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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published June 10, 2020

Weekly Digest

Currently in press with the Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Kechinyere C. Iheduru-Anderson from Central Michigan University published a new article titled The White/Black Hierarchy Institutionalizes White Supremacy in Nursing and Nursing Leadership in the United States. In this article, the author explores how the perception of racial bias affects the motivation of African American nurses in the US to seek nursing leadership and faculty positions, as well as perceived racism-related barriers that prevent these individuals from moving forward with their careers in academia and nursing leadership.

In the June 2020 issue of the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, Drs. Polly Mazanec, Betty Ferrell, and a team of experts from the City of Hope published a new article titled Preparing New Graduate RNs to Provide Primary Palliative Care. The researchers detail how a large southwestern Magnet comprehensive cancer center integrated the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)-Undergraduate Curriculum into their nurse residency program during 2018 with 55 new RNs. Follow-up evaluations found improvements in patient outcomes and clinical practice.

AACN Updates

New Funding Received to Expand the COVID-19 Nursing Student Support Fund

AACN's Summer Seminar Is Cancelled

Interview with DNP Nurse Working as a Community Outreach Specialist During Pandemic 

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The Social Pulse

Nursing Community at Emory Emergency Medicine Share Experiences with Racism

"It was February of this year. I dropped off my daughter at karate class. I got out of the car, walked to the grocery store and came back and sat in the car to wait until karate class was over. A police officer knocked on my car window and he asked me if this is my car. I said yes. He said 'well the people inside of the daycare center called the police saying they thought you were stealing this car.' It was my car."

This is one of many stories shared by students, physicians, and professors at Emory Emergency Medicine on their experiences with racism. Watch this video to hear more and share to raise awareness and educate others. 

Houston Boxer Balanced Nursing School and Olympic Dreams

"I would train in the morning and go to school. Got my studies out of the way, maybe sparred during the night, or train again later that night." -Darius Fulghum

Read this inspiring story about Darius, who finished nursing school and made the U.S. Boxing Olympic team - despite the coronavirus pandemic. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Senators Hold A Hearing on Ways to Safely and Effectively Reopen Colleges; COVID-19 Legislative Update: AACN’s Coalition Activity; and Join AACN’s  Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes Initiative.


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New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

The Maryland Higher Education Commission has announced $29.3 million has been awarded for 29 Competitive Institutional Grant proposals at 14 Maryland nursing programs, including these AACN-member schools: Coppin State University, Frostburg State University, Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Salisbury University, Stevenson University, and University of Maryland. Grants will support efforts to increase the nurse faculty population and the educational capacity needed to prepare a strong nursing workforce for Maryland’s hospitals and health systems. Read more >>

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi received $650K in funding through the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program. The grant will support 325 BSN students who have financial need, including students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups. The potential of the grant, if renewed over the 5-year period (July 1, 2020-June 20, 2025), is more than $3.2 million. Read more >>

Henry Ford Health System and Michigan State University announced they have signed a letter of intent to expand their long-term partnership to create a fully integrated cancer program, to build a joint Research Institute in Detroit, and expand education and training. The partnership also will aim to redesign patient care to address disparities to make health care more accessible and affordable to the patients who are most vulnerable. Read more >

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provided $3.24 million in grant funding over five years (2020-2025) to the University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Funding will be used for the Supporting the Retention of Next Generation Registered Nurses (STRONG-RNs) project, which is directed by Dr. Eric Bailey, Assistant Dean of Nursing Students.

The Texas A&M College of Nursing received a $1.5 million HRSA grant to establish an academic-practice partnership with five different clinical sites to provide primary care led by family nurse practitioners strategically integrating with behavioral health services. With the College of Nursing as the hub of an integrated health network, students will have the opportunity to be immersed in clinical education and training while increasing access to care in underserved areas of the state. Read more >>

Dr. Molly McNett, professor at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, along with Dr. Shraddha Mainali, neurologist at the university’s College of Medicine, are part of an eight-member team of adult and pediatric international experts studying the impact of COVID-19 on the nervous system, using the global platform in the context of a pandemic. The study aims to establish research protocols for gathering data and evaluating the knowledge gaps in a systematic manner. This initiative represents one of the largest global research collaboratives to study the neurological manifestation of COVID-19. 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 Submissions
Dr. Usha Menon
University of South Florida

Dr. Leslie Neal-Boylan
University of Massachusetts Lowell



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.

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Latest COVID-19 Resources

WHO Resource: Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19
Responding to Challenges of Older Adults with COVID-19- University of Pennsylvania - June 10, 2020

AACN COVID-19 Response Webinars

Upcoming Live Webinars

Aired on June 8 - Watch On-Demand 

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)


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