Campaign for Action Update: July 19, 2016



Campaign for Action Recognizes Two More 2016 AAN Fellows

In the July 5 Weekly Update, the Campaign congratulated the 164 new fellows picked by the American Academy of Nursing, noting especially six who are involved with the Campaign. We have since learned that two more of the 2016 fellows are associated with the Campaign. We are proud to congratulate them now:

  • Ann Cary, PhD, MPH, RN, FNAP, Missouri Action Coalition
  • Suzanne Staebler, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, FAANP, Georgia Action Coalition


Deadline Nears to Support VA Proposal for Nurses, Veterans 

Monday is the last day to register your point of view about whether veterans deserve to get the full care they deserve from nurses. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs proposed that nurses be allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training in VA facilities, and for 60 days has sought comments from the public at

The American Nurses Association offers one more way you can raise your voice and ask others to as well: Wednesday, the ANA hosts a Thunderclap campaign. Thunderclaps allow thousands of people to send out one message online at once — sort of a virtual flash mob. If you’re on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr, be a part of the virtual crowd and, in ANA’s words, “Tell the VA that veterans need access to care faster, without having to jump through hoops.”

Senate Passes Bill to Allow Nurses to Aid Those With Addictions

Nurses soon will have a bigger role in fighting America’s opioid epidemic. July 13, the Senate passed a bill that allows nurses with special training to prescribe buprenorphine. The bill goes a long way toward treating the crisis as a public health problem, not one addressed strictly through law enforcement. Read the Campaign‘s post.

New Report Assesses Duties, Stress Levels of Mental Health Caregivers 

Two leaders of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action write about family caregiving and mental health in a post that should resonate with many. Whether you are a nurse who has been trained formally or a family caregiver who has been taught by life itself, as the piece says, chances are we all know someone whose family deals with mental health issues. Originally posted on AARP’s Public Policy Institute’s blog , the piece by Susan C. Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president and director, AARP Public Policy Institute and chief strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America; and Jennifer Peed, MSW, director of the Office of Center Integration and deputy director, RWJF State Implementation Program, reviews research showing some 8.4 million family caregivers are supporting someone with a mental illness.


Maryland Action Coalition Gathered Leaders in Nursing Education for 2016 Summit

The Maryland Action Coalition hosted more than 100 leaders from various health professions, educational institutions, and health care organizations for its June 27 summit. Opening up with the keynote address on nursing education were Joan I. Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN, associate professor at University of Maryland School of Nursing; Sherry B. Perkins, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, executive vice president, chief operating officer, Dimensions Healthcare System; and Mary Ann Greene, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, program coordinator of the Maryland Nurse Residency Collaborative through the Maryland Organization for Nurse Leaders. Read more about the event, which also featured a presentation by The Nurse Leadership Institute and 18 peer-reviewed posters.
Community Health Can Start With School-Based Health Centers

A new Brookings paper explores ways in which school-based health centers can promote community health, and how schools and the health care system can collaborate to create an environment that furthers the school’s educational objectives. Olga Price, PhD, of The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health also writes about the challenges these centers face, and possible solutions.

Knoxville Welcomes Action Coalitions to Culture of Health Workshop
The summertime Culture of Health sessions concluded last week with a gratifying gathering in Knoxville, Tennessee. More than two dozen Action Coalitions–those that had not attended the Omaha workshop in June–spent July 13-14 discussing ways they are building a Culture of Health and their plans to increase those efforts.

Co-hosted by the Tennessee Action Coalition and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, the two days helped Action Coalitions understand how to link their work implementing the recommendations on the future of nursing from the Institute of Medicine with efforts to build a Culture of Health.

Thank you to Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, RN, PCPNP-BC, FAAN, Tennessee Action Coalition, as well as the sponsors who helped make the two days a success.

Resource: Funder Suggests Hallway Conversations vs. Elevator Pitches

One in an ongoing series that highlights resources on the Campaign website.

The director of a foundation that backs social entrepreneurs offers his thoughts on how to successfully approach people like him, worthy as your cause is. You might be familiar with some of the suggestions he makes in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, but quite a few are surprising. “I am rooting for you,” he writes, then goes on to gently explain why he and other funders aren’t always enticed by elevator pitches thrown their way.

Weekly Update Now Promoting Action Coalition Webinars

The Weekly Update is expanding its webinar listings to include those held by Action Coalitions. If your organization is hosting an online event that might be of interest to others, please let us know so we can let others know too. Send the title, date, time and description to Aidan McCallion at [email protected].

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

New – Schools Invited to Apply for Funds for 2017 Future of Nursing Scholars

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program aims to help build a cadre of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, the better to create a Culture of Health. The program has issued a call for proposals for schools that want to apply for funding to support its scholars. Schools selected will then choose the PhD students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars.

Schools interested in learning more can participate in an optional applicant Web conference call on August 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET. You must register in advance. Proposals are due September 15 at 3 p.m. ET.

RWJF Funds Research That Expands Evidence for Culture of Health  

To encourage research on the way specific policies, programs, and partnerships affect health and well-being, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is awarding funds in its Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health  initiative. The funds are an effort to support creative, rigorous research -especially for novel approaches to measuring health determinants and outcomes. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about the initiative.
Harvard Public Health School Offers Executive Training

Harvard Leadership Trainings intersect with the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action  in several ways, notably in an emphasis on leadership development. A new program for nurse executives takes place in two weeklong sessions: This fall, the focus is on leadership, and next spring, on strategic planning. Other executive education programs and continuing education courses at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health include management, public health education, and organizational strategy. Learn more about the sessions offered.


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 Action Coalitions and other organizations that may be of interest.

Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

Lessons Learned: Gaining Full Practice Authority in Nebraska

STEM Programs to Grow a Diverse Nursing Workforce

Fundraising and Coalition Building

Perspectives on the Evidence: Workforce Planning 
Summary of the May 20 webinar, including slides and transcript of the question-and-answer session. 

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

CDC Funding Available to Land Grant Institutions in High Obesity States

Deadline: August 2

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