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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published November 18, 2020

Weekly Digest

On November 11, the Kaiser Family Foundation published a new brief focused on COVID-19 Risks and Impacts Among Health Care Workers by Race/Ethnicity. While 60% of healthcare providers are White, people of color accounted for the majority of COVID-19 cases and deaths among health workers. Studies suggest that, among healthcare staff, people of color are more likely to be in roles and settings that pose particularly high risk of exposure to the coronavirus. With prospects for a successful vaccine on the near horizon, the brief also examines attitudes towards taking a COVID-19 vaccine among healthcare workers.

On November 10, the Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network published a new Q&A focused on How COVID-19 Is Changing the Nurse Practitioner Role. Dr. Brayden Kameg from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing describes the changing roles and responsibilities of nurse practitioners (NPs), challenges being faced by NPs in responding to the pandemic, and resources that may help NPs better care for themselves and their patients.

AACN Updates

Dr. Damon A. Williams will be Featured Speaker at Inaugural AACN Diversity Symposium, December 2-3

Congratulations to AACN’s Latest Scholarship Winners

Call for Abstracts Issued for Doctoral ConferenceFaculty Practice Pre-Conference, and CNL Summit

AACN's Gallery of Leadership

Combating Racism and Fostering Inclusive Learning Environments

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The Social Pulse

National Academy of Medicine Shares Commentary on Lessons Learned from the Global Response to COVID-19

Nurse educators around the globe have responded in innovative ways to unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19. A new National Academy of Medicine commentary highlights some of the solutions as case studies for others to learn from. Read the #NAMperspectives commentary  here and share on social media. 

See You Now Podcast Releases Episode on Frontiers in Public Health Nursing

To explore how public health nurses are innovating in response to the coronavirus, the See You Now podcast recently released an episode focused on increasing access to health services for residents in rural areas, particularly during the pandemic.  Listen to the podcast here

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: AACN Sends Letter to Biden-Harris Transition Team; COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Two Vaccine Candidates Show Promise; Join Us in Celebrating National Rural Health Day; and National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Announces Development of New Strategic Plan.

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Opportunities & Resources to Consider

  • AACN is a partner and steering committee member in the Adolescent SBIRT initiative, which encourages the infusion of adolescent screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) education into undergraduate and graduate curriculum by social work and nursing educators, field instructors, and preceptors; and adoption of adolescent SBIRT by social work, nursing, and other practitioners. The project is now offering a free simulation (SBI with Adolescents: Comorbid Substance Use and Mental Health) and two webinars (New Transitional Age Youth Webinar Series and Using SBIRT to Talk to Adolescents about Substance Use Series).
  • The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics will present a virtual conference, Expanding Scope of Practice After COVID-19, with leading experts in law, economics, nursing, medicine, and dentistry to discuss how state regulations of health professional scope of practice affects health equity and patient care, and how we might reform scope of practice to meet community needs after the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference will take place this coming Friday, November 20. Register here
  • The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is accepting nominations for The Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award, presented annually to a woman who exemplifies humanism and has advanced, through her scholarship, advocacy, leadership, or work, the well-being of vulnerable or underserved populations in the healthcare arena. Nominations for the 2021 award are being accepted through December 18, 2020.

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 Resources

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

School News

University of Texas – November 12, 2020
UT Researchers exploring how much people trust public health information on COVID-19

University of South Florida College of Nursing - November 13, 2020
Donation to USF creates new COVID-19 training program for nurses


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