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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published May 22, 2019

Weekly Digest

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, HealthLeaders is highlighting a series of articles to raise awareness of behavioral health issues affecting nurses. On May 17, columnist Jennifer Thew, RN, published an article about 4 Behavioral Health Resources for Nurses, which provides the latest data and offers strategies for addressing depression, anxiety, burnout, and nurse suicide. Other topics covered in this piece include cultivating resilience, the high cost of bullying, and reducing disruptive nurse-to-nurse behaviors.

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 1988


On January 1, Laurel Archer Copp, Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, assumes the position of Editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing, the official journal of AACN. She will remain in that role for 9 years. Dr. Copp took the helm of the journal in its infancy and guided it to a position of strength and respect within the nursing world. AACN is indebted to her for providing the solid foundation upon which the journal has flourished.



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

AACN Updates

Webinar Tomorrow! Meaningful Practice Experiences in Online RN-BSN Programs

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The Social Pulse

AACN-TV Spotlight: Indiana University East School of Nursing

"I've never felt more prepared. The simulations and the amount of technology offered plays a huge role. I experienced everything, from inserting a catheter to actually performing CPR and running a full code blue," says Amber Huelskamp, a BSN student from Indiana University East School of Nursing. Learn more about nursing programs at Indiana University and explore AACN-TV to see the latest innovations underway at schools of nursing nationwide!

Deadline Approaching for the AHA Innovation Challenge

Have you been considering new ways to apply technology to address social determinants of health? Do you have an idea for improving the health of your community? There are only two days left to submit applications for the 2019 American Hospital Association (AHA) Innovation Challenge. The AHA is looking for ideas that will have measurable impact over time. The top three proposals will receive $100,000, $25,000, and $15,000 to help bring their ideas to life. The deadline to submit applications is May 24. Award recipients will be announced at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego July 25-27. Learn more and apply by Friday, May 24.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Survey Request: AACN is assessing the impact of opioid education; in observance of May as Mental Health Month, AACN attends events addressing mental health and the addiction crisis, non-opioid alternatives for pain management, and healthcare innovation.

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Featured Resource - AACN's Research and Data Resources


Since 1978, AACN's Research and Data Services Department has developed and maintained the nation's leading data repository for statistics related to baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in the United States and surrounding territories. Annually, the department collects and reports data  on student enrollment and graduations as well as demographics, academic characteristics, and salaries of faculty and deans. 
The latest data reports include: 

In addition to its annual reports, AACN's Research and Data Services Department provides custom data reports on request to meet the individual needs of stakeholders with an interest in academic nursing. Learn more about AACN's custom data reports

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