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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published November 11, 2020

Weekly Digest

On November 9, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released a new publication titled Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response Report, which details the organization’s efforts to address the pandemic from January through June 30. This report was created to help healthcare professionals learn from what the VHA put in place to combat this virus in the first six months of 2020. This report highlights strategic actions at all levels of VHA, from the frontline workers caring for Veterans to the leaders and employees who worked relentlessly to protect frontline workers and patients.

On November 5, the American Journal of Nursing, in collaboration with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, posted a new installment of its webinar series titled Practice/Academic Partnerships in the Age of COVID: You Can Do This! This free offering profiles an innovative practice/academic partnership model that addresses both workforce and nursing education needs. This webinar identifies the benefits of the proposed model, describes its components and implementation processes, and evaluates other successful partnerships established in response to the pandemic. 

AACN Updates

Call for Award Nominations for 2021 CNL Summit: DEADLINE EXTENDED to November 30
Call for Abstracts Now Open for 2021 Doctoral Education Conference

ELNEC Project Reaches Historic Milestone with One Million Nurses Trained

AACN's Gallery of Leadership

Combating Racism and Fostering Inclusive Learning Environments

Recently Submitted Videos

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Dr. Mario Ortiz
Binghamton University

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Dr. Jean Giddens
Virginia Commonwealth University

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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The Social Pulse

National Academy of Medicine to Host Free Virtual Symposium on Opioid Epidemic

The National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic will host a virtual symposium on November 12 at 9:00 am (ET). The symposium will address many of the highest-priority elements of the nation’s response to the opioid epidemic. Visit the website here to learn more and register. Share on social media with the hashtag #OpioidCollaborative.

Share Your Appreciation: Public Health Thank You Day 2020

For 15 years, Research!America has organized the effort to say “thank you” to the public health workforce the Monday before Thanksgiving. In 2020, as we continue to grapple with the most dangerous pandemic in a century, our gratitude is deeper than ever. We invite you to share your appreciation on social media with the hashtag #PHTYD on Monday, November 23 as part of "Public Health Thank You Day." 


Washington Weekly

Washington WeeklyInside this edition of Washington Weekly: In Honor of Veterans Day; Senate Released FY 2021 Spending Bills: Additional Investments in Research, Nursing Education, and Workforce; Sign-Up Today: Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity at NINR.  

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New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives 

Dr. Helene Moriarty, Diane and Robert Moritz Jr. Endowed Chair in Nursing Research in the Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, and Dr. Laraine Winter, senior research associate, are principal investigators on a five-year, $3.3 million grant funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research for their research project, “A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Innovative In-home Rehabilitation Program for Persons with TBI and Their Families: Home-based Occupational-therapy and Management of the Environment (HOME for Us).” Read more >>

The Hunt School of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso has been awarded a $100,000 grant from The Trellis Foundation to support stipends for students in the accelerated BSN program. The funds will be matched by the Texas Workforce Commission’s Texas Industry Partnership program, administered through Workforce Solutions Borderplex. Read more >>

The University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences, which includes the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, is the recipient of the 2020 Heywood Fund Award to enhance the foundation for research, teaching, scholarship and community engagement related to telehealth services delivery. The $116,872 grant offers an opportunity for substantial one-time funding for major projects that have a significant impact on university programs. Read more >>

The National Institute on Aging has awarded a five-year, $3.6 million research grant to Dr. Lusine Poghosyan, associate professor at the Columbia University School of Nursing, for a study on the care of persons with dementia in nurse practitioner practices and on racial and ethnic health disparities. 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 News

Georgia State University - November 11, 2020 
Community Health Nursing Students Screen Classmates for COVID-19

Montana State University - November 10, 2020 
MSU Nursing Student Helps Fight COVID-19 as Member of Montana Army National Guard

Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network - November 10, 2020
How COVID-19 Is Changing the Nurse Practitioner Role 

Share Your Resources

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