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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published May 05, 2021

Weekly Digest

On May 4, 2021, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a new report focused on Implementing High-Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care. Co-chaired by Dr. Linda McCauley from Emory University, NASEM’s expert committee put forth an evidence-based plan with actionable objectives and recommendations for advancing high-quality primary care in the United StatesThe implementation plan balances national needs for scalable solutions while allowing for adaptations to meet local needs. Recommendations focus on championing primary care teams, ensuring access to high-quality primary care in all communities, preparing primary care teams, and designing information technology that serves patients, families, and the interprofessional care team.

In the May 2021 issue of the American Journal of Critical Care, a research team lead by Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing from The Ohio State University, published a new article titled Critical Care Nurses’ Physical and Mental Health, Worksite Wellness Support, and Medical Errors. The study found that critical care nurses are reporting high levels of depressive symptoms and anxiety, which correlates with an increase in self-reported medical errors. The authors call on practice leaders to prioritize the health of their nurses by resolving system issues, building wellness cultures, and providing evidence-based wellness support and programming.

AACN Updates

Application Deadline is June 15 for AACN’s Inaugural Digital Academy

Academic Nursing Well Represented among 2021 Awards for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

Call for Reviewers for the Journal of Professional Nursing 

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The Social Pulse

The Countdown Begins to the Release of the New Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Report on May 11

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Tomorrow is National Nurses Day, and we recognize nurses’ vital role in building healthy communities. But we know they can’t chart this path alone. Stay tuned for the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine's new report, The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, on May 11. AACN is offering a webinar on May 18 with Dr. Susan Hassmiller who will present an inside look at the findings and recommendations contained in this new report. Learn more and register here.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Biden Administration Marks 100 Days in Office; HHS Awards Millions in American Rescue Plan Funding to Expand COVID-19 Training and Support for Health Centers; House “Dear Colleague” Letter Supporting Title VIII FY 2022 Funding Request Garnered Strong Bipartisan Support.

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Member News & Announcements

  • The Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia will present the Ohtli Award to Dr. Antonia M. Villarruel, professor and dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, on May 6. The Ohtli Award is the highest honor given by Mexico’s government to individuals and organizations that support the Mexican diaspora. Read more >>
  • Dr. Laura Bernaix is retiring as dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing (SON), effective May 31. An interim leadership plan will be announced shortly. Dr. Bernaix served the university for 30 years, including the last 7 years as dean of the SON. Read more >>
  • Dr. Katherine E. Gregory, the associate chief nursing officer for women’s and newborn health, research, and innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, has been named dean of the Boston College School of Nursing. She will succeed Dr. Susan Gennaro, who is stepping down at the end of the semester after 13 years as dean. Read more >>
  • Dr. Linda Plank, who has served since last summer as interim dean of Baylor University's School of Nursing, has been selected to serve as dean in an official capacity, effective May 1. She succeeds Dr. Shelley F. Conroy, who served for 8 years as dean. Read more >>
  • Dr. Judith Westphal, dean of the University of Wisconsin (UW) Oshkosh College of Nursing, has announced her plans to retire in July. Dr. Westphal, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW Oshkosh, was named interim dean in 2017 and the following year was appointed dean. Read more >>
  • Dr. Philip Greiner, recent recipient of AACN’s Advocate of the Year award for his advocacy efforts on behalf of nursing students and the profession, will be retiring from the deanship at San Diego State University’s (SDSU) School of Nursing at the end of June. Dr. Greiner has been dean at SDSU since 2012. Read more >>
  • The University of Maryland School of Nursing has announced a new post-bachelor’s certificate in Substance Use and Addictions Nursing. The 12-credit graduate certificate is designed for registered and advanced practice registered nurses and offered online with a 90-hour clinical practicum in the student’s own location. 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

Inside Higher Ed Webinar
Pragmatic Planning for a Safe Return to In-Person Learning and On-Campus Events

Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm (ET)

School News

MWSU Nursing Students Work the Frontlines of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Missouri Western State University – May 4, 2021

School-Based Clinics Address Care Access Barriers, Vaccine Adherence
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston – May 4, 2021

‘Our Side of the Story’: A Glimpse into the Daily Life of an UMSL Student Nurse Vaccinator
University of Missouri-St. Louis – May 3, 2021

COVID-19 Heroes Awarded at MSU Sparks Lecture
Murray State University – May 3, 2021

UH Mānoa Hosts COVID-19 Vaccination for Students
University of Hawai’I at Mānoa – April 30, 2021

The Ultimate Real-World Lesson: Nursing Students Administer COVID-19 Vaccines
University of California Davis – April 30, 2021

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