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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published April 13, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
April 13, 2022
Weekly Digest
On April 11, 2022, writer John McCormack with Medscape Medical News published an article titled Latest Nursing Student Numbers Strong, but Concern About Shortages Remains. The story highlights findings from AACN’s latest enrollment and graduations survey and features comments from Dr. Cynthia McCurren, Chair of the AACN Board of Directors. In the article, Dr. McCurren states: "Though nursing schools have been successful in expanding enrollment over the last two decades, expanding programs even further may be a challenge given the shortage of clinical learning sites, faculty and preceptors, and other resource constraints.”

In the April 2022, the journal Research in Nursing & Health published a special issue on Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health edited by Dr. J. Margo Brooks Carthon and Dr. G. Adriana Perez from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and Dr. Bridgette M. Brawner from Villanova University. The issue leads with a guest editorial, which introduces the wide selection of studies featured in this publication. When considering the critical need to address health inequities and the social determinants of health, the authors conclude that “no single subject deserves greater attention than eliminating inequities and ensuring equitable health outcomes for all.”

AACN Updates

Register Now: CCNE Webinar for Nurse Practitioner Fellowship/Residency Programs, April 19

The Essential Update: 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 a 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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The Social Pulse
Fact: childbirth for Black women is more dangerous than it is for white women. Join SEE YOU NOW in honoring Black Maternal Health Week – hear from 3 expert advisors to 
@BlkMamasMatter who are transforming outcomes. #healthdisparities #bmhw22
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Listen to the most recent episode of Johnson & Johnson’s “See You Now” podcast and hear from three healthcare innovators committed to advancing policy grounded in human rights and reproductive justice to improve Black maternal health and lives.
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"My first job in health care was at a nursing facility. I fell in love with the job as a caregiver, and it fueled my passion to help others. The charge nurse noticed this and encouraged me to begin my nursing career." 
- Brandon May, BSN
Dual DNP Candidate (Acute Care and Family Practice) 
View this tweet to read more about Brandon who, along with his wife, will graduate this May with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center. 
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Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: U.S. Department of Education Extends Federal Student Loan Payment Pause; COVID-19 Relief Bill Flounders Ahead of Congressional Recess; and Join HRSA’s Nurse Corps Scholarship Program Webinar on April 14.



New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Nursing has been awarded a $5.5 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Health to increase immunization rates for children and older adults in the state of Tennessee. The project will place 14 registered nurses across the state to provide county-level support to improve the rates of vaccination against COVID-19 and other vaccine-preventable diseases. Read more >>
  • Dr. Louise Reagan, an associate professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, has received a grant from the American Diabetes Association for her research on developing a testing app to self-manage diabetes. The grant will help fund the development of a mobile app that can assist those re-entering society from prison with managing their diabetes. Read more >>
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College School of Nursing has been awarded $1 million through the state’s Nursing Workforce Expansion Program, which is designed to address the state’s nursing shortage through a multifaceted approach to attract, educate, and retain nurses. Through the award, the school plans to invest in state-of-the-art equipment to improve student experiences, including technology, lab equipment, and transportation to clinical sites. Read more >>


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