Weekly Digest, April 18, 2018

AACN News Watch

On April 11, 2018, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) released its Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, which explores changes in faculty compensation, gender equity, and retirement challenges for faculty. Between the 2016–17 and 2017–18 academic years, average salaries for full-time ranked faculty members (assistant, associate, and full professors) increased by 1.1% after adjusting for inflation. This year's report shows that 93% of all reporting institutions pay men more than women at the same rank, and that only 5% of reporting institutions offer benefits to part-time faculty members. The top challenges to retirement security include cuts to state funding for higher education and underfunding of public pensions.

In the April 2018 issue of the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, Elizabeth Fritz published on integrative review on the "Transition from Clinical to Educator Roles in Nursing." The author conducted an extensive literature search to identify barriers and facilitators to moving into teaching roles in a variety of settings. Four practice recommendations were identified to help transition nurses from clinical to professional development careers.

AACN Updates

The Social Pulse

CDC Provides Updated Childhood Immunization Tool

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) have made available a presentation for nurses and other healthcare professionals with an overview of current childhood immunization successes and challenges. This resource features findings from CDC audience research, tips for communicating with parents, and CDC resources for healthcare professional education and parent education.

Unique Educational Opportunity Available for Nursing School Students

The application period is open for the Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative, an annual program that trains teams of students from schools around the U.S. to learn to work with complex medical and social needs using a patient-centered approach. This program is a great opportunity for schools of nursing to participate in an interprofessional and population health clinical learning model. The application is open through April 26, 2018.

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: The NIH All of Us Research Program is accepting applications for mini-grant awards through April 27; AACN shares highlights from the 2018 Student Policy Summit; and HRSA offers numerous resources in its efforts to address the opioid crisis.

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Opportunities and Resources to Consider

  • ACN is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2018 All of Us Research Program Mini-Grant Awards. Up to $20,000 is available for each awardee, who must illustrate how they will increase awareness of this NIH program and the importance of participation of underrepresented communities in biomedical research. If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, complete the application by Friday, April 27, 2018. Selected grantees will be announced in early May.
  • The 2018 Nursing Knowledge Big Data Science conference is offered for all who have an interest in advancing the alignment and use of health data for research and improved outcomes. Now in its sixth year, the University of Minnesota conference brings together leaders in healthcare, government, the private sector, and education to advance an action plan for sharable nursing data.