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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published November 28, 2018

Rounds with Leadership: Artificial Intelligence: A Catalyst for Innovation in Pedagogy and Practice


As leaders in academic nursing, we are acutely aware of the need to re-envision how we educate the next generation of nursing leaders to thrive in a health system undergoing rapid change. To remain relevant, we must prepare now for fundamental and irreversible change in health care and higher education. Technology will be the main driver of change in pedagogy and practice and, in the long run, we will neither need nor want professionals to work as they did in the 20th century or prior. As British economist John Maynard Keynes said, the difficulty lies not so much in generating new ideas, but with escaping from the old ones.

For example, one change agent shaping the future of nursing education, research, and practice is artificial intelligence or AI. Simply stated, AI uses computers and algorithms to perform tasks that typically require human intelligence (Derrington, 2017). Because computers can instantly synthesize data from a wide variety of sources, AI has proven effective at enhancing clinical decision-making, recognizing patterns (predictive analytics), empowering student learning and faculty effectiveness, and harnessing the power of Big Data to improve the overall quality of healthcare services and educational activities.


Weekly Digest

On November 21, Insider Higher Ed examined the national drive to promote academic progression in nursing in an article titled "Public and Private Institutions Partner to Produce More Nurses, More Quickly." Reporter Ashley Smith details how joint degree programs between community colleges and four-year institutions are being embraced to help meet the growing demand for nurses with bachelor's degrees. AACN's support for academic progression to the baccalaureate and higher degrees is highlighted in this piece.

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The Social Pulse

CDC Provides Resources to Help Nurses Communicate the Importance of Childhood Immunization

Nurses and nurse educators play a vital role in communicating the importance of childhood immunization. The CDC provides an array of resources to help healthcare professionals effectively communicate the importance of vaccination to parents. View the resources here and learn how you can expand access to vaccine communication resources at your school of nursing. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: The deadline to reauthorize Title VIII programs this year approaches—and your voice is vital; the Bureau of Health Workforce is seeking Title VIII grant awardees' comments on data collection; and CMS announces proposed policy changes to lower drug costs.

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