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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published April 29, 2020

Rounds with Leadership: Sustaining Pathways into Nursing Education


The coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. has ushered in a period of unprecedented change and innovation across all sectors of the economy, including higher education. Deans and faculty from our nation's schools of nursing have shown incredible leadership and resourcefulness as they have adapted their programs to ensure that nursing students can continue their programs and enter the nursing workforce, where they are in high demand in the fight against COVID-19.
With all eyes focused on the coming academic year and ensuring a smooth transition as schools make plans to move forward, it is important to note that nursing programs began the 2019-2020 academic year in a position of strength. Based on findings from AACN's latest annual survey conducted in Fall 2019, significant increases in enrollment were found in entry-level baccalaureate (5.1%), master's (2.4%), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (10.3%) programs. In fact, each of these degree levels have enjoyed more than 15 years of continuous enrollment growth, which underscores the success our member schools have had in expanding their programs to meet the demands for a more highly educated nursing workforce.


Weekly Digest

On April 19, Dr. Janice Phillips from Rush University College of Nursing contributed an opinion piece on The Hill website titled COVID-19: Another SOS Call from Communities of Color.  As deaths from the coronavirus continue to soar, there is mounting evidence that communities of color are suffering the greatest burden of disease and death. Dr. Phillips argues that the pandemic serves as a reminder that America must solve its healthcare crisis by moving quickly to address the root causes or social factors that perpetuate adverse health outcomes.

On April 27, the National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, which includes AACN as a member, released a new discussion paper titled Improving Access to Evidence-Based Medical Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: Strategies for Providers, Researchers, Payers, Institutions, and Regulators. Almost four in five Americans with opioid use disorders (OUD) do not receive any form of treatment. The gap in access to evidence-based care, including treatment with medications for OUD, stems in part from barriers to change within the healthcare system.

AACN Updates

AACN Releases New COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Resource

AACN's Director of Government Affairs Receives Advocacy Award 

Call for Nominations for Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award 

Learn more about Scrubin Uniforms        Join the Upcoming AACN Webinar: Moving your Admissions Process Online

The University of Minnesota has created an innovative way for its nursing graduates to have a communal farewell. A video discussion board was created for graduates to share their "Thoughts About the Journey..." See their approach here and how you can create your own video discussion board.

AACN Twitter Chat: Precision Medicine, The Way of the Future

The All of Us Research Program is inviting one million people across the U.S. to help build one of the most diverse health databases in history. Join AACN and the Genetics Society, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, the National Hispanic Council on Aging, and the Englander Institute for Precision Medicine next Thursday, May 7 at 2:00 pm (ET) for a Twitter Chat on precision medicine and how it can lead to the development of improved treatments and ways to prevent different diseases. Use the hashtag #JoinAllofUs to join the conversation during #NursesWeek

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: COVID-19 Legislative and Policy Update; and Research!America Discusses Potential COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Options.


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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. 

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

Latest COVID-19 Resources

AACN's Response to Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19

Complimentary Coaching to Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis by Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) -Contact CCL Coaching to Learn More

Complimentary 3-Month Access to PEPID's RN Pro Suite

Free Access to vCases Virtual Simulated Case Library

COVID-19 Glossary in 12 Languages through Eriksen

School News and Resources Related to COVID-19

Florida International University (FIU) College of Nursing & Health Sciences' STAR Center Recruited by Florida National Guard to Train Medical Personnel for COVID-19 Field Hospital

FIU Partners with Baptist Health South Florida to 3D-print Reusable Face Shields

The Ohio State University College of Nursing and Trusted Health Partner to Promote Mental/Emotional Health Support to Nurses on the Front Line

University of ColoradoShares Training Portal for those Serving in COVID-19 Alternate Care Facilities

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