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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published April 25, 2018

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As the national voice for academic nursing, AACN plays a leading role in identifying trends and issues impacting the pipeline into professional nursing programs. For more than 40 years, the association has collected data on enrollment and graduations from baccalaureate and higher degree nursing programs as well as data on nursing deans and faculty. This information is used to inform federal and state legislators, researchers, workforce analysts, and other stakeholders about the health of the nursing student population as well as interest in nursing careers. 


Weekly Digest

In the March/April 2018 issue of Nursing Outlook, three AACN leaders – Dr. Juliann Sebastian, immediate past Board Chair; Dr. Deborah Trautman, President and CEO; and Dr. Ann Cary, current Board Chair – published a letter to the editor on "Moving Ahead with the Transition to the Doctor of Nursing Practice." In this piece, the authors outline AACN's commitment to working with all stakeholders to remove barriers to the full implementation of the DNP for advanced practice registered nurses and to promote the need for rigorous research on the outcomes of DNP-prepared providers. This letter was written in response to an article by editor Dr. Marion Broome titled "Ideology, Evidence, and the Business Case for the Doctor of Nursing Practice," which appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Nursing Outlook.

Earlier this month, HealthLeaders Media issued a new Industry Focus report for healthcare executives titled Nurse Leaders Tackle Diverse Goals in 2018. This free publication explores the top four trends impacting nurse executives in 2018, including changes in reimbursement, the call for higher education in nursing, helping nurse managers succeed at building stronger team relationships, and the battle to reduce nurse stress.

AACN Updates

AACN Vision for Nursing Education Task Force Seeks Feedback on Position Statement >>

Special Issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing on Leading in Academic Nursing—Online Now! >>

Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Awards—Deadline For Applications is June 1 >>

New Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Selected by AACN and the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future >> 


The Social Pulse

AACN Member School Alumna Celebrates Second-Place Boston Marathon Finish

Sarah Sellers, an alumna of Weber State University, finished in second place at the 2018 Boston Marathon, posting a time of 2:44:04 at the finish line. Sarah, a full-time nurse at Banner Health Center, now qualifies for the U.S. Olympic trials.

Samuel Merritt University Student Offers Tips for Aspiring Nurses

Fatema Balooch, a Samuel Merritt University FNP student, was discouraged by teachers, struggling to pass classes, and at first did not get accepted to nursing school. Instead of giving up, she found a way to push through her challenging circumstances. See Fatema's advice for aspiring nurses here.

AACN-TV Spotlight: Indiana University School of Nursing

"While we're very competitive in research, we're not competitive with each other. It's like a family, and we all want to see each other succeed." Dr. Lisa Carter-Harris, Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Nursing. Learn more about the nursing programs at Indiana University and explore AACN-TV to see the latest innovations underway at schools of nursing nationwide.


Washington Weekly


Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN Board Chair Dr. Ann Cary to testify before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services; the Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act gains additional bipartisan support in the House; and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Health Subcommittee holds a markup for 64 opioid-related bills.

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