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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published May 18, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
May 18, 2022
Weekly Digest
On May 6, the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) released its 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, which outlines how the agency will achieve its mission to lead nursing science to solve pressing health challenges and inform practice and policy. The plan features guiding principles and priorities identified through five research lenses: health equity, social determinants of health, population and community health, prevention and health promotion, and systems and models of care. NINR has created a Strategic Plan Fact Sheet, which depicts the research framework it uses to achieve its mission and goals.

On May 1, Dr. Jan Jones-Schenk, Senior Vice President and Executive Dean of the College of Health Professions at Western Governors University, published an article in the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing titled Courageous Leadership. The author considers how the pandemic, workforce shortages, safety concerns, and worsening equity outcomes are converging to challenge nurse leaders across roles. Dr. Jones-Schenk discusses how leading with humility and openness, as well as creating a sense of common purpose, can help promote unity, combat fears, and encourage strategic risk-taking.

AACN Updates

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

On-Demand Conference Sessions Focused on Essentials Implementation

Since the endorsement of the new AACN Essentials in April 2021, AACN has focused nearly two dozen conference sessions on how to embrace innovation, move toward competency-based education, and implement the new standards. These sessions include:
  • Leading Organizational Change: The Nurse Leader’s Guide to Curricular Change
  • Competency-Based Education and Assessment: A Shared Student/Faculty Commitment
  • Implementing the Essentials: A Dialogue with Academic Nursing Leaders.
Click here to access these on-demand conference sessions.  


The Social Pulse
#BuildingVaxConfidence Spotlight: Mizzou Nursing
This year, AACN awarded ten member schools funding through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase knowledge and confidence about vaccines among the communities they serve. This week, we'd like to highlight the University of Missouri's amazing work on its social media campaign! 
@MizzouNursing: This afternoon, nearly 100 #MizzouNursing students of all levels gathered to learn more about vaccine hesitancy and practice empowering patients with the information they need to make the best health decisions for themselves and their families. #BuildingVaxConfidence 

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During National Nurses Week, Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellow, Lydel Wright, honored the 2022 graduating class of nursing students from Montclair State University’s School of Nursing. As part of a commitment to new nurses and initiatives to increase diversity in the field, Johnson & Johnson donated $15,000 to Montclair State University to help nursing students reach their goals. Watch the clip featured on the TODAY Show.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN Joins in Recognizing May as National Mental Health Awareness Month; AACN Hosts Webinar Highlighting Nursing Professionals Serving on Federal Committees and Councils; AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program; and Nursing Voices Nursing Votes: Countdown to the 2022 Midterm Elections.
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Opportunities & Resources to Consider
  • In appreciation of National Nurses Month, the American Red Cross is sharing three online presentations, each with one nursing continuing education contact hour, available through July 31:
  • HRSA’s Faculty Loan Repayment Program was created to help decrease economic barriers associated with pursuing a faculty career. This program provides up to $40,000 in loan repayment assistance to eligible faculty members who face financial and environmental challenges. Click here to access the application and program guidance. The application deadline is June 30 at 7:30 pm (ET).
  • The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the 2022 Public Health Scholarship Program (PHSP). The purpose of PHSP is to strengthen the public health workforce by providing support to organizations to develop scholarship programs that incentivize individuals to pursue training and careers in public health. Scholarship recipients will gain the requisite knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, prepare for, and respond to recovery activities related to COVID–19, as well as other public health emergencies. Applicants must have an existing public health training program and public health partnerships in place, along with a system for scholarship recipients to maintain or be transitioned into employment in public health upon completion of their training. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2022. 
  • Johnson & Johnson, Society of Nurse Scientists Innovators Entrepreneurs & Leaders, and Microsoft, in collaboration with #FirstRespondersFirst and ALL IN Well-Being First for Healthcare, invite nurse-led teams to join NurseHack4Health Pitch-A-Thon: Redesigning a Healthy Work Environment Where the Workforce Can Thrive. Through the Pitch-A-Thon, interdisciplinary teams will create and pitch solutions to problems that inhibit a healthy work environment. Teams will receive coaching support to help define, build, and pitch their ideas. The top entries will pitch their innovative solutions at a virtual session on October 6. Teams may receive grant funding of up to $250,000 to implement their idea within their health system. Applications are due June 30. For more information, visit the NurseHack4Health website.


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