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Letter from AACN’s President and CEO Addressing Ebola

Dear AACN Members and Colleagues,

The international Ebola crisis has underscored the critical role nurses play on the front lines of keeping patients safe, educating communities, and providing quality care. The sad news that two U.S. nurses are now infected with Ebola requires a coordinated response from nursing and all health disciplines to ensure that care providers are well prepared to protect both patients and their own health. As nurse educators, we are particularly concerned with the safety of students and faculty in clinical settings. We also understand the critical role we play in educating nurses to respond effectively to Ebola using the latest evidence available.

To provide current information and resources to nurse faculty, students, and other stakeholders, AACN has created a new Ebola Resource Section on our website:http://www.aacn.nche.edu/news/articles/2014/ebola-resources.  In this section, we highlight the latest information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to Ebola preparedness, as well as opportunities to educate nursing students and clinicians via national webinars and archived events. The site also contains links to resources provided by other national and international organizations as well as information on how schools of nursing are responding.

AACN is looking for more details on what is happening at the ground level at your institution to address Ebola.  We encourage you to share information about your school’s response to Ebola through these channels:

  • Let us know what your institution is communicating to students, faculty, and the public about the Ebola virus. Send links to information posted on your websites about efforts to educate nurses about Ebola, including any information on risk reduction and combating fear that we can share with schools nationwide. Send links to rrosseter@aacn.nche.edu.
  • Join the conversations already underway about the response to Ebola on AACN’s online collaboration community, which engages thought leaders from both practice and education.  See http://www.aacn.nche.edu/leading-initiatives/academic-practice-partnerships/community
  • Share ideas for possible webinar topics and other educational programming that AACN can consider as we plan efforts to educate faculty and students about Ebola. Please send your ideas to mbondmass@aacn.nche.edu. With your assistance, AACN will highlight how nursing education is responding to the Ebola crisis while providing resources and expert advice to clinicians and students.  We will update this site on a regular basis as new educational opportunities and best practices emerge.


Together, we can help take collective action with the larger healthcare community and minimize the impact of Ebola on patients, providers, and the public.

Eileen T. Breslin, PhD, RN, FAAN
President

Deborah E. Trautman, PhD, RN
Chief Executive Officer

American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036
www.aacn.nche.edu


2014 Annual Luncheon to be held November 1st

Join alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Our Lady of the Lake College at the College’s Annual Luncheon celebration, November 1, 2014 at Boudreaux’s, 2647 Government Street, Baton Rouge. Registration and individual class reunions begin at 10:30 am.  The lunch and formal program begin at 12 noon.

Three special award recipients will be honored during the November 1 luncheon.  From left to right:  W. Chandler LeBoeuf, ‘11 (Distinguished Recent Alumni), Barbara Anthony, ’72 (Distinguished Alumni), and  Coletta C. Barrett, Vice-President for Mission at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (Franciscan Impact Recipient). 

Click here to purchase tickets online. Contact Elaine Crowe at (225) 490-1637 or Elaine.crowe@ololcollege.edu if you have any questions.  Reserve your seat today!


BSN Continuing Accreditation Visit by the ACEN

Our Lady of the Lake College School of Nursing is very pleased to host a site review for continuing accreditation of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) on September 23-25, 2014.

You are invited to meet the three-member site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the College Administration Building, 5414 Brittany Drive, Baton Rouge, 70808.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Or email: amariquit@acenursing.org

All written comments should be received by the ACEN by September 15, 2014.


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