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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 11, 2019

Weekly Digest

In the December 2019 Journal of Nursing Administration, Drs. Judy Beal and Deborah Zimmerman, who serve as co-chairs of the AACN-AONL Advisory Committee, published an article on Academic-Practice Partnerships: Update on the National Initiative. The authors detail how AACN and our colleagues at the American Organization for Nursing Leadership have been working together since 2010 to address how academic-practice partnerships can advance the profession by preparing a well-educated workforce. Updates on the joint advisory committee's work to unite practice and academia around priority issues are outlined.

In the December 6 issue of Inside Higher Ed, reporter Colleen Flaherty contributed a new article on Academic Diversity Officers, which details the work underway at the University of Michigan to deploy dedicated diversity officers to each of the school's academic and administrative units. The article includes findings from a study conducted by Michigan's National Center for Institutional Diversity, which identifies the special skills required by academic diversity officers and features recommendations for academic deans looking to adopt this model to promote diversity and inclusion.

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 1986

In summer 1986, Jennifer Ahearn (shown here in 2006) is hired at AACN headquarters in Washington, DC. As the association grew, Jennifer rose up the ranks and has been a key part of AACN's executive leadership team as Chief Operating Officer. Jennifer is the longest-tenured employee in AACN's 50 years. She has been integral to the success of the organization since her first day on the job. 


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

AACN Updates

AACN Awards 2019 NIDA Award to DNP Student Monjama Korngor

New AACN-CDC Public Health Fellowship in Immunization Resources for Master-Level Nurses

AACN Mourns the Loss of Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan

The Opioid Learning Institute, led by HealthHIV, is a comprehensive educational initiative with a mission to educate Washington, DC prescribers, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. AACN members can explore the organization's free continuing education curriculum, which covers topics related to opioid prescribing practices, the prevention and treatment of opioid use disorder, harm reduction approaches, and more. 

Spring 2020 IPEC Institute: Build Effective Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Practice

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will hold its next Institute on May 19-21, 2020, at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Learning Center located at 655 K St, NW, Washington, DC 20001. The Spring 2020 IPEC Institute is returning to the popular theme of building interprofessional education for collaborative practice (IPECP). Learn more and share information about the institute with your colleagues on Twitter by using this tweet and including the hashtag #IPECSpring20

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN reiterates funding requests to appropriators; honoring the 25th anniversary of the Student Aid Alliance; and Non-Opioid Choice advocates solutions at Voices Summit. 

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New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • The University of California, Davis has received a $37.5 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to launch the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship Program for Nurse Leaders and Innovators at the university's Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. The new fellowship program recognizes early-career nursing scholars and innovators with high potential to accelerate leadership in nursing-science research, practice, education, policy, and entrepreneurship. Read more >> 

  • Kent State University's College of Nursing has received a three-year, $165,000 grant from Peg's Foundation, (formerly the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation), a private grant-making foundation that supports mental health programs in Northeast Ohio. The grant will continue the Peg's Foundation traineeship program for graduate students pursuing a master's degree in nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Read more >> 

  • Florida Atlantic University's (FAU) Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Cross Country Healthcare, a national leader in providing innovative healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services, have announced a partnership to pursue collaborative research, educational, and training activities of mutual interest that advance the nursing profession. A key objective of the partnership will be to jointly support nurses and their education through FAU's continuing educational programs, scholarships, internships, residency, and research opportunities. Read more >> 

  • The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation has awarded a one-year, $50,000 Hillman Emergent Innovation Program grant to two research faculty from The Ohio State University College of Nursing for their program, "Keto Prescribed: Translating Ketogenic Research into Clinical Practice." Sigma Theta Tau International also has awarded the project a $20,000 American Nurses Credentialing Center Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Grant to fund the initial round of participants. The program explores keto eating, other interventions, and impact on cardiovascular risk for African American women. Read more >> 

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