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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published January 26, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
January 26, 2022
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Susan Bakewell-Sachs and Deborah TrautmanRounds with Leadership: 
Engagement, Advocacy, and Impact
As we look ahead to the promise of a new year – one that will most certainly bring new challenges and opportunities – we find inspiration in the words of poet and activist Amanda Gorman. Her latest poem, titled New Day’s Lyric, explores the themes of hope and change, which sets the perfect tone for our work ahead in academic nursing. We encourage everyone to read this truly inspirational piece, which concludes with the words: “For wherever we come together, we will forever overcome.”
As a community of engaged leaders, we know our impact is magnified when we work together to advance shared priorities and the greater good. AACN’s effectiveness is driven by our highly engaged membership, which includes nursing deans, faculty, and students. We thrive because so many contribute their time and expertise to shape and advance AACN’s strategic priorities.
Weekly Digest
On January 25, 2022, the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing (which includes AACN as a member) released findings from a national survey of over 5,600 nurses showing that racism is a substantial problem for the profession. Fully, 63% of surveyed nurses have experienced racism in the workplace with the transgressors being either a peer (66%), a patient (63%), or a manager/supervisor (60%). Further, 57% of nurses have challenged racism in work settings, but more than half said their efforts resulted in no change. The Commission urges all nurses to confront individual and systemic racism while seeking greater understanding of racism’s impact on the profession, patients, and colleagues.
In the January 2022 issue of the Journal of Nursing Regulation, Dr. Jean Giddens from Virginia Commonwealth University and colleagues published a new article titled The Revised AACN Essentials: Implications for Nursing Regulation. The new Essentials present a significant opportunity for regulators to collaborate with schools and practice partners. This article provides an overview of the new Essentials, discusses considerations and implications for nursing regulation, and puts forth recommendations for boards of nursing.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update - See the latest on AACN's New Essentials
New Essentials Implementation Tools Posted
As the transition to the new Essentials continues at nursing schools nationwide, AACN is publishing tools and resources to help support this important work. Posted as part of the Implementation Tool Kit, the latest resources include:
  • A spreadsheet focused on the concept of Clinical Judgment, which includes recommendations for integrated learning strategies, assessment strategies, exemplars, and recommended content.
  • A new Curriculum Map created by Dr. Dawn Mueller-Burke from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, which covers all 10 Essentials Domains and Level-2 Sub-Competencies.

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The Social Pulse
The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is  a free six-week summer program that helps freshman and sophomore college students navigate and prepare healthcare college applications. SHPEP aims to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions, including  individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian, Alaska Native, and Hispanic/Latino, and those from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage. Please share the SHPEP Applicant Flyer with your prospective students and encourage them to apply by February 5.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently concluded  a series of public workshops, which explored whether students and trainees should be viewed as members of the health workforce, particularly in times of emergency as was experienced during the COVID-19 public health crisis. The series is now available for viewing on-demand and can be accessed here

Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Deadline Extended: Apply to the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program; AACN Sends Letters to Congress Reiterating Academic Nursing Priorities; and $103 Million in Funding Awarded to Reduce Burnout in the Healthcare Workforce. 
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