue of Charting Nursing’s Future  takes a look at what can be done to help nurses respond.

Download the brief, When Disaster Strikes: Nurse Leadership, Nursing Care and Teamwork Save Lives.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

Call for Innovations in Graduate Population Health Curriculum Awards

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is looking to recognize the outstanding work of AACN member schools in graduate curriculum innovation in public health.

Nomination letters should be sent to Allison Jacobs at [email protected]

Deadline for nominations: June 17.

Read more.
Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice
Are you part of an accredited nursing school with graduate programs looking to develop a creative, robust, and sustainable interprofessional initiative in a community-based clinical setting? You may want to apply for a program located at the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at the University of Minnesota, developed and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Deadline: July 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Learn more about the program.


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.

Fundraising and Coalition Building
Date: Thursday, May 19
Time: 2 – 3 p.m. ET

Healthy finances are key to the long-term success of your Action Coalition, and this webinar will provide guidance toward that end. Campbell & Company, a fundraising adviser for the Campaign, will help you build a persuasive story about your Action Coalition’s work, including the Culture of Health, and will show you how to bring your fundraising efforts to a broader audience beyond nursing and health care.

You’ll also hear what Action Coalitions learned last year from similar fundraising assistance: Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s senior adviser for nursing and director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, will discuss successes and challenges reported in survey results from Action Coalitions that participated in fundraising webinars in 2015.


The meeting room number to enter, if one is required, is 745 476 039.

The Evidence Shows: Workforce Data Will Pave the Way to Better Planning and Policy
Date: Monday, May 23
Time: 3 – 4 p.m. ET

Data are critical to shaping the future of the nation’s health care, including how many nurses are needed and where. In this webinar, led by Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP, assistant professor at the School of Medicine and director of the Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy at Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, we will hear from researchers leading the way on the Institute of Medicine recommendation that organizations collaborate in collecting data on the nursing workforce.

Moderated by Joanne Spetz, PhD, FAAN , professor at the Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California at San Francisco, the webinar’s other commenters include:

  • Michelle Washko, PhD, Deputy Director, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Carey McCarthy, PhD, MPH, RN, Director of Research, National Council of State Boards of Nursing

You’ll learn who is collecting information at the state and federal level in which categories, where the gaps are, and what is being done to strengthen the nursing field to improve America’s health.


The meeting room number to enter, if one is required, is 743 003 939.

Webinars Hosted by Others

Campaign Case Development and Communications
Date: Wednesday, July 13
Time: 1 – 2 p.m. ET

Is your Action Coalition thinking about starting a campaign to attract strong volunteers or find new funders? A major campaign is more than a strategy: It’s a statement about the future of your mission, and to succeed, you’ll need to make the case. Join Campbell & Company for a free webinar on developing and communicating your campaign case.

After the webinar, you should be able to express a campaign vision that stands apart, craft campaign messages that stick in donors’ minds, and plan a communications strategy that builds momentum.


Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

Sustaining Diversity: Learning From Great Examples

Progress on the Institute of Medicine Recommendations: Perspectives on the Evidence, Nursing Education

Summary of the March 28 education webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session.

The Evidence Shows: Better Laws Mean Better, More Accessible Care
Summary of the February 23 scope of practice webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session.

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

CMS Funding to Link Clinical Care, Social Services

Applications are due by May 18 at 1 p.m. ET

NLN Foundation Invites Applicants for Education Scholarship Awards

Applications are due by May 31 at 4 p.m. ET
RWJF Evidence for Action: Grants to Support Research to Build a Culture of Health

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