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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published June 13, 2018

Weekly Digest

On June 5, Dr. Edward Salsberg with the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and the School of Nursing published findings from his latest study to the Health Affairs Blog in a submission titled “Changes in the Pipeline of New NPs and RNs: Implications for Health Care Delivery and Educational Capacity.” Using recent data from AACN and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the author found that the number of new nurse practitioners graduating each year will likely exceed the annual number of new physicians completing training in the next few years. Also, the number of nurses entering the profession with a BSN has continued to rise steadily and, for the first time, more new nurses entered the workforce with a BSN rather than an associate’s degree. Despite these increases, Dr. Salsberg found that the overall inflow of new RNs may not be sufficient to meet future demand.

AACN Updates

Six Schools of Nursing Receive Funding from AACN to Expand Awareness and Participation in NIH's All of Us Research Program
Your Input Needed by Friday, June 15, on New Global Standards for Nursing Education
CNC Welcomes New Board of Commissioners and Committee Members
Nursing Faculty Selected to Participate in 2018 Leadership for Academic Nursing Program


The Social Pulse

American Red Cross Launches Missing Types Campaign to Raise Awareness of Need for Life-Saving Blood Donations

The American Red Cross recently launched the Missing Types campaign to help inspire over 350,000 people to donate blood for the first time. By supporting this campaign, blood donations will be provided to patients suffering trauma or battling chronic illnesses. Learn about how you can replace the #MissingType between June 11 and July 3 by reading the press release here.



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Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: The House passes an AACN-supported loan repayment bill for SUD treatment providers; AACN will host webinar on midterm elections in July; and the National Academies published a report examining aging and disability stereotypes.

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New Partnerships and Grant-funded Initiatives 

  • The University of Virginia School of Nursing has received a gift of $5 million from philanthropists Joanne and Bill Conway. This is the third $5 million gift from the Conways, bringing their total commitment to the school to $15 million. While the Conways’ first $10 million focuses on the school’s Clinical Nurse Leader program, their most recent $5 million gift will expand scholarship support to students across all of the School of Nursing’s undergraduate and graduate programs – to reduce their debt burden, encourage diversity, and motivate more individuals to join the profession. Read more >> 

  • Mount Saint Mary's University (MSMU) has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Riordan Foundation to fund the future of nursing education. Created by former Los Angeles mayor and civic and business leader Richard Riordan, the Riordan Fund for the Future of Nursing Education will provide significant financial support for MSMU's efforts to advance nursing education and help modernize the healthcare industry, in part through innovative health and wellness programs. Read more >>

  • Samford University’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing (AL) has received a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) to help make graduate nursing education more affordable for practicing and teaching nurses. This is the largest grant in the country from the NFLP and one of only three nationally that exceeds $1 million. Read more >>

  • Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has received a $2.7 million award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help increase the number of nurses working in community-based primary care settings, particularly among medically underserved populations. A unique characteristic of the four-year project is the school’s partnership with Mercy Care—a federally qualified health center and Atlanta’s only health center for the homeless that also helps individuals who lack access to behavioral health care services. Read more >>

  • Dr. Tamara Zurakowski, clinical associate professor and director of undergraduate programs at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, has received a $2.6 million award from the Health Resources and Services Administration to advance nursing’s influence in the primary care setting through educational and clinical practice improvements. The funding will be used to provide education of undergraduate students, sponsor continuing education for nurses currently working in primary care settings, assist primary care practices with adapting their practice models to support effective nursing care, and institute quality improvement programs in primary care practices. Read more >>

  • University of Arizona College of Nursing Professor Terry Badger has received a $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to help improve symptoms for cancer survivors after their treatment. Dr. Badger will employ the interventions and determine their effectiveness among ethnically diverse cancer survivors who have gone through medical treatment. Read more >>

  • The Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded Dr. Sharon Lock, professor and assistant dean of Faculty Practice, and Dr. Dianna Inman, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, a $1.7 million award titled, “Enhancing the Role of the Primary Care Registered Nurse in Rural Kentucky.” This four-year award will attempt to recruit and train undergraduate nursing students and current registered nurses to practice to the full extent of their license in community-based primary care teams. Read more >>

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