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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published January 29, 2020

Rounds with Leadership: A 2020 View of the Nursing Workforce


2020 is clearly a year of high expectations for all of us in the nursing profession. For starters, the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. WHO and its partner organizations, which include the International Confederation of Midwives, International Council of Nurses, Nursing Now, and the United Nations Population Fund, have launched a year-long celebration of the pivotal role nurses play in sustaining global health. Watch for multiple special events this year spotlighting nurses and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

In addition, 2020 is the target year for achieving the recommendations put forth in the Institute of Medicine's landmark Future of Nursing report, which was released 10 years ago. The expert committee that produced this report made two recommendations of special interest to nurse educators: increase the number of baccalaureate prepared nurses in the workforce to 80% and double the number of nurses with doctoral degrees.  Now that 2020 is here, we have much to celebrate.


Weekly Digest


In the November-December 2019 issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing, Editor Patricia Morton discusses Trends in Higher Education and Recommendations for Nurse Educators. In this editorial, Dr. Morton focuses on student demographics, mental health issues, enrollment trends, delivery modes of education, lifelong education and stackable credentials, demands for employment-ready graduates, higher education workforce issues, and technology. These numerous trends impact not only higher education in general, but also nursing education.

In her editorial in the January-February 2020 issue of Nurse Educator, Dr. Marilyn Oermann, Professor at Duke University School of Nursing, discusses five easy strategies for Developing Your Career as a Nurse Educator. In her editorial, Dr. Oermann elaborates on: being strategic about career development; finding a mentor and a sponsor; letting your job work for you; looking over your workload to reserve time for scholarship; and taking care of yourself. 

AACN Updates

AACN Partners with Scrubin Uniforms to Offer Customized and Discounted Services

Join over 400 Chief Academic Nursing Officers in Washington, DC for the 2020 Deans Annual Meeting

CCNE Seeks Applicants to Serve as On-Site Evaluators for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs

Learn more about AACN's GNAP Conference        AACN's Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing Program - Learn More

Early in 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that 2020 would be the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. WHO plans to release an array of programs and reports this year to celebrate nurses and support the profession. Read this article and see six reasons why 2020 is the Year of the Nurse.

Explore the National Academy of Medicine's Case Studies on Clinician Well-Being

The National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience recently released clinician well-being case studies highlighting organizational initiatives that have demonstrated success in supporting well-being and reducing burnout among practicing clinicians, trainees, and/or students. Read the case studies and discover how other organizations are working to address challenges that you may face at your institution.  

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN comments on CMS request for scope of practice feedback; HRSA is accepting 2020 Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships Program applications through March 6; GAO releases report on barriers to opioid use disorder treatments; and Student Policy Summit registration is filling up – reserve your spot today!


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Don't Miss AACN's Essentials Revision Regional Meetings

AACN is hosting four regional meetings to collect feedback from our members and stakeholders. At these events, the Essentials Task Force will share key elements of the Essentials, which are used to shape the development of undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, including domains, domain descriptors, competencies, and sub-competencies. 

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San Antonio, TX
February 17-18, 2020
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Atlanta, GA
March 5-6, 2020
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Important Note: These regional meetings will focus on the Essentials related to Entry into Professional Nursing Practice. Two additional regional meetings will be announced in the spring and will focus on Advanced Professional Nursing Practice.

Additional Opportunities to Provide Feedback

Regional meetings focused on Advanced Professional Nursing Practice will be announced later this Spring. For a listing of other upcoming opportunities to provide feedback on the Essentialsclick here.


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