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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 27, 2021

AACN Weekly News Watch
October 27, 2021
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Susan Bakewell-Sachs and Deborah TrautmanRounds with Leadership: 
Following the Data
Since 1978, AACN’s Research and Data Services Department has served as the nation’s primary source of data on baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. The data we collect on enrollment and graduations has been instrumental in understanding workforce trends, establishing health policy, advocating for funding, and promoting public support for professional nursing programs.
In addition to the data collected in our annual survey of baccalaureate and graduate programs, AACN conducts additional surveys each year on critical issues in academic nursing. These efforts include:
Special Survey on Vacant Faculty Positions for Academic Year 2021-2022: Data from this survey is critical to understanding the ongoing shortage of nurse faculty and reasons for the shortfall. The latest data show a current full-time faculty vacancy rate of 8%, which represents the highest percentage since 2013. With the highest vacancy rate recorded by schools in the West (9%), most open positions either require (49.6%) or prefer (34.8%) candidates with a doctoral degree. Responding schools cite noncompetitive salaries (62.7%), finding faculty with the right specialty mix (62.0%), and the limited pool of doctorally prepared faculty (49.5%) as top recruitment issues.
Weekly Digest
On October 25, 2021, Science Desk correspondent Yuki Noguchi with National Public Radio filed a new story titled The U.S. Needs More Nurses, But Nursing Schools Do Not Have Enough Slots. Though there is a growing need for more nurses across the healthcare system, numerous factors are impacting the supply of future RNs, including the faculty shortage and capacity limits in schools of nursing. AACN’s data on the number of qualified applicants turned away each year is cited. The story also discusses how nursing schools and their practice partners are working together to address the critical issue of workforce supply.
In the September/October 2021 issue of Nurse Educator, Dr. Cynthia Clark, Professor Emeritus from Boise State University, and colleagues published findings from a National Study on Faculty and Administrators' Perceptions of Civility and Incivility in Nursing Education. With the goals of improving the work environment and organizational success, the authors uncovered the top contributors to incivility, which include heightened levels of stress, unclear roles and expectations, sense of entitlement and superiority, and demanding workloads. The most effective strategies for improving civility were role modeling professionalism and civility, establishing a code of conduct, and taking personal responsibility and accountability for one's actions.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update - See the latest on AACN's New Essentials
New Essentials Implementation Steering Committee Formed
AACN is pleased to announce that the new AACN Essentials Implementation Steering Committee has been formed to help guide the transition to the new competency standards. The committee is co-chaired by leaders in education and practice, including Jackie Dunbar-Jacob from the University of Pittsburgh and Jerry Mansfield from the Mount Carmel Health System. Other members include Bimbola Akintade, University of Maryland; Kristine L'Ecuyer, Saint Louis University; Susan Ruppert, University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston; Maureen Swick, Atrium Health; Holisa Wharton, Lander University; and Cynthia McCurren, University of Michigan-Flint (Board Liaison). Click here to read the Committee’s charge.

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The Social Pulse
It's not uncommon for nurses to witness patient deaths during their career. As part of the organization's Early Career Nurse Webinar Series, Sigma Nursing will host a webinar on November 17 at 4:00 PM (ET) focused on ways to support nurses in grief management. Register and learn more about Sigma Nursing's upcoming webinars here
Hackathons provide a unique opportunity for a wide spectrum of participants to work together, develop new innovations, and solve some of today’s greatest challenges. In a recent podcast, a group of health influencers, hackers, and innovators discuss how hackathons have impacted their thinking, skills, lives, career trajectories, and the landscape of innovative health solutions and products. Listen to the podcast and learn about the upcoming NurseHack4Health Hackathon here

Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN’s Fall 2021 Virtual Hill Day Recap; Funds from the American Rescue Plan to be Used to Address Healthcare Workforce Shortage; and Request for Information: AHRQ's Role in Climate Change and Environmental Justice.
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