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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published May 09, 2018

Weekly Digest

In the Journal of Professional Nursing's special issue on Leading in Academic Nursing (March-April 2018), key recommendations from AACN's report on Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing are explored in an article titled "Leadership by collaboration: Nursing's bold new vision for academic-practice partnerships." The article calls for deeper engagement between academic and practice leaders to magnify the impact nursing can have on improving health outcomes and promoting innovation in healthcare delivery. The authors include Dr. Juliann Sebastian, immediate past AACN Board Chair; Dr. Eileen Breslin, Dean from the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio; Dr. Deborah Trautman, AACN President and CEO, Dr. Ann Cary, current AACN Board Chair; Dr, David Vlahov, Associate Dean of Research at the Yale School of Nursing; and Robert Rosseter, AACN's Chief Communications Officer.

Sponsored in part by AACN, the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education has released a new publication titled "Improving Health Professional Education and Practice Through Technology." This report captures the discussion from a public workshop hosted by the National Academy of Sciences that considered current and future technologies that could bridge identified gaps in order to optimize health and education system performance as well as access to health care in high-, middle-, and low-income regions.

AACN UpdatesCall for Award Nominations

Register Now for the Next AACN Webinar: The Million Hearts® Initiative—Teaching Best Practices for Prevention to Nursing Students >>

Only Two Days Left for the AACN Conference Discount in Honor of National Nurses Week >>

New Student Scholarship Recipients Announced >>

CCNE Publishes Next Installment in its 20th Anniversary Editorial Series >> 

The Social Pulse by OnCourse Learning Offers Free Educational Series Focused on the Opioid Epidemic

To address the nation's opioid crisis, by OnCourse Learning is offering a free continuing education series on "Confronting the Opioid Epidemic" to provide nurses with the latest information on helping patients overcome substance abuse issues. View the press release here to learn more about the series, and view the free CE offerings available.

Businesses Celebrate National Nurses Week with Free and Discounted Offerings for Nurses 

Many food establishments are offering free and discounted meals to nurses to show gratitude in honor of National Nurses Week through May 12. Nurses can take advantage of great deals and free offerings to help celebrate their contributions to healthcare. Individuals shopping for Nurses Week gifts also can take advantage of an array of deals on flowers, educational materials, and supplies for nurses here

NICE Network to Host Free Webinar on Infection Prevention in Maternal and Child Health Settings

The Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network), will host the seventh webinar in its Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients series. The webinar will address current infection prevention and control challenges in maternal and child health settings. Learn more and register for this free webinar here.


Washington Weekly


Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: A presidential rescission package was released giving Congress 45 days to respond; Representative Bonamici receives AACN Congressional Appreciation Award; and the Nursing Community Coalition turns 10 during National Nurses Week.

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New Partnerships and Grant-funded Initiatives 

  • 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 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 >>

  • The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Florida International University (FIU) has awarded $100,000 in traineeship grants to five FIU nurse practitioner graduate students to participate in the pilot of the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program. ANEW is a two-year nursing education initiative funded by the U.S. Human Resources & Services Administration for $1.39 million, specifically to prepare advanced practice nurses to provide primary care in rural and underserved areas through academic and clinical training. Read more >>

  • Dr. Lois James, a researcher at the Washington State University (WSU) College of Nursing, will lead a team from the College of Nursing, the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, and the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center in a $1 million study on nurses' work shifts. The study, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, will involve 50 nurses working day shift and 50 nurses working night shift. Participants will report to the WSU Health Sciences campus for testing immediately following three consecutive, 12-hour day or night shifts. They'll also be tested following three consecutive days off. Read more >>


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