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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 27, 2017




Rounds with Leadership:  
Joining the Conversation about Competency-Based Education

How we educate nurses to thrive in today's healthcare system is a topic of great interest in academic nursing circles. We can no longer assume that traditional approaches to undergraduate and graduate nursing education are necessarily the most effective ways to meet the learning needs of today's students.  In fact, the American Council on Education has challenged all institutions of higher education to adapt in response to a new generation of students, faculty, and technological advances. As the science of learning evolves, so must our approach to preparing tomorrow's nursing workforce. Similarly, we must find new ways to help professionals maintain necessary competencies and acquire new competencies throughout their career. 

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Weekly Digest

In the September 2017 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education, Drs. Linda Eaton, Debra Gordon, and Ardith Doorenbos from the University of Washington School of Nursing published a new article on Innovation in Learning: PhD and DNP Student Collaborations. Working together, PhD and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students can advance knowledge creation and accelerate the translation of knowledge into practice. This article describes innovative approaches faculty can use to promote PhD and DNP student collaboration, including the completion of dissertations and capstone projects, as well as publications and presentations. 
In the September 18 issue of Hospitals & Health Networks, writer Julius Karash profiles how hospital and academic leaders are joining forces to advance a common goal: Building Up the Nursing Workforce. With the goal of meeting the Institute of Medicine recommendation for more highly educated RNs, the partnerships highlighted in this piece promote seamless articulation to baccalaureate and graduate degrees, transition to practice residency programs, and leadership development at the highest level.

AACN Updates

The Social Pulse

Speedy Spanish for Healthcare Providers: Taking you beyond ¿Como Estas?
Healthcare professionals who struggle to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients now have a free resource to sharpen their skills. “In 30 minutes, we make Spanish more approachable,” said Maria Morales, who serves as director of CNE programs, healthcare for OnCourse Learning. “This course will give you the basics to build a relationship with patients and families.” Register for this free webinar today.

Encourage Graduate Students to Apply for the CastleBranch-GNSA Scholarship
Students who are members of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) are eligible to apply for one of two $2,500 scholarships. Offered by CastleBranch, this program recognizes the outstanding work of students who are advancing the nursing profession through a commitment to innovation, leadership, and mentoring. The application deadline is September 30 for the fall semester. Encourage your students to apply by clicking here.

Washington Weekly


Inside this week's edition of Washington WeeklySenate leadership opted to forgo putting the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill to a vote; and AACN is advocating to preserve the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.


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