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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published May 06, 2020

A Message of Gratitude to Our Nurses from AACN Staff

With 2020 designated asThe Year of the Nurse and Midwife--and with nurses currently battling on the front lines of COVID-19 --National Nurses Week has been extended to National Nurses Month. Throughout May, and always, we would like to extend a special "thank you" to nurses, midwives, and the entire healthcare community for going above and beyond to keep our communities safe.

AACN Updates

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The Social Pulse

Deborah Trautman @DeborahTrautman - April 28

AACN Proud! Thank you to Dr. Colleen Leners, AACN Director of Policy, for volunteering to assist at testing stations. We are grateful and proud!


Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Research!America Talks COVID-19 Response Efforts and Challenges Facing the Research Community; and National Academy of Medicine to Host Virtual Forum on Clinician Well-Being During COVID-19 

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Member News & Announcements

  • Washington State University (WSU) has named Dr. Mary Koithan the next dean of the WSU College of Nursing. Dr. Koithan previously served at the University of Arizona, where she was associate dean for student and community engagement in the College of Nursing and an Anne Furrow Professor of Integrative Nursing. Dr. Koithan has more than 30 years of academic and leadership experience in nursing. She will assume the deanship on July 1. Read more >>
  • Nevada State College has named Dr. June Eastridge the new dean of the School of Nursing. In 2014, Dr. Eastridge joined the faculty as a lecturer and later became the Pre-Licensure Program Director, where she played an active role in recent efforts to integrate caring science into the curriculum. After serving several months as interim dean, she began her official role as dean on April 1. Read more >>

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 theCoronavirus 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.



Upcoming COVID-19 Response Webinars
May 8 at 12:00 PM (ET)
Making the Pivot: Online Learning During COVID-19
May 11 at 1:00 PM (ET)
Preparing & Transitioning Students to Telehealth Clinical Hours in Graduate Education
Latest Free Resources and Opportunities


School News and Resources Related to COVID-19
  • The Florida Gulf Coast University(FGCU) is working to become the “go to” resource for Florida citizens during the pandemic. Using its contacts with the media, FGCU has developed and disseminated health messages to the public through several expert panels of faculty from nursing, counseling, physician assistant, social work, and public health programs. The panelists provide a regular weekly series that are facilitated by a local news anchor. In addition, the university is delivering a series of 8 health education modules that teachers and students can access online as part of their K-12 curriculum. FGCU also has established a GPS data tracking resource for Southwest Florida on COVID-19 cases, testing sites, food pantries, and other resources for the public.
  • Dr. Karen Foli, an associate professor of nursing in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University and an expert on trauma in nursing, is leading a team of university researchers pursuing ways to identify at-risk nurses and design means for healing and recovery. The team plans to determine the extent of psychological trauma induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and identify factors that influence depression, anxiety, substance use, and self-harm, with a focus on critical care registered nurses in hospital settings. Read more >>
  • The M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University has launched the national COVID-19 Caring About Health for All Study (CHAMPS) of healthcare, first responder, and service workers for the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.The objective of CHAMPS is to assess the short and long-term physical, social, and behavioral health of all who were involved in supporting or delivering care for COVID-19 patients. Read more >>
  • A group of faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has formed an appreciation committee to offer gratitude and support for healthcare workers who are providing patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee has begun to issue an "Encouragement Newsletter," which is distributed to the College of Nursing community and to local healthcare facilities. Read more >>
  • The University at Buffalo School of Nursing is showing its support and gratitude to the nursing community by collecting messages of encouragement that it will share with nursing colleagues and those whose lives have been touched by the nursing profession.The effort to gather these messages of inspiration and encouragement coincides with National Nurses Month. Read more >>
  • Students from the University of Maryland School of Nursing donated two intubation domes and 10 face shields to healthcare workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The students–from the Class of 2022 Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia program–collected $400 to purchase the equipment. Read more >>
  • The Charles R. Drew University (CDU) has been selected by LA County as a South Los Angeles COVID-19 testing site. Dr. Diane Breckenridge, dean of CDU's School of Nursing, developed a Model of Nursing Education, Research, and Practice in conjunction with the south Los Angeles Department of Public Health and Department of Health Services COVID-19 Testing Site. Every day, CDU students and faculty are either at the county hospital or volunteering at the school’s COVID-19 testing site, where they serve the underserved as frontline heroes.

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