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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published January 05, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
January 5, 2022
Weekly Digest
In the January 2022 issue of Health Affairs, Dr. Joshua Porat-Dahlerbruch and Dr. Linda Aiken from the University of Pennsylvania and colleagues published a new Policy Evaluation of the Affordable Care Act Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration. This article assesses the impact of the federally funded GNE project on the preparation of nurse practitioners (NPs). Findings suggest that modernizing Medicare payments for nursing education to support NP clinical training costs is a promising option for increasing primary care providers. Using AACN data, the authors show that the demonstration was associated with a significant increase in NP enrollments and graduations.

Also featured in the January 2022 Health Affairs, Dr. Peter Buerhaus from Montana State University and colleagues published a new study on Nurse Employment During the First 15 Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The authors describe the economic impact of the pandemic on U.S. registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nursing assistants from April 2020 through June 2021. Data collected show that the labor market tightened for the nursing workforce during the initial months of the pandemic, with that period marked by falling nurse employment and rising wages. Though RN employment has rebounded in most sectors, unemployment has remained relatively high among RNs of color.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Introducing the Essentials Discussion Corner
AACN is pleased to announce the launch of a new curated discussion corner created to help faculty have robust conversations about the AACN Essentials. AACN invites member deans and faculty to share details about their school’s Essentials implementation efforts, ask questions, and share practices that may help inform decision-making and next steps. The Essentials Discussion Corner will curate posts for you to easily find new threads on the topic and join the conversation. Members are encouraged to lead and participate in discussions. Click here to access this online forum. 

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The Social Pulse
January is National Blood Donor Month: Donate Blood and Save Lives
The Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade, and the month of January is typically a critical period. As we enter National Blood Donor Month, we encourage you to give blood and raise awareness of the importance of blood donation. Read this recent blog post on the Red Cross website, and learn how you can make an appointment that can save lives here. In addition, spread the word on social media using the hashtag #NBDM and these resources from the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies. 
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: 2021: A Year in Review. 
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Member News & Announcements
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has named Dr. Judy Liesveld as dean of the School of Nursing, effective July 2022. Previously, Dr. Liesveld served at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing as interim associate dean of Innovation and Community Outreach, clinical educator, professor, and most recently, as associate dean for Education and Innovation. Read more >>
  • Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College has named Dr. Angela Clark the Maxine Clark and Bob Fox president and professor, effective May 1, 2022. She succeeds Dr. Nancy Ridenour, who announced her retirement after serving as president since 2017. Dr. Clark currently serves as interim associate dean and executive director of undergraduate and prelicensure programs at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, a position she has held since 2019. Read more >>
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is funding research led by Dr. Kelly Aldrich, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing associate professor of nursing informatics, to analyze daily hospital personal protective equipment (PPE) on-hand inventory. Dr. Aldrich's research measures trends, patterns, or statistically significant changes in PPE supply in the nation’s nearly 7,000 U.S. hospitals. Read more >>


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