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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 04, 2020

Weekly Digest

In the February 2020 issue of Health Affairs, Drs. David Auerbach, Peter Buerhaus, and Douglas Staiger published the results of a new study on the primary care workforce titled Implications of the Rapid Growth of the Nurse Practitioner Workforce in the US. Concerns about physician shortages have led policy makers in the US to advocate for the greater use of nurse practitioners (NPs). The authors examine recent changes in demographic, employment, and earnings characteristics of NPs and the implications of those changes, including the impact of the loss of registered nurses to the NP workforce.

Bonnie and Mark Barnes, the co-founders of The DAISY Foundation, have published a new book about the origins, vision, and reach of their philanthropy titled Shining the Light on All the Right: Celebrating the Art of Nursing Around the World. Written to commemorate the 20th anniversary of DAISY's founding, the book tells the story of how DAISY launched an international movement to recognize nurses in healthcare facilities and schools of nursing for their extraordinary commitment to compassionate care.  

As Nurses Prep for Coronavirus, Lessons from the Ebola Outbreak

The 2014–15 Ebola virus put nurses squarely in the public eye: examined, criticized, and, at times, praised as singular heroes amid failing institutions. Read this article and discover some of the lessons RNs learned about caring for their patients and protecting themselves.

#YearoftheNurse: Improve Nursing Care and Availability Around the World

The World Health Organization has named 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife - a long overdue acknowledgement of the vital role nurses play in our lives. What better way to celebrate than to help improve global nursing care by volunteering to share your skills and knowledge in resource-limited settings? Find out how you can volunteer to improve global nursing care with Health Volunteers Overseas. Share this opportunity on social media with hashtag #YearoftheNurse and Twitter handle @HVOUSA

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Urge your Representative to sign the "Dear Colleague" Letter supporting Title VIII funding; AACN attends Congressional Briefing on Youth Vaping; Registration and Webinar Updates for Student Policy Summit; and use "Hill Day Hub" as your go-to resource during AACN's 2020 Spring Advocacy Day.



Member News & Announcements

  • Cabrini University has received a $1 million commitment from Maguire Foundation co-founders James J. and Frances Maguire for Cabrini's new nursing program. This gift will provide significant operating and capital support for the university's BSN program and scholarship support through the creation of Maguire Nursing Scholars, an expansion of the existing Maguire Scholars program at Cabrini. Read more >>
  • Dr. Leslie K. Robbins has been appointed dean of the School of the Nursing at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She had been serving as Interim Dean since September 2019. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Robbins was Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Professor of Nursing; she also held the Orville E. Egbert Endowed Chair in Nursing and Health Sciences. She earned her MSN degree from UTEP and her PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Read more >>
  • Two Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) faculty members—Dr. Jason Farley and Dr. Mona Shattell—have been selected for induction in the Sigma International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. This honor signifies their lifetime achievements in nursing, contributions to research, and mentoring of future nurse researchers. Read more >>
  • Dr. Cathy Miller, associate professor of nursing at the University of Texas at Tyler, is the principal investigator in a nationwide collaborative initiative to support victims and survivors of human trafficking. Dr. Miller is among the leaders spearheading the United Nations' Global Strategic Operatives for the Eradication of Human Trafficking Initiative, which combines healthcare provider education, protocol adoption, and research components in six large healthcare systems. Read more >>


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