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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published January 20, 2021

Weekly Digest

On January 15, 2021, reporters Meredith Cohn and Hallie Miller with The Baltimore Sun published a new article titled As COVID-19 Vaccine Effort Gears Up, the Shortage of Nurses Strains Health Care in Maryland. Despite current challenges on its nursing workforce, healthcare leaders in Maryland are working to find creative ways to expand COVID-19 vaccination efforts, including using volunteer nursing students to meet this public health need. Former AACN Board Chair, Dr. Jane Kirschling from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, shares her insights in this piece. 

On January 15, 2021, writer Ernest Hamilton with The Science Times examines How Nursing is Likely to Evolve in the Future. With opportunities for registered nurses and nurse practitioners increasing, the author considers how a range of innovations will impact the future of nursing practice, including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, healthcare trackers, genetic testing, and robotics.

AACN Updates

AACN Launches New National Campaign to Elevate Academic Nursing’s Role in Administering the COVID-19 Vaccine

Register Now: NursingCAS Demo Tomorrow, January 21

AACN Mourns Passing of Emeritus Member Gladys Sorensen 

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AACN's Gallery of Leadership

Combating Racism and Fostering Inclusive Learning Environments

Recently Added Videos

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Dr. Diane Breckenridge
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science   

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Dr. Marcella Rutherford
Nova Southeastern University                                        

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Dr. Kathryn Tart
University of Houston


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

Attending AACN’s Doctoral Conference? Share Insights on Twitter with #AACNDoc21

As AACN's Doctoral Education Conference kicks off today, many important conversations are happening - both during the virtual event and on social media. Share your insights, lessons learned, and experiences on Twitter with the hashtag #AACNDoc21.  

Explore Nurse Podcasts via the Health Podcast Network

The Health Podcast Network features authoritative shows, hosts, and guests who take on the tough topics in health care with empathy, expertise, and a commitment to excellence. Explore their section featuring nurse podcasts, which includes Johnson & Johnson's "See You Now" podcast, AACN Member School Penn Nursing's Amplify Nursing podcast, and more. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: 59 th Presidential Inauguration: Biden-Harris Administration Takes Office Amid Public Health Crisis; Department of Education Makes More than $21 Billion Available to Support Colleges and Universities; and Register Today for AACN’s 2021 Virtual Student Policy Summit.

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Opportunities & Resources to Consider

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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Clinical Resources for Each COVID-19 Vaccines


Inside Higher Ed – January 18, 2021
How Much Will Your College Receive in Coronavirus Stimulus Funding?


School News

University of Maine – January 19, 2021
Maine students help administer COVID-19 Vaccine

Lipscomb University – January 17, 2021
Lipscomb nursing community receives vaccinations amid role as healthcare heroes

University of Mount Union – January 13, 2021
Mount Union nursing students, faculty among priority COVID-19 vaccination group

University of Tennessee – January 13, 2021
University of Tennessee nursing students administer COVID-19 vaccines

University of Louisville – January 13, 2021
UofL students and faculty helping with city’s COVID-19 vaccination effort

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