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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 14, 2021

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Weekly Digest

In the July/August 2021 issue of the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Dr. Amelia Knopf from Indiana University and colleagues published a new article titled A Review of Nursing Position Statements on Racism Following the Murder of George Floyd and Other Black Americans. The authors examine public statements issued by three national organizations (AACN, American Academy of Nursing, and American Nurses Association) and 18 schools of nursing in response to the tragic killing of George Floyd in May 2020. Six themes were identified in these statements, including condemnation of police brutality, acknowledgment of the effects of racism on health, calls to combat racism, calls to end systemic racism, calls to support those working against racism and discrimination, and calls for respect for all persons.
In the July 2021 issue of Nursing Science Quarterly, Dr. Mary R. Morrow from Purdue University published a new article titled Holistic Admission: What Is It, How Successful Has It Been in Nursing, and What Are the Possibilities? Identified as an effective way to increase diversity in the workforce, a Holistic Admission Review would consider the whole nursing school applicant in a dignified and respectful manner, while focusing on valued experiences, attributes, and metrics needed in the profession. The author encourages nursing schools to consider adapting their admission processes to reap the benefit of holistic admissions. Click here for more information on AACN’s work in promoting this best practice.

AACN Updates

Apply Now: Diversity Leadership Institute

2021-2022 NursingCAS Cycle Opens August 12 

Call for Abstract Period Open for Transform 2021 and Diversity Symposium

Weekly  Update for Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators

New Update: Introducing The Essentials Marketplace
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The Social Pulse

Aspiring Nurse Receives Scholarship Under Kentucky's First 'Shot at a Million' COVID Vaccine Incentive Program

As part of the Kentucky 'Shot at a Million' COVID Vaccine Incentive Giveaway, five young Kentuckians were awarded scholarships to a public college, university, or technical school in the commonwealth. Learn about the winners, including Adison Sullenger, who is considering using the scholarship to attend Western Kentucky University or the University of Kentucky where she will begin her journey to becoming a nurse. 

Felician University Nurse Brings COVID-19 Vaccines to the Homebound

Nursing schools instill in students core values that will carry them into their future careers. One Felician University student shares how bringing supplies to the homeless helped prepare her for her work delivering COVID-19 vaccines to senior citizens and other homebound individuals. Read this story here

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Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly:  House Appropriations Subcommittee Advances Health and Education Spending Bill: Full Committee Markup Scheduled Thursday; President Signs Executive Order Promoting Competition in the Economy and Includes Healthcare Initiatives; Federal Agency Guidance on Safe and Equitable Learning Environments.

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New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives

  • A program at the University of Alabama College of Nursing aimed at building a pipeline to nursing for underrepresented students has received a $1.2 million Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Robin Bartlett, associate dean for research, will lead the team for the 5-year program. Read more >>
  • Ursuline College has been approved for a $2.2 million federal grant to help improve diversity in the nursing workforce. Funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration will help the college improve wrap-around support services for undergraduate nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a focus on Black students and other underrepresented minorities. Read more >>
  • Loyola University Chicago’s School of Nursing received a $2.2 million, four-year Nursing Workforce Development grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Loyola Nursing will collaborate with Arrupe College to implement an innovative CARE (Collaboration, Access, Resources, and Equity) Pathway model and expand the number of students in the Loyola Nursing Pathway to the BSN from Arrupe. Read more >>
  • Troy University School of Nursing program aimed at increasing the number of qualified nursing faculty in Alabama has received a funding increase for the 2021-2022 academic year from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant provides funding to accredited schools of nursing to offer loans to students enrolled in advanced education nursing degree programs who are committed to become nurse faculty. Read more >> 
  • Dr. Sheila Molony, professor in the School of Nursing at Quinnipiac University, has been awarded a $255,873 National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging grant to fund "Holistic Evaluation to Advance Research in Dementia (HEARD)," a new research project aimed at better understanding and improving the quality of life for those living with dementia. Read more >>
  • The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Nursing a $1.25 million grant over five years to improve access to mental and behavioral health care. The funding will increase the number of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners integrated into primary care settings and improve education and training for primary care nurse practitioners. Read more >>
  • Increasing the diversity of Maine’s workforce in nursing is the focus of a more than $1.7 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant to the University of Maine School of Nursing, in partnership with Northern Light Health and Morgan State University in Maryland. The four-year award will help increase nursing education opportunities for individuals who are financially disadvantaged or from ethnic and racial minorities in Maine. Read more >>
  • Rush University College of Nursing Office is a partner in Assemble Chicago, a new major downtown Chicago development project. Assemble Chicago will be a 20-story, carbon-neutral, mixed-use development that will provide more than 200 units of affordable apartment housing and will include a medical clinic managed/staffed by the College of Nursing. Read more >>

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

Free Accredited COVID-19 Vaccine & Vaccinator Training
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

COVID-19 Research Symposium - Towards a Holistic Understanding of the Pandemic: Advances in COVID-19 Research
University of California - Irvine

Latest News

Vanderbilt School of Nursing Student Leaders Share Opportunities to Eliminate Bias and Racism against AAPI Health Care Professionals Amid COVID-19 – June 22, 2021
Vanderbilt University

By Land or By Sea, Nursing School Aims to Make Health Care More Accessible to Seafarers – July 1, 2021
University of South Florida

UofSC Nursing Students and Staff Play Important Role in the Fight Against COVID-19 – July 1, 2021
University of South Carolina


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