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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published November 13, 2019

Weekly Digest

In the November 2019 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education, Dr. Lisa Rosenberg from the Rush University College of Nursing published A Practical Guide for Implementing a Holistic Admissions Review. Aimed at helping nursing schools bring greater diversity to the student population, this article discusses critical elements that must be addressed during the development and implementation of a holistic admissions review, including the creation and use of a scoring rubric to assess an applicant's experiences, attributes, and other key metrics. AACN also has developed a tool kit (with expert guidance from Dr. Rosenberg) to help facilitate the use of holistic admission review by member schools.

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 1985

Senator Robert Stafford of Vermont poses with three members of AACN's leadership at a Capitol Hill reception: (left to right) Government Affairs Chair Dorothy DeMaio (Rutgers University), President-Elect Jeanette Spero (University of Cincinnati), and President Linda Amos (University of Utah). 


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

AACN Updates

Boost Your Leadership Capacity with the AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program

Attending AACN's Baccalaureate Education Conference? Don't Miss this Lunch Workshop

Navigate Committee Appointments and Nominations - Join the Next AACN Webinar

Recap: AACN and NursingCAS Host Successful "Discover Nursing Fair"        

The Social Pulse

#FightFlu: American Lung Association Continues MyShot Flu Awareness Campaign

The American Lung Association announced the continuation of its flu awareness campaign MyShot for a second year. The campaign highlights the dangers of influenza for people 50 years of age and older and particularly for people with one or more chronic health conditions. MyShot features personal stories of adults 50 years of age and older from various walks of life discussing their firsthand experiences with the flu and why they prioritize getting vaccinated. 

Explore the MyShot website and see patient videos, subscribe to the MyAlert feature (which notifies users of rising flu activity in nearby areas), and access social media resources to help spread the word. Tweet with hashtags #FightFlu and #IGotMyShot

Countdown to Health Professions Week: November 16-21

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. The 2019 event is rapidly approaching! From virtual career fairs to financial literacy e-workshops, this can't-miss event offers a variety of opportunities for skill building, personal development, and relationship building with prospective employers and colleagues. We encourage deans and faculty to share information about this event with their networks and tweet with the hashtag #HPW2019 to spread the word. 

WW-4-10-19.pngWashington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Dr. Nancy Fahrenwald provides testimony before the House Committee on Small Business; Students explore careers in the health professions; and 2020 Student Policy Summit registration is open. 

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) School of Nursing's DNP Program has received a 4-year, $2.7 million grant to increase the number of nurse practitioner (NP) students educated to provide high-quality primary care to rural and underserved populations. The project—2019 FGCU Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program—is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). NP students will receive specialized education through an innovative academic-practice partnership between FGCU and Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida. Read more >>

  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has received two HRSA awards totaling more than $5 million to increase the number of nurse practitioners working in rural and underserved communities where there are not enough primary care providers. In response to the growing need for mental health services, both awarded programs will have a psychiatric/mental health component that integrates behavioral health into the primary care setting. Read more >>

  • The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing has received a four-year, $1.67 million grant from HRSA to launch a residency program for recently graduated nurse practitioners in rural and underserved areas. Residents will learn skills for working with primary care patients as well as medically complex and socially vulnerable patients and their families. Read more >>

  • Dr. Carolyn Montoya, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at The University of New Mexico College of Nursing, was awarded a four-year $2.5 million grant from HRSA's Advanced Nursing Education Workforce program, a continuation of her $1.5 million grant awarded in 2017. Funding will be used to provide special training and support to nurse practitioner and nurse midwifery students, plus $15,000 toward their education. The current grant will provide financial support to approximately 90 students over four years. Read more >>

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing has received a three-year, $1.13 million grant from HRSA to partner with the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Social Work to prepare more nurse practitioners and social workers to provide high-quality interprofessional care for opioid use disorder. Read more >>

  • The University of Rochester (UR) School of Nursing announced that it has entered into an early acceptance agreement with St. Lawrence University. The agreement allows St. Lawrence students to apply for early acceptance to the UR School of Nursing's Accelerated Bachelor's Program for Non-Nurses during their junior year and receive notification of their admission status by the end of the summer following their junior year. Upon graduating with a baccalaureate degree from St. Lawrence, accepted students will continue their studies at the UR School of Nursing, where they can earn their BSN in 12 months. Read more >>


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