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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published November 15, 2017


Weekly Digest

In the November 2017 issue of INSIGHT into Diversity magazine, senior staff writer Mariah Bohanon explores how several large universities are working to create inclusive learning environments in an article titled A Team Approach: Expanding the Work of Diversity and Inclusion Beyond a Central Office. To help tackle the task of managing an extensive portfolio of diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs and to make these efforts more effective, some centralized diversity offices — with the support of institutional and departmental leaders — have built teams of diversity advocates from across campus that are held accountable for ensuring progress. Find out more about this effective strategy in this piece that profiles the work underway at the University of Michigan, University of Oklahoma, and the University of South Carolina. 

AACN Updates

AACN Statement on the Use of Simulation in Nursing Education >>
Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Live Stream of Cy Wakeman at the Baccalaureate Conference >> 
CCNE Board of Commissioners Elects Officers for 2018 >>
AACN Sponsors Session on “Becoming a Nurse Educator” at Sigma Theta Tau Convention >> 




The Social Pulse

It's National Nurse Practitioner Week November 12-18
Happy National Nurse Practitioner Week #NPweek! Did you know that nurse practitioners offer 234,000 solutions to strengthening health care for America? NPs are the health care providers of choice for millions of Americans each year, thanks to the high-quality, patient-centered primary, acute, and specialty care they provide. NPs order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests and can prescribe medication and other treatments. Learn more about NPs and the services they provide.

Taking a Closer Look—State-by-State—at Health Care Quality

In a new AHRQ Views blog post, Lieutenant Commander Karen Chaves, director of AHRQ’s National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report program, highlights AHRQ’s State Snapshots, an online interactive resource that evaluates 50 states and the District of Columbia on thousands of health care quality and access measures. The updated 2016 State Snapshots data can help guide quality improvement efforts at the state level by policymakers, health systems, public health advocates, or clinicians. Access the blog post on AHRQ’s State Snapshots to learn more about how each state is doing in providing quality health care and improving disparities.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: The White House commission on combating the opioid crisis releases its final report; President Trump has nominated former pharmaceutical executive Alex Azar, to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services; and the Medical Library Association issued a call for applications for its 2018 Research Training Institute.  

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Opportunities & Resources to Consider

    • Applications are now open for the Innovation Award for Health Care Provider Training and Education, hosted by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, in association with co-founding partners the American College of Sports Medicine and the Bipartisan Policy Center. This award recognizes health professional training programs that are ahead of the curve in providing nutrition, physical activity, and obesity counseling education to their students. Applications will remain open through November 27. There are awards available for future and current health care professional training programs. 
    • The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is seeking nominations for the Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award. This prestigious award is presented annually to a woman who has demonstrated the values of humanism, empathy, and compassion in her work with underserved or marginalized populations in the healthcare arena.  If you know of a caring and dedicated woman who is making a difference in the health of others, please nominate her today! Nominations are due by December 4, 2017. 
    • The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will be hosting a free webinar—Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative (HPAC) Panel Discussion: Accreditation and Interprofessional Engagement— December 7, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm (ET). The webinar is open to all. 
    • The United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is now accepting applications for the 2018 Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award.  In its second year, the award recognizes interprofessional health education teams that have significantly impacted the community through multidisciplinary collaboration on a program geared toward improving health knowledge, awareness, and behavior.  The deadline for submissions is February 2, 2018. 
    •  The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation today announced a new call for applications for its eighth class of Macy Faculty Scholars. The program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. With support from the Macy Foundation, scholars will implement new educational innovations at their home institutions and participate in career development activities. In addition to salary support of up to $100,000 per year for two years, chosen scholars will also receive opportunities for further career development through national meetings and participation in Macy Foundation activities.  The deadline for applications is February 14, 2018, and all applications must be completed online.  
    • The  Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is pleased to announce the next Faculty Development Institute focused on the popular theme of Interprofessional Education: Building a Framework for Collaboration on  April 30-May 2, 2018. The Institute will emphasize a foundational approach to interprofessional education (IPE) and enable faculty development and team-based learning sessions focused on building strong IPE programs. Faculty teams are invited to come together for a guided learning experience, team-based planning activities, and dedicated time to create actionable plans for implementing projects that advance interprofessional curricula, clinical training, and population health experiences, and student assessment.  Register Your Team Online.

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