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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published June 01, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
June 1, 2022
Weekly Digest
Convened by the American Nurses Association, the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing has issued a new report series that examines how systemic and institutional practices disadvantage nurses of color. Using both a historical and contemporary lens, the Report Series on Racism in Nursing takes an in-depth look at how racism impacts nursing education, policy, research, and practice while challenging stakeholders to consider what can be done to improve the profession and the health, educational, and social systems in which we engage and work. As a member of the Commission, AACN’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Dr. Vernell DeWitty, contributed to this series.  

In an article updated on May 16, 2022, MedPage Today correspondent Shannon Firth makes the case for More Support Needed to Shore Up Nurse Pipeline, Experts Say. Despite strong interest in nursing careers, faculty shortages and other factors are preventing many new nurses from entering the profession. The article calls for policy solutions and structural changes to address key drivers of the shortage, including measures to expand enrollment in PhD nursing programs, reduce nurse attrition, and engage more nurses in health system governance at the highest level. Insights from Dr. Linda McCauley from Emory University and Dr. Polly Pittman from George Washington University are featured.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
AACN’s Scholarly Journal Seeks Manuscripts on Essentials Implementation

The Journal of Professional Nursing (JPN) is AACN’s peer-reviewed journal, which serves as the leading source for scholarly publication related to the 2021 AACN Essentials and the transition to competency-based nursing education. JPN is currently seeking manuscripts focused on how schools are moving to adapt their programs using the new model and framework outlined in the Essentials, including new approaches to teaching and learning assessment. To discuss your manuscript idea, contact editor Dr. Patricia Morton at

Nominate a Trailblazer in Academic Nursing - Nomination Deadline: June 3, 2022

The Social Pulse
Samantha Roecker, RN, has a “track record” of breaking many barriers and stereotypes - and her success in competitive running, along with her experience as a nurse, compelled her to combine her passions to raise awareness and drive change. Listen to the most recent episode of the See You Now podcast and discover how (and why) she broke the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon run in a nurse’s uniform - raising thousands of dollars to support nurse mental health.
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Nearly 96% of nurses report experiencing at least one symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and nearly 21% meet the criteria for a clinical diagnosis of PTSD, according to findings from a literature review published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing. As we highlight PTSD Awareness Month, we encourage you to explore the Department of Veterans Affairs' resources and take the pledge to raise PTSD awareness. See also AACN's well-being and resilience resources for nurses. 
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Senate “Dear Colleague Letter” for Title VIII Funding Receives Strong Bipartisan Support; AACN Board Chair Dr. Cynthia McCurren Testifies Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee; and The Center for American Progress Releases Report on the Nursing Shortage.
Washington Weekly

Member News & Announcements
  • Dr. Bo Fernhall has been appointed dean of the Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston, effective August 15. Dr. Fernhall is completing his 11th year as dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). Prior to joining UIC, he held positions at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Syracuse University, George Washington University Medical Center, and the University of Rhode Island. Read more >>
  • Dr. Valerie Howard, vice dean for academic affairs and a clinical professor in the School of Nursing at Duke University, has been named dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, effective August 1. Prior to her appointment at Duke, Dr. Howard was at the Robert Morris University where she held numerous faculty and administrator positions, rising from an assistant professor to dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • Dr. Rhonda E. Maneval has been appointed dean of the College of Health and Wellness at Carlow University. She will begin her new role on July 1, replacing Dr. Lynn George, who served as dean of the college since July 2015. Dr. Maneval currently serves as vice dean and professor for the College of Health Professions and the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University. Her leadership background spans three decades and includes Michigan State University, Temple University, and Harrisburg Area Community College. Read more >>
  • Dr. Annette B. Wysocki, has been appointed dean of the University at Buffalo School of Nursing, effective July 2022. She currently is dean and professor at the Stony Brook University School of Nursing. She will succeed Dr. Marsha Lewis. In 2019, Dr. Wysocki joined Stony Brook University from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she served as associate dean for research and professor in the College of Nursing. At UMass Amherst, she was instrumental in establishing the UManage Center, an interdisciplinary research center focused on developing technologies to manage symptoms of chronic illness.
  • Loyola University Chicago’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing has received a $4 million gift from the Sisters of the Resurrection, which will increase access for underrepresented students pursuing a BSN. The endowment supports scholarships for students in the CARE (Collaboration, Access, Resources, and Equity) Pathway, created with grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Illinois Board of Higher Education with the goal of increasing the recruitment of Black and Latinx students and faculty to Loyola’s BSN program. Read more >>
  • The University of Hawaii at Manoa is now officially recognized as the home of the Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing. The school was renamed in honor of Dr. Atmospera-Walch for her transformational gift that will have an enduring impact on the quality of nursing education, student success, community service, and the nursing profession. Read more >>
  • The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is the first school in western Pennsylvania to offer a new post-graduate certificate program that will help meet the growing need for certified pediatric acute care nurse practitioners in the country. In March, the PA State Board of Nursing approved the school’s Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate program. The first cohort will start in the fall 2022. Read more >>
  • The University of Rochester School of Nursing has unveiled a state-of-the-art $15 million addition to its Helen Wood Hall, which will transform nursing education for generations of future healthcare providers. The expansion was designed to meet the increasing need for technologically advanced and synergistic learning opportunities while accommodating the school’s continued growth. Read more >>
  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has launched a Master of Nursing degree to help meet the high demand for RNs in healthcare settings throughout the nation. The program aims to attract people looking for a career change or those with a bachelor’s degree in another field. Applications are open and will be accepted through August 2022. The program will begin in spring 2023. Read more >>


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