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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 29, 2020

Weekly Digest

On July 21, the National Academy of Medicine announced that the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report has been delayed and will not be published until Spring 2021. In June, the expert committee leading this work changed the scope of the report to consider newly emerging evidence related to the COVID-19 global pandemic and include recommendations regarding nursing’s role in responding to the crisis. Additionally, the committee will take into account the dramatically changed context and rapidly deployed changes in clinical care, nurse education, nursing leadership, and nursing-community partnerships as a result of the pandemic.

In the July/September 2020 issue of Nursing Administration Quarterly, Dr. Sabita Persaud from the Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Nursing published a new article titled Diversifying Nursing Leadership Through Commitment, Connection, and CollaborationBy 2043, more than half of the nation's population will belong to a minority ethnic group. While nursing has made positive strides toward increased diversity, this is not reflected in nursing leadership. This article discusses how organizations can support the leadership development of underrepresented minority (URM) nurses and highlights strategies that URM nurses can employ as they pursue leadership roles.

AACN Updates

AACN Releases Recommendations for Reopening Schools of Nursing During COVID-19

Reflections from a Leadership Coach: Navigating These Uncertain Times

Register for August 4 Webinar on “Enhancing Public Trust and Health with COVID-19 Vaccination”

Read the Latest Issue of AACN's Diversity Digest Newsletter

Application Deadline Approaching: MentorLINK

The Social Pulse

Inside Higher Ed to Host Webinar on Curriculum and Assessment Amid COVID-19 and Beyond  

During the coronavirus pandemic, colleges have been forced to adapt their methods of instruction to the new normal. What does the future of higher education look like amid the coronavirus pandemic, and what does the future hold? Join the upcoming Inside Higher Ed webinar on Wednesday, August 12 at 2:00 pm (ET). 

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Need to Diversify the Healthcare Workforce

There is increasing evidence that communities of color are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19. A more diverse public health workforce can help address this issue, along with many other health disparities. Read this article from Diverse Education that describes how the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need to diversify the healthcare workforce.

Donate to the COVID-19 Student Support Fund           Registration Deadline Approaching - Apply Now for the Advancing Academic Nursing Leadership for New Deans Program!

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: COVID-19 Legislative and Policy Update; Stakeholder Engagement Opportunity: CDC Forums on the Management of Acute and Chronic Pain; and Continue Your Advocacy During the August Recess.

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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

Featured Video Submissions



Dr. Anna McDaniel
University of Florida


Dr. Joan Slager
Frontier Nursing University


Find out what your colleagues are saying about nursing's response to COVID-19 at AACN's  Gallery of Leadership.

School News

University of Missouri – July 27, 2020
MU School of Nursing programs provide assistance to more than 500 nursing homes during COVID-19

University of Hawai´i  - July 21, 2020
University of Hawai´i Contact Tracing Trainees Want to Help Local Communities

Latest Resource

Inside Higher Ed Podcast
Online Learning's Outlook for the Fall

Association of American Medical Colleges
A Road Map to Reset the Nation's Approach to the Pandemic


Upcoming AACN Webinars

Enhancing Public Trust and Health with COVID-19 Vaccination: Planning Recommendations
August 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm (ET)

Innovations in Personal Protective Equipment
August 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm (ET)

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