NursesNOW Roundup December 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 declared 2020 as The Year of The Nurse. While this theme was first selected to honor the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, no one could have predicted the way the year 2020 happened. Nurses have always been heroes, but they were challenged in ways never imaginable before this year.  The goal of The Year of The Nurse is to encourage inclusivity and participation of all nurses, including nurse midwives, in this landmark year of activities. HealthcareNOW Radio salutes all nurses in our final Nurses Roundup of 2020. Share your story with #YON2020 #YearOfTheNurse

Spotlight On

We Are HIMSS Member Spotlight: Victoria Tiase

Victoria Tiase, PhD, RN-BC, FAMIA, FAAN is the Director, Informatics Strategy at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a member of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee and Community. Read here for a spotlight interview by HIMSS (@HIMSS.)

To Listen

HealthcareNOW Radio Nurses Playlist
Check out our 2020 compiled playlist of episodes across our HealthcareNOW Radio network that feature nurses.

In the News


The 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

The American Public Continues to Rank Nurses as The Most Honest and Ethical Professionals in Annual Gallup Poll
For the 19th year in a row, the American public ranks nurses as the most honest and ethical professionals in Gallup’s annual poll. “I am extremely proud of my fellow nurses,” said ANA President Ernest Grant, PHD, RN, FAAN. “Nurses have been tested in every way imaginable during 2020. The world watched as nurses lost numerous patients and colleagues to a highly communicable, deadly virus while trying to protect and preserve their communities with limited resources and support. Nevertheless, through it all, nurses have consistently proven they are resilient, selfless, and compassionate, risking their health and safety for the common good. Therefore, nurses are undoubtedly deserving of the public’s unwavering trust,” said Grant.


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 Issues New White Paper to Support Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
As a primary advocate for advancing diversity and inclusion within schools of nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has endorsed a new white paper titled Promising Practices in Holistic Admissions Review: Implementation in Academic Nursing. This new resource provides a roadmap for schools looking to recruit more students from underrepresented groups into the nursing profession using evidence-based strategies and admissions redesign. For the full press release click here

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 

2020 Year in Review

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.

A Not So Silent Night
In our December Footprints feature, Jamie Burt recounts the story of a NICU twin under her watch during Christmas time.

To Read

Despite High Demand For Nurses, Colleges Aren’t Keeping Up
At a time when the pandemic has exposed a growing shortage of nurses, it should have been good news that there were more than 1,200 applicants to enter the associate degree program in nursing at Long Beach City College. Click here for the full article by Matt Krupnick for NPR (@NPR)

Who Nurses the Nurse?
This post by Latoya Lewis, MSN, RN for Minority Nurse (@minoritynurse) burnout in the nursing profession while giving 9 action steps for when the nurse must nurse his or herself.

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.

Also check out one of our most popular Nurses Roundups of 2020 a special addition Q&A with nurses about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Events to Attend

Webinar: The Time Is Now: The Nurse Practitioner’s Role in COVID-19 Vaccination During a Global Pandemic
Provided By: AANP, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Date: January 8, 2021, 1–3 p.m. ET
Description: This free webinar is the second of a three-part series exploring the necessary steps you can take to ensure that your practice is ready for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Register here.
Follow: @AANP_NEWS

Webinar: Addressing Nursing Leadership Challenges During a Pandemic
Provided By: AONL, American Organization for Nursing Leadership
Date: January 26, 2021
Description: This webinar will provide knowledge to health care leaders, nursing executives, directors, managers, and informaticists on how nursing leaders have worked within their organizations during the pandemic to ensure scalable operations and beneficial care is maintained and extended when challenged by COVID-19.
Register here.
Follow: @tweetAONL

Webinar: Creating Healthy Work Environment
Provided By: Sigma
Date: February 18, 2021
Description: Designed specifically to help leaders in both academic and clinical settings develop, implement, and maintain strategies to improve their organization’s work environment.
Register here.
Follow: @SigmaNursing

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