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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 21, 2021

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In the June 2021 issue of Nursing Economic$, Dr. Donna M. Nickitas, dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing – Camden, published a new editorial titled Vaccine Hesitancy: How Can Nurses Respond to the Nation’s Opposition and Skepticism of Vaccines? With the COVID-19 vaccination rate slowing down nationwide, the author discusses the important role nurses can play in helping the public overcome vaccine hesitancy, especially with underserved and vulnerable populations. 
In the July 2021 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, Dr. Elizabeth Schenk and colleagues contributed an article titled Nurses Promoting Inclusive, Safe, Resilient, and Sustainable Cities and Communities: Taking Action on COVID-19, Systemic Racism, and Climate Change. The writing team considers how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are linked to everyday clinical issues; national public health emergencies; and other nursing issues, such as leadership, shared governance, and advocacy.

AACN Updates

New Student Scholarship Recipients Announced
Save Your Seat: NursingCAS Application Overview Webinar for Students
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Weekly  Update for Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators

New Update: Q&A with Practice Leaders on the Essentials Task Force

In the May-June 2021 issue of AACN's Syllabus, we asked members of the Essentials Task Force representing the practice community about AACN’s recently released The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education. Throughout the development of the new Essentials, AACN actively engaged practice leaders in the work to re-envision how nurses are prepared to thrive in the healthcare system. Read their responses to questions about this new approach to nursing education and the future of health care. 

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Deadline Approaching for AACN Awards - Learn More

The Social Pulse

10 Podcasts Nurses & Nursing Students Need in Their Life in 2021
Looking for a place to turn to for stories that only nurses can relate to?  Or in need of advice, inspiration, and motivation to help you keep going? Tune into one of these highly-rated  podcasts for nurses, hosted by nurses. 

NIH Awards 5-Year Grant to Advanced Practice Genetics Nurse
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Associate Professor Dr. Laurie Connors received a grant from the National Institutes of Health National Human Genome Research Institute to train doctoral nurses—doctors of nursing practice and PhD nurses—in the translation and integration of genomics into academics, research, and clinical practice. The five-year grant, called Translation and Integration of Genomics is Essential to Doctoral Nursing, aims to facilitate personalized health care through this national educational effort. Learn more here

NAM to Host Two Twitter Chats on Actionizing Recommendations from the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Report
On August 10, 2021, the National Academy of Medicine’s Future of Nursing program will host two Twitter chats to engage with nurses & hear their perspectives on actionizing recommendations from the  Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity report in key areas, such as reducing practice barriers, advocating for nurses' well-being, diversifying the workforce, and more.  Hold your calendars to join conversations at 12:00-1:00 PM (ET) and 9:00-10:00 PM (ET) today!

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Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: House Appropriations Committee Advanced Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Spending Bill; AACN Submits Recommendations for NINR’s 2022-2026 Strategic Plan; HRSA Grants Available to Address Resiliency and Burnout Among the Healthcare Workforce; Temporary Changes to Federal Student Aid Verification Process Announced for Upcoming School Year.

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Opportunities and Resources to Consider

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and HRSA have made available $103 million in American Rescue Plan funding over a three-year period to reduce burnout and promote mental health among the health and public safety workforce. The funding opportunities include: 1) approximately 30 awards in the Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program for educational institutions and other appropriate state, local, Tribal, public, or private nonprofit entities training those early in their health careers. This includes providing evidence-informed planning, development, and training in health profession activities in order to reduce burnout, suicide and promote resiliency among the workforce; and 2) one award for the Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Technical Assistance Center to provide tailored training and technical assistance to HRSA's workforce resiliency programs. Deadline for all applications is August 30, 2021. Visit to apply. Visit BHW Grants for more information.
  • The Public Health Foundation’s preliminary draft of proposed revisions to the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals is now available for open comment. This preliminary draft aims to address feedback from the public health and population health community related to the concepts included in the Core Competencies to ensure that the Core Competencies keep pace with changes in the field of public health, as well as to offer proposed changes to the structure of the competency set designed to make the Core Competencies easier to use. Feedback on this preliminary draft is welcome through July 31, 2021 and will help to further refine the revisions to the Core Competencies. Share your thoughts today and help shape the future direction of public health workforce development. 


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