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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 20, 2021

AACN Weekly News Watch
October 20, 2021
Weekly Digest
On October 18, 2021, Dr. Karen Cox, president of Chamberlain University, published an opinion piece in Inside Higher Ed titled Holistic Admissions Is Just a Start. Given our nation’s demographics and existing gaps in education access and equity, Dr. Cox argues for higher education institutions to consider new ways of assessing and supporting student success, including holistic admission review. She recognizes that increasing student diversity demands “an investment in people and internal organizational cultures that requires looking beyond admissions tests.”

On October 6, Dr. Dawn Aycock from Georgia State University and her colleagues published an article in Nursing Outlook titled Black Nurse Scientists and the Undeniable Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Due to the insufficient number of Black nurses engaged in the advancement of nurse science, the authors consider the role HBCUs can play in creating new leaders in health inequities research. Challenges and strategies for promoting research careers at HBCUs to attract Black nurse scientists are considered.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
The Essentials and Primary Palliative Care Education
in Nursing Education
In the September/October issue of Syllabus, the teaching tools developed by the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) are considered in light of the new competency expectations. The Essentials identify hospice/palliative/supportive care across the lifespan and with diverse populations as one of the four spheres of care critical to nursing practice. To support the efforts of schools moving to enhance and standardize their palliative care education, ELNEC is providing free access to its entry- and advance-level curriculum for review. Contact to request access.   

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The Social Pulse
Observations and strategies shared in the podcast reflect the recommendations from the report The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. Listen to the episodes here and hear stories and experiences of frontline nurses and other health experts while exploring new approaches to advancing health equity.
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AACN's Transform 2021 Conference

Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Senate Released Draft FY 2022 Spending Bills: Additional Investments in Nursing Education, Research, and Workforce; FDA Public Workshop on Opioid Prescriber Education; and AACN Attends Event on How to Bridge Gaps in Health Care.
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Opportunities & Resources to Consider
  • AACN, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy are hosting Confronting Health Misinformation: Gaps and Opportunities for Health Professions Educators, a joint virtual symposium for health-professions educators, October 29, 2-4 pm ET. The event’s goals include: 1) to define health misinformation and the role of health professions educators in combatting misinformation and building trust among patients and families; and 2) to explore practical strategies for preparing health professional learners to confront health misinformation with patients and public audiences. To learn more, contact
  • The registration deadline for the Fall 2021 CNL exam testing period (November 22 – December 3, 2021) is October 25, 2021. The exam is open to CNL students in their last term, CNL graduates, and CNL faculty and will take place November 22 – December 3, 2021. Register, pay for the exam, and submit your documentation form today!
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Association for Prevention Teaching and Research have launched the Curriculum Mapping Tool (CMT), within the Immunization Resources for Undergraduate Nursing (IRUN) project, to support the education of prelicensure nursing students. The CMT operationalizes the IRUN Framework to link the 12 framework topics to 13 common nursing courses. This tool is useful for both individual faculty and curriculum committees for curricular and course integration.
  • The National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing is requesting participation in a survey on Racism in Nursing in the Workplace. The purpose of the brief survey is to learn about perceptions and lived experiences and to further understand the impact of racism on the nursing profession and patient outcomes.


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