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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published November 04, 2020

Weekly Digest

On October 19, Dr. Ann Cary, immediate past AACN Board Chair and Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Florida Gulf Coast University, joined with her colleagues from the Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Scholarship to publish a new article in the Journal of Professional Nursing titled Global Standards for Professional Nursing Education: The Time is Now. The authors present a global framework for professional nursing education that calls for nurses to be prepared at the baccalaureate level along with expectations for learning outcomes for graduating students, standards for nursing programs, and standards for educational institutions delivering nursing programs. The Global Pillars Framework reflects international best practices with guidelines that are adaptable across socio-cultural contexts to facilitate locally relevant education. 

In the November 2020 American Journal of Nursing, Dr. Karen Roush highlights findings from two recently released white papers in an article titled The Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Nursing Workforce. These papers include COVID-19 and the International Supply of Nurses, which was published by the International Council of Nursing, and Rapid Expert Consultation on Staffing Considerations for Crisis Standards of Care for the COVID-19 Pandemic from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Both papers discuss the critical need for an adequate supply of nurses with the right skills to effectively respond to the pandemic as well as the impact of COVID-19 on health systems.

AACN Updates

Foundation for Academic Nursing Announces First AACN Faculty Scholars

Join Us for the Virtual Doctoral Conference, January 20-22

Upcoming Webinar: Considerations in Negotiating Your Salary, November 5, 12:00 PM (ET)

AACN's Gallery of Leadership

Combating Racism and Fostering Inclusive Learning Environments

Recently Submitted Videos

Dr. Pamela Jeffries

The George Washington University

Dr. Ki Moore

University of Arizona

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  November 15.

Submit a Video 

Graphic - AACN's 2020 Diversity Symposium

                   Graphic - Donate to the COVID-19 Student Support Fund

The Social Pulse

Are you #EmbracingCarers During National Caregivers Month? 

Many nurses work hand in hand with caregivers, offering much-needed information and guidance to family caregivers. This month, which has been recognized as National Caregivers Month, we encourage AACN members to join us in highlighting the great work caregivers are doing around the world. Use the hashtag  #EmbracingCarers on Twitter to share your messages of support. 

Johns Hopkins Nursing Publishes New On the Pulse Q&A on Skills to Help Nurses Become Equity-Minded

“Diverse groups create stronger science. Diverse in race and gender, but also in thought and lived experience." -- Dr. Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of California Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.  

Read this Q&A with Dr. Ackerman-Barger on skills that can help nurses become more equity-minded, shift their mindset about the root causes of health disparities, and create more inclusive environments. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Looking Ahead to the Lame Duck Session; AACN Attends Webinar on Building Vaccination Confidence in Communities of Color; Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Funding Opportunity.

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

Member News & Announcements

  • University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and her husband, Michael Doyle, have made a $2 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Innovating for Life and Living Campaign as part of the university’s Power of Penn Campaign. The gift will create the Gutmann Leadership Scholars Program at Penn Nursing. Read more >>
  • Dr. Bunny Pozehl, professor and chair at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, has been awarded the Heart Failure Society of America's Nursing Research Leadership Award. The award recognizes extraordinary achievement and excellence in nursing that improves outcomes of patients with heart failure. The award (presented October 6 during the annual scientific meeting of the society) recognizes PhD-prepared nurse scientists who have demonstrated outstanding contributions and exemplary leadership in nursing research. Read more >>
  • The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) College of Nursing has received a gift of $100,000 from Bryant Bank. This disbursement to the college is an annual gift as part of a total pledge of $3 million over 30 years. Bryant Bank's continuing commitment to UAH nursing goes to support a nursing scholarship plan called Early Promotion into UAH Nursing Program. Read more >>
  • Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University, recently earned several prestigious honors. Dr. Melnyk was named to an expert panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to develop and disseminate tools to promote emotional well-being and resilience via cognitive behavioral therapy strategies. She also was appointed the inaugural Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor of Evidence-based Practice at Ohio State, elected as the new secretary/treasurer for the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, and honored with the 2020 Ada Sue Hinshaw Award by Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research for her sustained and substantive program of science.

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 School News

University of Mount Union – November 1, 2020
Nursing Student Gains Real-World Experience through Contact Tracing

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – October 16, 2020
Future Nurse Practitioners Reach Out to Help Students in Quarantine

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