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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published August 30, 2017


AACN Offers Hope and Help in Response to Hurricane Harvey

AACN extends thoughts and prayers for the safety and health of all those in Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey. To all in our member schools, please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you during this challenging time. For those not in the affected areas, here’s how you can help.

Weekly Digest

In the September/October 2017 issue of Nurse Educator, Kathy McGuinn, AACN’s Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice Partnerships, and her colleagues have published a new article on the“Integration of Quality and Safety Education for Nurses [QSEN] Into Practice: Academic-Practice Partnership’s Role.” The QSEN competencies provide the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable new graduate nurses to provide safe, high-quality patient care. This article identifies the different types of practice partnerships that promote quality and safety and discusses how the QSEN competencies are being incorporated into practice settings.

In the August 27 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, writer Karin Fischer explores"The Stubborn Stigma of the Male Nurse.” Despite the economic advantages that come with a career as a registered nurse, men are still widely underrepresented in the profession. This article details how stereotypes, role expectations, and a lack of career guidance are influencing the number of men pursuing nursing careers.

Last September, AACN announced that it would provide letters of support and a technical assistance program for member schools seeking funding through the Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) program offered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). To receive funding, applicants were required to establish a formal agreement with a health professions organization to provide technical assistance and staff training related to Holistic Admissions Reviews. In response to the HRSA program announcement, AACN moved quickly to develop a structured NWD Technical Assistance Program that features an assessment of admissions practices, an on-site Holistic Admissions Review workshop, student recruitment and retention strategies, and models for building a successful mentoring program. In late June, AACN began hearing from funded schools looking to move ahead and establish an agreement with AACN. A total of 24 out of 30 NWD grant recipients are working with AACN to complete the required training. Dr. Vernell DeWitty, AACN’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and her staff are working with these schools to establish formal contracts to commence the training and satisfy grant requirements. View the full list of recipients. See the Special Member News and Announcements section below for a representative sample of the grant recipients.

Are You Interested in Receiving Training in Holistic Admission Reviews at Your School?

AACN is pleased to announce it is now offering Holistic Admissions Review Workshops! This training is designed to help schools consider a broad range of factors reflecting the applicant’s academic readiness, contribution to the incoming class, and potential for success both in school and later as a professional. If you are interested in this workshop being offered at your school or other diversity services please complete the Diversity Service Request. For more information contact Vernell DeWitty at

AACN Updates

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The Social Pulse

 The Right Office Move Can Change More Than Your Address
In today’s issue of the Association Now newsletter, AACN CEO and President Deborah Trautman is featured in an article on the association’s recent office move. The piece focuses on how AACN’s relocation to Washington’s most visible hub for interprofessional education and practice will help to expand AACN’s existing collaborations with resident health profession associations.

AACN-TV Spotlight: University of Vermont
“We have community members who know and value the role of nurses in our society, and we find opportunities to engage them in discussions about how their philanthropy might impact the role of nursing education, research, and teaching.” - Kevin McAteer, Chief Development Officer University of Vermont Academic Health Sciences. Explore AACN-TV and watch the latest innovations underway at schools of nursing nationwide.                

Washington Weekly


Inside this week's edition of Washington Weekly: AACN submits comments on Medicare Red Tape Relief Project; AACN is participating in the Rally for Medical Research to support NIH funding on September 14; NINR’s next Director’s Lecture will focus on communication and critical illness; join HPNEC’s Twitter Storm on September 5 to protect Title VII and Title VIII funding.
Read AACN's Washington Weekly >> 


Special Member News & Announcements

Here is a sampling of Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant announcements:

Frontier Nursing University (FNU) has been awarded a HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity grant in the amount of $1,998,000 to fund a four-year project that will be led by FNU with assistance from several key partner organizations. Through education and training in FNU’s advanced nursing and midwifery programs, students from disadvantaged backgrounds will be prepared to provide advanced practice nursing and midwifery health care services across the U.S. 

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University was recently awarded a nearly $2 million HRSA grant to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities who are underrepresented among registered nurses.
Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) was awarded a $2 million HRSA grant to support developing diversity in the nursing workforce. The four-year Nursing Workforce Diversity grant will allow $500,000 each year toward recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups to the nursing profession, as well as leadership development throughout the educational experience. 
Lourdes University College of Nursing was recently awarded a nearly $2 million HRSA grant designed to increase nursing progression, graduation rates, and retention in practice for students who are from diverse and/or disadvantaged backgrounds. The program specifically serves those from racial and ethnic minorities who are underrepresented among registered nurses.
Mars Hill University's School of Nursing has been awarded a federal grant of up to $2 million over the next four years to help train Western North Carolina nurses. The Nursing Workforce Diversity grant will provide $500,000 for Mars Hill in the fiscal year that began July 1 and is expected to be renewed for three more years. The program will help to increase access to nursing education for students from backgrounds underrepresented among the current nursing workforce. 
The University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing has received a $1.7 million HRSA grant to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared Latino nurses. The Bama-Latino Project will target and recruit 80 Latino associate degree registered nurses and prepare them for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing via the Capstone College of Nursing’s online RN-BSN mobility program. 
The College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines (CNPD) at the University of North Dakota was recently awarded two HRSA grants in support of enhancing nursing student diversity. CNPD was awarded $500,000 under the Nursing Workforce Diversity program and $608,331 under the Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students program. Both programs are designed to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including ethnic and racial minorities who are underrepresented among undergraduate nursing bachelor’s programs. 
Viterbo University School of Nursing was awarded a $1.64 million HRSA grant via the Nursing Workforce Diversity Program. The funds will be used to support Viterbo’s Nurses for Underserved Rural Students Seeking Educational Success (NURSES) program. This unique initiative is designed to address the rural nursing workforce shortage and improve rural health outcomes through an increase in the number and preparedness of nurses from, and willing to serve, rural and disadvantaged populations.       

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