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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 31, 2018

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In the latest issue of Charting Nurses Future prepared by the Campaign for Action, senior editor Nicole Fauteux reports on the response to the 2010 Institute of Medicine report on the Future of Nursing, which called for 80% of the nursing workforce to hold a baccalaureate or higher degree by 2020. In an article titled "Ambitious Goals Spur Action," the latest data reveal that:

  • Almost 76,000 people chose the BSN as their entry point to a nursing career in 2017, up from 55,407 in 2010.   
  • Another 62,725 licensed RNs completed RN-to-BSN programs in 2017, almost three times as many as in 2010.   
  • The percentage of employed nurses with a BSN or higher degree rose from 49% in 2010 to 54% in 2017.

The results of Inside Higher Ed's 2018 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology were released earlier today and show that, although the proportion of college instructors who are teaching online is growing, concerns persist about the quality and effectiveness of online courses. Published in partnership with Gallup, the findings are based on feedback from 2,129 instructors and 206 digital learning leaders on a wide range of topics related to how technology influences their teaching and work with students. The survey found that:

  • 44% of instructors have taught an online course, up from 42% last year and 30% in 2013.  
  • Professors who have taught online overwhelmingly say the experience improved their teaching and made them more likely to experiment with new approaches. 
  • Only 30% believe online courses can achieve student outcomes comparable to those of face-to-face courses, down from 33% last year

AACN Updates

AACN Recognizes Excellence at the 2018 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference >>

AACN Endorses National Consensus Project's Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care >>

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

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The Social Pulse

#NONPFSTC18 Aimed at Developing Nurse Practitioners for Academic Roles 
Can your school's faculty benefit from learning more about engaging students in active learning, becoming a program director, dealing with difficult students, and completing accreditation requirements? Register to attend the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Faculty Institute for Novices and Experts Conference to be held December 6-7 in Bethesda, MD. NONPF's Fall Special Topic Conference is designed to fill faculty preparation gaps and further develop NP faculty for academic roles. Follow conference updates by following the hashtag #NONPFSTC18 on Twitter. 

American Lung Association Launches #IGotMyShot Flu Vaccination Campaign
The American Lung Association recently launched a new flu awareness campaign, MyShot. The campaign highlights the dangers of influenza for people 50 years of age and older and particularly for people with one or more chronic medical conditions. AACN members are encouraged to learn more about the campaign here, and read personal stories of medical experts and older adults from various walks of life discussing their firsthand experiences with the flu and why they prioritize getting vaccinated. Help spread the word by using the available social media resources and tweeting with the hashtag #IGotMyShot

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN members engaged in the association's Virtual Advocacy Day, learned how to elevate their advocacy voice, and participated in policy conversations during the 2018 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference.

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