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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published June 29, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
June 29, 2022
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Cynthia McCurren and Deborah TrautmanRounds with Leadership: 
Moving Beyond the Pandemic
Responding to COVID-19 has had a transformative impact on what we teach, how we teach, and how we practice. Nursing programs moved quickly to adapt curriculum to ensure that graduating nurses at all levels are better prepared to respond to current and future public health emergencies. Navigating the pandemic has underscored health inequities that persist throughout our healthcare system, with a disproportionately high death toll from COVID-19 among communities of color. We have all grown more acutely aware of the need to tend to the mental health and well-being of faculty, students, and clinicians to ensure the health of our colleagues during the most trying of times.
Driven by these challenges, the academic nursing community has made strides in building a healthier, more equitable, and resilient tomorrow as we move closer to the end of the pandemic. To showcase the work underway that is moving us toward a preferred future for nursing, AACN has joined with our colleagues at the National League for Nursing (NLN) to create a new video titled Paving the Way Forward: Academic Nursing’s Role in Moving Toward a Post-Pandemic Future.
Weekly Digest
On June 1, 2022, the Journal of Nursing Education published an article from an international writing team led by Dr. Tongyao Wang from the University of Hong Kong titled Future Direction of Quality and Safety Competency-Based Education: Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Teaching Strategies. The authors consider how curriculum developed through the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project can be used to meet the competency expectations outlined in the 2021 Essentials for both entry-level and advanced-level students. A repository of QSEN teaching strategies is also available to help integrate the new Essentials into nursing curricula.
On June 23, 2022, The Star-Ledger published an opinion piece by former nurse educator Dr. Bonnie Ross titled N.J. Desperately Needs More Nurses. To Get Them, We Must Invest in Nursing Education. The article highlights the important role faculty play in preparing new nurses and the need for more funding to expand nursing programs. The author specifically calls for “increasing clinical training opportunities and partnerships, investing in innovative education resources, and encouraging and incentivizing more nurses to become faculty.”

AACN Updates

The Essential Update - See the latest on AACN's New Essentials
Essentials Implementation Spotlight: Samuel Merritt University
Samuel Merritt University (SMU) has completed their first step in implementing the new AACN Essentials for their FNP program. The team at SMU focused on small steps to start the multi-year process of implementing the new curriculum standards. The first of these was a year-long review of each nursing course’s learning outcomes (CLOs) from the 2020-21 academic year to ensure all professional standards and programmatic outcomes were met, followed by a review of all 2021-22 academic year courses to align CLOs with the Essentials’ 10 domains. The implementation team found that at least one of the 10 domains was reflected in each course the college of nursing offered. SMU continues their work towards full Essentials implementation. For more information about Samuel Merritt University’s progress, contact Dr. Shelitha Campbell, assistant professor and co-director of the FNP program, at
Schools are encouraged to showcase their implementation efforts and send a brief update of their work to

2022 Diversity Leadership Institute Spotlight
AACN's Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) annual program is for academic nursing leaders committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Each year, DLI Fellows develop and present capstone projects showcasing how they apply research, execute new strategies, and see results with their DEI initiatives. See below for featured capstone projects. Visit AACN’s Diversity web section for more details on DEI efforts.   
Featured Capstone Projects

Paula Alexander-Delpech, PhD,

Frontier Nursing University

The Development of a Faculty DEI Fellows Program
Amita Avadhani,
Rutgers University

Holistic Admissions: Are We There Yet?

Kendra M. Barrier, PhD, LSU Health New Orleans

LaWanda Baskin, PhD, 
The University of Southern Mississippi

The Social Pulse
The Campaign for Action recently published an article about the North Carolina Nursing Innovations Fund project, which worked with churches to identify health needs. The project, an initiative of the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University and supported by the North Carolina Action Coalition, initially focused on COVID-19 vaccinations in underserved communities. The program has since expanded to focus on an array of health conditions in African-American and rural communities. Read about this project here.
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One of the best ways to showcase your school’s impact and attract the best students and faculty into your nursing programs is through the power of video. Explore AACN-TV and discover how you can work with this association partner to create compelling narrative films to tell your story. AACN-TV specializes in working with individual programs to create high-impact videos that can help you meet your school's strategic goals. Learn more and see their recent with member schools here.   
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: President Signed Bipartisan Gun Violence Prevention Bill into Law; Focus on Fiscal Year 2023: Nursing Education and Research Increases in House Draft Bill; and AACN Attends the National Academy of Medicine’s Event on Health Workforce Well-Being.
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