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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published June 08, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
June 8, 2022
Weekly Digest
In the July/September 2022 issue of Nursing Administration Quarterly, Dr. Teresa Welch and Dr. Todd Smith from the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing examine the AACN Essentials as the Conceptual Thread of Nursing Education. The article introduces the key elements of the new Essentials document as well as the core expectations and standards that will shape the future of nursing education. The authors discuss strategies supporting the move from concept-based educational models to competency-based models using a “think-backward approach” to change.

In the May/June 2002 issue of Nurse Educator, Dr. Judith Jarosinski and colleagues from Salisbury University published an article titled Nurse Faculty Shortage: Voices of Nursing Program Administrators. Following interviews with nursing program leaders at universities and community colleges, the authors identify factors impacting the chronic shortage of nurse educators, including increasing faculty workloads, academic/practice pay disparities, staffing challenges, and the deterioration in workplace climate.

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The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Share Your Essentials Implementation Efforts with Us
AACN is interested in hearing from member schools about efforts to adapt nursing programs to meet the expectations outlined in the 2021 Essentials. What approaches are you using to revise your curriculum to meet the new standards? Are there any tools or strategies particularly helpful in advancing this work? Are you working closely with practice partners to implement new learning and assessment measures? Please send us a short summary of the work underway at your school for publication in an upcoming issue of News Watch. Send emails to

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The Social Pulse
Every year, Johnson & Johnson Nursing launches the NurseHack4Health Pitch-A-Thon aimed to unleash the power of nurses as innovative leaders and problem solvers. Applications are open for this year's Pitch-A-Thon, where nurse-led health system teams can receive up to $250,000 in grant funds to bring workplace well-being solutions to life. Spread the word by sharing this tweet, and learn more and apply by visiting the website here. The application cycle closes on June 30. 
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Tomorrow, June 9, at 3:00 pm (ET), the Campaign for Action will host a webinar focused on insights gained from a survey of Black nurse entrepreneurs, capturing their experiences and finding ways to champion nurses and identify barriers. This discussion is part of the Campaign's "Hot Topic" conversation series aimed at engaging the nursing community in thought-provoking issues associated with the National Academy of Medicine’s report, The Future of Nursing, 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Health Equity. Learn more and register here
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: The National Health Service Corps Celebrates 50th Anniversary; Advanced Research Project Agency for Health Established within NIH; and Apply Now to the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program.

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New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives
  • Dr. Veronica P.S. Njie-Carr, associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, has been awarded more than $1.18 million from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health for the five-year project “Strengthening Capacity in Health Research Ethics and Methodology in The Gambia.” Dr. Njie-Carr and her co-principal investigators will collaborate with faculty from University of The Gambia and Medical Research Council, Gambia Unit. Read more >>
  • The Purdue University Global School of Nursing is partnering with The DAISY Foundation™ to co-sponsor select hospitals that participate in the DAISY Award® program, which celebrates the extraordinary compassion nurses provide their patients and families every day. Read more >>
  • Gwynedd Mercy University announced a transformational $10 million gift from The Maguire Foundation to build the Frances M. Maguire Healthcare Innovation Campus, which is part of a broader strategic plan to address a pressing nationwide shortage of healthcare professionals and build on the University’s strength in training highly-skilled compassionate care professionals. Read more >>
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing has received a $305,000 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to launch a new telehealth certificate program through its Accelerating Credentials of Purpose and Value Grant Program led by Dr. Kristen Starnes-Ott, director, and Dr. Jacquelyn Svoboda, co-director. The program, set to begin in January 2023, will aim to improve care for patients in rural and health professional shortage areas. Read more >>


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