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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published August 16, 2017

AACN Weekly News Watch
August 16, 2017
Weekly Digest
The need for registered nurses in the United States continues to grow, and the recruitment and retention of qualified nurse educators has become a priority in order to meet this demand. In the July-August 2017 issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing (JPN), an article titled “College Nursing Faculty Job Satisfaction and Retention: A National Perspective” presents a retrospective study conducted by Dr. Peggy Lee and her co-authors from the University of Arkansas. The authors analyze variables associated with nursing faculties' satisfaction and intent to stay, and highlight a supportive work environment and job satisfaction as key concepts to recruiting and retaining nurse faculty. Over 1,350 nurse educators were included in the survey. (JPN is the official journal of AACN.)

AACN Updates

The Social Pulse
The number of RN-to-BSN program graduates has more than tripled since 2009, showing that registered nurses nationwide are heeding the call to return to school to advance their education. That’s just one positive national nursing trend of many seen in the latest round of updates to the Dashboard of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. View the primary indicators covering progress in seven areas (education, doctoral degrees, state practice environment, interprofessional collaboration, leadership, workforce data, and diversity).
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Register now for a free webinar with continuing education on Monday, August 21 at 1 pm ET. Learn how the collaboration between nurses and environmental services can prevent healthcare-associated infections. Speakers will cover the application of standards, guidelines, best practices, and established processes in infection control. This webinar is hosted by members of the Nursing Infection Control Education (NICE) Network.
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Washington Weekly
Money_WW.jpgInside this week’s edition of Washington Weekly: CBO reports on the impact of terminating cost-sharing reduction payments ahead of upcoming deadlines for the ACA insurance marketplace; The “primary care funding cliff” threatens the sustainability of programs that provide care for millions; and AACN moves toward interprofessionalism as it settles into its new headquarters.

Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The course "Writing for Professional Journals” is open to the public and licensed under Creative Commons. Authored by Dr. Patricia Morton, University of Utah College of Nursing Dean and Editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing, the course can be used by an individual learner or can be adapted in any way for a course in a college’s program of study. It also may be helpful to practicing nurses in a professional development program. The course content includes 12 modules, each with accompanying video instruction, PowerPoint slides, reflection assignments, activity log workbook assignments, and suggested reading lists.
  • A free Opioid Use Disorder Training course has been created by Aimee Techau, a graduate student in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Colorado. In March, Ms. Techau was selected by AACN and the National Institute of Drug Abuse to receive a training award to support an evidence-based project focusing on Substance Use Disorders treatment practices.

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