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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published June 23, 2021

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The Resilient Nurses Initiative of Maryland, led by Dr. Cynda Rushton with Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, recently released a report titled Mind the Gap: Preparing Nurses to Practice with Resilience & Integrity. In partnership with WikiWisdom, the author solicited feedback from 270 nurses, students, and faculty about how they are caring for themselves and how they believe nursing education must change to meet the demands of the future. The ideas collected are distilled into five recommendations focused on modernizing curriculum, making education more like real life, expanding support systems, strengthening connections between students and nurses, and supporting the whole student.

On June 20, 2021, Nursing Outlook published an article in press titled A National Survey of the Impact of COVID-19 on Personal, Academic, and Work Environments of Nursing Students. Dr. Thomas Kippenbrock from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and colleagues conducted this study to assess the impact of the pandemic on students and their perceived quality of learning. Among the findings, students reported a decline in education quality given the quick pivot to online learning and limited clinical experiences. Many students reported feeling underprepared for professional practice and licensure/certification exams.

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AACN Staff Provides Update on the New Essentials at QSEN International Forum

Looking for insights on the implementation of the new AACN Essentials? Dr. Kathy McGuinn, AACN's Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice Partnerships, recently provided updates at the 2021 QSEN International Forum Pre-Conference. Watch the recording here, and visit the AACN website to learn more about the new Essentials

National Academy of Medicine to Host Four-Part Webinar Series Highlighting Blueprint for Next Decade of Nursing

The National Academy of Medicine will host a four-part webinar series exploring the blueprint for nursing’s next decade outlined in  The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. The series will cover strategies nurses can employ to improve health outcomes, the roots of racial inequity, lifting barriers to nurses’ full practice authority, addressing nurses’ well-being, and diversifying the nursing workforce. Register for the first webinar, to be held June 29, 3:00-4:00 PM (ET).


Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of  Washington Weekly: Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Engage Nursing Students in Future Health Emergency Response; Senate Hosts Hearing on the Pandemic’s Impact on Higher Education; The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act Included in Senate Hearing; MACPAC June Report Released: Includes Recommendations to Increase Access to Behavioral Health Services.

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Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators

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 School News

UW-Green Bay Nursing Faculty Train with New Manikins that Will Offer Nursing Students Realistic Patient Healthcare Scenarios
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay – June 22, 2021
Vanderbilt School of Nursing Student Leaders Share Opportunities to Eliminate Bias and Racism Against AAPI Health Care Professionals Amid COVID-19
Vanderbilt University – June 22, 2021
Gold Foundation Honors Six from Augusta University as Champions of Humanistic Care
Augusta University - June 15, 2021
Amid Nationwide Rush to Join Nursing Field, Louisville Colleges Hold Steady with Enrollment
Galen College of Nursing, Bellarmine University, University of Louisville – June 15, 2021
Davenport Introduces Holographic Software to Train Nursing Students to Care for COVID-19 Patients
Davenport University – May 10, 2021


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