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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published April 10, 2019

Weekly Digest

On April 4, the Journal of Nursing Education posted a new guest editorial by Dr. Vernell DeWitty, AACN's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, titled Leading Across Differences. With the goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the nursing student population and the healthcare workforce, Dr. DeWitty points to the power of academic-practice partnerships to help achieve this shared goal.  In the editorial, she describes how "collaborative opportunities exist at the intersection of nursing education and nursing practice, where advancing diversity in the workforce becomes a reality."

In the current issue of Catholic Health Word published on April 1, writer Julie Minda published on article on Health Providers, Nursing Schools Find Creative Ways to Partner. The article focuses on how healthcare facilities are partnering with nursing schools to meet community health needs and to better prepare future nurses for practice with vulnerable and underserved populations.  Former AACN CEO Dr. Polly Bednash, who serves on the CommonSpirit Health Board of Stewardship Trustees, is featured in the article and underscores the benefits of collaboration between academic nursing and practice. 

Photo of Kirschling, Bednash, and Reinhardt

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 2014

President Jane Kirschling (left), University of Maryland, CEO/Executive Director Polly Bednash present the 2014 Nursing Spectrum/Gannett Foundation Lectureship Award to Dr. Uwe E. Reinhardt, professor of political economy at Princeton University. Dr. Reinhardt, who passed away in 2017, was one of the nation's most influential health economists and health-policy experts.

See more historic photos on AACN's 50th Anniversary website


AACN Updates

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AACN Endorses New Position Statement on Academic Progression

Upcoming IPEC Webinar to Highlight Award Winners—Register Today!


The Social Pulse

Nurse-led Program is Game-changer for People with MS 

The mobility challenges that come with diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) can be socially isolating. That's why one nurse practitioner partnered with a gym owner to create a day program designed to get people with MS out of their homes and into the community. Learn more here.

Nurse's Inventive Screening Protocol Identifies Signs of Abuse in Human Trafficking Victims

Nurses are very likely to come in contact with human trafficking victims during their time of exploitation. Read the recent Johnson & Johnson Notes on Nursing article and learn how a nurse innovator developed a screening protocol that helps healthcare workers identify signs of abuse.


Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Legislation was introduced in Congress to support heroic WWII cadet nurses; Apply for the 2019 Nurse Corps Scholarship Program; and Nursing Now USA joins the global campaign to elevate nurses. 

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

New Partnerships & Grant-Funded Initiatives

  • Arizona State University received a $50 million gift from Charlene and J. Orin Edson in support of dementia research education. The gift will be evenly split between the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the Biodesign institute in support of the university's groundbreaking, multidisciplinary research on dementia, and to enhance education and training for nurses and caregivers. Read more >> 

  • Elms College School of Nursing in Massachusetts has received a $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to improve health outcomes in Haiti through nursing faculty development. The grant will allow Elms to prepare approximately 40 faculty from approved Haitian nursing schools as well as clinical educators from local hospitals to serve as nurse educators. Participants will complete a graduate certificate transferable to a master's degree program in nursing. Read more >> 

  • The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) campuses in both Essex and Catonsville, MD, have launched an agreement of dual admission that will enable a smooth transition from CCBC's Associate Degree in Nursing  program to UMSON's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Read more >> 

  • Instructors at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing have formed an international instruction partnership with the World Health Organization Collaborating Center at the University of West Indies (UWI)-Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica. The partnership's goal is to improve how the Mona Campus educates future nurses. Read more >> 

  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded grants to two research programs at Columbia University School of Nursing. Dr. Amanda Hessels, assistant professor, is principal investigator of one of the studies, titled "Simulation to Improve Infection Prevention and Patient Safety: The SIPPS Trial." Dr. Lusine Poghosyan, associate professor, is principal investigator of the other study, titled "Social Networks in Medical Homes and Impact on Patient Care and Outcomes." Read more >>


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