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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 18, 2020

Weekly Digest

In the March 17, 2020 issue of Kaiser Health News, Barbara Feder Ostrov, Senior Correspondent for California Healthline, published an article titled In Face of Coronavirus, Many Hospitals Cancel On-Site Training for Nursing and Med Students. With many hospitals and nursing homes across the country moving to protect students and patients in response to COVID-19, many nurse educators worry that the pathway of new nurses could be slowed at a time when they may be needed most. Some physicians in training have also seen their clinical rotations canceled, which may delay their time to graduation.

On March 11, 2020, The Lancet published new findings from a team of Chinese researchers titled Clinical Course and Risk Factors for Mortality of Adult Inpatients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China: A Retrospective Cohort Study. This new study is the first time researchers have examined risk factors associated with severe disease and death from COVID-19 in hospitalized adults who have either died or been discharged from a hospital. The authors also found that the median duration of viral shedding was 20 days in survivors (ranging from 8 to 37 days).

Nurse in Hard-Hit Italy has Warning for Americans: 'Stay Home' 

"It's super contagious. It's a new virus and we have no immunity to it. Ten to 15% of patients will need to be hospitalized and there are not enough beds in the ICU to handle this volume all at once. The hospitals become completely overwhelmed and stressed," says Tanya Castagna, a Baltimore native and nurse in Italy. Read this article and hear from this RN working in one of the hardest hit countries, and her advice for Americans related to containing COVID-19.  

Students Organize Their Own Aid Networks

As campus closures due to the Coronavirus strain low-income students, undergrads at some universities have started large "mutual aid" networks and fundraisers to defray costs. Read this article and share ways to #FlattenTheCurve and stop the spread of COVID-19 on social media. 

Washington Weekly

A special edition of Washington Weekly will be released tomorrow, March 19.



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

AACN COVID-19 Webinar Series

March 25, 2020 
2:00 pm (ET)
Update from Nursing Leadership on the Front Lines 

March 24, 2020 
1:00 pm (ET)
Aligning Simulation within COVID-19 Contingency Plans 

March 23, 2020 
2:00 pm (ET)
A Call to Leadership: Navigating Uncharted Waters

F.A.S.T: Academic Nurse Educators Respond to COVID-19

Making Informed Decisions in Response to COVID-19

Opportunities & Resources to Consider

During these challenging times, consider offering your Undergraduate and Graduate students the Online ELNEC Undergraduate or Graduate Student Curriculum. Both curricula address delivering primary palliative care for patients with any serious illness and their families and meet the AACN CARES and G-CARES competencies in primary palliative care. These resources provide an easy and interactive way to provide remote education to our students. Curriculum objectives, outlines, and course content can be accessed through the ELNEC website here or this website. For more information and additional supplemental faculty teaching materials, please contact Dr. Polly Mazanec at or the ELNEC team at

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