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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published February 06, 2019

Weekly Digest

In the January 30 issue of Inside Higher Ed, reporter Colleen Flaherty detailed findings from a new research study on faculty workload disparities in an article titled "Evening Things Out." A research team from the University of Maryland, North Carolina State University, and University of Massachusetts Amherst conducted a study to help identify effective ways to improve equity in how work is assigned and rewarded in academic departments. Findings from the study show that some straightforward interventions have been effective at leveling faculty workloads, including workshops on how implicit bias can impact faculty assignments and the use of publicly available dashboards to illustrate faculty productivity.

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 1988

mullane-v-2.pngOn March 29, 1988, Geraldene Felton, of the University of Iowa (UI) College of Nursing, becomes the first African-American to assume the role of AACN President. Dr. Felton has had a long, illustrious career in nursing, including service in the Army Nurse Corps, in clinical roles including nurse anesthetist, in leadership as deputy director of a prestigious nursing research institute, and in academic nursing. Her honors and awards are many, including AACN's Sr. Bernadette Armiger Award, presented to her in 1996. She currently holds the title of Professor Emeritus at UI.

AACN Updates

Call for Applications: 2019 Digital Innovations Bootcamp >>

Tomorrow's Civics Refresher Webinar Open to All Members >>

CNL Summit and Research Symposium Just Two Weeks Away! >>

Call for Nominations: CCNE Board of Commissioners and Nominating Committee >>

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The Social Pulse

Celebrating Black History Month: Recognizing Notable Nurses of Color

February is #BlackHistoryMonth and in recognition, we will be highlighting notable nurses of color on Twitter. Be sure to follow @AACNursingSee this week's featured nurse, who was the first black army nurse and the only African-American woman to publish a memoir detailing her wartime experiences.
Nurse Pitch: The Most Exciting Nurse Competition of the Year

On Friday, April 25, watch as nurse contestants compete for the chance to turn their innovation dreams into reality at Nurse Pitch™, a brand-new event hosted by ANA and HIMSS where nurses pitch their products live to a team of highly respected nursing professionals for a chance at a cash prize. Interested in attending? Learn more here.

Washington Weekly

In this edition of Washington Weekly: Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) sets the agenda for higher education reform; AACN is offering the four-part Faculty Policy Think Tank webinar series on demand; and applications for the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program are due February 21.

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

Member News & Announcements

  • The College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana (USI) has received a $1.35 million leadership gift from the estate of the late Hershel B. Whitney. The gift includes $1.1 million for the establishment of the Hershel B. Whitney Professorship in Gerontology along with a $250,000 endowment, which provides unrestricted funding for USI's Occupational Therapy Program. Read more >> 
  • On January 22, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing opened its new $23.6 million building expansion containing a state-of-the-art simulation lab, technologically advanced classrooms, and student services offices. The high-tech building also features wellness components designed to support occupants' well-being in health and comfort. Read more >>

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Each section will be limited to one article per member school. If more than one is submitted, AACN staff will determine which will be published. We do not advertise university awards and events, continuing education programs, products for sale and other items that may imply endorsement or support one member school over another.

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