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American Academy of Nursing Urges Inclusion of Women's Perspectives in HIV Health Care

Academy Marks National HIV Testing Day with Release of Policy Brief Stressing Importance of Women's Perspectives in HIV Prevention, Care,
and Treatment

Washington, D.C. (June 27, 2016) - In observance of National HIV Testing Day, the American Academy of Nursing announced its  support of the inclusion of women's perspectives in all aspects of HIV prevention, care, and treatment. The Academy stresses that women have unique perspectives in their health care that may differ from those of men, and there is a greater need to include the voices of women when designing and implementing HIV prevention programs.

The Academy's policy brief "Engaging the voice of women in HIV prevention, care, and treatment" was published in the January/February 2016 issue of the Academy's journal, Nursing Outlook.

"The Academy urges the inclusion of women's perspectives and experiences to improve health outcomes. Women, from all socioeconomic backgrounds, should be included during the design and implementation of culturally-sensitive HIV health care," said Academy President Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, FAAN.

The policy brief recommends that registered nurses, as well as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), be included to "…advance gender-specific and culturally relevant education and prevention processes, such as peer navigation programs and social networking, to enhance HIV screening, testing, and surveillance."

Read the full policy brief here. 

 

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About the American Academy of Nursing
The American Academy of Nursing (www.AANnet.org) serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,400 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care.

 

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Angela Frederick Amar, PhD, RN, FAAN

Angela Frederick Amar, PhD, RN, FAAN, Assistant Dean for BSN Education and Associate Professor, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar was recently selected for the Institute of Medicine's Committee on The Biological and Psychosocial Effects of Peer Victimization: Lessons for Bullying Prevention. 

 

Angela Frederick Amar,
PhD, RN, FAAN

 
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President's Message: 

Diana Mason

An invitation to attend an event at the White House is always welcome. I'm pleased that we've two such invitations in the past six months.

In October of 2014, Anne Turner-Henson represented the Academy at the White House for a meeting on early childhood development. As then lead Co-Chair of the Child, Adolescent and Family Expert Panel, Anne was well-prepared to provide important perspectives on how to give children a better start in life. This work is consistent with the Academy's Strategic Goal on addressing the broad range of factors that affect the health of people. Indeed, she also sits on the Task Force, led by President-Elect Bobbie Berkowitz, that is charged with overseeing our work on this goal.

Then, on March 25th, Academy CEO Cheryl Sullivan represented the Academy and nursing at a White House launch of a new Health Care Action Learning and Payment Network to engage insurers, providers, employers, consumers and other key stakeholders in exploring ways to accelerate this movement to global, value-based payments. The invitation followed on the heels of a meeting that Cheryl and I had with Patrick Conway and other staff at CMMI, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to discuss the Academy's support of accelerating movement towards the nation adopting global payment models that could move us away from the fee-for-service model.

Both of these events align with our strategic plan and speak to the Academy's reputation as an organization that is mission-driven. We are not merely an honorific society. Rather, we are pursuing a mission of advancing health policy and practice through nursing knowledge. It seems that the Obama Administration and others recognize what the Academy has to offer. 

Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN 
President

Academy in the News
  • Diana Mason and Debra Barksdale were quoted in a New York Times article analyzing a recent study which confirmed a gender-based pay gap in nursing. 
  • Lynn Erdman appeared on a TODAY show segment providing advice to parents on giving babies their first bath.  
  • Linda Burnes Bolton was quoted in an NPR article discussing nurses' roles in translating data and troubleshooting problems with medical devices. 

                       

Academy Accepting Applications for 2015 Jonas Policy Scholars

Thank You Academy Supporters

We are proud to acknowledge the generousity of our supporters and their committment to the Academy. The list below represents Academy supporters who have generously made gifts at the President's Circle level of $1,000 and above since January 1, 2015. Each dollar raised directly supports the Academy's mission of transforming health policy and practice through nursing knowledge.

  • Naeema Al-Gasseer
  • Susan Bakewells-Sachs
  • Mary Pat Couig
  • Stephanie Ferguson
  • Kathleen Gorman
  • Fran Hicks
  • Erik Joh
  • Deborah Kenny
  • Carol Loveland-Cherry
  • Pamela Mitchell
  • Robert Piemonte
  • Patricia Reid Ponte
  • Joan Shaver
  • Maureen White
  • Carolyn Williams 
Fellow Achievements

Hayley Mark, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, is serving as President of the Maryland Dean and Directors Group. In her role, she will help advise the deans and directors of pre-licensure nursing programs in the state of Maryland on addressing common challenges and developing strategies.

 

Joan Kub, PhD, MA, PHCNS, BC, FAAN, is serving as president of the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators. She will lead the organization until 2016.

 

At the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) Nightingala Celebration in October, Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, a global leader for health promotion and gender equality, received the Path-Paver Award and Sarah Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN, a leader in nursing and gerontology, received the Protégé Award.  

Career Opportunities
(Following are Paid Announcements)

Endowed Professor & Director, Case Western Reserve University

The Endowed Professor/Director will manage daily activities of the Institute and play a strong role in strategic planning and implementation. The scope of the work of the Institute Director includes: Research; Scholarship; Education, Teaching and Training; and Community Relations/Dissemination of Best Practices.

Full position details and how to apply.

Director, Center for Nursing Leadership, University of South Carolina 

The Director for the Center for Nursing Leadership oversees the four major activities of the Center to include: 1) state-wide action coalition/One Voice One Plan; 2) Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership program; 3) SC Office of Healthcare Workforce Research for Nursing; 4) Continuing Education Provider. In addition, the Director will serve as a collaborator and faculty in the DNP Nurse Executive program. 

Full position details and how to apply.

Associate Dean for Research College of Nursing, South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University College of Nursing is seeking nominations and applications for a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as Associate Dean for Research. The Associate Dean for Research in the College of Nursing is a vital member of the leadership team who leads the Office of Nursing Research and facilitates programs of research and scholarly productivity among faculty and students.

Full position details and how to apply.

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American Academy of Nursing Announces Strong Support for the Rights of LGBT Individuals Who Are Hospitalized  

Washington, D.C. (February 23, 2015) – The American Academy of Nursing announced its strong support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who are hospitalized to have the right to visitation by their family of choice, or designee; to have access to their hospitalized loved ones; and to make decisions on their behalf. 

“The Academy fully supports equal rights for LGBT patients and their families. Though a majority of hospitals in the U.S. have policies granting equal rights to LGBT patients—as is now required by Medicare rules and Joint Commission standards—many are not in compliance or have requirements that are too difficult to meet, causing inequality to persist. This must change,” said Academy President, Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN. 

The Academy’s policy brief, titled, “Same-sex partnership rights: Health care decision-making and hospital visitation,” was published in the Academy’s journal, Nursing Outlook, and was developed by the Academy’s Expert Panel on LGBTQ Health. 

The Academy’s position as stated in the policy brief: 

“The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) strongly supports the rights of LGBT individuals who are hospitalized, as well as the rights of their family of choice (or designee) to have access to their hospitalized loved ones, and to make decisions on their behalf. The Academy has a strong record of opposing health inequalities and advancing a culturally competent workforce (AAN, 2012). Support of visitation rights for LGBT individuals will contribute to achieving access to high-quality, comprehensive, culturally sensitive, dignified and respectful health care for all persons. 

“The Academy therefore declares its support for the rights of LGBT persons in hospital visitation for their partners and children.” 

Click to view the entire policy brief. 

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About the American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing (www.AANnet.org) serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,200 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care.

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Elyse Petroni, Manager of Communications and Public Affairs 
202-777-1174 
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American Academy of Nursing Launches
Jonas Policy Scholars

Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare funds Policy Scholars to work with Academy Expert Panels

WASHINGTON, DC (November 20, 2014) The American Academy of Nursing (Academy), an organization dedicated to advancing health policy and practice, today announced the  Jonas Policy Scholars Program. Funded by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare with a $125,000 grant, this new initiative of the Academy will recruit 12 highly qualified doctoral and post-doctoral nursing students for a two-year experience whereby they will be matched with an expert panel to learn from leading nursing experts about major health policy issues. 

“The Academy is grateful to the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare for supporting the development of nurses to lead the policy work that is needed to create healthy communities and to transform our health care system,” said Academy President Diana J. Mason. 

The Jonas Policy Scholars will create a pipeline of early-career nursing scholars who will contribute to shaping practice, education, and research policy relevant to nursing and the work of the Academy of Nursing; provide a mechanism for Academy expert panel leaders to mentor early-career Jonas Policy Scholars on key issues relevant to the panel’s area of focus and strategies for shaping those policies; and support expert panel chairs in advancing work to inform and shape policy and improve the health of the public. 

“U.S. healthcare is in the midst of an immense shift and nurses are among the most qualified professionals able to ensure the highest quality healthcare going forward. Serving on the frontlines of care, nurses give voice to patient issues and their advocacy is needed at the policy table,” says Darlene Curley, MS, RN, FAAN, Executive Director of the Jonas Center and former state representative of Maine, where she also served on the Health Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the State’s Long-term Care Oversight Committee. “With the Academy, the Jonas Center is advancing its goal to help prepare nurses to play leadership roles in creating a more effective healthcare system.”

Jonas Policy Scholars are selected based on evidence of scholarship, including publications, presentations, honors and awards; evidence of leadership experience; and match between the applicant’s interest area and at least one healthcare issue addressed through the expert panels.

The first cohort of six Jonas Policy Scholars (2014-2016) and their expert panels are:

  • Sunny Hallowell, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, Breastfeeding Expert Panel
  • Emerson Ea, Duquesne University School of Nursing, Cultural Competence & Health Equity Expert Panel
  • Alicia Rossiter, University of South Florida College of Nursing, Military/Veterans Health Expert Panel
  • Laura Brennaman, University of New Mexico College of Nursing,  Psychiatric/Mental Health/Substance Abuse Expert Panel
  • Kathy Simmonds, University of Rhode Island College  of Nursing, Primary Care Expert Panel
  • Joan Ching, Seattle University College of Nursing, Quality Health Expert Panel

The expert panels are one of the major forces within the Academy for developing new knowledge, promoting collaboration, and shaping policy.  The panels provide a flexible and efficient mechanism by which emerging issues within the nursing profession and concerns for the health of the public are addressed.  Each utilizes members’ critical knowledge, analytical skills, and networks to review the current research and issues within the field, to take action as appropriate in addressing key issues, and to make recommendations on projects and/or initiatives the Academy should undertake to transform healthcare policy and practice.

The collaboration builds on the successful Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program,launched in 2008 to address the shortage of nursing faculty and to grow the field of nurse leaders. The Jonas Center currently supports 335 doctoral scholars nationwide; it has nearly 270 Jonas Scholar alumni. Its goal is to support 1,000 scholars by 2016. Jonas Policy Scholars Emerson Ea and Kathy Simmonds are also current Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars (2014-2016); Alicia Rossiter is an alumna of the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program.

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About the American Academy or Nursing
The American Academy of Nursing (www.AANnet.org) serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,300 Fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and the promotion of the health of the public through evidence-based health policies.

About the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare
In 2006, Barbara and Donald Jonas established the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (formerly known as the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence), the leading national philanthropic funder dedicated to improving healthcare by advancing nursing scholarship, leadership and innovation. Its two main programs are the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, which aims to address the dire shortage of nursing faculty by preparing nurses with doctoral degrees to step into this critical role, and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, which seeks to improve the health of veterans by supporting doctoral-level nursing candidates committed to advancing veterans’ healthcare. These programs currently support 335 doctoral scholars nationwide and have nearly 270 alumni. The Jonas Center’s goal is to support 1,000 scholars by 2016.

Contacts:

Cheryl G. Sullivan                   
CherylSullivan@AANnet.org, 202-777-1167

Olivia Goodman

Olivia.Goodman@finnpartners.com, 212-715-1597

 
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