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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 22, 2021

AACN Weekly News Watch
December 22, 2021
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Susan Bakewell-Sachs and Deborah TrautmanRounds with Leadership: 
Wishing You Good Health and Well-Being
For nearly two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has put academic nursing leaders in crisis mode, requiring us to quickly respond to real and evolving challenges to the sustainability of our programs, to the health and well-being of our faculty and students, and to our own capacity to navigate this storm. At times it may have felt overwhelming, yet we have not wavered from our responsibility to educate, mentor, inspire, and lead.
Oftentimes in moments of chaos and change, we do not take the time to care for ourselves. We focus on addressing today’s emergency and helping others through it. We get lost in the mix. The fatigue, anxiety, and stress that many of us are feeling are real, and we truly must follow our own advice to be kind to ourselves.
Focusing on our own health and well-being is important to remaining effective and resilient. As leaders, we must model wellness behaviors if we are to effectively support and mentor others while focusing on the important work ahead.
In the midst of the pandemic, AACN’s members passed a resolution focused on promoting sound mental health, physical health, healthy lifestyle behaviors, and well-being for students, faculty, and staff. This call to action was designed to move schools of nursing from the mode of crisis intervention to prevention.
Weekly Digest
On December 1, 2021, the Journal of Nursing Education published an article by Dr. Victoria Davis and her colleagues from the University of South Carolina titled Tipping Point: Integrating Social Determinants of Health Concepts in a College of Nursing. Using their program as an exemplar, the authors outline steps that nursing faculty can take to adapt curriculum to address the social determinants of health and explain why this action is needed. “This integration demonstrates the profession's commitment to patient advocacy, health equity, and social justice advocacy for diverse and vulnerable populations.” The new AACN Essentials is cited as a mechanism to address structural racism and systemic inequities.

Published earlier this fall by the Journal of Patient Safety, Jane Muir and colleagues from the University of Virginia contributed an article titled Evaluating the Costs of Nurse Burnout-Attributed Turnover. The new study found that hospitals employing burnout reduction strategies for nurses – through wage increases, professional mobility, stress reduction, and opportunities for learning and leadership – spend about one-third less per year on burnout-attributed nurse turnover costs than hospitals without such initiatives. Read more about the study here.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
New Essentials Implementation Webinars Planned for 2022

AACN is pleased to announce that seven new events are planned for our popular Essentials Implementation Webinar Series. Spanning January-April 2022, the upcoming webinars will focus on integrating entry-level and advanced competencies into nursing curricula, moving to competency-based education, curriculum mapping, transformation through innovation, and cross-curriculum collaboration. For more details on upcoming webinars and to register, click here.

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The Social Pulse
Together with the American Nursing Informatics Association and the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, Johnson & Johnson recently announced the Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge: Healthcare Transformation Through Nurse-Led Tech. Nurses are invited to submit their innovative ideas to help create technologies, tech-enabled protocols, devices, or treatment approaches that can help drive healthcare transformation. The deadline to apply is February 4, 2022. To learn more about this opportunity and how to apply to participate, visit the website here.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: New Funding Opportunity for AACN Member Schools; Dr. Francis Collins Steps Down as NIH Director; House Passes the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act; and AACN Attends Virtual Event on Climate Change and Health Care.
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