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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published April 15, 2020

Weekly Digest

On April 8, the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, an initiative of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, released a new publication titled Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Mental Health.  In November 2019, the Global Forum hosted a workshop in Washington, DC to explore how health professions education and practice organizations are currently addressing social determinants that contribute to mental health disparities across the lifespan. The resulting document examines the connection between the social determinants of health - the economic, social, and political conditions into which one is born - and the development of persistent mental health challenges.

Currently in press, four faculty members from schools participating in HRSA's Nursing Workforce Diversity grant initiative to promote holistic admissions review published a new article in the Journal of Professional Nursing titled Nursing Workforce Diversity: Promising Educational Practices. This paper describes the current state of workforce diversity in Western states and identifies promising practices from programs located in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Oregon that are focused on improving nursing workforce diversity. 

AACN Updates

AACN Partners with CastleBranch to Fight Back Against COVID-19

Don't Miss the Inaugural Issue of AACN's Diversity Digest Newsletter 

AACN's Advocacy Efforts in Response to COVID-19

ELNEC Support for Nursing Faculty During COVID-19


AACN's Wharton Executive Leadership Program      Watch AACN's On-Demand Webinar - Telehealth: Nurses Called to Action

The Social Pulse

The Road to a Vaccine: How a COVID-19 Vaccine Might Work and How Quickly We Could Get There

What does it take to end the coronavirus pandemic? Johnson & Johnson this week presented "The Road to a Vaccine," a new series that explores the complex process of developing a COVID-19 vaccine. If you missed the first of the series, watch it on Johnson & Johnson's Global Health Twitter account here. The conversation will continue live every day at 12 pm ET.  

Last week at a medical center in Kansas City, dozens of people joined together, while keeping safe distance from one another, to show support to the nurses, patients, and healthcare workers inside. They waved and cheered with signs in hand. See the heartwarming story here. There are even more ways to show your support on social media! Tweet about your appreciation and show support to the healthcare community with the hashtag #InThisTogether.  

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Department of Education Announces Guidance on CARES Act Education Grants; Federal Communications Commission Begins Vetting Applications for COVID-19 Telehealth Aid; American Public Health Association and National Academy of Medicine Discuss COVID-19 Treatment; and Feedback Requested: AACN's COVID-19 Federal Response Survey. 

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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. 

Featured COVID-19 Resources

School News Related to COVID-19 Response

Upcoming AACN Webinars for COVID-19 Response

April 17
12:00 PM (ET)

Creating Calm and Civility During Uncertain Times

April 20
2:00 PM (ET)

Culture & Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Yes, it Matters

April 23
2:00 PM (ET)

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

View Past COVID-19 Response Webinars Here - Available On-Demand

Share Your Stories, News, and Resources

Schools wishing to suggest exemplars, resources, and linksare encouraged to send an email to Schools will be featured in News Watch and on AACN's COVID-19 Resource Page.

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