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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 02, 2019

Weekly Digest

In the September/October 2019 issue of AACN's scholarly publication, the Journal of Professional Nursing, the following articles are featured among the current contributions:

In the article Mentoring in Research-focused Doctoral Nursing Programs and Student Perceptions of Career Readiness in the United States, a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, University of Pittsburgh, Towson University, and Harvard Medical School conducted a nationwide survey of PhD students to assess the contributions of mentoring to doctoral nursing student success. The researchers underscore the need for faculty-to-doctoral student ratios that optimize advising and mentoring in addition to encouraging schools to provide mentoring guidelines and training for faculty.

Nurses need governance knowledge and competencies to effectively serve on boards and influence organizational policies that will improve care outcomes and promote health. In the article Governance Education for Nurses: Preparing Nurses for the Future, faculty from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, University of Virginia, and University of Kentucky describe strategies for incorporating governance competencies into nursing curricula across all education levels.

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 1993

Executive Director Polly Bednash (left) attends a reception at the office of Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala as the Secretary (seated) signs the administrative order giving official public notice of the creation of the National Institute of Nursing Research. In attendance with Dr. Bednash are ANA Interim Director Linda Shinn, AAN Executive Director Janet Heinrich, and NINR Director Ada Sue Hinshaw.


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

AACN Updates

Call for Nominations for 2020 CNL Educator and CNL Vanguard Awards

Cast Your Vote for AACN's President and CEO Deborah Trautman in Modern Healthcare's Ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, October 8 on the Harder+Company Community Research evaluation report of the National Center's Accelerating Interprofessional Community-based Education and Practice Initiative. The initative, a large implementation study involving 16 sites across the nation, addressed social determinants of health and developed education-community partnerships that benefit students, people needing care and their families, care providers, community leaders and agencies, and education and health care systems. Learn more and register here. 

Research Indicates Board Experience Help More Women Become CEOs

While women have influence in health care, they represent only a small portion of the C-Suite—especially in healthcare. New research from Georgetown's McDonough School of Business suggests that corporate board experience is helping women on the path to becoming CEO. Read the story here. 

WW-4-10-19.pngWashington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: President Trump signs continuing resolution to extend government funding; Senator Alexander introduces higher education reauthorization package; and the NIH invested $945 million in opioid research though the NIH HEAL Initiative. 

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Member News & Announcements

  • Dr. Judy Didion, professor and dean of Oakland University’s School of Nursing, has been named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2019 list of Notable Women in Education Leadership. Along with other honorees, she is featured in a special section of Crain’s September 23 online and print issue. Dr. Didion is a mentor in AACN’s MentorLINK program and a member of the Organizational Leadership Network.    

  • Sr. Rosemary Donley, Professor at Duquesne University, is one of eight women honored by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf as a 2019 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. Sr. Rosemary and the other honorees were recognized at a special luncheon on September 25 at the governor's residence. Read more >>

  • The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing has received a $1 million gift from Juanita and Philp Francis to create the Nita & Phil Francis Family Birthing Suite within the college’s new simulation laboratory. The 15,000-sq-ft facility will be among the largest and most cutting-edge sim labs in any U.S. nursing school. Read more >>

  • The University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing has been gifted $1 million by the McMurry Foundation to support mental health education and outreach. The gift will be instrumental in creating new resources for the school and the state. Read more >>

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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