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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 13, 2017


Weekly Digest

On November 30, Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN, an Assistant Vice President for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, published a new Culture of Health blog entry titled For a Healthier Nation, Let's Look to Nurses! From the time of Florence Nightingale, nurses have applied a holistic approach toward treating patients within the context of their communities. To effectively promote and practice population health, nurses need supportive educational, policy, research, and workplace environments. In his blog, Dr. Kuehnert calls on nurses to play a larger role in meeting community health needs as recommended in the recent RWJF paper on Catalysts for Change: Harnessing the Power of Nurses to Build Population Health in the 21st Century. This call to action includes specific recommendations for nurse educators, clinicians, policymakers, researchers, and leaders.

AACN Updates

New Research Brief on Employment of New Nurse Graduates & Employer Preferences >> 
Register Now for Next Month's Research Leadership Network Conference >>  
Read the JPN Editorial: "State of Research on Simulation in Nursing Education Programs" >> 
AACN's New Online Learning Center >> 

All of Us Research Grant  

The Social Pulse

Are there enough nurses today? Will there be enough nurses tomorrow?

Dr. Peter Buerhaus from Montana State University considers these questions in light of a 2017 report from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on registered nurse supply and demand. See Campaign For Action's Blog Post Projecting RN Supply "Not for the Faint-Hearted".

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:  As 2017 draws to a close, Congress is pressed to address major policy issues, including federal funding for CHIP, tax reform negotiation, and higher education reauthorization; and, in continuation of the AACN’s commitment to addressing the crisis, the association is holding a webinar today on the federal response to the opioid epidemic. 


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New Partnerships and Grant-funded Initiatives  

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the 31 schools of nursing selected to receive grants to support up to 58 nurses as they pursue their PhDs. These schools comprise the fifth cohort of grantees of the Future of Nursing Scholars program. Each school will select one or two students to receive financial support, mentoring, and leadership development over the three years of their PhD programs. To support their studies, the program provides scholars with a $75,000 scholarship and the leadership, research, and other skills they need to take their nursing careers to the highest levels. These funds are matched by a commitment of $50,000 from the scholars' schools of nursing. The 58 nurses supported in this round will join 155 Scholars across the four previous cohorts. Read more >>

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing has received more than $1.7 million in philanthropic grants from a number of community partners to bring a Nurse-Family Partnership® program to Birmingham, AL. The partnership is an evidenced-based national community health program that has specially trained registered nurses regularly visit low-income, first-time mothers-to-be at home — ideally starting in the first trimester of pregnancy — and continuing through the child’s second birthday. Read more >> 

  • Cleveland State University's (CSU) School of Nursing has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Ohio Board of Nursing's Nurse Education Grant Program. The two-year grant funding supports a joint project with University Hospitals of Cleveland and Cuyahoga Community College designed to increase the numbers of BSN-prepared nurses in the community from both a pre-licensure and post-licensure approach. Grant funding will support the initiative by providing financial support of faculty positions needed for the pre¬ licensure aspect of the proposal. Read more >>

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