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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 09, 2020

Weekly Digest

On December 3, the blog for Journal of Interprofessional Care announced two online publications of interest to academic nursing leaders:

A special issue of the journal (Volume 34, Issue 5) has been released with articles reflecting the theme COVID-19: Interprofessional Considerations. Submissions focus on interprofessional education and collaborative practice, team-based science, educational innovation, clinician resilience, nursing crisis response, and lessons learned.

The journal also issued its list of the top ten most read and cited articles of 2020, which includes an editorial by Dr. Peter S. Cahn, associate provost for academic affairs at MGH Institute of Health Professions, titled How Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Can Help Dismantle Systemic Racism. With the goal of leveraging collaboration across the health professions to address systemic racism, Dr. Cahn outlines how scholars and practitioners may create the momentum for advancing the structural change needed to effect permanent improvements in health and health care.

AACN Updates

AACN Mourns Passing of Robin Remsburg, Dean at University of North Carolina Greensboro

Statement from the Tri-Council for Nursing on the Status of the U.S. Healthcare Workforce during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Congratulations to the 2021 AACN and NIDA Substance Use Disorders Evidence-Based Practice Training Award Recipients 

AACN's Gallery of Leadership

Combating Racism and Fostering Inclusive Learning Environments
Recently Added Videos

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Dr. Nancy Fahrenwald
Texas A&M University

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Dr. Usha Menon
University of South Florida

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.



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The Social Pulse

Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations Releases Video Highlighting Public Health Nursing Response to COVID-19 

The Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations have released a new video highlighting the important role of public health nurses in infectious disease prevention. The video features interviews with nurses on the front line of the COVID-19 response. We encourage AACN members to watch the video here and share on social media.

Share Your Feedback: Help Shape the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

Input from the academic nursing community is crucial in ensuring the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals continue to reflect the reality of working in public health and meet workforce needs. Join the Public Health Foundation’s  virtual town hall meeting on December 16at 1pm EST to share your thoughts. Learn more here

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Congress Proposes Compromise COVID-19 Legislative Relief Package; Secretary Betsy DeVos Extends Student Loan Relief Through January 2021; SAVE THE DATE: 2021 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program Opens in January 2021.

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New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • Dr. Carmen Giurgescu, professor and associate dean for research at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing, is principal investigator of a social-stressors study and co-principal investigator of a paternal-roles study to identify factors related to preterm births among Black women. The work has expanded its scope and will seek to identify factors related to maternal morbidity and mortality among Black women. The studies are funded by two awards from the National Institutes of Health. Read more >>
  • The George Mason University College of Health and Human Services School of Nursing (VA) has announced the Helene Fuld Health Trust Scholarship Fund for students in the accelerated BSN program. The endowed scholarship supports the cost of tuition for students with academic merit who demonstrate financial need. Read more >>
  • The University of Texas at Tyler School of Nursing has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Nursing Innovation Grant Program. The funds will allow for an expansion of the school’s current simulation program by training faculty and adding infrastructure and equipment. Read more >>
  • The Fairmont State University School of Nursing (WV) has received funding of $40,000 from the Milan Puskar Foundation to provide care to the Marion and Harrison counties’ local homeless populations. The funding will support nursing students in providing clinics and COVID-19 health and safety kits for the homeless population. Read more >>
  • The University of Minnesota School of Nursing and St. Cloud State University Department of Nursing Science announced a new partnership designed to improve access to primary health care in Central Minnesota. The collaboration will create a pathway for nurses to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a family nurse practitioner specialty, designed to produce graduates who will be skilled in providing comprehensive, family-based care to rural and underserved communities. 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.

Upcoming Webinars

AACN Webinar
Crisis Standards for Care and Staffing for Surge During COVID-19 

Thursday, December 10 at 4:00 pm (ET)

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
Monday, December 14 at 1:00 pm (ET)

Schools News

Stony Brook University – December 8, 2020 (archived)
University Hosts Webinar on How to Advance Student Success During COVID-19

News Article

Infection Control Today - December 8, 2020
What If They Gave a COVID-19 Vaccine and Nobody Came?

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