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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 25, 2018

Rounds with Leadership: Exercising Thought Leadership


According to the Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Science (GANES), maintaining a robust nursing workforce is essential to meeting the needs of diverse patient populations and advancing global health. The worldwide shortage of registered nurses (RNs) poses a serious threat to meeting this objective and underscores the need to prepare adequate numbers of highly educated professional nurses.

Last week, AACN's Board of Directors convened the third annual Thought Leaders Assembly, which brought together member deans, practice leaders, GANES representatives, and other stakeholders to consider strategies for strengthening the global nursing workforce.   


Weekly Digest

Dr. George Zangaro and colleagues from the Health Resources and Services Administration have published a new article (in press) in Nursing Outlook on "Trends in Racial and Ethnic Demographics of the Nursing Workforce: 2000 to 2015." Although diversity in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs is rising, there is still a need for improved access to higher levels of nursing education to enhance representation in the workforce. This analysis highlights several AACN initiatives aimed at increasing diversity and finds that nursing workforce diversity is increasing at rate faster than that of the U.S. population.   

In the July 5, 2018 of the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Philip Greiner, member of the AACN Board of Directors and dean of the San Diego State University School of Nursing, was featured in an article describing "How Holograms Are Helping Medical Training." This news item illustrates how HoloPatient, a mixed-reality software program, gives nursing students experience coping with medical dilemmas in a potentially more cost-efficient way than current teaching tools. Dr. Greiner expressed his support for using technology to expand clinical learning experiences and to provide simulated real-world scenarios that nurses may later face.

AACN Updates

Next NursingCAS Cycle Opens August 15 >>

Latest Data on Diversity: New Careers In Nursing Nationwide Database >>

The Social Pulse

HHS Publishes Blog Addressing Infectious Disease Prevention and the Opioid Crisis

One of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) top priorities is the implementation of a comprehensive national opioid strategy. Learn more about the HHS's five-point opioid strategy, proceedings from their most recent workshop on the issue, and the importance of addressing infectious diseases as part of an opioid response plan in their latest blog here.

NIMHD to Host Twitter Chat on Mental Health in Minority Communities

In observance of National Minority Mental Health Month, the NIH's National Intitute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is hosting a Twitter Chat on reducing barriers to mental health care in minority communities. Join the Twitter Chat tomorrow, July 26, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET by using the hashtag #MinorityMH.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Robert Wilkie is confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs; Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act passes the House; and nursing expert among National Academy of Medicine's selected Emerging Leaders.

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