Campaign for Action Update: August 9, 2016




Wisconsin SIP Project Manager Named Chair of School of Nursing

Congratulations to Carol Sabel, PhD, RN, CNE, for being named chair of the School of Nursing at Milwaukee School of Engineering. Sabel is active with the Wisconsin Center for Nursing, a co-lead of the Action Coalition, as the grant project manager for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Implementation Program. She was associate dean of the master of nursing program in the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing at Alverno College, also in Milwaukee.


No Weekly Update Next Week 

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action‘s Weekly Update will be on hiatus August 16. We will return August 23.

Numbers Marking Progress Have Been Updated

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action gauges progress on a number of fronts, and many of those have just been updated with new figures. The primary indicators were updated in June, and now the same has been done for secondary indicators on the Campaign Dashboard. Read more about the latest numbers on education, diversity, workforce data, leadership, access to care, and other Campaign pillars on the website.

Study Shows Shorter ER Waits When Nurses’ Responsibilities Expanded

If hospitals expand nurses’ responsibilities in the emergency room for certain types of treatments, patients can leave much sooner, finds a new study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. The study’s lead author told EMSWorld, “For certain patients, nurse-driven protocols can dramatically decrease the amount of time they spend in the emergency department. …It helps everyone in the ER by reducing crowding.” One such protocol: administering acetaminophen for those with fever. The study concludes: “A cooperative and collaborative interdisciplinary group is essential to success.”

Radford School of Nursing Joins Collaborative Community Effort
In Wise, Virginia, 10 members of Radford’s School of Nursing joined an annual massive effort to deliver health care to more than 2,000 underserved Virginians. At this year’s Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic in early July, 1,200 health care providers and other volunteers delivered medical, dental, vision, and preventive care. It’s the latest example of Radford’s preparing nurses by getting them out in the field. Among Radford volunteers was faculty member Kemberly Campbell, MSN, RN, who called it a “valuable experience for the students to see the reality of health care when access is limited or unavailable.” RAM is part of a nonprofit volunteer medical relief corps that offers such clinics where it is needed around the world.

Gap Widens Between Rich and Poor in Health Care Use, Costs 

Since 2004, the gap has widened between rich and poor when it comes to health care, finds an analysis published in the July Health Affairs of 50 years of data. It wasn’t always so (Medicare and Medicaid shifted the balance in the 1970s), but today, copayments and deductibles are most likely the reason that the middle class and poor are paying more for care than they used to, and so seeking it less. Report authors discuss their findings in a commentary published in The Hill.

Pack Meals for Seniors in Need on September 11 

AARP Foundation, which, with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP, backs the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, invites volunteers to be a part of its annual day of service. P eople of all ages are asked to spend 90 minutes (or more!) at the National Mall September 11-12, in the effort to pack 1.5 million meals for hungry residents served by the Capital Area Food Bank. The charitable event is a tribute to veterans and first responders on what will mark the 15th year after the attacks of September 11. Find out more at the Meal Pack Challenge website. If you want to volunteer as a group, please contact Darryl Lockett at AARP,  [email protected].

Send Us News of Your Webinars

Remember, the Weekly Update now lists webinars held by Action Coalitions. Let us know of an online event you’re hosting: Send title, date, time, and description to Aidan McCallion at [email protected].

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

Modern Healthcare Seeks Nominations for Exceptional Nurses

Calling exceptional nurses at all levels: Modern Healthcare,  the health magazine, has teamed up with the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility at the Emory University School of Nursing to celebrate, for the second year, nurses who are out in front. Now is the time to nominate those who show exemplary leadership in advancing care through nursing, and developing innovative programs, in the Excellence in Nursing Awards.

Because nurses are in executive suites as well as delivering care alone and on teams in hospitals, health systems, and in the community, the awards for leaders in nursing are in six categories: unit/departmental; senior-level; the Lillian Carter exemplary acts; team-achievement; diversity; and rising stars. Last year, the inaugural year, featured three categories. (See last year’s winners.)

Nominations deadline: October 7.  Winners will be announced January 16.

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.

Partnership for a Healthier America’s 2017 Summit Invites Speakers, Presenters

If your expertise concerns childhood obesity or communities especially affected by the crisis, you’re invited to address others who are also trying to solve this problem. The Partnership for a Healthier America will hold its annual summit next May, and seeks a diverse set of experts to lead some of its popular breakout sessions about solutions or innovations. The Partnership works with the private sector to improve our nation’s health, starting with youngsters and communities most in need.

Those interested should return completed applications for the Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington, D.C., no later than September 1.

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 particularly seeks submissions from Action Coalitions writing about their efforts to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The idea for the special issue is thanks to the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition, following its work on transforming education. The research journal, which is produced by the National League for Nursing, prefers data-based manuscripts.


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 – “Expand Your Mind and Heart Through Reflective Practice”

Host: Tennessee Action Coalition

Date: Tuesday, September 13

Time: 3 – 4 p.m. ET

The Standards of Practice for Culturally Competent Nursing Care are, much like the Culture of Health, founded on the belief that everyone deserves fair and equal rights in health care. The Tennessee Action Coalition will soon host the third of six webinars based on those Standards of Practice. The one-hour session introduces the value of reflective practice and critical reflection — ways of critiquing one’s practice as well as examining values, beliefs, and cultural heritage.

Presenting will be Kate Payne, JD, RN, NC-BC, associate professor of nursing at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


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:

RWJF’s Initiative:Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

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