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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published May 26, 2021

Rounds with Leadership: Charting the Future of Academic Nursing – Part I


At the culmination of National Nurses Week on May 11, the National Academy of Medicine released the long-awaited report on The Future of Nursing 2020-2030, which provides a blueprint for how nurses can address pervasive health inequities and serve as catalysts for change. The predominant theme threaded throughout the report is that the US cannot achieve the goal of ensuring health equity without strengthening nursing capacity and expertise. This new call to action includes practical steps that all nurses, faculty, and students can take to advance the profession’s priorities related to achieving social justice, advocating for sound public policy, and enhancing the quality of care available to all.

We were particularly pleased to see alignment between the report’s call for transformation and AACN’s strategic priorities, including synergy with The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education. Endorsed by the AACN membership on April 6, the new Essentials outline competency expectations for preparing all new nurses to address the social determinants of health at both the individual and systems level, a key recommendation in the Future of Nursing report. AACN’s work to advance a competency-based approach to education, promote excellence in public health and population health, champion a robust nursing research agenda, and create inclusive learning environments are all consistent with the report’s goals. The association is well-positioned to lead efforts to meet other key objectives, which include expanding clinical learning experiences into community settings, promoting nurse wellness and resilience, stimulating nurse leadership development, and facilitating efforts to recruit diverse faculty and students into the nursing profession.


Weekly Digest

In the June 2021 Journal of Nursing Administration, Dr. J. Margo Brooks Carthon from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and colleagues explore Disparities in Nurse Job Dissatisfaction and Intent to Leave: Implications for Retaining a Diverse Workforce. Findings from a cross-sectional analysis of nearly 12,000 nurses working in community-based settings show that Black nurses reported higher levels of job dissatisfaction. The authors conclude that nurse administrators may find opportunities to decrease intent to leave among Black nurses through focused efforts addressing areas of dissatisfaction, including salary, advancement opportunities, autonomy, and tuition benefits. Dr. Carthon will be a featured speaker at AACN’s upcoming Advancing Nursing Workforce Diversity Impact Summit on June 15-17.

In the May-June 2021 Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Scott Ziehm and colleagues for the California Association of Colleges of Nursing (CACN) published a new article on Building Coalitions: A Statewide Nursing Organization's Role in Changing Nursing Education Regulation During the COVID-19 Pandemic. The authors detail how CACN’s ongoing work to adapt nursing education regulations in California was accelerated during the pandemic with positive results. CACN’s ultimate goal is to forge greater collaboration between educators and regulators to enhance quality and to reduce costs and redundancies in nursing education.

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AACN Updates

AACN Introduces New Initiative Focused on Embedding Innovation in Nursing Curriculum

Register for Tomorrow’s Webinar: Understanding Hiring Criteria for New Nurse Graduates

Application Deadline is June 15 for AACN’s Digital Academy: Building the Essentials Tool Kit with Digital Innovation

The Social Pulse

University of Virginia Develops Campaign Dedicated to Becoming an Anti-Racist School

“All patients deserve equal, unbiased, quality care, and a nurse who will advocate for them if they aren’t being treated fairly. I’ve always wanted to be that nurse and, during the last three months, I’ve gained the knowledge, skills, insight, and courage so that I will be that nurse."

-Sydney Tweedy, BSN student and member of the University of Virginia's (UVA) anti-racism work group

Read this article and learn more about UVA's #HoosInclusive campaign and how you can commit to ending discrimination and bias in health care. 

Nursing School Graduate Turns Her Pain into Passion

"When I was about 15 or 16, I was in and out of the hospital…diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I went into nursing to help people in the way that my nurses helped me."

-Madison Jarocha, University of Central Florida nursing school graduate

Read this inspiring story about how one nursing school graduate who battles with acute systemic scleroderma turned her pain into passion by becoming an oncology nurse. 

Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: AACN Highlights Academic Nursing Infrastructure Priorities; Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Launched: Offers Discounted Broadband Service; Congress confirms HHS Deputy Secretary Andrea Palm.

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Weekly Update for Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators

To support the information needs of nursing school deans, faculty, students, and other stakeholders, AACN has developed a resource center to highlight key information sources found on the Web regarding COVID-19. The following information and opportunities are currently featured.

Latest Resources and Articles

Video: Faces on the Front: UIC Nursing Faculty, Students and Alumni Confront COVID-19 - University of Illinois Chicago 

The Mandate Maze – May 25, 2021
Inside Higher Ed 

State-by-State Look at Colleges Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines - May 24, 2021
University Business

College and University Presidents Respond to COVID-19: 2021 Spring Term Survey, Part II –
May 20, 2021
American Council on Education

School News and Resources

Rasmussen University Nursing Students Help Administer the COVID-19 Vaccine – May 25, 2021
Rasmussen University

Intermountain Healthcare, UTHealth in Houston and Rush University Join PhysIQ’s Study to Develop COVID-19 Digital Biomarker – May 25, 2021
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Rush University

UIC Leads New Collaborative to Reduce COVID-19 Disparities – May 24, 2021
University of Illinois Chicago

Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions, Answered – May 24, 2021
Drexel University

MSU Nursing Graduate Uses Education to Strengthen Patient Care at Rocky Boy Health Center – May 24, 2021
Montana State University

NMSU Nursing Students Surpass 1,000 Hours Volunteering at Campus Vaccine Clinics 
May 19, 2021
New Mexico State University

The Road to a COVID-19 Vaccine at Duke – May 17, 2021
Duke University


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