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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published May 27, 2020

Rounds with Leadership: Investing in the Future of Academic Nursing 


Since the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing deans and faculty have shown incredible leadership, resourcefulness, and compassion. Across the nation, we have received numerous reports detailing how these leaders have successfully adapted their programs to ensure that nursing students can continue their education and enter the workforce where their skills are greatly needed. 
In recognition of her work to support the next generation of nursing leaders, AACN would like to extend its sincere gratitude to philanthropist Darlene Curley for initiating the COVID-19 Nursing Student Support Fund. This much-needed program, which is administered by AACN's Foundation for Academic Nursing, has brought a measure of financial relief to nursing students in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Ms. Curley's generous donation has inspired almost two dozen additional individuals and organizations to contribute funding to this critical initiative. 


Weekly Digest

On May 12, Dr. Eileen Breslin, dean of UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing and former Chair of the AACN Board of Directors (2014-2016), published a new commentary in the San Antonio Express News titled Nurses Rise to the Challenge of COVID-19. In addition to describing her school's efforts to activate its continuity plans to sustain nursing education and research, Dr. Breslin issued this call to action: "As we see our faculty, students, and staff respond to this crisis with passion and purpose, we remain convinced that we will continue responding to the needs of our community with the pioneering spirit that generations of nurses before us have faced. To all nurses on the front lines right now, "You've got this. It's who you are. You are a nurse."

On May 20, Mikela Lea with HealthTech Magazine published a new article titled How Virtual Training Is Set to Change Nursing Education. The author describes how academic nursing's response to COVID-19 has underscored the value of high-tech tools that supplement hands-on clinical experiences and how nursing instructors are leading the charge when it comes to adopting new educational technologies, often outpacing those in medical and general education.  

AACN Updates

AACN Nominee Dr. Betty Rambur Appointed to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 

AACN and NLN Leadership to Host COVID-19 Webinar this Friday, May 29

JPN Editor Develops Open Course on "Writing for Professional Journals"


The Social Pulse

Johnson & Johnson Nursing Explores the Road to a Vaccine

Johnson & Johnson Nursing recently launched an eight-episode educational video series examining the efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the process of developing a vaccine. In the most recent episode, leading scientific experts discuss the latest in the global quest to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and what our "new normal" could look like. Learn more and watch this episode here.  

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Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: In honor of our service members, urge Congress to cosponsor and pass the United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act (H.R. 2056/S. 997).

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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. 

AACN Gallery of Leadership

Call for Video Submission from Member Deans

To recognize academic nursing's contribution to addressing COVID-19, AACN has created a Gallery of Leadership to spotlight insights and inspirations from member deans whose faculty and students are leading efforts to confront the pandemic in their communities. See the latest video submissions below. We invite all member deans to share their thoughts on nursing's response to COVID-19 by submitting a video.Videos are due by Wednesday, July 15.

Submit a Video

Recent Video Submissions


Dr. Meredith Kazer | Fairfield University


Dr. Julie Hoff |University of Oklahoma

Latest COVID-19 Resources

FreeAONL On-Demand Webinars for Nursing Students– Offer Extended through August 31

CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President's Plan for Opening America Up Again- May 2020

Telehealth and COVID-19 in Rural Areas Webinar- by Bipartisan Policy Center
June 4, 2020 at 10:00 am (ET)

Schools News and Resources Related to COVID-19

Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey
Rutgers Nursing School Restores Hope at 2 Camden Housing Complexes

North Park University
North Park University School of Nursing Lives out Mission Caring for COVID-19 Patients

University of Virginia
Resilience in the Time of COVID-19: How UVA Nursing Adapted

AACN COVID-19 Response Webinars

Upcoming Live Webinars

May 29, 2020 at 12:30 pm (ET)
Strategic Diversity Leadership & Culturally Relevant Decision-Making During COVID-19

June 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm (ET)
COVID-19 Implications for Admissions and the Stability of Holistic Admissions Practices

View All On-Demand COVID-19 Response Webinars

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