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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published May 15, 2019

Weekly Digest

On May 8, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a new report titled In Their Own Words: Nurse Insights on the Unmet Needs of Individuals, which explores how the nursing profession can improve health and well-being in the United States. This publication summarizes interviews with a diverse array of more than 500 nurses, including those working in hospitals, clinics, schools, universities, public health departments, and homes. To fully assume their roles as care providers, advocates, and educators, those interviewed identified a variety of obstacles to evolving nursing's role in health care, which include a dated nursing education curriculum; looming staffing shortages; nurses being stretched too thin; and a fragmented healthcare system that is siloed from social services and other community resources. (To access more of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's library of resources, visit the website here.)

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 2009


Raising their glasses on the occasion of AACN's 40th anniversary are (left to right) Executive Director/CEO Polly Bednash and Presidents Fay Raines, Jeannette Lancaster, Carole Anderson, Andrea Lindell, Geraldene Felton, Carolyn Williams, Jean Bartels, and Kathleen Long. The celebration occurred during the association's Fall Semiannual Meeting in Washington, DC.


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

AACN Updates

Nomination Deadlines Approaching for Three Prestigious AACN Awards

AACN Nominee Selected for CDC Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women

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The Social Pulse

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This year, National Women's Health Week is all about discovering new ways to #FindYourHealth and embark on a lifelong health journey unique to your individual needs. Ready to take that step? This tool, provided by the Office of Women's Health, is a great resource to build a foundation of good health. Join the conversation on social media by tweeting with #NWHW and #FindYourHealth

NIH Shares First Glimpse of All of Us Health Database

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) unveiled the beta version of its interactive Data Browser, offering a first look at health research data gathered through the institutes' All of Us research program. Participants may be interested in using this tool to view data visualizations, compare their survey responses with the rest of the participant community, or look up conditions that affect them or their families. Learn more.

Washington Weekly

Washington Weekly: Senate introduces Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act – we need your help to advance this vital legislation; new survey launched to assess the impact of opioid education across AACN schools; and student loan borrowers can expect lower interest rates after July 1.

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Opportunities & Resources to Consider

  • Join the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) on June 6 at 2:00 pm (ET) for a one-hour webinar on the recently released report, Guidance on Developing Quality Interprofessional Education for the Health Professions. Panelists from the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative and the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education will share the report's development process and the implications for institutions on communication and collaboration within interprofessional education. Click here for more information and to register. 

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Use Treatment is accepting applications for the Provider's Clinical Support System – Universities grant. This program expands and enhances access to medicated-assisted treatment services for individuals with an opioid use disorder through the education and training of nurse practitioner, medical, and physician assistant students. Eligible applicants include  schools of nursing (especially those with programs for nurse practitioners). SAMHSA is seeking to fund 20 grantees at up to $150,000 per year for three years. Applications are due June 7. Apply here.   

  • The Hartford Institute Interprofessional Summer Research Scholars Program will take place July 8-12 at New York University's Rory Meyers College of Nursing. The program is a week-long, intensive, interprofessional seminar offered by the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and focused on research related to the aging population. This in-depth mentoring experience with nationally recognized geriatric researchers is open to any healthcare professional interested in advancing a research track in the area of gerontology. Read more >>

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just launched two new videos in its #HowIRecommend video series. The new videos feature nurse practitioners Imelda Reyes (Emory University) and Lacey Eden (Brigham Young University) discussing how they recommend the HPV vaccine. These short videos are excellent informational and educational resources. 

  • Research!America's Advocacy Awards honorees are committed to putting research and innovation to work to find the solutions to what ails us. If you know an outstanding advocate who is dedicated to advancing healthcare progress and whose contributions have brought us closer to cures for deadly and disabling diseases, nominate them for the 2020 Advocacy Awards. Deadline to submit nominations is this Friday, May 17.


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