Campaign for Action Update: December 20, 2016


Campaign News and Features
Ruling From VA Grants Veterans Greater Access to Care  

In a long-awaited decision , the Department of Veterans Affairs has ruled in favor of allowing most nurses in all VA facilities to provide care regardless of state restrictions. The December 13 ruling applies to three of the four types of advanced practiced registered nurses (nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, and clinical nurse specialists).

Thank You From Campaign Headquarters for Great Strides in 2016 

Campaign leaders Sue Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN and Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, sent a thank you message to all Action Coalition co-leaders for the work this year in improving America’s health through nursing.

Alabama Action Coalition Partners to Tackle Diabetes

Two years ago, the Alabama Health Action Coalition collaborated with GEAR UP Alabama to offer a nutrition guidebook and workshops. That partnership is still paying off, setting many families on the road to better health.

Restrictions on Nurses Cost Us All, Writes Texas Business Association CEO 

Texas Business Association CEO Bill Hammond made clear in an opinion piece  that he thinks it’s high time Texas ease laws that restrict nurses from practicing to the full of extent of their education and training.

Nurse-Led Pilot Study Gets Those Hospitalized Walking Sooner

Many older patients have trouble walking when they’ve been hospitalized, but a 13-week study out of the University of Wisconsin shows exactly how nurses can help. And it wasn’t just patients who benefited in surprising ways from walking more; nurses felt better too.

Most Nurse Leaders Find Jobs Rewarding, Survey Shows

Eight in 10 nurse leaders are very or somewhat satisfied with their jobs, according to an American Organization of Nurse Executives survey. Respondents’ reasons included their finding “joy and meaning” in their work and salaries and compensation.

New Policies, Practices Needed to Improve Use of Health Technologies 

Two new pieces take on the subject of technology and nursing: The latest Charting Nursing’s Future says new policies and practices are needed to make sure technologies are well-integrated into clinical settings. And on the Campaign blog , Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, writes that learning is improved when nursing schools coordinate with hospitals.

Accomplishments and Future Plans Were the Talk of Connecticut’s Fall Summit

“Working together is a success” was both the opening line and the sentiment at the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition’s second summit. The November meeting celebrated successes past and in the future, as those gathered discussed an increased focus on a Culture of Health.
Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities


New – Kresge Initiative Trains Public Health Leaders in Teams of Two

Emerging Leaders in Public Health , Kresge Foundation’s leadership initiative, is designed to equip local public health officers with the knowledge to lead in a changing health care environment. Designed to develop leaders in pairs, the next 18-month program starts in April 2017. Applications are accepted January 4 through February 6, and a January 18 webinar offers more details, but you can get started now with the statement of interest.

Action Coalitions! Nursing Journal Wants Your Stories

Nursing Education Perspectives will devote a whole issue to the subject of preparing nurses of the future, and invites Action Coalitions to write about how they are implementing recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s  The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Deadline: January 15.

Scholars at All Levels Encouraged to Apply for Nursing Education Grants

The National League for Nursing provides three to five grants a year for research that contribute to the development of the science of nursing education. One theme this year for its Education Research Grants Program is partnerships as a strategic approach to improve patient-centered outcomes. Deadline: February 9.

Meetings and Webinars

Meetings open to all unless otherwise noted. Follow links for details about fees and registration. 

Promoting a Culture of Health: Examples From the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (webinar)
The Center to Champion Nursing in America. January 11, 4–5 p.m. ET.

Teaching Health Policy in Graduate Nursing Education 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative conference. Coronado, Calif. January 17.

Culture of Health and Nursing Education Learning Collaborative (teleconference)
The Center to Champion Nursing in America. December 18, 2:30–3:30 p.m. ET.

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