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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published April 17, 2019

Weekly Digest

In the Spring 2019 issue of The Admissionist released on April 16, AACN’s President and Chief Executive Officer Deborah Trautman is featured in an article titled Challenges Nursing Faces and Solutions to Overcome Them: The AACN’s  Perspective. In this profile, Dr. Trautman addresses AACN’s work to raise the education level of the nursing workforce, enhance diversity in the student population, and remove barriers to nursing practice. Special emphasis is given to the association’s work to support nursing schools moving to adopt Holistic Admissions Review processes as a strategy to ensuring a diverse student population that is representative of the local community and the nation at large. 
In the April 16 issue of the Pennsylvania Capital Star, dean Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow from Duquesne University published an op-ed titled We Need Nurse Practitioners to Fill the Critical Shortage of Primary Care Providers in PA. Dr. Smith Glasgow calls for state legislators to give nurse practitioners (NPs) full practice authority as a solution to addressing the state’s shortage of primary care providers. She underscores the evidence showing that NPs have equivalent primary care outcomes when compared to physicians and that NP care is linked to fewer emergency room visits, shorter hospital stays, and a high patient satisfaction.


AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 2000

Incoming President Carolyn Williams (University of Kentucky) presents a commemorative glass gavel to outgoing President Andrea Lindell (University of Cincinnati) at the conclusion of the association’s business meeting on March 28, 2000. In later years, AACN would bestow Honorary Membership to both Dr. Williams and Dr. Lindell for their significant service and contributions to AACN and nursing education.

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

AACN Updates

The Social Pulse

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) created an online video series of thinkers from the past on our world today, which portrays what some of the greatest minds in history would make of our contemporary world. See latest video on Florence Nightingale and big data.

WW-4-16-19.jpgWashington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Elevate nursing’s voice during April's Congressional Recess by meeting your Member of Congress while they are at home, sharing the impact of Title VIII grants for you and your community, and sending your Representative a message urging them to cosponsor and pass the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act.

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Opportunities & Resources to Consider

  • The National Academy of Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 is holding three regional meetings from June through August 2019 to hear from stakeholders on how nursing can help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population in the 21st century. Each meeting will feature panel discussions around a specific topic, followed by public comments. The first meeting, focused on Education, Research, and Practice will be held June 7 in Chicago. View details on registering to attend in person or via the Web.

  • The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is hosting a webinar Enabling IPE Through Health Communication & Health Technology on Thursday, 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 AACN member schools, as well as non-members, communities of interest, and practice representatives.

  • The American Medical Association's Journal of Ethics has issued a Call for Papers for the February 2020 issue focused on the Global Burden of Cancer Inequality. Manuscripts submitted for peer review consideration and inclusion in this issue must follow Instructions for Authors and be submitted by May 31.

  • The Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative is accepting applications from student teams to participate in an annual program that trains interdisciplinary teams of professional students to learn to work with complex medical and social needs using a patient-centered approach. AACN is a supporting partner of the Student Hotspotting program and strongly encourages schools of nursing to apply. Applications are due May 31.  Two pre-recorded informational webinars on Student Hotspotting are available.


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