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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 10, 2021

Weekly Digest

Dr. Greer Glazer, dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, and colleagues have authored Maximizing an Urban Secondary and Post-Secondary Partnership to Align Educational Expectations and Student Success. The in-press article is available online in the Journal of Professional Nursing, the official journal of AACN. The authors detail how students from public urban secondary schools are often underprepared for college and how community partnerships can help bridge the gap to support student success. Multiple funding sources can ensure that effective program components are sustained.

The February 28, 2021 edition of  The Deseret News features an in-depth article on What COVID-19 Has Revealed about the Nursing Profession. During the past three months, the reporting team talked with 35 Utah nurses from the four major healthcare systems in Utah and across 15 hospitals, about working in a pandemic. In the article, Dr. Teresa Garrett, assistant professor in the University of Utah College of Nursing shared some of her feelings: “Nurses deserve to be paid more. They also want to be treated as professionals and be at the healthcare decision-making table. That goes a long way, … [to] know your opinion and your professional growth are valued and the organization is investing in you and your teammates.”

AACN Updates

Register to Attend: NursingCAS Demo of the Student Application and University Management Portal, March 19 

New AACN-CDC Public Health Fellowship in Immunization Resources for Master-Level Nurses 

Celebrate Certified CNL Day with CNC on March 19

Graphic - AACN's Upcoming Webinar

                               Graphic - See the Program - 2021 Deans Annual Meeting

The Social Pulse

Cabrini Blog Showcases Unique Perspectives from Nursing Faculty and Students

" Death, Through a Nurse’s Eyes, a New York Times short film, is the most realistic, raw, and truthful account of being a nurse in COVID-times that I have seen to date. The images and stories it shares are not easy to process, but offer insight into what being a nurse right now means. It highlights many of the aspects of nursing that exist outside of the COVID-19 crisis, but are especially meaningful in these times. Nurses are highly skilled professionals that can manage the most critically ill with dignity, compassion, and empathy."

The Cabrini Blog showcases unfiltered perspectives from students, faculty, and staff about the student experience at Cabrini University. In a recent post, Dr. Jennifer (Specht) Frey, Cabrini's Founding Nursing Program Director, shared her reaction to the  New York Times short film  Death, Through a Nurse’s Eyes. Learn more about the film and the perspective of an academic nursing leader by reading the blog here.

New Resources for Nurse Educators on Treating Substance Abuse

As key members of an adolescent’s healthcare team, nurses have an obligation to help prevent and reduce substance use with their young patients. Asking about substance use and discussing its impact can prevent many harmful effects to the adolescent’s developing brain and potential future. NORC in partnership with AACN, CSWE, and Kognito developed the Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Curriculum to assist educators to seamlessly implement adolescent SBIRT content into nursing courses. Explore upcoming webinars here, including the next titled Integrating Grief and Loss Conversations into the SBIRT Model, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 6 at 1:00 PM (ET)

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: American Rescue Plan Act Passes the House: Heading to the President’s Desk; Senate Committee Holds Hearing on COVID-19 Response Efforts; AACN Sends Letters to Federal Agencies Welcoming Biden Administration Cabinet Members.

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New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • An $8 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust will allow the University of Iowa College of Nursing to partner with rural hospitals in Iowa to provide simulation-based education and improve patient outcomes across the state. The Simulation in Motion-Iowa program will allow healthcare professionals to practice their skills using patient simulators and trucks equipped with medical resources. Read more >>
  • Howard University’s College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences and New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing have formed an educational and research partnership to work together to have a greater impact on improving health and health equity in urban areas and global communities. The new partnership will enable nursing researchers at Howard and NYU to collaborate on existing research projects and jointly apply for grant funding for new projects. The schools are in the process of applying for funding to develop a mentoring and education program to encourage African-American nurses to obtain specialty nursing certifications. Read more >>
  • The University of Maryland School of Nursing has launched agreements of dual admission with Hagerstown Community College and Allegany College of Maryland, completing formal partnerships with every community college in Maryland that offers an associate degree in nursing program. Read more >>
  • Kent State University College of Nursing and Cleveland Clinic Akron General are joining forces to offer an adult/adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certificate program beginning this fall. This collaborative one-year program was created to address the regional and national shortage of SANE-certified registered nurses, especially in rural areas. 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.

School News

University of Central Florida – February 22, 2021
UCF Nursing Students are on the Frontline of the Vaccination Effort In Central Florida

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill – March 8, 2021
Carolina Nursing Students are Fighting COVID-19, One Vaccine at a Time

Illinois State University – March 9, 2021
Shot of Hope: MCN Students Volunteer to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines

Cardinal Stritch University – March 9, 2021
Gloria Jacobson Talks Mental Health Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

East Texas Baptist University – March 10, 2021
Progress Health: 'Never Seen Before': How the Pandemic Brought a Wave of Innovation in the Field of Nursing

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