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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 11, 2018

Weekly Digest

In the June 18, 2018 issue of Charting Nursing's Future, contributor T.R. Goldman published a news item titled "Hawaii Joins States Using Tax Laws to Support Nursing Education." Hawaii is now the fourth state in the nation to pass a law aimed at helping the U.S. to reduce its chronic shortage of preceptors, with an innovative solution that uses the power of the tax code to try to bolster their numbers. The Hawaii legislation allocated $1.5 million per year to provide up to five $1,000 tax credits per preceptor. Funding covers preceptors for all of the state's students of advanced practice nursing, medicine, and pharmacy. Other states with similar programs include Georgia, Maryland, and Colorado.

AACN Updates

Call for Abstracts Now Open for Fall Conferences >> 

IPEC and USPHS Honor 2018 Public Health Excellence Award Recipients >>

AACN Remembers Marguerite Stella Jackson Schaefer >>  

CCNE Publishes New Installment of its 20th Anniversary Editorial Series >>


The Social Pulse

Nurse Turned Legislator: How Nursing Influenced Her Career in Advocacy

For more than twenty years, nurse Shirley Nathan-Pulliam has served as a Maryland state legislator. Charting Nursing's Future sat down with Senator Nathan-Pulliam to discuss what led her to seek public office and how her nursing perspective has shaped her advocacy for policies that can improve the health of her constituents. View the video interview here. 


AACN Participates in Health Professions Week Instagram Takeover

AACN is participating in a social media takeover this week July 11-16 to build excitement for Health Professions Week coming November 5-9, 2018. During the takeover, all content shared through the HPW Instagram account will be produced by AACN with the goal of reaching students interested in learning more about the nursing profession. Follow Health Professions Week on Instagram here, and use the hashtag #HPW2018 to join the conversation on Instagram or Twitter. To keep up with AACN on Instagram, follow the association Instagram account here.

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Washington Weekly 

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: the Senate Appropriation Committee approved the Labor-HHS-Education spending bill; the 2018 National Nursing Research Roundtable addresses interdisciplinary research collaboration; and NIDA and SAMSHA released a Request for Information on The HEALing Communities Study.


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New Partnerships and Grant-funded Initiatives 

  • James Madison University School of Nursing (VA) has received a $2.7 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support nursing education over the next four years. The funding was awarded through the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Program. Funding will be used to create partnerships with Valley Health Page Memorial Rural Health Centers, and Counseling and Psychological Services to address shortages in primary, mental health, and substance/opioid abuse treatment in nearby Page County within rural health clinics. During the four-year funding period, 56 scholars will receive training in cultural competency, poverty and diversity simulation, and addiction treatment strategies as part of their BSN education, to prepare them to work in rural primary health care. Read more >>

  • Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (FAU) has received a $2.8 million grant from HRSA for a four-year project to recruit and prepare BSN nursing students to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care teams. FAU is partnering with the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, two community health centers, a hospital system and its own nurse-led center to increase access to care while emphasizing chronic disease prevention and management and health and wellness promotion. This HRSA grant is the third awarded to FAU's College of Nursing over three years totaling $6.4 million to support innovative academic-practice partnerships that prepare nursing students for community-based care of underserved populations. Read more >>

  • Montana State University's College of Nursing (MSU) has received a grant totaling nearly $2.8 million that will enable MSU and its partners from across Montana to address the need for nurses in shortage areas across the state, particularly in rural areas. The four-year HRSA grant began July 1 and is worth nearly $700,000 per year The goal of the project is to prepare MSU College of Nursing students to practice in community-based primary care settings. In addition to nursing students, the project will also provide professional development opportunities to current registered nurses around working in team-based settings, implementing care coordination systems, and improving health in their communities. Read more >>

  • The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing has received a four-year, $2.6 million grant from HRSA to help meet healthcare demands with a focus on engaging more registered nurses in the management of patients. The college has partnered with Healthcare Association Nebraska, a primary care organization that provides technical support for federally qualified health centers that work with vulnerable populations. Nurse-managed care teams will work with two community partners—rural health clinics associated with Franklin County Memorial Hospital and North Omaha Area Health, a nurse-led clinic serving the minority community of north Omaha. Read more >>

  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (TN) has received a $1.28 million grant to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty in U.S. colleges and universities. Funding from HRSA's Nurse Faculty Loan Program will support DNP students who plan to become nursing faculty. Read more >>

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