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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 03, 2019

Weekly Digest

In the July/August 2019 issue of Nurse Educator, faculty from The George Washington University and Marquette University published a new article titled Doctoral Education and Preparation for Nursing Faculty Roles. Despite increased enrollment in doctoral programs and interest among graduates in pursuing teaching positions, the lack of adequate preparation for the faculty role may be undermining efforts to reduce the faculty shortage. This study, which included interviews with 24 PhD and DNP students, was undertaken to better understand doctoral nursing student expectations related to preparation for an academic career, including the need for curricular revisions and expert guidance to ensure role readiness. This study was supported in part by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education program.

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 2009

Dr. Betty Johnson stands in recognition of her service to AACN at the 2009 Spring Annual Meeting. Dr. Johnson, an Emeritus Member of the association, was an invaluable staff member in the 1980s, instrumental in coordinating the work groups that produced the initial Essentials of College and University Education for Professional Nursing. She later worked as an advisor to CCNE, helping that autonomous arm of AACN get off the ground in the late 1990s. Upon Dr. Johnson's death in 2018, former AACN Chief Executive Officer Polly Bednash said, "Betty Johnson was a wonderful person who played a big role in the establishment of the first Essentials and in the work of CCNE. She was an important player in AACN's history." See more historic photos on AACN's 50th Anniversary website. 

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

AACN Updates

There's Still Time to Register for the Summer Seminar in Beautiful Portland, Oregon!

Call for Abstracts Now Open for Faculty Development and Baccalaureate Education Conferences

Sharpen Your Skills: Join an AACN Leadership Network

"The School of Nursing was founded in 1979, and the basis of the program was caring - it's just central to who we are. For us, caring needs to be present. When we interact with someone, we listen; and we hear them," said Dr. Barbara Haas, Executive Director of the University of Texas at Tyler School of Nursing. Learn more about nursing programs at the University of Texas and explore AACN-TV to see the latest innovations underway at schools of nursing nationwide!

Meet Bethany Baker: UNF's First Deaf Nursing Student

"For deaf people, I'm hoping to start this process and do great, and then I can really open some doors permanently for some other deaf people to get their foot in the medical door," said Bethany Baker, the University of North Florida's (UNF) first deaf student. At 27, Bethany became the first deaf person admitted to the UNF's post-baccalaureate nursing program. Now, she wants to be an advocate for deaf people who want to enter any profession. Read her story here.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: We'd like to thank our AACN Advocates and wish everyone a happy Fourth of July holiday! View the 2019 Mid-Year Review infographic showcasing our progress on top legislative priorities.  


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Member News & Announcements

  • Dr. Sherrill Smith has been selected as dean of the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing in the University of Wyoming’s (UW) College of Health Sciences. Dr. Smith currently serves as full professor in the College of Nursing and Health at Wright State University (OH). She will begin her new role at UW August 1. Current Dean Mary Burman will be step back into the UW nursing faculty. Dr. Burman has served as dean of the School of Nursing since 2007. Read more >>

  • Dr. Laurie Grubbs has been appointed Interim Dean at Florida State University’s (FSU) College of Nursing, effective July 1. A College of Nursing alumna and Professor Emerita, Dr. Grubbs spent 35 years as a faculty member in the FSU College of Nursing, including two years as associate dean from 2014 to 2016. Read more >>

  • The atrium in the new $23.6 million Vanderbilt University School of Nursing building has been named after Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch, who served as dean for 29 years and is credited with transforming nursing education at Vanderbilt and nationally. The Colleen Conway-Welch Atrium, dedicated at a June 5 ceremony, will serve as the main entrance to the school and connect all four of the nursing school’s buildings. Read more >>

  • Dr. Martha Dawson, Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has been elected to serve as the 13th President of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Inc. for a two-year term. She will be sworn in as the 13th president at the 47th annual NBNA Institute and Conference in New Orleans later this month. Read more >>

  • The Catholic University of America has received a $20 million donation from William Conway Jr., co-founder of D.C.-based investment firm The Carlyle Group, and his wife, Joanne. The school will use the donation to establish the Conway School of Nursing. The donation will be used to continue funding the Conway Scholars program—nursing student scholarships—which was launched in 2014, as well as help fund a new nursing and sciences building to be built on campus. Read more >>

  • Dr. Terri Weaver, Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing and Member-at-Large of the AACN Board of Directors, became the first nurse ever to deliver the prestigious Thomas Roth Lecture of Excellence at SLEEP 2019, the world’s largest meeting devoted entirely to clinical sleep medicine and sleep circadian research. Dr. Weaver is an internationally recognized expert on the effect of daytime sleepiness on daily behaviors. Read more >>

  • Dr. Marie Bakitas, Endowed Chair in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was presented with the American Cancer Society’s Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award during the National Palliative Care Research Center’s annual Kathleen Foley Palliative Care Retreat and Research Symposium. This prestigious award acknowledges those leading the way in palliative care research. Read more >>

  • Sarah Oerther, a Nursing Instructor at Saint Louis University, has been appointed to the Missouri HealthNet Oversight Committee. Ms. Oerther is currently a PhD candidate at Saint Louis University. She recently received AACN’s 2018 Emerging Leader award and is an Advocacy Leader for AACN’s Graduate Nursing Student Academy. Read more >>