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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published June 22, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
June 22, 2022
Weekly Digest
On June 15, 2022, Research!America, a leading health research advocacy alliance, released a new briefing paper titled Our Nation Cannot Afford Pandemic Fatigue: The Continued Threat of COVID-19 Variants. The paper outlines current risks to the nation’s health and economy presented by the pandemic, including high infection rates. The author calls for more federal funding for research and development to ensure that the U.S. continues as a global leader in the development, production, and availability of vaccines and therapeutics to counter COVID-19 variants.  

On June 18, 2022, nurse scientists Tina Mason and Amy Patterson posted a new article in the American Nurse titled The ABCs of Nursing Research. Organizational infrastructure that promotes a culture of inquiry is essential to advance nursing science with research and dissemination of findings. The authors provide practical advice for creating a nurse-friendly research environment, including suggestions for overcoming time, resources, and knowledge barriers.

AACN Updates

Summer Seminar AACN 2022

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Essentials Implementation Spotlight: Kent State University
Kent State University has started their journey toward competency-based nursing education with the new AACN Essentials. The College of Nursing spent the 2021-22 academic year curriculum mapping courses in their BSN, MSN (eight concentrations), post-master’s DNP, and BSN-to-DNP programs to the new Essentials domains, competencies, and sub-competencies. Soon, the college will evaluate each program’s alignment with the new competencies and assess if they are building on Bloom’s taxonomy – remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate, and create – before making any necessary curriculum changes. In addition to these efforts, and with full support of their community partners, the university is investigating if moving all MSN advanced practice programs to the DNP level is a good fit for Kent State. For more information about Kent State University’s implementation efforts, contact Dr. Tracey Motter, associate dean and associate professor, at

The Social Pulse
Acetaminophen overdoses are preventable, and nurses play a critical role in encouraging safe medicine use among patients and helping them understand the risks of misuse. Order and share the Know Your Dose campaign's safety education kit and resources on social media during #NationalSafetyMonth, and read their newly released research findings related to acetaminophen safe use and awareness among U.S. consumers.
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Learn how some higher ed institutions have effectively prioritized student success by participating in the next Inside Higher Ed webinar Tuesday, June 28 at 2:00 PM (ET). This free webinar will highlight specific policies that have successfully changed college completion and graduation rates. Register here
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Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: AACN Attends Bipartisan Policy Center Webinar on New Dialing Code 988; Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Ongoing COVID-19 Efforts; and Nursing Voices Nursing Votes: Counting Down to the 2022 Midterm Elections.

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AACN's Trailblazing Innovation Faculty Tool Kit
Explore AACN's Trailblazing Innovation Faculty Tool Kit, based on the documentary 5B, which was developed to help prepare future nurses to serve as leaders, advocates, problem-solvers, and risk-takers throughout the healthcare system. This tool kit shares insights and themes highlighted in the award-winning documentary, which provides a powerful look at the tremendous impact nurses can have on responding to public health threats, providing care to patients and communities at risk, and implementing new standards of care.

This resource is designed to:

  • Provide nurse educators with foundational concepts on how to prepare nurses to exercise moral courage, moral agency, and innovation.
  • Use situation-based behavioral learning strategies to introduce key topics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to navigate difficult conversations within the healthcare environment to support positive person-centered outcomes.
  • Examine how to lead in the delivery of person-centered care with ingenuity, advocacy for care recipients, and compassionately value each individual with whom they interact.
  • Formulate a personal self-care program to nurture the nurturer.


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