AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 17, 2019

Weekly Digest

In the July 2019 issue of Health Affairs, Dr. Jordan Harrison, Dr. Linda Aiken, and their colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania published findings from a new study titled In Hospitals with More Nurses Who Have Baccalaureate Degrees, Better Outcomes for Patients After Cardiac Arrest. The researchers found that each 10% increase in the hospital share of nurses with a BSN was associated with 24% greater odds of surviving to discharge with good cerebral performance among patients who experienced in-hospital cardiac arrest. This finding contributes to the growing body of evidence that supports policies to increase access to baccalaureate-level education and improve hospital nurse staffing.

Earlier this week, American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association, published its 2019-2020 Education Guide. AACN Board Chair Ann Cary is featured in the guide's lead article, titled The Pressure Is On: Why You Should Get Your BSN. The article discusses the evidence linking the BSN to better patient outcomes, the job forecast for baccalaureate-prepared nurses, and the growing number of professional opportunities open to BSN nurses. In the piece, Dr. Cary states: "With patient care growing more complex, ensuring a sufficient RN workforce is not merely a matter of how many nurses are needed, but rather an issue of preparing an adequate number of nurses with the right education to meet healthcare demands."


AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 2008

Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) speaks to AACN members on Capitol Hill, March 30, 2008, after being awarded Honorary Associate Membership to the association. In March 2016, the Board of Directors approved changing the name of the AACN Policy Luminary Award to the AACN Lois Capps Policy Luminary Award in recognition of Rep. Capps' monumental leadership to advance health care and the nursing profession at the federal level. She served California's 24th Congressional District from 1998 to 2017.

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


AACN Updates

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Deadlines Extended for Faculty Development and Baccalaureate Education Conferences

Explore AACN's Rich History

Connect for Success with MentorLINK!

It's no secret that nurses are in high demand. What if artificial intelligence could help practicing RNs preserve their cognitive resources? Learn more about Moxi, a robotic nurse assistant whose mission is to free up nurses' time so they can spend more time with patients and focus less on mundane tasks. 

Register Now for the Next Future of Nursing 2030 Town Hall Webcast

The Committee on the Future of Nursing 2030 would like to hear your insights on ways to advance the nursing profession to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population. This meeting is the second of three regional town hall meetings; the theme is Payment and Care for Complex Health and Social Needs. Register by July 22 to watch the live webcast. To learn more about the ongoing study, visit the website here 


Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition advances out of the House; Energy and Commerce Committee is considering Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization today; and the President signed an Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health.

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Opportunities & Resources to Consider

  • Register for a free webinar produced in partnership with the Adolescent SBIRT Project, NORC at the University of Chicago, the BIG Initiative, University of Cincinnati, and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation."Tailoring Conversations and Treatment to Adolescents and Young Adults at Risk for Substance Use Disorders" will be presented August 8, 1-2 pm ET. To learn more about NORC's upcoming webinars and to access free on-demand webinars, visit this website. You can download SBIRT's webinar flyer here

  • The Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic (which includes AACN) will host a webinar on July 22 at 3 pm ET on best practices and evidence standards for opioid tapering. The webinar will feature experts who will discuss current guidance for opioid tapering, how this guidance is applied in practice, and the strength of the evidence behind these protocols. Five panelists will present patient case scenarios and discuss pain management challenges through patient and caregiver perspectives, in order to inform best practices and identify evidence gaps. Register here.