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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 13, 2019

Weekly Digest

On March 4, the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) based at the University of California Los Angeles released findings from its latest survey, which found that faculty from historically marginalized or vulnerable groups—including faculty of color, women, and those without the protections of tenure—experience higher levels of stress due to discrimination and feel they have to work harder than their colleagues to be perceived as legitimate scholars. The survey, titled Undergraduate Teaching Faculty: The HERI Faculty Survey 2-16-2017, is based on responses from 20,771 undergraduate faculty at 143 four-year colleges and universities nationwide.

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) recently published a monograph titled 2019 Perceptions and Priorities to bridge the national dialogue about student loan debt, college costs, and free college with the strategic conversations that NACUBO members are having about revenue pressures, business models, and what it takes to address students' educational needs.

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 1997

Board President Carole Anderson (right, The Ohio State University) presents an Honorary Associate Membership Award to Jo Eleanor Elliott in recognition of her role as "an active advocate for nursing and nursing education during her 9 years as director of the Division of Nursing (1980-1989)."

Dr. Anderson served AACN as a member of the 1999 Task Force on the Future of Nursing and on the Board of Directors (BOD), holding the offices of Secretary, President-elect, and President (1996-1998). During her BOD tenure, she helped build consensus for a new national accreditation body for nursing education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

AACN Updates

Celebrate Certified CNL Day on March 19! Join the Webinar Hosted by the Commission on Nurse Certification >>

Nominees Sought for AACN's Faculty Awards >>

CDC Funding Opportunity: Create Courses for Public Health Professionals >>

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The Social Pulse

How Has Big Data Been Used in Nursing Research? 

In an effort to amplify health education, research, and practice, the Big Ten Academic Alliance Nursing Informatics Collaborative is offering a series of free webinars to provide knowledge and enhance skill sets for using Big Data in nursing research. Learn practical approaches and various advanced computational methods used by data scientists to create explanatory and predictive models, and much more. Nurses attending may receive a certificate awarding 1 CE credit. 

#JoinAllofUs: Application Period Open for All of Us Research Mini-Grant Funding

The All of Us Research Program will launch a YouTube Live speaker series in partnership with the National Library of Medicine on Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 pm (ET) with an inaugural talk by National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, who will discuss the importance of the program and its future. If you missed the recent informational call on March 7, we encourage you to participate. Spread the word by tweet @AACNursing and @AllofUsResearch with the hashtag #JoinAllofUs. AACN member schools interested in applying for a mini-grant to help raise awareness of the All of Us Research Program can learn more and apply here by March 27.    


Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN issues statement opposing the President's FY 2020 budget cuts to health care, education, and research; and the Nursing Community Coalition and AARP/Campaign for Action partnered to celebrate our Congressional nursing champions.

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New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • The U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad recently awarded Baylor University a $900,000 grant for Bangalore Baptist Hospital to construct a new Women's and Children's Healthcare and Research Center in Bengaluru, India. Overseeing the implementation of this project is Dr. Shelby Garner, Assistant Professor at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing. The new center will help cultivate positive relationships between citizens of the U.S. and India and increase the number of services delivered to women and children in Bengaluru. Read more >>

  • Thanks to a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation grant of $300,000, the University of Louisiana Monroe Kitty DeGree School of Nursing is participating in the Nursing Adjunct Faculty Project. (Also part of the project are Louisiana Tech University and Delta Community College.) The goal is to graduate up to 180 more nurses among the three schools over a three-year period. To reach this goal, more adjunct nursing instructors will be hired and more students accepted. Read more >>

  • Grand Valley State University's Kirkhof College of Nursing has received a $600,000 grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust to fund scholarships for their students. The scholarships will go to students who enroll in the highly competitive, 15-month Accelerated Second Degree Baccalaureate Nursing Program. Read more >>

  • Dr. Patti Vanhook, associate professor and Associate Dean for Practice and Community Partnerships at East Tennessee State University College of Nursing, received a three-year, $499,669 HRSA grant through the Advanced Nursing Education – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (ANE-SANE) program. This grant provides SANE education and clinical practicum for nurses in rural clinics and critical access hospitals. The overall goal of the grant is to increase access to SANE nurses across northeast Tennessee and for victims to have access to  SANE exams in rural clinics where they live. Read more >> 


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