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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

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AACN Weekly News Watch

June 21, 2017
Weekly Digest
In the April-June 2017 issue of Nursing Forum, Dr. Jean E. Christoffersen from Simmons College published a new paper on “Teaching Accelerated Second-Degree Nursing Students: Educators from Across the United States Share Their Wisdom.” This qualitative study was designed to elicit best practices from nursing faculty on how to teach adults with degrees in other fields who are transitioning into nursing. The themes that emerged included (a) extreme organization, (b) engaging students through active listening, (c) mutual respect, (d) engaging via life/work experience, (e) effective pedagogy adaptations, and (f) early immersion. Exploring these themes will be useful in guiding faculty and program directors involved with this unique cohort of nursing students.

AACN Updates

The Social Pulse
Nursing is a calling and a national urgency. By 2022, we will need 1 million more nurses in the U.S.
Recently, Johnson & Johnson's Campaign for Nursing interviewed a few student nurses at the NSNA convention in Dallas and came away with a great sense of optimism for the future. Watch the full video.
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“We know that the way care happens, no matter the setting you are in, it is a team-based approach. The more that we can start to prepare learners to work together before they even get into their clinical and professional roles, it really strengthens what they bring to the team.” – Dr. Kate Fitzpatrick, Associate Dean of Interprofessional Practice, University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Explore AACN-TV and watch the latest innovations underway at schools of nursing nationwide!
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Washington Weekly
Inside this week’s special edition of Washington Weekly: As the Senate is expected to release its own health reform bill, AACN calls on Congress to “put patients first.” Learn more about the association’s involvement in the national debate. Take action today to send a message to your Senators, reiterating the need for patients to remain at the center of any proposal.

Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • To help nurses find the right job and thrive in their roles, has published its “Pave Your Nursing Career Path” digital resource guide, containing nearly 20 articles and resources to help nurses navigate the job market and improve their knowledge base.
  • As part of the dissemination of the Workforce Improvement Project, Academic-Practice Partnerships for Emergency Preparedness, a conference—“Strengthening Academic-Practice Partnerships: A Toolkit for Implementing Population Focused Disaster and Chronic Disease Preparedness”—will be held July 27 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Registration is free (food and lodging not included). Register by July 20. This project is partially funded through an AACN and CDC Cooperative Agreement with the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Saint Louis University, and Johns Hopkins University.