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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 16, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
March 16, 2022
Weekly Digest
Published online February 24, 2022, by Nursing Outlook, AACN staff members Dr. Di Fang and Dr. George Zangaro contributed a new article titled Completion and Attrition of DNP Students of the 2006-2015 Matriculating Cohorts. Using data collected on 31,320 DNP students who matriculated between 2006 and 2015, the authors found 77.3% of students completed the program and 19.3% dropped out. On average, it took 3 years for the students to graduate and 1.9 years for students who left without graduating to drop out. The mean age at matriculation was 39.9, and the mean age at graduation was 42.2. Study findings provide important data and insights to better understand the academic progression of DNP students.

On March 10, 2022, Health Affairs published a new policy brief by Dr. William K. Bleser and an expert team at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University titled Pandemic-Driven Health Policies To Address Social Needs And Health Equity. The authors examine how stark racial and ethnic disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic led to many health policy changes focused on addressing social needs and social determinants of health to improve health equity.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Next Essentials Implementation Webinar Planned for March 23
Dr. Robin P. Newhouse and Dr. Rebecca Bartlett Ellis from the Indiana University School of Nursing will discuss their approach to Transforming Nursing Education Through Curriculum Innovation at the next Essentials Implementation webinar on March 23 at 2 pm ET. The presenters will discuss their efforts to align curriculum with the new competency expectations and develop assessment strategies to evaluate student learning. Faculty are highly engaged in this transformation and have embraced the opportunity to create a unified curriculum to support student success and teaching/learning excellence. To register for upcoming webinars or view past events that are now available on-demand, click here.

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The Social Pulse
Like many nurses who worked on the frontlines during the pandemic, three nurses from Minnesota experienced a range of emotions during their time on a COVID-19 unit: hope, grief, and everything in between. Read this article published by Johnson & Johnson about how these frontline providers helped fellow nurses heal from this shared trauma by encouraging them to write their stories and collecting them in a book. Share this inspiring story by retweeting this tweet.
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Washington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Congress Passes and the President Signs Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus; AACN Submits Comments on the National Health Security Strategy Request for Information; and Apply to HRSA’s Nurse Corps Scholarship Program.

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Opportunities & Resources to Consider
  • Applications are now being accepted for the Brave of Heart Scholarship. The Brave of Heart Fund, founded by the Cigna and New York Life foundations and administered by E4E Relief, honors the hard work, sacrifice, and legacies of healthcare workers whose lives were lost to COVID-19. Up to $25,000 annually is available in funding, depending on an eligible applicant's academic focus, student status, and other criteria. Deadline to apply is April 20. 
  • The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) has launched a second cohort of the Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship Program. Through mentored learning with a senior nurse, fellows are provided support and guidance throughout the program so that nurses with all levels of experience can learn and find value in participation in the program. Submission deadline is March 20. ANHE is seeking applicants for both fellows and mentors. 
  • Applications are open until May 4 for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation leadership program Interdisciplinary Research Leaders. Participants in this program are researchers and community partners who work together in three-person teams. Each annual class of fellows addresses a theme or related pair of themes in their leadership training and project work. The cohort applying March-May 2022 (to begin in fall 2022) will focus on dismantling structural racism. Learn more about the 2022 theme and how to apply here.
  • The National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s International Center for Regulatory Scholarship (ICRS) is seeking academic partnerships to offer reciprocal courses toward graduate-level degrees in public or health policy, nursing, public health, healthcare administration, and leadership. The ICRS wants to partner with select academic institutions to promote regulatory science and help equip future healthcare leaders with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in the complex and ever-changing fields of nursing, healthcare delivery, and health profession regulation.


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