Campaign for Action Update: July 5, 2016


Academy of Nursing Announces 2016 Fellows

Every year the American Academy of Nursing names as fellows a number of clinicians, researchers, policy leaders, educators, and executives who have made significant contributions to nursing and health care. The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action congratulates the 164 selected as the 2016 fellows, and makes special note of at least six we know who are involved with the Campaign:

  • Mary Burman, PhD, RN, FAANP, Wyoming Action Coalition
  • Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, Texas Action Coalition
  • Debra Jeffs, PhD, RN, BC, Arkansas Action Coalition
  • Linda Lazure, PhD, RN, Nebraska Action Coalition
  • Julie Willems Van Dijk , PhD, RN, co-director of the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
  • Nora Warshawsky, PhD, RN, CNE, Kentucky Action Coalition


No Weekly Update Next Week 

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action‘s Weekly Update will be on hiatus July 12. We will return July 19.

Culture of Health Sessions: Next Stop, Knoxville

The Campaign for Action and the Tennessee Action Coalition will co-host a July 13-14 Culture of Health workshop with representatives from nearly half the Action Coalitions. This session builds on the success of the first Culture of Health meeting, held last month in Nebraska with many other Action Coalitions. The Knoxville gathering will help 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.
Column: “Outdated Practices” Hit Rural Communities Hardest

“Rural Americans face bigger health challenges than their urban and suburban neighbors,” writes the interim CEO at Community Health Programs in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, in a column in the Berkshire Eagle . Noting that Berkshire is the second most rural county in the state, Lia Spiliotes continues: “The role of nurse practitioners should grow as our health system moves toward the team-oriented, patient-centered care approaches.” Spiliotes, a member of the board of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, urges the state to pass pending legislation to allow nurse practitioners and certified registered nurse anesthetists to practice to the full extent of their education and training.
Leaders Tell Their Stories in the American Hospital Association’s Great Boards 

The American Hospital Association’s summer edition of Great Boards goes long on leadership, with a cover piece by Kimberly McNally, MN, RN, BCC, and interviews with four nurse leaders describing their paths to leadership. Interviewed are Gerry Lewis-Jenkins, RN, MBA; Barbara Williams, PhD, RN; Donna King, BSN, MBA, RN; and Fran Roberts, PhD, RN, and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow. Lewis-Jenkins is chief operating officer of COPIC Insurance Company; Williams is chair of the Department of Nursing at the University of Central Arkansas and chair of the board of Conway Regional Health System; King is vice president of clinical operations and chief nursing executive at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago; and Roberts is founder, president, and CEO of the Fran Roberts Group. McNally’s lead article focuses on the Nurses on Boards Coalition and the work of the Texas Team (the Texas Action Coalition) and the Arkansas Action Coalition to place nurses on boards

Nurses Contribute to Health Equity by Involving Community in Research

Nurses are a big part of the University of California, San Francisco Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi-California) , a research effort to address the health concerns of preterm birth. In an unusual tactic, PTBi does not simply guide pregnant women and new mothers through the heightened concerns of early childbirth: It also involves them in shaping that research. In a two-minute video , PTBi shows how that happens. As  associate director of the program’s community-engaged research, Monica R. McLemore, PhD, RN, MPH, embraces health equity by including those the PTBi is intended to help. Preterm births happen at a higher rate in areas with high poverty and poor access to health care. Taking on this health issue in such an innovative way reflects the Culture of Health ideals for which McLemore was named a 2015 Culture of Health Breakthrough Nurse Leader.

“To be able to conduct really good research, you need to hear from people who actually experience the condition,” McLemore says in the video. “We are talking to women who are either at risk for preterm birth or have had a preterm birth. We want to really understand what’s important to them in terms of what we research.”

Resources: Middle Schoolers Talk About Nursing

One in an ongoing series highlight resources on the Campaign website. 

The Washington Center for Nursing produced a short video to give young students the chance to look over the shoulders of other young students who are considering nursing as a career.  “Middle school is actually a great time to start thinking about a career,” says one youngster, before she and her five fellow students don scrubs and tour hospital settings (some even practice nursing skills). “Exploring Your Future in Nursing” includes interviews with public health nurses in a variety of settings, a flight nurse, and good advice on what studies will best help launch a nursing career: English, math, science, and computer science.

VA Still Seeks Public Comments on APRN Proposal 

One month down, one to go: The public has until July 25 to comment on the Veterans Affairs proposal to allow advanced practice registered nurses to provide care to the full extent of their education and training in VA facilities. That means more veterans could receive excellent care from nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse-midwives.

Read more here, including some ideas of what to say if you have not already left your comment at

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

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.

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.

Funds Offered to Accelerate Interprofessional Community-Based Efforts

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education wants to give a boost to initiatives that pair graduate nursing professions with at least one other profession in community-based clinical settings. That’s why it is funding up to 20 graduate nursing programs that are already partnering with others. The Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, John A. Hartford Foundation, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, is open to all schools with graduate health professional and other nonhealth related professional schools (business, architecture, law, education, and others). As the application states, the initiatives should include how they build on the state Action Coalition’s interprofessional education practices.

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


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.

Webinars Hosted by Action Coalitions

New – Patient Advocacy & Empowerment: The Nurse’s Role
Host: Tennessee Action Coalition

Date: July 19

Time: 4 p.m. ET

The Tennessee Action Coalition hosts the second of six webinars in a series based on the Standards of Practice for Culturally Competent Nursing Care, which is grounded in social justice-in this case, the belief that everyone is entitled to fair and equal rights in health care. The free webinars are designed to help prepare nurses to care for an increasingly diverse population. This session focuses on the nurse’s role in patient advocacy; other competencies the series covers include critical reflection, social justice, and cultural competence in health care systems and organizations, which took place at the end of April.

Presenting will be Joanne Cunningham, director of Patient and Family Centered Care for Methodist Healthcare.


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:

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:

CDC Funding Available to Land Grant Institutions in High Obesity States

Deadline: August 2

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

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