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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 20, 2019

Weekly Digest

On March 15, Jennifer Thew, senior nursing editor with HealthLeaders, published a new article on The Future of Nursing Report: Where Are We Now? The author reviews the recommendations made in the Institute of Medicine's 2010 report on the Future of Nursing and assesses the progress to date based on key indicators and insights from Dr. Susan Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In terms of the goals related to education, great strides have been made in educating more nurses at the baccalaureate level, though an 80% BSN-prepared workforce by 2020 is not likely. The goal of doubling the number of nurses with a doctoral degree has already been met.  In 2010, the number of employed RNs with doctoral degrees was 10,022. In 2017, it was 28,004, due largely to the launch of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 2002

President George W. Bush welcomes AACN President Kathleen Long from the University of Florida to the Oval Office. On this day, a ceremony marking the signing of The Nurse Reinvestment Act, a comprehensive bill designed to ease the nursing shortage, was held.

AACN Updates

AACN Deans Annual Meeting to Attract Record Attendance 

Deadline Extended to April 3 for the All of Us Research Program Mini-Grant Award

Business Officers—Register Now for the BONUS Annual Meeting in Seattle, April 24-26


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The Social Pulse

A Happy Nurse Can Make a Happy Patient
Nurses tend to face a great deal of stress on a daily basis. Research suggests having friendships with other nurses can help alleviate stress and ultimately make you feel better in various workplace situations. Nurses who develop such friendships can benefit from their "shared direct experience, allowing themselves to feel better heard and understood—which is an important part of healing in stress management." Read more in this article published by Minority Nurse

Nurses Change Everything: The Gordons' Story
"If you're a nurse and you have an idea about how to improve patient outcomes, run with it," says Elizabeth Mikula, RN. Elizabeth and her colleagues developed a toolkit that recommends all babies be screened for CCHD, an innovative procedure that had an invaluable impact on the Gordon family, who may have lost their son's life had these nurses not pushed for this special kit. Listen to their story here.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN's 2018 Policy Luminary Awardee Dr. Julie Sochalski speaks at congressional briefing; All of Us Research Program launches a YouTube series; Take action—urge your Representative to sign the "Dear Colleague" Letter supporting Title VIII; and join AACN's upcoming 2019 Spring Advocacy Day events.

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

Opportunities and Resources to Consider

  • The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is hosting a webinar Enabling IPE Through Health Communication & Health Technology on April 18, 2:00-3:00 pm (ET), highlighting the honorable mention winners of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and IPEC Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award in the category of health communications and health technology. This free webinar is open to deans, faculty, staff, and students from IPEC member schools, as well as non-members, communities of interest, and practice representatives. Register here

  • The Big Ten Academic Alliance Nursing Informatics Collaborative is offering a series of free webinars to enhance skillsets for using Big Data in nursing research. Healthcare faculty are encouraged to participate and broaden their knowledge about Big Data, which they can pass on to students. The alliance also offers a free six-module course—a collaborative effort between AACN, the University of Minnesota, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation—aimed at faculty new to nursing informatics and interested in a broad overview of the discipline. Subjects discussed include knowledge complexity, informatics literacy, data standards and standardized languages, clinical decision support, and future trends.  

  • The 22nd annual Summer Scholars program is a week-long, intensive, interprofessional seminar offered by the Hartford Institute Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) at New York University's Rory Meyers College of Nursing, July 8-12, 2019. Focused on research related to the aging population, the program is led by geriatric experts from HIGN and includes faculty from the disciplines of social work, medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy, physical therapy and other professional programs. This in-depth mentoring experience is open to healthcare professionals interested in advancing a research track in the area of gerontology. Deadline to submit application is June 1.


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