AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published January 15, 2020

Weekly Digest

In the December 2019 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education, Associate Editor Teri Murray contributed a new article titled Diversity Matters: Why Don't We See It in the Registered Nurse Workforce? The lack of diversity in nursing education programs contributes to the lack of diversity in the RN workforce. Dr. Murray considers how the social determinants of health impact the applicant pool to nursing schools and how admissions processes are inhibiting diversity. The author highlights holistic admissions review as one evidence-based approach to expanding admissions from students from diverse backgrounds. Click here for more details on AACN's work to advance holistic admission reviews. 

In the January 2020 issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration, a team of academic and practice leaders from the University of Kentucky and Norton Healthcare published a new study titled DNP Practice Improvement Initiative: Staff Nurse Competency Evaluation. This article describes the work underway to  measure the impact of DNP-prepared nurses beyond direct patient care. The DNP graduates who participated in this initiative planned, implemented, and evaluated an assessment of 1,055 staff nurses on shift hand-off, physical assessment, and hand hygiene. Results indicated that 95% of the staff nurses scored 100% on competency assessment

AACN Updates

AACN Announces Regional Meetings for Re-Envisioning of the Essentials

AACN Seeking Foundation Director

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


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The Social Pulse

#YearoftheNurse: NPR Celebrates Nurses with 1a Podcast Feature

The year 2020 is not just the start of a new decade, it also commences the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and marks the bicentenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

Listen to NPR's 1A program discussion on the Year of the Nurse to find out more about this special designation. ANA President Dr. Ernest Grant and past president Dr. Pam Cipriano shared insights on the state of nursing today, the challenges of the profession, and the value of nurses. Spread the word and share on social media with the hashtags #YearoftheNurse and #Nurses2020

Connect with Colleagues on AACN's Social Member Community!

Are you part of the important conversations happening on AACN Connect? Since 2017, the AACN Member Community, AACN Connect, has had hundreds of unique contributors discussing many of the most important issues in nursing education. To join the conversation, log into connect.aacnnursing.org/communities and network with fellow deans, faculty, and staff.


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Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Applications for All of Us Research Mini-Grant Awards are due January 27; the Nurse Faculty Loan Program is accepting applications until February 3; and the FUTURE Act was signed into law on December 18, reauthorizing vital funding for HBCUS and other minority-serving institutions and simplifying FAFSA.


New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have begun a statewide collaborative program called Healthy Me–Healthy SC, created to improve healthcare access and combat health disparities across South Carolina. Read more >> 
  • The University of Virginia's School of Nursing has received a $20 million gift from Joanne and Bill Conway to support the enrollment of more than 1,000 students in its programs over the next decade. The couple's gift—the largest single gift in the school's history—will help enroll and support more nursing students across two undergraduate pathways in particular: students who transfer into the BSN program and RN-to-BSN students. Read more >> 
  • The College of St. Scholastica has received a $2.79 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration and a $1.125 million grant from the St. Paul-based Manitou Fund, the largest public and private grants in the school's history. Both gifts will enhance the educational experiences of St. Scholastica nursing students, making a positive impact on the future of health care in the region. Read more >>
  • The Fairmont State University School of Nursing in West Virginia has received $100,000 from grants and private funders to support the purchase of an advanced pediatric patient simulator, which will provide students with enhanced learning opportunities and realistic real-world experiences. The Maier Foundation, Inc, through a $50,000 grant; the Carl DelSignore Foundation, through a $25,000 grant; and an individual anonymous funder provided the $100,000 needed to purchase the simulator. Read more >>  

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