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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published February 12, 2020

Weekly Digest

On January 31, Phoebe Ann Pollitt, an associate professor of nursing at Appalachian State University, launched Minority Nurse magazine's new Nurses in Congress series with a brief biographical sketch of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. A trailblazer for nurses in the federal policy arena, Johnson became the first nurse to win a national office in 1993 when she was elected to serve the 30th Congressional District of Texas in the United States House of Representatives. Twenty-six years later, she continues to serve her district.

On January 21, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs issued a new white paper on the Scholarly Work for Practice Doctorate Nurse Anesthesia Programs: Current State and Guidance. The content focuses on CRNA faculty oversight of scholarly work, titling, key elements of the scholarly work, evaluation, and dissemination. The document features common areas of discussion, including team projects, academic portfolios, original research, and scholarly project resources, as well as a review of the scholarly work requirements of 18 other practice doctorates in health-related professions.

February is #BlackHistoryMonth and, in recognition, we are highlighting notable nurses of color who have made a tremendous impact in nursing education and the profession. Be sure to follow @AACNursing on Twitter to see a featured nurse each Friday! In the first week of February, we highlighted Jessie Sleet Scales - a pioneer in culturally sensitive care, and the first black public health nurse.

Johnson & Johnson Teams with the ANA to Launch Nurse-Focused Podcast Series

Johnson & Johnson, together with the American Nurses Association, has launched SEE YOU NOW, a podcast series that shines a light on innovative and human-centered solutions driven by nurses who are addressing today's most challenging healthcare problems. The podcast offers direct access to meaningful conversations with nurses at the forefront of health care and innovation. Learn more and hear the first episodes here. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: President Trump's FY 2021 budget includes significant cuts to nursing workforce, education, and research; AACN presents faculty shortage data to NACNEP; ACS congressional briefing examines Medicaid expansion; and BPC Future of Health Care leaders prescribe healthcare reform.



New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • Dr. Lorraine Robbins, Associate Professor at Michigan State University College of Nursing, is launching a three-part intervention project called Guys/Girls Opt for Activities for Life thanks to a five-year, $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The project aims to fight the growing childhood obesity epidemic. Read more >>
  • Marquette University's College of Nursing has received a $675,000 grant from The Helene Fuld Health Trust to support the College's direct-entry nursing program. The program is designed for graduates who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing. The curriculum will facilitate graduate nursing education and accommodate adult learners. In addition, the College received monetary gifts from two former nursing alumna to support scholarships. Read more >>

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