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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published August 28, 2019

Rounds with Leadership: Academic Nursing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution


In 2016, Professor Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, heralded the arrival of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a new era of technology-driven change that impacts how we live, work, engage, and learn. Unlike earlier "revolutions" that focused on mechanization, mass production, and automation, today's revolution is marked by rapid advances in technology – including artificial intelligence, genome editing, augmented reality, and robotics – that have the power to transform institutions, industries, and individuals (Schwab, 2019).

Though the accelerating pace of technology sparked by this new revolution can be exhilarating, it does pose some challenges to students expected to understand evolving systems and to those expected to teach them. As addressed in our recent white paper on AACN's Vision for Academic Nursing, the use of learning technologies is transforming higher education and offering greater opportunity for connectivity and active engagement. As a result, nursing faculty must have a clear understanding of the push-pull of technology and how to leverage technology to adapt teaching-learning experiences that resonate with students.


Weekly Digest

In the July/August 2019 issue of Nursing Outlook, a team of nurse researchers from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill published a new study titled The Role of Doctor of Nursing Practice-Prepared Nurses in Practice Settings. Following a survey of DNP program directors and employers, the authors found that most DNP-prepared nurses assume roles as advanced practice registered nurses, administrators, or executives. Some employers had difficulty differentiating nurses with a DNP from those with other advanced training, due in part to a lack of positions specifically designed for those with a DNP. For DNP-prepared nurses in administrative or quality-focused roles, employers praised their broader perspectives and policy backgrounds.

In the August 19, 2019 issue of Modern Healthcare, writer Jessica Kim Cohen provided an update on How Bad Is the Nursing Shortage? Current data show a maldistribution of registered nurses across the country, with some regions facing a steeper shortage than others. AACN data on the number of qualified applicants turned away from nursing programs each year and the faculty shortage are cited in this piece.

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 1979

On the occasion of AACN's 10th anniversary, Emeritus Award recipients Emily Holmquist (Indiana University) and Rozella Schlotfeldt (Case Western Reserve University) on the left pose with former Executive Director Mary Kelly Mullane and Martha Rogers (New York University).

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

AACN Updates

AACN & Gold Foundation Announce Nursing Schools Receiving Support for White Coat Ceremonies

AACN Announces September 19 Virtual Fair for Students

When Hannah Cooley, a nurse who works in a high-risk pregnancy unit at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, realized her hospital offered an arts and medicine program, she decided to contribute her talents. Read this article about this multifaceted nurse who has combined her career with her hobby by volunteering to play the harp for her patients on her days off.

CDC Offers Resources to Help Nurses Share the Importance of Flu Vaccination

As healthcare professionals prepare to have conversations with patients around flu vaccination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has pulled together a suite of digital and print-off materials to help in effectively conveying the threat of flu and why flu vaccination is so important. Take a look at their toolkit, which includes fact sheets, a guide for parents, social media content, and more. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Take AACN's brief survey to help protect federal student loan programs; the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule includes proposed rule to reduce the redocumentation burden for APRNs and PAs; and a civic engagement initiative request for proposals from early-career scientists.  

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Special Thanks to Me​mbers 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