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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 07, 2020

Weekly Digest

On September 30, Dr. Susan B. Hassmiller, Senior Adviser for Nursing with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, published a new commentary on the  Health Affairs blog titled  Health Equity and The Future of Nursing, Post-COVID-19. With data gathering for the  Future of Nursing 2020-2030 currently underway, Dr. Hassmiller discusses the growing consensus that cross-sector alignment of health care, public health, and social service systems can promote population health and the efficient use of resources. The upcoming report, which will be released in 2021, will inform how nurses can best be utilized to assess and meet social needs in health care, including the care of vulnerable populations to promote health equity.

In the October 2 issue of  Inside Higher Ed, Dr. Zachary S. Ritter, associate dean at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Dr. Valyncia C. Raphael, equity, diversity, and inclusion strategist, offer some practice advice on  How to Challenge Systemic Racism. The authors offer short- and long-term steps that higher education administrators and faculty members can take to make incremental and transformative change on campus and in the classroom, including changing your behavior and encouraging others to do so; using data to revise policies; and changing culture within your sphere of influence. 

AACN Updates

AACN Seeks Proposals to Assess the Current State of Graduates from DNP Programs

CCNE Updates on Board Officer Elections, NP Fellowship/Residency Accreditation, and COVID-19 Response

AACN Moves 2021 Doctoral Education Conference to Virtual Event  

2021 CNL Summit - Call for Award Nominations

AACN's Gallery of Leadership

Combating Racism and Fostering Inclusive Learning Environments

Recently Submitted Videos


Dr. Angela Amar
University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Dr. Kathy Rideout
University of Rochester

Find out what your colleagues are saying about how the academic nursing community can help end racism and foster equitable change at AACN's  Gallery of Leadership. All deans are encouraged to submit a video by Sunday,  November 15.

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       Donate to the COVID-19 Student Support Fund

The Social Pulse

Join the Conversation: World Mental Health Day

Each year, on October 10, #WorldMentalHealthDay is observed to encourage conversations around mental health and to challenge the stigma. With the increase in anxiety, depression, and stress nurses face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage AACN members to join the conversation on social media to raise awareness of the need for greater investment in mental health.  Click here to access AACN’s new resolution on Nurse Well-being, Resilience, and Suicide Prevention.

Participating in this Year's Academic Nursing Leadership Virtual Experience? Tweet About It!

For the first time in AACN's 50-year history, we took the  Academic Nursing Leadership Conference (ANLC) virtual. If you are participating in the month-long conference, we encourage you to share your key takeaways on social media! Tweet us @AACNursing with the hashtag #AACNfall20 to join the conversation. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Short-term Spending Bill Signed into Law which funds Federal Government through December 11; House Passes Updated COVID-19 Legislation; U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Testifies before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

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Member News & Announcements

  • Ten AACN member schools have received the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. These schools will be featured in the December 2020 issue of the publication: California State University-Los Angeles, Duke UniversityFrontier Nursing University, Johns Hopkins UniversityMGH Institute of Health ProfessionsThe Ohio State UniversityUniversity of CincinnatiUniversity of MarylandUniversity of Rochester, and Vanderbilt UniversityRead more >>
  • Dr. Linda D. Norman, dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing, will step down from the position on June 30, 2021. She has served as dean since 2013 and has spent nearly 30 years in various roles at Vanderbilt. Read more >>
  • Dr. Patricia Davidson, who has served as dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing since 2013, will leave the university in April to become vice-chancellor of the University of Wollongong in her native Australia. Read more >>
  • Dr. Kathleen Williamson has been appointed president and academic dean of Mount Carmel College of Nursing. She had been serving as interim president since mid-May and as academic dean since January 2019, when she joined the College. In her role as president, Dr. Williamson has oversight of graduate, undergraduate, and online programs where nearly 1,000 students are enrolled at the College’s two campuses. 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.

Latest Resource

Updated COVID-19 Testing Guidance for Colleges
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Latest News


University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill – October 6, 2020
Carolina Nursing students prepare for a future COVID-19 vaccine

Inside Higher Ed – October 2, 2020
CDC Issues New Testing Guidance for Colleges

University of Virginia – September 30, 2020
Center at UVA School of Nursing compiling history of COVID-19 pandemic

CUNY Lehman College and New York University – September 29, 2020
College Nursing Programs Change Course to Meet Surging Demand During Pandemic

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


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