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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 18, 2018

Weekly Digest

In the July 2018 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education, Dr. Julie Zerwic and her colleagues explore Programmatic Evaluation of Holistic Admissions: The Influence on Students. In this article, the authors assess the impact of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s decision to imple­ment a holistic admission process after developing a strategic plan that called for enhancing the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. A program evaluation was conducted to examine Bachelor of Science in Nursing admission outcomes before and after imple­menting holistic admission in 2014. The researchers found that the admission of Hispanic students significantly increased, whereas admissions of non-Hispanic White students significantly decreased. Academic metrics did not change significantly, and students rated the holistic admission process positively.

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The Social Pulse

Johns Hopkins University Nurse Unveils a New Face of Nursing 
"I tell people I'm a nurse all the time," said Dr. Kamila Alexander, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins Nursing. Watch Dr. Alexander share her story here, which serves as an important reminder of the array of opportunities in the nursing while also addressing a commonly held misconception about the profession. 
Filling the Media Void: Dr. Theresa Brown Offers a Nursing Perspective, Encourages RNs to Share Their Story
Dr. Theresa Brown wears multiple hats. In addition to her role as a clinical nurse in Pittsburgh, she is also a bestselling author and a frequent op-ed contributor to the New York Times. Dr. Brown's accomplishments are especially important considering the under-representation of nurses in healthcare media coverage. Learn more about Dr. Brown's trajectory here, and her advice for nurses seeking to contribute to larger discussions in healthcare.

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Washington Weekly 

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Lieutenant General Dorothy A. Hogg is confirmed as Surgeon General of U.S. Air Force; momentum is building for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 as the bill advances out of Committee; and the House Appropriations Committee approves the FY19 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill.

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New Partnerships and Grant-funded Initiatives 

  • The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies (UMKC) has been awarded $676,000 to distribute to nursing students pursuing doctoral and master’s degrees who plan to be future nurse faculty. The Nurse Faculty Loan Program 2018-2019 award amount is the largest in UMKC history. The program, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers partial loan forgiveness for borrowers who graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty for the prescribed time period. The loan recipients can cancel 85 percent of the loan over four years in return for serving full-time equivalents as faculty in any accredited school of nursing. The UMKC School of Nursing also has been awarded a two-year $700,000 grant from HRSA to train 20 advanced practice registered nursing instructors and 20 students in Missouri rural health clinics. In the state, 37 percent of the population lives in rural areas where there is a drastic shortage of healthcare providers. This grant will increase the number of nurse practitioners who have the specific knowledge and skills needed to meet the diverse and multifaceted health needs of rural Missourians.

  • The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD, recently signed an agreement of dual admission that will ensure students’ seamless transition from Chesapeake’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program to UMSON’s BSN program. Chesapeake becomes the 10th community college in Maryland to sign such an agreement with UMSON. Read more >>

  • The Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) at Illinois State University received a $2.8 million HRSA grant to launch the Change Agents to the Underserved: Service Education (CAUSE) project. MCN is one of 42 universities nationwide and four universities in the state of Illinois to receive the grant. Read more >>

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