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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published November 07, 2018

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On September 24, 2018, the Journal of Interprofessional Care published a new article by the Interprofessional Professionalism Collaborative (IPC) on "The Intersection of Professionalism and Interprofessional Care: Development and Initial Testing of the Interprofessional Professionalism Assessment." The authors discuss a new psychometrically sound assessment instrument used to measure observable behaviors of healthcare professionals in-training that demonstrate professionalism and collaboration, which are essential to person-centered care. Kathy McGuinn, AACN's Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice Partnerships, co-authored the article and represents AACN in IPC's work. 
In the September-October issue of Nurse Educator, Dr. Betty Ferrell and colleagues take an in-depth look at "An Innovative End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium [ELNEC] Curriculum That Prepares Nursing Students to Provide Primary Palliative Care." In this article, the authors describe the development and implementation of an online nursing curriculum that prepares prelicensure students to provide high-quality nursing care to patients with serious illness and at the end of life. Pam Malloy, AACN's ELNEC Project Director and Co-Investigator, coauthored the new article.

AACN Updates

Record Attendance Expected for Baccalaureate Conference in New Orleans >>

Register Now for Next Week's Webinar on Population Health in Baccalaureate Education >>

Nominations for CNL Vanguard and CNL Educator Awards: Deadline is Friday, November 9 >>

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The Social Pulse

Johnson & Johnson's Latest Notes on Nursing Podcast
Johnson & Johnson published a new Notes on Nursing podcast featuring an interview with a neo-natal cardiac nurse who worked to implement newborn screening policies for critical congenital heart disease in hospitals across the world. Listen here and learn more about her story. 

Inside Higher Ed to Host Webinar on Graduate and Professional Education
Mark your calendar for November 14 at 2 PM ET for the next Inside Higher Ed podcast on Graduate and Professional Education: An Ever-Changing Environment. Participants will gain insights on trends such as the impact of graduate training in research and teaching, U.S. News & World Report ranking considerations, and more. Individuals unable to attend in real-time are still encouraged to register, as all registrants will receive a recording of the webcast and a copy of the presentation. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Read AACN's midterm elections recap; thank you to 600 AACN members for participating in Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes; students have the opportunity to learn effective advocacy during Health Professions Week; and the 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace is open through December 15.

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>


Member News & Announcements

  • Frontier Nursing University (FNU) president Dr. Susan Stone has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). She has served as President of FNU since 2001. NAM is recognizing Dr. Stone's achievements that have opened the door to more than 5,000 nurses to achieve graduate education and positively impact the accessibility of quality health care for rural families. Read more >>

  • The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing will celebrate the life and impact of long-time dean Colleen Conway-Welch on November 12 at the School of Nursing in Nashville, TN. Members of the Vanderbilt community, alumni, friends, and colleagues are encouraged to RSVP and to bring photographs or remembrances to share. Read more >>

  • On October 16, Old Dominion University (ODU) celebrated the expansion of its School of Nursing programs and the establishment of a new Center for Telehealth Education and Research. The expansion complements ODU's health-sciences presence in Norfolk by introducing high-demand graduate programs, such as telehealth, in Virginia Beach. ODU also will enlarge other programs in the Schools of Nursing and Community & Environmental Health within the College of Health Sciences. Read more >>
  • Barry University's College of Nursing & Health Sciences (CNHS) is introducing telepresence robots for use in classroom settings and simulation labs, making them the first nursing program in Florida to utilize the Double Robotics technology. This innovation will give students and professors in remote locations the chance to observe lessons and procedures firsthand, in a highly interactive environment. Read more >>

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