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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 23, 2020

Rounds with Leadership: Building a Solid Foundation


Though 2020 has been a year marked by astonishing challenges and unexpected struggles, we still have much to celebrate. The pandemic has ushered in a period of unprecedented change and innovation across all sectors of the economy, including higher education. Nurse educators have shown incredible courage and leadership as they have successfully adapted their programs to ensure that nursing students could finish their education and join the fight against COVID-19.

The need to quickly pivot and mobilize in response to the coronavirus has illustrated the importance of having a closely connected academic nursing community. Schools across the country are collaborating to help overcome challenges by sharing strategies, contingency plans, and exemplars on how to sustain quality nursing education programs given these extraordinary times.


Weekly Digest

In the January-February 2021 issue of Nurse Educator, Rose Hayes and Dr. Linda McCauley with the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing published a new article titled A Guide to Academic Crisis Response Strategies for Nursing Schools During COVID-19 and Beyond. The article provides a roadmap for academic crisis management, modeled on the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Tailored to the unique needs of nursing schools and using COVID-19 as a case study, the authors offer best practices, tips, and resources to help academic nurse leaders and educators navigate large-scale crises.

On December 9, Dr. Gina Intinarelli and a team of academic and practice leaders affiliated with the University of California San Francisco published a new article (in press) for Nursing Outlook titled  Nurse Practitioner Students as an Essential Workforce: The Lessons of COVID-19. This paper highlights how nursing students were safely deployed as an important part of the emergency response to COVID-19 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Policy implications for advanced nursing practice and education for telehealth and simulation research are considered. The authors highlight the importance of addressing public health threats through partnerships involving practice, community, and nursing school leaders.

AACN Updates

AACN Issues New White Paper on Holistic Admissions Review

Nursing Workforce Diversity Technical Assistance Program for FY 2021

New CNL Exam Faculty Eligibility Requirement for 2021 

The Social Pulse

Amplify Nursing Podcast Features Nurse Entrepreneur Driving Change

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 left a profound need for care that one NP was able to provide through her own innovative creation. Amplify Nursing, Penn Nursing's podcast aimed at showcasing the achievements of nurses, recently released an episode featuring Dr. Sharmaine Lawson, a consummate champion of the profession who has developed a children’s book series to teach children about advanced practice nursing, her homecare service, and more. Listen and hear her story here. 

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Highlights 'The Anatomy of a Nurse'

"If you dig into a Hopkins Nurse's anatomy, you won't find two alike. Some are 15 percent advanced practice clinicians serving HIV-positive youth; others are nurse entrepreneurs who devote 10 percent of their work to global health missions. Still others are 100 percent nurse leader—the kind that lead a medical device business. The common link is the holistic nursing perspective that puts human care at the center of everything you do, and the feeling of purpose that makes nursing one of the best jobs.

Visit Johns Hopkins' Anatomy of a Nurse webpage and learn about the anatomy of Hopkins nurses and their ideas for the profession's next big idea. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Congress Passes a Joint COVID-19 Stimulus and Fiscal Year 2021 Spending Package; Congressional Nursing Leaders Release a Blueprint of Priorities to Support the Nursing Workforce; and Student Loan Opportunity for Schools of Nursing.

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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

Inside Higher Ed – December 22, 2020
Congressional Deal Would Give Higher Ed $23 Billion

NPR – December 21, 2020
Despite High Demand For Nurses, Colleges Aren’t Keeping Up

Auburn University – December 19, 2020
Book Recounts Story of Auburn Nursing During COVID-19

National Academy of Medicine – December 18, 2020
National Organizations Call for Action to Implement Crisis Standards of Care During COVID-19 Surge

University of Houston – December 18, 2020
University of Houston Celebrates New Graduates via Facebook Live

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