April 2020
COVID-19

COVID-19 Resources
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our world, work and routines have shifted. For some, this shift occurred dramatically. We hope that you are all managing well, and you and your families are healthy and safe. Our monthly member newsletter continues to be a source of information about HIV and related policy issues, educational resources, nursing trends and membership updates.
 
We are also committed to sharing up-to-date resources and information on the COVID-19 pandemic through our weekly update, sent each Friday, and weekly webinars, scheduled every Wednesday. We hope you find these resources helpful and that you will join us on an upcoming webinar.  Follow us on Facebook for regular updates  and check out our homepage for more information on all of our COVID-19 resources.

We are asking all ANAC members and supporters for feedback on our COVID-19 campaign. Please complete this short six-question survey. Thank you!
Chapters

Considering hosting a virtual chapter meeting?
We can help! Our online platform is available free of charge to host meetings for up to 25 people. Contact Lynda Wileman at  lwileman@anacnet.org for details and to reserve your date and  time-slot
Nurses Week

National Nurses Week starts next week
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. ANAC events include: 
  • Daily insightful communications featuring nursing leadership and nursing research
  • Webinar on Wednesday, May 6 
  • Highlights of ANAC member contributions

Do you have a colleague or project to highlight? Please send a brief note to info@anacnet.org and we'll follow up. 

Conference

Call for abstracts deadline extended to May 15
The deadline for  abstract submissions for the 2020 ANAC conference, which will be held Nov. 12-14 in Tampa, has been extended to May 15.

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 May 15. Please review the submission instructions and submit your abstract
JANAC

Call for Papers
Currently, JANAC has an open call for papers throughout the year on specific topics  noted here. There is also a call for submissions for a special issue in January-February 2022 focusing on the  resilience and well-being throughout the lifespan of people living with HIV .

JANAC featured article
The May-June 2020 issue of JANAC is in the mail. This issue focuses on neurocognitive issues associated with HIV and physical activity. Please be sure to read this month's featured article, Physical Activity and Cognitive Health Among People Living With HIV: An Integrative Review, and complete the CEU test.

This is the CNE article for the current issue. ANAC members can access content for free by the above link or logging into ANAC (anacnet.org) 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).
Policy

Nursing Community Coalition requests additional financial support from Congress
On April 23, ANAC was one of 60 members of the Nursing Community Coalition that provided written testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Through the coalition, we requested $278 million for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs to support the expansion of the nursing workforce to provide care to all Americans. We also requested $182 million for the National Institute for Nursing Research for fiscal year 2021 and to improve patient care through science and research investments. 
International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

COVID-19 creates new meaning for Year of the Nurse
The coronavirus pandemic has brought attention to the roles of nurses in the response to COVID-19. Nurses are critical to the provision of primary care, HIV education, treatment and prevention, including the prevention of mother to child transmission.

ICAP/Columbia University shared a great profile on Lynette Kosgei from Kenya and her experience treating and advocating for patients with HIV.  Lynette was part of ANAC programming at AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa.  
Global

Spending too much time on TikTok?
Here's some good news. The Gates Foundation and TikTok, a  social media platform, have pledged $10 million each to help distribute and deploy any vaccines for COVID-19 once they are developed and licensed.
Education

National Health Service Corp (NHSC) scholarship deadline extended to May 15
Nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistant students can apply for the National Health Service Corp Scholarship Program before May 15. Applicants must commit to a minimum of two years of full-time service in health professional service areas in exchange for a full year of scholarship support.
Donate: #GivingTuesdayNow

The past few months have tested us all, but they have also highlighted that during turmoil we can still spread kindness. ANAC is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity that will take place next Tuesday, May 5. Don't forget to add a reminder to your calendar!

ANAC has launched a new program "Walk with Me: Connecting Nurses" connecting front-line COVID-19 nurses with seasoned ANAC members to provide an empathetic source of peer-to-peer support. Initially a small pilot project with one California hospital, this is a program we hope to expand in the months to come. 

We ask that you consider making a donation to ANAC to support this project. General fund donations today through May 7 will go toward this effort. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to extend this program beyond our start-up support, which we received from a private grant. We also encourage you to give and support local initiatives and nonprofits that are doing great work in your area. 
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