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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 06, 2017


Weekly Digest

In the December 5 issue of HealthLeaders, nurse columnist Jennifer Thew reported on the federal government's decision to not recognize all four Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) roles in an article titled 'Problematic': OMB Ignores Clinical Nurse Specialists' Request. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) once again categorized clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) as general RNs in its 2018 revisions to the Standard Occupational Classification System. Since 2016, only nurse practitioners, certified nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwives were included in the APRN category. The OMB's decision conflicts with the APRN Consensus Model for Regulation, the VA's recent decision to extend full practice authority to CNSs, and the policies of many other influential groups.

In a December 4 blog post on The Scholarly Kitchen, contributor Rick Anderson writes on the government's efforts to address a growing concern in the publishing world in a piece titled Federal Trade Commission and National Institutes of Health Take Action Against Predatory Publishing Practices. A U.S. District Court recently granted a preliminary injunction against a major journal publisher and conference organizer in response to a complaint by the FTC, which cited a variety of "unfair and deceptive practices with respect to the publication of online academic journals and organization of scientific conferences." This action comes at a time when the NIH is warning researchers to assess the quality of the journals they are approaching to disseminate their studies to assure that publications are credible and selective.

AACN Updates

Utah Nurse Alex Wubbels to Speak at GNSA Conference 

AACN Announces Members of Health Policy Advisory Committee 

New AACN-CDC Fellowship Opportunities

CCNE Announces its 20th Anniversary Celebration







The Social Pulse

AACN Hosting Webinar with CDC and ODPHP on Pathways to Safer Opioid Use

On December 13 at 2:00 pm (ET) join AACN, CDC, and the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services (ODPHP) for a webinar on pain management and opioid maintenance. Hear the latest federal resources, guidelines, and strategies for nurses who work with chronic pain patients.

Webinar on Opioids

Top Reasons to Attend January 2018 AACN Doctoral Education Conference

AACN's Doctoral Education Conference brings together deans/directors/chairs, associate deans for research, directors of doctoral programs, and faculty to chart the future of doctoral nursing education. See the top reasons to attend this exciting educational opportunity in Naples, FL.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: The Senate-passed tax reform bill heads to a conference committee where both chambers must reconcile differences; the House released a comprehensive bill reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, which would significantly impact students and academic institutions; and Congress races to pass a stopgap FY 2018 spending bill and avoid government shutdown. 


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Member News & Announcements

  • Western Governors University (WGU) has earned the 2017 OLC Digital Learning Innovation Award Institutional category (DLIAward), for advancing undergraduate student success through the adoption of digital courseware. WGU has improved student outcomes by implementing a specialized course that focused entirely on the affective domain of learning. The project was implemented in the College of Health Professions with nursing students. More than 10,000 nursing students have completed the course, which was the result of a decade of research and independent evaluation. Read more >> 

  • Lauren Inouye, AACN Director of Government Affairs, received the NP Advocate Award from the Nurse Practitioner Association of the District of Columbia at their meeting on November 9. Ms. Inouye was recognized for "fighting daily to secure funding for nursing education and for inclusion of provider-neutral language in all legislation that affects healthcare delivery systems." Read more >>
  • A new building that will house Duke University's School of Nursing, as well as the School of Medicine's Doctor of Physical Therapy program and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, received approval on December 2 from the Duke University Board of Trustees. Construction on the 102,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to start this month and be completed in fall 2019. Read more >> 

  • A retired Houston executive and his wife are giving $25 million to the School of Nursing at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the largest donation in the school's 45-year history. The gift from Robert and Jane Cizik, announced November 15, will fund initiatives to address the shortage of nurses. In recognition of the donation, the school will be renamed the Jane and Robert Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth. Read more >> 

  • Belmont University School of Nursing officials recently celebrated the school's 45th year with a continuing education presentation featuring Dr. Alisa Haushalter, Belmont alumna and current director of the Memphis-Shelby County Health Department, as well as a luncheon for faculty, staff and alumni. The event welcomed alumni from every decade of the school's history as well as several former faculty members and administrative leaders. Read more >>


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