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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 11, 2019

Weekly Digest

In the August 2019 issue of the Journal of American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Dr. Ann C. Falkenberg-Olson with Gundersen Health System published a new article titled Research Translation and the Evolving PhD and DNP Practice Roles: A Collaborative Call for Nurse Practitioners. Doctoral prepared NPs have a professional responsibility to contribute to research and clinical inquiry initiatives that advance healthcare delivery and improve outcomes. Dr. Falkenberg-Olson explores how NPs prepared in PhD and DNP programs possess complementary skills, which are needed to sustain effective collaborations that integrate the scientific and practice roles of generating data and translating evidence.

A team of nurse leaders led by William Rosa, an RWJF Future of Nursing Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, considers Nursing and Sustainable Development: Furthering the Global Agenda in Uncertain Times in the latest issue of the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. The authors highlight the impact nurses can make in addressing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, which include taking action to eradicate inequity, preserve well-being, and promote good health.

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 1996

Members gather around Linda Amos (University of Utah), Chair of the Task Force on Nursing Accreditation, to congratulate her and the entire Task Force after AACN members overwhelmingly approved the Task Force's proposal for the association to establish a new accreditation entity. The membership vote led to the formation in 1998 of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, an autonomous arm of AACN.


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

AACN Updates

AACN Recognizes Faculty with Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching

AACN Announces New PhD Pipeline Discussion Group

Only Two More Days to Submit Abstracts for the Faculty Practice Pre-Conference and Doctoral Education Conference

Register by September 15 to Receive Discount for the ELNEC Summit in Hawaii 

Submit Nomination for AACN's Diversity Award - Deadline October 4       Webinar - Distinguishing Between Evidence-Based Practice, Quality Improvement, and Research

Social Pulse

AACN Member School Offers Displaced University of Bahamas Students a Free Semester

Hampton University, a historically black university, announced a partnership with the University of the Bahamas to allow students who have been displaced by Hurricane Dorian to spend the fall semester on its campus in Hampton, Virginia, tuition-free. See CNN Article.

How Can Healthcare Organizations Address Clinician Burnout? 

The National Academy of Medicine released a new case study that provides an overview of initiatives supporting well-being and reducing burnout in clinicians who work at the Virginia Mason Kirkland Medical Center. 

WW-4-10-19.pngWashington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Call for Proposals: NIDA-AACN Mentored Training Award in SUD Treatment; looking ahead to AACN's 2019 Fall Advocacy Day; and help save Federal Student Loan Programs.


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New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • Northwestern State University (NSU) and Centenary College of Shreveport have formalized an agreement that will allow Centenary graduates who hold a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry, or related science to pursue a BSN from NSU in an accelerated curriculum. The memorandum of understanding grants Centenary students preferred admission to the BSN Accelerated Curriculum, an intense, fast-paced program that helps students achieve the BSN degree within four semesters. Read more >>

  • Samford University’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing will receive a 4-year, $3.5 million HRSA grant to place nurse practitioner graduates in rural, underserved areas for primary-care residency. The grant is the largest in Samford University’s history. Read more >>

  • Two faculty members from Indiana University School of Nursing have been award a $2 million grant from NIH to develop nurse scientists dedicated to looking for new ways to manage serious chronic diseases. The program will train nurses who have completed their master’s or PhD in nursing with an interest in conducting scientific research and reporting their findings. Read more >>

  • Researchers from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University have received a $2.14 million grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study ways to teach family caregivers skills to better care for their patients, as well as their own emotional and physical health. Read more >>

  • The University of Rochester has received a $1 million Higher Education Capital Matching Grant from New York State to enhance the academic experience and serve additional students at the School of Nursing. The grant will help fund a $5 million expansion to the Loretta C. Ford Education Wing of Helen Wood Hall to create new teaching and learning space. Read more >>

  • The University at Buffalo School of Nursing has received a 3-year, $1.35 million HRSA grant to increase the number of behavioral health professionals treating opioid and other substance use disorders in Western New York. UB will partner with nine local primary and behavioral health care sites to launch the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP), an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art addictions training program. Read more >>

  • Four University of Maryland School of Nursing faculty members have been awarded Nurse Support Program II grants totaling more than $2.4 million. The grants aid in increasing nursing capacity in Maryland by implementing statewide initiatives to grow the number of nurses prepared to serve effectively in faculty roles, thereby increasing the number of students who can be enrolled in Maryland nursing schools and subsequently increasing the number of qualified nurses across the state. Read more >>

  • The Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) at Illinois State University has been awarded a $2.8 million Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant funds efforts to prepare advanced practice nurses to serve rural and underserved settings—especially with primary care. 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

AACN Member Sponsors for 50th Anniversary