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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published May 16, 2018

Weekly Digest

In a recent issue of Reflections on Nursing Leadership, the online magazine published by Sigma Theta Tau International, Dr. Daniel B. Oerther contributed a compelling opinion piece titled "Nursing Should Be a STEM Discipline!" The author, who serves as a professor of environmental health engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, argues that nursing should be included as a STEM discipline because it uses the scientific method to inform compassionate, evidence-based care.

In the Journal of Professional Nursing's special issue on Leading in Academic Nursing (March-April 2018), Dr. Jean Giddens from Virginia Commonwealth University and Dr. Patricia Morton from the University of Utah offer "Pearls of Wisdom for Chief Academic Nursing Officers." With an eye toward evolving role expectations for academic nursing leaders, the authors consider the attributes and competencies needed to succeed as a nursing school dean and offer advice on onboarding and transition, interpersonal and organizational communication, resource management, development and fundraising, building collaborations, establishing a leadership team, and self-management.

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The Social Pulse

HRSA On-Demand Webinar Available on Provider Well-Being

The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) recently hosted a webinar as part of a series called Provider Well-Being: Moving from Triple to Quadruple Aim in Clinical Training. The webinar series is aimed at improving health professional education, especially in rural and underserved communities. The archived webinar is available via Adobe Connect here. 

AACN-TV Spotlight: Lamar University, JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing

"Many of our students are first-generation students who are now given the opportunity to go to a university and reach for their dreams" -Dr. Cynthia Stinson, Chair and Associate Professor. Learn more about the nursing programs at Lamar University and explore AACN-TV to see the latest innovations underway at schools of nursing nationwide! 


Washington Weekly


Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Secretary Azar discusses drug pricing blueprint at HHS; CMS Rural Health Strategy focuses on all providers; interest rates on federal student loans to rise this year; and don't miss the policy education webinar on May 23.


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Opportunities and Resources to Consider 

  • The application deadline is fast approaching for the AACN-Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future scholarship program. This program provides funding for underrepresented minority nursing students who plan to work as nursing faculty after graduation. To be eligible for this scholarship program, applicants must be enrolled full time in a doctoral nursing program or clinically focused master's degree program. Five scholarships in the amount of $18,000 each will be awarded. View more details and access the scholarship application here. The application deadline is May 31, 2018. 

  • AACN seeks faculty for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Group (DEIG) to explore innovative approaches to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic nursing and nursing workforce. The goal of DEIG will be to align its efforts with the strategic diversity goals and objectives of AACN and the larger nursing community.  If you are interested in joining DEIG, contact Dr. Vernell DeWitty, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at  

  • AACN and JOOL Health are pleased to announce a new partnership to enhance wellness initiatives underway at schools of nursing. Through this initiative, nursing schools connect directly with JOOL to access a powerful app and online tools that can be used to improve organizational performance while promoting the well-being and resiliency of faculty, staff, and students. For more information about JOOL Health and to arrange a demonstration for your school of nursing, please contact Steven White at or 248-762-3148. Questions also may be directed to AACN at


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