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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published April 21, 2021

Weekly Digest

On April 16, 2021, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) commenced publishing a new series of papers under the banner of Emerging Stronger After COVID-19: Priorities for Health System Transformation. NAM has undertaken a sector-by-sector review of the health system, the weaknesses that existed prior to COVID-19, how the sector has responded to the pandemic, and opportunities for strengthening and transforming how the health system operates in America after COVID-19. These papers will include analysis of public health; care systems; research; health payers; clinicians; quality, safety, and standards organizations; health product manufacturers and innovators; patients, families, and communities; and digital health. 

On April 8, Dr. Valerie Clary-Muronda from Thomas Jefferson University and Dr. Janice E. Hawkins from Old Dominion University published a new commentary in Sigma’s Reflections on Nursing Leadership titled Workplaces Can Change the World.  Building on the understanding that there can be “no public health without good workplace health,” the authors illustrate how a healthy nursing workforce can lead to better health outcomes and real progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations, which impact where we live, play, and work.

AACN Updates

Register Today for the Impact Summit on Advancing Nursing Workforce Diversity

Don’t Miss Upcoming Webinar, April 27: Academic Nursing Moving Forward in a Post COVID-19 World

Call for Nominations: Deadline Approaching for Six AACN Awards

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AACN's Gallery of Leadership

 Featured Video Submissions - Addressing Racism and Inequality

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Dr. Jenny Schuessler
University of West Georgia

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Dr. Deborah Koniak-Griffin
University of California, Los Angeles

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.

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The Social Pulse

Make a Difference with the All of Us Research Program

The All of Us Research Program is bringing long-overdue attention to the need to address diversity and inclusion in health research. Learn more about the program's impact and contributions to precision medicine and the advancement of care for all by visiting the website here. Learn how you can get involved - from sharing your health information to contributing to research.  #JoinAllofUs and spread the word on social media! 

National Infant Immunization Week - #Ivax2Protect

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 24-May 1, 2021. NIIW is an annual observance to highlight the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children, and this year a priority is to ensure that families stay on track for children’s routine checkups and vaccinations, even during COVID-19. As in-person learning and play become more common, on-time vaccination is even more urgent to help provide immunity against 14 diseases with recommended childhood vaccinations. Share resources related to NIIW on social media with the hashtags #NIIW and #ivax2protect

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Policy Update: COVID-19 Community Corps and Other Ongoing Efforts; Congressional Hearings on Public Health Challenges; AACN Responds to Senate HELP Committee Workforce RFI.

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Opportunities & Resources to Consider 

  • Join the National Academy of Medicine on May 11 at 3:00 pm (ET) for a webinar to discuss findings and recommendations from The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this report builds on the foundation set by the 2011 Institute of Medicine report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Click here for more information and to register.
  • Registration is open for the 2021 Humanism & Healing: Structural Racism & Its Impact on Medicine Conference, hosted by the Gold Humanism Honor Society. This event is open to nursing students, nurses, and nursing leaders. Registration for nursing students is just $5. Live sessions will be held May 6, 7, 8, with pre-recorded videos available to watch from April 26 to May 10.
  • The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program provides financial support to students enrolled in nursing degree programs in exchange for a commitment to serve in high-need areas across the country. The Health Resources and Services Administration received a historic increase in funding this year under the American Rescue Plan. With this additional funding, Nurse Corps anticipates making significantly more awards. Application deadline is May 6, 2021.
  • Registration is now open for Research!America’s Reaching the Peak: A Science & Technology Career Summit, a one-day virtual event to be held June 30 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (ET). Early career researchers in biomedical, public health, or other health-related disciplines are invited to attend, including graduate students, recent graduates, postdocs/Fellows, and early-career employees.
  • Join Apple on April 29, 12:00-1:00 pm (ET), for an exclusive conversation with Dr. Marie Marino, dean of the Jefferson College of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University, to discover how that school is using the iPad to reimagine learning, collaboration, and innovation. Explore how Apple technology supports student-centered learning and enables faculty to best prepare learners for careers in nursing.

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.

Upcoming Webinars

The National Academy of Sciences
Lessons Learned in Health Professions Education for the COVID-19 Pandemic – A Public Workshop

April 22 at 11:00 am (ET)

Academic Nursing Moving Forward in a Post COVID-19 World

April 27 at 5:30 pm (ET)

Maintaining Program Integrity During a Pandemic: Balancing Rigor with Compassion

April 29 at 2:00 pm (ET)


Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations
COVID-19 Vaccination Training Module

COVID-19 Community Corps
We Can Do This Toolkit

Join the COVID-19 Community Corps


Latest School News

Western Kentucky University – April 21, 2021
A Historic Moment for Nursing Students | Leader to Leader

Southwestern Adventist University – April 20, 2021
SWAU Nursing Students Support COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

The University of Texas at Austin – April 20, 2021
A Look at UT’s Essential Role in Addressing the Global COVID-19 Pandemic

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso – April 19, 2021
TTUHSC El Paso, Vista Markets Announce “Champions of Trusted Nursing Heroes” Campaign for Hunt School of Nursing

University of Kentucky – April 19, 2021
UK Students Invited to Share COVID-19 Experiences

Samford University – April 15, 2021
Nursing Students at Samford Administering COVID-19 Vaccine on Campus

The University of Southern Mississippi – April 15, 2021
USM Nursing, Hattiesburg Clinic Partner to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines

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