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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published November 03, 2021

AACN Weekly News Watch
November 3, 2021
Weekly Digest
In the September/October 2021 issue of Nursing Economics, Dr. Peter Buerhaus from Montana State University published a commentary on how Current Nursing Shortages Could Have Long-Lasting Consequences: Time to Change Our Present Course. The article considers factors contributing to the nation's shortage of registered nurses as well as the short- and long-term impact of the pandemic on nurse supply. Dr. Buerhaus calls on stakeholders to provide the public with positive portrayals of nurses engaged in innovating clinical care and providing organizational leadership to inspire public trust and future careers in nursing.

On October 13, the American Nurses Foundation published the latest installment of Pulse of the Nation's Nursing Survey Series: Mental Health and Wellness. The survey found that 34% of nurses say they are not emotionally healthy, and 42% report having experienced trauma as result of COVID-19. With 50% of nurses considering leaving their positions, nearly half of those who intend to leave cite the negative impact of their work on their health and well-being as top reason for this decision. These findings call for employers and other stakeholders to focus on nursing mental health and well-being as a national priority. See AACN's new web resource on Well-Being and Resilience, which includes details on new priorities, upcoming webinars, and on-demand learning opportunities.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
New Essentials Implementation Working Groups Formed
AACN is pleased to announce that 74 leaders representing nursing education, research, and practice have been appointed to serve on new AACN Essentials Tool Kit working groups. With individual groups formed to address each of the 10 domains and 8 concepts identified in the Essentials, the volunteers engaged in this work will identify learning strategies, recommended content, and assessment measures to help schools transition their programs to meet the new competency expectations.

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The Social Pulse
The National Institutes of Health established the Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities to ensure that research efforts would be inclusive of and benefit communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19. You can play a vital role in making sure your communities and networks have accurate information about COVID-19. Find resources you can share on different COVID-19 topics or try our resource catalog to pinpoint the information you need.
AACN is a proud participant in Health Professions Week, an interprofessional event for high school and college students interested in learning more about careers in the health professions. Participants will hear from current practitioners, connect with like-minded peers, learn more about health and wellness advocacy, and more. Students are encouraged to register to participate in this virtual event held November 4-11, 2021. Don't forget to join the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #HPW2021

Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington: Academic Nursing Leadership Conference: AACN Advocacy and Policy Recap; Consideration on Build Back Better Act Continues; and Open Enrollment Began November 1.
Washington Weekly

Member News & Announcements
  • Dr. Pamela Cipriano, dean and professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, was elected president of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). A federation of more than 130 national nurses' associations that represent the millions of nurses working worldwide, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.  Read more >>
  • Dr. Mary Ellen Stolder is the new dean at Viterbo University's College of Nursing and Health. Dr. Stolder has been at Viterbo since 2012, starting as a professor. Most recently, she was the director of graduate nursing and the interim director of the School of Nursing. Read more >>
  • Dr. Jing Wang, dean of the Florida State University College of Nursing, was one of 10 individuals selected by the National Academy of Medicine for the Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Program, which provides a platform for a new generation of leaders to collaborate with the NAM and its members across fields of expertise. Read more >>
  • Dr. Patricia Sharpnack, dean and professor at Ursuline College, Breen School of Nursing, is the new Chair-Elect of the National League for Nursing (NLN). Dr. Kathleen Poindexter, assistant dean of undergraduate programs and faculty development at Michigan State University College of Nursing, was elevated to NLN Chair. Read more >>


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