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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 09, 2019

Weekly Digest

On October 8, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education released an evaluation report on its groundbreaking Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice Initiative. This two-year project focused on designing models of interprofessional community-based education and practice, using a standardized approach across 16 sites, advanced practice nurse-led health teams, community partners, and broad engagement with students. This initiative demonstrated that new models of academic-community partnerships can impact patient's health status, improve provider satisfaction, and potentially reduce the cost of health care.

On October 8, the Council of Graduate Schools released a new report titled Graduate Enrollment and Degrees: 2008 to 2018, which presents statistics on trends in graduate applications and enrollment by all fields. Based on responses from 589 institutions, this year's survey found that graduate enrollments increased overall (2.1%) in Fall 2018 with sharper increasing in first-time enrollment rates for students from minority backgrounds, including Hispanic/Latino (6.8%), Black/African American (3.5%), Asians/Pacific Islander (6.2%), and American Indian/Alaska Native (8.3%) graduate students.

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 2010

During AACN's Spring Annual Meeting, members from Georgia schools visit Capitol Hill and meet with Rep. John Lewis (D-GA, center). By building relationships within Congress and the Administration, AACN members help to establish the critical role nurses play in achieving quality, cost-effective health care for our nation.


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

AACN Updates

AACN and NIDA Announce Funding Opportunity through a Grant on Substance User Disorders Treatment

Rep. Donna Shalala to Present Opening Remarks at 50th Anniversary Gala

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pneumonia is the number one hospital-acquired infection in America, with the largest cause of pneumonia stemming from bacteria originating from the patient's own mouth. After learning about the relationship between poor dental hygiene and hospital-acquired pneumonia, a nurse researcher at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center recognized the need to bring a program focused on consistent oral care to the VA healthcare system. Learn more about this innovative program here

Fight the Stigma During Mental Health Awareness Week: October 6-12

Millions of people in the U.S. are affected by mental illness each year. In fact, 19% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2018 and people with depression have a 40% higher risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases than the general population.

As we observe Mental Health Awareness Week, we encourage AACN members to help raise awareness of mental illness and fight the stigma. To help spread the word, use the resource toolkit provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness and tweet with the hashtag #WhyCare on social media. 

WW-4-10-19.pngWashington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: President Trump signs Executive Order to protect and improve Medicare; ask your Members of Congress to cosponsor and pass Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization; and registration opens Monday, October 14 for AACN's 2020 Student Policy Summit!

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a $2.79 million grant to East Carolina University's College of Nursing. The grant will allow the school to create the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Academic-Clinical Practice Collaborative, which will bring together students from three APRN concentrations to learn first-hand about the healthcare needs in areas that have the least access to care and a high prevalence of farmers, fishers, and loggers who face different occupational hazards. Read more >> 

  • The University of South Alabama College of Nursing has received a $1.3 million HRSA grant to recruit and train psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, students, nurse professionals, and other professionals. Funding will be used to support opioid and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery services in high-need areas in this region. Read more >> 

  • Through a four-year, $2.8 million HRSA grant, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing is advancing nurse practitioner education to expand the preparation of primary care NPs. The grant is tailored to serving persons in rural and underserved communities. Read more >>   

  • Humboldt State University's (HSU) RN-to-BSN Nursing program has received a $300,000 grant from the Orvamae Emmerson Endowment Fund of the Humboldt Area Foundation. The grant will support HSU's nursing program, which is designed to address a severe local shortage of nurses and to meet the specific needs of the region's rural communities. 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