AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published February 14, 2018

Weekly Digest

Dr. Gail Stuart, dean of the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina, has written a guest editorial on "Faculty Making the Grade" for the January-February 2018 issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing. In this piece, Dr. Stuart challenges us to determine what we believe and value about nursing faculty, and asks readers: "Have we positioned our faculty to be fully invested, fully valued and fully rewarded for their work as nurse educators?" In addition to sharing her perspective on faculty workload, deployment, compensation, and tenure, Dr. Stuart urges the academic nursing community to consider: "As nursing education struggles with issues of faculty recruitment, retention, and career mobility, it is high time that we revisit some of the barriers we ourselves are creating that contribute to these problems."

In the January 25, 2018 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Drs. Victor Dzau (National Academy of Medicine), Darrell Kirch (Association of American Medical Colleges), and Thomas Nasca (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) authored a new perspective piece titled "To Care Is Human — Collectively Confronting the Clinician-Burnout Crisis." They discuss how the issue of clinician burnout is being addressed by the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, a network of more than 130 organizations (including AACN), committed to catalyzing collective action around enhancing wellness among all members of the healthcare team.  

CNL Award WinnersAACN Updates

AACN Announces Election Results >>

Two Nurse Leaders to Receive Awards at Next Week's CNL Summit >>

Meet the Recipient of AACN's 2018 NIDA Award >>

Watch a Live Streamed Session from the Master's Education Conference and CNL Summit >>


The Social Pulse

"One of the Best Decisions of My Life"

Read the latest from the NursingCAS Blog featuring Kevin Hsu, a recent graduate from Rush University College of Nursing's Generalist Entry Master's Program. Learn about Kevin's discovery of the nursing profession and how he took advantage of every opportunity during his time as a student.

WEBINAR: Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: Exploring Best Practices in Injection Safety

Injected medications are used in a variety of treatment settings to prevent and treat illnesses. The fifth webinar in the NICE Network webinar series, Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients will address some of the more common issues related to safe injection practices. Please join the CDC webinar on February 22 at 1:00 pm (ET) to learn the essential balance between meeting immediate or emergent patient safety needs and performing all recommended infection control practices during clinical care. 



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Betty-Smith-WilliamsWashington Weekly

In this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN opposes certain cuts to health care and education proposed in President Trump's FY 2019 budget; AACN continues celebrating Black History Month by honoring Betty Smith Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN, a prominent leader in nursing education who helped found the National Black Nurses Association and the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations.

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New Partnerships and Grant-funded Initiatives

  • Saint Xavier University's School of Nursing and Saint John Fisher School (pre-K through 8) have teamed up to create an operating clinic, where Family Nurse Practitioner students and faculty can serve their fellow community members. According to Sister Jean McGrath, principal of Saint John Fisher School, "Very few Catholic schools in the (Chicago) archdiocese have a school nurse, so we consider ourselves very blessed by this new initiative. I am also happy that this program allows our school and parish families to know about the wonderful work that Saint Xavier is doing for the local community." Read more >> 

  • The Maryland Department of Health and Opioid Operational Command Center recently announced a new partnership between the University of Maryland School of Nursing and Anne Arundel County Department of Health to use the Governor's Wellmobile Program to deliver medication-assisted treatment to one of the areas of the state most affected by the heroin and opioid crisis. The Wellmobile Program provides primary health care to uninsured and underserved residents across Maryland while also serving as interprofessional clinical education sites for students from the University of Maryland schools of nursing, law, social work, medicine, and pharmacy. The new partnership makes Wellmobile an innovative tool that gives rapid flexibility in addressing the opioid crisis. Read more >>

  • UnitedHealthcare has donated $25,000 to the East Carolina University College of Nursing to fund scholarships for students enrolled in their final year of the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses program, which provides a pipeline of BSN nurses to practice in underserved and rural parts of the state. Read more >>

  • Deborah Silvers Adams and her husband, Nick, committed $5 million to provide anchor support for the naming of the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University. The gift, which is the largest philanthropic commitment in the history of Villanova Nursing, honors Dr. M. Louise Fitzpatrick — the College of Nursing's visionary dean, who passed away in September — and allows her legacy to live on at the institution.  Read more >>

  • The University of Arizona College of Nursing has received a four-year, $1.9 million grant to support students from diverse backgrounds, with the goal of increasing diversity in the nursing workforce. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) diversity grant, administered through the HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity program, will fund the Arizona Nursing Inclusive Excellence scholars project, which supports students admitted to the college from disadvantaged backgrounds that are underrepresented in health care and nursing. Read more >>


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