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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published January 31, 2018


Rounds with Leadership: Strengthening the Pipeline to the PhD

At AACN's Doctoral Education Conference held earlier this month, more than 700 faculty members and administrators from across the nation explored the many opportunities and challenges that come with preparing nurses for the highest level of research and practice. With an emphasis on enhancing quality, those present were encouraged to re-envision doctoral education for today's learner and to reignite their passion for inspiring the next wave of nurse leaders. Read more »

Weekly Digest

In his article on a "New Bid to Overhaul College Admissions" which ran in the January 22, 2018 issue of Inside Higher Ed, editor Scott Jaschik profiles how a number of high school districts and a few states now require high school students to complete more sophisticated projects to assess their eligibility for a high school diploma, their preparation for college and the working world. This new approach provides new ways for college admissions officers to determine student achievement and is used in some institutions to enhance efforts to admit and retain a more diverse group of students.

In the February 2018 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, Fran Kritz provides an overview of state efforts to allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to practice to the full extent of their education and training in an article titled "Removing Practice Barriers."  The article addresses changes in laws impacting APRNs in several states, including South Dakota, Arkansas, and Nevada, as well as last year's move by the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow nurses (except nurse anesthetists) in VA facilities in every state to work to the full extent of their training, even if the state does not have advanced practice laws for nurses. The author introduces a new resource ——that tracks state laws on scope of practice for several health professions, including APRNs.

AACN Updates

Call for Award Nominations

2018 AACN Call for Award Nominations Now Open >>

Master's Education Conference to Focus on a Changing Health Care Environment >>

Tomorrow! Leadership for Academic Nursing Program: Information and Overview Webinar >>

CCNE Revises its Accreditation Procedures for Entry-to-Practice Nurse Residency Programs >>

CCNE Publishes the Second Edition in its 20th Anniversary Editorial Series >>



The Social Pulse

Apply Now for 2018 USPHS IPEC Award

The United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) are 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 overall winning team will be recognized at the June 26, 2018 IPEC Council Meeting in Washington, D.C. The deadline for submissions is February 2, 2018.

Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: Nurses' Role in Antibiotic Stewardship

The CDC estimates that at least 2 million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 people die each year as a result of those infections. As the most trusted profession that spends the most time with patients, a nurses' presence and leadership in developing antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) is essential. Please join the CDC webinar on February 2 at 11:30 a.m. (ET) to discuss faculty and student roles in antibiotic stewardship and the significance of adherence to clinical practice guidelines in the educational setting.

Washington-WeeklyWashington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: President Trump delivered his State of the Union address last night; check to see if your Members of Congress are supporting the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Act; and 2018 Healthy Aging Summit is accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations

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Submit Your Response and Enter a Drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Chance to win an Amazon Gift CardIn an effort to better understand the financial aid needs of graduate nursing students, AACN asks for your participation in this brief survey on your experience with student loans. Even if you do not take out loans for your education, AACN would appreciate your answers on a brief set of questions about your graduate program cost and program level. 

Your feedback will assist AACN as the association engages in work that informs higher education policy, including federal financial aid. This comes at a critical time when Congress and the Department of Education anticipate the reauthorization of major legislation that impacts graduate students, including nursing students. 

Results from this survey will be reported in aggregate by program level. Individual answers will not be released. In appreciation for your full participation in this survey, you will have the opportunity to enter in a random drawing for a $25 Amazon e-mail gift card. The 15 winners of this random drawing will be notified by February 25, 2018. To be eligible for the drawing, you must provide your email address so we can send you the gift card if you are chosen.

In order to capture a wider scope of graduate nursing students, please feel free to share the web link with your peers. You can direct other graduate nursing students to the AACN student webpage for additional information or directly to the survey.

If you have questions regarding how to best answer survey questions, please do not hesitate to contact AACN's Policy Assistant, Payal Shah,

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