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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 01, 2021

AACN Weekly News Watch
December 1, 2021
Weekly Digest
In the November 18, 2021 issue of MedPage Today, writer Jennifer Henderson contributed an article titled Nursing Groups Look to Tackle COVID Misinformation, which focuses on a new policy statement issued by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and supporting organizations on the Dissemination of Non-scientific and Misleading COVID-19 Information by Nurses. The article considers how the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus threatens public safety. The new AACN Essentials are cited, given the expectation that nurses must be prepared to “practice from an evidence base; promote safe, quality patient care; and use clinical/critical reasoning.” 
On November 21, 2021, Dr. Thomas H. Lee with NEJM Catalyst: Innovations in Care Delivery interviews Charles D. Stokes, former CEO of the Memorial Hermann Health System, for a feature titled Confronting the Nursing Crisis by Recontextualizing Its Past and Reenvisioning Its Future. Mr. Stokes, who began his career as a nurse, traces the history of the nursing shortage and offers insights on how to elevate nursing practice. “What nurses have always wanted is a voice in how the organization is run and how care is given. I always think about diversity as having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice in the organization, and belonging is having that voice heard.”

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
New Q&A Posted from the Essentials Implementation Webinar Series
With nearly 1,600 registrations for AACN’s first Essentials Implementation Webinar Series, faculty nationwide were introduced to the new competency expectations for nursing graduates as well as steps for implementing a competency-based approach to nursing education. All webinars are available for free on-demand. AACN has posted a new Q&A summary to address some frequently asked questions that were raised by webinar attendees. Stay tuned for details on 2022 Essentials Implementation Webinars, which will focus on curriculum mapping and evaluation, implementing advanced-level competencies, embracing innovation, and other core topics.

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The Social Pulse
"It has always been in our family," and "this is exactly what we wanted to do" - these are just two of the sentiments shared by a trio of college juniors who aren’t just brothers, but triplets. Read the story of these Southern Connecticut State University siblings who all choose a career path in nursing.
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Cold and flu season is here, which means healthcare providers will be on high alert for potential medicine dosing mistakes. With COVID-19 still a part of our lives, the chances of patients taking their medicines incorrectly — particularly when using acetaminophen to treat pain or fever — could be even higher this cold and flu season. 
The Know Your Dose campaign offers a variety of educational resources to help healthcare providers start the conversation about safe use. From prescription tear pads to easy-to-distribute palm cards, all the resources at are free to use and make discussions with patients about acetaminophen safe use simple. Spread the word and follow @KnowYourDose on Twitter. 
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Build Back Better Act Heads to the Senate: Take Action Today!; Apply Today! Federal Funding Opportunities; and AACN Attends Webinars Focused on the Future of Health in America.
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Member News & Announcements
  • Dr. Wendy Likes, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been named a 2021 Health Care Hero in the category of Administrative Excellence by the Memphis Business Journal. This award recognizes the leadership of healthcare professionals in the community, highlighting their contributions to their respective fields. Read more >>
  • An anonymous donor’s recent $1 million gift to the University of Rochester School of Nursing has been earmarked to support the expansion of Helen Wood Hall, the home of the school, which currently is undergoing a $15 million renovation to include more technologically enhanced experiential and collaborative learning spaces. Read more >>
  • Eighteen AACN member schools are recipients of the 2021 Health Professions HEED Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The honor recognizes U.S. nursing, medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. They are featured in the current issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. Honored schools include: Duke University School of Nursing, Frontier Nursing University, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, The Medical University of South Carolina, MGH Institute of Health Professions, New York University College of Nursing, The Ohio State University College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of California Davis School of Nursing, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, University of Houston College of Nursing, University of Louisville Health Sciences Center, University of Maryland School of Nursing, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, University of Mississippi Medical Center, University of Rochester School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.


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