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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published February 02, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
February 2, 2022
Weekly Digest
On January 24, 2022, the International Centre for Nurse Migration in partnership with CGFNS International, Inc. and the International Council of Nurses released a new report titled Sustain and Retain in 2022 and Beyond: The Global Nursing Workforce and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Developed as a blueprint for guiding global nursing workforce development, the report calls on nations to commit to prioritizing nurses for vaccinations, provide safe staffing levels, expand nurse education systems, promote nursing careers, adhere to ethical international recruitment standards, and move toward self-sufficiency in meeting domestic nursing workforce requirements.
In the November-December 2021 Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Shannon L. Avery-Desmarais and colleagues from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth published an article titled A Theoretical Framework to Promote Minority PhD and DNP Student Success in Nursing Education. Combating educational inequities for doctoral students from underrepresented groups is a first step in advancing health equity. The authors introduce a minority doctoral student success framework to better understand PhD and DNP student experiences and the role of faculty and nursing schools in mediating barriers and creating opportunities to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Next Essentials Implementation Webinar Planned for Next Week
On February 9 at 1:00 pm (ET), AACN will offer the latest Essentials webinar titled Implementation of Advanced-Level Competencies in Graduate Nursing Education led by Dr. Gail Armstrong from the Oregon Health & Science University. With five additional webinars planned through April 2022, upcoming events 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 these webinars and to register, click here.

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The Social Pulse
The UT Health San Antonio's Nightingale Podcast series highlights notable figures in nursing who have made an impact on the nursing profession and healthcare delivery. The most recent episode features Dr. Vernell DeWitty, AACN's Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, who shares advice with academic nursing leaders on building consensus and a strategic approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Listen here
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The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly challenging to all members of the academic nursing community. To help students, faculty, and staff find a healthy way to express themselves, a professor at the West Virginia University School of Nursing hosted an art project called “What COVID-19 Means to Me.” Read this article to learn more about the project and see some of the artwork.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this week's edition of Washington Weekly: AACN Attends Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Hearing; Funding Opportunity: HRSA Health Workforce Research Center Cooperative Agreement Program; and Register Today for AACN’s 2022 Student Policy Summit! 
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Member News & Announcements
  • Dr. Roberta Waite will be the next dean at Georgetown University’s School of Nursing. She will begin May 1 as a professor of nursing and then assume her role as dean on July 1. Dr. Waite arrives at Georgetown from Drexel University, where she is a professor of nursing and executive director of the university’s Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services – a nurse-managed community-based organization that provides comprehensive care to thousands of individuals each year. Read more >>
  • Dr. Laurie A. Badzek, dean of the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing at Penn State, has been elected as a Hastings Center fellow in recognition of her work in genomics, ethics, and their intersection with law and patient care; specifically, she champions the ethical use of genomics to optimize patient care. Specializing in bioethics, the Hastings Center is a think tank aiming to answer profound questions that are the result of advancements in health, science, and technology. Read more >>
  • A $3 million gift to the University of California, Irvine from the Sue J. Gross Foundation will expand training and education opportunities in the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. The gift includes $2 million to fund construction of a high-tech, state-of-the-art simulation center for team-based interprofessional exercises and an additional $1 million to establish the Founding Dean Adey Nyamathi Endowment, which will provide nursing PhD scholarships. Read more >>
  • Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing has received another $2.5 million commitment from the Bedford Falls Fund, increasing the fund’s giving to the college over the past year to a total of $5 million. This support will be used to expand the college’s second degree accelerated BSN degree program. Read more >>
  • rick-recipientcopy_2128625.pngDr. Rick Garcia, AACN’s Director of Nursing Education, has been inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Associate Degree Nursing (AADN). The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing celebrates all fellows of the AADN and their remarkable contributions to students, faculty, patients, communities, and the nurse leaders of tomorrow.


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