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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published January 22, 2020

Weekly Digest


In the January 2020 issue of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, a writing team led by Dr. Leanne Boehm from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing published an article titled Implementation Science Training and Resources for Nurses and Nurse Scientists. The authors describe the differences between quality improvement and implementation science, discuss the urgency for nurses and nurse scientists to engage in implementation science, and introduce educational opportunities and resources for those interested in translating evidence into practice.

In the January 20, 2020 issue of Inside Higher Ed, Katherine Newman, interim chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston, discusses her school's unique approach to Incentivizing Faculty Diversity. Dr. Newman argues that the shortage of faculty diversity lies in the clash between the dual desire to both increase diversity and recruit highly specialized professors. The likelihood that faculty from underrepresented groups are in plentiful supply across all specialized areas is slim. UMass Boston employs a strategy that addresses these dual goals: When departments are recruiting a highly specialized professor, they are encouraged to propose a second position for a scholar with related, but not necessarily identical, expertise and seek candidates from underrepresented groups.

AACN Updates

Register Now for Next Month's CNL Summit in San Antonio

Deadline Approaching! Apply Now for a Uniform Advantage-GNSA Scholarship

Don't Miss This Webinar Featuring One Nurse Educator's Unique Community Health Story

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The Social Pulse

World Health Organization Chief Nurse Calls for Global Investment in Nursing

The year 2020 presents a major opportunity to invest in the nursing and midwifery workforce. According to Elizabeth Iro, Chief Nursing Officer of the World Health Organization, this year also offers a chance to push for political action to head off a global shortage of nurses predicted to reach 9 million by 2030. Gain insights and learn more by reading this article.

Webinar: How Chief Academic Officers Plan to Address Key Challenges in Higher Education

How are chief academic officers addressing the challenges facing higher education institutions in the U.S.? Mark your calendar and register for Inside Higher Ed's upcoming webinar on Tuesday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. (ET). Participants will learn how chief academic officers assess the "academic health" of their institution, the institutional practices that leaders plan to change, and more. Register here.

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Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Only two months left until AACN's 2020 Student Policy Summit – register today; the All of Us Research Mini-Grant Program's application period closes January 27; AACN attends the CDC's Active People, Healthy Nation initiative.


Opportunities & Resources to Consider

  • The Commission on Nurse Certification is now 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. Review the requirements and submit your application today! 

  • SBIRT and Sexual & Gender Minority Youth is a webinar that provides an overview of the unique needs and challenges sexual and gender minority youth experience, discusses health disparities associated with alcohol and substance use, and reviews strategies for integrating adolescent screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) appropriately into care. The webinar will take place January 23, 1-2 pm ET.

  • The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for their 2020 Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program. This program promotes diversity among the health professions by providing awards to eligible health professions and nursing schools, for schools to provide scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have a demonstrated financial need and are enrolled full-time in a health profession program or nursing program. Participating schools are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, making reasonable determinations of need, and providing scholarships that do not exceed the allowable costs. The application cycle closes on March 3.

  • The Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators is a national program to develop the next generation of nurse leaders and innovators. The program recognizes and advances early-career nursing scholars and innovators with high potential to accelerate leadership in nursing-science research, practice, education, policy, and entrepreneurship. This fellowship positions nurse scholars to be full partners in improving health care delivery and advancing health by developing skills and confidence in leadership and innovation. Applications are open for the inaugural 2020 cohort of approximately 10 nurse fellows from eligible institutions. Applications and all required materials must be submitted by 5 pm (PST) February 28 for full consideration.

  • The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Award showcases interprofessional efforts to positively impact community health. The award committee is looking for teams of health-professional, school-based collaborators working on IPE projects that establish a relationship between interprofessional practice and patient/health outcomes (community practice, public health education, and/or research). Health professions students and faculty are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is February 3.

  • The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the 2020 Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships (NAT) program. This funding opportunity will allow eligible institutions to cover the costs of nurse anesthesia programs for individuals. The NAT program will increase the number of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists to provide care to underserved populations. Eligible applicants include schools of nursing, nursing centers, and academic health centers. The application cycle closes on March 6, 2020.

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