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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published November 10, 2021

AACN Weekly News Watch
November 10, 2021
Weekly Digest
On November 8, 2021, reporter Dylan Scott with Vox published an article titled Why the US Nursing Crisis is Getting Worse. The writer considers how burnout, vaccine hesitancy, and competition for travel nurses is making it more difficult for hospitals to hire the nurses needed. The article cites a recent study of rural hospitals, which found that 96% of these institutions are experiencing a shortage of nurses. Nine out of 10 rural hospital leaders are concerned that staff burnout has increased throughout 2021, which may further exacerbate the nursing shortage and contribute to gaps in care delivery. 
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released a new publication on Prevention and Treatment of Anxiety, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among College Students. This guide reviews literature on treating college students’ mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors; distills the research into recommendations for practice; and provides examples of how these recommendations can be implemented.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on the new AACN's Essentials
New AACN Essentials Implementation Webinar Planned for November 16
To facilitate the transition to the new Essentials, AACN is offering the fifth webinar in our series focused on transformation in nursing education. On November 16 at 1:00 pm (ET), subject matter experts from Alverno College will present Assessment Strategies for a Competency-Based Curriculum. This webinar will highlight principles for developing performance-based assessments and share examples that apply proven competency-based practices. Register now to reserve your seat. Stay tuned for details on new Essentials implementation webinars planned for 2022.
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The Social Pulse

Aspiring nurses are lining up even as the coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on medical staff. Enrollment in nursing programs across the U.S. increased nearly 6% in 2020 from the year before, according to AACN.  Temple University, an AACN member school that utilizes NursingCAS, shares insights on their 15% increase in nursing school applications. Read more

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Filipinos and Filipino Americans make up just 4% of registered nurses in the U.S., but account for nearly a third of all COVID-related deaths among registered nurses, according to one study. Read some of their stories from the first devastating surge of COVID-19 in New York City — and how they made it through. 

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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Markup and Hearings on Mental Health and COVID-19; Deadline Extended: Apply for a $10,000 NIDA Grant Award Today; and Health Resources and Services Administration Releases Interactive Dashboard.
Washington Weekly

New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives
  • The Bowling Green State University (BGSU) School of Nursing has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the Ohio Board of Nursing to increase enrollment in its RN to BSN program. The grant gives BGSU the ability to promote the RN to BSN program, work with partners to increase enrollment in the program, and develop agreements with technical schools and community colleges to completion of the BSN. Read more >>
  • Galen College of Nursing and Fisk University have signed an agreement that will allow Fisk degree credits to transfer between institutions, creating a direct pathway for Fisk students to enter Galen’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Read more >>
  • The University of South Florida College of Nursing is joining with Sarasota Memorial Hospital to launch the Excellence in Nursing During COVID-19 and Beyond program, which helps nurses handle burnout and stress caused by the pandemic. The six-month program will offer small group coaching sessions and resources on ways to cope with the pressure and challenges in the workforce as well as motivate nurses to stay in the field. Read more >>
  • Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions and School of Public Health recently received a 5-year, $14.4 million Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation grant from the National Institutes of Health to hire, retain, and support diverse, early career researchers with a focus on health disparities research on aging, chronic disease, and/or environmental determinants. Read more >>


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