AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published February 21, 2018

Weekly Digest

In the latest edition of Diverse Issues in Higher Education published February 20, 2018, writer Lois Elfman showcases efforts to diversify the nursing workforce in an article titled "Meeting Nursing Demand through Diversity."  With less than 25% of the nursing workforce comprised of individuals from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, strategies have been implemented on several fronts to facilitate change and bring more diversity into the student population.  AACN's work with the New Careers in Nursing program and training on Holistic Admissions Review is featured in this piece, which also includes insights from Dr. Vernell DeWitty, AACN's Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Also highlighted is the effort of several schools to encourage minority students to complete doctoral-level nursing programs, including work underway at Pace University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dean's Annual MeetingAACN Updates

Gold Foundation's Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest Expands to Nursing Students >>

AACN-CDC Fellowship Opportunity — Deadline is this Friday! >>

AACN Deans Annual Meeting to Examine Disruptive Innovation: Time Variable Competency-Based Education >>

The Social Pulse


Mary Mahoney First Black Woman to Study and Work as a Professionally Trained Nurse

#BlackHistoryMonth - Did you know Mary Mahoney made history when she became the first black woman to study and work as a professionally trained nurse? In addition to her pioneering efforts in nursing, Mahoney has been credited as one of the 1st women to register to vote in Boston

Enduring Historically Black Colleges & Universities Rising for Changing Student Needs

Enrollment hovers at about 300,000 students nationwide, but interest has spiked recently at some of the nation's HBCUs. See USA Today's article.

AACN Leadership Programs

William-David-LaFeversWashington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN remembers Dr. William David LaFevers, an inspiring educator, mentor, and provider, who passed away on February 15; in honor of Black History Month, AACN spotlights the extraordinary accomplishments of Dr. Mary Elizabeth Carnegie; and federal officials voice support for research on gun violence following the mass high school shooting in Florida. 

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

Opportunities and Resources to Consider

  • Founded by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education was created to share best scientific and educational practices and design model curricula on the health impacts of climate change. The Consortium builds on a pledge by 115 medical, nursing, and public health schools in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia to add climate and health to their curricula. Schools wishing to join the Consortium may do so by completing this online form

  • VA Quality Scholars (VAQS) provides a fellowship program in healthcare quality improvement for nurse and physician scholars. In this two-year, pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship, participants learn to develop and apply new knowledge for the ongoing improvement of healthcare services for VA and the nation.  

  • The American Journal of Nursing has announced the 2018 Nurse Faculty Scholars/AJN Mentored Writing Award, an annual program to promote mentorship and develop scholarly writing skills among nurses. The program is open to all RNs. Each candidate, working with a mentor, will develop and submit a paper to AJN; an awards committee will choose the winning paper. The winner will receive a certificate and a $500 award to support travel for presenting the paper at a professional conference. Deadline is April 1, 2018.  

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) summer internship program provides a pathway for college students to learn how a career in philanthropy can make a difference. Interns will have the opportunity to gain meaningful, hands-on work experience and the opportunity to apply coursework concepts to real-world work situations. The cohort will be part of an orientation program that will take them beyond their immediate project to learn and gain insights on how RWJF works to solve some of the most pressing health issues in our nation. Deadline is March 4, 2018.

  • Applications are now open for four of RWJF's leadership development programs, which are helping build the leaders of tomorrow. These four programs are designed to help bolster leadership skills and to connect with other innovators to advance big ideas and solutions: Clinical Scholars, Culture of Health Leaders, Health Policy Research Scholars, and Interdisciplinary Research Leaders.  

  • The Beyond Flexner Alliance is hosting a comprehensive conference for health professionals committed to a more equitable health care, April 9-11, 2018, in Atlanta, GA. The broad themes of social mission include social determinants of health, community engagement, disparity reduction, diversity promotion and value-based health care. Inter-professional education and practice are essential components of a transformed health system. The Beyond Flexner conference is a unique opportunity to learn more about the movement and how to integrate social mission into your teaching, learning and practice.  

  • The Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative is an annual program that trains interdisciplinary teams of professional students from schools around the country to learn to work with complex healthcare and social needs using a patient-centered approach.  AACN is a co-host of this program.  

  • In our effort to amplify health education, research, and practice, the Big Ten Academic Alliance Nursing Informatics Collaborative offers a fourth and final installment in their free webinar series to provide knowledge and enhance skillsets for using Big Data in nursing research. Faculty are encouraged to participate and broaden their knowledge about Big Data, which they can pass on to students.  

  • The Association of Women in Medicine has announced an opportunity for nursing faculty to apply for scholarships to represent his/her school at the upcoming 2018 National Sex and Gender Health Education Summit. This interprofessional summit will take place April 8-10 at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. There are scholarship opportunities available. A limited number of slots are allocated for nursing.

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