AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published August 23, 2017

AACN Weekly News Watch
August 23, 2017
Rounds with Leadership:
A Time for Moral Courage

Rounds-with-LeadershipNursing has the privilege of caring for culturally diverse patients and the social mandate to do so with a focus on equity and excellence, respect, and dignity. Over the summer, events here and abroad have made us pause and reflect on diversity— diversity of thought, beliefs, backgrounds, and how this impacts an individual’s behavior. Diversity refers to all the ways in which people differ and the effect of those differences on our thinking and behavior. This includes socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, gender, religion, and age. A core element of diversity is inclusion, which calls for creating a climate where all individuals are actively engaged, feel safe, and are welcomed. A culture of diversity and inclusion is deeply instilled in the values and beliefs of AACN.
Weekly Digest
The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) is convening a Presidential Task Group in response to the recent crisis in Charlottesville to develop and disseminate an advisory document offering strategic and tactical advice for academic institutions needing to address controversial issues on a wide range of topics that could potentially address the following:
  • How to proactively create safe and productive opportunities for deepening discourse and understanding of controversial social, political and philosophical issues;

  • Major principles and strategies in planning for potential controversial/disruptive campus events, which include the consideration of: Who Should Be Included In Developing Strategies; Safety; Legal Issues; Political Issues (Internal And External); Reputational Issues; Communications (Internal And External); Social/Moral Issues/Historical Context;

  • Models for how chief diversity officers (CDOs) should engage presidents/chancellors during such disruptive events, and the role(s) of CDOs during such events.
If you have experience with managing these kinds of events on your campus and would like to offer ideas/suggestions to the task group, please send your feedback to Debbie Nolan, NADOHE Executive Manager, at dnolan@nadohe.org by Friday, September 1.

The Social Pulse
Honoring Diversity When Patients Act on Racist Beliefs
Nurses and other healthcare professionals may encounter moments when patients or other staff members express overt racism. Dr. Esther Choo from the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine shares some practical advice on how to respond appropriately in these situations. Read the full article.
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Diversity & Inclusion: On the Front Lines of Nursing
Diversity affects everyone directly. Nurses are the primary servers of patient education and advocacy, which are key weapons for community health and global health. With a lack of diversity in the areas that are underserved, coupled with a lack of access, the gap of disparities continues to grow. Read the full article.
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Washington Weekly
Capitol_Flag.jpg?r=1498665847279Inside this week's edition of Washington Weekly:Upon return from August recess, Congress will face deadlines for a Fiscal Year 2018 federal spending package; AACN submitted public comments to CMS in response to the proposed rule on the Quality Payment Program and AACN’s Student Policy Summit Grassroots Ambassadors are influencing change in Texas and South Carolina.