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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published May 12, 2021

Weekly Digest

On May 11, 2021, the National Academy of Medicine published the highly anticipated report on The Future of Nursing 2020-2030. This publication explores how nurses can work to reduce health disparities and promote equity while keeping costs at bay, utilizing technology, and maintaining patient and family-focused care. Several of the report’s final recommendations relate directly to nursing education, including calls to prepare nurses to address the social determinants of health and achieving health equity; promoting nurse health and well-being; and removing barriers that prevent nurses from practicing to the full extent of their education. Report Highlights and Recommendations also are available. For details on AACN’s May 18 webinar on the new Future of Nursing report, click here.

Posted online by Nursing Outlook on May 3, 2021, Dr. Betty Bekemeier from the University of Washington School of Nursing and colleagues published an article titled A Critical Gap: Advanced Practice Nurses Focused on the Public's Health. The national response to the pandemic has highlighted the need for applying expertise from nursing practice and public health systems to address complex health issues. The authors call for more advanced practice nurses prepared in DNP programs to assume leadership roles focused on the health of populations, marginalized communities, and the systems and policies that promote health. 

AACN Updates

National Nurses Week 2021: Celebrating Academic Nursing

Gold Foundation Expands Support for Ceremonies that Highlight Humanism in Nursing

AACN Data Spotlight: The Impact of AHC-Affiliated Nursing Schools 

Register Now - Advancing Nursing Workforce Diversity Impact Summit                                

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The Social Pulse

Kentucky State Governor Declares Month of May Nurse Suicide Prevention Month

Through the leadership of the Kentucky Nurses Action Coalition (KNAC) and Kentucky Nurses Association, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed a proclamation on May 5 declaring May as  Nurse Suicide Prevention Month in the state. As president of KNAC, AACN Member Dean Janie Heath was among the nurse leaders who spoke during a recent virtual signing event to help raise awareness of this important crisis facing nurses throughout the nation. 

GNSA Student Conducts Interview with Nurse Leader on LGBTQ Health

The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) recently incorporated LGBTQ care into the curriculum for nursing students. When Carly Baker, a Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) liaison and UCCS student, realized that this subject is not mandatory for all schools, she took to YouTube to conduct an interview with a nurse leader on how to adapt standards to include the LGBTQ curriculum. Watch the interview here. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You: HHS National Vaccine Locator Tool; Congressional Update: Committee Hearings Addressing Health Equity and Access.

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New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives

  • Dr. Sharon Hewner, associate professor at the University at Buffalo School of Nursing, has received a five-year, $1.95 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to support her research into finding better care management and coordination of high-need/high-cost patients transitioning from hospitals into the community. The grant targets patients considered high needs/high cost, those considered in the top 5% of medical expense. Read more >>
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead and Essentia Health have joined to launch a new bachelor’s degree program in nursing that uses the latest in virtual reality laboratory equipment. The new program’s first cohort of 32 nurses is finishing its first year of instruction, with graduation expected in the summer of 2022, and a second cohort will begin in August. Read more >>
  • Officials at Gardner-Webb University (GWU) and Cleveland Community College (CCC) have signed an agreement to establish a transfer admission promise program for nursing students. The CCC Bridge to Professional Advancement in Nursing Partnership with GWU builds on the “Bulldog Bound: Direct Entry Admission Program,” which the two institutions signed in the fall of 2020. 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.

Latest Resources

Health Resources & Services Administration
HRSA COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund: Provider Webcast and Resources

National Academy of Sciences Workshop
Lessons Learned in Health Professions Education from the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm (ET)

Latest School News

Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth's Faculty, Students on a Vaccine Mission
The University of Texas Health Science Center – May 10, 2021

Rutgers Opens On-Campus Coronavirus Vaccine Clinics
Rutgers University – May 11, 2021

‘We All Have a Common Goal:’ Health Care Students Vaccinate Fellow Bobcats Against COVID-19 at On-campus Clinic
Quinnipiac University – May 8, 2021

UA Nursing Staff, Volunteers Urge People To Get Vaccinated
University of Arizona - May 7, 2021

Shepherd Nursing Students Help With COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
Shepherd University – May 3, 2021

‘I’m Not Going to Lie. When COVID Hit, It Was Surreal.’ Nurses Recount Fear of Early Days
University of Miami – April 30, 2021

UW-Eau Claire’s Zorn Arena Transitions to Federally Funded Vaccine Clinic  
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – April 8, 2021

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