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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 02, 2020

Weekly Digest

In the September 2020 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education, Dr. Vernell DeWitty, AACN’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, co-authored a guest editorial with Dr. Teri Murray, Professor and Dean Emerita at Saint Louis University, titled Influence of Climate and Culture on Minority Faculty Retention. In response to the national dialogue about race, racism, inclusion, and belonging in academic nursing, Dr. DeWitty has led the development of a new survey instrument to capture the feelings and experiences of underrepresented minorities in nursing programs. The authors introduce a new Culture and Climate Survey, called Learning Across Multidimensional Perspectives© (LAMP), which was developed to provide nursing schools with knowledge on how their learning environments are influencing faculty and students' experiences and outcomes.

On September 1, the American Nurses Association released findings from a new nationwide COVID-19 survey, which found that personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages persist and re-use practices for single-use PPE are on the rise, despite a lack of standard practices and evidence of safety. Key findings from this survey of more than 21,000 U.S. nurses include that 42% of nurses say they are still experiencing widespread or intermittent PPE shortages, and 53% say that re-using and decontaminating masks makes them feel unsafe.

AACN Updates

Announcing AACN's Fall Faculty Forum - Submit an Abstract Today

AACN and NIDA Announce 2020 Call for Proposals on Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Perspectives on Creative Clinical Placement in the Time of COVID-19 

Register Now: NursingCAS Virtual College Recruitment Fair, October 7

The Social Pulse

Year of the Nurse and the Midwife: Support the NursingNow Nightingale Challenge

The Nightingale Challenge asks for every health employer to provide leadership and development training for a group of young nurses and midwives during 2020, the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. We encourage the academic nursing community to support this movement by signing up your school and spreading the word! Use the hashtag #NightingaleChallenge when tweeting.

Johnson & Johnson Shares Video Dedicated to Nurses on the Frontlines

“Nurses change lives. And that changes everything.”

From repurposing bike helmet harnesses to discovering new ways to preserve PPE, nurses have gone above and beyond in their role and have introduced incredible care innovations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch and share this social media video created by Johnson & Johnson acknowledging the dedication of the nursing workforce.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Join AACN for a Webinar on the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act; Trump Administration to Deliver 150 Million Rapid COVID-19 Tests This Year;  Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes: Counting Down to the 2020 Election.

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

Member News & Announcements

  • Dr. Diane Santa Maria has been appointed dean of the Jane and Robert Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), effective September 1. Dr. Santa Maria will serve as the Jane and Robert Cizik Distinguished Chair and the Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing Education Leadership. Read more >>

  • Dr. Marla De Jong has been named dean of the University of Utah College of Nursing (UTCON) effective August 17. Previously, Dr. De Jong served as professor and chair of Acute and Chronic Care at UTCON. She will oversee the undergraduate and graduate programs of the college, with a focus on interdisciplinary teaching, research, clinical practice, and service. Read more >>
  • Rush University has named Dr. Christine M. Kennedy the John L. and Helen Kellogg Dean of the Rush University College of Nursing. Dr. Kennedy previously served as associate dean for academic programs at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She will assume her new role on November 1. A distinguished academic nursing scholar and leader, Dr. Kennedy will serve in a role at Rush that started as the first endowed nursing deanship in the country. Read more >>
  • Dr. Mary Lou Sole has been reappointed as the dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She joined the faculty of UCF in 1991. She became dean of the College of Nursing in 2015 after serving in various administrative roles. She is also the Orlando Health Endowed Chair in Nursing. Read more >>
  • The Ohio State University College of Nursing has launched a new monthly thought leadership series called Transformative Solutions in Healthcare. Articles in this series will  challenge traditional thinking, address policy issues relevant to education, and advocate for evidence-based practices that transform health and improve lives. Read more >>
  • The University of Maryland School of Nursing has announced that Dr. Nancy Bolan, assistant professor, has been named director of the Office of Global Health, and Dr. Lynn Marie Bullock, assistant professor, has been named director of the Office of Professional Education. Read more >>
  • Dr. Holly Harner has been appointed the Afaf I. Meleis Director of the Center for Global Women’s Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She recently joined Penn Nursing as a Practice Professor of Women's Health in the Department of Family and Community Health. 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

Featured Video Submissions


Dr. Judy Didion
Oakland University


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Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

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


School News

University of South Florida – September 2, 2020
USF Supports COVID-19 Research Partnerships with New Seed Grants

University of Cincinnati – September 2, 2020
UC College of Nursing Students Learning on the Front Lines

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa – August 27, 2020
HIDOE Expands Hawaii Keiki Health Services to Address COVID-19 Pandemic by Adding More Than a Dozen Nurses to the Program


Latest COVID-19 Resources

Free Resource Center -  End-of-Life-Care Support for Nurses During COVID-19
End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)

September 2 Live Updates and News on Coronavirus and Higher Education
Inside Higher Ed

Upcoming AACN COVID-19 Response Webinars

Practice and Policy in a Pandemic: Accreditation, Regulations, Future Implications
September 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm (ET)

Online Teaching Strategies to Keep Your Students Engaged Virtually
September 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm (ET)

Missed a COVID-19 webinar? Watch them on-demand!

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