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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 05, 2018

Weekly Digest

In the September 2018 issue of Health Affairs, Drs. Joanne Spetz and Ulrike Muench from the Healthforce Center at the University of California, San Francisco published the results of a new research study titled "California Nurse Practitioners Are Positioned to Fill the Primary Care Gap, But They Face Barriers to Practice." Though nurse practitioners (NPs) are well prepared to help bridge the gaps arising from shortages of primary care physicians in California, many face employment and practice barriers. To maximize the impact that NPs can have in meeting care needs, the researchers call for expanding education programs in underserved areas, increasing the diversity of the NP workforce, and ensuring that NPs feel empowered to fully use their skills.

AACN Updates

Call for Abstracts Now Open for Master's Education Conference and CNL Summit >>

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

ELNEC Receives New Funding to Develop Graduate Palliative Nursing Care Competencies >>

Register for the Upcoming Webinar—Faculty Policy Think Tank: Success in Policy Scholarship >>

The Social Pulse

Nurse Brings Big Picture Mindset to School Board
Dr. Tracey Smith from Southern Illinois University shares her story on how she brings science and a "big picture" systems approach to her service her community on a local school board. Read the full article here. 

HRSA Launches New Open Data Website
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated and economically or medically vulnerable, has launched its new Open Data website. The new resource features interactive maps, dashboards, query tools, fact sheets, and downloadable data related to HRSA-funded Health Centers, grants, loan repayment and scholarship programs, Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), organ donation, and other programs. The website provides national summary data and lets users drill-down to the state, county, regional, and Congressional district levels. Check out HRSA's new data.

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Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN joins higher education groups in filing an amicus brief on net neutrality, the Faculty Policy Think Tank's Policy Scholarship webinar is open for registration, the House of Representatives announce Members to serve on the appropriations conference committee, and AACN needs your help gathering Senate support for the Title VIII Reauthorization Act. 

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>


Member News & Announcements

  • AACN Board Chair-Elect Judy Beal was named the inaugural Dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences at Simmons University. The appointment became effective this week, as Simmons College transitioned to Simmons University. This transition at Simmons is the culmination of an academic redesign process focused on building collaborative and interdisciplinary learning opportunities, enhancing professional preparation, and providing flexible undergraduate-to-graduate school pathways. Read more >> 

  • Clemson University School of Nursing has opened a new building, a 78,000-square-foot education and research facility housing an expansion of the school's baccalaureate nursing program at Greenville Health System (GHS). A collaborative effort between GHS and the School of Nursing, the program expansion will help meet a growing need for nurses and bolster health innovation and research efforts in the Upstate region of South Carolina. The facility is adjoined to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville to foster interprofessional education. Read more >>

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