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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 12, 2018

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Weekly Digest

Published as a supplement to the October 2018 issue of the Journal of Nursing Regulation, a research team convened by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers published findings from the 2017 National Nursing Workforce Survey. Designed to provide accurate and timely data on the U.S. nursing workforce, findings include:

  • The size of the registered nurse (RN) workforce climbed to 3,844,410 RNs
  • Average age of an RN is 50 years old
  • 19.3% of RNs are from racial and ethnic minority populations under-represented in nursing
  • 9.1% of the RN workforce is male
  • The average RN annual salary is $63,000, up from $60,000 in 2015
  • Hospitals are the primary employment site for 55.7% of RNs

In terms of education, more RNs are pursuing a baccalaureate degree as their initial nursing education, with 41.7% reporting the BSN as the degree that qualified them for their first US nursing license (up 2.7% since 2015). Significant increases also were found in nurses pursuing a master's degree and the DNP.

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The Social Pulse

University of Florida Publishes Blog by Former AACN Intern: How My Internship in D.C. Empowered Me to be an Advocate for Nurses and Patients
"My experience at AACN taught me that my responsibility goes beyond the provider's office. I am better prepared now to inform patients about the policy issues surrounding their care," said former AACN Government Affairs Intern Ulyana Arzamasova. Read Ulyana's DNP residency reflection and learn how her AACN internship empowered her to influence change in health legislation. 

University of Virginia Receives Award for Sustaining a Healthy Work Environment
The University of Virginia will receive Sigma Nursing's first-ever Healthy Work Environment Award, which will be officially bestowed at a New Orleans conference devoted to the topic this coming February. The award, which recognizes organizations that go above and beyond to create and sustain healthy work environments, is a key initiative of Sigma Nursing.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: The Senate introduced the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act; MedPAC proposed recommendations on provider attestation for APRNs; and the U.S. Surgeon General discusses opioids and pain management facing our nation.  

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New Partnerships and Grant-funded Initiatives

  • The Rutgers University School of Nursing received $12.5 million to fund a new project titled Improving Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening and Treatment among People Living with or at Risk for HIV. Funds were awarded to the School's François-Xavier Bagnoud Center, which was created to reduce health disparities by eliminating barriers to high-quality health care for vulnerable populations. The award is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Read more >> 

  • The Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Nursing and Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) have signed a new transfer agreement, which is LLU Nursing's first transfer agreement with a public college. MSJC nursing students will now be able to transfer to LLU's School of Nursing to continue their nursing education. Advisors from the LLU School of Nursing will travel to MSJC to work with students who are interested in transferring. Read more >>

  • The University of Arizona (UA) has received a three-year grant to educate nurses on helping victims of sexual assault in rural areas. The nearly $1.5 million grant was awarded to the Western Region Public Health Training Center at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, in collaboration with the UA College of Nursing. This new initiative is designed to give active nurses a comprehensive skill set to treat sexual assault victims in Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and the U.S. Pacific islands. Read more >> 

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