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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published January 06, 2021

Weekly Digest

On December 22, AACN Board Chair Susan Bakewell-Sachs was featured in an interview conducted by The TODAY Show titled ‘Silver Lining' of 2020: Medical and Nursing Schools See Increase in Applications. Using data and reports from AACN and the Association of American Medical Colleges, reporter Meghan Holohan explores how prospective students are streaming into health profession programs having been inspired by those on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19.

In the November-December 2020 issue of Nursing Economic$, Dr. George Zangaro, AACN’s new Chief Policy and Scientific Officer, joined with Dr. Kathleen White from Johns Hopkins University on an article titled Demystifying and Improving Nursing Workforce Projections. The authors consider how supply and demand estimates for the nursing workforce – including those prepared by the Health Resources and Services Administration - can vary due to differences in assumptions, modeling approaches, variables, and data. The need to develop a Nursing Masterfile is critical to ensure consistent data to analyze and report workforce trends. The authors conclude that “while a national surplus may be projected, the real concern is at the state level, where there are major distributional issues. Nurse education should continue to ensure an adequate supply of nurses in the pipeline to replace nurses retiring soon.”

AACN Updates

Apply by January 18 for AACN’s Advancing Academic Leadership for New Deans Program

Dr. Michael Crow Among the Featured Speakers Set for the 2021 Doctoral Education Conference

Register for the Pre-conference Workshop to the 2021 CNL Summit: Virtual CNL Research Symposium

AACN's Gallery of Leadership

Combating Racism and Fostering Inclusive Learning Environments
Recently Added Videos

Photo - Dr. Robin Newhouse

Dr. Robin Newhouse 
Indiana University                                                                                                          

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Dr. Heather Hall
University of South Alabama

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.

View the Gallery 

Learn more - AACN's ELAN Program                   

Support AACN's COVID-19 Student Support Fund

The Social Pulse

New Podcast Highlights Ways to Address Stereotypes Surrounding the Nursing Profession

"Every story that gets told clears up - in one very small instance - people's misperceptions about our profession. But if we all did that, you think about the aggregate of that - you think about the powerful impact that could have."

On the most recent episode of the Penn Nursing’s AmplifyNursing podcast, Beth Toner, MSN, MJ, RN, Senior Communications Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, talks about the COVID-19 pandemic, cringeworthy nursing stereotypes, and the power nurses have when they tell their stories.  Listen to the episode here and share  via this tweet

Share Your 2020 Reflections and Vision for the Future with AACN on Social Media

The academic nursing community has demonstrated incredible resilience and commitment during what has been the most unpredictable, tumultuous year ever for many. When reflecting on 2020, what are you most grateful for? What are your proudest achievements as a nurse, nurse educator, or nursing student? Share them with us @AACNursing on Twitter! 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Happy New Year! 2020 Year in Review.

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

Member News & Announcements

  • Dr. Kathryn Wilhoit has been appointed interim dean for the College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). She is a two-time graduate of ETSU, first earning her BSN there, then earning her MSN from the University of Virginia before returning to ETSU to complete her PhD. Dr. Wendy Nehring, dean of the College of Nursing since 2009, recently announced her plans to step down and resume her role as a member of the faculty. A national search is underway to select the next dean. Read more >>
  • The University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Nursing will expand and renovate its Nursing Learning Resource and Simulation Center to help meet the growing demand for nurses. The $7 million renovation project will add updated nursing equipment and new technology to the center. It will include a 5,000-square-foot expansion of simulation rooms and renovated skills labs. Read more >>
  • The Ohio State University College of Nursing broke ground December 2 on the new addition to and renovation of its campus home. The new three-story, 40,000 gross square-foot structure, which will be the first WELL-certified building on Ohio State’s Columbus campus to promote wellness for the people who use it, is expected to be completed by the summer of 2022. 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 School News

The University of Alabama – January 4, 2021
University of Alabama to Offer Coronavirus Vaccinations to Some People

University of Wisconsin – Green Bay – January 4, 2021
UW-Green Bay Nursing Students Prepare to Help COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

NBC Southern California – January 4, 2021
Nursing Students Helping Fill Need as COVID-19 Surge Overwhelms Hospitals

University of South Florida – December 22, 2020
Two Bull Nurses at the Forefront of Fight Against Coronavirus

University of South Florida – December 15, 2020
USF College of Nursing Introduces COVID Care Pilot Program

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