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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published June 05, 2019

Weekly Digest

In the June 2019 issue of INSIGHT into Diversity magazine, leadership consultant Joseph Santana published a new editorial titled Don't Just Try to Eradicate Bias — Build Bridges of Inclusion. Research shows that when people discover they share commonalities with others, their relationships improve. For academicians looking to create inclusive learning environments, finding connections among people from diverse backgrounds is key. The author concludes that "working to remove the obstacles of bias that divide us is good, but we also need to focus on fostering and nurturing more affinity between groups of people who may be perceived as different from each other on the surface."

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 2004

On October 25, 2004, at the Fall Semiannual Meeting, AACN members vote to endorse the Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing, which recognizes the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree as the highest level of preparation for clinical practice. Shown here are AACN Board Members: (standing, l. to r.) Terry Misener (University of Portland), Roberta Olson (South Dakota State University), Joan Creasia (University of Tennessee-Knoxville), Jane Kirschling (University of Southern Maine), Eileen Breslin (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), Lea Acord (Marquette University); (seated, l. to r.) Kathleen Potempa (Secretary, Oregon Health & Science University), Geraldine "Polly" Bednash (Executive Director), Jean Bartels (President, Georgia Southern University), Jeanette Lancaster (President-Elect, University of Virginia), C. Faye Raines (Treasurer, The University of Alabama in Huntsville); not in photo—Melanie Dreher (University of Iowa).


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

AACN Updates

Congratulations to Newly Appointed Nursing Leaders


The Social Pulse

#AACNTurns50: Tweet a Photo from your First AACN Conference


As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we look back on this journey with a sense of pride. Now's your chance to share your photos and memories that highlight your contributions to the history of AACN and the nursing profession! Tweet us a photo from your first AACN conference using the hashtag #AACNTurns50! Want more ideas for joining the celebration on social media? Check out our 50th Anniversary Social Media Tool Kit for some inspiration. 

Explore the Impact of Positive Work Environments

Clinician burnout can have serious consequences for nurses, their patients, and the hospitals and health systems where they work. A new meta-analysis from the University of Pennsylvania's Nursing Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research reviewed the impact of work environments on the satisfaction and safety of patients and nurses. This study and other nursing research can help inform efforts at the National Academy of Medicine to enhance clinician well-being. Read the story here. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: 10 days left to pledge your support for opioid education; Inter-Agency's report on pain management adds provider-neutral language; and NAM Action Collaborative commits to reverse clinician burnout.

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Member News & Announcements

  • Dr. Lepaine Sharp-McHenry has been appointed Dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences (CNBHS) at Simmons University in Boston, MA. CNBHS encompasses the School of Nursing as well as the Departments of Behavioral Analysis, Biology, Chemistry & Physics, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, and Psychology. Dr. Sharp-McHenry had served as Dean of the College of Nursing at Oklahoma Baptist University since 2013. She is a member of AACN's Board of Directors. Read more >>
  • Dr. Rosalie Mainous will become Dean of the College of Nursing at Texas Woman's University, effective August 5. Currently, Dr. Mainous is AACN's Director of Academic Nursing Development. Previously, she was Dean and Professor at Wright State University in Ohio. Read more >>
  • Dr. Carol M. Musil has been named Dean at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Musil has been interim dean at the nursing school since last August. She succeeds Dr. Mary E. Kerr, who stepped down last June. Read more >>
  • Dr. Joyce Griffin-Sobel is the new President and CEO of the Helene Fuld College of Nursing in New York City. She assumed her post on May 13. Previously, Dr. Griffin-Sobel was Dean and Professor for the College of Nursing at Washington State University and Dean and Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Read more >>
  • Dr. Stephen J. Cavanagh has been appointed Dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis, effective July 22. Dr. Cavanaugh had been Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2011. Read more >>
  • Dr. Donalyn Alexander, Associate Dean of the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing in Abilene, TX (a consortium with McMurry University and Hardin-Simmons University), has been named new Dean of the School of Nursing. Before serving as Associate Dean and Professor at the school, Dr. Alexander was director of education and professional development for Hendrick Medical Center. Read more >>
  • The University of St. Francis (USF) in Joliet, IL has named Dr. Ebere Ume as the new Dean of the Leach College of Nursing, succeeding Dr. Carol Wilson, who is retiring after having served the school for 15 years. Dr. Ume comes to USF from the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing at the Charles R. Drew University School of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, where she had served as a nursing administrator since 2012. Read more >>
  • Dr. Jane Carpenter, Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Nursing Programs and director of the Pre-Licensure Program at the School of Nursing at Washburn University will become Dean of the School on July 1, 2019. Dr. Carpenter has been employed at the Washburn School of Nursing for 26 years. Read more >>
  • Dr. Jane DeLuca, Associate Professor in the Clemson University School of Nursing, has been appointed a member of the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns & Children (ACHDNC) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more >>


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