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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published August 18, 2021

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Weekly Digest

In a new editorial published in the Journal of Nursing Education, Associate Editor Teri Murray asks the question: Holistic Admissions: Could You Be Biased?. Dr. Murray considers what extent bias, deficit thinking, and stereotyping may affect nursing student success. The author outlines six steps for mitigating bias and calls on all schools of nursing to adopt equitable admissions processes that provide opportunities for all students and does not allow a deficit mindset to undermine efforts to increase diversity within the profession.

In the August 2021 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, a writing team lead by Dr. Lindsay Thompson Munn from Atrium Health published the results of an original research study titled Well-Being and Resilience Among Health Care Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-Sectional Study. With the goal of better addressing the needs of nurses and other staff during the pandemic and beyond, the authors identified several factors that put the well-being of healthcare workers at risk, including perceptions that employers lacked an understanding of the emotional support needs of staff, insufficient PPE, and inadequate staffing to safely care for patients, among other deficiencies.

AACN Updates

Grants Available from the American Nurses Foundation to Reimagine Nursing Education 
NursingCAS 2021-2022 Application Cycle Opens
Call for Abstracts Deadline is September 7 for the Diversity Symposium
CCNE Call for Comments on the Proposed Accreditation Procedures for Nurse Practitioner Fellowship/Residency Programs 


AACN's Transform 2021 Conference

Weekly  Update for Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators

New Essentials Implementation Webinar Series Announced

AACN is launching a new webinar series this fall to highlight cutting-edge strategies schools that schools may use to implement the new Essentials and begin the transition to a competency-based education framework. This initial series will consist of five webinars offered from September through November 2021, including an overview of the new curriculum standards and steps for moving nursing education to a competency-based approach. The webinar series is free to deans, faculty, staff, and students from AACN member schools.

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The Social Pulse

Connect with AACN on Social Media 

As the national voice for academic nursing, we are proud to collaborate across departments and with partner organizations committed to transforming the future of nursing education - and the profession. Connect with these colleagues on Twitter:

  • NursingCAS - @NursingCAS
    Centralized Application Service for Nursing
  • Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) - @AACN_GNSA
    Provides programs, resources, and services to nursing students enrolled in master's and doctoral programs
  • AACN's Health Policy Twitter Account @AACNPolicy
    Raise your voice in support of AACN's policy and advocacy initiatives
  • End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) - @ELNEC1
    Advances palliative care through state-of-the-art nursing education
  • Commission on Nursing Certification (CNC) @CNLatAACN
    The autonomous arm of AACN responsible for the administration of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Certification Program

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Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:  Explore AACN’s August Toolkit,  AACN’s Guide to Virtual Advocacy, to learn more about amplifying your voice and connecting with your federal legislators during the August Recess. This resource showcases ways to virtually connect with your Members of Congress, provides key resources, and allows you to continue your advocacy efforts. Take a moment to review the toolkit and join us in advancing priorities that impact academic nursing and the health of our nation.

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