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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published February 03, 2021

Weekly Digest

On January 28, 2021, Ms. Magazine published an article titled Without a Nurse, a Hospital Bed Is Just a Bed written by a distinguished team of nurse faculty, researchers, and graduate students from Columbia University, Emory University, Medical University of South Carolina, University of North Dakota, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Texas at Austin. The article outlines the central role nurses play in the delivery of quality health care and the dangers that result from the nursing shortage. To better address the pandemic, the authors call for more “federal funding for surge staffing, comprehensive critical care training for redeployed non-critical care nurses, and evidence-based policies and pathways for augmenting the nursing workforce amid disasters.”

Issued by the Women’s Nonprofit Leadership Initiative, Dr. Vicki W. Kramer and Dr. Carolyn T. Adams published a new report titled Increasing Gender Diversity on the Boards of Nonprofit Eds and Meds: Why and How to Do It. Following a series of interviews with board members and leaders across institutional types, the authors show that even though diversity benefits boards, institutions, and key stakeholders, women face substantial barriers to gaining board seats and to succeeding once elected. Though this study focused on gender diversity, the parallel barriers to racial diversity and the impact of the combined barriers of gender and race for women of color are discussed.

AACN Updates

Excellence and Innovation Awards to be Presented at Annual CNL Summit on February 25

National Commission on Racism Seeks Dialogue with Nurses 

2021 ELNEC Courses Announced

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AACN's Gallery of Leadership

10 Ways Academic Nursing is Addressing Systemic Racism

Graphic - 10 Ways Academic Nursing is Addressing Structural Racism

A new introductory video has been created to highlight specific ways academic nursing leaders are moving to redesign systems and foster more inclusive learning environments.  

View  10 Ways Academic Nursing is Addressing Structural Racism and AACN's  full Gallery of Leadership that showcases how more than 30 AACN member schools are working to confront racism and inequality. If you are a dean or diversity officer at your school of nursing and would like to submit a video, we have reopened submissions for the Gallery of Leadership focused on addressing racism and inequality. Learn more here and submit your video by Monday, March 29. 

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The Social Pulse

AWHONN Releases Video on Care Equity for Black Moms

The Association for Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) recently released a video reinforcing its commitment to educating healthcare providers about the causes and consequences of discrimination and bias in maternal health care. Watch the video here and reshare this post via Facebook. 

Nurse Fulfills Promise to Dying Patient to be at Daughter's Nursing School Graduation

Edina Habibovic, a 2020 graduate of Chamberlain University's College of Nursing & Public Health, lost her mother Sevala to breast cancer prior to Edina's graduation. Read this touching story about one nurse who fulfilled a promise she made to Sevala, who was her patient, to attend Edina's graduation from nursing school.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: AACN’s 2021 Virtual Student Policy Summit is Less Than a Month Away – Register Today!; Mental Health Discussion: Harvard Webinar on Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19; and Bipartisan Legislation Re-introduced to Strengthen Nurse Corps and National Health Service Corps.

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Member News & Announcements

  • Dr. Colleen Leners, AACN Director of Policy, is among the new members of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR). Other new FNINR Board Members include Dr. Teri Murray, Dean Emerita at Saint Louis University School of Nursing; Dr. Adey Nyamathi, Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine School of Nursing; and Dr. Ronald Hickman, Professor, School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University.
  • Dr. Ada Markaki, Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has been named Chair-elect of the Pan American Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centers, a network of 15 World Health Organization Collaborating Centers within the Americas. She will serve as Chair-elect for two years and then will become Chair for a two-year term. Read more >>
  • Dr. Pamela Cipriano, Dean of the University of Virginia School of Nursing, has been named a Fellow Ad Eundem of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery in Dublin, Ireland. The fellowship is bestowed on individuals for their contributions and achievements in nursing, education, and research. Read more >>
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing has received $6.8 million to fund a world-class nursing simulation center and scholarships for second-career nursing students. The donation from the Helene Fuld Health Trust is the largest private donation in the history of the UNC School of Nursing. 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

February 11, 2021 at 2:00 pm (ET)
AACN Webinar
COVID-19 and Academic-Practice Partnerships: During Pandemic and Beyond

February 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm (ET)
AACN Webinar
Resiliency and Self-Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 22, 2021 – Registration coming soon!
National Academy of Sciences Webinar
Part II of Lessons Learned in Health Professions Educations from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Latest Resources

NORC at the University of Chicago
Graduate Schools Respond to COVID-19: Promising Pathways to Innovation and Sustainability in STEM Education

Laboure College
Podcast – Unprecedented: Nursing in a Pandemic


School News

Grand Canyon University – January 29, 2021
Nursing students circle back to clinical rotations

George Mason University – February 1, 2021
CHHS Plays Integral Role in Helping Vaccinate Nearly 800 Community Members in Phase 1a and 1b

University of Nevada-Las Vegas – February 2, 2021
Nursing, medical students play key role in COVID vaccination drive

California State University-Long Beach – February 2, 2021
Cal State Long Beach begins COVID-19 vaccinations for on-campus staff

Tarleton State University – February 2, 2021
Texas Universities Try to Graduate More Nurses to Combat Shortage

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