March 2020

COVID-19 Resources
ANAC is conducting an information campaign for nurses and other members of healthcare teams, as well as the patients and communities we serve.  It includes daily Facebook posts, weekly e-newsletter resource summaries, weekly webinars and other activities.  Follow us on Facebook and check out our homepage for more details and how to stay involved and informed.
International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

COVID-19 creates new meaning for Year of the Nurse
The World Health Organization deemed the year 2020 as "The Year of the Nurse and Midwife ."  No one could have imagined how this designation would take on a such a deeper meaning in the COVID-19 response. Nurses across the globe are showing up and responding, innovating and providing complicated care in ways not seen or appreciated before.

Share your nursing stories through "Dear Florence" blog series
ANAC member Susan Michaels-Strasser and Columbia University invite you to be part of their blog series "Dear Florence"an online space intended to jump start conversations about the role of nurses in global health. ANAC members have a legacy and wealth of current experience that must be noted, and we invite you to participate in this initiative. Please submit a few sentences or paragraphs spotlighting your nursing experiences, historically or recent, via email. Stories about experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic are especially welcome. A picture and brief biography of yourself are requested but not required. 


Recognizing World Tuberculosis Day
March 24 was World Tuberculosis Day. Tuberculosis (TB) remains the world's deadliest infectious killer. Even before COVID-19, over 4,000 people lose their lives to TB and close to 30,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease each day. 

TB infection is extremely common and close to one quarter of the world's population is estimated to be infected. The intersection of TB with HIV and, now, COVID-19 is devastating. Learn more about TB prevention and treatment on the World Health Organization's website.

International AIDS Society hosting webinar on COVID-19 and HIV this Friday
The International AIDS Society (IAS) will host a webinar on Friday, April 3 with the topic "COVID-19 and HIV: What you need to know." WHO and IAS speakers will address global concerns and responses. Please note, it is at 9 a.m. CEST/Zurich time. Registration required. 

Register for upcoming Legacy Project webinar
The Legacy Project is hosting a webinar on April 8 at 10 a.m. PDT titled "Characterizing Loneliness among YBMSM: Considerations toward Sexual Health and Well-being."  Current directives to practice social distancing in the COVID-19 response has generated interest in unintended consequences of loneliness. This webinar highlights the results of a study of loneliness among a cohort of young black men who have sexual relationships with men (YBMSM).

JANAC call for papers
JANAC plans to publish a special issue on the topic of resilience and wellbeing throughout the lifespan of people living with HIV. Consider submitting a feature article, practice brief, program brief, commentary or case study that aligns with this topic. Submissions are due by Dec. 1, 2020. Learn more about this JANAC submission request.

JANAC featured article
This issue's featured article is  Sex-Based Differences in Plasma Cytokine Concentrations and Sleep Disturbance Relationships Among People Living With HIV, which examines sex-based differences in relationships between plasma levels of 10 key inflammation makers and self-reported sleep disturbances in people living with HIV.

This is the CNE article for the current issue. ANAC members can access content for free by the above link or logging into ANAC ( and choosing Members Only Info from the "What would you like to do?" drop-down menu. On the Members Only page, you will find the link to JANAC content and the coupon code to receive 50% off the cost of the CE test ($8.98).

Call for abstracts closes April 15
ANAC is accepting abstract submissions for the 2020 ANAC conference, which will be held Nov. 12-14 in Tampa. 

We realize that the situation with COVID-19 is continuously changing and has a lot of us unsure of future events. However, we are proceeding with planning our conference in November. We will closely monitor the situation and communicate any changes.  

Abstracts may be submitted for  oral concurrent sessions, symposia, posters and student posters. Abstracts will be accepted until April 15. The deadline will NOT be extended. Please review the submission instructions and submit your abstract

Call for nominations
ANAC is looking for leaders to help shape the future of our organization through participation on the board of directors and nomination committee. 
Open positions include:
  • Board of directors: secretary, three directors-at-large
  • Nominating committee: three members 
The deadline for nominations is April 17. For more information, click here.
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