Campaign for Action Update: February 7, 2017

February 7, 2017

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New Website Aims to Help Nurses Get on Boards 

Hats off to the Oregon Action Coalition and co-lead Oregon Center for Nursing for creating a website to connect nurses with boards they can serve on. The resources offered go far beyond that state’s borders, including tips and tools about good governance. Oregon Center for Nursing executive director Jana Bitton, MPA, writes more about it on the Campaign blog. 

Campaign News and Features
Survey: How Do You Read Charting Nursing’s Future?
Charting Nursing’s Future has issued policy briefs about nursing since 2005. Now the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation wants to know how you make use of the many pieces it has produced to inform the public and policymakers. Your responses to this 10-question survey can help chart the future of Charting Nursing’s Future.

N.D. State University Uses Well-Received Documentary to Recruit 

Two film festivals accepted a documentary co-produced by the North Dakota State University School of Nursing. “Essence of Healing: Journey of American Indian Nurses” was created to help bring more American Indian nurses into the field.
AARP Texas Pens Article Supporting APRNs Having Full Practice Authority  

In an opinion piece in TribTalk , AARP’s Texas state director lays out the reasons advanced practice registered nurses should be allowed to provide all the care they’ve been trained to provide.

Links Examined Between Nursing Restrictions, Physician Malpractice Rates

A new study connects the dots between the rate of malpractice suits against physicians, and laws that restrict nurses from practicing to the full extent of their training: “Relaxing scope-of-practice laws could mitigate the adverse extraregulatory effect on physicians identified in this study and could also lead to improvements in access to care.”

Nurse Practitioners Make More House Calls Than Physicians, Study Shows 

A new study finds that the number of nurse practitioners making house calls has topped that of other specialties, including physicians. An author points out one implication: States should stop restricting nurses from providing the care they have been trained to provide “if we want to improve geriatric care and reduce rural disparities” in health care.

New Resource: Culture of Health PowerPoint Now Available

The Campaign for Action has posted a PowerPoint presentation that Action Coalitions can use to tell others about nursing’s role in building a Culture of Health. The slide deck is appropriate for all audiences, nurses and non-nurses alike, and can be tailored to reflect local efforts and your work.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

New HRSA Announces Loan Repayment Programs in Exchange for Service

The Health Resources & Services Administration offers three loan repayment programs that can help nurses pay off unpaid education debt, by making a commitment to service in various areas. The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program deadline is February 23. The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program and the NHSC Zika Loan Repayment Program deadlines are April 6. Learn more during a technical assistance call February 16.

New RWJF Diversity Program to Fund 10 Scholars 

Applicants from “historically disadvantaged backgrounds” are sought for the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported program accepts applications from those in the medical, nursing, and dentistry field. Deadline: March 15.


New  American Nurses Foundation Releases Call for the 2017 Nursing Research Grants Program 

The American Nurses Foundation (ANF) invites beginning and experienced nurse researchers to apply for its Nursing Research Grants program. As ever, ANF provides funds to studies that advance nursing science and patient care. New this year: a grant to support clinically based research. Deadline: May 1.

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 contributes 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.

RWJF Policies for Action Program to Fund Researchers 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation offers funding to researchers whose efforts can lead to policies that improve community health. Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health is open to those in health care, mental and behavioral health, public health, and in areas that have strong influence on well-being and equity. Deadline: March 10.

Four RWJF Leadership Programs Seek a Range of Applicants

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s four leadership programs are accepting applications for 2017. The Culture of Health Leaders, Clinical Scholars, Health Policy Research Scholars, and Interdisciplinary Research Leaders programs are designed to extend the influence of those building a Culture of Health. Deadlines vary, from February 15 to March 29.

Meetings and Webinars

Meetings open to all unless otherwise noted. Follow links for details about fees and registration.
Culture of Health and Nursing Education Learning Collaborative (teleconference)

Center to Champion Nursing in America. February 8, 2:30–3:30 p.m. ET.

Fundraising Communications 3: Engaging Volunteers (webinar)
Campbell & Company. February 15, 1–2 p.m. ET.

Measuring Diversity and Its Role in Creating More Equitable Communities (webinar)

Center to Champion Nursing in America. February 15, 3–4 p.m. ET.

How to Engage with State and Local Policymakers (webinar)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. February 16, 1 – 2:15 p.m. ET.

Cross-Cultural Leadership to Promote a Culture of Health (webinar)

Tennessee Action Coalition. February 16, 3 – 4 p.m. ET.

Connecting the 3 E’s: The Importance of Equity, Enforcement and Engagement in Advancing City Healthy Housing Efforts (webinar)

National League of Cities. February 22, 1 – 2 p.m. ET.

Three-Part Series on Workforce Data Continues

Series on nursing workforce data collection, analysis, and research co-hosted by Montana State University Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, The Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center, and  The Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Slides from the January webinar, “Best Practices for State-Level Nursing Workforce Data Collection ,” are online.

“Nursing’s Impact on Patient Outcomes”

Linda H. Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN, presents the first 2017 National Institute of Nursing Research Director’s Lecture. March 2, 11 a.m.–noon ET in Bethesda, Md.
2017 National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers Conference

Colorado Center for Nursing. June 7–9 in Denver.

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