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Published September 29, 2021

AACN Weekly News Watch
September 29, 2021
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Susan Bakewell-Sachs and Deborah TrautmanRounds with Leadership: 
Incubating Innovation
AACN values innovation. When the association’s Board of Directors was tasked a few years back with distilling the organization’s four core values, Innovation was identified along with Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, and Integrity. That same strategic planning session culminated with an updated mission statement, which calls for AACN to serve as a catalyst for excellence and innovation in nursing education, research, and practice.
The World Health Organization defines innovation as “a great idea to develop and deliver new or improved health policies, systems, products and technologies, and services and delivery methods that improve people’s health.” In academic nursing, the art and science of innovation extends to what we teach, how we engage students in didactic and clinical learning environments, what we research, and how we prepare future leaders to thrive in settings where we do not yet have all the answers on how to provide optimal health care to all.
The National Academy of Medicine’s Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report identifies innovation as an important competency for all nurses. The authors encourage nurse leaders to create environments that welcome innovation by challenging the status quo, breaking down barriers to change, teaching and encouraging team members to solve problems using design thinking, and facilitating the translation and adoption of new ideas (p. 286). 
Weekly Digest
On September 28, 2021, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing joined with eight leading nursing organizations (including AACN) to release a policy brief titled Clinical Experiences for Unvaccinated Nursing Students. This document provides guidance to state boards and nursing schools that are receiving requests from students for alternate clinical experiences when a program’s clinical sites require the COVID-19 vaccine. The brief underscores the importance of clinical education and recommends counseling vaccine-hesitant students about the benefits of the vaccine to help dispel misinformation.

On September 8, the National Academy of Medicine released a discussion paper on Artificial Intelligence for Health Profession Educators written by an expert team, including Dr. Pamela Jeffries, dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. The authors highlight the importance of creating a health workforce prepared to leverage the promise and navigate the potential perils of artificial intelligence (AI). The paper outlines steps educators can take to rethink traditional content, develop student competency, and incorporate AI into the curriculum.

AACN Updates

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The Essential Update - See the latest on AACN's New Essentials
Date Changed for Implementation Webinar Planned for November
Please note that the date for the fifth installment of the New Essentials Implementation Webinar Series has been pushed back one week to November 16 at 1:00 pm (ET). Those already registered for this webinar, which examines Assessment Strategies for a Competency-Based Curriculum, will not need to take any additional action. In response to the high interest in this series, AACN has expanded capacity in these webinars from 1,000 to 3,000 attendees.

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The Social Pulse
Registration is open for Johnson & Johnson's #NurseHack4Health: Building a Sustainable Nursing Workforce. The virtual weekend event, now in its fourth year, is open to nurses passionate about solving the workforce crisis. Retweet this tweet to spread the word, and visit the website to learn more and register to participate from November 5-7, 2021. 
International Podcast Day: Exploring Top Nurse Podcasts
Tomorrow, September 30, is #InternationalPodcastDay! We encourage AACN members to explore the top podcasts for nursing leaders, educators, professionals, and students. The featured podcasts are highlighted by the Health Podcast Network, which features shows, hosts, and guests who take on the tough topics in health care with empathy, expertise, and a commitment to excellence.

Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN Participates in 2021 Rally for Medical Research’s Virtual Hill Day; U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Included in House Passed National Defense Authorization Act; and Due October 1: Apply for a $10,000 All of Us Research Program Mini-Grant Award.
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