Published June 30, 2021
Rounds with Leadership: Charting the Future of Academic Nursing – Part II
"Nurses are powerful in number and in voice, and the world needs their actions now more than ever on how individuals, families, and communities might best be served in a more equitable fashion."
-Dr. Victor J. Dzau, President, National Academy of Medicine (NAM)
The recently released report on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity will have a profound impact on the priorities pursued by the nursing profession over the next decade. How can we be so sure? Looking at the outcomes from the first Future of Nursing report, which was released by the Institute of Medicine (now the NAM) in 2010, serves as an indicator of what we might expect.
In the 10 years since the release of the first landmark report, academic nursing has made great strides in leading change and advancing health. Collectively, member schools of nursing were able to expand student capacity, which resulted in doubling the number of nurses with doctoral degrees, tripling the number of graduates from RN to BSN programs, and increasing the number of nurses in the workforce with baccalaureate or higher degrees from 49% to 59%. Beyond the goals related to academic progression, AACN also advanced recommendations focused on implementing nurse residency programs (including our work with Vizient), expanding leadership development opportunities (AACN LEADS), advocating for the removal of scope of practice restrictions, and strengthening data collection efforts. The impact of this work is indeed far-reaching and profound.
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In the May-June 2021 Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Emerson Ea from the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing and colleagues published an article on Preparing the Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduates to Lead Nursing Education: Ideas, Strategies, Recommendations, and Implications. The authors contend that DNP programs with an education component, either as part of the curriculum or as an elective sequence, are effective in preparing graduates to assume faculty roles and advance the scholarship of teaching. “Nurse educators who are clinically current, able to effectively link practice and theory, and have knowledge of systems and the complex healthcare environment would be best positioned to take nursing education to the next level.”
In the June 2021 Journal of Nursing Education, Dr. Joanne Noone and Dr. Rana Halabi Najjar from Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing explored Minimizing Unconscious Bias in Nursing School Admission. Creating structures in the admission process that promote fairness and reduce the risk of relying on automatic judgments can minimize the influence of unconscious bias on admission decisions. The authors consider interventions, including cognitive strategies, that have been successful in reducing unconscious bias.
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