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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published February 10, 2021

Weekly Digest

On February 6, 2021, Nursing Outlook released an article-in-press titled Completion and Attrition of Nursing PhD Students of the 2001 to 2010 Matriculating Cohorts written by Dr. Di Fang, AACN’s Director of Institutional Research and Data Services, and Dr. Lin Zhan, AACN Board Treasurer and Dean of the University of Memphis College of Nursing. Following a study of 5,391 doctoral students over a 10-year period, the authors found the completion rate for students in nursing PhD programs was 74.2%, and the attrition rate was 22.7%. On average, it took 5.7 years for the students to graduate, and 3.7 years for the students who left without graduating to drop out. Factors impacting attrition also are addressed and help to inform academic nursing’s understanding about trends in PhD attainment.

On January 28, 2021, NORC at the University of Chicago released a new white paper funded by the National Science Foundation titled Graduate Schools Respond to COVID-19: Promising Pathways to Innovation and Sustainability in STEM Education. Based on a series of expert interviews and a national survey, this new publication details actions taken by U.S. graduate schools working to ensure that academic and research progress - as well as the overall well-being of STEM graduate students - were sustained through the pandemic.

AACN Updates

AACN and NLN Announce Collaboration on COVID-19 Vaccinations

Deadline Extended to February 28 to Take the COVID-19 Community Engagement Pledge

AACN Partners with CastleBranch to Provide Member Schools Real Vaccination ID

Register Now for Tomorrow’s Webinar (2/11): COVID-19 and Academic Practice Partnerships--During Pandemic and Beyond

What's on the Horizon for Clinical Nurse Leaders?                      


The Social Pulse

Nursing Professor and Community Activist Pauses to Reflect

Professor Phyllis Sharps’s career has included 30 years as an Army nurse and 20 years as a Johns Hopkins School of Nursing faculty member. Even as she eagerly looks toward retirement, she is making sure her work to end violence and health disparities will continue. Learn more about the trajectory of this dedicated academic nursing leader and her plans for the future. 

Inside Higher Ed to Host Webinar on Overcoming Faculty Burnout

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, professors are experiencing a high level of burnout. By participating in this upcoming  Inside Higher Ed  webcast, you can learn more about how faculty can overcome burnout. With faculty bearing the brunt of a multitude of stressors - from redesigning courses for remote learning to dealing with students' mental health - this webcast will offer strategies for managing it all. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Act Today: Congress Reintroduced the FAAN Act as Work Continues on COVID-19 Relief; Biden-Harris Administration Updates; and National Academy of Medicine Publishes New Resources on Healthcare Worker Burnout.

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New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • Edinboro University’s nursing department was recently awarded a $35,000 grant from the Phillips Charitable Trust for a state-of-the-art pediatric simulator. The simulator allows faculty to train students in patient care skills through hands-on exercises that mimic the reality of a clinical environment. Read more >>
  • The University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Nursing has announced a new articulation agreement with Clark Community College’s East St. Louis Higher Education Center in Illinois, which will provide support for 15-20 underrepresented minority students each year as they begin pursuing their BSN degrees through the newly created Bridge to BSN program. Read more >>
  • St. Bonaventure University (SBU) School of Health Professions and Jamestown Community College will offer a dual-degree program in nursing beginning in Fall 2021. The program is the second nursing program SBU has added in the last two years in response to a New York state bill that now requires future nurses graduating from associate degree or diploma nursing programs to obtain a BSN within 10 years of initial licensure. 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 AACN COVID-19 Webinars

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

February 18 at 2:00 (ET)
Boosting Resiliency and Well-being During COVID-19: Evidence-based Interventions that Work

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


Latest Resources

AACN’s COVID-19 Community Engagement
Member School Exemplars

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
Black History Month Tool Kit – COVID-19

Immunization Courses: Webcasts and Self Study


School News

University of Texas at Tyler – February 4, 2021
East Texas clinical students receive COVID-19 vaccine

East Tennessee State University-  February 7, 2021
ETSU students assisting with COVID-19 vaccines

University of Houston – February 8, 2021
UH College of Nursing answers call to administer COVID-19 vaccines to Fort Bend County residents

Delta State University – February 9, 2021
Partnership brings COVID-19 vaccination site to Bolivar County

Elmhurst University – February 9, 2021
Elmhurst University nursing students to help vaccinate people in DuPage County

University of Louisiana – February 9, 2021
ULM to administer COVID-19 vaccines this week to those eligible

University of South Alabama – February 9, 2021
USA College of Nursing available to help with COVID-19 vaccination clinics

University of Wisconsin-Madison – February 10, 2021
UW-Madison School of Nursing: Campus partnership to support community vaccination efforts

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