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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 04, 2019

Weekly Digest

In the November 22, 2019 issue of HealthLeaders, senior nursing editor Jennifer Thew, RN, published a new article titled 3 Ways CNOs Can Improve Workplace Culture. Dissatisfaction with the work environment is one of the most commonly cited reasons that some nurses leave their positions. At the 2019 HealthLeaders CNO Exchange, which convened November 13-15 in Ojai, California, nurse executives from leading hospitals and health systems met to identify ways to positively shape clinical work settings, which included making personal connections with staff, creating mentoring opportunities, and ensuring safe workspaces.
In the November-December 2019 issue of Nursing Outlook, William Rosa from the University of Pennsylvania and Elizabeth Iro from the World Health Organization published a new editorial on The Future of Nursing and the Advancement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The UN is advancing 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) based on five major themes considered essential for long-term human well-being: People, Planet, Peace, Prosperity, and Partnership. Health is a common thread weaved throughout the agenda, which presents opportunities for nursing to be a leader in achieving the SDGs.

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 2009

Members of AACN’s leadership team that launched NursingCAS, the nation’s only centralized application service for nursing programs at all levels, meet with representatives from the RWJF-sponsored New Jersey Nursing Initiative in April 2009, to discuss participation in this new admissions platform. Today, NursingCAS encompasses more than 280 nursing schools and processes more than 125,000 applications each year.


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

AACN Updates

Most are aware of the circumstances that can negatively affect the physical and mental health of those who serve in the military, but until recently, research did not differentiate between men’s and women’s experiences. Learn more about one Army veteran and nurse scientist who has spent her career researching the unique healthcare needs of women in the armed services.

Retired Dean Establishes Nursing Education Consortium Fellowship

During her time as dean of the University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing, Dr. Nancy Ridenour and her late husband understood the opportunities and challenges of nursing education in New Mexico. After retiring from UNM, Dr. Ridenour continues to demonstrate unwavering commitment to nursing education in New Mexico. Learn about her work, including the launch of the Ridenour/Mason New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium Fellowship here

WW-4-10-19.pngWashington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Register for AACN’s December 10 webinar on the NIH All of Us Research Program; Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee announced their call for nominations; and don’t forget to send your students to the AACN’s 2020 Student Policy Summit. Register today.

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Member News & Announcements

  • Dr. Terri Weaver, Dean and Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing and AACN Board Member at Large, recently was named to Crain’s Chicago Business’ 2019 list of Notable Women in Health Care. In choosing her for the honor, Crain’s noted that under Dr. Weaver’s leadership, the college opened a $6.1 million, cutting-edge simulation lab; developed a novel, nurse-managed clinic; and worked with the state Department of Corrections to analyze healthcare at 26 correctional facilities, leading to better care for the incarcerated. Read more >>

  • Dr. Kenneth Dion, Assistant Dean for Business Innovation & Strategic Relationships at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, has been elected President-Elect of Sigma. Starting in 2021, Dion will lead Sigma’s Board of Directors and the greater organization in its mission to develop nurse leaders anywhere to improve health care everywhere. Read more >>

  • At the recent Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) gala held in Washington, DC, Dr. Susan G. Dorsey, Professor and Chair, Department of Pain and Translational Symptom Science, University of Maryland School of Nursing, and co-director of the Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research, University of Maryland, Baltimore, received FNINR’s 2019 Welch/Woerner Path-Paver Award. The award recognizes a mid-to-late career nurse scientist who has achieved one or more breakthroughs in theory development, research methods, instruments, or subject matter that has paved the way for other scientists and who has influenced and mentored the next generation of nurse researchers. Read more >>

  • Dr. Constance Hendricks, Dean of the Tuskegee University School of Nursing & Allied Health, was awarded the Mary Elizabeth Carnegie Award at the Southern Regional Education Board’s Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing annual meeting in November in Atlanta. The award is given by the council to a nurse educator who best exemplifies Carnegie’s quest for excellence in nursing education. Read more>>

  • Eight AACN member schools are recipients of the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. They were among 43 health professions schools selected to receive the honor, which recognizes U.S. nursing, medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. They are featured in the current issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The schools are: Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, The Ohio State University College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, University of Houston College of Nursing, University of Maryland School of Nursing, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, University of Rochester School of Nursing, and University of Virginia School of Nursing. Read more >>

  • Dr. Pam Cipriano, Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia, received the 2019 Gretta Styles Madden Award at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Conference. The award is named for the late professor, dean, and nurse leader Gretta Styles, who was the only nurse to serve as president of the ANCC, International Council of Nurses, American Nurses Association, and  California Board of Registered Nursing. Read more >>

  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing has received the largest gift in its history—$7.5 million—from alumna Sara Croley and her husband, Ross. The purpose of the gift is twofold, with $5.5 million supporting the college’s building renovation and expansion and $2 million establishing the Sara Rosenbalm Croley Endowed Dean’s Chair. Read more>>


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