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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 18, 2019

Weekly Digest

In the September 2019 issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration, Dr. Jeffrey Adams and colleagues published a guest editorial titled A Purposeful Approach to Articulate and Enhance Nursing Influence Across Policy, Research, Education, Practice, Theory, Media, and Industry. In this piece, the authors offer practical suggestions for moving nursing from the most trusted profession to the most influential, especially in arenas where health policy decisions are made.  The strategies identified were developed at a meeting of the American Academy of Nursing's Building Healthcare Systems Excellence expert panel convened in February 2019.

In the October 2019 issue of Nursing Science Quarterly, Dr. Tara Cortes, Executive Director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, contributed an article titled Building Interprofessional Teams Through Partnerships to Address Quality. The author describes an innovative academic-practice partnership designed to promote new nurse competency and meet employer needs for graduates with in-demand knowledge and competencies in specialty patient populations.

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 2014

Members learn the art of tweeting on the Twitter app during an informational session at the 2014 AACN Fall Semiannual Meeting. Social media has provided new and innovative communication outlets for deans, faculty, and students of member schools, while also allowing AACN to expeditiously disseminate information about its activities and initiatives.

Learn more about AACN on social media, and see more historic photos on AACN's 50th Anniversary website

AACN Updates

Submit Your Nomination for AACN's Diversity Award: Deadline October 4

New NIDA Training Awards for Evidence-Based Practice Proposals on Substance Use Disorder Treatment

NCSBN Provides FAQ on Next Generation NCLEX

Read the Latest Issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing

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

Social Pulse

UnitedHealth Group Launches Initiative Aimed at Developing and Engaging the Nursing Workforce

At UnitedHealth Group's Center for Clinician Advancement, one nurse leader and her team are working to empower clinicians to become leaders in their profession through programs that encourage nurses to challenge the status quo. Learn more about this innovative initiative designed to support nurses, pharmacists, social workers, behavioral health clinicians, advanced practice clinicians, and physicians through developmental initiatives that help them navigate their professions.

#NurseLedInnovation: Group of Nurses Design Mittens that Help Dementia Patients Stay Safe

It's no secret that nurses are well-positioned to lead healthcare transformation. Read about a group of nurses who designed mittens that help dementia patients stay safe. We salute nurses who in addition to providing high-quality, compassionate care, consistently make a tremendous impact in driving innovative, effective health solutions.

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Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: The NIH seeks a new National Institute of Nursing Research Director; Apply for the NAM Emerging Leaders Program and RWJF Health Policy Fellowship; and the NINR Director's Lecture uncovers signs of heart disease in women.


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Opportunities & Resources to Consider

  • Fairfield University Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies have announced the launch of their new literary nursing journal, SANA - Self-Achievement through Nursing Art. SANA is dedicated to curating creative art envisioned and produced by the nursing community. The mission to achieve self-actualization through nursing art, to encourage expressions of self-care and the care of others, and to heal each other and the communities served. The journal is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2020 Issue.

  • Registration is open for three SBIRT Webinars: Tailoring Conversations and Treatment to Adolescents and Young Adults at Risk for Substance Use Disorders (September 24 or November 6), Integrating STI and HIV Prevention into the SBIRT Model (December 19) and SBIRT and Sexual & Gender Minority (SGM) Youth (January 23, 2020). Visit the SBIRT website for more information and to register.

  • In celebration of the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the Nursing Archives Associates of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University is accepting abstracts for presentations focused on Florence Nightingale’s influence on the evolution of nursing both historical and contemporary. Please submit two copies of your abstract electronically to by December 1, 2019. Click here for more information.

  • The Big Ten Academic Alliance Nursing Informatics Collaborative kicks off its 2019-20 webinar series with “Nursing Informatics Curriculum in a Changing Health Care Environment: Current Gaps and Practical Updates,” tomorrow, September 19. Click here for more information and to register.

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) and Jonas Philanthropies announce the launch and call for applicants for the new Sigma/Jonas Philanthropies collaborative research grant. The grant will help improve healthcare for the most vulnerable citizens in the United States by supporting the work and research of nurses focusing on the categories of mental health, rural health and veteran healthcare. Applications will be accepted through December 1, 2019. Recipients of three individual $10,000 grants (one per category) will be announced in April 2020, and funding will be awarded on June 1, 2020. Applicants must be registered nurses with a current license and doctoral nurse scholars (earned PhD, DNP, EdD, DNSc, PhD-DNP). Those interested are invited to submit a completed research application packet and signed research agreement via Sigma's online submission system. Apply Online Here

  • The American Cancer Society is offering two scholarships in Cancer Nursing: Doctoral Scholarships in Cancer Nursing (DSCN) and Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice (GSCNP). The grant application deadline is October 15 for DSCN and November 1 for GSCNP. For more information about the scholarships, visit the website here.  

  • The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is holding its annual fall faculty development institute focused on Strengthening Partnerships for IPE and Collaborative Practice on October 2-4, 2019 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Portland, OR. Faculty teams are invited to attend and acquire advanced knowledge and skills to further enhance their existing institutional interprofessional education and collaborative practice programs. Learn more and register here.

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