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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 23, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
March 23, 2022
Weekly Digest
In the March 2022 issue of Academic Medicine, AACN staff members Dr. Cynthia Leaver and Dr. Joan Stanley joined with Dr. Tener Goodwin Veenema from Johns Hopkins University to address the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Future of Nursing Education. The article describes how schools of nursing overcame pandemic-related challenges by redesigning nursing curricula and clinical experiences, strengthening academic-practice partnerships, and addressing community needs. The authors also detail how many gaps in nursing education uncovered by the pandemic, particularly those related to disaster and public health preparedness, health equity, and technology, have been incorporated into the new AACN Essentials
On March 17, 2022, staff writer Sophie Quinton with Stateline, a publication of The Pew Charitable Trusts, published a new article titled As Nurses Quit, States Seek to Train More. Legislators in several states—including Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, and Washington—are taking action to amend regulations and provide new support to help nursing schools expand student capacity and meet the demand for nurses in the workforce.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
A Focus on the Essentials at the AACN Deans Annual Meeting

AACN is committed to offer programming at all our national conferences focused on facilitating the transition to the new Essentials. At the Deans Annual Meeting on March 26-28, several Emerging Solutions sessions are planned, including Implementing the Essentials: A Dialogue with Academic Nursing Leaders; Academic-Practice Partnerships, We Are All in This Together: Respect, Relationship, Reciprocity, and Co-design; and A Case Study on Integrating the AACN Essentials with a Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. To find out more about these sessions, which are offered in person and on demand, click here.

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The Social Pulse
The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing recently presented a webinar for nursing schools that serve students of color to prepare for the new National Council Licensure Examination that will debut in April 2023. This work is a continuation of the Campaign’s commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and schools of nursing from Hispanic-serving and American Indian/Alaska Native-serving Institutions. Learn more and watch the replay here
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Johns Hopkins Nursing recently published a "Two-Career Tuesday" blog that showcased the compelling stories of 12 MSN nursing students who came into nursing after a first - and very different - career. Read the blog here and learn why a former fashion designer, financial analyst, and media producer made the career transition into nursing.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN Attends ASPR Quarterly Stakeholder Call; Senate HELP Committee Considers and Advances PREVENT Pandemics Act; and HHS Update: ACA Anniversary and SAMHSA Funding Announcement.
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Featured Resource
AACN's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Faculty Tool Kit
AACN is a resolute leader for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within nursing. To help faculty identify effective strategies for advancing DEI, we developed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Tool Kit

This resource is designed to:

  • Align the dimensions of the Inclusive Excellence Ecosystem for Academic Nursing. This ecosystem will assist nursing schools with organizing and guiding DEI efforts.
  • Inform nursing schools of promising practices and strategies for promoting DEI and fostering inclusive excellence.
  • Assist faculty in creating welcoming academic environments that embrace diverse life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.
  • Serve as a catalyst for reflection and assessment of current pedagogy, teaching methods, and curricular strategies for inclusive teaching and learning environments.


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