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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 17, 2021

Weekly Digest

Dr. Catherine Gilliss, dean of the University California, San Francisco School of Nursing, and colleagues have published Academic/Clinical Nursing Integration in Academic Health Systems, available in press in Nursing Outlook. Nursing deans and chief nurse officers/vice presidents from top ranked academic health systems offer perspectives to advance the integration of nursing leadership into the governance of a high functioning system. AACN’s report on Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing is highlighted in this piece.

An article posted on March 10, 2021 by Wisconsin Public Radio reveals increasing concern regarding those nurses leaving the profession. In The Critical Nursing Shortage During the Pandemic May Be a Sign of What's to Come, reporter Mary Kate McCoy writes on how the pandemic has exacerbated the burnout factor for nurses in Wisconsin. She also details how the nursing faculty shortage is affecting the supply of nurses although, at the same time, nursing program applications are up. Dr. Linda Young, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Science, is cited in the article, explaining that while she is pleased to see more students wanting to join the profession, it does not change the reality that many will be turned away due to the faculty shortage.

AACN Updates

Deans Annual Meeting Kicks Off on Friday with Pre-Conference Sessions

DEADLINE EXTENDED - Nominations for CCNE Board of Commissioners and Nominating Committee Due March 22

AfterCollege Relaunches Scholarship through AACN’s Foundation for Academic Nursing

Graphic - AACN's 2021 GNAP Conference

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AACN's Gallery of Leadership

Latest Video Submission

Photo - Dr. Lepaine Sharp-McHenry

“This is not a time to be silent.”

“As nursing educators and leaders, we must make equity-centered education a priority. At Simmons, this means ensuring students have access to diverse perspectives in- and outside of the classroom; while also expanding opportunities to engage students in diverse communities through experiential learning. 

-Dr. Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, Dean, Simmons 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, please do so by Monday, March 29

Submit a Video    View the Gallery 

The Social Pulse

“All Hands On Deck”: The COVID-19 Pandemic Through Nurses’ Eyes

"Our public health infrastructure, as many people recognize clearly now, is incredibly anemic. The largest proportion of the public health workforce is comprised of nurses, and yet they are still too few."

- Dr. Mary Wakefield, Nurse and Visiting Professor, School of Nursing, University of Texas at Austin

On a recent episode of The Dose, a podcast produced for the Commonwealth Fund, Dr. Mary Wakefield takes listeners on a journey from rural hospitals to clinics in underserved areas, all through the eyes of RNs - during a global pandemic.  Listen to the podcast here. 

Nurses Working to Spread Mental Health Awareness, Resources During Pandemic

Dr. Janie Heath, Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, discusses concerns about mental health struggles for nurses and healthcare workers on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the interview here. Together, we can do our part to strengthen the mental health and wellness of the nursing workforce. To help raise awareness, share this interview on social media with the hashtag  #StopNurseSuicide.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Department of Health and Human Services Expanded COVID-19 Vaccination Workforce; AACN Attends Event on the Future of Health Care; House Appropriations Committee Sets Deadlines, Commences Fiscal Year 2022 Process.

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

Opportunities & Resources to Consider

  • The Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative trains interdisciplinary teams of students from schools around the country to learn to work with complex medical and social needs using a patient-centered approach. Student Hotspotting is part of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers’ effort to educate and provide mentorship for the next generation of healthcare professionals and is run through the National Center for Complex Health and Social NeedsAACN is a supporting partner of the Student Hotspotting program and strongly encourages schools of nursing to apply by May 7, 2021. More information about the program, as well as a pre-recorded informational webinar and link to the student team application can be found here.
  • Many current and future health professionals report having little time, training, tools, and treatment resources to conduct screening and brief interventions (SBI) for adolescents’ use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. With these barriers in mind, NORC and Kognito designed two simulations available at no cost to nursing, social work, and interprofessional academic programs as well as current adolescent health practitioners. Two conversation simulations are now available to schools of nursing: SBI with Adolescents and SBI with Adolescents: Comorbid Substance Use and Mental Health. If you are interested in accessing these teaching tools, please complete the interest form here. For more information, contact the NORC SBIRT Team at
  • The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has launched a web page offering an up-to-date national list of state registries for volunteer vaccine provider enrollment. With the supply of COVID-19 vaccines expected to exponentially increase in the coming weeks, there will be a rapidly growing need for qualified healthcare provider vaccinators to administer them. This new resource offers eligible potential vaccinators the opportunity to volunteer to administer COVID-19 vaccines in jurisdictions across the country.
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched an effort to end structural racism in biomedical research through a new initiative called UNITE. A request for information has been issued seeking input on practical and effective approaches to improve and strengthen racial equity, diversity, and inclusion across all facets of the biomedical research enterprise, both within NIH and the external community, and expand research to eliminate or lessen health disparities and inequities. You are invited to share your perspective and recommendations. Comments can be submitted through the submission website and must be received by April 9, 2021.

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

State Registries for Volunteer Vaccine Administrator Enrollment
National Council of State Boards of Nursing

School News

San Diego State University – March 17, 2021

Inside SDSU’s Community COVID-19 Efforts

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth – March 16, 2021
UMass Dartmouth Student Nurses Help Administer COVID-19 Vaccines

University of Southern Maine – March 16, 2021
USM Nursing Students on Front Lines of Vaccine Administration

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee – March 16, 2021
UW-Milwaukee Launches Community COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

University of Michigan-Flint – March 15, 2021
UM-Flint Students and Faculty Volunteer at GCHD Vaccination Clinics

University of South Florida – March 11, 2021
Students Vaccinating Students at USF College of Nursing COVID Clinic

University of Central Florida - March 9, 2021
Nursing Students Volunteer for Vaccination Efforts

University of Kentucky – March 5, 2021
UK College of Nursing Volunteers Lead Saturday's Kroger Field Vaccine Clinic

University of Kentucky – February 25, 2021
College of Nursing's COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

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