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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published May 25, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
May 25, 2022
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Cynthia McCurren and Deborah TrautmanRounds with Leadership: 
Reimagining Nursing Education
“The imperative to evolve [nursing education] is driven by the needs of students, employers, and consumers of care. Nurse educators must be nimble enough to embrace new technology and explore fresh approaches to teaching designed to satisfy the diverse learning needs of contemporary nursing students (p.3).”
From AACN’s Vision for Academic Nursing (2019) 
Too often, calls for transformation and change do not come with a roadmap or a clear idea about where we are headed. Not true in nursing education! The new Essentials, endorsed by the AACN membership in April 2021, provide a blueprint for evolving how to prepare nurses in baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Nursing programs. Built on a strong foundation of nursing as a discipline, the benefits of a liberal education, and the principles of competency-based education, the re-envisioned Essentials present an innovative framework for preparing nurses for contemporary and future practice.  
Weekly Digest
In the May/June 2022 Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Richard Faulkner from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and Dr. Nelda Godfrey from the University of Kansas School of Nursing wrote a guest editorial on The Attritional War of Nursing During the Pandemic. The authors examine whether military history offers any solace for those going through the attritional war of COVID-19. Many factors that tend to build resiliency in combat soldiers to endure until the final victory are similar to those that have seen and will see nurses through to the end of the pandemic. 

A new report issued this week by the Center for American Progress—How To Ease the Nursing Shortage in America—concludes that bold policies toward solving the nursing shortage and improving racial equity will result in more patients with access to safe, high-quality nursing services and an outcome of healthier populations and stronger communities. The report examines nursing shortage factors and what can be done about it, highlighting how federal and state policymakers can address these challenges through coordinated planning, action, and investment.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update - See the latest on AACN's New Essentials
QSEN Conference to Focus on Essentials and Alignment
with QSEN Competencies
The 2022 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) International Forum will take place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, CO, June 1-3. This year’s theme is “Aligning the New AACN Essentials and QSEN: The Future of Quality and Safety Competencies in Nursing Education and Practice.” The forum is designed to attract nursing leaders in academia and practice.

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Summer Seminar AACN 2022

The Social Pulse
This year, AACN awarded funding to 10 member schools through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase knowledge and confidence about vaccines among the communities they serve. This week, we highlight the Emory University School of Nursing's new self-paced course How Nursing Faculty Can Help Students Improve COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence. The course is aimed at building COVID-19 vaccine confidence among nursing students and faculty so that they can better engage with patients and individuals in the community to promote trust and acceptance of the vaccine.   
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The first African American nursing student to graduate from the University of Florida (UF), Evelyn Moore Mickle, was honored as the 2022 College of Nursing Alumnus of the Year at UF’s recent pinning ceremony. After growing up while caring for her sick brother and experiencing discrepancies in his care across different facilities, Evelyn was inspired to become a nurse. Even more so, she desired to make a difference for African Americans and the care they received. “The pin has become a public symbol of excellence worn on the nurse’s uniform and is first put on at a nursing ceremony. I love that it signifies each nurse’s alma mater,” she said. “This time-honored tradition is even more meaningful.”
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Opportunity for Input: NAM Releases National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being; Surgeon General Issues an “Advisory on Building a Thriving Health Workforce”; NIAAA Launches the Healthcare Professional’s Core Resource on Alcohol; and AACN Attends ASPR Roundtable on COVID-19 Therapeutics.
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