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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 25, 2019

Rounds with Leadership: A Legacy of Risks and Rewards


For our 20th anniversary in 1989, AACN published The Vision and The Reality, an anthology of the association's history up to that point, which featured an exploration of the opportunities and challenges facing the fledgling organization. In this document, author Shirley H. Fondiller highlights some key cultural issues impacting society at the time of AACN's founding: health care as a top political issue, the rise of the women's liberation movement, and a surge in political activism. For nurse educators, the focus was on maintaining quality standards in baccalaureate and graduate programs, building bridges with associate degree programs, and preparing nurses for expanding clinical roles. It's interesting to see how 50 years later, the country's cultural, political, and educational landscape is still being shaped by these issues.

Dr. Fondiller writes that the organization's mission was "to advance the quality of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, promote nursing research, and provide for the development of academic leaders." To this day, these foci remain relevant to AACN. Though it is necessary to evolve and advance as an organization, it is also important to look back and remember the risk-taking and ingenuity that propelled AACN forward.


Weekly Digest

Published September 24, 2019 in the Online Learning Journal, Drs. Susan Taft, Karen Kesten, and Majeda El-Banna present the results of a new study titled One Size Does Not Fit All: Toward an Evidence-Based Framework for Determining Online Course Enrollment Sizes in Higher Education. The authors review the latest research related to online course enrollments and propose an analytical framework for determining class sizes. Findings show that large class sizes (40+ students) are effective for foundational and factual knowledge acquisition, while smaller class sizes (up to 15 students) are more effective for the mastery of complex knowledge and student skill development.

Earlier today, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a new report on Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care: Moving Upstream to Improve the Nation's Health. The report was compiled from the deliberations of an expert committee convened to examine the potential for integrating services addressing social needs and the social determinants of health into the U.S. healthcare system. Dr. Diana Mason from the George Washington University Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement represented nursing on the NASEM committee.

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 1980

At the 1980 Spring Annual Meeting, new AACN President Rose Marie Chioni (left, University of Virginia) receives the presidential gavel from outgoing President Eloise Lewis (University of North Carolina at Greensboro). In later years, both Dr. Lewis and Dr. Chioni would be honored by AACN membership for their significant service and contributions to the association and nursing education.

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

AACN Updates

Important Program Change for NCLEX Session at AACN's Academic Nursing Leadership Conference

Opportunities for Member Feedback and Engagement on AACN Essentials

The Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education is hosting a workshop to explore how health professions education and practice organizations and programs are currently addressing social determinants that contribute to mental health disparities across the lifespan. Register to attend this workshop and discover how disparities can affect the mental health and well-being of patients, families, communities, and care providers across the learning continuum. If you are unable to attend, the event will be livestreamed here

TIME'S UP Healthcare: Help Address Harassment and Inequality in Health Care

Schools of nursing are encouraged to consider signing on to support TIME'S UP Healthcare, a campaign aimed at combatting sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the healthcare workplace. Organizations that work with TIME'S UP Healthcare will be recognized for their commitment to advancing equity and inclusion and engage in a nationwide community of those who are placing a high priority on achieving a safer, more respectful, more equitable workplace culture. Learn how you can make a difference here, and spread the word on social media.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Senate releases FY 2020 LHHS-ED Appropriation Bill with increases to nursing workforce and research; AACN participates in the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day; and AACN attends Congressional briefing discussing human trafficking and ways to bring awareness to health care providers.

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

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