Florida International Universitys Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences launched Nursing Academia ACTIVATE, a social media effort to raise awareness and champion the APRN Campaign for Consensus initiated by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
The effort aims to directly engage nursing deans, directors and faculty to weigh in on the APRN Campaign for Consensus an NCSBN initiative to help states align their APRN regulations with the major elements of The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, according to a news release. Those major elements are:
State recognition of each of the four described roles (CNS, CNP, CRNA, CNM)
Title of APRN in one of the four described roles
Licensure as an RN and as an APRN in one of the four described roles
Graduate or post-graduate education from an accredited program
Certification at advanced level from an accredited program that is maintained
The Affordable Care Act is prompting many states to redefine the roles and scope of practice of the APRN, making the need to unite for uniformity in education and licensing greater than ever, said Ora Strickland, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences, in the release. As healthcare educators and leaders, we must make our voices heard to effect change and use every tool at our disposal to do so, and that includes Twitter.
Get them tweeting
The effort urges nursing deans, directors and faculty across the country to take to use Twitter to support and spread the word about the APRN Campaign for Consensus. A dedicated landing page on the college website details the effort and how to get involved, including a Tools and Tips section that walks participants through the process of joining Twitter and advocating for the APRN campaign on Twitter.
Additionally, the college will sponsor the first Twitter room at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Fall Conference in Washington D.C. There, FIU will host a Tweet-A-Thon from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Oct. 27, to further support Nursing Academia ACTIVATE, encouraging everyone to join the conversation no matter where they are and engage on the Twitter feed at @FIUNursing.
For information, visit CNHS.FIU.edu/ActivateAPRN and NCSBN.org.