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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 31, 2021

Rounds with Leadership: Collaboration, Community Engagement, and a Cure 


Now in its 40th year, AACN’s annual survey has become the nation’s most trusted source for data on enrollment and graduation trends in schools offering baccalaureate and higher degree programs in nursing. With concerns that the pandemic might negatively impact enrollment in nursing schools and interest in nursing careers, data from our fall 2020 survey arrives with a heightened sense of interest among workforce analysts, legislators, and leaders across the health professions.


Weekly Digest

The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) has released its 17th annual report to Congress titled Preparing Nurse Faculty and Addressing the Shortage of Nurse Faculty and Clinical Preceptors. NACNEP is calling on a public-private response to develop, support, and fund a wide range of initiatives to address the shortage of nurse faculty and enhance nursing education and training. AACN was instrumental in providing the data that frame the issues in this report, and former AACN Board Chair Ann Cary from Florida Gulf Coast University served as Team Lead of the report’s Writing Committee.

In the February 2021 issue of Nurse Education Today, Dr. Athena Sherman, Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow at Emory University’s School of Nursing, and colleagues have published LGBTQ+ Health Education for Nurses: An Innovative Approach to Improving Nursing Curricula. The authors call for all nurses and nurse educators to understand local and national policies that may impact LGBTQI+ patient safety, and the appropriateness of screening members of this community. A logic model is presented to guide LGBTQ+ health integration into curricula.

AACN Updates

Register Today for Upcoming Webinar on Advancing Health Equity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AACN Mourns the Loss of Nursing Leader Dr. Bernardine Lacey 

Registration Deadline for the Summer 2021 CNL Exam Testing Period is June 7


2021 AACN GNAP Conference


AACN's Gallery of Leadership

Combating Racism and Fostering Inclusive Learning Environments

Recently Added Videos

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Dr. Safiya George

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Dr. Danny Willis

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View  10 Ways Academic Nursing is Addressing Structural Racism and AACN's  full Gallery of Leadership that showcases how more than 35 AACN member schools are working to confront racism and inequality. 

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The Social Pulse

Latest Amplify Nursing Podcast Episode Highlights Innovation and Translating Nursing Into Business

In a recent episode of Amplify Nursing, a podcast produced by Penn Nursing, nurse leader Rhonda Manns shares how her experience guides others through the design thinking process to improve patient care. Listen to the podcast here and learn how she approaches translating nursing into business, the importance of diversity in nursing, and seeing innovation as more than just tech.

Sigma Nursing Extends Deadline for Nurse Empowerment Program

Sigma Nursing has extended the application deadline for its Nurse Empowerment Program aimed at helping early-career nurses build their resume and advance the profession. Through a partnership study with the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, Sigma is looking for frontline nurses with up to 10 years of experience to take up to nine LinkedIn Learning leadership and management skills courses. Sigma Nursing will use the results of this study to better understand the value, relevance, and effectiveness of these courses in helping prepare nurses in their careers. Learn more and apply here. The application deadline is April 12. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: New Guidance from the Department of Education for Students and Institutions; AACN Attends Event on Higher Education Possibilities and What the Future May Hold; Biden Administration Plans to Invest $10 Billion to Expand Access to the COVID-19 Vaccine; President Biden to Release Infrastructure Plan.

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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

Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

School News

UCI Associate Professor Melissa Pinto Talks to the New York Times about Her New Study on the Long-Haul COVID-19 Symptoms
March 31, 2021
University of California Irvine

APSU Nursing, Rad Tech Students See Power of Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Simulation 
March 27, 2021
Austin Peay State University

COVID-19 Vaccination Provides Learning Opportunities for UAH Nursing Students 
March 27, 2021
University of Alabama at Huntsville

A Life Interrupted: Coronavirus Pandemic Gave USI Nursing Professor New Ways to Teach 
March 27, 2021
University of Southern Indiana

UTEP Helps Optimize COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in the US 
March 26, 2021
University of Texas at El Paso

TROY’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Helping People from Throughout Alabama 
March 26, 2021
Troy University

Local Pre-Med, Nursing Students Continuing To Stay Motivated During Pandemic
March 17, 2021
Texas Christian University

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