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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published May 13, 2020

Weekly Digest

On May 11, Dr. Leslie Neal-Boylan, Dean of the Solomont School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, posted a new article on The Conversation (an online news platform for academics and researchers) titled Nurses on the Front Lines: A History of Heroism from Florence Nightingale to Coronavirus.  Written in honor of International Nurses Day, the author pays tribute to nurses who are indispensable to quality health care and have always served on the frontlines in times of crisis, including wars and epidemics. 

In the February 2020 issue of Creative Nursing, Dr. Misty Lynn Wilkie from Bemidji State University published a new article titled Empowered by Cultural Identity and Catalyzed by Resilience: A Path to Support American Indian Nursing Student Success. In this piece, the author describes her school's groundbreaking work to provide a holistic program of support, titled Niganawenimaanaanig (an Ojibwe word for "we take care of them"), to assist American Indian students with successfully completing a baccalaureate nursing program. This program was funded through a HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity grant with technical assistance provided by AACN.

AACN Updates

Free AACN Career Center Job Posting during Nurses Month

The Social Pulse

ELNEC Founder Betty Ferrell Highlights the Unique Contribution of Nurses' on PBS News Hour

"Across America and around the world, nurses are delivering excellent care. It is a nurse who is holding the phone as a family member is saying goodbye to a patient who they can't even see. The end of life, even in the midst of a crisis, should be a sacred time." Hear more from ELNEC founder Betty Ferrell in this important Brief but Spectacular PBS News Hour segment here

"As you graduate, members of the nursing class of 2020, try to look upon your new career as the greatest adventure imaginable – and have the time of your lives while pursuing it. Your opportunities are nearly limitless." While the COVID-19 pandemic reminds us exactly how demanding nursing can be - it also reminds us of what a difference nurses make in the lives of those they care for. Read this uplifting message to nursing graduates published by Liquid Compass here

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: COVID-19 Legislative Update: House Democrats Release HEROES Act and Other Congressional Action; and Celebrating National Nurses Week: May 6-12. 

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene and the Hawai‘i State Department of Education have initiated a program that offers school-based health services during the academic year and provides nursing coverage to every complex area in the state. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic moving classes to online learning, the Hawai‘i Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn Program offers no-cost health hotline and telehealth visits as an extension of services provided to students in the traditional school health room. Read more >>

  • Texas Tech University Health Science Center has received a $650,000 grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust, which will establish the first endowment for the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing. The grant will support scholarships for students enrolled in the school’s accelerated-BSN program. Read more >>

  • Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing and Pasadena City College (PCC) are forging a new collaboration that will extend access to nursing education for residents of the San Gabriel Valley region of California and help alleviate the nursing shortage statewide. This partnership will enable nursing students to concurrently enroll at PCC and Azusa Pacific, earning credits and clinical experience through both institutions. Read more >>

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.



Upcoming COVID-19 Response Webinars

June 1 at 2:00 PM (ET)

COVID-19 Implications for Admissions and the Stability of Holistic Admissions Practices

Latest Free Resources and Opportunities

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Training- Now Available Through the Public Health Foundation

Pandemic Highlights the Plight of Female Health-Care Workers– News Article by University of Houston

Inside Higher Ed Webinar -The Unexpected Transition to Remote Learning and What's Ahead for Fall: a Conversation-May 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm (ET)

Free Access to AONL On-Demand Webinars

Free End-of-Life Care Education Resources through ELNEC

Free Online Course - Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers through the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

View All Opportunities Here

School News and Resources Related to COVID-19

  • On May 18, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing will launch a free COVID-19 course: Effective Nursing in Times of Crisis Course. Read more >>
  • The de Beaumont Foundation has joined the CDC Foundation in supporting a program that will enable nursing students at the University of Washington to join frontline efforts to combat COVID-19 with Public Health-Seattle & King County. Read more >>
  • At the University of South Carolina Upstate, COVID-19 produced new and creative ways to engage students during their clinical experiences. See details below.
    • The Psychiatric Mental Health nursing course used the integration of standardized patients (trained individuals as healthcare actors) using telehealth. Students engaged in simulated learning experiences via Blackboard Collaborate and used therapeutic communication techniques to complete several focused mental health assessments on standardized patients simulating the use of telehealth.
    • The Child Health nursing course provided a video demo presentation of a physical assessment of a child, face to face unfolding case studies with clinical instructors, a virtual pediatric physical exam check-off and live video teaching learning plans (including presenting to a pediatric client).
    • Faculty were able to adapt students' clinical sites to their homes by requiring face-to-face video conferencing with clinical instructors. Students demonstrated their pediatric physical assessment, typically completed in the simulation lab, on their younger siblings or baby dolls from home with their instructor watching live from their home to provide feedback. 
    • This innovative virtual engagement aligned our student learning with the real-world transition of healthcare to virtual technology.As many of the nurses care for patients on the frontlines, as faculty we prepare our student nurses to join the healthcare team from a virtual world.

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