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AACN Weekly News Watch

May 24, 2017
Rounds with Leadership:
A Global Commitment to Advancing Academic Nursing
Later this week, many of the world’s top academic and practice nursing leaders will travel to Barcelona, Spain to attend the 2017 Congress of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). This year’s event, which is expected to draw thousands of nurses from every continent, will focus on the leading role nurses play in transforming health care and maintaining healthy communities. Together with Chair-Elect Ann Cary, we are proud to represent the interests of academic nursing in the U.S. at this convening, which promises to bring opportunities for in-depth discussion on sustainable health policies and evidence-based solutions to promoting global health.
AACN has a long history of engaging with the international community to advance the goals of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. The Board of Directors made the strategic decision back in 2006 to make AACN’s Essentials documents free and available for download from the AACN web site to better serve nurse educators worldwide who are seeking guidance on how to structure high-quality nursing programs.
Weekly Digest
In the May issue of the Journal of Nursing Education, a research team led by Dr. Eric A. Hodge from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill explores effective strategies for improving the learning experience for male nursing students in an article titled Bridging the Gender Divide: Facilitating the Educational Path for Men in Nursing. Though the number of men entering the nursing profession has increased incrementally over the years, they often face a number of gender-based barriers to their academic success, including a lack of role models, role strain, gender discrimination, and isolation. Learn more about how UNC-Chapel Hill's Careers Beyond the Bedside program was developed to create a more inclusive environment for men and to enhance the profession’s diversity.
In the May 22 issue of Associations Now, reporter Ernie Smith published an article titled Nursing Groups Cite Looming Employment Shortage. Concerns about the return of a nationwide nursing shortage are growing given the fact that baby boomers are reaching retirement age, which will result in a wave of registered nurse (RN) retirements at a time when more nursing care is needed. A recent survey from CareerBuilder finds that 56% of healthcare providers have open RN positions but cannot find qualified candidates.

AACN Updates

The Social Pulse
As the population ages and gradually becomes more diverse, the demand for nurses prepared to meet the healthcare needs will increase. Read the full article for more on how nurse faculty play a critical role in preparing future nurses to address the social determinants of health and explore how numerous external factors impact health.
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Our evolving healthcare system needs more nurse leaders in clinical, administrative, health policy, and educational roles. Read the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing's guest blog post by faculty members Drs. Jyu-Lin Chen and Annette Carley as they explain how DNP programs are helping to fill an important need in modern healthcare.
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Washington Weekly
WW-NW-5_24_2.JPG On May 23, the Trump Administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget. This edition of Washington Weekly highlights how the budget would impact programs integral to health care, research, and education. Learn more about AACN's advocacy efforts to ensure that a final spending package takes into consideration the needs of the profession and our patients. Read AACN's Washington Weekly