NursesNOW Roundup October 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

Spotlight On

Exploring Nursing Career Opportunities in the Field of Informatics
A workforce development article from HIMSS, (@HIMSS) includes data from the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey which shows that the industry and the career opportunities within continue to grow year over year.

To Listen

HealthcareNOW Radio Nurses Playlist
Check out our recently 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

ANCC Announces Inaugural 2020 Pathway Nurse of the Year Award Winners
The American Nurses Credentialing Center is proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural Pathway Nurse of the Year™ Award. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of one direct care nurse and one nurse leader from all Pathway to Excellence™ designated organizations around the world. The selected winners have positively impacted their practice environment and demonstrated remarkable skills while working collaboratively with team members and integrating clinical expertise with compassionate patient interactions. Congratulations to Pathway Nurse of the Year, Nurse Leader, Julie Powers MSN, RN, NE-BC, director Adult Health, Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill and Pathway Nurse of the Year, Direct Care Nurse. Donia Till MSN, RN, CNL, CGRN, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System.

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 Releases 2020 Year in Review Video
AACN released its 2020 Year in Review video, which showcases our member schools and celebrates academic nursing. Highlights of AACN’s 50th anniversary celebration are featured as well as the impact schools of nursing have had on addressing COVID-19 and keeping communities safe. As we celebrate the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, we commend our members for their tireless commitment to nursing education.

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

American Academy of Nursing Recognizes Four Nurses with the COVID-19 Courage Award
American Academy of Nursing recognizes four nurses with the COVID-19 Courage Award for their exceptional work to save lives, advance health equity, and protect communities The AANN, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (@RWJF), honors the courageous, compassionate, and creative contributions of nurses during the coronavirus pandemic. Congratulations to Ukamaka Oruche, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN (@ukamaka_oruche,) Marissa Pietrolungo, MSN, RN, CCRN, Doris Grinspun, PhD, RN, FAAN, LLD(hon), Dr(hc), O.ONT. (@DorisGrinspun,) and Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, AACRN (@jasonfarleyJHU.)

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

A Nurse’s Touch
Read Robin Hertel President, AMSN, writes her reflections on the nursing industry and the importance of the age-old saying A Nurse’s Touch. “Expressive touch, on the other hand, finds most of its power within the emotion between the nurse and patient; both as a symbol of human connection and of the nurse’s willingness to see the patient as a person and not a diagnosis.”

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

The Importance of Immunizations for the 2020 Flu Season
Hear from AANP Fellow and current AANP New York South State Representative Mary Koslap-Petraco, DNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP, FAANP, as she stresses the importance of immunizations — particularly as we enter influenza season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


To Read

Keeping the Pandemic at Bay in Small Group Nursing Homes
U.S. News Health (@USNewsHealth)
Polly Boland and Jenn DiSalvo are both nurses who provide long-term care in suburban houses that are actually skilled nursing facilities. Different from a traditional nursing homes, adults receive long-term care in a small group home type setting. Both have kept the number of COVID-19 cases in their facilities at zero.

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

The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (@SGNAOnline)
The 47th Annual Course: A Virtual Experience
October 31- November 2
Register here

2020 AWHONN The Unconventional Convention (@AWHONN)
The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
November 1 – 4
Register here

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