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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published August 14, 2019

Weekly Digest

In the July-August 2019 Nursing Outlook, 11 academic nursing leaders, including first author Miriam Bender and AACN's Chief Academic Officer Joan Stanley, published an article on Advancing the Clinical Nurse Leader Model through Academic-Practice-Policy Partnership. The article discusses the origin and impact of the CNL initiative as well as the work of the CNL Research Collaborative to link research, policy, education, and practice stakeholders to advance the CNL evidence base. The authors summarize the available research to explain CNL practice, quantify CNL effectiveness, and illustrate how CNLs influence care, quality, and safety.

Drs. Jean Dowling Dols, Mary Hoke, and David Allen share their experience with Building a Practice-Focused Academic-Practice Partnership in the July-August 2019 issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration. The authors detail how a model partnership between the University of the Incarnate Word and a 250+ bed, high-acuity specialty hospital in Texas helped to advance the practice of nursing, provided new opportunities for nurse-led research and evidence-based practice, and led to improved patient outcomes.

Salute to our 50th Anniversary Sponsors:
AACN Thanks Our Member Schools and Partners for Their Generous Support 

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 1982 

(Left to right) President Billye Brown (University of Texas at Austin), Jo Eleanor Elliott (Director, HSS Division of Nursing), and Executive Director Marion Murphy take a break during the Capitol Hill celebration of the first National Nurses Day in May 1982. Dr. Brown is an Emeritus Member of AACN and presently Dean Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin. Jo Eleanor Elliott was presented with an Honorary Associate Membership Award in 1997. Dr. Murphy served as Executive Director from 1978 to 1983 and was awarded Emeritus Membership upon her retirement.

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


AACN Updates

AACN Announces Inaugural Cohort of Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing Program

Register Now for Upcoming Webinar: Accessibility Challenges with Nursing Student Disabilities

Call for GNSA Liaisons

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Social Pulse

National Academy of Medicine Webinar: Opioid Tapering and the Evidence Behind It
Every day, an estimated 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose – a devastating statistic that the nursing community can help change. The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic recently hosted a free webinar on opioid tapering. If you missed this webinar, the recording and slide deck is now available. During this webinar, experts in the field discussed current guidance for opioid tapering, how it is applied in practice, and the strength of the evidence behind it. Listen now and hear various patient case scenarios, pain management challenges through patient and caregiver perspectives, and the latest on best practices and ways to identify evidence gaps.

#AACNTurns50: Share a Moment from an AACN Conference! 

Share your memories and photos that highlight your membership and experience with AACN and the nursing profession and we will share it on our Twitter feed.
Do you have a fun moment or memory to share from an AACN Conference? Think back to your first poster presentation or panel discussion, and tweet us about that experience @AACNursing using the hashtag #AACNTurns50! Want more ideas for joining the celebration on social media? Check out our 50th Anniversary Social Media Tool Kit for some inspiration.  

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN leads nomination of nurses to federal advisory committees; AACN participates in the Primary Care Stakeholder Meeting; and the Bipartisan Policy Center hosts discussion on rural health care.


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Member News & Announcements

  • AACN was saddened to learn that Dr. Anne Thomas, associate dean for academic affairs at Michigan State University College of Nursing, passed away on July 26, 2019. As the immediate past president of National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and former NONPF Board member, Dr. Thomas was true champion for nurse practitioner education and practice who was committed to scholarship, mentoring, and service. She will be missed by her many friends and colleagues in the academic nursing community. Working with her family, NONPF has set up The Dr. Anne Thomas Memorial Fund in her honor, which will support the Leadership Mentor Program. 

  • Dr. Mary Lou Manning, professor of nursing at Thomas Jefferson University (PA), is the recipient of the Carol DeMille Achievement Award from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Presented at the APIC annual conference in Philadelphia on June 12, Dr. Manning earned the distinction for her visionary leadership and contributions to the field of infection prevention and control. Read more >>

Special Thanks to Members and Partners for Supporting AACN's 50th Anniversary

Every week, AACN will showcase schools and organization who contributed to AACN 50th Anniversary Gala Program. To see a complete list of sponsors and to find out more about how your school can be featured in this special publication, click here


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