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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published August 19, 2020

Weekly Digest

On August 6, 2020, Dr. Pamela Cipriano, dean of the University of Virginia School of Nursing, coauthored a commentary in the National Academy of Medicine’s PERSPECTIVES, titled Stigma Compounds the Consequences of Clinician Burnout During COVID-19: A Call to Action to Break the Culture of Silence. This article focuses on the story of Dr. Lorna Breen, a physician who died by suicide in April out of fear that if she sought help for mental health, she might lose her job, her colleagues, and even her medical license. Co-written by Dr. Breen’s sister and brother-in-law, the authors encourage nurses and physicians to seek help when needed to address mental illness, substance use disorder, and burnout so that the paradigm of silence and shame can finally end.

In the July 2020 issue of the American Journal of Critical Care, a writing team from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, led by Dr. Sandra Dunbar, published A Tribute to Our Nurses on the Front Lines of Care. This commentary applauds the heroic work of nurses who are fighting COVID-19 and finding innovative ways to keep patients safe and provide compassionate care. The authors also describe the work underway to maintain quality academic programs needed to prepare the next generation of caregivers, researchers, and policy advocates.

AACN Updates

Join Us in October for the Virtual Academic Nursing Leadership Conference

Upcoming Webinar, 8/25: Clinical Learning Opportunities with the American Red Cross

Read the Latest Issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing

Submit an Abstract for the 2020 Diversity Symposium         

The Social Pulse

Meet 10 Nurses Pioneering Innovative COVID-19 Solutions

From developing a virtual rounding tool to creating color-coded signs to improve communication, nurses are contributing to an incredible wave of innovation in response to COVID-19. Johnson & Johnson recently spoke with 10 U.S. nurses who have developed unique solutions during the pandemic. Read the story here

Connect with Colleagues on AACN's Social Member Community

Are you part of the important conversations happening on AACN Connect? Since 2017, the AACN Member Community,  AACN Connect, has had hundreds of unique contributors discussing many of the most important issues in nursing education. To join the conversation, log into and network with fellow deans, faculty, and staff.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: COVID-19 Policy Update: Federal Partnerships and Agency Action; AACN Attends Virtual Events on COVID-19’s Impact on Higher Education and Public Health. 

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Opportunities & Resources to Consider

  • Tomorrow, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) will host a free 90-minute webinar on Nursing’s Role in Health Equity, Public Health Emergencies, and COVID-19 – Critical Issues for The Future of Nursing 2020-2030. During the webinar, representatives from the NAM study on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 will share updates on the study’s status and seek public input on nurses’ roles in responding to COVID-19. A panel of experts will also discuss how nursing can advance health equity, the role of nurses in public health emergencies, and nurses’ experiences on the frontlines of COVID-19.

  • Johnson & Johnson has launched the Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in COVID-19 Patient Care in partnership with the American Organization for Nursing Leadership and the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, & Leaders. For this challenge, nurses and nursing students from around the world are invited to submit solutions for improving patient care amid COVID-19.  Submission deadline is September 29.
  • The NurseManifest project will be hosting a series of web discussions on “Overdue Reckoning on Racism in Nursing” September 12 through October 10. This initiative is, in part, an outgrowth of the project’s 2018 Nursing Activism Think Tank. There is no charge for participating.
  • AACN, in partnership with The DAISY Foundation™, the National League for Nursing, and the Organization of Associate Degree Nurses, is issuing a national call to action for schools of nursing to recognize and celebrate their nursing faculty as role models in compassionate nursing practice. The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Faculty provides the means for nursing faculty’s stories to be honored, shared, and preserved; and for the honoree, to be a part of DAISY’s international community of outstanding nurses.

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. Linda Lewandowski
University of Toledo


Dr. Brenda Petersen
University of Southern Maine


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

Latest Resource

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Upcoming AACN COVID-19 Response Webinars

Clinical Learning Opportunities with the American Red Cross
August 25 at 2:00 pm (ET)

Keeping Nursing Students Safe in Clinicals – Registration TBA
September 1 at 2:00 pm (ET)

Practice and Policy in a Pandemic: Accreditation, Regulations, Future Implications
September 9 at 2:00 pm

Online Teaching Strategies to Keep Your Students Engaged Virtually
September 10 at 2:00 pm (ET)

Watch On-Demand COVID-19 Response Webinars

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