Published February 27, 2019
Rounds with Leadership: Monitoring Trends in Higher Education
Information curation is defined as "the process of discovering, collecting, organizing, and presenting information related to a particular topic or issue." Though AACN has always provided resources requiring curation – including data briefs, fact sheets, talking points, newsletters, and policy papers – the association is taking steps to enhance its portfolio of services in this area. Driving this priority is AACN's strategic plan, which calls for the association to serve as "the authoritative source of knowledge to advance academic nursing through information curation and synthesis."
As part of this work, AACN strives to inform members about reports on emerging trends in higher education and health care that impact how we prepare the nursing workforce. On February 18, The Chronicle of Higher Education released its 2019 Trends Report, which is based on research, interviews with experts inside and outside higher education, and reader suggestions. The articles compiled in this report contain deep analysis, fresh ideas, and commentary that nurse educators can use to advance conversations on their campuses, along with examples of success that can serve as models for their own initiatives.
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On February 13, the Campaign for Nursing's Future, an initiative of the Center to Champion Nursing in America, published a series of state maps showcasing the progress being made by nurses in attaining baccalaureate degrees. The percentage of RNs with a BSN or higher degree is now at an all-time high with a national average of approximately 56%, up from 49% in 2010 when the Institute of Medicine's report on the Future of Nursing was released. The Center's new resource, which is based on data compiled in the American Community Survey, offers an overview of the successes in increasing the proportion of nurses pursuing higher education in each state.
AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 1976
At the 1976 Fall Meeting, the first officers and other influential members from the founding of AACN are honored for their "unique and significant contributions to the organization during its establishment and formative years." Top row (left to right)—Marguerite Schaefer (University of Pittsburgh), June Rothberg (Adelphi University), Margaret Shetland (Wayne State University), Dorothy Mereness (University of Pennsylvania), Emily Holmquist (Indiana University); bottom row (left to right)—Mary Kelly Mullane (University of Illinois at Chicago), Sr. Bernadette Armiger (Niagara University), Martha Rogers (New York University), Rozella Schlotfeldt (Case Western Reserve University).
Congratulations to AACN's 2019 Clinical Nurse Leader Award Winners >>
2019 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest: Submit by March 15 >>
Join Us in Salt Lake City for the Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals Conference >>
Offered exclusively to GNSA members, our Virtual Career Fair gives graduate nursing students the opportunity to connect with employers nationwide at the most convenient time for them. Over 20 employers with vacancies are participating. including Medstar Health, Cleveland Clinic, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and more. Between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (ET) on March 6-7, don't miss your opportunity to chat directly with staff from various nurse employers and establish important connections. Register today and help spread the word on social media with the hashtag #GNSACareer19.
Germs and vaccines have antigens, but many people don't know how the antigens in vaccines can truly fend off germs that cause dangerous diseases. As a nurse, you can help parents understand how vaccines help their baby's immune system. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's newest video from its "How Vaccines Work" video series explains how vaccine antigens help immune systems fight bacteria and viruses. Spread the word and share on social media with the hashtag #HowVaccinesWork.
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Join us for AACN's Capitol Hill Day; AACN will hold an informational call on the All of Us Research Program Mini-Grant Awards; Last call to register for the 2019 Student Policy Summit; Ask your Representative to cosponsor the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act.
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