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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published May 01, 2019

Weekly Digest

In the May 2019 issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration, Drs. Bonnie Bowie, Janiece DeSocio, and Kristen Swanson from the Seattle University College of Nursing published a new article titled The DNP Degree: Are We Producing the Graduates We Intended? Following interviews with DNP graduates and their supervisors in a variety of settings, the authors found support that doctoral education prepares advanced practice registered nurses for effective leadership roles across complex healthcare systems. The majority of those interviewed reported that their current practice was based on the 8 DNP Essentials and that DNP graduates perceive themselves as "equal to other leaders and capable of driving change using evidence and effective collaboration."

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 1995

AACN President Dr. Rachel Booth (left, University of Alabama at Birmingham) speaks to the membership at the Fall Meeting. Also seen here are future AACN Presidents Kathleen Long from the University of Florida (center) and Andrea Lindell from the University of Cincinnati. An active member of AACN, Dr. Booth served as President from 1994 to 1996, leading the association during key years that culminated in the membership vote to endorse the establishment of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education in the Fall of 1996. She received Honorary Membership for continuing to further nursing education after her retirement from the deanship.

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

AACN Updates

Nursing Faculty Selected to Participate in AACN's 2019 Digital Innovation Bootcamp

The Social Pulse

Explore the Past. Celebrate the Future. #AACNTurns50


We've come a long way over the past 50 years, and it wouldn't have been possible without you. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, we encourage you to share any photos, memories, or stories with AACN over the years using the hashtag #AACNTurns50. Need help drafting a post on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook? Check out our 50th Anniversary Social Media Tool Kit for some inspiration!  

Demystifying the Nursing Shortage with NursingCAS

The U.S. is in the midst of a nursing shortage, but do you know where this problem stems from? NursingCAS provides an overview of factors contributing to this issue, including demographic trends in the U.S., a higher demand for RNs as new models of care are introduced, employers seeking nurses with higher levels of entry-level education, and a shortage of nurse faculty. Learn how NursingCAS is helping to reduce the nursing shortage by bridging the gap between qualified nursing applicants turned away and vacant seats. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN attends a panel discussion featuring Representative Lauren Underwood and distinguished nursing leaders in honor of upcoming National Nurses Week; the All of Us Research Program celebrates its first anniversary in May; and a preliminary Labor, Health and Human Services, and the House Appropriations LHHS-ED Subcommittee released federal funding levels.

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

Member News & Announcements

  • Dr. Pamela Cipriano has been named Interim Dean of the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Currently a member of the school's research faculty, she served two terms as the president of the American Nurses Association. She assumes her position on August 1. Read more >>

  • Dr. Shirleatha Lee has been named Dean of the University of South Carolina Upstate's Mary Black School of Nursing, effective August 1. She has served as the associate dean of academic programs for the University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing since 2015. Read more >>

  • Florida Atlantic University has named Dr. Safiya George as the new Dean of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. She previously served as a member of the faculty at Emory University's School of Nursing and Assistant Dean for research at the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama. She will assume the role of Dean on July 8. Read more >>

  • Dr. Mary Anne Krogh has been named Dean of South Dakota State University's College of Nursing. She currently is Dean of nursing and health sciences at Mount Marty College in South Dakota. She will start her new role in July. She replaces Dr. Roberta Olson, who returned from retirement to fill the role on an interim basis. Read more >>>

  • The University of Missouri (MU) Board of Curators have approved a $30 million plan to replace the Sinclair School of Nursing building on MU's campus. Funds for the new facility will come from Sinclair School of Nursing reserves, private gifts, proceeds from land sales, and MU Health Care. Read more >>

  • On April 26, Augusta University in Georgia opened the school's first nurse-managed health clinic. The center is the only clinic of its kind in the state to reside in an academic healthcare setting. It offers same-day and walk-in appointments for primary care services related to acute and chronic disease management, annual wellness exams, and sports physicals. Additionally, there are in-center lab services. Read more >>

  • University of Maryland School of Nursing Associate Professor Anita J. Tarzian has been named a Hastings Center Fellow. The Hastings Center is a nonpartisan bioethics research institution founded in 1969, the oldest of its kind.  She joins a worldwide network of nearly 300 elected Fellows whose work has informed scholarship and public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, life sciences research, and the environment. Read more >>


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