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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 04, 2019

Weekly Digest

In the August 30, 2019 edition of Inside Higher Ed, Dr. Michael Johnson, Jr. from California State University at Northridge offers practical suggestions for diversifying the professoriate in an article titled Retaining Faculty of Color: Costs and Consequences. With the goal of improving the campus climate and quality of life of faculty from underrepresented minority (URM) groups, the author suggests taking several steps, including hiring faculty of color in cohorts, providing professional development, rewarding senior URM faculty for their mentoring efforts, covering moving costs for younger faculty of color, and including URM graduate students in department hiring and admission decisions. 

In the September 2019 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education, Associate Editor Teri Murray shares her thoughts on The Future of Nursing 2020–2030: Educating the Workforce. In keeping with the Future of Nursing consensus study underway at the National Academy of Medicine, the author calls on nursing education programs to develop community-based experiences that integrate the social determinants of health into curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Murray states that “the time is ripe to embrace curricular opportunities that allow students to be immersed in environments at the intersections of health care (physical and behavioral) and the social environment, particularly in underserved communities where disparities most often exist.”

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 2009 

Kathleen Sebelius (center), Secretary of Health and Human Services, is flanked by AACN President Fay Raines (left) and CEO Polly Bednash at the 2009 Fall Semiannual Meeting. During a special program session, Secretary Sebelius spoke to members regarding the important role that nurses play in the movement toward healthcare reform.


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

AACN Updates

AACN Conference Season Kicks Off Next Month—Register Today!

Call for Abstracts Deadline is September 13 for Doctoral Education Conference and Faculty Practice Pre-Conference

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Social Pulse

Campaign for Action Covers NAM Meeting Exploring Nursing's Future in the Digital Age

The Campaign for Action published a new blog covering the final National Academy of Medicine regional town hall, which was held to inform the work of the Future of Nursing: 2020-2030 Committee. The meeting explored nursing's future in the digital age with insights from an array of presenters with different perspectives on transforming the future. Learn more here.

AACN-TV Spotlight: Northeast Region VA Nursing Alliance (NERVANA)

"When practice and academic leaders work together, they are better able to develop solutions to some of the problems facing health care today and in the future," says Dr. Karen Devereaux Melillo, Vice Dean from the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Learn more about the Northeast Region VA Nursing Alliance (NERVANA) and the power of academic-practice partnerships here.

WW-4-10-19.pngWashington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Keep Title VIII momentum going as Congressional recess ends; GNE demonstration project increases APRN student enrollment; and watch the 2019 National Health Research Forum live.

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

Member News & Announcements

  • Dr. Victoria Niederhauser, Dean of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing, has been named to the Sara Rosenbalm Croley Endowed Dean’s Chair. The $2 million endowment is a reflection of Dr. Niederhauser’s service to the college and the university. Read more >>

  • The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has received a $500,000 gift from Mary Catherine Bunting, MSN ’72, CRNP, RN, to continue the work of UMSON’s Community and Public Health Environmental Initiative (CPHEI), which provides health oversight for children and families served by Baltimore City Early Head Start and Head Start centers. CPHEI is a collaborative effort with the Maryland Family Network to improve overall health and environmental health for children from birth until age five through programs that support their mental, social, and emotional development. 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