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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 06, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
July 6, 2022
Weekly Digest
Published on June 22, 2022, in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality, Dr. Emily Drake and colleagues from the University of Virginia posted an article titled Master's Prepared Clinical Nurse Leaders: 2 to 10 Years Post-Graduation. This study assesses the career trajectory of 109 CNL graduates and explores self-reported satisfaction with work, life, and educational preparation. The overwhelming majority of graduates were satisfied/extremely satisfied with their education, work full-time at the bedside, and reported a high level of life satisfaction. The authors conclude that more CNL-designated roles are needed to allow graduates to practice to their full potential.

In the July/August 2022 issue of Nurse Educator, Dr. Angela Moss from Rush University led a writing team in publishing a new article on Leveraging a Successful Faculty Practice Model to Recruit and Retain Early-Career Nurse Faculty. Attracting and retaining nurse faculty is often challenging due to difficulties in transitioning expert clinicians into teaching roles. The authors detail their success in using a college of nursing faculty practice to recruit new nurse educators while also meeting student learning and community health needs.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Essentials Implementation Spotlight: University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh began the long and diligent process of implementing the new AACN Essentials in 2021 with the help of AACN’s Essentials Implementation Webinar Series and additional resources, as well as insights from the University of Maryland. Leaders at Pitt formed a faculty task force representing their BSN, MSN, and DNP programs to develop student learning outcomes (SLOs) for each domain of the new Essentials. Drafts of these new SLOs are already under review by Dean Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob and will soon be fortified with the help of additional experts, clinical partners, and students to ensure graduates are prepared for entry to professional practice or advanced nursing practice. Pitt has mapped their courses’ learning outcomes to the Essentials competencies and does not believe additional courses will be needed. Teaching faculty will be tasked to ensure their courses cover the relevant competencies. For more information, contact Katelyn Sykes at
Schools are encouraged to showcase their implementation efforts and send a brief update of their work to

2022 Graduate Nursing Student Academy

2022 Diversity Leadership Institute Spotlight
AACN's Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) was developed to meet the needs of 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 from their DEI initiatives. See below for this week’s featured capstone projects. Visit AACN’s Diversity web section for more details on DEI efforts. 
Featured Capstone Projects
Photo - Jose Bonilla-Garcia

Jose Bonilla-Garcia, DNAP

University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences Campus

Building a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Culture in the UPR-SON
Photo - Felesia Bowen, PhD, DNAP
Felesia Bowen,

The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Photo -  Patricia K Bradley, PhD

Patricia K. Bradley, PhD
Villanova University
Photo -  Yvette Conyers, DNP

Yvette Conyers, DNP
 St. John Fisher College

The Social Pulse
When La Salle University graduate nursing student Caleb Foy was recording a physical assessment on his wife for class, he was playfully distracted. This distraction was Caleb’s three-year-old son, Caleb Jr., who started to imitate the assessment using implements he had pulled from his toy medical set. Dr. Patricia Dillon, chair of La Salle’s graduate nursing programs, was pleasantly surprised watching the happy accident, saying “Caleb Jr. couldn’t have had a better role model.” Upon graduating in 2023, Foy and his wife plan to expand upon their health and wellness business, where they focus on holistic models of care. Read the story here
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Delaware recently joined 23 other states and Washington, D.C. in granting full practice
authority to advanced practice nurse practitioners, thus improving access to health care
statewide. According to University of Delaware School of Nursing professor Susan Conaty-Buck, the goal of the legislation is “a healthier population, cost savings, and providing safe and efficient care to everyone in Delaware.” The law will not only create opportunities for nurse practitioners but also will help to fill in the gaps as the state faces a primary care shortage.
Read the story here.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:Washington Weekly House Appropriations Committee Advanced Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Spending Bill; House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Focuses on Public Health Legislation; and HHS Announces $10 Million for Rural Communities in Response to Opioid Overdoses.

Member News & Announcements
  • Gwynedd Mercy University has received a $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 and reputation for training highly-skilled compassionate care professions in the Mercy tradition. Read more >>


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