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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 05, 2018

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Weekly Digest

US News and World Report contributor Elaine K. Howley considers the state of the nation's registered nurse (RN) workforce in a new online piece titled "Is There a Coming Shortage of Nurses?" Published on November 28, the author found that even with recent gains in the number of practicing nurses, some regions of the country and some specialty areas may come up short in terms of nurses needed given the large wave of projected retirements of Baby Boom RNs. AACN data is featured in this piece along with expert commentary from Dr. Peter Buerhaus and leaders with Sigma Theta Tau International and the American Nurses Association.

AACN Updates

January Pre-Conferences Focus on the PhD Pipeline and Faculty Practice >>

Apply Now for AACN LEADS' Inaugural Program: Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing >>

2019 Winter CNL Exam Testing Period: Registration Deadline is December 10 >>

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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 Dr. Hiyam Nadel, a nursing leader from Massachusetts General Hospital who helps student nurses and aspiring healthcare innovators take their ideas to the next level through mentoring. Listen to Dr. Nadel discuss the importance of innovation in the latest JNJ Nursing podcast here.

Emergency Department Nurse Takes Action Against Human Trafficking

Much can be said for following your instincts. Renea Wilson, an emergency department nurse from Kansas, took action when she believed that her hospital was treating patients who were being trafficked. See how she and her department intervened, tapped into the power of coalition building, and launched a program to make a difference by reading the latest Charting Nursing's Future blog

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: The Administration's health report addresses anti-competitive SOP policies; HRSA will soon begin accepting applications for the SUD Workforce Loan Repayment Program; and make sure to reserve your seat for the 2019 Student Policy Summit.

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>


Member News & Announcements

  • Dr. Nancy Glass, professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, was recently awarded the Department of Justice's Advancing National Tools and Resources for Technology Initiatives in Victim Services grant. This $2.2 million award will help Dr. Glass address the need to prevent sexual and domestic violence. Read more >>

  • University of Kentucky College of Nursing Dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing Janie Heath was recognized as an inaugural Distinguished Alumni at the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing. The award was established to recognize graduates who demonstrate "outstanding leadership related to the field of nursing or health care" and who have made "significant clinical, academic, research, or other contributions to nursing or health care on a local, state, national, or international level." Read more >>

  • Dr. Harleah Buck, associate professor at the University of South Florida, was recently inducted as a fellow of the American Heart Association's (AHA) Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing. Dr. Buck was nominated for her extensive scientific work focusing on gerontology, cardiovascular disease, and palliative care nursing. Read more >>

  • Marquette University's College of Nursing (WI) has received a $1 million estate gift from Barbara Regan, an alumna of the College. The family has three generations of Marquette students. According to Dean Janet Krejci, "We don't get this kind of support very often, and it makes a difference in the future of nursing students," Krejci said. Read more >>

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