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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 03, 2021

Weekly Digest

On February 25, Theresa Brown, RN contributed a new opinion piece to the New York Times titled COVID-19 Is ‘Probably Going to End My Career.’ Using interviews with nurses working on the frontlines of the pandemic, the author describes how many nurses are experiencing high levels of burnout and ‘moral injury,’ particularly on understaffed units and in areas where the nursing shortage persists. Complementing the article is a short film offering a firsthand perspective of the brutality of the pandemic inside a COVID-19 ICU titled Death, Through a Nurse’s Eyes

In the February 2021 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education, Dr. Teri Murray published an editorial on Teaching the Social and Structural Determinants of Health: Considerations for Faculty. To better prepare nurses to work with marginalized populations, the author advances four recommendations for faculty: place social justice and injustice at the center of teaching about health and illness in marginalized groups; develop an antiracist pedagogy; contextualize experiential learning opportunities; and teach health policy education so students may learn to address the political processes that perpetuate inequities in health.

AACN Updates

There’s Still Time to Register for the Deans Annual Meeting, March 21-23

Read the Special Section on the Penn PhD Summit in the Journal of Professional Nursing

Graduate Nursing Student Academy Virtual Career Fair to be Held March 30-31

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AACN's Gallery of Leadership

Latest Video Submission

Photo - Dr. Meredith Kazer

"What is uniquely Fairfield is the manner in which we effectively navigate the tension between dismantling structural racism and individual anti-racist actions - through relationships. We're teachers, we're nurses, we're human beings. The cornerstone of each of these roles is human relationships."

-Dr. Meredith Kazer, Dean and Professor, Fairfield University

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

Falling in Love with Nursing, Again: Rekindling Motivation and Meaning in Your Work

The demands of the nursing profession can cause anyone to occasionally lose motivation or to feel as if what they’re doing doesn’t make sense to them anymore. Hold fast to the knowledge that your work does make a difference. If you are having trouble with that, take a moment and imagine a world without nurses, that jarring image will help recenter you. Then use these exercises or others to help keep your passion for nursing strong.

Read more of this blog from nurse leaders with Liquid Compass here

CDC Offers Resources for Promoting COVID-19 Vaccines

As COVID-19 vaccines begin rolling out in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a number of timely and helpful resources, including a COVID-19 Vaccines fact sheetvaccine promotion posters, a social media toolkit, and more resources your school of nursing can use to spread the word. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Partnership Opportunity with FEMA to Vaccinate Communities; Updates from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR); Committees Look at Public Health-Telehealth as Congress Continues COVID-19 Conversations.

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

Member News & Announcements

  • Marquette University College of Nursing has received a $31 million donation from an alumni couple, Darren and Terry Jackson. The gift will be used to grow, diversify, and innovate the college, as well as help the college realize its vision to prepare 5,000 nurses over the next decade and beyond. School administrators intend for 1,000 of those 5,000 nurses to be diverse in their ethnic and social backgrounds. Read more >>
  • The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has received a gift of $13.8 million, the largest in UMSON’s history, from Bill and Joanne Conway through their Bedford Falls Fund. The funding will create additional scholarships across all degree programs and support the renovation of the nursing building at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland. As a sign of gratitude for the Conways’ ongoing generosity, the UMSON deanship is now “The Bill and Joanne Conway Dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing.” Read more >>
  • Recognizing that nurses play a central role in and hold major responsibility for the health of individuals and communities hit hard by historic racial inequity, the University of Washington School of Nursing is launching the Center for Antiracism in Nursing. To shape the new Center and determine its priorities, the school will hold listening sessions and establish an advisory committee to represent the interests of faculty, staff, students, alumni, nurse leaders, healthcare institutions, community organizations, and professional associations. Read more >>
  • Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos has been named dean of the Duke University School of Nursing and vice chancellor for Nursing Affairs, effective July 1, 2021. In addition to serving as the school’s 12th dean, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos will be the school’s second alumni to hold the position. He will be the school’s first male and first Hispanic dean. He will also be Duke University’s highest ranking Latinx officer. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos will go to Duke from New York University (NYU), where he is professor and associate vice provost for Mentoring and Outreach Programs and holds academic appointments in the NYU schools of nursing, social work, and public health. Read more >>
  • The book Evidence-Based Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nursing and Healthcare, edited and organized by leaders at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, placed as the top publication in the Nursing Management and Leadership category of the American Journal of Nursing’s 2020 Book of the Year Awards. Dean Dr. Bernadette Melnyk and Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Tim Raderstorf from the College of Nursing edited the book. Rooted in the AACN Essentials for DNP and master’s education, the textbook focuses on best practice applications for healthcare and non-healthcare industries to improve outcomes in real-world settings. Read more >>
  • Dr. Retha Gentry, associate professor at East Tennessee State University’s College of Nursing, recently was named a 2021 Tennessee Rising Star Nurse Leader as part of the 40 Under 40 Nurse Leaders program. Award selection was based on criteria determined by leaders from the Tennessee Action Coalition, Tennessee Nurses Association, and Tennessee Hospital Association. 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.

AACN Resources

AACN’s COVID-19 Community Engagement
Member School Exemplars
 - Updated on March 1

School News

Pacific Lutheran University – February 11, 2021
PLU Nursing Students Help Vaccinate Nearly 1,200 People at On-Campus Event

Western University of Health Sciences – February 12, 2021
WesternU Begins Administering COVID-19 Vaccines

University of Central Florida – February 12, 2021
UCF Nursing Students Step Up to Support Community Vaccination Sites

University of South Florida – February 19, 2021
USF’s Training Program for COVID Nurses Part of Roundtable Discussion

University of Tennessee – February 26, 2021
UT Nursing Students Help Distribute Roughly 5k COVID-19 Vaccines


School Resources

Medical University of South Carolina
COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Western University of Health Sciences
COVID-19 Cases Dashboard

University of Florida
COVID-19 Vaccination Information Page

University of New Mexico
COVID-19 Clinical Experiences

University of Maryland
10 Reasons You’re Even Better Prepared to Enter the Nursing Workforce During COVID-19

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