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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published May 11, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
May 11, 2022
Weekly Digest
On May 5, the Nurse Staffing Think Tank, a diverse group of frontline nurses, nursing leaders, and other stakeholders, released a new set of priorities and recommendations to address the nurse staffing crisis in the short term. The Think Tank developed actionable strategies for acute- and critical-care practice settings with a focus on six key areas: healthy work environments; diversity, equity, and inclusion; work schedule flexibility; stress injury continuum; innovative care delivery models; and compensation. The report calls for a cultural shift in healthcare delivery that can drive improved nurse retention, healthier work environments, and better patient outcomes.
In the April/June 2022 issue of Nursing Administration Quarterly, Dr. Ruth Kleinpell from Vanderbilt University and colleagues published an article on Breaking Down Institutional Barriers to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practice. Despite the significant contributions APRNs make to health promotion, disease prevention, and disease management, many challenges to APRN practice exist. The authors consider how nurse leaders can help reduce regulatory, state, and institutional barriers to APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education, licensure, and certification.

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The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials

Join the Conversation on the Essentials Discussion Corner

AACN has launched an online discussion forum to facilitate robust conversations regarding the AACN Essentials. Member deans and faculty are invited to share details about their implementation efforts, ask questions, and share practices that may help inform decision-making and next steps. The Essentials Discussion Corner contains posts for you to easily find new threads on topics of interest. Recent discussions have focused on competency-based education, simulation, and ethics education. Members are encouraged to lead and participate in conversations. Click here to access this online forum.
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The Social Pulse
As nurses navigate a world filled with uncertainties, they are faced with a slew of challenges. On May 24 at 3:00 pm (ET), AcademyHealth will host a webinar highlighting key data gaps and the need for a coordinated multi-sector research agenda that links nursing to equity. The webinar will explore ways to build and strengthen the evidence base to address the vital areas of health equity and social determinants of health, community and public health nursing, and nurses’ health and well-being. Learn more and register here.
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Registration is open for the Schwartz Center’s 2022 Virtual Compassion in Action Healthcare Conference, June 14-15, 2022. This virtual event will feature more than 24 dynamic speakers and sessions designed to engage and inspire nurses, clinicians, health system leaders, and others committed to making compassion a priority in their organizations and communities. Learn more and register here
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Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Happy National Nurses Week!; NINR Releases 2022-2026 Strategic Plan; and AACN attends Bipartisan Policy Center Webinar on Nursing Workforce Shortage.


New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives
  • The Michigan ELNEC Initiative, funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, will help 2,000 nursing students achieve the primary palliative care skills they need to enter professional practice. The ELNEC undergraduate program was developed by experts to facilitate the development of primary palliative care competencies in nursing students. Upon completion, nurses will have the requisite skills to care and advocate for patients with serious illness and their families. For more information, contact Dr. Toni Glover, associate professor and principal investigator, at
  • HCA Florida Healthcare is partnering with Florida International University (FIU) by donating $1.5 million to help increase recruitment for FIU’s nurse educator programs and expand the number of registered nurses qualified to teach in nursing programs. The gift will fund scholarships to attract eligible students in all programs and support the addition of faculty positions with FIU nursing. Read more >>
  • Grand Valley State University Kirkhof College of Nursing and BHSH System have announced the creation of the BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan Nurse Scholar program, which will establish an opportunity for nearly 500 additional students to pursue a nursing career over the next six years. The health system is investing more than $19 million to provide infrastructure, start-up costs, and resources for increased clinical placements, training, and other support for students in the program. Read more >>
  • Over the next three years, Indiana University (IU) School of Nursing at IUPUI plans to increase undergraduate student enrollment by 50%, thanks to a $16 million gift from IU Health.  As part of the partnership, IU Health also will ensure that new IU nursing students qualifying for clinical rotation are guaranteed placement at an IU Health facility.
  • Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing is partnering with two Penn State Health hospitals to elevate the quality of care provided to survivors of sexual assault. The two hospitals will enhance support for these patients through secure telehealth technology. Registered nurses in the emergency departments at both hospitals who have completed sexual assault nurse examiner training are joining with the college’s sexual assault forensic examination telehealth systems. Read more >>
  • University of Connecticut School of Nursing PhD students Tingting Zhao and Bright Eze have been awarded F31 grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research, which are granted to pre-doctoral students to facilitate their research as they navigate their dissertation work. Zhao’s research studies the impact of pain and stress experienced during a preterm infant’s early life on their neurobehavioral outcomes later in life. Eze is researching the disproportionate burdens of chronic pain for Black individuals compared to non-Hispanic whites. Read more >>


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