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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published August 09, 2017


AACN Weekly News Watch
August 9, 2017
Weekly Digest
On July 28, Inside Higher Ed released findings from its seventh annual survey of college and university business officers, which found a growing consensus that higher education is facing an uncertain financial future. This year, 71% of chief business officers agreed that higher education is in the midst of a financial crisis. This percentage is up from 63% in 2016 and 56% in 2015. Less than half of those surveyed (48%) agreed or strongly agreed that their institutions will be financially stable over the next 10 years, which is down from 54% last year. In other findings, 71% of business officers indicated that their institutions are seeking to increase overall enrollment, and nearly a quarter (23%) are working to lower the tuition discount rate. Gallup conducted the survey, receiving responses from 409 business officers from May 2 to June 11. Respondents included 217 representatives from public institutions, 184 from private institutions, and eight from for-profit institutions.

AACN Updates
ANLC Featured Presenter:
Pablos Holman

The Social Pulse
How Home Visits by Nurses Help Mothers and Children
Home visiting is part of the Nurse-Family Partnership, a program for low-income, first-time mothers, typically young and unmarried, with a high school education and a median income of $9,000, that sends nurses on home visits from pregnancy until children are 2. An evidence-based policy with bipartisan support, it's based on the idea that disadvantage starts in utero and early childhood. Improving parenting skills and maternal and child health, researchers say, has been shown to improve children’s well-being later in life, which could help break the cycle of inequality. Read the full article.
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AACN-TV Spotlight: Robert Morris University School of Nursing
"One of our core values here is a global perspective. We want all of our students to realize that they’re not living in an isolated country, that the world is without boundaries, and that they’re really going to be taking care of patients from all countries and all cultures.” – Dr. Carl Ross, Professor of Nursing, Robert Morris University (RMU) School of Nursing. Learn more about RMU’s Nicaragua experience, and explore AACN-TV to watch the latest innovations underway at schools of nursing nationwide!
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Washington Weekly
Inside this week’s edition of Washington Weekly: AACN is a proud sponsor of the NINR Science of Caregiving Summit, which staff attended on August 7-8; Sponsorship opportunities for the AACN’s 2018 Student Policy Summit are available now, and student registration will open in October; and the Senate confirmed a slate of HHS nominees before leaving for August recess.

New Partnerships and Grant Funded Initiatives 
Dr. Carolyn Montoya, current interim dean for the University of New Mexico College of Nursing has been awarded the Health Resources Services Administration 2017 ANEW grant. Dr. Montoya and the ANEW Program project team will develop academic-practice partnerships in rural and underserved settings across New Mexico for primary care advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students. This grant is designed to support 3-month rural clinical placements for APRN students and for further development of rural-based clinical sites for the future. This funding has been provided for a two-year period in which 10 students will be chosen annually to participate in immersive clinical placements. Read more >>
Georgia College School of Nursing has received nearly $1.4 million in external federal funding from Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) opportunity from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will create two vital academic partnerships between the university and the Georgia Department of Health and First Choice Primary Care, a nonprofit community health center operating in Macon and Warner Robins. The grant goes toward the program’s mission to prepare nurse practitioners for service in rural and medically underserved communities across the state. Read more >>
Dr. Audrey Tluczek, an associate professor of nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. Mel Freitag, the school’s director of diversity initiatives, have received a $1.3 million federal grant to develop a comprehensive system of support services that will help admit, retain, and graduate 30 Native American nursing students over the next four years. The project aligns with a Wisconsin Center for Nursing goal of expanding the diversity of the nursing workforce to mirror the diversity of the population it serves. Read more >>

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