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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 04, 2017


Weekly Digest

On October 2, Dr. Ruth Tarantine, dean of the Colorado Technical University College of Nursing, published a new blog on the Huffington Post titled Why You Should Be Concerned About the Future of Nursing. In this opinion piece, the author highlights the need for nurses as emergency responders and how proposed cuts in federal funding may diminish efforts to ensure a robust supply of registered nurses. AACN's President and CEO Deborah Trautman is featured in this post in a Q&A section focused on the importance of Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs to sustaining the nation's pipeline of future nurses.

In the September 2017 issue of the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, Dr. Michael Bleich, President and CEO of NursDynamics, authors an article titled The Doctor of Nursing Practice in the Workplace: Now What?.  The rapid proliferation of DNP programs and graduates has created a critical mass of practice scholars in the workplace. Addressed in this article is how to optimize the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the practice scholar and how to strengthen clinical learning for those completing the practice hours and the doctoral project in the workplace.

AACN Updates


The Social Pulse

Nurse Faculty Loan Program Technical Assistance Webinar

On October 25 at 2:00 pm (ET), the Health Resources and Services Administration is offering a technical assistance webinar for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program. This program offers one-year funding to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty. Funding will be awarded to the institutions. Sign up for the technical assistance webinar to learn more.

Join the National Health Service Corps Thunderclap

Help the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) educate the right audience about the importance of primary care in underserved communities by joining NHSC's Thunderclap. This Thunderclap directs people to the new Health Workforce Connector, a valuable resource filled with over 5,000 opportunities for health care professionals across the United States and its territories.

Washington Weekly

Inside this week's edition of Washington Weekly: Student Policy Summit registration opens October 11; Congress addresses the expiration of the Children's Health Insurance Program; and HHS designates Dr. Don Wright as Acting Secretary. 

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Member News & Announcements

  • The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies has opened a 4,100 square-foot, five-story simulation hospital, the largest of its kind in Florida and one of the biggest in the nation. The hospital includes an emergency department with six beds, a six-bed outpatient clinic, labor and delivery suites, and four operating room suites. Read more >>
  • The University of Connecticut School of Nursing recently held a celebratory gala to honor the school's 75th anniversary. According to Dr. Carol Polifroni, Dean of the School of Nursing, the event recognized the progress made since the founding of the school, but also served as a reminder that there is further work to be done in the field. Read more >>
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Nursing is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The School honored its history with a "50 Years of Caring Reunion" in early September. The event honored alumni and faculty who have played integral roles in advancing its nursing programs. Read more >>
  • The George Washington University School of Nursing has launched The Professional Well-Being Initiative, a student support system in the nursing school that helps students develop strategies to physically and emotionally care for themselves as they learn to care for others. The initiative is hosting a series of nine seminars on mental health and stress management for students in the School of Nursing. The program will teach future nurses how to cope with the emotional and physical strain of their profession. Read more >>

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