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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published June 26, 2019

Rounds with Leadership: Celebrating the Power of Compassionate Care


On June 13, we had the distinct honor of representing academic nursing at the 2019 Golden Thread Gala in New York City at the historic Ziegfeld Ballroom. This special event brings together a wide variety of supporters who believe passionately in The Arnold P. Gold Foundation's mission of keeping health care human. Those attending included medical and nursing school leaders and faculty, corporate healthcare leaders, captains of industry, thought leaders in health care, compassionate nurses and physicians, and patients and their families.

Three extraordinary individuals were recognized at the gala with the foundation's highest honor – the National Humanism in Medicine Medal.


Weekly Digest

On June 21, the Houston Chronicle published an in-depth Q&A with Dr. Kathryn Tart, Founding Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Houston, in an article titled Nursing School Dean: Long-running Nursing Shortage Won't End Any Time Soon. According to the Texas Nurses Association, the number of nurses needed to provide care to Texas residents will fall short by more than 60,000 nurses by 2030. Dr. Tart outlines the reasons for the shortage and the work underway to address this issue, including programs that recruit more nurses into graduate programs to relieve the faculty shortage.

On June 18, Nursing Outlook published a new online article by nursing deans Linda Sarna (University of California Los Angeles), Janie Heath (University of Kentucky), and colleagues titled Increased Adoption of Smoke-free Policies on Campuses with Schools of Nursing. Based on a survey of more than 600 schools of nursing, 91% of deans in 2017 reported that their campus had a smoke-free policy. In March 2016, AACN's membership endorsed A Call to Action for Nursing Leadership to Promote Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Schools of Nursing on Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Campuses Across the United States.

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 1984

As AACN evolved, members' organized visits to the offices of Capitol Hill lawmakers increased and became more vital. Among the deans shown here are (starting from second to left): Dr. Janet Rodgers (Lycoming College), Dr. Dorothy Powell (Howard University), Dr. Nan Hechenberger (University of Maryland), and Dr. Rachel Booth (Duke University). Drs. Rodgers and Booth later served terms as AACN President. 

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

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GNSA Offering Award for PhD-DNP Collaboration Excellence   

A nurse who worked for 30 years to help save patients' lives helped save a few more even after her untimely death. In the same hospital where she worked for three decades, Mary Desin donated her organs after she suffered a fatal brain aneurism. Over 100 employees lined up in the hospital hallway to pay their respects to the nurse while her body was transferred to the operating room. Read this touching story here. 

Emergency Preparedness: How Nurses Can Take Action Before Disaster Strikes

Natural disasters are a fact of life and threaten the health and well-being of millions of people each year. In many cases, the health of patients depends on care and services that may be inaccessible when roads are impassable or power goes out. Learn one nurse researcher's perspective on how nurses can decrease disaster-related disease, injury, and death by helping medically vulnerable people before disasters strike.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: In honor of our service members, urge Congress to cosponsor and pass the United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act.


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