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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 01, 2021

AACN Weekly News Watch
September 1, 2021
Weekly Digest
In response to the August 21, 2021 article in the New York Times titled Nursing Is in Crisis: Staff Shortages Put Patients at Risk, the leaders of the organizations affiliated with the Tri-Council for Nursing, including AACN’s Dr. Deborah Trautman, developed a Letter to the Editor. Recognizing the physical and emotional toll that caring for patients during the pandemic has placed on healthcare workers, the authors call for all eligible individuals to be vaccinated and masked to help stem the current surge in COVID-19 cases.

On August 19, 2021, Dr. Patricia McMullen, dean of the Conway School of Nursing at The Catholic University of America, contributed an opinion piece to The Hill titled We've Asked So Much of Our Nurses, It's Time to Give Them Reinforcements. While highlighting both the critical role nurses play in addressing the current public health crisis and future threats, Dr. McMullen calls for a greater federal investment in nursing education to ensure a robust supply of nurses to meet the nation’s healthcare needs.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Dorothy DulkoAACN is pleased to welcome Dorothy Dulko, PhD, ARNP-BC, AOCNP, WHNP-BC, to the staff in the new role of Implementation Director for the AACN Essentials. Dr. Dulko brings over 30 years of experience as an advanced practice nurse, hospital administrator, educator, and researcher. She holds a PhD in Cancer Nursing Research from the University of Utah and a post-graduate certificate in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from New York University. She received her Master of Science as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and post-masters certificate as an Adult Health Nurse Practitioner from Stony Brook University. She recently worked as Project Director and Co-Investigator at the Tufts Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies and as Graduate Core Lead Faculty at Walden University’s College of Nursing. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Dulko, who will lead and coordinate staff work on the implementation of the Essentials.

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The Social Pulse
The National Academy of Medicine recently announced a new podcast series on the recently released Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report. This 8-part series will explore practical strategies for the nursing profession to advance health equity. Listen to the podcast to hear stories and experiences of frontline nurses and other health experts from a wide range of settings.
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AACN has joined the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and more than 100 partner organizations on the Keep Up The Rates campaign to encourage all individuals to receive recommended vaccines that may have been delayed during the pandemic. The campaign is aimed at engaging national experts and leading public health organizations to reach populations most at risk of delaying vaccinations or experiencing complications from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Learn more about the campaign here. We also encourage you to learn how your organization can join the campaign here, and spread the word on social media using the hashtag #KeepUpTheRates.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: House Adopts $3.5 Trillion Budget Resolution; NINR to Host Artificial Intelligence Webinars; AACN’s Fall Virtual Hill Day.
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Member News & Announcements
  • Dr. Sarah Szanton, a prominent gerontologist, expert in health equity and social justice, and longtime faculty member of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, has been appointed as the next Hopkins Nursing dean. Her term began August 25. Read more >>
  • Dr. Eileen G. Collins is the new dean of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing, effective September 1. Previously, she served as professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science and associate dean for Research for the UIC College of Nursing. Dr. Collins succeeds Dr. Terri Weaver, who has retired after 11 years at UIC. Dr. Weaver’s distinguished career includes 4 years of service as member-at-large on the AACN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. Read more >>
  • Dr. Nena Peragallo Montano, dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, will retire next year. Dr. Montano joined UNC as dean in January 2017. Since then, she has been a critical part of the growth and success of the school, leading the first curriculum redesign in 20 years, planning the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan, and launching an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner certificate program. Read more >>
  • Montana State University (MSU) has announced a $101 million donation to its College of Nursing, one of the largest donations ever given to a college of nursing in the United States. The donation comes from Mark and Robyn Jones, founders of Goosehead Insurance based in Westlake, TX. The money will fund new facilities and state-of-the-art simulation labs at MSU College of Nursing campuses in Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula. Read more >>
  • The University of Hawaii at Manoa is renaming the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene to the Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing. Dr. Nancy Atmospera-Walch, the founder and CEO of AIM Healthcare Institute, is a UH Manoa Nursing alumna who has made a transformative gift to the school. The department of nursing and the department of dental hygiene will remain within the school with no changes in their respective degree programs. Read more >>
  • Texas Christian University’s College of Nursing & Health Sciences has received a $5 million commitment that will endow the dean position at the college. The Davies family made the commitment, and the position will now be known as the Marilyn and Morgan Davies Dean of Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences. Read more >>
  • Dr. Christopher Lee, professor and associate dean for Research at the Boston College School of Nursing, will be honored with the 2021 Kathleen A. Dracup Distinguished Lecture and Exemplary Career in Mentoring Award from the American Heart Association in recognition of his mentoring of early-career scientists. Read more >>
  • Dr. Kae Livsey, associate professor at Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing, has been named to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice. She will provide advice and recommendations to the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Congress. Read more >>


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