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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published June 19, 2019

Weekly Digest

"The nursing profession is responsible for promoting an environment of inclusiveness where all receive safe, quality care, and caregivers are intolerant of any discriminatory practice." This highlight was excerpted from the American Nurses Association's latest position statement on The Nurse's Role in Addressing Discrimination: Protecting and Promoting Inclusive Strategies in Practice Settings, Policy, and Advocacy, which was published in the June 7, 2019 issue of the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. This statement was developed to provide guidance in creating inclusive strategies for nursing care of all individuals, of all ages, and from all populations.

USA Today has just released a new special supplement on Empowering Our Nurses, which contains a series of stories focused on inspiring nurses to advance their education and careers. In addition to the cover story on nurse-turned-Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, articles in this section focus on "Why Now Is the Time to Take the Next Step in Your Education," "One Nurse's Path to a Career in Rural Health" (by Brandon Varilek, who serves on the Leadership Council of AACN's Graduate Nursing Student Academy), and  "The Healthcare Demand: Focusing on Innovations in Nursing and Caregiving" (featuring AACN Board Member Dr. Judith Karshmer from Arizona State University.)

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 1970

Dr. Madeleine Leininger from the University of Utah becomes the second President of AACN. During her tenure, she moved quickly to establish members as knowledgeable and effective educators and leaders of professional nursing. Speaking to membership in October 1970, she said "Deans must become more visible, more responsible, and more accountable to the public and especially to political leaders. We must become political activists."


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

AACN Updates

Come Work at AACN - Employment Opportunities

Early Bird Registration Deadline Approaching for Summer Seminar   

The Social Pulse


Students: Simplify your Application Process with NursingCAS

Similar to the common application, NursingCAS is a centralized application for prospective nursing students. By creating an account and completing the application, students can view lists of participating schools and their specific admissions requirements. Despite an increase in applications, nursing schools have been able to accommodate more students, and NursingCAS allows students to apply to multiple schools with just one application. Learn more about how you can simplify your application process by reading the latest NursingCAS blog post

Nurses Can Make a Difference on World Sickle Cell Day

Today marks World Sickle Cell Day. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) can cause serious health complications, including severe pain. Nursing professionals should take World Sickle Cell Day as an opportunity to learn more about the disorder and what the complications can look like to help improve the care for those living with this disease. Spread the word on social media with the hashtag #WorldSickleCellDay and read "Understanding the Complications of Sickle Cell Disease," a new article published in the American Journal of Nursing

WW-4-16-19.jpgWashington Weekly

In this edition of Washington Weekly: Have federal student loans? We need to hear from you; AACN attends launch of BPC's Rural Health Task Force; MedPAC releases its report on Medicare and the healthcare delivery system; and we are keeping an eye on the House as it considers LHHS-ED FY 2020 appropriations – stay tuned!

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Opportunities & Resources to Consider

  • The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will hold its next Institute on October 2-4, 2019 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown. The Fall 2019 IPEC Institute is returning to the advanced theme of enhancing your interprofessional education and practice program with a focus on strengthening and improving collaborative partnerships. Super early-bird registration is now open through July 1. Learn more and register here.
  • The Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) is accepting applications for the PhD-DNP Collaboration Excellence Award. This award program spotlights exemplary partnerships between students in research-focused and practice-focused doctoral programs. The award nominations must include one PhD and one DNP student; teams of up to 6 students may also apply. The application must demonstrate the collaborative work and how it has potential to advance science or influence outcomes related to health care, nursing practice, and/or health policy. All award applications must be submitted by Friday, August 26, 2019.

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