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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published April 08, 2020

Weekly Digest

The Tri-Council for Nursing (AACN, ANA, AONL, NCSBN, NLN) applauds the publication of the World Health Organization's State of the World's Nursing 2020: Investing in Education, Jobs and Leadership report. This report provides new insights into the nursing profession and further reinforces the world's need for nurses to work to the full extent of their education and preparation. Although the focus of the report is not the COVID-19 pandemic, its recommendations are extremely relevant in this time of crisis, namely "to invest in a massive acceleration of nursing education, create at least 6 million new nursing jobs by 2030, and strengthen nurse leadership."

The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) recently conducted several surveys to determine trends in U.S. higher education institutions in response to COVID-19. On April 2, results from the Impact Survey 1: Impact of COVID-19 on Grading, Transcript and Commencement Practices were released after collecting over 600 responses. The findings show the percentage of programs moving courses online, changing to pass/fail grading, and planning for graduation ceremonies. AACRAO also will be releasing additional survey data on the impact of COVID-19 on admission and transfer practices. Based upon the surveys, AACRAO has developed guidance for programs related to admissions, financial aid, transcripts, and other critical topics.

The Social Pulse

An ICU Nurse's Coronavirus Diary

"The teamwork right now is inspiring. ICU nurses are tough; we fight for our patients; we have one another's backs. Doctors may be the architects of what happens in the hospital. But we are the builders. And so we build, even amid chaos and disintegration. We build, even as a silent enemy attempts to undo everything we've done. We build and we build, shift after shift, as fast — and as best — as we can." Read this New York City nurse's experience during COVID-19.

The response to COVID-19 has been marked by a large number of challenges. Participate in Boston University's upcoming webinar on Building the Public Health System of the Future. In partnership with the American Public Health Association, this webinar will explore the challenges public health faces in a time of crisis, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic from a city and state perspective, and what a more effective public health system might look like. Plan to participate tomorrow, Thursday, April 9 at 4:00 pm (ET).

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN Celebrates National Public Health Week; Letter Sent to Governors to Address Health Care and Mental Health Access; CMS Podcasts and "Office Hours"; and Feedback Requested: AACN's COVID-19 Federal Response.  

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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 Stories, News, and Resources

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

Upcoming COVID-19 Webinars

April 10, 2020
12:00 PM (ET)

Considering Pass or No Pass Education in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 13, 2020
2:00 PM (ET)

Public Health Insight into the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 23, 2020
2:00 PM (ET)

Interprofessional Teaching and Collaborative Practice During COVID-19: A Community Conversation

Featured School Story on the Front Line

The Northern Arizona University (NAU) School of Nursing has accelerated BSN students working within their local health department conducting screenings at two drive-up COVID-19 clinics. The health department has praised the students for taking on this important role and how they couldn't have done this without them. NAU has an additional two students working with an NP at a local homeless shelter doing screenings and assisting as needed to care for the homeless population. There are currently 14 students who are completing their clinical hours at Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC). KRMC has opened its doors to students recognizing that the students can be an asset to the hospital. NAU's goal is to support their partners and to help students complete all their required clinical hours in order to graduate in May. 

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