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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 16, 2020

Weekly Digest

In the November-December 2020 issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Pamela Jeffries, dean of The George Washington University School of Nursing, published a guest editorial titled  Pandemic Journey: Is It a Good Time to Be a Dean? Building on the understanding that “leaders are made through crisis, turbulence, and unprecedented times,” Dr. Jeffries reflects on how addressing school, student, and university challenges arising from the pandemic shaped her role and outlook. She shares her personal experiences and lessons learned en route to becoming a more inclusive and resilient leader. 

On December 7 in the online issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Dr. Kristen Choi with the University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing published a new article titled A Nursing Researcher’s Experience in a COVID-19 Vaccine Trial. Dr. Choi offers a first-person account of her decision to participate in the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine study last August and its impact on her health. She describes her experience as a research participant and the new perspective she gained on randomization.

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The Social Pulse

University of Rochester Student Wins $100K for COVID-19 Frontline Contributions

Congratulations! University of Rochester School of Nursing student Jose Perpignan recently was awarded $100,000 on the television program “Live with Kelly and Ryan” as part of the show’s  “Healthcare Hero” contest to recognize  professionals for their work on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. Viewers were asked to submit nominations, which were judged on many criteria, including the impact that the individual made during the pandemic. View the segment here.

Academic Minute Podcast Releases New Episode on Male Veterans as Nurses

Veterans bring an array of skills and experience to the civilian workplace - though some have a difficult time transitioning. In a recent episode of the Academic Minute, part of University of West Georgia Week, Kelly Dyar, an assistant professor of nursing at West Georgia, describes her approach to bringing more veterans into nursing. Listen to the podcast here

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: COVID-19 Vaccine Approved and Distribution Commences; AACN Attends the 2020 Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture on Social Determinants of Health; Continued Negotiation in Congress on COVID-19 Relief and Omnibus Spending Packages.

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Opportunities & Resources to Consider

  • The nomination period is now open for The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and The Vilcek Foundation’s Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare. This annual award recognizes a foreign-born professional for their extraordinary contributions to humanism in U.S. healthcare. The award committee welcomes nominees who are nurses and all foreign-born leaders who have contributed to humanistic healthcare in America. The deadline for nominations is January 24, 2021.
  • The Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. (NEF), encourages faculty and students in MSN, DNP, EdD, and PhD programs to apply for NEF scholarship support. The sole purpose of NEF is to provide scholarship assistance to nurses. NEF welcomes applications from faculty in colleges and universities nationwide. Applications for 2021-2022 close February 4, 2021. A full description of the application process and types of scholarships are available on the NEF website.
  • Nursing Now USA seeks proposals for three commissioned papers that spotlight nurse innovations in support of 2020, The Year of the Nurse. One report will be commissioned in addressing ways in which nurses contribute to improvements in health and health care via innovations in nursing practice, nursing education, and nursing leadership. Nursing Now USA will award $15,000 for each commissioned paper. Within the context of these themes, consideration should be given to diversity, equity, inclusion or social justice issues. The deadline for proposals is January 25, 2021. The selected papers will be presented at a Nursing Now USA event in 2021 and included in a special journal issue. Full details here.
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing has launched a free, three-part, self-directed online course for nursing and midwifery educators to help with the growing need for well-trained and qualified nurses worldwide. The course was developed by the School’s Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization Collaborating Center for International Nursing, and it is offered in English and Spanish. The course addresses three key needs, including strengthening competencies on quality monitoring, evaluation and improvement plans; expanding use of clinical simulation and virtual training; and promoting experiential learning for complex and systemic thinking and evidence-based decision making.
  • Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare has issued a Call for Applications for its 2021-2023 Jonas Scholar Cohort. Seventy-five doctoral nurse scholars will be selected to receive $15,000 each, for a total of more than $1 million collectively in scholarship funds. Applications, due February 1, 2021, are by invitation only from accredited schools of nursing for doctoral-level nursing programs, which will include Jonas’ refreshed focus areas: Veterans’ Health, Mental Health, Environmental Health, and Ophthalmology/Vision Health. Particular attention will be given to scholars working in Holistic Nursing, Disaster Relief/Emergency Response, Rural Health and Minority Health. Applications are open to doctoral nursing students pursuing PhD and DNP degrees at accredited schools of nursing.
  • The National Institute of Health has announced new support to institutions to recruit diverse cohorts of junior research faculty members and to prepare these cohorts for future success as NIH-funded researchers. The initiative will target scientists from underrepresented racial groups, those with disabilities, those from disadvantaged backgrounds and women. Learn more here.

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.

Schools News

Indiana University – December 15, 2020
209 Nursing Students Help Administer COVID-19 Vaccine

The University of Texas at Austin - December 15, 2020
UT Nursing Students Administer First COVID-19 Vaccines

University of Wisconsin System – December 14, 2020
UW System Announces Details on COVID-19 Student Health Care Worker Initiative


News Article

Campus Technology – December 14, 2020
10 Lessons for Colleges on COVID Testing

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