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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 18, 2019


The next edition of News Watch will be published on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

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Weekly Digest

In the November 2019 issue of American Nurse Today, reporter Susan Trossman examines one of the nursing profession's most pressing issues in an article titled The Need to Feed the Pipeline: Looking at Challenges and Solutions to Increasing Nurse Faculty. The article reviews the latest data related to the faculty shortage and offers insights and solutions to rebuilding the faculty workforce and advancing nursing science.  AACN's President and CEO Deborah Trautman is featured in this piece along with Dean Laurie Lauzon Clabo from Wayne State University College of Nursing, Dean John McFadden from Barry University College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and other authorities. 

On December 16, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center issued its latest report on Current Term Enrollment Estimates, which reports on enrollment trends in postsecondary academic institutions. In fall 2019, overall enrollments decreased 1.3% (or more than 231,000 students) from the previous fall to 17.9 million students. The report includes national enrollment estimates by institutional sector, enrollment intensity, age group, gender, and major field as well as state-level enrollment estimates. 

AACN Celebrates 50 Years - A Look Back at 2019

AACN caps off its 50th anniversary year with a grand gala at the historic Library of Congress, with more than 400 guests in attendance and featuring guest speakers Representative Donna Shalala and Richard Levin, President and CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Photos from the unforgettable evening can be found here. A link to Dr. Levin's full remarks can be found here.

We would like to thank all our members for making the year-long celebration of AACN's first 50 years a great success. We look forward to the next 50 years! Happy Holidays! 


Learn more about AACN on social media, and see more historic photos on AACN's 50th Anniversary website

AACN Updates

Drs. Freeman Hrabowski and Daniel Pesut Will Be Featured Speakers at Doctoral Education Conference

Register for the Exclusive Members-Only Webinar on AACN Leadership Opportunities

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The Social Pulse

Campaign for Action Showcases Nursing Contribution to Oral Health Integration

Dental disease contributes to an array of systemic conditions. Nurses can make an impact by integrating oral health guidance into comprehensive health services. Read this article and discover resources on providing mouth care to patients with dementia.

Nurses Encouraged to Participate in Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge Series

Together with the Oncology Nursing Society, Johnson & Johnson recently announced the Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Oncology. Nurses are invited to submit their innovative ideas aimed at improving oncology care – including but not limited to prevention, early detection, treatment, and care for cancer survivors. The deadline to apply is February 7, 2020 at midnight PST. To learn more about the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge series, view previous awardees, and apply, visit the website here. Spread the word on social media by retweeting this tweet

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Congress unveils year-end minibus spending bills, which include funding for a number of AACN's top priorities.

Opportunities & Resources to Consider

  • The Commission on Nurse Certification is accepting applications for available positions on the CNC Board of Commissioners (CNCBOC), Marketing Committee, and Item Writing Committee. CNCBOC and Item Writing Committee positions require a three-year commitment. Service to the Marketing Committee is a two-year appointment. The submission deadline is February 28, 2020. Review the requirements and submit your application today! 
  • The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. The program has been shaping careers and changing the lives of premedical and predental college students for 30 years. Now, other health careers, including nursing, are part of the program. Application deadline is February 5, 2020.
  • The Macy Faculty Scholars Program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators and future leaders in medicine and nursing. Macy Faculty Scholars receive up to $200,000 of salary support over two years to implement a new educational innovation in their home institutions. They also participate in a program of career development activities that helps prepare them for leadership roles. Application deadline is February 5, 2020.

  • The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Program (IPCP): Behavioral Health Integration (BHI). The fiscal year 2020 application cycle opened on December 4 and closes on February 19, 2020 in The purpose of this program is to increase the access to and quality of behavioral health services through team-based care models in interprofessional nurse-led primary care teams in rural or underserved areas.

  • The QSEN International Forum is calling for abstracts for presentations or posters that describe innovative projects or research related to healthcare education or practice focused on quality and safety. The QSEN International Forum is the conference for nurses in academia and practice who want to improve the quality of healthcare across the continuum of care. Abstract submissions are due January 15, 2020. View call for abstracts.

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