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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 09, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
March 9, 2022
Weekly Digest
In the March-April 2022 issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing, Marlena Fisher, a PhD candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, led a writing team on a new article titled Strategies for Success in a Nursing PhD Program and Beyond. With the goal of increasing student retention, the authors describe strategies to facilitate completion of a nursing PhD program and continued career development following graduation. Measures of success include maintaining health, focus, integrity, and a supportive network; identifying mentors; pursuing new knowledge; and advancing research to transform health outcomes.

On March 2, healthcare reporter Lisette Hilton posted a new article on titled Nursing Schools Report Hurdles to Expanding Enrollment. Despite strong interest from prospective students in pursuing a nursing career, U.S. nursing schools are turning away many eligible candidates due to a lack in clinical sites, a shortage of faculty, and other challenges. Dr. Kathryn Tart from the University of Houston College of Nursing and Dr. Joy Longo from Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing contributed their insights to this piece.

AACN Updates

Dr. George Thibault to Receive Bednash Award at Deans Annual Meeting, March 26-28

ELNEC Expands Resources for Faculty on Palliative and End-of-Life Care Education

Submission Deadline is March 11 for CNL Essay Contest

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Journal of Professional Nursing Seeks Manuscripts on the Essentials
The Journal of Professional Nursing is AACN’s peer-reviewed official journal and is the leading source for scholarly publication related to the new Essentials and Essentials implementation in nursing education. Of particular interest are articles on how to integrate the Essentials into the curriculum and implementing competency-based education. To discuss your manuscript idea, contact editor Dr. Patricia Morton at

2022 BONUS Annual Meeting
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The Social Pulse
Health Affairs recently announced a podcast fellowship opportunity for early- or mid-early stage career individuals with an interest in health policy and storytelling. Fellows will work independently on a self-guided project over a seven-month period (May-December 2022) to produce a three-episode podcast series for Health Affairs. Learn more about the fellowship and apply by March 31 here. Listen to the first cohort's podcast here
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington WeeklyBreaking News: Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Released. More details will be in next week’s Washington Weekly; Biden Administration Announces Updated National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan; AACN Attends Congressional Hearing on COVID-19 and Healthcare Workforce, HHS Stakeholder Briefing on Ways to Address the National Mental Health Crisis, and 2022 National Nursing Research Roundtable.
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Member Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives
  • The University of Colorado (UC) College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus and Fort Lewis College (FLC) have announced a new partnership to create a four-year undergraduate degree in nursing, bringing the state’s flagship medical institute of higher education to the rural and Indigenous-serving campus of Southwest Colorado. Ushering in a new model of health and collaboration in higher education, FLC and UC are combining hands-on, culturally sensitive, patient-centered health care with the latest trends in medicine. Read more >>
  • The University of Houston College of Nursing has received a $550,000 grant from the Burt and Mae Dean Wheeler Foundation to benefit healthcare services for Houston’s homeless population. The college’s Nurse Managed Health Clinic provides services to the area’s homeless and working poor. Nurse practitioners and nurses provide wellness exams, management of acute and chronic conditions, and treatment of minor injuries, colds, and flu. Read more >>
  • The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing has received a three-year, $2.2 million grant to work with partners across Nebraska to develop and deploy resources that will promote resiliency and mental health in the nursing workforce. The project includes collaborations with the Nebraska Board of Nursing and the Nebraska Center for Nursing and will be aimed at nursing students, registered nurses, and advanced practice registered nurses, as well as their employers, working in rural and medically underserved areas. Read more >>
  • A research team led by faculty at the Boise State University School of Nursing received an American Association of Critical Care Nurses grant for $49,171 to study new methods of preventing pressure injuries in intensive care unit patients. The study will use data science and predictive analytics to improve in-hospital risk assessment procedures. Read more >>


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