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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published April 20, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
April 20, 2022
Weekly Digest
On April 13, 2022, Dr. David Auerbach from Montana State University and colleagues published a new article in Health Affairs titled A Worrisome Drop in the Number of Young Nurses. Using monthly data from the Current Population Survey, the researchers show the total supply of registered nurses decreased by more than 100,000 in 2021—a far greater drop than any observed over the past four decades. The majority of those leaving the profession were nurses under the age of 35. The authors call for increased support for early-career nurses and effective strategies to reward those who remain on the front lines.
On April 14, 2022, writer Carol Jukucs with posted a new blog titled Nurse Practitioners Are Primed to Help Bridge Physician Shortage. Earlier this month, New York and Kansas joined the list of 24 states, plus the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories, offering full practice authority to nurse practitioners (NPs). Legislation signed into law in both states enables NPs to perform the complete scope of services for which they were educated to provide. This move will help to address the growing shortage of primary care providers and ensure access to high quality care for all those seeking services.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Essentials Implementation Webinars Available On-Demand

To facilitate the transition to the 2021 Essentials, AACN is offering an ongoing series of webinars to help schools implement the new competency expectations for professional nursing programs. These events highlight basic how-to’s as well as practical approaches to curriculum alignment and competency evaluation. To date, 12 webinars have been offered, including Beginning Steps for Building a Competency-Based Curriculum, Transforming Nursing Education through Curriculum Innovation, Curriculum Evaluation and Integration of Competencies, and Assessment Strategies for a Competency-Based Curriculum. All webinars may be accessed for free by AACN member deans, faculty, and students. 

2022 GNSA Virtual Career Fair - April 21, 2022 - 11 AM - 4PM (ET)
Join the Conversation - Essentials Discussion Corner - Access Here

The Social Pulse
Nurses are natural health care innovators, and innovation reaches every corner of healthcare. Read these five innovation stories from HealthLeaders editors that will help nurse leaders keep on top of the latestin industry developments.
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On May 3 from 3:00-4:00pm ET, experts from American Journal of Nursing, Rockefeller University, and The Ohio State University College of Nursing will discuss the issues and barriers to implementing successful projects in clinical settings. The speakers will clarify the differences in the three approaches most used in the clinical area and what clinicians need to know and do to enhance their chances for successful publication. Click here to register.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Take Action: Urge Your Representative to Sign “Dear Colleague” Letter Supporting Title VIII in FY 2023; AACN Sends Letter Supporting Robust Fundings for Title VIII and NINR; AACN Attends Keynote Address for Black Maternal Health Week featuring Vice President Kamala Harris; and AACN Attends Duke-Margolis 2022 Inaugural Health Policy Conference.

Washington Weekly

Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The 2022 Nursing Knowledge: Big Data Science (NKBDS) Conference will take place June 8-10 at the University of Minnesota. The conference will include a dialogue between national leaders to discuss current recommendations provided by The Future of Nursing Report, the AACN Essentials, and the Unique Nurse Identifier and describe their alignment with the NKBDS strategic plan. Early registration ends April 21.
  • Informatics experts at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing will hold a conference July 20-22 for nursing educators now charged with incorporating informatics material into their course design. The Vanderbilt Informatics Summer Teaching Academy will be held in person at Vanderbilt’s campus in Nashville. This informatics immersion will be led by nursing informatics experts who will use the new AACN Essentials Domain 8 (Information and Healthcare Technologies) as a framework to provide attendees with concrete ways to embed informatics into their curricula.
  • The Gold Humanism Honor Society is hosting the 2022 Healing the Heart of Healthcare Conference, aimed at reimagining how we listen, connect, and collaborate. The conference will be held virtually May 5-6. Sessions will be recorded and available to watch anytime throughout the summer. All nursing students receive a special registration price of $20. The conference also features a virtual art gallery and poster hall. 
  • Facilitated by the Academy for Advancing Leadership, the IPEC Interprofessional Leadership Development Program (ILDP) will take place June 22-24 in Atlanta. The ILDP is a three-day, interactive professional development experience that engages leaders responsible for developing, implementing, and assessing campus-wide interprofessional education initiatives and residency/fellowship leaders in interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Early-bird registration deadline is May 13. 
  • The Association for Vascular Access and B. Braun Medical Inc. has launched the second of three courses that will provide pre-licensure students in approved nursing, medical, and allied healthcare academic programs with hands-on training for the insertion of peripheral intravenous catheters. The Fundamentals of Peripheral Intravenous Vascular Access™ academic curriculum is free to qualified universities and colleges in the U.S. 


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