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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published August 29, 2018

Rounds with Leadership: Collaborating to Advance the PhD in Nursing


On August 22, AACN and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) co-hosted a select group of academic nursing leaders and invited guests in Washington, DC to discuss the pipeline into PhD programs and the need to sustain high quality nursing science. AACN data show that since 2014, enrollment in research-focused doctoral programs has declined by 9.6%, precipitating a call to action. Participants at this convening included five top officials from NINR, including outgoing Director Dr. Patricia Grady and incoming Interim Director Dr. Ann Cashion, and AACN's Board Chair Dr. Ann Cary and President/CEO Dr. Deborah Trautman, as well as deans and research directors from a cross-section of nursing schools, including those affiliated with an academic health center, public and private institutions, and a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).


Weekly Digest

On August 15, AMN Healthcare released the results of a new national survey on generational differences in the healthcare workforce titled The AMN Healthcare Survey of Millennial Nurses: A Dynamic Influence on the Profession. This report compares the views of Millennial nurses (ages 19-36) to those of Generation X (ages 37-53) and Baby Boomer nurses (ages 54-71) regarding their expectations about their work environment and career futures. The survey found that Millennials were the generation most likely to seek leadership roles in the profession, pursue advance degrees, and become Advance Practice Registered Nurses.

In the September-October 2018 issue of Nurse Educator, Dr. Marilyn Oermann from Duke University School of Nursing has written an editorial titled "Wanted: Evidence to Guide Clinical Teaching" in which she calls for more research studies to determine how best to teach in the clinical setting. Dr. Oermann makes the case that more evidence is needed to guide clinical educators on which learning activities work best to improve learning outcomes and competencies.

AACN Updates

Newly Redesigned NursingCAS Website Launched >>

Call for Abstracts Issued for Faculty Practice Pre-Conference and Doctoral Education Conferences
—Submission Deadline September 19!

The Social Pulse

Johns Hopkins Nursing Publishes Podcast on Aging and Isolation

In order to better understand loneliness and social isolation among older adults, Johns Hopkins Nursing recently posted a podcast on Aging and Social Isolation. In the podcast, Dean Patricia Davidson discusses the benefits of peer support, motivators to self-management, biological changes related to loneliness, and more.

Inside Higher Ed to Host Webinar on Ways to Shift Student Behavior

Inside Higher Ed is hosting a free webcast on Wednesday, September 12, which will explore the traditional ways of encouraging students to make the right choices—and how those methods can be improved. Interested participants should register even if they are unable to attend, as the webcast will be recorded and provided to registrants at the conclusion of the webinar. 


Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: the NIH Director champions the All of Us Research Program; the Senate passes the LHHS-ED spending package providing level funding to Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs and an increase for NINR; and the National Academies will develop new opioid prescribing guidelines.

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