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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 30, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
March 30, 2022
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Cynthia McCurren and Deborah TrautmanRounds with Leadership: 
Advancing a Strategic Plan
“The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”


As part of AACN’s work to lead transformation and chart the future of academic nursing, the AACN Board of Directors and senior staff recently completed a four-month process to update our strategic plan. This critical work involved re-evaluating the association’s mission, vision, and values to ensure that they remain relevant as well as identifying goals and objectives for the next 3 years. 
By the end of the planning process, AACN’s leaders were intentional about continuing with AACN’s mission statement, which defines our overall purpose. Our mission remains unchanged: As the collective voice for academic nursing, AACN serves as the catalyst for excellence and innovation in nursing education, research, and practice.
Weekly Digest
In early March 2022, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published its latest Issue Brief (#7) focused on Improving Education—A Key to Better Diagnostic Outcomes.  Dr. Joan Stanley, AACN Chief Academic Officer, coauthored this publication, along with colleagues from medicine and pharmacy. A primary goal of health professions education is to achieve competency in the clinical skills required for diagnosis. The authors recognize that diagnosis education must be evidence based, interprofessional, contextually situated, and longitudinal, accompanied by robust faculty development and assessment programs. This brief addresses the new competency expectations for professional nurses related to diagnosis as delineated in the 2021 AACN Essentials

On March 21, 2022, Lisette Hilton with published a new article titled A Doctorate in Nursing Can Open More Doors Than You Might Think. The story looks at the benefits of doctoral nursing education from the perspective of a chief academic officer – Dr. Adejoke Ayoola, Chair of the Calvin University Department of Nursing – and a PhD candidate – Josephine Granner from the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Facilitators and barriers to doctoral nursing education are highlighted along with related studies published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Nursing Outlook, and the Journal of Professional Nursing.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update - See the latest on AACN's New Essentials
AACN Seeks Essentials Implementation Director
AACN is currently accepting applications for the position of Implementation Director AACN Essentials. This key member of the AACN team will provide academic, strategic, technical, operational, and managerial leadership focused on the transition to the 2021 Essentials. The director will provide oversight of Essentials implementation, serve as AACN staff liaison to the Essentials Implementation Steering Committee and working groups, and provide strategic decision making when engaging with internal and external stakeholders in achieving implementation goals. A doctoral degree in nursing or related field is required with at least 10 years of experience in a leadership position. For more details about responsibilities, desired qualifications, and how to apply, click here.

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2022 BONUS Annual Meeting

The Social Pulse
Smiling Faces, Meaningful Discussions, and a Roadmap for the Future of Nursing Education at #AACNDeans22 
This past weekend, hundreds of AACN member deans convened in Washington, DC and virtually for the 2022 Deans Annual Meeting. We thank all who joined us for what was a highly successful, insightful meeting! 
#AACNDeans22 Tweet Spotlight
Linda Lewandowski, @UToledoNursing: Last session/ Membership meeting of
@AACNursing Deans’ Meeting in Washington DC- great to be able to engage again in-person and networking - lots of ideas to bring back to our home schools!! #AACNDeans22 - see tweet
Victoria Niederhauser, @VOLNursingDEAN: @AACNursing keynote Anna Quindlan talks about the human connection needed in healthcare…. “do you know who I am?” The importance of care providers taking the time to listen to patients' needs. #AACNDeans22 - see tweet
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN’s 2022 Deans Annual Meeting and Student Policy Summit Recap; Dr. Janie Heath Receives the 2021 AACN Advocate of the Year Award; AACN’s Spring 2022 Virtual Advocacy Efforts; and Highlights from AACN’s 2022 Student Policy Summit.  
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