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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 08, 2020

Weekly Digest

In the July issue of the Journal of Nursing Education, Tara Spencer, Chief of the Nursing Education and Practice Branch at HRSA’s Division of Nursing and Public Health, contributed a guest editorial on Improving Diversity of the Nursing Workforce Through Evidence-Based Strategies. The author describes efforts underway at the federal level to enhance diversity in nursing, including a special emphasis on the work (underway with AACN) to promote holistic admission review to enrich the pipeline of students entering nursing programs.

A team of nurse researchers from Johns Hopkins University, led by Dr. Kelli DePriest, has published a new article in Nursing Outlook titled Nurse Practitioners’ Workforce Outcomes under Implementation of Full Practice Authority. Using a sample of 9,782 NPs employed in health care during the 2010-2018 timeframe, the authors explore whether implementation of full practice authority laws affects NP self-employment, average earnings, and likelihood of residing in a primary care health professional shortage area (HPSA). Findings show that full practice authority implementation improves access to primary care providers in HPSAs and may increase practice ownership among NPs.

AACN Updates

AACN and Scrubin Uniforms Partner to Provide PPE to Schools of Nursing

GNSA Virtual Poster Presentation: Deadline for Submissions is July 31

Nominations Sought for Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Lectureship Award

Donate to the COVID-19 Student Support Fund         AACN Career Center: Recruit Top Candidates in Academic Nursing

The Social Pulse

Perspectives from Academic Nursing: Anti-Racism

Teaching diverse student populations not only requires nursing faculty and leadership to recognize their own implicit bias - but also to also identify and promote social justice in their schools and communities. We applaud AACN member schools who are continuing the conversation around anti-racism. See recent blog posts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Yale University.

Listen to the Latest Episode of The Key - An Inside Higher Ed Podcast

The Key, a podcast published by Inside Higher Ed, shares candid conversations with higher education newsmakers on how colleges and universities are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. With a special focus on equity and lower income students, the latest episode details how the pandemic has exposed and worsened equity gaps in higher education. What policies and incentives could help close these gaps? Find out by listening here. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: House LHHS-ED Appropriations Subcommittee Advances FY 2021 Appropriations Bill; CDC Releases Guidance on COVID-19 Testing for Colleges and Universities; and NINR Update: New Director Named and Opportunity to Explain What Nursing Research Means to You.

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis has announced 11 members of the inaugural cohort for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators. This new fellowship program supports approximately 10 fellows each year for the next five years and is funded by a $37.5 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. It recognizes early- to mid-career nursing scholars and innovators with high potential and requires they take part in an innovative project or study. Read more >>
  • In response to an increasing need to serve patients who are at risk for behavioral health or substance abuse problems in a primary care setting, the University of Wyoming’s Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing and the Albany Community Health Clinic will implement a behavioral health integration (BHI) care model to expand a support network. The model also will elevate levels of care for patients with behavioral health problems. Implementation of the BHI program has been made possible through a $1.5 million, 3-year grant awarded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Read more >>
  • The University at Buffalo School of Nursing has received a 3-year, $1.5 million HRSA grant to increase access to mental health and substance abuse treatment by integrating care in nurse-led primary care clinics in rural and medically underserved areas in Western New York. Read more >>
  • Troy University’s School of Nursing has been awarded a grant aimed at increasing the number of qualified nursing faculty in Alabama. The HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program grant totals $89,319. As a partner in this project, Troy University will provide 10 percent of the total funding. Read more >>
  • The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing received a 3-year, $1.5 million HRSA grant to make mental health services accessible for vulnerable adults and children in rural and urban Nebraska communities. The grant will establish partnerships with two primary care clinics to provide services to underserved populations - those who are at a disadvantage due to economic, medical, or geographic barriers, including minorities. 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. Julie Sanford
University of Mississippi Medical Center

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

COVID-19 Nursing Toolkit
Yale University

Video: Practice/Academic Partnerships During the COVID-19 Crisis 
National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Webinar on July 8 at 5:00 pm (ET)

Reopening Colleges and Universities During COVID-19: Keeping Students and Communities Healthy
American Public Health Association and National Academy of Sciences

COVID-19 Dashboard - How Severe is the Pandemic Where You Live?
Harvard Global Health Institute


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