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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 01, 2020

Weekly Digest

On June 25, Elizabeth Redden with Inside Higher Ed published an article titled Clinical Education in a Pandemic Era, which features comments from AACN President and CEO Deborah Trautman.  As states begin to emerge from lockdown prompted by COVID-19, students in healthcare fields are resuming in-person clinical training. The author looks across the health professions at how clinical education is being addressed given the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic and the need to keep students safe.

On June 26, Dr. Diana Mason from The George Washington University (GWU) School of Nursing published an opinion piece in USA Today titled Nurses Lack Representation in Media: Recognize Them for the Leaders That They Are. Despite having highly relevant expertise and perspectives, nurses are cited as sources in only 2% of the health news stories and never cited in policy-related health stories. Dr. Mason considers the reasons behind this reality in light of findings from the 2017 Woodhull Revisited Study  that she conducted with colleagues from GWU's Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement. 

AACN Updates

New Board of Nursing Professional Licensure Requirements Go Into Effect Today

New NINR Director Announced

AACN Gallery of Leadership - Last Call for Dean Video Submissions

Call for Submissions - GNSA Virtual Poster Presentations

The Social Pulse

Startups Helping Frontline Health Workers Beat the Odds 

Impact investing can help  #backthefrontline when it supports entrepreneurs and business leaders who work with communities to solve health challenges. Village Capital is partnering with Johnson & Johnson Impact Ventures on an initiative to highlight startup innovations in the U.S. that support health workers and relieve the burden on overstretched public health systems. Learn more about this partnership here.  

"We're talking life and death. In football, if you give up a first down... everybody is still alive. In nursing, if you don't catch something, then somebody's family could be affected by that mistake or that decision forever. I just knew immediately that I loved health care." - Jeremy Jarmon

For the last two years, this former University of Kentucky standout defensive lineman and National Football League (NFL) alumnus has worked as a nurse at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Read his story here, and learn why he decided to make his career change.  

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: AACN's Government Affairs and Policy team reflects on the first half of 2020 and provides an overview of the advocacy work and successes from these past six-months. We'd like to thank all of our AACN Advocates for your impactful efforts and wish everyone a happy Fourth of July! View the infographic here and check out our Advocacy and Policy COVID-19 efforts webpage  here.

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Member News & Announcements

  • Dr. Linda Flynn has been appointed dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing. She had served as interim dean since September 2019. Dr. Flynn now permanently takes the helm of the largest and most comprehensive nursing school in New Jersey, and one of the largest Doctor of Nursing Practice programs in the country.  Read more >>
  • The College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University (GMU) has announced that Dr. Martha (Marti) Kubik has been appointed as professor and director of the School of Nursing. Dr. Kubik most recently was a professor of nursing and former chair of the Department of Nursing at Temple University's College of Public Health.  Read more >>
  • Dr. Dina Byers has been named dean of the Murray State University School of Nursing and Health Professions. Dr. Byers had been serving as interim dean since 2019. She began her career at Murray State in 2008 as an assistant professor before becoming an associate professor in 2013.  Read more >>
  • Dr. Shelley Johnson is the new dean for the School of Nursing at Florida A&M University. Her experience includes serving on the administration teams for Chamberlain, Lincoln, Rutgers and La Salle universities as well as the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Johnson will assume her new role July 1. Read more >>
  • The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis has announced the appointment of Dr. Piri Ackerman-Barger to the newly created position of associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. In this position, Dr. Ackerman-Barger will lead the school’s efforts to create a diverse and welcoming setting in which to learn, work and collaborate. She also will design initiatives so the school’s learning environments, workforce, programs, services and partnerships are more diverse and inclusive. Read more >>
  • The Eastern Illinois University (EIU) Board of Trustees voted to rename EIU’s new School of Nursing the “The Gail & Richard Lumpkin School of Nursing.” The name honors the late Richard Lumpkin, his wife Gail, and the Lumpkin family’s enduring legacy of philanthropy and significant community involvement in their mission to support organizations who are working towards healthy, sustainable communities. 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. Mary Lou Sole
University of Central Florida


Dr. Bernadette Melnyk
The OhioState 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 by Wednesday, July 15.

Submit a Video

Latest COVID-19 Resources

Student Volunteer Opportunity at Students Assist America-American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

Weekly COVID-19 Clinical Round Series– U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

This initiative supports a series of three weekly teleECHO programs –

  • Tuesdays 12:00-1:00 pm (ET) - Critical Care: Lifesaving Treatment and Clinical Operations
  • Thursdays 12:00-1:00 pm (ET) - Emergency Department: Patient Care and Clinical Operations
  • Mondays 12:00-1:00 pm (ET) - EMS: Patient Care and Operations

The aim is to create peer-to-peer learning networks where clinicians who have more experience treating patients with COVID-19 share their challenges and successes with clinicians across the U.S. and around the world with a wide variety of experience treating COVID-19.

Weekly Webinar Series: Medical & Public Health Considerations of COVID-19– American College of Medical Toxicology

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