Campaign for Action Update: November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017

A Tip of the Hat to America’s Nurse Practitioners

Happy National Nurse Practitioner Week to our nation’s 234,000 nurse practitioners. The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action believes that nurse practitioners, along with clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwives, are key to making health and health care  accessible for all and should be allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training.
Campaign News and Features

The Campaign Is New Publisher of Charting Nursing’s Future

Charting Nursing’s Future, a newsletter focused on nursing policy and published for more than a decade by  the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is now part of the Campaign for Action. Readers can find Charting Nursing’s Future stories on the Campaign‘s blog, in this publication, and in the Campaign‘s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Recent stories are listed below.

A panel at the American Academy of Nursing’s 2017 conference explored what it takes to get a seat on a governance board and be successful in board service.

Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior advisor to Charting Nursing’s Future, shares nine traits that a CEO looks for when evaluating candidates to serve on a board.

The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Friday, November 17, and some nurses are paying attention. That’s because 7 percent of RNs and a whopping 25 percent of licensed practical nurses are smokers. Here are four facts to help you understand (and assist) nurses who smoke.

Election Day 2017 is behind us, but a nurse manager and a population health epidemiologist are working together to forge new frontiers in voting registration. Voting, after all, is a measurement of community health.
Advocating for Compassionate Care

Campaign for Action director Sue Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, writes in a nursing leadership magazine about her tragic experience last year that made her believe that nurses, and others in healthcare, must do better for patients and their families.

The Path From Visiting Nurse to Public Policy Leader 

In a piece on ,  Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, chief strategist of the Center to Champion Nursing in America, talks about her path from visiting nurse to senior vice president and director of AARP’s Public Policy Institute.  Reinhard urges nurses be knowledgeable about public policy issues that impact the care they provide to consumers.

Missouri Leader’s Interest in Nursing Spurred by Father’s Surgery

KliethermesIn the fifth of a series of profiles that feature Action Coalition leaders, Missouri’s Jill Kliethermes, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, shares the following advice to the next generation of nurses: embrace opportunities, and have a voice in the nursing profession.

Medicare graduate nurse education demonstration shows better clinical training outcomes 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration has reported its findings to Congress, and there is good news. The Campaign will dive deeply in coming weeks into results of the $200 million initiative conducted at five sites, but we want to share a link to the report and a key takeaway now. “The evaluation documented better clinical training outcomes for demonstration schools of nursing compared to schools not affiliated with the demonstration,” the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing said in a press release.

New Illinois Law Means Greater Access to APRN Care
Consumers in Illinois will soon have better access to the care provided by advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), thanks to a new bill signed into law recently. The law is expected to increase Illinoisans’ access to highly skilled nurses, particularly in rural and underserved areas.
Mentorship Programs Seeks to Diversify the Nursing Workforce
The Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, a co-lead organization of the Colorado Action Coalition, developed a mentorship program to help diversify the nursing workforce. Midwestern Action Coalitions came together in Denver in October to learn about it.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities


*New* Recruit, Train Students for Community-Based Primary Care

The Health Resources and Services Administration is soliciting proposals from schools of nursing and health care facilities for a training program for nursing students and registered nurses to practice in community-based primary care teams with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and control. The program aims to train nurses to address pressing national public health issues. Deadline: January 29. 

*New*  Apply To Be Part of the Eighth Class of Macy Faculty Scholars

Promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing are invited to apply for the Macy Foundation’s Faculty Scholars program. Scholars will implement new educational innovations at their home institutions and participate in career development activities that prepare them for leadership roles. Informational webinar: December 14. Deadline: February 14, 2018. 

RWJF Health Policy Fellows Program Accepting Applications

Midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists are encouraged to apply for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program, a yearlong learning experience in Washington, D.C., that seeks to build and maintain strong and diverse leadership and a workforce skilled in health policy. Deadline: November 15 at 3 p.m. ET.

Learn more.


RWJF Seeks Solutions for Social Isolation 
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is looking for ideas that address social isolation and promote healthy social connections. This call for proposals is open to organizations from all fields to surface solutions that can be adapted in the United States. Deadline: December 21 at 3 p.m. ET. 

Read more.


Nursing Schools Can Apply for HRSA Faculty Loan Program

A program run by the Health Resources and Services Administration provides funds to schools of nursing that allow the schools to offer loans to students committed to becoming nurse faculty. The goal: to increase the number of qualified nurse faculty. Applications are due by November 28.



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 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.

National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs. November 15-17, Los Angeles.

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

Native American Nurses leading a Culture of Health (webinar)
Center to Champion  Nursing in America. November 29, 4-5 p.m. ET.


Center to Champion Nursing in America. January 31, 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET. 

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