NursesNOW Roundup September 2021

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 joins the World Health Organization (WHO) and global colleagues in extending The Year of The Nurse into 2021. The goals of this campaign are to recognize nurses’ contributions from 2020, build on the increased visibility of nurses, encourage inclusivity and participation of all nurses, including nurse midwives, and continue to expand National Nurses Week to Nurses Month in May. Share your story with #YON2021 #YearOfTheNurse

Spotlight On

ANA (@ANANursingWorld) and HIMSS (@HIMSS) will be developing multiyear programming that is designed to increase the voice, opportunity and visibility of the nursing audience in the digital health ecosystem by holding nurse led and nurse developed innovation. Join ANA and HIMSS on this journey at the Accelerate Health – Nursing virtual program on Nov. 18, 2020.

To Listen

Healthcare NOW Radio Nurses Playlist
Check out our recently compiled playlist of episodes across our Healthcare NOW 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 Urges US Department of Health and Human Services to Declare Nurse Staffing Shortage a National Crisis
The American Nurses Association (ANA), representing the interests of the nation’s 4.2 million nurses, urges the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to declare the current and unsustainable nurse staffing shortage facing our country a national crisis. In a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, ANA calls for the Administration to acknowledge and take concrete action to address the current crisis-level nurse staffing shortage that puts nurses’ ability to care for patients in jeopardy.

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.

Congressional Committee Considers the Build Back Better Act, Advances Priorities Impacting Academic Nursing
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) applauds the House Energy and Commerce Committee for including academic nursing priorities in their section of the Build Back Better Act, which is now advancing through the legislative process. AACN was pleased to see that the Committee supported $1 billion in funding for nursing education enhancement and modernization, which reflects the language outlined in the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act (H.R. 851/S.246). Read the full press release 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 

American Academy of Nursing Recognizes Four Healthcare Leaders as Honorary Fellows

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

Med-Surg Moments–The AMSN Podcast is a Show for Nurses, By Nurses
Med-Surg Moments is the official podcast of AMSN. Our podcast offers an engaging look at the lives of – and surrounding – medical-surgical nurses. We are currently on our second year, and are in the top 100 medical podcasts as reported on Chartable!

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

AONL Announces New President-Elect, Treasurer and Board Directors

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.

Neonatal Nurses Week
Established in 2000 by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), members of the neonatal community use this time to honor nurse colleagues and show pride in being a neonatal nurse or neonatal APRN. In 2019, NANN expanded the celebration from one day on September 15, to an entire week during the month of September each year. 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. HealthcareNOW Radio would like to recognize our own Nurse Lauren, RN and her colleagues in the Infant Intensive Care Nursery at Temple Health (@TempleHealth) Thank you for all you do! We hope you enjoyed Neonatal Nurses Week this year!

To Read

Coronavirus Pandemic Sparks Nurse Staffing Crisis At U.S. Hospitals
The Huffington Post (@HuffPost) reports nurses are quitting or retiring, exhausted or demoralized by the pandemic. And many are leaving for lucrative temp jobs with traveling-nurse agencies.

Best Nursing Schools Methodology
This year, U.S. News & World Report (@USNewsHealth) is publishing its first-ever undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) rankings. The rankings are based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty members of nursing schools and departments at institutions around the country.

Trends Nurse Practitioners Are Facing Today
Whether you are an experienced nurse practitioner with years of clinical practice already under your belt, or you’re a student preparing for a fulfilling career devoted to helping people, you’re likely to face some unexpected challenges and some exciting opportunities in the work you have chosen. The role of the nurse practitioner is rapidly evolving, responding both to changes in the health care industry and to the evolving needs of the communities you serve. This article (from Minority Nurse @minoritynurse) explores some of the most significant trends nurse practitioners are facing today.

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

AMSN 30th Annual Medical-Surgical Nursing Convention | Virtual
Provided by: AMSN
Date: September 30-October 3, 2021
Description: Attending Convention is a gift to yourself – for your enrichment, your connection to other nurses, and your pursuit of continuing education. Invest in you this year. The experience of attending our AMSN Annual Convention is simply one of the best gifts a med-surg nurse can get. We hope you take a moment to engage with your med-surg family for our 30th AMSN Annual Virtual Convention! Earn up to 50 nursing continuing professional development NCPD contact hours.
Register here
Follow: @MedSurgNurses

APNA 35th Annual Conference | In Person or Virtual
Provided by: APNA
Date: October 13 – 16, 2021 – in person 
Location: Louisville, KY
Date: December 10 – 12, 2021 – virtual
Description: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Revolutionizing Access to Person-Centered Care. Network with brilliant and talented scholars across the country and tap into a wealth of evidence-based practice innovations in psychiatric-mental health nursing.
Register here
Follow: @AmerPsychNurses

Mobilize and Strategize: Implementing DEI in Academic Nursing | Virtual 
Provided by: AACN
Date: November 9 – 10, 2021
Description: Individuals with an interest and focus on advancing diversity and creating more inclusive learning environments should attend this symposium.  Inclusive excellence embodies both quality and diversity. Emphasis is being placed on the need for assessing and carrying out a comprehensive process for preparing a more diverse nursing workforce to provide high-quality care, which is critical to addressing healthcare disparities and health inequities.
Register here
Follow:  @AACNursing