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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published April 27, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
April 27, 2022
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Cynthia McCurren and Deborah TrautmanRounds with Leadership: 
Sustaining a Culture of Safety
“Rarely are errors the fault of an individual, rather, they are the culmination of characteristics of systems of care. Rather than attach blame to individuals for errors committed, organizations must design non-punitive approaches to error and look well beyond individual providers to understand and redesign system-level processes for error prevention.”
The joy connected with hosting an in-person AACN Deans Annual Meeting last month was tempered by the news of the criminal conviction of former nurse RaDonda Vaught for making a fatal medication error. Despite numerous system failures contributing to this tragic accident, the individual nurse was held responsible for this terrible outcome, even though she was forthcoming about the unintentional errors made. 
Weekly Digest
On April 20, 2022, the New England Journal of Medicine published a new Perspective column from Dr. Deena Kelly Costa and Dr. Christopher R. Friese from the University of Michigan titled Policy Strategies for Addressing Current Threats to the U.S. Nursing Workforce. Given concerns about the impact of the pandemic on nurse supply, the authors call for more federal and state policy actions to prevent workforce losses and build capacity. Recommended policy approaches include increasing investments in nursing schools and nurse faculty; eliminating the restrictive scope of practice regulations; enforcing safe staffing levels; and funding initiatives to create safer, more supportive working environments.

In the March/April 2022 issue of Nurse Educator, Dr. Melissa J. Mokel from the University of Saint Joseph and colleagues published a new article on Mentoring and Support for Underrepresented Nursing Faculty. Nursing faculty often seek mentors to enhance their scholarly productivity, career development, work-life balance, and socialization in the academy. The authors present the results from an integrative review conducted to identify best and evidence-based practices for mentoring faculty from underrepresented groups, including gender, sexual minority, race, ethnicity, and geographic remoteness.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update - See the latest on AACN's New Essentials
New Resource to Align Palliative Care Competencies with
the 2021 Essentials
At its March meeting, the AACN Board of Directors endorsed the latest set of primary palliative care competencies for undergraduate and graduate nursing students (CARES/G-CARES, 2nd ed), which were prepared by the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium. To assist in aligning the new competencies with the Essentials, a crosswalk document was created to guide faculty toward curricular integration of palliative care education and aid in evaluating programmatic outcomes in the sphere of care related to hospice, palliative, and supportive care.

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The Social Pulse
Early in Carol Rosenberg’s career in pediatric oncology, she remembers when a mom, asking about her daughter, collapsed in her arms and said: “What if I do something wrong taking care of her? What if I hurt my baby?” Carol realized that parents need more support providing in-home care for their children with acute, chronic, and complex conditions. Listen to the most recent episode of Johns Hopkins Nursing's On the Pulse podcast and hear how Carol eventually turned her idea into her own company. 
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Boosting Vaccine Confidence During National Infant Immunization Week
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW)  was launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to highlight the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children. Following disruptions from COVID-19, families are encouraged to stay current on children’s routine checkups and vaccinations. On-time vaccination is critical to help protect against 14 diseases. Share on social media with the hashtag #ivax2protect

We also encourage you to follow the #BuildingVaxConfidence hashtag on Twitter to see the incredible work that AACN member schools are doing to boost vaccine confidence
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Washington Weekly
Washington WeeklyInside this edition of Washington Weekly: Mark Your Calendar: Healthcare Provider Roundtable on the Future of Medical Research; House “Dear Colleague Letter” for Title VIII FY 2023 Funding Request Received Strong Bipartisan Support; and AACN Attends HHS Virtual Summit on COVID-19 Vaccines.




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