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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published April 01, 2020

Weekly Digest

As coverage of the response to coronavirus dominates the national and international news, many media stories underscore the critical roles nurses play in providing care and protecting patients. On March 30, Dr. Paul Dohrenwend, assistant chief of emergency medicine at Kaiser Permanente San Diego, contributed an opinion piece to the Wall Street Journal titled Nurses Are the Coronavirus Heroes. Calling nurses "the underappreciated heroes of this crisis," the author details how nurses spend the most time caring for COVID-19 patients, often at their own risk.  On March 27, deputy editor Ruth Marcus with the Washington Post published an editorial titled These Are the Heroes of the Coronavirus Pandemic. The writer describes how nurses, physicians, and other healthcare providers "are making extraordinary sacrifices to care for the rest of us" given the high risk of infection and shortage of personal protective equipment.

Penn Nursing Releases the Latest Amplify Nursing Podcast 

Have you tuned in to the University of Pennsylvania's Amplify Nursing podcast lately? In recent episodes, a public health researcher and an epidemiologist discuss how to confront the coronavirus. Hear the latest episode, which includes updates on how the pandemic is being handled locally and nationally, and what is still to come. Listen here

Nurses, nursing faculty, and the healthcare community are facing unprecedented challenges due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19. The need to connect and support each other is important now more than ever. Join the conversation on AACN Connect and learn from faculty and deans who have shared their stories and brought their experience forward. 

Recent discussions include: 

  • COVID-19: NP Clinical Hours that Meet Certification Requirements
  • Donation of PPE Supplies; Addressing the PPE Shortage
  • Sharing Resources--DNP Defenses using Zoom
  • Support for Faculty Moving to Remote Teaching; Moving Courses Online

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: CARES Act Signed Into Law: Includes Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization; Feedback Requested: AACN's Continued COVID-19 Federal Response; and COVID-19 Response: Administration Action and Update. 


Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

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

Latest Resources

National Councils of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

National Academy of Medicine
Strategies to Support the Wellbeing and Health of Clinicians During COVID-19

Member News & Announcements

  • Dr. Geraldine Young has been appointed as the new Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) at Frontier Nursing University.  Dr. Young has practiced for 20 years in the nursing field, and advocating for diversity and inclusion in nursing education has been at the forefront of her work. She serves on an array of national committees to advance nurse practitioner education, including the NONPF Curricular Leadership Committee (co-chair) and Conference Committee. She is also a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials Task Force. Read more >>
  • Amanda Webb a recent nurse graduate from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (IN), received American Council on Education (ACE) 2019 Students of the Year. Webb enrolled at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a three-hour round trip from her home, and finished her clinical rotations and credits needed, some of those being ACE c​redits. She graduated in December and has since passed state boards and accepted a position as a registered nurse at Franciscan Health Indianapolis in the emergency department. Read more >>
  • Johns Hopkins School of Nursing faculty members Jason Farley, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN, and Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN, have been selected for induction in the Sigma International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The honor signifies their lifetime achievements in nursing, contributions to research, and mentoring of future nurse researchers. Read more >>
  • Caldwell University’s School of Nursing and Public Health (NJ) has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to Morristown Medical Center for the healthcare professionals working during the coronavirus outbreak. Faculty member Dr. Jennifer Rhodes heard AACN’s call for member schools to donate the much-needed PPE to their community healthcare facilities and jumped into action, spearheading a collection from the university for Morristown, Caldwell’s partner for students’ clinical work. Read more >>
  • Students from Simpson University's Betty M. Dean School of Nursing (CA) are working in small groups at Shasta County’s Public Health Department, training and assisting as needed during the coronavirus crisis. The students have been trained to answer calls from medical providers in addition to answering health-related questions from community members. Read more >>
  • The Niagara University School of Nursing (NY) is donating PPE to local hospitals and nursing homes. “Last summer, we received a double order of the surgical gloves, gowns, and masks we use to teach students,” said Dr. Margarita Coyne, interim dean of the School of Nursing. The plan was to keep the extra in inventory but when word spread of the shortage of these supplies, Dr. Coyne began the process of donating. Read more >>
  • Mercer University’s College of Nursing (GA) has donated boxes of PPE to healthcare workers in Atlanta-area hospitals who are on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. The College distributed personal protective equipment to WellStar Health System, the state’s largest healthcare system, as well as Peachford Hospital in Dunwoody. Read more >>
  • Marymount University (VA) has donated PPE from its Department of Nursing to the Virginia Hospital Center.  “The generous donation of PPE is having a direct and positive impact in my unit,” said Karin Kutscher, an ICU nurse at Virginia Hospital Center and a graduate of the Accelerated Nursing Program at Marymount. Read more >>
  • Western Kentucky University’s (WKU) School of Nursing & Allied Health is helping combat COVID-19 by donating large quantities of PPE to local hospitals and healthcare providers. Leaders from the School of Nursing & Allied Health at WKU quickly identified the potential strain on hospital supply chains and began pulling together resources to support where needed.  Read more >>
  • Students and faculty from Eastern Michigan University's (EMU) School of Nursing have joined forces with physician group IHA to help manage the COVID-19 outbreak, working at drive-through COVID-19 testing centers in Brighton and Ann Arbor. Faculty or students who are already licensed nurses can do swabs. Nurse practitioner staff are also being trained and credentialed through IHA so they can help with the screening process. Those who don't yet have credentials serve in other capacities. Read more >>
  • With all courses being held online for the duration of the spring semester, Arizona State University’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation has adapted courses designed for experiential, hands-on learning to a remote digital environment. Rather than revamp experiential courses to use more traditional online methods, instructors and staff at the Grace Center for Innovation in Nursing Education transitioned the entire operation online so students could interact with the same simulations from their homes as they did in their in-person classes. Read more >>


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