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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published January 19, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
January 19, 2022
Weekly Digest
On January 12, 2022, Lydia Saad with Gallup released the polling organization’s annual ranking of honesty and ethics across various professions in an article titled Military Brass, Judges Among Professions at New Image Lows. For the 20th straight year, the public identified nurses as leading all other professionals in having the highest ethical standards, eclipsing medical doctors in second place by 14 points -- 81% versus 67%.
In the January 11, 2022 issue of the American Nurse Journal, Dr. Pamela Cipriano, president of the International Council of Nurses and dean at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, published a new article titled Climate Courage. With the World Health Organization citing climate change as the “single biggest health threat facing humanity,” Dr. Cipriano calls on nurses to take action to protect individuals and vulnerable populations by advocating for policies and practices that promote care for our planet. “Climate change is staring us all in the face, and we now have an opportunity to slow or stop the resulting suffering.” 

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
New Essentials Webinar Series Commences Next Week

On January 27 at 2:00 PM (ET), AACN will commence the second series of Essentials Implementation Webinars with a session titled Essentials Implementation: Creating a New Future Together led by Dr. Casey Shillam from the University of Portland. With webinars planned through April 2022, this new series 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
“It is crazy to think of all that we have endured together over the last four years — from serving as active-duty flight paramedics to graduating this nursing program together…”
-Leianne Maugeri, Graduate, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's Veteran to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
Read this heartwarming story about Leianne Maugeri and Devin Del Rio, two Army flight paramedics stationed in the same platoon at El Paso's Fort Bliss, who are now engaged to be married.
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For nearly three decades, Robin Black has worked as a nurse practitioner. Her daughter hopes to follow in her mother’s footsteps upon graduation from the DNP program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing. Read this story about the mother-daughter duo and their passion for nursing. 
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: The Nurse Corps Tax Parity Act Introduced in the Senate; Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on New COVID-19 Variants; and AACN Attends MedPAC’s January Meeting.
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Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing is seeking public comments for The 2022 National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing Foundational Report. The report and instructions for how to provide comments are located at ANA Public Comment ( under “Current Opportunities.” Deadline to submit comments is February 14.
  • The American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program is seeking applications for fellows, as well as new mentors, for the Leadership and Education Advancement Program (LEAP) for Diverse Scholars.
  • The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released a new Notice of Funding Opportunity announcement in support of the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, which aims to improve the health of underserved and vulnerable populations by strengthening the health workforce and connecting skilled professionals with communities in need. HRSA anticipates awarding approximately $43.25 million to 55 recipients. Eligible recipients include schools of nursing in states and territories in which there is no school of medicine in operation.
  • The Interprofessional Education Collaborative is offering an advanced "201-level" program for those trying to sustain or strengthen their interprofessional education for collaborative practice (IPECP) programs. The interactive Institute program is designed for interprofessional teams, but also welcomes select individual participants. This year's institute, themed IPECP IDEAS: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Advocacy Stories, is not one to miss! Register, or learn more about the institute to be held February 1, 3, 8, and 10 here


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