Campaign for Action News: June 7, 2016


Two Honored for Excellence in Nursing in Rural Wisconsin 
The Wisconsin Action Coalition congratulates two outstanding nurses honored by the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative for the high quality of their nursing care: Carl Lash, RN, of Black River Memorial Hospital won the Kristi Hund Excellence in Nursing Award, and Scott Blackledge, RN, BSN, of Stoughton Hospital received the Kristi Hund Nurse Excellence Award. The Cooperative, a co-lead of the Wisconsin Action Coalition, notes that both nurses contribute to the high standards of nursing practice in hosp itals serving rural communities. The annual awards recognize well-educated nurses who are well-rounded at clinical practice, and can respond to a variety of age groups, diagnoses, and patient emergencies. For the first time, both awards went to men–demonstrating Wisconsin’s commitment to expanding diversity in the workforce.


Strong Campaign Supporter Now President-Elect of AARP Board

AARP has just announced its new board of directors, and the moves include the appointment of Catherine Alicia Georges, EdD, RN, FAAN, as president-elect. Georges, a long-time AARP board member, has been an especially strong supporter of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.

“She is a long-time Campaign supporter and advocate for nursing, with a deep understanding of the role nurses can play in helping consumers and their families get and stay well,” said Susan C. Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president and director of the AARP Public Policy Institute and chief strategist of the Center to Champion Nursing in America. Georges takes over in 2018. Read more about Georges.
The Campaign Dashboard Is Now Updated

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action dashboard has been updated with recent numbers, and also new measures. The biggest shift for the dashboard, which uses graphics and numbers to show progress toward reaching the Campaign goals to improve America’s health through nursing, is its new diversity measure. This important factor had been tracked before, but divided among other categories of measurement. Among other updates is a change to workforce data, which now focuses on shifts in supply, demand, and education.

The Dashboard can be found in the resources section of the website as well as on the each issue page.

The Evidence Is In, and Posted: Experts’ Webinars Now Online
What has changed, exactly, in the wake of the 2010 report on the future of nursing? That’s what the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked a number of research experts. Their findings from thorough examinations of studies over the years became four separate webinars, which are now posted on the Campaign website. Each webinar–on scope of practice, nursing education, nurses as partners in redesigning health care, and workforce planning–includes an audio recording, the slides shown, and a written summary.

Just Out: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Education
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the Academic Progression in Nursing program, and the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently wrote a set of responses to frequently asked questions about academic progression. Answers include the definition of NCSBN’s role in overseeing the RN-to-BSN programs, an explanation of how nursing programs can gain access to workforce data, and a review of the steps taken to make sure the NCLEX, the examination for licensing of nurses, is up to date. Read the frequently asked questions.

In Opening Days, VA Proposal Draws Huge Response

Last week, the Weekly Update noted that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs sought public comment on its proposal to change regulations for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). The public was loud: As of June 2, the proposal that APRNs in VA facilities be allowed to provide health care services to the full extent of their education and training received more than 10,000 comments on the Federal Register.

(Chime in if you haven’t already. The comment period goes through July 25.)

Building on the Campaign to Create a Healthier America: Summer Meetings

All Action Coalitions will be invited to one of two meetings this summer co-sponsored by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and designed to show the powerful overlap between their work on the Campaign pillars and a Culture of Health.  The June 21-22 gathering in Omaha is co-sponsored by the Nebraska Action Coalition, and the July 13-14 event in Knoxville is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Action Coalition.

The goals of both will be the same, including activities to help participants understand how their ongoing collaborations already are building a Culture of Health, learn how to develop strategies for building a Culture of Health, and communicate more easily about the movement. 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].

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

Community Colleges Can Apply for Grant to Go Smoke-Free

The Truth Initiative says it is “inspiring tobacco-free lives,” and wants to inspire community colleges to begin smoke-free policies. America’s largest nonprofit public health organization dedicated to making tobacco use a thing of the past is offering a grant to help colleges advocate for, adopt, and implement a 100 percent smoke- or tobacco-free policy.

Deadline: July 15. Learn more about the program.
New: CDC Funding Available to Land Grant Institutions in High Obesity States 

Obesity continues to be a national public health problem. To encourage solutions, the Centers for Disease Control is offering funding opportunities to land grant colleges or universities in a states with counties that have an adult obesity rate of over 40 percent. The monies would go to solutions that include efforts to identify barriers and create interventions.

Deadline: August 2. Read the funding announcement.

“Engaging Businesses for Health”- The Private Sector and a Culture of Health

As the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) works with others to build a Culture of Health, it seeks ways in which the private sector’s investments are leading to healthier communities. To find the evidence to build this business case, RWJF will fund up to eight research projects providing evidence on topics including business investment in healthy community environments, and community health and market effects on businesses.

Deadline: June 14 at 3 p.m. ET. Find out how to apply.


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.

STEM Programs Can Add Up to More Diversity in Nursing

Date: Thursday, June 30

Time: 3 – 4 p.m. ET

The dearth of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) might contribute to the U.S. losing its edge when it comes to innovation, says the National Institutes of Health–but as a result, there are now a number of innovative STEM programs that target young students in diverse, disadvantaged communities. Attendees at this webinar will discuss those programs, and strategies Action Coalition can use to strengthen their diversity action plans. This focus on STEM programs can help sustain and expand diversity efforts and lead to a nursing workforce that reflects the demographics of the nation.


Webinars Hosted by Others

“First Look: Giving USA 2016”

Date: Wednesday, June 15

Time: 1 – 1:30 p.m. ET

Want to learn about what recent trends in giving might mean for your organization? Campbell & Company hosts this webinar that will cover broad and sector-specific philanthropic trends, potential opportunities and challenges, and what the implications are for your fundraising goals and program strategies.


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:

Perspectives on the Evidence: Workforce Planning 

Summary of the May 20 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session.

Fundraising and Coalition Building 

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

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

AACN Innovations in Graduate Population Health Curriculum Awards
Deadline: June 17
Apply for the Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice program 
Deadline: July 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

RWJF Evidence for Action: Grants to Support Research to Build a Culture of Health

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