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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 18, 2017


Weekly Digest

In the October 2017 issue of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, a team of researchers led by Dr. Chenjuan Ma from the Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University published the results of a new study titled “Recent Trends in Baccalaureate-Prepared Registered Nurses in U.S. Acute Care Hospital Units, 2004–2013: A Longitudinal Study.” Using data contained in the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators for the years 2004-2013, the authors found that the proportion of BSN-prepared RNs in U.S. acute care hospital units increased from 44% in 2004 to 57% in 2013 (a 30% increase). Based on the current trends, 64% of the nurses working in a hospital unit will have a baccalaureate degree by 2020, which will fall short of the Institute of Medicine’s goal of having 80% of RNs with the BSN degree by 2020. 

AACN Updates

DNP Team Projects Webinar

The Social Pulse

NINR to Host 4th Director's Lecture - "Symptom Science in IBS: Biomarkers to Intervention"

On November 14 from 1:00-2:00 PM (ET), Dr. Margaret Heitkemper will present " Symptom Science in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Biomarkers to Intervention" at the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD. This event will not be webcast, but will be available on YouTube following the lecture. 

Nurses Play a Key Role in a Culture of Health 
No matter where they work, nurses are essential to building a Culture of Health in their workplaces and in their communities. Meet nurses from across the country who are doing just that.  Watch and share the video with your colleagues, students, and various networks.  

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington WeeklyA Senate bipartisan deal may provide a path forward on health reform; AACN releases the 2017 graduate nursing student debt report; and Faculty Policy Think Tank reports on policy education in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.


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Opportunities & Resources to Consider

  •  Big Ten Academic Alliance Nursing Informatics CollaborativeThe Big Ten Academic Alliance Nursing Informatics Collaborative is offering a free six-module course—a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and AACN—that is aimed at faculty who are new to nursing informatics and are interested in a broad overview of the discipline. Subjects discussed in the course include knowledge complexity, informatics literacy, nursing knowledge work, data standards and standardized languages, clinical decision support, and future trends.

  • The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) is accepting applications for the 2018 Paul Ambrose Scholars Program. The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program exposes health professions students to influential public health professionals and prepares them to be leaders in addressing population health challenges at the national and community level. The application deadline is Monday, November 20.

  • HRSA Health Workforce is now accepting applications for the  HRSA-18-010 Nurse Faculty Loan Program. The purpose of this one-year opportunity is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty by providing funding to accredited schools of nursing to offer loans to students in advanced education nursing degree programs who are committed to becoming nurse faculty. The application deadline is Tuesday, November 28.


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