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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 03, 2018

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Weekly Digest

On September 30, Dr. Teri Murray, AACN Board Treasurer and nursing dean from Saint Louis University, published a new article titled Overview and Summary: Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Progress and Opportunities in the latest Online Journal of Issues in Nursing (OJIN).  In this introductory piece to a special issue on the social determinants of health (SDOH), Dr. Murray writes: "The SDOH and the structures that perpetuate them must be acknowledged and addressed if we are ever to minimize the disparities seen in disadvantaged populations and achieve equity in health." This OJIN issue features articles on the SDOH in relation to nursing education, health policy, chronic illness, food insecurity, and community/population health.

AACN Updates

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The Social Pulse

Johnson & Johnson Launches Challenge to Support Nurses Working to Improve Health

The Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge supports RNs by helping bring to life their ideas to improve health care. Interested nurses should submit ideas for new devices, health technologies, protocols, or treatment approaches that have the power to profoundly impact patient care and human health. Nursing innovators with the best idea(s) will be awarded up to $100,000 in grants and access to mentoring and coaching to support their ideas. 

Campaign for Action Recognizes Exceptional Retired Nurse Volunteers

Campaign for Action recently profiled four retired nurses who are staying active and continuing to contribute to their communities through volunteer work. Learn more about how these former RNs continue to strengthen the quality of patient care, enrich their communities, and contribute to the institutions that nurtured their careers.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: The finalized opioids package awaits the President's signature; the U.S. Surgeon General calls for more nursing voices in public health, requests comments on community health; federal funding for nursing programs included in the Fiscal Year 2019 LHHS-ED/Defense "minibus" signed into law on September 28; and AACN provides a policy update on its efforts in advancing the nursing profession. 

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

Member News & Announcements

Dr. Tracy Motter, Kent State College of Nursing associate dean for undergraduate programs, has been appointed to the newly redesigned Northeast Ohio Nursing Initiative (NEONI) Advisory Board. NEONI is a workforce initiative under The Center for Health Affairs that identifies and addresses healthcare issues and initiatives through collaborative efforts between academic and professional partners. Read more >>

Weber State University (WSU) School of Nursing has been renamed the WSU Annie Taylor Dee School of Nursing in honor of a woman who was instrumental in expanding healthcare offerings in Ogden in the early 1900s. Dee helped establish a hospital in Ogden in the name of her husband, Thomas Dee, in 1910, and the new facility included a nursing program. In 1955, the Dee Hospital nursing program was folded into the 2-year-old program at what was then called Weber College. Read more >>

The American Association for Men (AAMN) in Nursing has named Vanderbilt University School of Nursing an AAMN Best School of Nursing. The honor recognizes a nursing school for significant efforts in recruiting and retaining men in the nursing profession. Read more >>

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AACN Members and related stakeholders are encouraged to submit articles of interest, research awards and opportunities, member school announcements, new partnerships or grant-funded initiatives, and resources, to the AACN for inclusion in the newsletter, according to the following guidelines. Each section will be limited to one article per member school. If more than one is submitted, AACN staff will determine which will be published. 

We do not advertise university awards and events, continuing education programs, products for sale and other items that may imply endorsement or support one member school over another. 

Submissions must be received by Monday at 12:00 pm (EST) in order to appear in that week's featured section. Send your article via email to Bill O'Connor, AACN's Director of Publications at


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