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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 10, 2019

Weekly Digest

On June 26, 2019, Dr. Tracy Pritchard with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine published a guest editorial in the Journal of Nursing Education titled Advancing Nursing Education Scholarship: A Roadmap for Faculty Success. In this piece, the author outlines practical steps that faculty can take to advance nursing education scholarship, which include blocking time for scholarly pursuits, delegating work in teams, acquiring resources, educating students about the value of scholarship, and voicing the importance of nursing education scholarship at curriculum and college meetings.

On June 20, 2019, the journal Nursing Education in Practice published Incivility in Nursing Education: A Systematic Literature Review, which describes the perceptions of students and faculty regarding this pressing issue in academic nursing. The authors identified four themes from the analysis of the published research: perceived instances of incivility, factors related to incivility, the impact of incivility, and strategies for promoting civility in nursing education. The study also identifies and discusses gaps in the literature as well as the need for future studies.

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 1976

Dr. Marguerite Schaefer (University of Pittsburgh) facilitates a session on "Forecasting and Resource Allocation" at the first Deans' Summer Seminar in Durango, Colorado. The gathering of 98 attendees from 37 states and the District of Columbia set the standard for all subsequent AACN Summer Seminars, as participants declared it an unqualified success. Dr. Schaefer, who passed away in 2018 at age 95, was a founding dean and Emeritus Member of AACN.

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"I recognized a need for healthcare services for veterans that would help bridge the relationship between them and the healthcare provider," said Kevin Emmons, a Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden clinical associate professor and a U.S. Army veteran who currently serves as a member of the Army Reserve. Learn about the new Rutgers University-Camden program designed to train military veterans for careers as nurses who will care for other veterans. 

Film Highlights the Work of Nurses Serving Patients of the First U.S. AIDS Ward

Social and digital media platforms present a great opportunity to recognize the compassionate work of nurses.  Commissioned by Johnson & Johnson Nursing, 5BFilm highlights the remarkable story of the brave nurses and caregivers who cared for patients in the first AIDS ward in the United States. Learn more about these incredible nurses here. Follow the film on Twitter and share across social media with the hashtag #NursesChangeLives.

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Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: House Subcommittee to markup Title the VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act; the U.S. Nurse Cadet Corps Service Recognition amendment advances; AACN endorses bill to help graduate nursing students; AACN attends Capitol Hill Briefing: and Improvements to Rural Health Care Through Patient-Centered Research.  


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New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

The School of Nursing at North Dakota State University (NDSU) has received a 4-year, $1.5 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, which will allow NDSU and Essential Health to provide a DNP residency program to serve rural clinics. The first group of NDSU newly graduated family nurse practitioners will begin their residency in the fall. Read more >>

The Shepherd University School of Nursing (WV) has received a 4-year, $2.7 million Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will be used for an Innovative Modalities for Rural Nurse Practitioner Education and Collaboration to Transcend Health Disparities program designed to encourage advanced-practice nurses to work in rural West Virginia communities helping underserved populations. Read more >>

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing have received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to form a primary care workforce of practicing registered nurses who understand the unique needs of military veterans and are ready and willing to serve rural and underserved communities. Read more >>

Fairfield University and the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies has received a 4-year, $2.64 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, which will support the University’s Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwifery programs. The grant funds will also provide an opportunity for students to working in interprofessional teams and to incorporate evidence-based telehealth approaches In delivering care to underserved patients across the lifespan.  Read more >> 

Lincoln Memorial University-Caylor School of Nursing has received the largest grant in the history of the school, a  4-year, $1.9 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will support the university in promoting partnerships with primary care clinical facilities in rural and underserved areas while increasing the number of advanced practice nursing graduates. Read more >>