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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 08, 2021

AACN Weekly News Watch
December 8, 2021
Weekly Digest
On November 8, 2021, Nursing Outlook posted an article in press from Dr. Joshua Porat-Dahlerbruch, Dr. Linda Aiken, and colleagues titled Variations in Nursing Baccalaureate Education and 30-day Inpatient Surgical Mortality. The authors found that having a higher proportion of baccalaureate-prepared nurses (BSN) in hospital settings, regardless of educational pathway, is associated with lower rates of 30-day inpatient surgical mortality. The findings support promoting multiple BSN educational pathways to reach the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation of at least an 80% BSN workforce.

In the January/February 2022 issue of Nurse Educator, Dr. Tullamora Landis, Dr. Nelda Godfrey, and colleagues published the results of a new National Study of Nursing Faculty and Administrators' Perceptions of Professional Identity in Nursing. Nearly 1200 nurse educators participated in this study and evaluated the importance of key components of professional identity in nursing. Effective communication, integrity, and being trustworthy and respectful were reported as most important to nursing identity.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
QSEN International Forum to Focus on the AACN Essentials
The 2022 QSEN International Forum will be hosted in Denver, CO, June 1-3, with sessions reflecting the conference theme: Aligning the New AACN Essentials and QSEN: The Future of Quality and Safety Competencies in Nursing Education and Practice. The QSEN Institute has issued a call for abstracts for presentations or posters that describe innovative projects or research related to competencies in healthcare education or practice focused on quality and safety. Abstracts are due by January 1, 2022. Click here for more details.

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The Social Pulse
Johnson & Johnson recently launched a multi-faceted campaign to elevate awareness of the critical impact of the nursing workforce in healthcare. From digital assets to share on social media to partnering with the Drew Barrymore Show to showcase the contributions of nurses, there are many ways to share your story as a nurse—or show your support. 
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The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases recently commissioned two national surveys to better understand knowledge, attitudes, and practices toward flu and pneumococcal vaccination as well as communication between healthcare professionals and adult patients with chronic health conditions. Key findings from the survey include: less than half of patients with chronic health conditions have been vaccinated against flu, healthcare professionals are not consistently recommending annual flu vaccination, and cardiologists lead among specialists who recommend the vaccine. Learn more and view all of the survey findings here
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN Sends Letter to Senators Urging Inclusion of Nursing Provisions in the Build Back Better Act; Biden Administration Announces COVID-19 Guidance in Response to New Variant; and Federal Government Shutdown Adverted: President Signs Continuing Resolution
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Member News & Announcements
  • Grant funds totaling $3 million have been awarded to a team of researchers at Texas A&M University College of Nursing to serve first-time mothers through Nurse-Family Partnership®, a nationwide community health program. Specially trained registered nurses will support first-time mothers through regularly scheduled home visits, starting early in the pregnancy and continuing through the child’s 2nd birthday. Read more >>
  • The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is partnering with Essentia Health to help combat workforce shortages. The partnership, which is part of the Journey to Magnet Nursing to create and sustain a culture of excellence, will offer educational experiences for nursing students working at Essentia, support a smooth transition from graduation into practice, and foster creativity and innovation for both the health system and the learning environment. Read more >>
  • The University of Washington School of Nursing is launching a new state-funded program that partners with local long-term care facilities to address the ongoing staffing crisis. Select students will participate in the six-month externship program and work in skilled nursing homes with agencies such as EmpRes Healthcare and Pennant Healthcare. Read more >>
  • West Texas A&M University’s Department of Nursing is partnering with Northwest Texas Healthcare System to offer tuition reimbursement for Northwest employees interested in obtaining their BSN through West Texas A&M's online ADN to BSN degree program. Read more >>
  • The University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) have entered into a new agreement that will allow graduates with associate nursing degrees from any of the 12 institutions affiliated with LCTCS to seamlessly transfer to ULM to earn their BSN. Read more >>
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is funding research led by Dr. Kelly Aldrich, associate professor of nursing informatics at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, to analyze daily hospital personal protective equipment (PPE) on-hand inventory to measure trends, patterns, or statistically significant changes in PPE supply in the nation’s nearly 7,000 hospitals. Read more >>


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