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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 02, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
March 2, 2022
Weekly Digest
On March 1, 2022, the American Nurses Foundation and the American Nurses Association released the results of its COVID-19 Impact Assessment Survey - The Second Year. With responses from nearly 12,000 nurses, the latest installment of the Pulse on the Nation's Nurses COVID-19 Survey Series includes questions on mental health and well-being, perceived organizational support, and intent to leave. Key findings include:
  • 52% of nurses are considering leaving their current position. When asked why they want to leave, top reasons were insufficient staffing, work negatively affecting health and well-being, and inability to deliver quality care.
  • 60% of acute care nurses report feeling burnt out; 75% report feeling stressed, frustrated, and exhausted.
  • 89% of surveyed nurses say their organizations are experiencing a staffing shortage.  
  • 66% of nurses report increased bullying at work; 33% have experienced violence at work.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Next Essentials Implementation Webinar Planned for March 8
Dr. Gerry Altmiller from The College of New Jersey will discuss the “How To’s” for Building a Competency-Based Education at the next Essentials Implementation webinar planned for March 8 at 12:00 PM (ET). With three additional webinars planned through April 2022, upcoming events will focus on evaluating master’s level curriculum, transformation through curricular innovation, and opportunities for cross-curriculum collaboration. To register for upcoming webinars or view past events that are now available on-demand, click here.

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The Social Pulse
Pace University recently hosted New York State Senator Peter Harckham on a tour of its clinical simulation labs and held a roundtable discussion on addressing New York’s critical need for nurses and other primary care professionals. Read this article and learn how this visit helped inform the Senator's decision to advance new legislation, which would allow nursing students to complete a certain amount of required clinical training through simulation. If signed into law, this bill would make it easier for out-of-state home care service workers and nurses to apply for jobs in New York. Share this exemplar with your colleagues and/or social media. 
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After Dr. Ernestine Small was hired at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1967, she was informed that she had broken the school's faculty color barrier. Read this recent blog post about Dr. Small's career and her impact on nursing education here. Share this blog post and other stories highlighting women in nursing during #WomensHistoryMonth
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Act Today: Urge Congress to Pass the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act; AACN Attends CMS Black Health and Wellness Event; AACN Webinar on the Rural Health Needs of America; and AACN Attends Roundtable on Population Health Workforce.
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Member News & Announcements
  • The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has received a $125 million gift to establish a tuition-free program to recruit, educate, and deploy nurse practitioners in underserved communities across the country. The gift, the largest ever to an American nursing school, was made by Leonard A. Lauder, a Penn alumnus and chairman emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies. Read more >>
  • Dr. Linda Aiken, the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing and a professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, has announced her intention to create the Linda Harman Aiken Chair at the University of Florida (UF) College of Nursing. Dr. Aiken, who earned her BSN and MSN degrees from UF, said she hopes her gift will help UF nurse researchers continue to lead the way in developing innovative care practices, impacting public policy for the greater good. Read more >>
  • The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation has launched a new center to enhance access to health care for Texas’ rural communities. The Center for Rural Health and Nursing is funded by a $4 million legislative appropriation by the state of Texas. The funding will support the center’s efforts to improve rural nursing education and the health outcomes of rural populations. Read more >>
  • Dr. Brigit Carter with the Duke University School of Nursing will be honored by Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation with an Individual Excellence Award at the Beyond Flexner Alliance Conference on March 28, 2022. This award is given is to recognize outstanding leadership in promoting social mission in health professions education. Dr. Carter’s work has focused on recruiting, admitting, retaining, and supporting under-represented students into nursing. She ushered in holistic admission processes at Duke and accelerated diversity and inclusion efforts across all academic programs while engaging clinical partnerships across the health system.


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