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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 20, 2017



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Celebrating our members' success in 2017 through collaboration, leadership, and advocacy. 

Weekly Digest

Today’s Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the “BSN in 10” bill into law, which will require nurses in the state to get a bachelor’s degree within 10 years of obtaining their RN licenses. In a press statement, Linda McClarigan, chief nursing officer at Adirondack Health, said: “We applaud Governor Cuomo for signing this critically important bill into law. The increased standards in nurse education will not only benefit our nurses, but the patients and families for whom they care.”
In the January 2018 issue of The Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Susanne J. Phillips presents the 30th Annual APRN Legislative Update, which describes recent legislative changes to practice, reimbursement, and prescriptive authority that impact advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in the U.S. In 2017, over 20 states passed legislation that positively impacted access to and delivery of healthcare to patients nationwide.
In the October-December 2017 issue of Nursing Forum, Drs. Patricia Thomas, Debra Servello, and Jane Williams from the Rhode Island College School of Nursing published a new article on Baccalaureate Education: The Foundation for Healthcare Board Participation. The authors detail how the Baccalaureate Essentials, along with the general education curriculum, provide learning opportunities that result in nursing students developing the leadership skills needed to effectively serve on hospital and healthcare boards. 

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The Social Pulse

The History of Nursing Education

The past ten years have seen a change in nursing education unprecedented in the history of the profession. A new compendium, Nursing Education and the Decade of Change: Strategies to Meet America’s Health Needs, reports on this transformation and what it will take to build on that progress.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly

 “A Year in Review: 2017 AACN Advocacy” provides a summary of academic nursing’s progress in championing pressing issues impacting the workforce, higher education, research, and models of care. AACN would like to thank its advocates for making the year a success! 

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Opportunities & Resources to Consider

  • Participate in National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). This health observance is an opportunity for teens to learn the facts about drug and alcohol use and addiction from scientists and other experts. Organize and promote an educational event or activity for teens during the week of January 22–28, 2018 to help shatter myths about drugs and alcohol. Register your event and NIDA staff can help you brainstorm activity ideas, partner with other organizations, and order FREE science-based materials to complement your event.

  • The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) provides students interested in health careers the opportunity for a transformative summer experience. The program has been shaping careers and changing the lives of premedical and predental college students for 27 years, formerly as Summer Medical and Dental Education Program. Now, other health careers, such as nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, and public health, are part of the program. The FREE six-week summer enrichment program helps college students enhance their academic proficiency and career development opportunities in a health profession. Participation in the summer enrichment program may better position students for acceptance into advanced degree programs. Applications are due February 15, 2018.

  • The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) International Forum is calling for abstracts for presentations or posters that describe innovative projects or research related to healthcare education or practice focused on quality and safety. This year organizers are interested in projects related to teaching, implementing, and sustaining evidence-based practice. Abstracts are due December 31, 2017. View Call for Abstracts.

  • The Practical Playbook and the de Beaumont Foundation are sponsoring the “New Voices Essay Contest,” an opportunity for students and recent graduates of health-related training programs to share their perspectives and interests. Winning essays will be published in the second edited version of the Practical Playbook. Deadline is March 1, 2018

  • Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) is open to any RN or nursing student (all levels of education) interested in an orientation to the legislative process. Several scholarships are being offered this year including three regular scholarships and two student scholarships. Scholarship applications for the NIWI are being accepted through January 11, 2018. Visit NIWI's web page to review application details and to apply. 

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