Campaign for Action Update: July 26, 2016


Below are the Campaign for Action updates for the week of July 26. In this week’s update, find shout-outs; news; funding opportunities; and webinars.

If you know of a story or event you want to tell others about, or a person or action that deserves recognition, let us know by emailing Aidan McCallion at [email protected].


Encouraging Nurses to Join Boards

Thanks to AnnMarie Lee Walton, PhD, MPH, RN, and Connie Mullinix, PhD, MBA, RN, for raising their voices to encourage oncology nurses to join boards. Walton, a Campaign for Action 2014 Breakthrough Nurse Leader, and Mullinix, a member of the North Carolina Action Coalition and a nursing faculty member at East Carolina University, make the point in a powerful way in a piece in Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing that cites both the Nurses on Boards Coalition and the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that nurses should “lead change to advance health care.” Write Walton and Mullinix, “Board service as an oncology nurse is a chance to use hard-earned skills in communication, safety, quality, and advocacy in a new venue and to be at the table to make decisions that have a significant impact on the health of the community.” (Here is a link to the piece, which is behind a paywall.)


FTC Joins AARP, RWJF in Support of VA Nursing Proposal

The Federal Trade Commission is the latest large entity to comment in favor of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ proposal to allow advanced practice registered nurses to practice with full authority in VA facilities, following the written support from AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. According to a recent poll,  they’re in good company: 88 percent of Americans support the proposed VA rule. The poll, by Veterans Deserve Care, a grassroots campaign led by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, also showed 91 percent of respondents with a veteran in their family support the proposed change. More than 167,000 comments were received during the public comment period, which ended July 25. (Good job, all.)

President Obama Signs Opioids Bill Into Law

President Barack Obama, as expected, last week signed into law the Senate bill that will allow nurses to prescribe buprenorphine to ease symptoms of those going through withdrawals from opioid use. Among those praising it was Kathleen E. Carlson, MSN, RN, CEN, president of the Emergency Nurses Association, who said in a news release,  “Emergency department visits linked to misuse or abuse of prescription opioids have risen by more than 50 percent since 2004,” and that the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is a “major step in the right direction for battling the opioid epidemic and heroin crisis.”

Nurse’s Editorial: We’re Best Positioned to Push Culture of Health

Public Health Nursing makes a smart case for why nurses are “in a unique position to help professionals working in the health care system understand and incorporate the social determinants of health into their practice.”

In her editorial that focuses especially on children’s health, Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FAAN, notes that public health nurses have long known that living conditions including housing and air quality have a huge impact on health, and that for all nurses, every health care encounter is a chance for a nurse to assess what a child and her family face at home. In a country that spends more than others on health with poor rankings to show for it, Cox also suggests that nurses can get involved in policy efforts to lead to improve a healthier population.

Looking for Inspiration to Build Healthier Communities

Are you looking for ideas around building a Culture of Health? Look no further than this website run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The site,”NCCDPHP Success Stories,” features dozens of stories about how good organizations are doing great things to help a Culture of Health blossom nationwide. (The abbreviation is for National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.) Read more .

A Lively Chat on Living Better: Tune In and Learn

The goal is audacious–help 100 million people live health lives by 2020–but as you will hear, it is grounded in reality. This Thursday, hear from the people who are making it happen in a free online program sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). “100 Million Healthier Lives: From Vision to Reality,” airing 2 to 3 p.m. ET, will be a review of the initiative’s past two years and a look at the plans in place for the coming four years. Learn more and enroll here.

IHI started its whimsically named but practical WIHI years ago. The twice-a-month one-hour broadcasts on various health topics feature a host, guest experts, and questions from listeners. Chats can be heard live or downloaded from the archive .

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-Nursing Journal Requests Pieces for Future of Nursing Issue

Nursing Education Perspectives will devote one of its six issues a year to the subject of preparing nurses of the future, and invites submissions now. Articles are to be based on the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the report that kicked off the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action . The National League for Nursing’s research journal prefers data-based manuscripts, and particularly seeks submissions from Action Coalitions.

Deadline: January 15, 2017.

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 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.


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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