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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 27, 2019

Rounds with Leadership: Advocating for the Future of Academic Nursing


On March 20, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) held its first public forum for a newly launched consensus study on The Future of Nursing 2020-2030. Building on the Institute of Medicine's groundbreaking Future of Nursing report released in 2010, a new expert committee has been tasked by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to chart a path for the nursing profession through 2030 with the goal of creating a culture of health, reducing health disparities, and improving the health and well-being of the U.S. population.

At the recent public session held in Washington, DC, we were pleased to represent academic nursing and advocate for the central role schools of nursing must play in helping the committee achieve its objectives. The following remarks were presented to the NAM committee on behalf of AACN. 


Weekly Digest

Drs. Rose Sherman and Cynthia Blum from Florida Atlantic University published a new article on Finding Joy in the Workplace in the April 2019 issue of the American Journal of Nursing. The loss of joy among nurses in the clinical environment increases stress, burnout, and turnover while negatively impacting patient outcomes. The authors propose strategies to help counteract this loss, which includes implementing recommendations from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Joy in Work Initiative. 

In the March 2019 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education, editor Amy Barton published a new editorial titled Enhancing Your Professional Presence on Social Media. Dr. Barton offers several practical tips that faculty can use to build their own public profiles, create content for their schools to share, and increase visibility of the nursing profession across social media.

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 1976

AACN's Executive Committee pose for a photo during the 1976 Fall Meeting (left to right): Secretary Enid Goldberg (University of Pittsburgh), President Evelyn Barritt (University of Iowa), President-Elect Eloise Lewis (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), and Treasurer Jannetta MacPhail (Case Western Reserve University).

AACN Updates

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood Receives Warm Welcome at Deans Annual Meeting >>

Marion Broome and Brenda Zierler Honored at Deans Annual Meeting >>

Take a Look Back at AACN's First 50 Years >>

The APHA will host its annual National Public Health Week Twitter Chat on Wednesday, April 3 at 2 pm ET. Staff from the All of Us Research Program, a historic effort supported by AACN aimed at improving health outcomes, will be participating in the chat. AACN encourages members to join the chat using hashtag #NPHWChat and RSVP here.  

To be considered for an All of Us Research Program mini-grant provided by AACN, learn more and apply here by Wednesday, April 3. 

Increasing Diversity – One CRNA at a Time

When Dr. Wallena Gould began to pursue her CRNA degree at La Salle University, she quickly realized that very few students around her were people of color – and her experience was far from unique. In an effort to build diversity among CRNAs, she initially started small by creating a student support network to help other students of color entering her program at La Salle. Soon after, she established the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Learn about her achievements and the organization here.

Washington Weekly

An estimated 400 AACN member deans and students from 45 states and the District of Columbia participated in Capitol Hill visits on Monday, March 25. AACN members attending the Deans Annual Meeting and students participating in the Student Policy Summit convened in Washington, DC to educate federal legislators on programs and legislation impacting nursing education, research, and care delivery.

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>


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