Tip of the mortarboard from the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action to all those graduating from nursing school and obtaining higher degrees. Not only is graduation day a personal triumph for the individuals who have accomplished so much after years of hard work, but the cause for celeb ration is for all of us, too: Increasing the number of highly educated nurses is, of course, an important aspect of how nurses will keep building healthier communities. Congratulations, and onward!
Breakthrough Leader Overcame Barriers to Pursue Nursing Career
Lack of family support, finances, and even basic academic skills while attending nursing school did not stop Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leader in Nursing awardee Lucia Alfano, RN, MA. In a recent post on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation blog, the nurse leader points to her past as a way to show how to reach others like her to build a more diverse and inclusive nursing workforce. Based on her experience, she also suggests:
- Reaching kids at a young age so they know a nursing career is a real option
- Encouraging minority nursing students to take advantage of academic support program
- Recruiting more minority faculty members to nursing programs
- Encouraging minority nurses to get involved with community outreach
Building on the Campaign to Create a Healthier America: Summer Meetings
The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action will partner with two Action Coalitions this summer to co-sponsor sessions designed to convey the powerful overlap between their work on the Campaign pillars and the tenets of a Culture of Health.
Representatives from about half the Action Coalitions are invited to the first gathering, June 21-22 in Omaha, and co-sponsored with the Nebraska Action Coalition; the second gathering, is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Action Coalition, July 13-14 in Knoxville. Those gathered will participate in the same activities, to:
- Understand how their collaborations with a diversity of people and organizations already are building a Culture of Health
- Learn how to develop strategies for building a Culture of Health
- Strengthen connections with partners through Culture of Health work
- Communicate more easily about a Culture of Health
Staff from the Campaign will be in touch with Action Coalitions about which session they are invited to attend. If you have questions about the meetings, contact Natalie Moulding at [email protected].
Louisiana Looking to Remove Collaborative Agreement for APRNs
The Louisiana Senate will soon debate a bill that calls for the removal of a state mandate that requires nurse practitioners to have written agreements with physicians and dentists to operate practices and care for patients. The collaborative agreements affect nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives who have more than 250 hours in collaborative practice.
Chiming in on the matter is one consumer whose letter was published in The Advocate . In part, the writer, an administrator at Preferred Living Inc. in Welsh, wrote.: “Lack of access plays a big part in Louisiana’s current health care crisis, and improving access can be expected to help with the cost of care.” View the Louisiana Senate Schedule.
A First: Nurse a Voting Board Member of Society of Hospital Medicine
For the first time, a nurse has been elected a voting member of the board of the Society of Hospital Medicine, the professional medical society representing more than 14,000 of the 44,000 practicing hospitalists in the United States. Tracy Cardin, ACNP-BC, SFHM, had been a nonvoting member of the board; even as a nonvoting member, said past president Robert Harrington Jr., MD, SFHM, Cardin brought the “voice of an important constituency within our membership.” Cardin has been chair of the organization’s Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Committee.
Read more about the appointment.
Pediatric Nurses Urge Hospitals, Other Health Systems to Credential APRNs
The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, appropriately shortened as NAPNAP, recently reaffirmed its 2010 position statement on credentialing and privileging for nurse practitioners to say again that all nurse practitioners should be “credentialed and privileged to perform services that allow them to practice to the full extent of their education, certification, and licensure.” This echoes, of course, the initial recommendation of the Institute of Medicine future of nursing report, which states that advanced practice registered nurses should be able to practice to the full extent of their education and training.
For additional reading on the NAPNAP statement urging hospitals and other health systems to act, see a 2011 report from AARP, ” Removing Barriers to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Care: Hospital Privileges.”
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.
Register. 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
How many nurses will be needed in a year? In two, or five? What exactly will their roles be, and where? Data are critical to answering these questions and others, and shaping the future of the nation’s health care. In this webinar, led by Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP, 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.
Register. 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:
Nurses as Partners in Redesigning Health Care
Summary of the April 25 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session.
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:
Applications are due by May 18 at 1 p.m. ET
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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