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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 11, 2020

Weekly Digest

In the March 5, 2020 issue of Inside Higher Ed, AACN Board Chair Ann Cary is featured in an article titled Health-Care Students on the Front Lines. The article profiles what steps are being taken to ensure that students in clinical settings are safe, given concerns related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Dr. Cary shared how nursing students are being prepared to protect themselves and advised that schools are "working with clinical partners to determine what additional protocols will be in place at those institutions and ensuring that our students are oriented toward the additional protocols." 

Coronavirus Video Resources: Prevention and Care Tips from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing 

Dr. Jason Farley, a nurse practitioner and epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, created two video resources about coronavirus. The first video provides key insights for outpatient infection control staff. The second video covers prevention tips, symptoms, and care at home

Nurse Practitioner's Startup Receives $45 million - the Largest Nursing Investment Ever

IntelyCare, an on-demand healthcare staffing solution for skilled nursing facilities and assisted living centers, recently received a $45 million investment to help address the nursing shortage. Read about the founder's journey from registered nurse to entrepreneur and co-founder of the biggest venture capital investment in nursing history. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Join us for a Virtual Advocacy Day on Monday, March 23; Coronavirus Supplemental Spending Package is Signed into Law; and AACN Attends Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs' Event; the 2020 Student Policy Summit has been cancelled because of public health concerns due to the coronavirus. 


Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators

Weekly  Update for Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators

To support the information needs of nursing school deans, faculty, students, and other stakeholders, AACN has developed this resource center to highlight key information sources about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) found on the web. This section will be updated weekly to include details about new informational events and webinars, the latest news from the CDC, educational events and webinars, and work underway at our nation's nursing schools to raise awareness on prevention and preparedness efforts. 

Share Your Resources

Schools wishing to suggest resources and links to be added to this section are encouraged to send an email to

Featured Webinars

JHU Webinar Recording
Coronavirus: What Nurses Need to Know to Be Prepared
Speaker: Dr. Tener Goodwin Veenema, Expert in Disaster Nursing and Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University

CDC Webinar Recording 
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update—What Clinicians Need to Know to Prepare for COVID-19 in the United States
Download Slides Here 

School Resources

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center

University of Nebraska Medical Center Modules



New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • The University of Louisville (UofL) School of Nursing, along with Trilogy Health Services, LLC, and The Bufford Family Foundation, held a dedication ceremony for the school's renovated and upgraded simulation lab. Trilogy Management Services, manager of Trilogy Health Services, and The Bufford Family Foundation jointly committed $250,000 for the project. Trilogy Health Services will provide scholarship support and part-time, flexible hours to its employees who meet requirements for admission to the UofL School of Nursing. Read more >>
  • Premera Blue Cross, a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, has provided a $4.7 million grant to the University of Washington (UW) School of Nursing to establish the Rural Nursing Health Initiative to place current students in rural practices in Washington state. The school will spearhead the effort and build the Rural Nursing Health Initiative over a four-year period, supporting 20 students each year. Read more >>
  • Dr. Hsiao-Lan Wang, Associate Professor at the University of South Florida, was recently awarded a $2.8 million National Cancer Institute grant. The award will help Dr. Wang study whether using a popular fitness gaming system could minimize the fatigue and pain that many head and neck cancer patients face after treatment. Read more >>
  • The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) has received a $6 million grant from Arnold Ventures, which will support replication and rigorous study of the outcomes of the Transitional Care Model (TCM) in four U.S. healthcare systems. Designed by a team at Penn Nursing, the TCM has been proven in multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded randomized clinical trials (RCTs) to improve health outcomes, reduce rehospitalizations, and decrease total healthcare costs among the growing population of Medicare beneficiaries. Read more >>

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