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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 16, 2019

Weekly Digest

On October 8, healthcare writer Heather Stringer posted a new article to the blog titled Nurses Target Health Disparities to Enact Social Change. The author details efforts underway to shape the National Academy of Medicine's (NAM) upcoming report on the Future of Nursing: 2020-2030, including town hall meetings held this past summer in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Seattle. Dr. Susan Hassmiller, a NAM scholar-in-residence, is quoted: "Research has shown that social determinants of health such as education status, access to health care, social connectedness, and food and housing insecurity can all affect an individual's health and well-being. During the town hall meetings, we were trying to uncover what the nurse's role would be in addressing health equity and these determinants of 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 2000

With initial funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AACN launches the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) in partnership with the City of Hope. Since its inception, ELNEC—a national education initiative to improve palliative care—has seen over 24,500 nurses and other healthcare professionals participate in the project's training. These trainers, in turn, have educated more than 735,000 care providers worldwide. For the past 16 years, Pam Malloy (seen here, top left, in Kenya) has been ELNEC's able Director and Co-Investigator. As she gets set to retire at the end of this year, AACN congratulates Pam for her remarkable impact on international nursing education and practice. 


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

AACN Updates

AACN Set to Celebrate 50th Anniversary this Weekend in Washington, DC

New Members Selected for AACN's Health Policy Advisory Council

AACN is a participant in Health Professions Week, an exciting week-long event for high school and college students interested in learning more about careers in the health professions. As the 2019 event draws near, we encourage deans and faculty to share with their networks and tweet with the hashtag #HPW2019 to spread the word. 

Campaign for Action Highlights the Role of Collaboration in Achieving Nursing Workforce Diversity

Evidence from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that minority and non-English-speaking patients tend to receive better care when treated by health care providers who share their ethnic or racial identity. To improve health equity, many nurse leaders are teaming up with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to create strong mentoring programs that will bring more racial and ethnic minorities into nursing. Learn more by reading the latest article from the Campaign for Action. 

WW-4-10-19.pngWashington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: The House Education and Labor Committee's bill reauthorizing the Higher Education Act invests in student financial aid and HBCUs; Submit your proposal for NIDA-AACN Mentored Training Award in SUD treatment by November 4; Get involved in AACN's Fall Capitol Hill Day and Congressional Reception on October 21; and registration for AACN's 2020 Student Policy Summit is now open!


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New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • The application cycle for the 2020-2021 Paul Ambrose Scholars Program is now open. The deadline to submit applications is December 2, 2019. The Ambrose program prepares public health and clinical health professions students to promote change and be leaders in addressing population health challenges at the national and community level. Students commit their time and effort to improve health within their communities through the planning and implementation of a community-based project. 

  • Elsevier's Researcher Academy provides free access to countless e-learning resources designed to support researchers on every step of their research journey, including the fundamentals of peer review. You can browse their extensive module catalogue to uncover a world of knowledge and earn certificates and rewards as you progress.

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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