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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published February 09, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
February 9, 2022
Weekly Digest
In the February 2022 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, Dr. Lucinda Canty from the University of Saint Joseph and colleagues published an article titled An Overdue Reckoning on Racism in Nursing. In response to the killing of George Floyd, the authors convened five online forums centering on the voices of nurses of color, followed by ongoing discussions aimed at building antiracist capabilities for all nurses. This article describes the implementation and early outcomes of the project and provides its underlying principles, which are based on insights from activists and scholars whose work has focused on antiracist guidelines.
On February 6, 2022, the CBS News program 60 Minutes aired a segment by correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi titled Staff Shortages, COVID Patients Pushing Hospitals to Breaking Point. Using first-person accounts from nurses in Louisville, KY, the story depicts the impact the pandemic has had on frontline nurses and their career plans. To help meet the nation’s nursing need, challenges to expanding nursing school enrollments are mentioned, including the ongoing faculty shortage using data supplied by AACN.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
New AACN Resource to Measure Population Health Competencies
AACN is pleased to announce the availability of a Public/Population Health Nursing Assessment Vignette to measure BSN-level competencies in population health. The vignette can be used as part of a course in population or public health or as part of an end-of-program course to determine student ability to synthesize population health concepts with other knowledge/skills across the patient care continuum. This vignette was piloted and found to be a valid and reliable measure of population health/public health nursing competencies. Faculty can use the vignette as a template for development of additional vignettes to assess competencies delineated in the AACN Essentials Population Health Domain (#3). The development of this resource was funded by the CDC’s Academic Partnerships to Improve Health initiative. Click here to access the vignette.

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The Social Pulse
The Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation recently announced the release of the 2022 Healthcare Workforce Rescue Package. This resource is aimed at supporting the well-being of nurses, physicians, and other team members at the current stage of the pandemic. The rescue package prioritizes the five most critical actions that health-systems leaders can take to safeguard the emotional and psychological needs of healthcare workers. See the list of actions and learn more here.
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Blake Marsh, a Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) student, decided to pursue a post-graduate degree in nursing - after earning a degree in healthcare administration - when he saw the devastating impact of the pandemic. While dealing with grief after losing family members to COVID-19,he decided to make a career shift that would allow him to serve on the frontlines of care. Read his story, and learn how MUSC's "Giving Closet" helped him take the first step on his journey to a new career path. 
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN Submits Comments on PREVENT Pandemic Act Discussion Draft; AACN Attends Public Service Loan Forgiveness Informational Webinar; Biden-Harris Administration Relaunches Cancer Moonshot; and Register Today for AACN’s 2022 Student Policy Summit!
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New Partnerships & Grand-funded Initiatives
  • The School of Nursing at Western Carolina University has received a $2.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide financial and academic support for nursing students from low-income, first-generation, and minority backgrounds to enhance classroom and workforce diversity. The funding will create a four-year Pathways to Equity in Nursing program, which will provide scholarship and stipend support for up to 25 students per year. Read more >>
  • The University at Buffalo (UB) School of Nursing will use a $2.3 million HRSA grant to design a “mindful approach” to reducing burnout and promoting resilience among healthcare workers in rural and underserved areas. The grant supports UB’s Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program. Read more >>
  • East Tennessee State University’s (ETSU) College of Nursing recently received a $569,025 HRSA grant that will allow the ETSU Health Community Health Centers to increase and improve services at clinics in Hancock County and Johnson City. The grant is part of the American Rescue Plan funding. Read more >>
  • Increasing resiliency and reducing burnout among University of Maine School of Nursing students, faculty, and staff will be the focus of WellNurse, a new initiative made possible by a $1.5 million HRSA award to support and advance health and public safety workforce resiliency training. Read more >>
  • Marquette University is teaming up with Froedtert Hospital to shorten orientation for graduating nurses. The program offers one-on-one mentorship with the goal of getting students onto the front lines quicker. Read more >>
  • Faculty members from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Nursing & Health Sciences were part of a research team recently awarded a two-year $595,485 grant from the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts. Their project, titled “Novel Organizational Simulation Training to Improve Graduate’s Mastery & Attitudes (NO STIGMA),” aims to develop an evidence-based toolkit of high-fidelity simulations for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral nursing students to address stigma towards populations with opioid use disorder. Read more >>


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