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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published June 24, 2020

Rounds with Leadership: Is Paying for Clinical Preceptors Our Future? 


In response to the recent increase in anecdotal reports from nursing schools regarding paying for preceptors and access to clinical sites, AACN and the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) launched a joint survey last fall to better understand the issues. AACN sent a survey to the deans of our 825 member schools and received completed surveys from 306 schools (37% response rate).

The survey found that the majority of schools in this representative sample are not currently paying, nor have they paid in the past, for clinical preceptors or clinical placement sites. However, a large majority of schools are concerned about the future demand to pay. The survey also found that the most difficult types of clinical placement sites for baccalaureate programs to find were pediatric acute care, obstetrics, and mental health sites/experiences. The most difficult placement sites for graduate programs to find were family practice/primary care, pediatric primary care, and women’s health sites.


Weekly Digest

On June 15, Nicole Fauteaux with Charting Nursing’s Future published a new online article titled Nurse Educators Consider the Path Forward During COVID-19. The author details how academic nursing leaders are taking action to ensure that the nation’s supply of new nurses remains robust despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. Issues related to clinical education, the expanding use of simulation, and innovations in regulation are addressed. AACN President and CEO Deborah Trautman is featured among the leading authorities quoted in this piece.  
On June 5, Gretchen Berlin, RN, and her colleagues with McKinsey & Company posted a new article titled Future of Nursing: Supporting Nurses Across Settings. The authors examine the trends impacting where and how patients receive care, which points away from traditional acute care settings. Issues connected to this trend include rapid technological advancements (e.g., telehealth), consumer sentiment around site-of-care selection, and the increasing need for post-acute care to provide much needed relief to acute facilities. The writing team also addresses how nurses in these settings will require new supports and resources to ensure their physical and psychological safety. 

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The Social Pulse

Spread the Word: Foundation for Academic Nursing COVID-19 Student Support Fund

Thank you to our donors - COVID-19 Student Support Fund

We extend our gratitude to the donors who contributed to the COVID-19 Student Support Fund!  The donations will help students whose education and lives have been directly impacted by the coronavirus. See the newest donors on Twitter here! To see all donors and learn how you can get involved, visit the website here.

Help spread the word! Retweet this tweet, or share with your social media networks. Every donation can make a difference in the life of a nursing student in need. 

NINR Launches Feedback Campaign to Describe Future Frontiers in Nursing Science

The National Institute of Nursing Research is seeking insights on what nursing research means to the nursing community. Not sure how to answer the question? Simply picture the future of nursing research over the next decade and share your vision. The deadline to submit a response is August 31, 2020.       

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Supreme Court Decision Blocks Termination of DACA Program;  All of Us Research Program Joins the Fight Against COVID-19; and AACN FY 2021 Appropriations Update: Momentum Building.

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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. 


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