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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published June 03, 2020

Weekly Digest

Currently in press with the Journal of Professional Nursing, a team of nurse faculty from the Marquette University College of Nursing published a new article titled Living the Manatt Report: Advancing the Future of Nursing through Joint Academic Appointments. Launched in response to recommendations in AACN's 2016 report on Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing, this paper details the successful implementation of joint academic appointments between a college of nursing and a medical college. These joint appointments have helped to formalize the role of clinician-educator, bring current clinical knowledge to academia, and allow for protected academic time that is focused on enhancing the nursing curriculum. 

In the May-June 2020 issue of Nursing Outlook, Dr. Eileen Sullivan-Marx from New York University published a new editorial titled The Epicenter We Need: Science. In her role as president of the American Academy of Nursing, Dr. Sullivan-Marx underscores the important work that scientists are leading with respect to COVID-19 and expresses her hope for the future that "science remains elevated as a central point of focus as a result of the coronavirus pandemic."

AACN Updates

AACN Statement on Academic Nursing's Call for Liberty and Justice for All

AACN's Foundation Forms New Advisory Committee

Call for Reviewers for the Journal of Professional Nursing

The Social Pulse

DAISY Foundation Shares Video Messages for Graduating Students and Faculty 

A celebration of hard work and arguably the most memorable moment for students, graduation is one of life's most cherished occasions. From virtual graduations to socially distant ceremonies, COVID-19 has forced many institutions to get creative with how they celebrate their graduates. Watch these videos, created by the DAISY Foundation, which honor faculty and students graduating in 2020
#BacktheFrontline: Ending COVID-19 and Supporting Nurses and Healthcare Professionals

"Together, we can channel our applause and daily actions into a movement. As you #BacktheFrontline closest to you, learn how to advocate for the global frontline serving communities and showing how #HealthWorkersCount everywhere, every day."


Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: MedPAC Appointments include AACN Nominee Dr. Betty Rambur; COVID-19 Legislative Update: Congressional Hearings Overview; and REMINDER: Comment Opportunity for Nurse Faculty Loan Program.


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Member News & Announcements

  • Dr. Marjorie S. Wiggins, one of two new practice representatives on AACN's Board of Directors, has been recognized as a "Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) to know" by Becker's Hospital Review. Dr. Wiggins is CNO of Maine Medical Center and MaineHealth, where she developed the system's partnership care delivery model and has consulted both nationally and internationally on care delivery models. Read more >>

  • Dr. Ann Marie P. Mauro has been named the new dean of the Monmouth University Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies succeeding Dr. Janet Mahoney, who served in the post for 11 years. Dr. Mauro will assume her new role on July 13. She previously served at Rutgers University School of Nursing as founding associate dean, professor, and director for the Center for Educational Research and Innovation. Read more >>

  • Dr. Melissa Burdi is the new dean of the Purdue University Global School of Nursing, effective June 1. She replaces Dr. Marilyn Wideman who announced her retirement. Dr. Burdi previously was the school's associate dean of undergraduate programs. She is a Fellow in AACN's Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing (ELAN) program.  Read more >>

  • Dr. Huanbiao Mo, professor and interim dean of the Georgia State University Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions, has been appointed dean of the college, effective July 1. He previously was chair of the Department of Nutrition. He also holds a joint appointment as professor in the Department of Chemistry. Read more >>

  • Dr. Catherine Collins-Fulea, assistant professor at Frontier Nursing University, was officially inducted as the new president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives at the organization's annual meeting on May 31.  Read more >>

  • Through a $4.3 million grant, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing will become a national center dedicated to improving health and function of people with disabilities and their caregivers. The center will be called RESILIENCE RRTC, short for Research and Education to Support the Science of Independent Living for Inclusion and Engagement: National Center of Excellence Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers. Funding will be provided by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. Read more >>

  • The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing (UT) has received a $1 million gift from Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, and her husband, Ian Turpin. The gift will specifically support gerontology and is dedicated to the memory of their mothers — Lady Bird Johnson and Rita Turpin — and in honor of the UT School of Nursing graduates who cared for them. 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 a resource center to highlight key information sources found on the Web regarding COVID-19. This section will be updated regularly 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

Recent Video Submission




Dr. Mary Elizabeth Doyle-Tadduni | DeSales University


Find out what your colleagues are saying about nursing's response to COVID-19 at AACN's Gallery of Leadership. All deans are encouraged to submit a video byWednesday, July 15.

Submit a Video

Latest COVID-19 Resources

Partnership, Progress, Pandemic: The Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Discovery
Research!America Webinar
June 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm (ET)

Free Series of COVID-19 Courses for Health Care Professionals- National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Free COVID-19 Contact Tracing Online Course- Purdue University Global

Schools News and Resources Related to COVID-19

University of Colorado - May 27, 2020

The University of Colorado has taken steps to meet student mental health and training needs. The school activated a campus-wide student volunteer database to match health sciences students with community volunteers to support individual needs. This was done as an interprofessional effort under the leadership of the Student Services Vice Chancellor. In addition, an interdisciplinary COVID-19 elective course was created by School of Medicine faculty and graduating students and was shared with both the Nursing and PA programs for replication.Finally, graduating undergraduate nursing students worked with Dr. Scott Harpin, the point person for the State of Colorado Emergency Operations Center, to receive just-in-time training in disaster response in Tier 3 facilities. The curriculum developed for this program serves as the template for training for all state-supported Aged Care Facilities (ACFs) across Colorado. The center now has a handful of nursing alumni serving as "master trainers" who will be deployed to lead the staff training for ACFs.

AACN COVID-19 Response Webinars

Upcoming Live Webinars

What is the New Normal? Guidance for Reopening & Returning to Campus
June 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm (ET) 

Addressing the Collective Mental Health Burden Imposed by COVID-19
June 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm (ET)

Job-Seeking During a Pandemic: Every Nurse a Hero
June 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm (ET)

Improving Nurse Preparedness for a Pandemic Response: Implications for U.S. Schools of Nursing
June 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm (ET)

View All On-Demand COVID-19 Response Webinars

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AACN member schools are adapting their programs and clinical learning opportunities in response to COVID-19. Schools wishing to share what they are doing and resources are encouraged to send an email to


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