AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published November 29, 2017


Rounds with Leadership: From Dialogue to Collaboration

At the Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) held earlier this month, members of the AMA House of Delegates passed a resolution that could threaten efforts underway to advance interprofessional collaboration and team-based care. Resolution 214 calls for the creation of a national strategy to limit the scope of practice of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including opposing the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation that AACN has worked to implement on a national scale. Those advancing this resolution clearly do not understand the essential roles of APRNs in today’s healthcare system or the growing body of research linking APRNs to quality patient outcomes.


Weekly Digest

In its October and November 2017 issues, the American Journal of Nursing published findings from a national study on how nursing students learn about quality and safety, what school policies and tools are available to help students learn about errors and near misses, and ways to alter curricula and create environments that optimize such learning. Led by Dr. Joanne Disch from the University of Minnesota and Dr. Jane Barnsteiner from the University of Pennsylvania, the research team found that “significant work is needed if the principles of a fair and just culture are to shape the response to nursing student errors and near misses. For nursing schools, some essential first steps are to understand the tools and policies a school has in place; the school’s philosophy regarding errors and near misses; the resources needed to establish a fair and just culture; and how faculty can work together to create learning environments that eliminate or minimize the negative consequences of errors and near misses for patients, students, and faculty.” Study findings are presented in two articles: “Exploring How Nursing Schools Handle Student Errors and Near Misses” (October 2017) and “Creating a Fair and Just Culture in Schools of Nursing” (November 2017). 

AACN Updates


The Social Pulse

Health's Social Determinants: Nurses are Key to Addressing Factors for Better Outcomes
Dr. Susan Swider from Rush University College of Nursing has a featured blog post on Los Angeles Review of Books, which captures how nurses are key to meeting the national goals addressing the social determinants of health as outlined by Healthy People 2020.

Antibiotic Stewardship: What is it? Who does it impact? And what is our role as nurses?

The CDC estimates that at least 2 million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 people die each year as a result of those infections. As the most trusted professional who spends that most time with patients, the nurses’ presence and leadership in developing antibiotic stewardship programs is essential. Please join the CDC webinar planned for  December 5 at 12:00 PM (ET) to discuss faculty and student roles in antibiotic stewardship and the significance of adherence to clinical practice guidelines in the educational setting. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN urges Congressional commitment to students in tax reform; a Congressional briefing highlighted health professions and nursing education funding; and registration for the 2018 Student Policy Summit is halfway filled up. 


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