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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published May 08, 2019

Weekly Digest

Currently in press with Nursing Outlook, findings from a new research study led by Dr. Thomas Kippenbrock from the University of Arkansas are published in a new article titled "A National Survey of Nurse Practitioners' Patient Satisfaction Outcomes." Using responses to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, which was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to advance scientific understanding of the patient care experience, the researchers found that patients are reporting equal or greater satisfaction rates with care from nurse practitioners when compared to their physician colleagues.

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 1982

President Billye Brown (University of Texas at Austin) is welcomed by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) at a Capitol Hill reception to celebrate National Nurses Day. Earlier in the year, President Ronald Reagan had signed a proclamation declaring May 6 as National Recognition Day for Nurses. (In 1991, nurse recognition was expanded to a full week, May 6-12.) Dr. Brown is now Dean Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin.

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

AACN Updates

Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Revisions to CCNE Procedures for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs

Next CNL Exam Registration Deadline is June 10

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The Social Pulse


Celebrate #NationalNursesWeek by Sharing on Social Media

National Nurses Week is a time to celebrate nurses for the work they do and to educate the public about the critical role nurses play in sustaining the public's health. We are thrilled to celebrate RNs and nurse educators this week on social media! We encourage you to share your latest news, stories, and innovations during Nurses Week using the hashtags #NationalNursesWeek, #ThankANurse, and #AACNTurns50. 



Interprofessional Education Collaborative to Host Webinar on IPE and Accreditation

Mark your calendar for the next Interprofessional Education Collaborative webinar Accreditation Guidance on Developing & Implementing IPE: 2019 HPAC-National Center Report Deep Dive scheduled to take place Thursday, June 6 at 2:00 pm (ET). By participating, health professions faculty, students, and clinicians will discover best practices that they can use to assist with IPE and accreditation efforts at their home institutions. Help spread the word by sharing on social media or retweeting this message on Twitter. 



Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Happy National Nurses Week! AACN joined with the NCC at the "Thank a Nurse Congressional Reception"; House Appropriations marks up LHHS-ED funding bill for FY 2020; Celebrate Nurses Week by contacting your federal legislators; and a bipartisan resolution designating Nurses Week May 6-12, 2019 is introduced in the Senate. 

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • More than 100 faculty, staff, students, and community partners of Fairfield University gathered to participate in the "Envisioning a Holistic Food Pantry: A Collaborative Approach" conference at the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies. This program was funded via a Public/Population Health Learning Hub Award from AACN and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Academic Partnerships to Improve Health. Read more >>

  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Professor Mary Jo Gilmehas launched a new study on the impact of therapy animals on children with cancer. The study, funded by a grant received from the nonprofit Human Animal Bond Research Institute, involves a pilot program investigating the health benefits of human-animal interactions in reducing the suffering of children with cancer undergoing debilitating treatments. Read more >>

  • The nursing program at Carroll College in Helena, Montana has been awarded a $1 million grant from the E. L. Wiegand Foundation to fund a new simulation center. The grant money will allow for the addition of another simulation lab as well as a skills and assessment lab. Read more >>


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