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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 20, 2017


Weekly Digest

On September 14, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation issued a series of recommendations outlining how health professions education can move to a competency-based system, in which students advance after required concepts and skills have been mastered. The report, titled Achieving Competency-Based, Time-Variable Health Professions Education, stems from the Foundation's June 2017 conference, which brought together 39 health professions educators in medicine, nursing, and pharmacy as well as experts in educational theory and reform, medical residents, and education and residency program accreditors. The report provides a blueprint for moving to a competency-based higher education system, including actionable recommendations in five areas: Systems Redesign; Creating a Continuum of Education, Training, and Practice; Implementing a Robust Program of Assessment; Enabling Technologies; and Outcomes Evaluation. 

In the September-October 2017 issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Patricia Morton, the journal's editor, reflects on the current state of nursing science in an editorial titled "Nursing Education Research: An Editor's View." Through her lens, Dr. Morton considers how "we can shift nursing education research to research that adds value to the literature and propels the science of nursing education forward." She includes partnering with colleges of education and other health professions among her recommendations for strengthening nursing education research.

AACN Updates

AACN's Top Leaders Advocate for Academic Nursing 

Call for Nominations for the 2018 CNL Awards



The Social Pulse

AHRQ Creates New Resource for Health Services Research Community

AHRQ has just released the Compendium of U.S. Health Systems, 2016 – the first publicly available database that provides researchers, policymakers and health care administrators with a snapshot of the nation's health systems. Read more details about the Compendium in AHRQ's blog

She started out in the fast food industry and is now pursuing her doctoral degree in nursing! 

Faye Lewis has overcome some tough challenges to achieve her dreams, from tragic deaths in her family to working multiple jobs. Lewis shared a glimpse of her journey on Facebook, which took her from fast food restaurant employee to registered nurse. Read about her story


Washington Weekly

This week's edition of Washington Weekly highlights AACN Board Chair Juliann Sebastian testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on H.R. 959: Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017. Learn more about the latest legislative proposals for health reform in the Senate - the "Graham-Cassidy" bill, and the "Medicare-for-All" bill.


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Opportunities and Resources to Consider

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) has launched a new nursing education project at Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC) in Luang Prabang, Laos. Partnering with LFHC nursing staff, HVO volunteers will improve the quality and availability of neonatal nursing care. HVO volunteers will work with senior-level nursing staff at LFHC to provide the training and resources they will need to become expert teachers. They will also provide daily training and education to staff nurses through formal presentations and lectures, clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, and mentoring. Visit the HVO website to find out how you can get involved.

See BIG SBIRT Initiative's latest webinars and learning resources which are part of a multi-year action campaign to prepare the nation's hospitals to screen, prevent, and treat the unhealthy alcohol, drug, and tobacco use of patients. Enjoy hours of free education anytime from the convenience of your mobile device or computer.

The CDC Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP) provides on-the-job training for professionals to apply expertise in information science, computer science, and information technology to address current and future informatics needs. Fellows are placed in assignments in centers and offices across CDC where they gain experiential training to enhance the agency's informatics workforce. The PHIFP is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 incoming class. The application period is open until November 6.

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