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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published August 21, 2019

Weekly Digest

In the July/August 2019 issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration, Dr. Laura Fennimore (University of Pittsburgh) and Dr. Nora Warshawsky (University of Central Florida) published a new article titled Graduate Leadership Education for Nurse Leaders—Needed Now More Than Ever. In keeping with AACN's support for graduate-level education for nurses seeking to expand their expertise and thrive in today's complex healthcare system, the authors present their case for supporting graduate leadership education for nurse managers, including recommendations for nurse executives.

On July 16, 2019, Dr. Sophia L. Thomas, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, contributed a new blog post on The Hill newspaper's website titled Nurse Practitioners Are the Solution to Health Care Provider Shortages. In addressing the shortage of primary care providers, the author reports that the nation's more than 270,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) "are an under-utilized asset in the struggle to strengthen and expand primary care access." Dr. Thomas calls on policymakers to take the steps needed to expand access to NP care to help ensure that all Americans receive high-quality, cost-effective primary care.

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 2017 

After months of negotiations, plans, and preparations, AACN marks a new chapter by moving its headquarters to a state-of-the-art building at 655 K Street NW, Washington, DC. At its new home base, the association is co-located with peer associations representing medicine, dentistry, physician assistant education, and veterinary medicine.


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

AACN Updates

CCNE Constituents Elect New Board and Nominating Committee Members

ELNEC-Graduate Online Curriculum Set to Commence September 1

Call for Nominations for 2020 Election

Deadline Approaching for Call for Abstracts: Faculty Practice Pre-Conference and Doctoral Education Conference

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Social Pulse

Campaign for Action Highlights How Payers Can Help Nurses Address Population Health Challenges

Nurses know how to improve population health, but reimbursement barriers remain to addressing complex care and social needs. See how payers can help, learn more about discussions from the latest #FutureofNursing2030 Town Hall, and see how the National Academy of Medicine is addressing this issue. 

Empowering Black Women in Nursing to Transform Health Care in South Africa

The Unjani Clinic initiative is transforming healthcare in South Africa by helping alleviate burdens on public health systems and improving access to quality, affordable primary care. Read the latest from Johnson & Johnson Notes on Nursing: Nurses Leading Innovation and learn more about how the clinic empowers black women in nursing to own and operate their own sustainable healthcare clinics. 

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Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN schools continue engagement in precision medicine; and HRSA announces its new health workforce data dashboard.


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New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • The University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from HRSA’s Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program. The grant was awarded to Dr. Anita Boykins, principle investigator, for the proposed Family Nurse Practitioner-Health Education & Access for Rural Tennesseans program, which will address the shortage of primary care and mental health professionals and improve health disparities for medically underserved populations in rural West Tennessee. Read more >>

  • Penn State's College of Nursing and its collaborators have been awarded a $3,750,000 grant from HRSA to support medically underserved regions throughout rural Pennsylvania. This funding will support the development of educational programming and training for rural-based healthcare providers and caregivers, enabling them to deliver more age-friendly care. Read more >>

  • Sacred Heart University has received a $2.4-million grant from HRSA for the College of Nursing's new project called Alternatives to Opioids for Pain (ALTOP). ALTOP is being funded under the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program that supports academic clinical partnerships to prepare nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and nurse midwives for work in rural and underserved communities. Read more >>

  • A federal grant will allow Saginaw Valley State University to fight the opioid epidemic by equipping healthcare providers with the right tools. The school is receiving a 4-year, $2.8 million grant from HRSA to educate 100 nurse practitioners who are in the university's psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner post-graduate certificate program. Read more >>

  • The University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions has been awarded a federal grant of nearly $2.5 million over 4 years from HRSA to develop an innovative academic-practice partnership for preparing Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students for practice with rural and medically underserved populations. Read more >>

  • The University of Southern Indiana’s (USI) College of Nursing and Health Professions has received just under $5.4 million in competitive federal funding to improve health outcomes for underserved populations in southwestern Indiana. USI received two new grants from HRSA: a $3.7 million grant to implement the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program and a $1.7 million grant to develop a nurse practitioner residency program serving underserved communities. Read more >>

  • The Bruno and Evelyne Betti Foundation has made a commitment of $2.8 million to Saint Martin’s University to support the creation of dedicated facilities for the University’s nursing programs. The foundation’s commitment includes $2.5 million to cover the costs of the remodel and $300,000 to establish an endowment in support of nursing scholarships. In addition, Saint Martin’s Abbey has made a gift of $750,000 to support the renovation. This totals $3.5 million raised to ensure the success of the University’s nursing program. Read more >>

  • The University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Nursing is partnering with Erie Family Health Centers on a $3.3 million HRSA grant for health care improvements in underserved communities. The project will create a one-year post-graduate fellowship program called AdvancingPractice for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. 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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