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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published November 14, 2018

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Earlier today, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) released a special publication on The Future of Health Services Research: Advancing Health Systems Research and Practice in the United States. Since the 1960s, health services research has provided the foundation for progress, effectiveness, and value in health care. Based on discussions held at a national NAM symposium in February 2018, this report explores how health services research can contribute to increased efficiency and safety across the healthcare system if adequately funded and properly sustained. Support for this publication was provided by AACN along with AcademyHealth, American Board of Family Medicine, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Association of American Medical Colleges, Federation of American Hospitals, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

On October 31, the New York Times published an article on how technology is revolutionizing health profession education titled "Training the Next Generation of Doctors and Nurses."  Reporter Laura Pappano describes how medical and nursing schools across the country are retooling how and what they teach, spurred on in part by the projected shortage of primary caregivers. With a focus on the Clemson University School of Nursing, the reporter illustrates how simulation and other educational technologies are being used to augment in-person clinical training experiences for nurses and physicians.

AACN Updates

Don't Miss Tomorrow's Webcast on Crisis Communication from the Baccalaureate Education Conference >>

Nine Schools of Nursing to Expand Awareness of NIH's All of Us Research Program >>

2018 Nurse Faculty Scholars Selected by AACN and the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future >>

CCNE Distributes Executive Summary of Revisions to its Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2018) >>

The Social Pulse

AACN-TV Spotlight: Texas Woman's University College of Nursing
"The interesting phenomenon that I see at TWU is that our students transition to mentees and then into colleagues, and that is something that is very special to us," said Damon Cottrell, Assistant Dean & Clinical Professor at Texas Woman's University College of Nursing. Learn more about TWU's nursing programs and explore AACN-TV to see the latest innovations underway at schools of nursing nationwide!

Celebrate National Nurse Practitioner Week November 11-17
November 11-17 is National Nurse Practitioner Week! This special week offers an array of opportunities to bring recognition to the nurse practitioner (NP) role and increase awareness of the services they provide. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners offers a #NPWeek guide which includes resources such as a sample news release, talking points, an NP fact sheet, community activities, a media interview guide, posters and guidelines for writing a letter to the editor. View the resources here, and join the conversation on social media using hashtag #NPWeek

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: The final countdown: urge your Senators to pass Title VIII Reauthorization today; AACN attends HHS Secretary's roundtable with non-physician providers; and the DOJ announced strategic actions during its first ever national opioid summit. 

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>


New Partnerships and Grant-funded Initiatives

  • The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University (OH) is working with MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to enhance care for the increasing number of older patients treated by nurse practitioners and physician assistants in MinuteClinic locations across the country. The project is being supported with a one-year planning grant of up to $945,000 from The John A. Hartford Foundation as part of its Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative. Read more >>

  • The Midwestern State University Wilson School of Nursing (TX) has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to help students pay for their education, as well as provide new teaching technology. The funds given to the MUSTANGS (Medically Underserved Specialization for Advanced Nursing Graduate Students) program helps as students prepare to work in underserved populations. Read more >>

  • The University of Arizona College of Nursing has received a $821,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, which will allow the College to partner with MHC Healthcare. The collaboration is aimed at better equipping MHC to treat opioid disorder. Read more >>

  • The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing has received a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to help meet some of the new demands of a changing healthcare environment, with a focus on engaging more registered nurses in the management of patients. The College has partnered with Healthcare Association Nebraska, a primary care organization that provides technical support for federally qualified health centers that work with vulnerable populations. Nurse-managed care teams will work with two community partners. Read more >>

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