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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published June 02, 2021

Weekly Digest

In the May 5, 2021 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dr. Christine Siegel, provost of Fairfield University in Connecticut, has written What Will Weary Faculty Members Need Post-Pandemic? In this opinion piece, Dr. Siegel addresses the question of how campus leaders can put empathic listening to use in meetings with large groups of faculty members. She elaborates on how leaders can understand, acknowledge, and engage faculty members. 

Are your new faculty orientation programs (NFO) as comprehensive and effective as they can be? In the May 2021 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education, Dr. Catherine Cox from the George Washington University and colleagues published New Faculty Orientation for Nurse Educators: Offerings and Needs. Their study identifies common elements for NFO programs and whether they address nurse faculty orientation offerings and needs.

AACN Updates

Call for Letters of Intent: Up to $100,000 in Potential CDC Funding for Member Schools 

CCNE Revises Accreditation Standards for Entry-to-Practice Nurse Residency Programs

Background Questions Removed from NursingCAS Application


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The Social Pulse

Nursing Graduate Persevered Through Countless Hardships in a 20-Year Quest to Earn a College Degree

Her desire to attend college was stronger than language barriers. She saw how love and compassion can help others heal. She rose above every obstacle that came her way.

Read this story about Silvia Tenezaca, a resilient nursing student who overcame a family tragedy, medical crisis, economic challenges, and a language barrier while completing her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Rutgers University-Camden. 

Latest See You Now Podcast Highlights "Owning Your Aging"

Listen to the most recent episode of Johnson & Johnson's  See You Now podcast and hear an insightful discussion on ways that older adults can approach healthy aging, "cut disability in half," and live productive, meaningful life during one's later years. The conversation centers around the important work of the CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders) program, which aims to improve both the function and cost of elderly care by teaming a nurse, an occupational therapist, and a handy worker to address the home environment.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: President’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget is Released; Honor Heroic World War II Nurses: Ask your Members of Congress to Cosponsor and Pass the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act Today!

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Member News & Announcements

  • After nearly 16 years of service to the University of Hawai'i, Dr. Mary Boland is retiring as the longest-serving dean of University of Hawai’i Mānoa’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, effective this month. She postponed her retirement to provide consistent leadership and support for the school and university through the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more >>
  • Dr. Linda Sarna, dean of the UCLA School of Nursing since 2014, is retiring from that role effective June 25, 2021. She is the first UCLA alumna to lead the school as dean. An international leader in oncology nursing and tobacco control, she will have served the university for more than 37 years at the time of her retirement. Read more >>
  • Dr. Stacy Wise has been selected as the new director and chair of the Catherine W. Wood School of Nursing at Campbell University, effective July 20. She most recently served as chair of the Department of Nursing, director of the MSN/FNP program, and assistant professor of nursing at the Fresno Pacific University School of Natural Sciences in Fresno, California. Read more >>
  • Dr. Mary Beth Happ, professor and associate dean for research and innovation at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, recently received the Distinguished Research Lecture award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Her recent work contributed to the development of a free online suite of tools and resources for healthcare professionals to utilize in the treatment and care of patients battling COVID-19 who are unable to speak. Read more >>
  • Dr. Susan D. Ruppert, associate dean of graduate studies at the Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, has been named a Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. Ten Piper Professors are selected annually from among educators nominated by colleges and universities throughout Texas in recognition of outstanding academic, scientific, and scholarly achievement and for dedication to teaching. Read more >>
  • Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing has received a $2.5 million commitment from the Bedford Falls Fund to expand its Second Degree Accelerated BSN track. This gift will allow the college to increase access to the program through scholarship support to incoming students, creating new pathways for those who already have a college degree to embark on a nursing career. Read more >>
  • The University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing has received a $1 million gift from former professor Dr. Karyn Holm to create the Terrance and Karyn Holm Endowed Professorship Fund and the Terrance and Karyn Holm Unrestricted Research Center Program Fund. Both reflect support for the college’s Midwest Nursing History Research Center (MNHRC). Read more >>
  • Dr. Wrenetha A. Julion, chair and professor in the Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing, has been promoted to associate dean for Equity and Inclusion at Rush University College of Nursing. In this new senior leadership position, Dr. Julion will develop and direct strategies to build and sustain a culture of inclusion and promote a diverse community of students, staff and faculty at the college. Read more >>
  • Dr. Robert Lucero has joined the UCLA School of Nursing as associate dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; professor of Nursing; and the inaugural Adrienne H. Moseley Endowed Chair in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Previously, he was at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida College of Nursing. Read more >>
  • Dr. Cindy Greenberg has been appointed interim dean of the College of Health and Human Development at California State University, Fullerton, effective June 1. She had been serving as associate dean of the college. Prior to becoming associate dean in 2015, Dr. Greenberg served as department chair and director of the School of Nursing. Read more >>
  • Dr. Pamela Slaven-Lee will serve as the new interim dean for the George Washington University School of Nursing, effective July 1. Dr. Lee has been serving as the School of Nursing senior associate dean for academic affairs. 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.

School News

University will Host Free Walk-up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for Faculty, Staff and Postdoctoral Fellows – June 2, 2021
Vanderbilt University

Chamberlain University Releases Results from National Study on Nurses During COVID-19; Launches Nurse Well-Being Assessment – June 1, 2021
Chamberlain University

Success of Pop-up Vaccine Sites in SA Neighborhoods has Metro Health Setting Up More Locations – June 1, 2021
University of Texas Health San Antonio

130+ UWO Nursing Students Earn Tuition Credit for Vaccination Work – May 28, 2021
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Iona College Nursing Students Gain Historic Experience Vaccinating 550 People Against COVID-19 – May 6, 2021
Iona College

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