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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 16, 2020

Weekly Digest

Dr. Mary G. Boland, dean of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, published a new article with her colleagues in the Hawaii Journal of Health and Social Welfare titled Navigating Uncharted Waters: Preparing COVID-19 Capable Nurses to Work in a Transformed Workplace. The authors detailed how the nursing school took decisive action in response to COVID-19 to address student, campus, and community needs, including accelerating the adoption of telehealth, enhancing emergency preparedness education, and leveraging team-based interprofessional care delivery. 

On August 31, a writing team led by Dr. Kennita R. Carter from the Health Resources and Services Administration published a new commentary in the National Academy of Medicine’s online journal NAM Perspectives titled Educating Health Professions Educators to Address the “isms." Educating faculty on how to create a safe environment for students and colleagues to talk authentically about the isms requires transparency and focused self-assessment. The authors offer practical steps on addressing the “isms,” which are defined as any of conscious or unconscious discrimination, prejudice, or stigmatization against a group or population, including racism, sexism, ageism, xenophobia, homophobia, and ableism, among others. 

AACN Updates

Registration Now Open for AACN’s Diversity Symposium

Foundation for Academic Nursing Continues Support for Students Impacted by COVID-19

Dr. Cynthia Clark to Receive John P. McGovern Lectureship Award at Academic Nursing Leadership Conference 


Register Now - 2020 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference             

Donate to the COVID-19 Student Support Fund

The Social Pulse

University of Wyoming School of Nursing Graduate Combines Education and Military Training in Battling Pandemic

“We are proud of our University of Wyoming alumni who are supporting the healthcare needs of our communities, especially now during a global pandemic. We love hearing stories like Stephen’s that highlight how our graduates are prepared to make a difference wherever they may be.”

--Sherrill Smith, dean of the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

Captain Stephen Russell, who graduated from the University of Wyoming’s Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing in 2017, has gone from providing health care to U.S. Army soldiers to caring for patients on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Read more about his experience here.

What Nurses Need to Know: Recognize When You’re Out of Your Resilient Zone and Take Action

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, nurses remain at the forefront of the crisis. As a result, many nurses report feelings of anxiety, stress, and being overwhelmed. Read the latest On the Pulse blog from Johns Hopkins Nursing, offering advice on how RNs and healthcare professionals can handle stress during this unprecedented public health crisis.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: AACN’s Participation in the Research!America’s 2020 Virtual National Health Research Forum; NIH Welcomes New NINR Director, Dr. Shannon Zenk; COVID-19 Legislative and Advocacy Updates. 

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

Opportunities & Resources to Consider

  • The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School has produced a two-module series on Reducing Stigma Education Tools (ReSET), which nurses may access for free. Stigma towards patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) remains a substantial barrier to individuals living with addiction accessing health care and receiving appropriate treatment. This resource provides two educational modules that provides background on how stigma towards patients with opioid use disorder manifests in healthcare settings (Module 1) and covers how to develop practical tools for addressing stigma and delivering compassionate, recovery-oriented care to OUD patients. (Module 2).

  • Register now to participate and host a room in the NursingCAS Virtual College Recruitment Fair on Wednesday, October 7! 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. Prospective students will have the opportunity to chat directly with school representatives and ask questions that would aid their decision-making process.
  • AACN’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Lectureship Award recognizes outstanding contributions made by schools of nursing that champion diversity, inclusion, and sustainability in nursing education. Annual awards may be made to one school in each of the following categories: Public Colleges/Universities, Private College/Universities, Small Liberal Arts Colleges, and Academic Health Centers. The nomination deadline has been extended to 12:00 pm (ET), December 4, 2020.
  • “Not Missing the Opportunity: Strategies to Promote Cultural Humility among Future Nursing Faculty” from the Journal of Professional Nursing is one of 101 articles from 101 different nursing journals presented in the 2020 INANE (International Academy of Nursing Editors) Virtual Journal. All articles are available in full in this virtual journal.
  • The American Council on Education (ACE) has announced a $900,000 competition designed to identify blockchain-based solutions that will help underserved learners document their skills and credentials and share them with potential employers. The Blockchain Innovation Challenge is part of ACE's Education Blockchain Initiative, a U.S. Department of Education-funded effort launched in February to explore the use of distributed ledger technology in education.
  • Apple will host a webinar on September 24 at 1:00 pm (ET) featuring two nursing leaders from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford: Dr. Kathleen Bradley, associate chief nursing officer, and Margie Godin, informatics nurse specialist. Discover how they are using the iPad to reimagine learning, collaboration, and innovation, and explore how Apple technology supports student-centered learning and enables faculty to best prepare learners for careers in health care. Register here.

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.

School Resources

University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Documenting Pandemic Impacts: Best Practice

University of Houston
COVID-19 Contact Tracing For Nursing Professionals


On-Demand AACN COVID-19 Webinars by Topic

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