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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published February 23, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
February 23, 2022
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Susan Bakewell-Sachs and Deborah TrautmanRounds with Leadership: 
New Dimensions in Leadership
According to veteran higher education writer David Rosowsky with Forbes magazine, there are five things academic leaders should focus on this year:
  • embrace innovation and commit to making needed changes as we emerge from the pandemic
  • reform governance structures
  • redefine what constitutes excellence
  • affirm and communicate your value to stakeholders
  • help our nation heal, redefine middle ground, embrace civility, and foster civil discourse and scientific inquiry
Tackling any one of these could take considerable time and effort. The thought of addressing them all is formidable.
As nurse leaders, we bring a rich array of education and experience to our work, which makes us uniquely qualified to overcome challenges and meet the demands of the moment. Still, leadership science is evolving rapidly and offering new strategies to help you advance your school’s mission, build diverse teams, and cultivate an inclusive work environment. 
Weekly Digest
On February 17, 2022, Diverse Issues in Higher Education posted a new article by writer Rebecca Kelliher titled Meeting the Need: How Nursing Schools Are Addressing the RN Shortage Exacerbated by COVID-19. The story looks at how the “twin shortages” of nurses and nurse faculty are prompting schools of nursing to seek creative ways to expand student capacity and meet workforce needs. Deans and faculty from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Illinois Chicago, and the University of Maryland are featured, along with authorities from the National Black Nurses Association and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. 

In the February 2022 issue of Nurse Leader, Dr. John Nerges and colleagues from the University of Utah College of Nursing published an article titled Male Nurses' Perceptions of the Facilitators and Barriers to Recruitment, Retention, and Job Satisfaction. Six themes were identified following interviews with the male nurses engaged in this study, and several recommendations for nurse leaders were delineated. The authors call for focused, intentional strategies to enhance the male nurse experience, which could reduce turnover costs and improve the quality of nursing care.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update - See the latest on AACN's New Essentials
Frequently Asked Questions Focused on the New Essentials
AACN is committed to sharing information and resources to assist with the implementation of the new Essentials. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document addresses common areas of concern, including implementation expectations, the new model for nursing education, CCNE accreditation, and clinical hours and curriculum expectations. Questions related to Nursing Education as a concentration in graduate programs are also addressed. Please send requests for answers to additional FAQs to

Explore DEILN - AACN's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Network
Graphic - Access AACN's On-Demand Webinars

The Social Pulse
AACN Connect provides a forum for AACN members to engage in online discussions on a wide variety of interests to those in the academic nursing. Dr. Dalmacio Dennis Flores from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing recently began a new conversation about the central themes from the documentary 5B, which focuses on health disparities affecting the LGBTQ community. We invite you to join the discussion on AACN Connect and have your voice heard in the academic nursing community. For more details on 5B, including a faculty tool kit, click here.   
A groundbreaking project by and for nurses, The Nurse Antigone presents dramatic readings of Sophocles’ Antigone on Zoom—featuring professional actors and a chorus of frontline nurses—to help frame powerful, guided discussions about the unique challenges faced by nurses before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and register for this free event here

Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Congress Passes the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act; AACN Attends Congressional Hearings on Mental Health; and Sign Up for AACN’s Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes 2022 Initiative.   
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