NursesNOW Roundup August 2020

Looking to keep your finger on the pulse of the nursing industry? Check out this month’s top nursing news stories from around the globe.

The American Nurses Association has declared 2020 as The Year of The Nurse. In honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the goal is to encourage inclusivity and participation of all nurses, including nurse midwives, in this landmark year of activities.
Share your story with #YON2020 #YearOfTheNurse


To Listen

Conversations on Health Care
Hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome Dr. Susan Hassmiller, Senior Advisor for Nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Advisor to the President for Nursing at the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Hassmiller talks about the dramatic role America’s 3.8 million nurses are playing in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, how the nursing profession is playing a critical role in meeting challenges in primary care and health disparities, as well as her work crafting the Future of Nursing goals at RWJF and the National Academies.

In The News

ANAThe American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation’s 4 million registered nurses. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all. Founded in 1896, and with members in all 50 states and U.S. territories, ANA is the strongest voice for the profession. Follow them on Twitter @ANANursingWorld

Now Accepting Applications for 2021 ANA Innovation Awards
The American Nurses Association and the American Nurses Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2021 ANA Innovation Awards, powered by Becton, Dickinson and Company (@BDandCo), a leading global medical technology company. The application process is open through November 1, 2020. The ANA Innovation Awards recognize nurse-led innovation and celebrate nursing excellence at the bedside and beyond.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing
AACN is the national voice for academic nursing. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice. Follow them on Twitter @AACNursing.

AACN News Watch Weekly Edition
In this week’s News Watch, view the latest COVID resources, submit your abstract for the inaugural Diversity Symposium, and more.

American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy, practice, and science through organizational excellence and effective nursing leadership. The Academy and its members more than 2,700 members, known as Fellows, create and execute knowledge-driving and policy-related initiates to drive reform of America’s health system.. Follow them on Twitter @AAN_Nursing 

COVID-19 Courage Awards
The American Academy of Nursing is pleased to announce the launch of the COVID-19 Courage Awards to honor the incredible contributions nurses have made to save lives, advance health equity, and protect communities during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These awards, made possible through the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), include $ 8,000 in funding for professional development to be given to a nurse, at any stage of their career, in each of four categories:Policy, Leadership, Innovation, and Science.

Academy Medical-Surgical Nurses
With 12,000+ members strong, the AMSN is the only specialty nursing organization dedicated to the practice of medical-surgical nursing. Our mission is to promote excellence in medical-surgical nursing. Follow them on Twitter @MedSurgNurses

AMSN is Here For You Through COVID-19
AMSN compiled resources specifically for nurses during the COVID19 global pandemic.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners
The AANP empowers all nurse practitioners (NPs) to advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership. AANP is a community  for NPs, NP students, and individuals or organizations interested in the NP role.  There are currently more than 109,000 members. AAP is working to improve patient care and advance NP practice. Follow them on Twitter @AANP_NEWS

AANP National Survey Reveals Progress, Challenges as Nurse Practitioners (NPs) Combat COVID-19
The findings of a second, nationwide trend survey of NPs assessing COVID-19’s impacts on NP professional practice demonstrate both significant progress and lingering challenges as health care providers work to stem the tide of the pandemic in communities nationwide. More than 80% of the profession reports their practices are better prepared to manage COVID-19 patients than at the start of the pandemic, with 35% indicating they are ready for a surge in COVID-19 cases.

National Association of Neonatal Nurses
NANN is a community of registered nursing professionals at all stages of their careers who care for newborn infants born with a variety of health challenges, including prematurity, birth defects, infection, cardiac malformations, and surgical problems. For more than 30 years, NANN has supported its members and advanced the profession by providing opportunities for members to influence care for neonates and their families, collaborate with leaders and peers in their field, and gain knowledge to improve their daily practice. Follow them on Twitter @NeonatalNurses.

Our Every Day is Their Once in a Lifetime
“Our every day is their once in a lifetime,” one of my previous directors used to say. I learned this phrase while working as a certified nurse aide in labor and delivery. Ten years later, it still resonates with me as a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse and student neonatal nurse practitioner. The phrase is applicable to the birth experience and the delivery of well newborns, but it especially applies to our work in the NICU. Read the full story from the NANN Footprints: Stories from the NICU August 2020 here. 

National Nurses United
NNU, with more than 150,000 members nationwide, is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in U.S. history.
NNU was founded in 2009 unifying three of the most active, progressive organizations in the U.S.—and the major voices of unionized nurses—in the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, United American Nurses, and Massachusetts Nurses Association. NNU’s executive director is Bonnie Castillo, RN and its presidents are Deborah Burger, Zenei Cortez, and Jean Ross. Follow them on Twitter @NationalNurses. 

Nurses seek OSHA sanctions on HCA
National Nurses United (NNU) today called on the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to inspect all HCA-owned-and-operated hospitals and issue citations against the hospital giant for “willful violation” of workplace safety hazards, which NNU warns “could reasonably be expected to cause death or serious physical harm.” Read the full story here. 

To Read

Heroes Need Help, Too
Mental health care should be mandatory for front-line health care workers, particularly in the face of the novel coronavirus. Read the full story by U.S. News Health (@USNewsHealth)

9 Tips for Nurses to Stay Positive and Prevent Burnout
Nurses work as superheroes every day, and the high-performance demands of this profession can lead to side effects such as exhaustion, anxiety, and constant stress. However, as leaders in health care, nurses can choose the way they approach their roles and thrive. Read Minority Nurse’s (@minoritynurse) nine strategies that can help nurses manage stress and stay positive all year long.

HealthcareNOW Radio’s Nurse Lauren
Nurse Lauren is HealthcareNOW Radio’s content contributor for NursesNOW. Her passion for pediatrics led her to become a newborn/infant ICU nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she worked for nine years. She currently works in the Infant Intensive Care Nursery at Temple Health. (@TempleHealth) Nurse Lauren, RN, is an avid gym goer and health advocate who enjoys improving the well-being of others through fitness and nutrition. She is a proud graduate of Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions (@DrexelCNHP) and Choate Rosemary Hall (@goChoate.) Check out her blog posts and Wellness Wednesday tips.

Events to Attend

AONL 2020 Goes Virtual
The largest and most influential event for leaders in nursing, AONL 2020, has transformed into a dynamic online experience. Join nurse leaders from across the nation and globe September 24 for an engaging exploration of best practices in nursing leadership from those at the forefront of care delivery transformation.
Dates: September 24 + Extended On-Demand Access
Register here. 

APNA 34th Annual Conference
Description: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Proud Partners in the Journey to Whole Health. Access to an incredible amount of content & contact hours: 120+ total contact hours.
Dates: September 30 – October 4, 2020
Register here.

Driving Innovation and Excellence in Uncertain Times
Description: Deans and Associate/Assistant Deans of AACN Member Schools of Nursing are invited to join peers during the month of October to hear from leading experts, trendsetters, and academic and legislative speakers on driving innovation and excellence in nursing. This virtual experience provides participants access to forward-thinking exchanges, including interactive plenary and concurrent sessions, panel discussions , and engaging networking and brainstorming opportunities with peers.
Dates: The virtual experience begins October 1, with a live online event October 18-20, and post-conference content through October 30.
Register here. 

ANCC Virtual Summit
Description: A unique learning experience for nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve brought together all six of our world-class credentialing programs plus an APRN Leadership track in one blockbuster virtual event. The ANCC Virtual Summit is an opportunity to gain valuable education from each of these programs. This event is a stand-alone event from the ANCC annual conferences.
Dates: October 7 – 8
Register here.

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