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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 31, 2019

Rounds with Leadership: A Time for Generative Thinking


According to Dr. Peter J. Dean, leadership guru and executive coach: "Generative thinking involves inventive ways to produce ideas from a board of directors. The board uses these ideas in its leadership role of deciding what to decide. Generative thinking tackles habits of thinking that hold us back from making good strategic decisions."

Every July, AACN's Board of Directors hosts a Thought Leaders Assembly to create some dedicated time for generative thinking around issues impacting academic nursing. These events typically include the Board and senior AACN staff as well as invited guests with a strong interest and experience with the issue at hand. This year, the Assembly was held in conjunction with AACN's Summer Seminar in Portland, Oregon, and we were pleased to welcome the deans and faculty from Oregon Health & Science University, Linfield College, University of Portland, and Concordia University-Portland as well as practice partners from Kaiser Permanente, Salmon Creek Medical Center, and Phoenix Rising Transitions. 

The theme for this year's assembly was Transforming Academic Nursing Through Partnerships and Innovation. For the past two decades, AACN has increasingly focused on the need for nursing education to be innovative and forward-thinking as the profession moves to assume a larger leadership role in shaping the healthcare system and improving health nationally and globally. We recognize in academic nursing that we cannot rise to this challenge without our colleagues in practice as true partners. 


Weekly Digest

In the July-August 2019 issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Jean Giddens from Virginia Commonwealth University and Dr. Cynthia McCurren from Grand Valley State University published a guest editorial titled On Future's Doorstep: What's in the "Tea Leaves" for Nursing Education? The authors, who were both members of the AACN task force that produced the white paper on AACN's Vision for Academic Nursing, discuss what they have learned through their comprehensive environmental scan of health care and higher education, which served as the foundation for the AACN's recommendations for the future of nursing education.

On July 24, reporter John Kopp with Philly Voice covered the most recent Town Hall Meeting convened by the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Committee in an article titled The Future of Nursing Put Under Microscope at Penn.  With a focus on issues related to payment and care for individuals with complex health and social needs, this open forum attracted hundreds of nursing leaders, patients, students, and other professionals interested in sharing their insights for elevating health care.  This article profiles a number of presenters at this meeting, which included Dr. Catherine Alicia Georges, chair of the nursing department at Lehman College, and Dr. Ellen-Marie Whelan, Chief Population Health Officer at CMS for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services.

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 2014

At AACN's Spring Annual Meeting, Government Affairs Committee Chair Eleanor Howell (left, Creighton University) presents Dr. Teri Murray (Saint Louis University) with AACN's Advocate of the Year Award. This award is granted to an AACN member whose efforts to promote nursing education at the federal level deserves special recognition.

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

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See Who's Speaking at this Year's Academic Nursing Leadership Conference

We encourage AACN members to join the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) for a Twitter Chat  tomorrow, August 1 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET. The theme of this chat is "High Tech, High Touch," and NAM is looking for your insights on how to advance the nursing profession to help our nation create a culture of health, promote health equity, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population. Learn more and view the Twitter chat questions here.

Inside Higher Ed to Host Webinar on Removing Barriers to Student Success

Nursing schools are under constant pressure to evolve to keep their curriculums relevant and engaging for new generations of students and faculty. By participating in this upcoming webinar hosted by Inside Higher Ed, nursing school administrators can discover high-impact practices to help students be successful, ways to help first-generation students navigate career pressures, techniques to create a more student-centered learning environment, and more. Save the date and plan to participate on August 27 at 2:00 pm ET. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN's Guide to Advocacy: August 2019 Edition is now available to use while Members of Congress are back home in their states/districts connecting with constituents. AACN encourages its members to contact their legislators and continue to advocate for priorities that improve our nation's health care. 


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