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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published August 25, 2021

AACN Weekly News Watch
August 25, 2021
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Susan Bakewell-Sachs and Deborah TrautmanRounds with Leadership: 
First Steps Toward Implementing the Essentials
Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.

William Pollard, Business Leader and Scholar


When AACN’s members voted to approve the AACN Essentials last April, they forever changed the horizon for academic nursing. The bold decision to move toward competency-based education sparked a new era of innovation that will require fresh approaches to teaching, student assessment, clinical learning, and engagement with our partners in practice.


A change of this magnitude will take time, particularly because a variety of stakeholders, including accreditation, certification, and regulatory bodies, must now adapt their processes to reflect the new competency expectations. AACN recognizes that the pathway to fully implementing the revised Essentials will be an extended process that may take three years or longer to complete.

Weekly Digest
In the August 21, 2021 issue of the New York Times, reporter Andrew Jacobs takes an in-depth look at the nursing shortage in a story titled ‘Nursing Is in Crisis’: Staff Shortages Put Patients at Risk. Given the strain that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is placing on the U.S. healthcare system, practice leaders are growing concerned about having enough registered nurses available to deliver essential care. Leading authorities in academic nursing, including Dr. Patricia Pittman from George Washington University and Dr. Peter Buerhaus from the Montana State University, weigh in on issues connected to nursing supply and demand. AACN data is cited.  
On August 18, 2021, Sister Rosemary Donnelly, distinguished nursing professor from Duquesne University, published a new essay on Sigma’s Nursing Centered online content hub titled Cracking That Glass Ceiling. Dr. Donnelly considers why there are too few nurses serving as provosts, vice presidents, presidents, chancellors, or health system presidents and offers some advice for those considering opportunities at the highest level of nursing leadership.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update - See the latest on AACN's New Essentials

The journal Nurse Educator, which is edited by Dr. Marilyn Oermann, has published a collection of eight articles focused on the new AACN Essentials, specifically Domain 5: Quality and Safety. Written by Dr. Gerry Altmiller, nursing professor from The College of New Jersey and colleagues, these articles focus on a number of core issues, including teaching quality improvement, clinical evaluation instruments, and medication reconciliation. All articles in this series may be accessed for free.

2021 Diversity Symposium Call for Abstracts
CCNE Call for Comments on the Proposed Accreditation Procedures for Nurse Practitioner Fellowship/Residency Programs

The Social Pulse
"My experience with COVID made me think of nursing as definitely the career for me. I saw so many courageous nurses during the pandemic." 
The University of Virginia recently published a 5-part series showcasing firsthand accounts from nurses who cared for COVID-19 patients hospitalized at UVA Health. Read the fourth installment of the series, highlighting Roman Abdul Satar, whose work assisting nurses in the COVID-19 unit solidified her commitment to the nursing profession. 

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