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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 25, 2020

Rounds with Leadership: Rising to Meet the Challenge


"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

-African proverb

AACN is proud to serve our community of academic nursing leaders whose heroic efforts will ensure that our nation remains healthy and strong throughout the duration of the Coronavirus outbreak. Across the country, schools of nursing are taking decisive action to protect students, faculty, and communities; all while adapting their programs to sustain a robust nursing workforce.

Rising to meet the challenge, schools are moving to make an impact on addressing this public health challenge. When former Deputy HHS Secretary Mary Wakefield called on nursing schools to donate their personal protective gear and medical supplies to local healthcare facilities, schools responded and delivered scores of surgical masks, protective gloves, isolation exam gowns, disinfecting wipes, and other much needed supplies to their practice partners. To help educate the public about COVID-19, faculty experts from Yale Schools of Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, and Law joined with local officials to host a 90-minute videoconference to field questions from local citizens. When AACN moved to offer a virtual Hill Day as a replacement to our Spring Capitol Hill visits, more than 1,000 messages were sent to federal legislators calling for increasing support for nursing education in light of the pandemic. All of these actions are making a difference.


Weekly Digest

In the March 23 issue of Charting Nursing's Future, Nicole Fauteux outlines the challenges presented by COVID-19 in an article titled Pandemic Strains the Nursing Workforce. This roundup showcases nurses' responses to the pandemic, their needs at this difficult time, and actions taken by their leaders and government, which directly impact those on the frontlines of care. The recent White House meeting with AACN's President and CEO Deborah Trautman is covered, including her remarks to President Trump, Vice President Pence, and the Coronavirus Task Force.

In the March 23 issue of Inside Higher Ed, reporter Elizabeth Redden published the second in series of articles titled Clinical Training for Nursing Students Sidelined. With a focus on California schools, this story details how many hospitals and other healthcare facilities where students complete their clinical rotations have suspended these programs for students as the facilities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. AACN's immediate past Board Chair Ann Cary is quoted in this piece, stressing the need to protect students and the public, while seeking innovative ways to meeting clinical education requirements.

AACN Updates

Dr. Susan Bakewell-Sachs Assumes Chair of the AACN Board of Directors

NCLEX Update: Exams Resume in Limited Capacity

Statement Regarding Nurse Practitioner Students and Direct Care Clinical Hours

Moving Your Admissions Process Online

Connect for Success with AACN's MentorLINK        View AACN's 2019 Annual Report

The shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and its ripple effect is a looming concern for nurses and healthcare professionals. After all classes were moved online for Catholic University students, the Conway School of Nursing gathered PPE from their nursing skills laboratory and delivered it to a hospital in Maryland. AACN encourages all schools to donate PPE supplies to their community healthcare facilities and spread the word on social media with the hashtag #PPEshortage

A Seattle ICU Nurse Treats Two Patients at a Time

What is life like for nurses on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic? "If I can help somebody, I want to. That's where I'm at," said Stephanie Bandyk, and ICU nurse working at Seattle's Swedish Hospital. Read this story to learn about her experience as the coronavirus case count steadily rises.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Congressional Compromise Reached on COVID-19 Stimulus Package; AACN Advocates Participate in Virtual Advocacy Day!


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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 Response Series

March 27, 2020 2:00 pm (ET) - COVID-19: Promoting Resilience in Times of Crisis

On-Demand - A Call to Leadership: Navigating Uncharted Waters

On-Demand - Bridging the Gap: Implementing Technology to Deliver Courses Online

Latest News & Resources

Evolving Resources for Clinical Replacements- by the University of Connecticut

NCSBN Announces thatNCLEX Exams to Resume in Limited Capacity on March 25

On-Demand Webinar from NADOHE on the Impact of COVID19 on Students from Underrepresented Groups and Low Socioeconomic Status

Free Evening Webinars offered by ELNEC Project Director Polly Mazanec:

March 25, 2020 8:30 pm (ET) - Ethical Dilemmas Facing Nurses During the Coronavirus Crisis: Addressing Moral Distress

March 26, 2020 8:30 pm (ET) - Communication Tips for Nurses Supporting Seriously Ill Patients, Families & Communities During the Coronavirus


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