AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published January 08, 2020

Weekly Digest

In late December 2019, USA Today published a special supplement on Men in Nursing to advocate for more men joining the nursing field as a way to address the nursing shortage and increase gender diversity in the profession. AACN's President and CEO Deborah Trautman contributed an article to this supplement titled Opening the Doors: Bringing More Men into Nursing. Dr. Trautman addresses barriers to entry into nursing, recruitment efforts, and the latest data, which show in increase in men enrolling in nursing education programs.

On January 2, Dr. Lusine Poghosyan, a nursing professor from Columbia University, published a new opinion piece in the Washington Post titled Here's an Easy Way to Increase Access to High-Quality, Affordable Health Care.  In this article, Dr. Poghosyan points to expanding the use of nurse practitioners as the key to giving more Americans access to quality, cost-effective care. The author also calls for removing scope of practice restrictions in some states, which will help to address the shortage of primary care providers.

AACN Updates

AACN Applauds Increased Federal Investments in Nursing Education and Research

Apply Now for the All of Us Mini-Grant Research Program

2020 Student Policy Summit this March: Register Today! 

Call for Comments on CCNE's Proposed Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Practitioner Residency/Fellowship Programs


Register Now for the 2020 CNL Summit      


The Social Pulse

AACN-TV Spotlight: SUNY Plattsburgh Nursing

The State University of New York (SUNY) Plattsburgh offers aspiring RNs the opportunity to work with some of the most dedicated faculty and industry leaders to provide health care to communities in the state and globally.

With a team of dedicated faculty and administrators, a state-of-the-art simulation center with high-fidelity mannequins, an online study abroad program, integrated electronic medical records, and online access to classroom resources, SUNY Plattsburgh prepares the future nursing workforce to lead change at the bedside.

Learn more about the nursing program at SUNY Plattsburgh and explore AACN-TV to see what's happening at schools of nursing nationwide!

#YearoftheNurse: Nursing Named Most Honest and Ethical Profession

According to a new poll from Gallup, nurses maintain the top spot as the most honest and ethical profession. For the 18th year in a row, most Americans say nurses' honesty and ethical standards are "very high" or "high." See the poll and how other professions are ranked here. Share this news on Twitter with the hashtag #YearoftheNurse!


Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Happy Year of the Nurse! Check out our major government affairs and policy achievements of 2019. We look forward to continuing to educate and advocate for nursing education, research, and practice in 2020!


Member News & Announcements

  • The Health Resources & Services Administration has awarded full “Federally-Qualified Health Center” status to The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Total Health and Wellness Center, a nurse practitioner-led comprehensive primary care health center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center East Hospital. The designation recognizes community-based healthcare providers who deliver primary care services in underserved populations. Read more >> 
  • A team of nurse researchers from Washington State University (WSU) left for Thailand on January 1 to join Thai colleagues in looking at the unique care provided to cancer patients at Arokhayasala Khampramong Temple, which offers traditional and complementary interventions and palliative care for cancer patients. It’s the latest in a series of exchanges between the WSU College of Nursing and nursing faculty at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand’s oldest and most prestigious university. The two schools signed a memorandum of understanding in 2016 to encourage research and educational collaboration. Read more >>