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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published April 11, 2018

Weekly Digest

In the April 2018 Journal of Nursing Education, Dr. Vernell DeWitty, AACN's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, published a guest editorial titled "What Is Holistic Admissions Review, and Why Does It Matter?" In this piece, Dr. DeWitty reviews the research on why enhancing diversity in the nursing workforce is essential to addressing health disparities and improving access to care. AACN's groundbreaking work to expand the use of holistic admissions review as a tool to enhance diversity in the nursing student pipeline is discussed.

In the February 2018 Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, the work of AACN and its partner the City of Hope to advance the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) worldwide is profiled in a piece titled "Promoting Palliative Care Internationally: Building Leaders to Promote Education, Practice, and Advocacy." Written by AACN Director Pam Malloy and colleagues from the City of Hope and the ELNEC project (Dr. Betty Ferrell, Rose Virani, and Dr. Polly Mazanec), the article profiles the work underway through this collaboration to promote excellent palliative care for patients at the end of life. Since its launch in 2000, ELNEC has been taught in every U.S. state and in 91 countries around the world. 

AACN UpdatesCNL Award Winners

Living the CCNE Values: Deb Trautman Reflects on CCNE's Autonomy and Commitment to Due Process >>

Deadline is Friday to Apply for the Public/Population Health Learning Hub Awards >>

Recommendations from AACN's Vision for Nursing Education Task Force and Opportunity for Feedback at Upcoming Webinar >>

The Social Pulse

Learn Ways to Improve Health, Well-being, and Resilience with Webcast Hosted by the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education

Learn approaches to alleviating work-induced stress by participating in the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education's upcoming workshop. If you are unable to join the workshop in-person, it will also be streamed as a webcast. Those interested are encouraged to participate in the webcast via Twitter using the hashtag #IHPEGF.  


Washington Weekly


Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN submits comments in response to the Senate HELP Committee's discussion draft on the opioid crisis; the White House considers using a presidential rescission to repeal certain federal programs passed in the FY 2018 omnibus; and AACN congratulates Dr. Suzanne Staebler, Associate Clinical Professor at Emory University and a 2015 Faculty Policy Intensive fellow, on receiving the 2018 Outstanding Policy Leader Award.


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New Partnerships and Grant-funded Initiatives 

  • Saint Louis University's School of Nursing recently received the largest gift in its history. The estate of alumna Mary K. Hoppe gifted $8.4 million to the university, the entirety of which will be used to create the Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Hoppe Endowed Scholarship to assist multiple students in every program offered at the School of Nursing. Read more >>

  • Fayetteville State University (FSU) recently received a major donation from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. The $1 million donation to FSU's nursing program will go toward scholarships and helping improve a shortage of qualified nurses in the state.

  • The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing has received $2 million from the Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation to endow a faculty chair in developmental disability studies. The Shapiro Family Endowed Chair in Developmental Disability Studies will enable UCLA Nursing to build upon its national and international leadership and to inform care for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The gift augments the foundation's previous generosity to the school, which created a scholarship for nursing students and established an endowment to fund programs and activities in disability studies. Read more >>


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