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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 06, 2021

AACN Weekly News Watch
October 6, 2021
Weekly Digest
In the October 2021 issue of Nurse Leader, Drs. Michael Bleich, Deborah Zimmermann, and Beverly Hancock take a closer look at Unprecedented Leadership: How Nurses Responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Based on an informal member survey by the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL), the authors describe how nurse leaders used creativity and innovation to meet the moment and protect patients. Leadership responses to the pandemic included a return to team-based care, redeployed providers, work redesign, leveraging technology, provider support, and community-based partnerships. 

In the October/December 2021 issue of Nursing Administration Quarterly, Dr. Bethany Robertson and colleagues from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University published an article titled The Academic-Practice Partnership: Educating Future Nurses. The authors detail the essential elements of a model partnership, including the involvement of senior leadership, a common vision, mutual goals, mutual respect, and access to shared knowledge. The article highlights a successful collaboration designed to prepare future nurses with competence in quality and safety that was developed using the AACN-AONL Guiding Principles for Academic Practice Partnerships.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Implementation Webinars Available On-Demand
To date, more than 12,300 registrations have been received for AACN’s New Essentials Implementation Webinar Series, which is offered to help schools begin transitioning their programs to meet the new competency expectations. The first two installments of this series – The Re-envisioned Essentials: Infusing Innovation in Academic Nursing and Introduction to Competency-Based Education – are now available on-demand. Register now for upcoming webinars scheduled for October 13, October 26, and November 16.

Academic Nursing Leadership Conference October 30-November 1, 2021 Washington, DC Register Now
Application Cycle Open for AACN's Diversity Leadership Institute  - Learn More

The Social Pulse
Travis Levin and Felix Contreras, 2019 BSN graduates of the University of North Carolina (UNCG) at Greensboro School of Nursing, were surprised to run into each other while on the same flight to the Middle East. Using what they learned while part of the UNCG School of Nursing and its Veterans Access Program, both were on a mission to help treat U.S. citizens, allies, and service members who were evacuated from Afghanistan as part of Operation Allies Refuge. Read this inspiring story about their contributions and service here. 
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For many, having a career that offers a stable financial future is essential - along with working in a profession that is personally rewarding. The nursing profession offers the best of both worlds. Read this article highlighting how nursing provides a path to economic well-being. 
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Federal Government Shutdown Adverted: Congress Passes and the President Signs CR; AACN Attends Virtual Event on COVID-19 and the Opioid Epidemic; and Update from HHS’ COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Meeting.
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Member News & Announcements
  • Mount Saint Mary College (MSM) has announced the appointment of Dr. Christine Berté as the dean of the School of Nursing. Dr. Berté, who became a full-time MSM nursing professor in 2015, previously served as chairperson of the school and coordinator of the graduate nursing program. Read more >>
  • Dr. Kathy Rideout, dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Rochester (UR), will step down effective June 30, 2022. A member of the faculty for more than 35 years, Dr. Rideout was officially installed as the school’s fifth dean in 2012 after serving in an interim capacity the previous year. She was named a vice president at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2013 and appointed to a second five-year term as dean in 2017. She will return to her role on the faculty at the conclusion of the academic year. Read more >>
  • Dr. Kathleen Scoble, dean of the Elms College School of Nursing, has retired, effective September 10. She began at Elms College in 2003 as the school’s director of the Division of Nursing, which at the time was comprised of a small, baccalaureate program with 100 students. Acknowledging the growth of the nursing program, Elms College dedicated the School of Nursing in 2013, making Dr. Scoble the founding dean. In recognition of her stewardship, she has been named dean emerita of the School of Nursing, becoming the first Elms College dean to receive this distinguished title. Read more >>
  • The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a gift of $21.5 million from the Elaine Nicpon Marieb Charitable Foundation. The university’s College of Nursing will become the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing, named for the late UMass Amherst nursing alumna Elaine Nicpon Marieb. The gift will advance the university’s nursing engineering center and provide support for student scholarships, an endowed professorship, and mentorship and research initiatives. Read more >>
  • The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California Davis has received a gift from Western Health Advantage (WHA) to create the first endowed professorship at the nursing school. The inaugural holder of the WHA Endowed Professorship is Dr. Janice F. Bell, associate dean for research, nationally recognized for her distinguished scholarship in health and caregiving research. Read more >>
  • Dr. Pam Jones has been appointed associate vice chancellor for health and wellness at Vanderbilt University. In this new role, Dr. Jones will oversee all aspects of the university’s strategic health and wellness priorities, including the current response to the COVID-19 pandemic and collaborative health and wellness efforts with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Previously, she was the School of Nursing’s senior associate dean for clinical and community partnerships. Read more >>
  • Dr. Linda D. Scott, dean and professor, University of Wisconsin Madison School of Nursing, is the new president-elect of the American Academy of Nursing. She previously served two terms on the Academy’s Board of Directors from 2015-2019. Dr. Scott leads diversity efforts across the University of Wisconsin Madison campus, including implementing a holistic admissions process for the School of Nursing. Read more >>
  • Dr. Christine Mihal, acting vice president for academic affairs and the dean of the School of Nursing at Felician University, has been appointed by Governor Phil Murphy to the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing Board. The center was established in 2002 to provide evidence-based recommendations regarding the nursing workforce and its impact on patient care and is guided by a 17-member board representing New Jersey nursing and stakeholders. Read more >>


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