AACN Weekly Digest, July 12, 2017

In the July-September 2017 issue of Nursing Administration Quarterly, Drs. Pennie Sessler Branden and Nancy Sharts-Hopko call for establishing a long-term strategy to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders in an article on “Growing Clinical and Academic Nursing Leaders: Building the Pipeline.” The authors report that nursing is facing a crisis, as too few qualified nurse academicians and administrators are willing to step up to high-level leadership positions such as deanships and chief nursing officers. This article critically appraises the available literature regarding succession planning in the nursing profession and offers pragmatic suggestions for stakeholders to engage in preparing new leaders in a deliberate and thoughtful manner. The authors also explore barriers and facilitators for nurses aspiring to lead.


AACN Updates

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AACN Set to Move to New Headquarters Next Month >>

Congratulations to AACN’s Recent Scholarship Winners >>


The Social Pulse

ACE Offers Workshop for Senior Leaders Looking to Advance to Presidency

Senior-level higher education administrators, typically at the dean’s level or above, who are planning to seek a college presidency within the next two years should consider applying for ACE’s Advancing to the Presidency workshop on successful presidential search and transition. The aim of the workshop, which will take place October 16-17 in Washington, D.C., is to provide leaders with the tools and skills necessary to obtain a college or university chief executive position, such as honing in on the types of institutions likely to be a good fit and developing a concrete presidential search strategy. Learn more and submit your application.

Your Nurse Salary Guide

In an effort to help nurses understand the numerous factors that influence pay rates across the country, Nurse.com has launched “Your Nurse Salary Guide,” a free digital resource. The guide includes articles and continuing education opportunities that help nurses understand financial and non-financial factors when applying for a new job, along with interviewing tips, the importance of salary negotiation, and how market and culture influence salaries. Learn more and share with your networks!


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Washington Weekly

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Catch up on AACN’s latest federal policy news with Washington Weekly: AACN continues to urge appropriators to support health, research, and higher education programs as the House plans to markup an FY 2018 spending bill; the Administration appoints new CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald; and AACN attends Veterans Affairs NAAC meeting this week in Washington, DC.

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New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives

The College of St. Scholastica has been awarded a $1.4 million, two-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to fund through the Rural Academic Practice Partnership (RAPP) for Northeastern Minnesota. Under the grant, St. Scholastica will collaborate with Essentia Health to recruit primary care physicians to act as preceptors for nurse practitioners in training in rural communities. Read more >>

Georgia Southern University’s School of Nursing has received a $1.3 million federal grant to put nurse practitioner students to work in paid trainee positions with five health care center organizations in southeastern Georgia. The Advanced Nursing Education Workforce program is funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Specifically, this grant will pay registered nurses, who are studying for advanced nurse-practitioner degrees at Georgia Southern, to work with the five organizations, which are Federally Qualified Health Centers, during the students’ required clinical practicums. Read more >>

Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) received a $1.4 million Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grant from the Bureau of Health Workforce in the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The two-year grant will provide $700,000 per year to prepare students enrolled in the family nurse practitioner (FNP) sequence of the MCN graduate program to practice primary care in rural and underserved settings through academic and clinical training. Read more >>

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has received three Nurse Support Program (NSP) II grants to fund new educational opportunities, including a DNP/PhD dual degree program, an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner program, and expanded curricula in palliative care. The grants total more than $3 million and are funded by the Health Services Cost Review Commission of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Read more >>

The Salisbury University Nursing Department received nearly $4 million from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to develop two new programs. About $2 million will help create web-based leadership and communication tool kits for nursing students and practicing nurses at several hospitals on the Eastern Shore. An additional $1.8 million will create an online Maryland nurse educator career portal to better connect potential instructors with the state’s nursing schools. Read more >>

Samford University’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing has received more than $2.3 million to help make graduate nursing education more affordable for practicing or teaching nurses who are committed to careers in nursing education. Samford’s Nurse Faculty Loan Program grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration is the second largest in the country and one of only four that exceeds $1 million. Read more >>

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing has received a $1.2 million grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration that will be used to provide specialized training for students in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) programs. Read more >>