Campaign for Action Update: August 8, 2017

August 8, 2017

Send shout-outs, story ideas, and webinar information
to Aidan McCallion at [email protected].


Campaign Salutes Nurses Honored by NBNA 

The National Black Nurses Association recognized highly accomplished nurses at its recent conference, among them three affiliated with the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Congratulations to all who earned recognition, and especially Campaign allies Debra A. Toney, PhD, RN, FAAN, Deborah Washington, PhD, RN, and Ena Williams, MBA, MSM, BSN, RN, CENP.

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Campaign News and Features

Updated Campaign Dashboard Reflects Progress
Good moves are afoot in nursing education, leadership, and laws, and the Campaign Dashboard has just been updated to show these and other recent changes. The Dashboard tracks efforts to implement the recommendations in the Future of Nursing report.

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Nurse Embraces Role at NCAA 

When you think NCAA, you might not think nurses. You should. The NCAA Sport Science Institute hired Jessica Gonzalez, MPH, BSN, RN, CLC, as its first nurse. The 2014 Breakthrough Leader in Nursing talks about her job as well as being the first in her family to graduate from college, and more, on the Campaign blog.

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Hear All About It: Oregon Offers Podcasts on Board Service

Two nurse leaders take to the airwaves to inform and entertain about the ins and outs of board service. The six-episode podcast, courtesy the Oregon Center for Nursing and the Oregon Action Coalition and part of the Oregon Nurses on Boards Initiative, makes it easy for nurses to learn how and why to join a board and more.

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Nursing Journeys: Spotlight on a Virginia Leader

David DeBiasi, RN, BSN, went from being a political science major to a certified nursing assistant, where colleagues convinced him that nursing was his gift. DeBiasi, now the associate state director for AARP Virginia, talks about his career as part of a Campaign series featuring Action Coalition leaders.

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Understand Unconscious Bias to Promote Health Equity

It’s important for everyone, including and especially nurses, to understand the concept of unconscious bias. In a follow-up to her webinar on the topic, Campaign diversity adviser Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, writes about these “beliefs …that reside outside of our awareness,” and how such beliefs can affect health care providers and those they care for.

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Nursing Education Calls to Start Again in September 

The Campaign’ s monthly teleconference calls linking nursing education and Culture of Health concepts are on hold till the fall. Until the next call, September 27, Action Coalitions and others are invited to suggest topics to discuss during this learning collaborative. Email Lynn Mertz, PhD, senior strategic policy adviser at the Center to Champion Nursing in America, at [email protected].

Read  notes from the previous calls.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities


*New* Near D.C.? Lend a Hand to Pack Meals 

Those near the National Mall September 10 or 11 are invited to spend 90 minutes helping AARP Foundation meet its Meal Pack Challenge. Part of the foundation’s annual day of service, the goal is to pack 1.5 million meals to provide to hungry and food-insecure older adults served by local food banks.


Schools Invited to Apply for Funds for 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 committed to long-term careers, the better to create a Culture of Health. Schools of nursing with research-focused PhD programs are invited to apply. Deadline: September 14 at 3 p.m. ET.


Nurses’ Health Study 3 Seeks Volunteers

The Nurses’ Health Studies, the largest, longest-running investigations of women’s health, has since 1976 relied on nurse participants to study a number of health factors. The third such study seeks 100,000 female nurses or nurse students, ages 19 to 52, to participate in a web-based study of health issues related to lifestyle, fertility/pregnancy, environment, and nursing exposures.


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. September 27, 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET.

“Transforming Health, Driving Policy” 

American Academy of Nursing. October 5-7, Washington D.C.

Michigan Nursing Summit
Michigan Center for Nursing. October 11-13, Thompsonville, Mich.

“Transforming Practice, Providing Value
National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, hosted by the University of Maryland School of Nursing.  October 23-25, Baltimore.

“Advancing Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. November 17-19, Scottsdale, Arizona.

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