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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 23, 2019

Rounds with Leadership: A Legacy of Risks and Rewards


Thank you to all the deans, associate deans, and special guests who joined us in Washington, DC this week to celebrate our 50th Anniversary!  We will never forget the energy, enthusiasm, and joy that permeated all of our anniversary celebrations and events. 
The last 50 years truly have been transformative for all stakeholders engaged in health care, higher education, and academic nursing. As patient care expectations and healthcare delivery models continue to evolve, nurse educators must also think differently about how we prepare the next generation of professional nurses.
In March 2019, the Board of Directors endorsed AACN's Vision for Academic Nursing, which will help steer schools of nursing through the challenges that lie ahead. This forward-focused document explores overarching considerations and future goals related to meeting the needs of a dynamic, global society and a diverse patient population. AACN's vision for nursing education is derived in part from a review of current trends and relevant assumptions regarding registered nurse preparation and practice. Recommendations address education pathways, curricular frameworks, resource needs, and learning methodologies to move nursing towards a preferred future. The recommendations in the white paper are aspirational and provide a pathway for nursing education to move forward over time.


Weekly Digest

In the October 2019 issue of American Nurse Today, Dr. Debra A. Hrelic from the University of North Carolina Wilmington published a new article titled RN-to-BSN: Why and How? The author details the research linking baccalaureate-prepared nurses to better outcomes, explains why these clinicians are preferred by nursing administrators and patients, and describes the opportunities and challenges facing RNs looking to advance their education.

In the October 2019 issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration, Dr. Rhonda Maneval and colleagues from Pace University's Lienhard School of Nursing, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Westchester Medical Center authored a new article on A Collaborative Academic-Practice Approach to Meeting Educational and Workforce Needs. Building on recommendations in AACN's Vision for Academic Nursing and guidelines developed by the AACN-AONL Steering Committee, the authors explore how they structured a successful academic-practice partnership to support Pace's baccalaureate nursing program.

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 1988

President Geraldene Felton (far right, University of Iowa) presents Emeritus Membership medallions to (left to right) Jean Milligan (University of Vermont), Marion Schrum (University of Wyoming), and Elizabeth Grossman (Indiana University). Emeritus Membership is conferred at the discretion of the Board of Directors on those institutional representatives who have retired from the deanship and upon whom the honorary title Emeritus has been conferred by their respective institution.

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

AACN Updates

Enjoy the Scenes from AACN's Celebration of 50 Years at the Library of Congress

AACN Announces Foundation for Academic Nursing

To celebrate 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, NursingNow launched the Nightingale Challenge to equip and empower the next generation of nurses and midwives as leaders, practitioners, and advocates in health. The Nightingale Challenge asks every health employer around the world to provide leadership and development training for a group of their young nurses and midwives during 2020. Watch this video to learn more and spread the word by tweeting with the hashtag #NightingaleChallenge.

Share Your Gratitude on Public Health Thank You Day

Public health heroes are fighting to keep us healthy every day. On Monday, November 25, 2019, Research!America will launch Public Health Thank You Day. Research!America invites organizations and individuals to participate in this special day aimed at thanking dedicated public health professionals. To join this effort, use the organization's social media tool kit to schedule a social media post for Monday, November 25 using the hashtag #PHTYD 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN Members advocate for nursing education & workforce issues during the 2019 Capitol Hill Day; Representative Underwood makes a historic proclamation in honor of AACN's 50th Anniversary; and Dr. Sally Cohen from NYU receives the 2019 Lois Capps Policy Luminary Award.

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