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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published June 27, 2018

Rounds with Leadership: Moving Nursing Science from the Margin to the Mainstream

Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Patricia Grady


In early May, AACN received the official notice that Dr. Patricia Grady, the long-time director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), would be retiring by summer's end. Dr. Grady has been a true pioneer in elevating the science of nursing and carving out a stronghold for the profession within the National Institute of Health. She has been one of the nation's leading proponents for leveraging nursing research to improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. 


BREAKING NEWS: Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act Advances Out of House Subcommittee

Today, AACN commends the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health for advancing the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 959) to the Full Committee for further consideration and for their tireless dedication to our nursing workforce. The Title VIII Programs are successful in increasing the number of nurse faculty and the supply of nurses needed to meet the healthcare needs of our nation, both now and in the future.

Nursing Caucus Co-Chair, Representative David Joyce (R-OH) recognizes, “Being a nurse is truly hard work. As the husband to a nurse, I understand the great detail, training, and education that goes into their daily work to keep patients safe and healthy. As the House Nursing Caucus Co-Chair, I am proud to see the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee advance my legislation, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017, to expand access to nursing workforce programs so our nurses can provide the greatest quality care to patients across the country.”

Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Co-Chair of the House Nursing Caucus, said: “Nursing shortages across the country are straining care, especially in our rural and underserved communities, endangering patient health and well-being, and driving up healthcare costs. In the next two years alone, the U.S. is on track to face a shortage of roughly 200,000 nursing professionals. Reauthorizing federal funding for vital programs that provide nurses with training, education, and financial support will expand access to quality healthcare for our communities. I urge Congress to pass these bipartisan bills so we can build a 21st century healthcare workforce that meets the needs of our future.


Weekly Digest

In the May-June issue of Nursing Outlook, Drs. Laura Wagner, Mary Dolansky, and Robert Englander lay the groundwork for academic nursing to move toward "Entrustable Professional Activities for Quality and Patient Safety." Entrustable professional activities (EPAs) are a promising framework for nursing education that could potentially bridge the gap between competency-based education, practice, and implementation of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. In this article, the concept of EPAs as a framework for curriculum and assessment in graduate nursing education and training is introduced. Seven steps are provided to develop EPAs for nurses related to quality and safety. The example incorporates the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) patient safety competencies and evidence-based literature. The authors discuss how introducing EPAs in nursing is timely as we look to identify opportunities to enhance nurse practitioner training models and implement nurse residency programs.

AACN Updates

Deadline Approaches for Schools Seeking Funding to Host White Coat Ceremonies >>

Congratulations to the Latest AACN Scholarship Recipients! >>

AACN Announces CDC Funding Opportunities in Public Health Informatics >>


The Social Pulse

AACN to Participate in Health Professions Week Instagram Takeover


AACN will takeover the Health Professions Week (HPW) Instagram account beginning July 11, 2018 through July 16, 2018. During the takeover, all content shared through the HPW Instagram account will be produced by AACN. AACN, the first organization to participate in this year's takeover, aims to educate students interested in learning more about the nursing profession. Follow Health Professions Week on Instagram, and use the hashtag #HPW2018 to join the conversation on Instagram or Twitter

Washington Weekly 

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: The House passes a bill including APRNs in solution to combat opioid crisis and the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act advances out of House subcommittee.

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