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AACN Statement on Fraudulent Nursing Schools

Published April 07, 2021

Weekly Digest

On March 12, 2021, Nurse Educator published a new study from a research team at the University of Colorado College of Nursing, which found that nearly one-quarter of graduate nursing students reported elevated levels of stress, anxiety, and depression over the past year. Titled A Survey of Mental Health in Graduate Nursing Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the authors conclude that understanding mental health concerns and associated issues can assist administration, faculty, and staff in targeting resources and interventions to support graduate nursing students to continue their education.

In a Viewpoint article in the April 2021 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, Dr. Kenneth White from the University of Virginia and colleagues consider Complexity Science, Nursing, and COVID-19. The authors identify three principles relevant to the pandemic that may help to address challenges to the nursing profession, including how small changes can have a big impact, order emerges from disorder, and diverse connections strengthen adaptation. Understanding these concepts may help to contribute to greater calm and generate energy to explore opportunities for innovation.

AACN Updates

AACN Member Schools Vote to Endorse the New Essentials

New AACN Data Reveals Surge in Student Enrollment in Schools of Nursing

AACN Call for Photo Submissions: Help Showcase Nursing's Impact Over the Past Year

Upcoming Webinar: Public Health and Population Health--A Distinction with a Difference - Part 1


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Photo - Dr. Connie Delaney White, Dean, Dr. Nasra Giama, Assistant Director of Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity, and Dr. Barbara Peterson, Director of Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity

Drs. Connie Delaney, Nasra Giama, and Barbara Peterson                     
University of Minnesota

Photo - Dr. Nena Peragallo Montano, Dean, and Dr. Shielda Rogers, Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Drs. Nena Peragallo Montano and Shielda Rogers
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

View  10 Ways Academic Nursing is Addressing Structural Racism and AACN's  full Gallery of Leadership that showcases how more than 40 AACN member schools are working to confront racism and inequality. 

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The Social Pulse

Seven Blogs to Help Nurses Relax, Restore, and Roll in the Aisles

No one can relate to the challenges a nurse faces more than a fellow nurse. Blogs can be a great source of inspiration, insight, or simply provide a much-needed laugh after a tough day. Take a look at these nurse blogs that can help you "relax, restore, and laugh."

ANA Extends Year of the Nurse and Develops Toolkit for A Successful Celebration

The ANA Enterprise has created a resource to support engagement during Year of the Nurse, including an array of downloadable materials that may be used to recognize nurses and their contributions to quality care. View and access resources here and post to social media with the hashtag #YearoftheNurse

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: AACN Attends Meeting with the Director of NINR; National Health Service Corps Funding Opportunities Now Open; Highlights from AACN’s 2021 Virtual Student Policy Summit.

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Member News & Announcements

  • Dr. Pamela R. Jeffries will become dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, effective July 1. Dr. Jeffries, professor and dean of the George Washington University School of Nursing in Washington, DC, will succeed Dr. Linda Norman, who will step down from her leadership role on June 30. Read more >>
  • Dr. Lin Zhan, current dean of the University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing and AACN Board Treasurer, will be the new dean of the University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing, effective August 1. Dr. Zhan will succeed Dr. Linda Sarna, who is set to retire June 30. Read more >>
  • Dr. Debra J. Barksdale will be the next dean at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing, effective July 19. Currently, Dr. Barksdale is professor of Nursing and the associate dean of Academic Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. Associate Dean and Professor Dr. Heidi Krowchuk has served as interim dean since the passing of Dr. Robin Remsburg in December.  Read more >>
  • Dr. Marie Nolan, professor and executive vice dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, has been appointed interim dean of the school. She succeeds Dr. Patricia Davidson, who was named the vice-chancellor of the University of Wollongong in Australia, where she starts in May. Read more >>
  • Dr. Karen Glanz, professor in the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and a senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, has been appointed to the National Institutes of Health Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Integration Working Group. Read more >>
  • Dr. Rita Trofino, associate dean, School of Health Sciences & Education, Nursing Department chair and professor, St. Francis University, was recently awarded the Distinguished Colleague Award from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools Association, Inc. Read more >>
  • The University of Louisiana at Lafayette College of Nursing and Allied Health has received a donation of $20 million from the LHC Group, a Lafayette-based home healthcare company. The investment over the next 10 years will create an endowed deanship and a simulation lab and will fund professional development for teachers and students, faculty research, and increased scholarships. Read more >>
  • The Sarah Elizabeth Allison Foundation gifted $600,000 to the School of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The gift will create the Sarah E. Allison Research Lab for Self-Care and Wellness, which will promote instruction in how self-care can fight burnout among Mississippi’s nurses and how nurses can teach their patients resilience-building skills. Read more >> 
  • Pace University in New York will transform Lienhard Hall, home to its College of Health Professions, into a modernized Healthcare Hub with the help of $1 million in state funding. With these funds, Pace will add important programming for students preparing for careers in the region’s expanding healthcare and biotechnology sector while adding to, and modernizing, existing lab, classroom, and simulation space.  Read more >>
  • Binghamton University’s Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences has officially opened on the university’s Health Sciences Campus. A grand opening event will be held at a later date. Decker College comprises the Decker School of Nursing as well as the School of Rehabilitation Sciences and the School of Applied Health Sciences. Read more >>
  • The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has launched a new podcast called “On the Pulse” that will take a deep dive into the experiences of frontline providers and researchers, locally and globally. The podcast will host guests who are experts in topics from climate change to pregnancy to palliative care. Personal stories also will be shared – why they got into health care and what drives them each day. Read more >>
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing and College of Engineering have been awarded a research subcontract of up to 3 years and $1.5 million to build advanced systems engineering and operations for situations in which critical decisions must be made quickly and correctly. 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

School News

MEPN Nursing Students Volunteer to Vaccinate the Community 
April 6, 2021
University of San Diego

NDSU Nursing and Pharmacy Students Help to Protect the Herd 
April 6, 2021
North Dakota State University

New Mexico State University Nursing Students Play Key Role in State Vaccination Roll Out 
April 5, 2021
New Mexico State University

Nursing Students “Stick it to COVID-19”
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

More than 800 Boise State Students Receive COVID-19 Vaccine During Saturday Vaccination Clinic 
April 4, 2021
Boise State University

Nursing Grads Enter the Workforce During a Pandemic 
April 1, 2021
University of Louisiana Monroe

YSU Holds First On-Campus COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Students, Staff
March 30, 2021
Youngstown State University

School Resources

Council of Public Health Nursing Organization

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