General Membership Update 8/8/12

 In early July we welcomed Linda Walline, CNO of Columbus Community Hospital and Jane Carmody, V.P. of Patient Care Services with Alegent Health Omaha as our new Leadership Team Chairs. The formation of the Leadership Team is part of our reason for celebrating with events on September 13th  in Lincoln and September 14th in Omaha.

The Lincoln event is to honor 40 nurse leaders who are RNs age 40 and under for their leadership talents within the profession/community. Our goal is to encourage the development of young nurse leaders across the state. The reception in Lincoln, Honoring Nurse Leadership: 40 under 40 will be attended by the honorees and their guests as well as state senators, deans and directors, and leaders from the following organizations: hospitals, LTC, health insurance industry, banking, public health, rural health, and nursing organizations. Attached is a nomination form if you know of a nurse leader deserving of this honor. Deadline for nomination is August 17th.

The Omaha event is a conference/summit titled Nursing Leadership at All Levels: Bedside to Boardroom. This conference will award 6.5 contact hours and takes place on Sept. 14th from 8 – 4:30pm. See attached Registration form for more info. Register on our website at https://neactioncoalition.org  Pay Pal is available for ease of payment. See link at top of left hand side of page. You may also print the PDF registration available in the links at the bottom left and mail in your registration with a check payable to NAC. Hotel link is https://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/O/OMADNHX-LES-20120913/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG  free shuttle to and from meeting

This summer’s happenings:

  • Peter Kiewit Foundation and North Platte Community Foundation grant applications sent July 15th.
  • Nurse practitioner scope of practice will be undergoing 407 review process
  • Application underway for a $150,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant called the State Implementation Program (SIP). It requires states to address 2 recommendations from the Institute of Medicines 2010 report the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (see link on website). The NAC will address recommendations #4: Education and the goal of 80% BSNs by 2020 and #7: Leadership – focusing on increasing RNs in rural areas, among men, and minorities, and getting nurses on boards involved in the healthcare decision making process.

Thank you to our July donors: Beth Furlong, Joyce Sasse, Beth Beam, Pat Coyle-Rogers, Marky Weeks, Rosalie Yeaworth, Sharon Hayek, and Kelley Hasenhauer. I would encourage our teams to look at ways to challenge each other. The Practice Team has the most members: I challenge you to take on Education and Leadership!!!!!

Get on board and help us transform healthcare in Nebraska. Be a part of history in the making! Donate now at https://neactioncoalition.org   Options to become a donor-member:

  • $50 donation
  • $25 if you are a member of other nursing organizations
  • No fee if able to bring a contributing stakeholder into our ranks
  • The NAC currently has enough cash to cover 2 more months of expenses. Your donation is greatly appreciated.

Four liaisons have signed up from NE hospitals to increase our communication with staff nurses. We will be seeking liaisons from colleges/universities (including student groups), LTC, and community health care organizations. Please welcome Laura Gamble -Providence Medical in Wayne, Beth Gibbs & Jody Kempnich – Alegent Health in Omaha, and Peg Kennedy – Fremont Area Medical Center. Please contact me if you are interested.

Until next month,

Vicki Vinton

Director, Nebraska Action Coalition (NAC)

 

Practice Team Update 7/06/12

Hope you all enjoyed a fun 4th. I don’t know about you, but I need the weekend to recover from a mid-week holiday!

Strategies and Tactics for Successful Legislation to Remove Barriers to APRN Practice and Care on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CST will be open to the Executive Team and Practice Team along with interested parties.
Register below at Survey Monkey.
I have reserved a room at the VNA for this Webinar. We have the room from 1:30- 4:00 to allow for extra discussion. Please join us. Don’t forget to register. Please RSVP as we may need a bigger room. This one seats about 20. About 6 people have replied. I need to know if you will be participating at the VNA – 12565 W. Center Rd Suite 100 or from your office via conference call. (Nancy, I know you stated you will try to come to Omaha).
Join the Audio Conference
Prior to and following the Webinar from the VNA 1:30-2:00 and 3:00 – 4:00
Dial-In: 1 (800) 749-9945
1 (630) 424-2334 International
Passcode: 7082 547#

Register here to let us know you will attend the teleconference webinar
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S3QTHMJ

Other happenings:
• Hotel link for upcoming Summit-https://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/O/OMADNHX-LES-20120913/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG free shuttle to and from meeting as well as breakfast. Rooms are big – great for sharing! Room block expires Aug 17th.
• New funding from Equitable Bank of Grand Island $750 and Great Plains Regional Medical Center of North Platte (pledge of $2,500). Please say thanks if you live in these communities
• Donation page up on website www.neactioncoalition.org with link to Pay Pal via VNA’s account. Fiscal year ends July, 31. Goal 100K, raised 51.5K.
In-kind donations bring this total to just over $90,000. Help us sustain our work!
• Practice Team alert! Need 3 action items with timeline before July 30th Executive Committee meeting to update our Strategic Plan. This will also help you solidify your goals for the upcoming legislative session.
• CEU process for Summit being taken care of by Linda Lazure and Creighton. Quite a gift. Please extend your thanks!
• Need additional co-chairs for newly defined geographic areas:
East (Tom Baker, Deb Kozeny, Terrie Spohn): East of Highway 81 (Crofton thru Hebron)
North – (Need 2) All towns between Highway 81 and 83 to the West and North of Highway 92. Including Norfolk, Columbus, Valentine, St. Paul, Burwell etc
South – (Sandra Borden; Need 1) South of Highway 92 between Highways 81 and 83 including Grand Island, Kearney, Mc Cook, Holdredge.
West – (Rebecca Bowman; Need 1) West of Highway 83 and including North Platte, Scottsbluff, Sidney, Imperia, Kimball
* I realize these are not exact delineations but looking for some balance in setting up regions.

Looking forward to our conversation on the 17th,
Vicki

Education Team Bi-Weekly Update 7/05/12

Hope you all had a fun 4th!

Happenings since June 20th update:

1. Data received from Grand Island CCC PN program
2. Need list for NANDD to send out Save the Date for reception/summit on Sept. 13 & 14th. Virginia may be on vacation. Please send if you have a list.
3. Hotel link for upcoming Summit-https://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/O/OMADNHX-LES-20120913/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG free shuttle to and from meeting as well as breakfast. Rooms are big – great for sharing! Room block expires Aug 17th.
4. New funding from Equitable Bank of Grand Island $750 and Great Plains Regional Medical Center of North Platte (pledge of $2,500). Please say thanks if you live in these communities.
5. Donation page up on website www.neactioncoalition.org with link to Pay Pal via VNA’s account. Fiscal year ends July, 31. Goal 100K, raised 51.5K, counting in-kind approximately 91.5K
6. Please work within your team to complete 3 action items with timeline so that we are prepared to put together a strong Strategic Plan at our July Executive Committee meeting
7. CEU process for Summit being taken care of by L. Lazure and Creighton. Quite a gift. Please extend your thanks!
8. Midwest Regional Action Coalition Education Webinar on July 11th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. EDT (2:30-3:30 Central Daylight Time, 1:30-2:30 Mountain Daylight Time). This meeting is important for those who participated in the APIN grant
o Register here to attend: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SGL6K9G. Login information will be provided after registration.

The RFP was released on July 2 for The Future of Nursing: State Implementation Program (SIP). SIP will fund up to 30 State Action Coalitions (ACs) implementing one or two priority recommendation(s) or themes (e.g. interprofessional collaboration) from the Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. SIP will provide grants of up to $150,000 each over two years and will require ACs to secure matching funds, to sustain efforts over the long term.
There will be an applicant webinar to explain more about this funding opportunity on July 24 from 3-4p EDT. Registration is required, so mark your calendars. You can register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MV98YB9.
Many thanks for your commitment to the Education Team!
Vicki

Kaiser’s Health Reform Quiz

Take Kaiser’s Health Reform Quiz to see what you know!

The health reform law promises to deliver big changes in the U.S. health care system. But, as with other sweeping pieces of legislation, it can be hard to get the real facts about what it does. And it is all too easy for misinformation about the law to spread.

Take our short, 10-question quiz to test your knowledge of the law, and then find out how you compare to the rest of the country, as represented by the findings of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s monthly Health Tracking Poll. https://healthreform.kff.org/quizzes/health-reform-quiz.aspx

Education Team Bi-Weekly Update 6/20/12

Happy first day of summer! We continue to get a bit more publicity – my “Letter to the Editor” was published in Sunday’s Omaha World Herald. https://www.omaha.com/article/20120617/NEWS0802/706179961
It was a shortened version of the op-ed I wrote which they said was too similar to the NP article on the front page of the 6/7 edition (I disagree). I’m just happy we got this in – also good that it was the Sunday edition.

Data has been collected on two additional schools/programs:
Methodist – RN to BSN, LPN to BSN
Doane College – RN to BSN program

Plans are coming together for our Reception on September 13 in Lincoln honoring nurse leaders within the profession and/or community “40 under 40”. Get ready to nominate a worthy candidate. Our Leadership Summit will follow on September 14th from 8:00 – 4:30, Nurses Leading at All Levels: Bedside to Boardroom. The Summit will be held at Creighton University’s Harper Center. Both venues include national speakers. Save the date to come soon.

This week:
• Donation page up on website www.neactioncoalition.org Adding Facebook and Twitter links soon.
• Hotel link for upcoming Summit-https://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/O/OMADNHX-LES-20120913/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG free shuttle to and from meeting as well as breakfast. Rooms are big – great for sharing!

Does anyone know someone who does CEU applications? Let me know – this needs to be addressed soon.

Many of you know that we did not receive the Academic Progress in Nursing (APIN) from RWJF. We were disappointed – an incredible amount of hard work went into the submission. The following comes from RWJF:
On or around July 2, 2012, RWJF will announce a new RFP called The Future of Nursing: State Implementation Program (SIP). SIP will fund up to 30 State Action Coalitions (ACs) implementing one or two priority recommendation(s) or themes (e.g. interprofessional collaboration) from the Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. SIP will provide grants of up to $150,000 each over two years and will require ACs to secure matching funds, to sustain efforts over the long term. This program will match funds 2:1, meaning that ACs must secure at least $75,000 from other sources. Matching funds may include previously received and/or promised funds, but matching funds must be exclusively used to support the same one or two recommendations as designated by the AC, ensuring a true match. Funds previously awarded from RWJF, such as PIN grants, are not eligible matching funds. APIN grantees will not be eligible to apply for SIP.
Have a great rest of the week,
Vicki

Practice Team Update 6/14/12

Feels like summer is already here! This update is a bit tardy, please forgive me. Helping with 2 grants and writing 2 additional grants in a period of 3 weeks took up most of my time. Since our last update in early May, you may be noticing that there are more discussions in the media about nurse practitioners. It is good to see this uptick – some articles we may cheer about, others make us realize we have a lot of work to do (e.g., the 6/7/12 front page article in the Omaha World Herald titled “If doctor’s not in, can nurse fill the role?” https://www.omaha.com/article/20120607/LIVEWELL01/706079926
With the help of many of you and the NAC’s Executive Committee I wrote an op-ed to that article. It was denied yesterday (they said it was too similar to the original article) so I shortened it up and submitted it as a “letter to the editor.” Unfortunately, R.H.’s beautiful story didn’t make the paper. I will include it here:

R. H., a NP from South-central Nebraska, was the primary healthcare provider for an elderly gentleman who was recently widowed. When he couldn’t drive anymore she started making house calls. On one occasion he was too dizzy to get off the couch. His pulse was 36. An EKG she obtained indicated he was in complete heart block. Ms. H. called Emergency Medical Services, the gentleman was transferred to the hospital, and a pacemaker was implanted. Over the next four years she continued to make house calls. When his health began to fail, he begged her not to send him to a nursing home. She honored his wishes, and with the help of Hospice, he was able to spend his last days at home.
Recent media releases and upcoming events:
• From AANP SmartBrief aanp@smartbrief.com
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/nurse-practitioners-look-to-raise-profile-fill-gap-from-doctor-shortage/2012/05/12/gIQAHmHYLU_print.html

• Expanding the scope of practice of nurse practitioners will help alleviate the shortage in primary care doctors and reduce health care costs, physician John W. Rowe writes. Opposition from medical groups is an obstacle to progress despite analyses that show giving NPs more authority doesn’t affect physician incomes, Rowe writes. TheAtlantic.com
• July 17, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT – Strategies and Tactics for Successful Legislation to Remove Barriers to APRN Practice and Care (invitation to be sent) thru Campaign For Action www.championnursing.org
• One Strong Voice a health policy blog (web-log) from the ANA was launched in April. One of the main focuses of the blog is removal of barriers to practice for APRNs
Go to www.ananursespace.org/ANANURSESPACE/BlogsMain/One_Strong_Voice/
Posts are in chronological order and archived. An RSS feed is available which will let you know automatically when a new post is published.

A small group met on Friday, June 8 in Lincoln for a meeting with NNA, NAC, and NNP organized by Cora Micek. Points of discussion were:
• Talked about using a “grass top” approach-contacts made by NPs that are leaders in legislative districts
• Using disaster examples – Joplin, Katrina to make sure NE is prepared
• Mirror the language of IA
• Do a gap analysis between the NCSB and NE Scope of Practice
• Collect stories

Here’s to building needed momentum!!!!!!
Vicki

Education Team Bi-Weekly Update 6/06/12

I can already tell it’s summer-many emails come back to me saying OOTO back in a week! I hope all of you will be taking some time out for some summer fun.
I want to commend the Education Team on the exceptional job you have all done in keeping the momentum going on improving education in our state. I hope your enthusiasm rubs off on our Leadership Team (TBA). Practice has some big work cut out for them this summer as we will be setting the stage to make some legislative changes next session. If any of you have a relationship with a state senator-let me know and we’ll share our talking points with you.

Data continues to be collected for the NANDD. Schools I’ve received data on:
Creighton-MSN, DNP
Clarkson- all
Methodist-BSN
Union-BSN
College of St Mary -all
Bryan-MSN
UNMC all divisions & programs
Weslyan-RN to BSN
SECC – ADN
NECC – PN &ADN
Extras from the Campaign for Action newsletter:
July 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m. EDT – Midwestern Regional Action Coalition Education Webinar (invitation sent to Midwestern Regional Education Meeting attendees and co-leads only) Register here to attend: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SGL6K9G.  Login information will be provided after registration. Individuals involved: Marilyn, Aubray, Lianne, and Vicki

Nebraska Action Coalition Recruitment PackageThe Nebraska Action Coalition has developed an introductory letter and talking points about the AC as part of a recruitment package to engage new partners.  Our colleagues in the AC have generously offered to share those materials, which may be helpful in developing your own package.  You can find these resources at the links above.

Warm regards,
Vicki

Nurses are critical to a hospital’s financial health

From ANA Smart Briefs

Why nurses are critical to hospitals’ financial health
Nurses will become the most important asset for a hospital’s success, writes Richard J. Bogue, a lecturer at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Hospitals need nurses to thrive under the quality-related payment systems, he writes. “Hospital leaders can succeed better with QRP methods by encouraging nurses’ personal and professional aspirations.” Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine (5/2012)