Published February 19, 2020
Rounds with Leadership: The Year of the Nurse Educator
The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife to celebrate the more than 22 million nurses and 2 million midwives who make up half of the global health workforce (WHO, 2020). These providers are vital to sustaining health and well-being in all communities in which they serve. Beyond raising awareness about nursing's contribution to society, WHO also wants to use this designation to highlight the need for greater investments in the nursing workforce with the goal of ending the ongoing shortage of registered nurses (RNs).
When considering where to invest in nursing to realize the greatest return, AACN strongly encourages stakeholders to focus on faculty. Efforts to address the nursing shortage will fail if we do not have enough nurse educators available to prepare the next generation of care providers and to accommodate all qualified applicants looking to enroll in nursing school.
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In the February 2020 issue of WORLD Views on Evidence-Based Nursing, Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University, published a new editorial titled Burnout, Depression and Suicide in Nurses/Clinicians and Learners: An Urgent Call for Action to Enhance Professional Well-being and Healthcare Safety. In addition to citing the work of the National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience, the author calls for cooperative action to "overcome the multiple barriers that currently exist in our healthcare systems to translate evidence-based interventions rapidly into practice to decrease burnout, depression and stress as well as restore joy, health and well-being in our clinicians and our learners."
On February 6, reporter Cassidy Morrison with the Washington Examiner published an article titled A Shortage of Nurses Made Worse by a Shortage of Nursing-School Teachers. Citing the latest data from AACN, the article provides an overview of some of the federal legislative initiatives aimed at addressing the nurse faculty shortage, including the Nursing Workforce Development programs.
Next AACN Essentials Revision Regional Meeting Set for Atlanta, March 5-6
CCNE Call for Comments on Current Standards for Accreditation of Entry-to-Practice Nurse Residency Programs
Call for 2020 AACN Award Nominations
Lissa McGowan has cared for thousands of babies in her nearly four decades as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Saint Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. In 1986, McGowan cared for David Caldwell, born six weeks early. Thirty-three years later, McGowan coincidentally cares for Caldwell's newborn son in the NICU of the same hospital. Caldwell's son was born 10 weeks early on January 30. Read the full story here.
AACN Celebrates Black History Month
This #BlackHistoryMonth, we honor the countless #nurses of color who have made their mark and transformed the profession. Never forget Estelle Massey Osbourne - the first black nurse in the U.S. to earn a master's degree. Read more here.
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Resolutions honoring the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife are introduced in Congress; AACN's 2020 Student Policy Summit is nearly a month away – register today; and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Patient Engagement Advisory Committee are accepting nominations.
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