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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published June 15, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
June 15, 2022
Weekly Digest
In the June 2022 American Journal of Nursing, writer Nicole Fauteux explores the challenges and facilitators connected with Finding Clinical Placements for NP Students. The author considers how paying for preceptors, non-financial incentives, improving the placement process, and strengthening academic-practice partnerships can help with securing clinical learning sites for nursing practitioner students. Insights from Dr. Jennifer Butlin, Executive Director of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, are highlighted in this article.  

The current edition of the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing features five articles focused on Nurses’ Impact on Advocacy and Policy. Dr. Patricia A. Sharpnack, dean of The Breen School of Nursing and Health Professions at Ursuline College, provides an overview of the featured articles, which include The Affordable Care Act: Considerations for Leveraging the Power; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policies of National Nursing Organizations; and Social Media as a Format for Nursing Advocacy.

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The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
AACN’s Definition of Competency-Based Education
AACN defines competency-based education as “a system of instruction, assessment, feedback, self-reflection, and academic reporting that is based on students demonstrating that they have learned the knowledge, attitudes, motivations, self-perceptions, and skills expected of them as they progress through their education.” Other organizations define competency-based education differently, including the U.S. Department of Education, which more narrowly defines this term as education “that organizes academic content according to competencies—what a student knows and can do—rather than following a more traditional scheme, such as by course.” Nursing programs are encouraged to institute a process to ensure the curricula address the competencies delineated in the Essentials and assesses student achievement of those competencies. AACN is not requiring schools to move to time-variable education or organize academic content according to competencies instead of by course. In fact, we anticipate most programs will continue to organize academic content by course. Even so, AACN reminds nursing programs that accrediting agencies and state boards of nursing may require notification or approval of substantive changes proposed in order to implement the Essentials framework, depending on the extent and nature of the proposed changes. Please direct any questions to

The Social Pulse
Mass shootings and other forms of violent, unsafe situations can trigger high levels of stress, trauma, and secondhand trauma that can be difficult to process and unpack. Explore these resources provided by the American Counseling Association as we continue to lift up one another and care for ourselves in the wake of the recent mass-shooting tragedies in Uvalde, TX, Buffalo, NY, and other places that hit close to home.   
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The latest episode of Johnson & Johnson's See You Now podcast highlights nurse practitioner and healthcare activist Dallas Ducar, CEO of Transhealth Northampton, and her ground-breaking work to deliver gender-affirming care to gender-diverse adults, children, and families. Listen to the episode here.
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Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: HHS Releases Statement Reaffirming Support and Protection for LGBTQI+ Children and Youth; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Information Session for New Fellows; and White House Plans for COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Under Five.

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Opportunities & Resources to Consider
  • DNPs of Color (DOC), an organization committed to increasing diversity in nursing practice through networking, mentorship, and advocacy, and Jonas Philanthropies have launched the DNPs of Color/Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare Pathway to Publication mentorship program. The program aims to increase the diversity of published nursing research and data. If you are interested in participating in this mentorship program and want to become a DOC mentee, submit your application by July 30, 2022.
  • The BUILD Health Challenge is a national program designed to advance health equity and racial justice by supporting multi-sector and community-driven partnerships. BUILD awards are designed to support collaborations working to address upstream challenges and drive sustainable improvements in community health, with a specific focus on strengthening partnerships between community-based organizations, hospitals, and health systems. Applications must be submitted by June 30, 2022.


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