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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published May 04, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
May 4, 2022
Weekly Digest
On April 28, 2022, US News and World Report published a new article from public health reporter Steven Ross Johnson titled Amid Shortages and Burnout, Could Adding More Men Ease the Nation's Nursing Woes? With men comprising only 13% of the nation’s registered nurses, the article considers how bringing more men into the profession may help to address the nursing shortage and create a more diverse workforce. AACN data on nursing school enrollment are featured in this piece along with commentary from the American Association for Men in Nursing and the American Nurses Association.

In the July/August 2022 issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Rebecca Wright and colleagues from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing published an article on the Doctor of Nursing Practice Project: Key Challenges and Possible Solutions. In addition to addressing overarching concerns related to scholarly writing, faculty preparation, and sustainability, the article provides practical suggestions for navigating issues that arise during a DNP project’s design, implementation, and evaluation stages. The authors conclude that “developing effective partnership of students, faculty, and healthcare systems is a key solution in helping students develop and demonstrate DNP competencies.”

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Working with Vendors to Implement the New Essentials

As of May 4, 2022, AACN has not endorsed any products or services related to the implementation of the new AACN Essentials. If AACN members have questions about specific products and services that claim to be endorsed by the association, please contact AACN is committed to facilitating the transition to the 2021 Essentials, which extends to working with corporate partners looking to develop products, services, and education to assist in implementation efforts and the move to a competency-based approach to nursing education. AACN encourages organizations interested in collaboration and promotional opportunities to complete the vendor interest survey.


The Social Pulse
One week after Julia York’s 12th birthday, doctors shared that she had less than a year to live. Almost a decade after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, Julia is graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing and will begin her first job as a hematology-oncology nurse at Children's of Alabama. Read Julia's inspiring story here
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The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice recently released the first episode of Health Equity in High Definition, a podcast series that showcases established researchers engaging in community-driven health equity research. The first episode features Dr. Ronald Hickman, associate dean for research at Case Western Reserve University, and explores the nuanced, but important distinctions between “health equity” and “health disparities” and how this understanding informs his approach to his nursing practice, research, and mentoring the next generation of nursing scholars. Listen to the episode here.  
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Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: HRSA Grant Opportunities: Deadlines Fast Approaching; White House Releases National Drug Control Strategy; and Department of Education Announces Changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Income-Driven Loan Repayment Programs.



Member News & Announcements
  • Dr. Marianne Baernholdt has been named the new dean at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, effective August 1, 2022. She currently serves at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing as the associate dean of global initiatives, the interim dean of research, and a founding director of its Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization-Collaborating Center in Quality and Safety Education in Nursing and Midwifery. She will succeed Dr. Pamela CiprianoRead more >>
  • Dr. Bimbola Akintade will be the new dean at the East Carolina University College of Nursing, effective July 1, succeeding Dr. Sylvia Brown, who has led the college as dean since 2009. Dr. Akintade is an associate dean at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and an acute care nurse practitioner in the post anesthesia care and trauma surgical intensive care units at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Read more >>
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has announced Dr. Maria Rodriguez Shirey, associate dean for clinical and global partnerships and inaugural holder of UAB’s Jane H. Brock–Florence Nightingale Endowed Professorship in Nursing, as the next dean of the UAB School of Nursing, effective June 1. She will succeed Dr. Doreen Harper, who led the school for 17 years. Read more >>
  • The Purdue University School of Nursing has received a gift of $14 million to endow the headship, contribute toward equipment for the planned nursing and pharmacy education building, create a new endowed scholarship for the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and add to their existing scholarship endowments. The gift is from Purdue alumni Mark and Maureen Miller. Read more >>
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing alumna Dr. Cheryl E. McRae-Bergeron has given a $5.5 million estate commitment to the school. The endowed scholarship fund will support at least one full-tuition scholarship annually to a student pursuing a DNP in the school’s nurse anesthesia program. The remaining funds will provide half-scholarship awards as available. Read more >>
  • Dr. Kathleen Neville, associate dean of graduate studies and research at Seton Hall University College of Nursing, has been awarded a 2022-2023 Fulbright US Scholar Award. Dr. Neville will conduct a mixed-method research investigation exploring nursing students' perceptions of individuals with opioid use disorders. Read more >>
  • Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and College of Nursing dean at The Ohio State University, received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree during commencement ceremonies at The State University of New York’s Upstate Medical University. The honorary doctorate degree is the highest form of recognition offered by the Board of Trustees of The State University of New York to individuals of exceptional distinction. Read more >>
  • Dr. Mary A. Nies, professor at Idaho State University’s School of Nursing, is one of five university faculty members to receive the 2022 Outstanding Research award.  This is the second year in a row that she has received this honor, and she is the first nurse scientist to receive this award. Read more >>
  • Marquette University has received a $1 million gift from an alumni couple, Micky and Jennifer Minhas, which will launch an effort to renovate and build an addition for the new home for the College of Nursing in the heart of campus. Read more >>


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