NursesNOW Roundup September 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

HealthcareNOW Radio Nurses Playlist
Check out our 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


ANA Launches Flu Shot Campaign
Rita Wilson and the American Nurses Association want you to get a flu shot. Newsweek (@Newsweek) spoke to Wilson (@RitaWilson), along with Dr. Ernest Grant (@ANAPresident,) president of the ANA, in separate Zoom calls, about the importance of getting a flu shot this upcoming fall and winter, in order to prevent a possible twindemic.

ANA Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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.


Foundation for Academic Nursing Continues Support for Students Impacted by COVID-19
The Foundation for Academic Nursing, the philanthropic arm of the AACN, is pleased to announce the latest round of students to receive scholarship support through the COVID-19 Nursing Student Support Fund. This fall, a total of 107 nursing students will receive $ 500 in support to help them overcome hardships linked to COVID-19. Since the program launched in April 2020, the Foundation has received almost 8,000 applications for funding and disbursed a total of 158 awards. Read the full press release.  

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 Healthcare Visionaries as Honorary Fellows
The American Academy of Nursing Academy will officially name four distinguished experts as Honorary Fellows at the Academy’s Transforming Health, Driving Policy virtual conference, to be held October 29-31, 2020. Noteworthy within their fields, these exceptional individuals have demonstrated extraordinary and sustained contributions to nursing and health care throughout their career. Read the full press release here. 

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



National Student Nurses’ Association
NSNA’s mission is to mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, and to convey the standards, ethics, and skills that students will need as responsible and accountable leaders and members of the profession. Follow them on Twitter @NSNAinc


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


Why Attend an Online Conference in 2020?
The main reasons to attend a professional conference are for continuing education and networking. As many conferences move to the virtual setting as a precaution during the COVID19 pandemic, you many wonder what the benefits are of an online conference. Read here for tips and tricks to make the most out of AANP’s virtula conference. 

American Organization for Nurse Leadership
As the national professional organization of more than 10,000 nurse leaders, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) is the voice of nursing leadership. Previously known as the American Organization for Nurse Executives (AONE), the organization changed its name in 2019 to better align with its core mission to shape health care through innovative and expert nursing leadership and vision of nursing leadership—one voice advancing health. Follow them on Twitter @tweetAONL.


Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge
AONL is partnering with Johnson & Johnson (@JNJInnovation) and the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, & Leaders (@SONSIEL2) for the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in COVID-19 Patient Care. As part of our mission to shape health care through innovative and expert nursing leadership, the QuickFire Challenge will nurture early-stage ideas from the frontlines of COVID-19 by celebrating, supporting, & mentoring the nurse innovators behind them.


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.


Celebrate Neonatal Nurses Week with NANN
Last week was Neonatal Nurses Week. Neonatal Nurses Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and dedication of neonatal nurses and APRNs. The contributions of these health care workers to the tiniest patients make a difference that lasts a lifetime for neonates and their families. Check out NANN’s s Celebration Gallery


To Read

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.

Apps to Download

The Best Nursing Apps in 2020
Carson Newman University (@CNOnlineNursing) has compiled a list of the Best Nursing Apps to download whether you are looking for study help for nursing exams, field specific resources, on-the-job references, translator tools, time management tips, or advancing your nursing career – this list has it all.

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.
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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