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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 08, 2021

AACN Weekly News Watch
September 8, 2021
Weekly Digest
On August 25, 2021, the journal Medical Care published findings from a new study from Dr. Linda Aiken and colleagues on the Value of Nurse Practitioner Inpatient Hospital Staffing. Following an analysis of cross-sectional data on 579 hospitals, the authors found that patients and nurses in the hospitals with higher nurse practitioner-to-bed ratios were significantly more likely to report better care quality and safety. In these settings, nurses also reported lower burnout, higher job satisfaction, and greater intentions of staying in their jobs. 
On September 1, 2021, staff writer Aallyah Wright with Stateline, a publication of The Pew Charitable Trusts, posted a story titled Rural Hospitals Can’t Find the Nurses They Need to Fight COVID. With rural regions of the U.S. making up 60% of the areas facing shortages of healthcare professionals, many hospitals are struggling to maintain safe staffing levels given the current surge in patients with COVID-19. Though some rural health systems are offering sign-on bonuses and generous benefits packages to recruit nurses and other providers, local experts are calling for increasing nursing school enrollment to bring new nurses into the field faster.

AACN Updates

Weekly  Update for Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators
Don't Miss the First AACN Essentials Implementation Webinar

On September 16 from 1:00-2:00 pm (ET), AACN will offer the first webinar in the New Essentials Implementation Webinar Series titled The The Re-envisioned Essentials: Infusing Innovation in Academic Nursing. Dr. Casey Shillam from the University of Portland and Dr. Marjorie Wiggins from the Maine Health System will provide an overview of the newly endorsed framework and model for nursing education and practice. Join more than 1,600 of your colleagues and register now to review the foundational elements and core concepts outlined in the 2021 Essentials. Find out how you can begin the work to align your programs to the new competency expectations. 

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The Social Pulse
Responding to COVID-19 has heightened concerns about nurse burnout, staff retention, and the nursing shortage. In response, the Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation launched The Resilience Collaborative to equip nurses and other providers to recover, adapt, and grow. Visit this website to view resources and learn ways to support nurses and other frontline health workers. 
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Washington Weekly
Inside this special Advocacy edition of Washington Weekly: Urge your Members of Congress to cosponsor and pass the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act (S.246/H.R.851); Urge your Senators to pass the Student Assisted Vaccination Effort (SAVE) Act (S.2114); and Support World War II cadet nurses.
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New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives
  • Associate Professors Dr. Carman Turkelson and Dr. Megan Keiser from the University of Michigan-Flint School of Nursing have received a $1.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to establish a program that will help nearby communities that lack qualified sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) equipped with the proper skills and competencies to perform forensic exams, especially in rural areas. Read more >>
  • The Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College and Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) have signed a memorandum of understanding that will reserve four spots in the Goldfarb nursing program for HSSU students. The students also will receive scholarship assistance. Read more >>
  • Dr. Lisa Thompson, associate professor at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, has been awarded a 5-year, $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant provides funding towards an implementation of community working groups that will improve air quality by reducing household plastic waste burning, reduce exposure, and improve health-related quality of life in women of reproductive age. Read more >>
  • A new agreement between Oakland University’s School of Nursing and Albion College will benefit future students by facilitating the enrollment process of Albion students into the BSN program at Oakland. The agreement allows students to pursue a comprehensive education within the nursing field while offering maximum assurance of admissions and smooth transition of enrollment. Read more >>
  • Truman State University’s nursing program has received $500,000 through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief fund to support and expand Truman’s current program. The state created the fund in response to COVID-19 with the goal of meeting needs in the healthcare workforce. Read more >>
  • Colby-Sawyer College has received a $100,000 grant from The Hearst Foundation to expand its nursing and health sciences programs. The funds will be used toward patient simulators and a simulated medication dispensing system. Read more >>

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.
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