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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 21, 2020

Weekly Digest

In the December 2020 issue of Nurse Education Today, an international team of nurse leaders explore Effective Academic-Practice Partnership Models in Nursing Students' Clinical Placement: A Systematic Literature Review. The authors examine the results of 14 experimental and quasi-experimental studies to assess the impact of peer mentoring and clinical faculty supervision on the learning outcomes of nursing students. The study found that academic-practice partnership models, such as Dedicated Education Units, have a greater impact on clinical learning when compared to more traditional education models.

On October 12, reporter Ilana Kowarski with U.S. News and World Report published a new article titled What You Can Do with a Nursing Degree. The author explores career opportunities for nurses with advanced degrees that extend beyond direct care roles to teaching, research, and leadership. AACN member deans Dr. Donna Havens from Villanova University and Dr. Carol Musil from Case Western Reserve University are quoted in this piece.

AACN Updates

Register Today for AACN's Inaugural Diversity Symposium, December 2-3

Mark Your Calendars for these Upcoming NursingCAS Webinars

AACN Releases 2020 Year in Review Video

Register Now - AACN's Fall Faculty Forum         

Apply Now - Advancing Academic Nursing for New Deans

The Social Pulse

Know Your Dose Campaign: Patients’ Cold and Flu Season Survival Guide

Photo - Keep encouraging your patients to read and follow medicine labels.  This year’s cold and flu season is expected to be complicated by the spread of COVID-19. Nurses and other healthcare professionals must be on high alert for potential dosing mistakes among patients. Seven in 10 will use over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to treat their cold and flu symptoms, and research shows that consumers don’t always know that taking two medicines with the same ingredient could be harmful. Furthermore, two in three consumers don’t consider other OTC medicines they’re taking when choosing an OTC pain reliever. Learn more about core safe use steps through the Know Your Dose Campaign, of which AACN is a proud partner. In addition, we encourage you to join the conversation and spread the word on Twitter with the hashtag  #KYDColdFlu

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Deadline Approaching for AACN’s National Institute on Drug Abuse Grant; Research!America 2020-2021 Microgrant Request for Proposals; and AACN’S Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes: Countdown to Election 2020.

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Opportunities and Resources to Consider

  • Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, SONSIEL and dev up are partnering to host NurseHack4Health: Pandemic Management—Improving Education & Communication - a free virtual hackathon on November 13-15 to find tech-based solutions to the most pressing COVID-19 challenges. This free virtual event will bring together individuals with a diverse set of ideas and skills to help achieve better health outcomes for all. Participants can enter individually or as part of a team. All are welcome!  
  • The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for fiscal year 2021 for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program for Professionals. This program will increase the supply and distribution of the behavioral health workforce in high need areas. Grantees will train students to work with children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth at risk for behavioral health disorders. The application closes on January 21, 2021. 
  • NORC at the University of Chicago and Kognito have partnered to create a new virtual simulation: SBI with Adolescents: Comorbid Substance Use and Mental Health. This new simulation develops learners’ ability to identify and support adolescents at risk for multiple behavioral health issues, including substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation. Register for the introductory webinar First-Look: New Virtual Simulations to Prepare Tomorrow’s Health Professionals, presented October 27, 2:00-2:45 pm (ET).
  • The Association for Vascular Access and B. Braun Medical Inc. are developing a new comprehensive curriculum to improve training on the placement of peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs). The Fundamentals of Peripheral IV Access eLearning module will be offered free of charge to schools of nursing and other allied healthcare schools. The resource is designed to address research showing a high failure rate of PIVCs placed in the acute care setting. Pilot programs will be conducted at schools of nursing in the coming months, and the curriculum is expected to be broadly released during the 2021 academic year. Candidates for the pilot program are still being considered.  
  • The US Department of Health and Human Services has announced a Funding Opportunity Announcement encouraging applications to implement and evaluate community interventions testing 1) the impacts of mitigation strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission in NIH-designated health disparity populations and other vulnerable groups; and 2) already implemented, new, or adapted interventions to address the adverse psychosocial, behavioral, and socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic on the health of these groups. Applications are due December 1
  • The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) has partnered with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio to develop an institutional assessment tool. This tool will standardize assessment of institutional progress towards IPE implementation using the IPEC framework. For more information about this project and the application process, click here. To view an informational flyer, click here.
  • The DAISY Foundation supports the delivery of patient- and family-centered care of disadvantaged populations by funding nursing research and evidence-based practice (EBP) projects designed to address social determinants of health aimed at improving health outcomes.  The Foundation offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and EBP directed to patients and families affected by cancer or auto-immune disease. These grants are open to all nurses and nurse-led teams. Visit the Foundation’s website for guidelines, grant applications, and more information. 

AACN's Gallery of Leadership

Combating Racism and Fostering Inclusive Learning Environments

Recently Submitted Videos

Dr. Marion Broome and Dr. Bridgit Carter
Dr. Marion Broome and Dr. Brigit Carter
Duke University

Dr. Roxanne Vandermause
Dr. Roxanne Vandermause
University of Missouri


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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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.

Share Your School's Stories and Resources
Schools wishing to share what's happening at their school, or suggest resources and links are encouraged to send an email to

Latest News


The College of St. Scholastica – October 19
St. Scholastica Remodel Simulates Hospital Experience for Nursing Students

Seattle University – October 16
Nursing Internships/Clinicals Impacted by COVID-19


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