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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 24, 2018

Rounds with Leadership: AACN LEADS: Your Leadership Journey Accelerated!


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

Those words from John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, underscore the important role leaders play in inspiring others to take action and realize higher levels of achievement. They also beg the question: Are you prepared to lead?

Senior executives, across industries and settings, must lead in an environment of volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity. Leaders in academic institutions face even greater challenges that involve engaging internal stakeholders (i.e., students, alumni, faculty, and administration) as well as a wide array of influential external stakeholders, including legislators, practice partners, and funders. Academic leaders across healthcare disciplines must accomplish all of this while honoring the triad of mission objectives: education, practice, and research. Preparing nurse educators with contemporary leadership skills is fundamental to advancing the profession and infusing nursing’s voice into the national conversation on healthcare reform and innovation.

AACN has always been an important source for leadership development for all members of the nursing school enterprise. According to a recent assessment commissioned by the Board of Directors, 97% of member deans and other top administrators recognize AACN as a primary source for leadership development in academic nursing. These individuals are looking to AACN to provide high-level training in areas important to today’s leader, including developing and empowering others, communication, strategic thinking, emotional intelligence, negotiation, and business operations.


Weekly Digest

Readiness of the nursing workforce in quality and safety competencies is an essential indicator of a health system's ability to deliver excellent patient care. In the current issue of The Joint Commission Journal of Quality and Patient Safety, Dr. Maya Djukic and her colleagues from New York University published a new article titled "Bachelor's Degree Nurse Graduates Report Better Quality and Safety Educational Preparedness than Associate Degree Graduates" (article in press). In the study, the researchers found that baccalaureate-prepared RNs reported being significantly better prepared than were associate degree nurses in 12 out of 16 areas related to quality and safety, including evidence-based practice, data analysis, and project implementation. The authors conclude that improving accreditation and organizational policies requiring baccalaureate education for RNs could help safeguard the quality of patient care.

AACN Updates

AACN Set for Record Attendance at the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference >>

Registration Open for the 2019 Student Policy Summit >>

CNL Fall 2018 Exam Registration Deadline is October 26 >>

AACN Remembers Barbara Jonas >>


The Social Pulse

#HPW2018 Offers Opportunity to Explore Careers in Health Professions

AACN is a proud participant in Health Professions Week, an interprofessional event for high school and college students interested in learning more about careers in the health professions. Participants will hear from current practitioners, connect with like-minded peers, learn more about health and wellness advocacy, and more. Students are encouraged to register to participate in this virtual event held November 5-9, 2018. Don't forget to join the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #HPW2018

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: President Trump signs comprehensive legislation addressing the opioid crisis, and Dr. Julie Sochalski will receive the 2018 AACN Lois Capps Policy Luminary Award during the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference.


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