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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 12, 2018

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Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) has sponsored the publication of a special research topic, International Partnerships for Strengthening Health Care Capacity: Models of Collaborative Education in the open-access journal Frontiers in Public Health. This issue features 33 articles in total, representing a wide breadth of health specialties and drawing on the diversity and expertise of 163 authors, representing 28 countries and 96 different organizations/institutions. Among the articles are submissions from nurse educators working in Africa and South America.

AACN Updates

Deadline Approaching – Call for Abstracts for Doctoral Education and Faculty Practice Conferences >>

Diversity Award Nomination Deadline Extended to September 30 >>

AACN Announces 2018 Faculty Award Recipients >>

Upcoming Webinar: Using the Graduate Nursing Student Academy as a Resource for Success >>

The Social Pulse

AACN-TV Spotlight: Simmons University
"We have the opportunity to simulate what you actually would do in caring for a patient, and that's remarkable to have such a realistic experience prior to getting to the hospital," said Emma Murphy, BSN graduate of Simmons University. Learn more about nursing programs at Simmons University and explore AACN-TV to see the latest innovations underway at schools of nursing nationwide!

Illinois Nurse Brings RN Perspective to School Board
Dr. Tracey Smith, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of Population Health and Community Outreach at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, was recently profiled in a Campaign for Action newsletter for her contributions as Vice President of an Illinois school board. Since joining the board, Smith helped members consider what schools should look for when hiring a school nurse and advocated for the rights of students from the nursing perspective. 


Washington WeeklyNursing Community Coalition logo

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: The Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) celebrates its 10-year anniversary; AACN will join the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day on September 13; and AACN and the NCC request Congress to support the nursing workforce, research, and the Indian Health Service as they finalize the LHHS-ED appropriation bill for FY 2019. 

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New Partnerships and Grant-funded Initiatives

  • The University of Houston College of Nursing and the Indian Nursing Council commenced a new chapter in academic exchange following the signing of a memorandum of understanding and a trip to New Delhi, India. Dr. Kathryn Tart, professor and founding dean of the college, together with Associate Professor Shainy Varghese, participated in a two-day conference with the Indian Nursing Council, June 27-28. Fifty nursing programs from around India were in attendance, selected to create the Nurse Practitioner Critical Care program. Read more >>

  • The University of North Dakota College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines and the behavioral health program at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education have been selected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration to co-administer a new Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. The five-year $3.8 million grant encompasses North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. Read more >>

  • The College of St. Scholastica (MN) has been awarded $2.76 million by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - the largest grant in the College's 107-year history. Through the Rural Registered Nurses in Primary Care project, St. Scholastica nursing students will gain primary care competencies in theory, in skills training and simulation, and in real-world clinical experiences. They will participate in multiple shifts in primary care settings. Instructors at Essentia Health clinics and sites throughout the region will provide mentoring. Read more >>

  • The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing has been awarded a $1 million grant to continue a successful falls prevention program. This program focuses on three primary areas: better sleep, hydration, and strengthening for residents. The program is a partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health through funds from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Read More >> The College also received a $3.9 million award from the Donald W. Reynold Foundation to further the education of PhD-prepared nurses in care of older adults. Scholarships of up to $150,000 including stipends for three years of full-time study will allow doctoral students to pursue research studies addressing improvement of the health of older persons and their family caregivers within a model of aging in place. Read More >>

  • The National Institute for Nursing Research has awarded New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing a $1.9 million, five-year grant to establish the NYU Meyers Center for Precision Health in Diverse Populations. The goal of the new center is to develop a team of nurse scientists dedicated to studying metabolic syndrome and related chronic conditions, their biological mechanisms and modifiable risk factors, and the best interventions to reduce or eliminate the burden of multiple chronic conditions in diverse, vulnerable adult populations. Read more >>

  • Dr. Kathleen R. Delaney, director of the Rush University College of Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health NP program, recently received a $1.4 million HRSA Grant for Academic/Practice Partnerships: Incubators for Innovations in Clinical Learning. This project develops and evaluates an academic-practice partnership model for clinical training of family-nurse practitioner students within a federally qualified health center such as Heartland Health Centers (HHC). The model increases HHC's capacity for training, decreases site demands associated with precepting and develops a clinical precepting team, which incubates ideas for improved student learning/ preceptor development. Read more >>

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing has received a four-year, $2.8 million grant to help improve health outcomes in medically underserved areas in Alabama and to educate undergraduate nursing students and practicing RNs in team-focused primary care. The project, "Building a Resilient Primary Care Registered Nurse Workforce for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control in Alabama," is funded by a Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration and will focus on training and sustaining baccalaureate-prepared RNs in medically underserved areas. Read more >>

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