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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 30, 2020

Rounds with Leadership: Combating Racism and Cultivating Inclusion


At a time when our nation is struggling to address systemic racism and the inequities that have long plagued communities of color, it was truly unsettling to see the recent Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping , which calls for restrictions on diversity training offered at federal agencies. Though the impact this may have on nursing schools has yet to be determined, this action diminishes the importance of exposing discrimination, sexism, and injustice as well as the work underway to find common ground through education and self-assessment. With a growing awareness around the need for change, now is not the time to retreat from strategies that help individuals and communities come together and co-create a future that celebrates diversity and respect for all.

As academic nursing leaders, we understand the role education can play in bringing marginalized groups together. Moving towards a more diverse and inclusive nursing profession is essential to meeting the healthcare needs of the nation and reducing health disparities that exist among many underserved populations.


Weekly Digest

Published online September 19 by the Journal of Professional Nursing, and part of an upcoming special section on the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) PhD Summit, AACN President and CEO Dr. Deborah Trautman co-authored an article with Dr. Antonia Villarruel and Dr. Julie Fairman from the Penn School of Nursing titled From Vision to Action: Next Steps in Designing PhD Programs of the Future. To address the challenges and opportunities facing nursing’s research-focused doctorate, Penn convened an invitational summit focused on issues impacting pathways to the PhD, including recruiting undergraduate students, establishing partnerships, and creating clear evaluation methods. With follow-up discussions at AACN’s Doctoral Education Conference, stakeholders also discussed the need to identify competencies, common subject areas, and financial resources for PhD students/graduates. This article includes a synthesis of discussions, considerations, and challenges affecting nursing PhD programs and serves as a basis and catalyst for further action.

AACN Updates

Hurst Review Offers New Scholarship to Prelicensure Students through AACN's Foundation

Register Today for the Virtual Fall Faculty Forum, December 7-9

Meet the New AACN-CDC Public Health Nursing Fellow Priya Schaffner 

Recruit Top Candidates with AACN's Career Center         

Explore AACN's On-Demand Webinars

The Social Pulse

University of Virginia Team Helps Richmond Residents Access Telehealth Services

COVID-19 has caused more nurses and physicians to use telehealth to connect with their patients, but more than 300,000 rural residents in Virginia lack high speed Internet.  See how a team at the University of Virginia is proposing alternative ways to make it easy for patients to connect with their doctors online.

#InternationalPodcastDay: Exploring Top Nurse Podcasts

Today is #InternationalPodcastDay! We encourage AACN members to explore the top podcasts for nursing leaders, educators, professionals, and students. The featured podcasts are highlighted by the Health Podcast Network, which features authoritative shows, hosts, and guests who take on the tough topics in health and care with empathy, expertise, and a commitment to excellence. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Senate HELP Committee Holds Virtual Hearing on COVID-19 Federal Response; Ways and Means Committee Issues Request for Information; Administration Action: Recently Released Executive Orders; and Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity at NINR. 

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

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.

Latest Resources

How COVID-19 Changed Online Teaching Strategies by  Insider Higher Ed
October 13 at 2:00 pm (ET)

Virtual Symposium
COVID-19 The Road to Recovery 
by everbridge 
October 14-15

Share Your Resources

Schools wishing to suggest resources and links to be added to this section are encouraged to send an email to


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