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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 15, 2020

Weekly Digest

As a special supplement to the July 2020 Journal of Nursing Regulation, Dr. Nancy Spector with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and a team of experts published NCSBN Regulatory Guidelines and Evidence-Based Quality Indicators for Nursing Education Programs. This report details a three-part, mixed-methods national study that NCSBN conducted to identify quality indicators of nursing education programs, as well as warning signs when programs begin to fall below standards. This groundbreaking work provides nursing regulators with evidence-based and legally defensible tools for approving programs.

On July 14, 2020, the editors of Inside Higher Ed published a new compendium of articles titled Curriculum and Assessment Amid COVID-19 and BeyondArticles featured in this publication focus on what we have learned from remote learning,  values-centered instructional learning,  opportunities for  faculty development, engaging students, equitable exams, and related issues.  

AACN Updates

CastleBranch Offers Free Access to COVID-19 Screening Solution to AACN Schools

MentorLINK 2020 Dean Cohort: Application Deadline is August 5

Stay Engaged and Connected with AACN’s On-Demand Webinars

Deadline Approaching for AACN Awards - Nominate Now!

The Social Pulse

Input Requested: American Nurses Foundation Financial Impact Survey 

Nurses! Has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted you financially? The American Nurses Foundation is conducting a Pulse on the Nation's Nurses: A COVID-19 Survey. Make your voice and experience count by taking a few minutes to complete the  Financial Impact Survey by July 31.

Nurses as Activists for Equality: Nursing Now to Host Webinar 

Nursing Now, a global campaign aimed at raising the profile of nursing, will host a webinar on Monday, July 20 at 10:00 am (EDT) titled ‘Discussing racism: Nurses as activists for equality’.  Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights from leadership from the American Nurses Association, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, and the University of São Paulo. Register here.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: House Appropriations Committee Advances FY 2021 LHHS-ED Bill; COVID-19 Legislative and Policy Update: Committee Action and Federal Partnerships; and AACN Attends Virtual Event on the Future of Healthcare.

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Opportunities & Resources to Consider

  • Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an initiative that encourages the infusion of adolescent screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) education into undergraduate and graduate curriculum and the adoption of adolescent SBIRT by social workers, nurses, and other practitioners. The project offers many informative webinars, both archived and upcoming.
  • Apple Education Events is hosting a free webinar for nursing deans and leadership teams on July 17, 2020 from 1:00-3:00 pm (ET). Participants will discover how mobile technology is helping today’s nurses and healthcare professionals to greatly improve communication, collaboration, and patient care. Learn more and register online
  • Optum Health Education is offering a free course titled Advancing Health Equity Multi-Credit Education. The course provides an overview of the fundamentals of health equity and present ways in which healthcare professionals can apply the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to most effectively tailor healthcare delivery to all. Learn more and register online.

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. Linda Flynn
Rutgers University


Dr. Tama Morris

Queens University of Charlotte


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 today, Wednesday, July 15.
For more details, contact Jessica Washington at

View Gallery of Leadership

Submit a Video 


Latest School News

Mount Carmel College of Nursing – July 14, 2020
Nursing Student Alumni Share Experiences from the COVID-19 Frontline

University of Kentucky – July 14, 2020
UK College of Nursing conducting COVID-19 impact study on Appalachian, Black communities

South University – July 14, 2020
South University offering free contact tracing course to combat the spread of COVID-19


Latest Resource

New Data Visualization Depicting Connection Between COVID-19 Case Rates and Deaths
Harvard University School of Public Health


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