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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 09, 2020

Weekly Digest

Earlier today,, a comprehensive online platform dedicated to innovations in health professions education, posted a new podcast featuring AACN President and CEO Deborah Trautman titled All Nurses Are Leaders. In this wide-ranging interview, Dr. Trautman speaks with Dr. Rishi Desai about the shift toward competency-based curriculum, the impact of COVID on academic nursing, the importance of mentorship, and the challenge of separating policy from politics. Dr. Trautman makes the case that no matter what position nurses hold, all are leaders with a responsibility to use their knowledge to impact change. 

In the September 2020 issue of the GNSA Bulletin, Cassie Dziobek, a member of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) Leadership Council, published an article on Graduate Clinical Placements in the Time of COVID. A post-doctoral fellow at Dartmouth College, the author provides seven helpful tips that graduate students can use to meet clinical learning requirements during these challenging times.

AACN Updates

Academic Nursing Leadership Conference Virtual Experience Begins October 1: Register Today!

ELNEC Educating New Graduates in Collaboration with AACN/Vizient Nurse Residency Program

Deadline Extended: Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Lectureship Award

Upcoming Webinar, September 10: Online Teaching Strategies to Keep Your Students Engaged Virtually

Register for AACN's Fall Faculty Forum

               Join the Conversation on AACN Connect!

The Social Pulse

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood Interviewed on Hospitals in Focus Podcast

Women in the United States suffer the worst maternal mortality rates in the developed world. Congresswoman Lauren Underwood is working to change that. In a recent episode of  Hospitals in Focus, a new podcast from the Federation of American Hospitals, she discusses social determinants of health that are leading to poor health outcomes for Black and minority mothers, how COVID-19 has advanced patient care approaches like telemedicine to benefit new mothers’ mental health, and how she collaborated with her colleagues across the aisle to find solutions. This episode is part of the podcast's Advancing Healthy Equity Series. Listen to the podcast here.

Register Now: NursingCAS Virtual College Recruitment Fair on October 7

Discover Nursing Virtual FairRegister now to participate and host a room in the NursingCAS Virtual College Recruitment Fair on Wednesday, October 7. 

AACN will market the  Discover Nursing Virtual Fair to 63,000+ current NursingCAS applicants. During the fair, NursingCAS schools will be able to chat virtually (and host other sessions!) with prospective students in their own personalized chat rooms in this live, online event. AACN anticipates a large attendance this year given the popularity of virtual recruitment events during COVID-19.

Last year’s inaugural event included 2,000 students from 50 states and 29 countries with 60 colleges of nursing participating.  Early Registration is $295 and ends September 15. The registration fee between September 16-30 will increase to $395.

Washington Weekly

Inside this special Advocacy edition of  Washington Weekly: Urge Congress to pass the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act (S.4396/H.R.7945); Urge your Senators to cosponsor and pass the strengthening America’s Health Care Readiness Act (S. 4055); and Support World War II cadet nurses. 

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • Dr. Lin Zhan, dean and professor at the University of Memphis College of Nursing and AACN Board Treasurer, has been awarded a two-year, $972,435 grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant will establish the Rural Nurses Leading Eldercare Advancement through Diversity (RNs LEAD) project and provide 44 nursing students up to $16,000 for scholarships and living stipends. Read more >>

  • The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at University of California Davis has announced a new Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program. Funded by a $2.6 million HRSA grant, the program provides tuition support to disadvantaged students in the school’s entry-level nursing program. Read more >>
  • California State University Fullerton's School of Nursing has been awarded a five-year, $3.25 million HRSA grant to increase the pipeline of graduate-level nurses in underserved communities. One hundred percent of first-year funding, totaling $650,000, will go toward scholarships for underrepresented students during the 2020-21 academic year. Read more >>
  • Dr. J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has received a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the effectiveness of Project ENABLE Cornerstone, a lay navigator-led, community-based palliative care intervention for rural and African-American family caregivers in the Southeast. 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. The following information and opportunities are currently featured.

AACN Gallery of Leadership

Featured Video Submissions

Dr. Terri Weaver

Dr. Terri Weaver
University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Wendy Likes

Dr. Wendy Likes
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

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

Featured Resource

Inside Higher Ed Webinar – September 22 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Higher Ed’s Responsive Strategies to COVID Bring About Faculty Confidence and Optimism

School News

University of North Dakota – September 8, 2020
UND, Sanford Join on COVID Behavioral Health Support Site

University of Kentucky – August 27, 2020
College of Nursing Research Partners with Churches to Address COVID-19, Health Disparities

Upcoming AACN Webinars

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

Watch COVID-19 Response Webinars On-Demand
AACN has developed over 25 webinars in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Note: These webinars are free and open to the public.


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