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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 14, 2018

Weekly Digest

In December 2016, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AACN announced that 16 nurse researchers from four schools of nursing received funding to assess the impact of the New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Program. Administered by AACN, NCIN was launched to address the national nursing shortage, develop a demographically representative nursing workforce, and fuel the pipeline of nurse faculty and leaders. Those receiving funding were required to publish their studies in a peer-reviewed journal. The following articles are part of this effort:

AACN UpdatesCNL Award Winners

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Registration Now Open for the 2018 Summer Seminar in Québec City >>


The Social Pulse

AACN and Johnson & Johnson Continue to Partner on Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program

AACN and the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future have partnered since 2007 to provide scholarship funding to minority nursing students. The program – which is currently accepting applications – aims to address faculty shortages in nursing schools and simultaneously expand the number and increase diversity among the nurse faculty population available to teach an increasingly diverse student body. Scholarships are available to students enrolled full-time in a doctoral nursing program or clinically-focused master's degree program. View more details and access the scholarship application here

For the First Time, the Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest is Open to Both Nursing and Medical Students 

Thanks to a collaboration with AACN and AAMC, the Gold Foundation is hosting a Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest, which highlights stories that illustrate humanism in patient care. Winners receive an award of up to $1,000. First-, second-, and third-place nursing and medical student essays will be published in AACN's Journal of Professional Nursing, and the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. To learn more, view the eligibility requirementsThe submission deadline is March 31, 2018. 

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Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN sends a letter in support of the Gun Violence Research Act; HHS Secretary Alex Azar lays out his priorities for the Department; and help support nursing data by taking the 2018 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses!

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New Partnerships and Grant-funded Initiatives 

  • At Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), School of Nursing and School of Dentistry, students are learning clinical skills together through a newly developed experiential, interprofessional education and practice program. Under the program, final-year family and pediatric nurse practitioner students come together with fourth-year dental students to learn assessments of the oral cavity and analysis of blood pressure and body mass index in pediatric patients. Read more >> 

  • Illinois Wesleyan University's School of Nursing has received a $100,000 grant from the Illinois Board of Higher Education Nursing School Grant Program to purchase a virtual dissection table with an extended digital library. The table will be used primarily by first-year nursing students to improve their hands-on anatomy education. Read more >>

  • The University of Iowa (UI) College of Nursing has partnered with North Iowa Area Community College to offer a seamless transition between a community-college education and nursing degree at UI. This initiative, called "Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Nurse 3+1," allows select nursing students to jump straight into taking online classes to get a UI degree after completing three years of community-college classes. Read more >>


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