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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published November 17, 2021

AACN Weekly News Watch
November 17, 2021
Weekly Digest
In the November/December 2021 issue of Nurse Educator, Dr. Shannon Idzik from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and fellow leaders with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) explore Strategies to Move Entry-Level Nurse Practitioner Education to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree by 2025. NONPF is committed to moving all entry-level nurse practitioner education to the DNP by 2025. The article describes NONPF’s efforts to lead this transition, which has included convening a national summit with leaders representing nursing licensure, accreditation, certification, education, and practice, and creating workgroups to address issues connected to education, outcomes, capacity, and messaging. Ongoing collaboration, including engagement with practice partners, is critical to facilitating this evolution in NP education.

On November 4, 2021, Inside Higher Ed reporter Sara Weissman published an article titled Struggling to Fill a Dangerous and Growing Labor Gap. Despite strong interest in nursing careers, the nursing shortage continues to threaten hospitals and other care settings. Given the need to produce more nurses, the article examines how some colleges and universities are having difficulty expanding their nursing programs due to limited funds, faculty, and space.

AACN Updates

Weekly  Update for Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators
Upcoming Faculty Development Conference Focuses on
the New Essentials

With sessions addressing the transition to the new Essentials, AACN’s Faculty Development Conference will be hosted as an in-person event on December 1, 2021, in Dallas, TX. Specific program sessions include Competency-Based Education and Assessment Model: Teaching, Learning, Assessment, and Feedback; Operationalizing Content to Assess Competence and Increase Learner Confidence; and Tackling Domain 8: Preparing Confident and Informed Faculty to Integrate Informatics and Information Technology into Student Learning. Visit the website here to review the complete program and to register.

Explore this year's Transform 2021 pre-conference opportunities!

The Social Pulse
#FirstRespondersFirst Invites Nursing Community to Attend Free Screening of THE FIRST WAVE Film
THE FIRST WAVE, a new film that spotlights the experiences of healthcare workers at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, opens in 9 cities on Friday, November 19. A trailer for the film is available for viewing here
#FirstRespondersFirst is offering the opportunity to watch the film when it arrives in theaters. Complete this form to RSVP to attend a free screening on opening weekend, register a group to attend a screening together, or learn more about hosting a community screening.
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A new public service announcement, developed by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) for the Keep Up The Rates campaign, encourages everyone who gets a COVID-19 vaccine or booster to ask a healthcare professional about other vaccinations. For more information about the Keep Up The Rates campaign, visit the website here. Spread the word on social media with the hashtag #KeepUpTheRates
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: House Expected to Take Up Build Back Better Act in the Coming Days; Final CMS Comments Include AACN-Supported Priorities; AACN Attends ASPR Stakeholder Webinar on Public Health; Join Us in Recognizing National Rural Health Day on November 18.
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Opportunities & Resources to Consider
  • The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, a division of HRSA, has launched The Workforce Projections Dashboard, an interactive tool that provides projections for the distribution of healthcare workers across the country, including nursing. The dashboard includes supply and demand data that can be used by organizations and programs to address workforce issues related to shortages and surpluses. The About this Dashboard PDF provides an overview and can help users navigate the tool.
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health highlights the power and potential of partnerships to overcome the root causes of health, social, environmental, and economic inequalities. The award recognizes noteworthy leaders and examples of exemplary partnerships between communities and academic institutions that are striving to achieve health equity and social justice. For more information, click here
  • The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) application process for 2022 is now open. Eligible students are encouraged to apply. SHPEP is a free, six-week summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP 2022 will be offered as an in-person experience. Visit the SHPEP website to learn more about the program. For additional information, contact


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