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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 13, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
July 13, 2022
Weekly Digest
On July 11, 2022, the American Nurse posted a new article on Addressing the Nurse Faculty Shortage by AACN’s immediate past Board Chair Susan Bakewell-Sachs, President/CEO Deborah Trautman, and Chief Communications Officer Robert Rosseter. The article presents an overview on the faculty shortage, discusses potential solutions, and provides recommendations for those considering a teaching role. The authors emphasize the need for closer alignment between practice and academia to address this priority concern.

Published July 1, 2022, in the Journal of Nursing Education, Dr. Michelle DeCoux Hampton and colleagues from San Jose State University examine Holistic Admissions Review Integration in Nursing Programs. In a study of 1,547 associate degree and baccalaureate nursing programs, the authors found that only 43% of nursing programs use holistic admissions criteria when assessing prospective students. AACN’s work to increase nursing workforce diversity is cited throughout the article, including the 2020 white paper on Promising Practices in Holistic Admissions Review: Implementation in Academic Nursing.

AACN Updates

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

The University of South Florida (USF) is making strides toward implementing the 2021 AACN Essentials with a ground-up approach led by their New Essentials Task Force. All USF nursing faculty mapped current courses to Essentials sub-competencies, which were then consolidated into a high-level crosswalk to identify gaps, redundancies, and thread-points to meet all domains, competencies, and spheres of care. These courses were designated as Introduction, Reinforcement, or Mastery to support multiple assessment points along the program continuum. Faculty are currently developing a future-state crosswalk and “Essentializing” program goals. USF’s next steps include syllabi and course revisions, with domain experts and diversity, equity, and inclusion champions engaging with the process to ensure alignment across entry and advanced levels. USF supports faculty development in competency-based education (CBE) by holding curriculum mapping events and providing access to electronic resources, including the AACN Essentials, CBE articles, CBE verb taxonomies, and course assessment and learning outcome conversion worksheets. For more details, contact Dr. Brittany Hay, assistant professor, at
Schools are encouraged to showcase their implementation efforts and send a brief update of their work to

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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
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Michele Crespo-Fierro, PhD

New York University
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Angel Daniels, DNP
Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
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Nicole Davis, PhD
Clemson University

The Social Pulse
The Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment-Suicide Care (SBIRT-SC) model is an integrated, public health approach that both identifies and provides care to individuals using substances and/or who are at risk of suicide. Visit the website to learn about the most updated model and a new suicide prevention suite of services to provide training, technical assistance, and evaluation for medical and behavioral health providers, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, employers, community-based organizations, states, and localities.
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“As a nurse, I feel that the power of music can help to calm patients and relieve anxiety.”
-Cathy Weidman, MPA, BSN, RN, director of Medical-Surgical Services at Chester County Hospital
Burnout in nursing is a major problem that can have many negative consequences for both nurses and patients. Listening to music also has been shown to have a number of physical and mental benefits, including helping people cope with the pandemic. Music has also reduced cortisol levels, depression, burnout, and helped with sleep. Read this recent blog from the University of Pennsylvania, which highlights four musicians who now work at Chester County Hospital.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Register Now: AACN to Host Webinar on Gun Violence as a National Priority for Nurse Researchers; Brief on Policy Options to Combat Nursing Shortage Released; and CDC Solicits Nominations for Advisory Committee.
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New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives
  • The School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio has received $16 million from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services to expand its successful Casa Mia recovery program for pregnant and parenting mothers with opioid use disorder and their children and expand these services to women with any type of substance use disorder. About $9 million of the funding will be used to replicate this program in two additional Texas communities through partnerships with national nonprofit agencies (Dimas Charities and WestCare Foundation) and to maintain the current San Antonio location. The remaining $7 million will pilot a new supportive housing program. Read more >>
  • East Tennessee State University (ETSU) has been awarded a two-year, $400,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to expand services in two ETSU Health College of Nursing primary care clinics. The Rural Expansion Program for At-risk Communities to Promote Health Outcomes through the Integration of Mental Health and Enabling Services (REACH ME) project is led by Dr. Kim Ferguson, assistant professor in the College of Nursing. It will address the critical need for integrating mental health and enabling services to provide comprehensive care to children, youth, families, and the community. Read more >> 
  • Azusa Pacific University’s (APU) School of Nursing has received a $1 million grant from HRSA’s Nurse Faculty Loan Program. The program will decrease financial barriers in pursuing higher education for nursing students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and help APU develop collaborative partnerships to address health disparities, social determinants of health, and the needs of rural and underserved populations through teaching and training. Read more >> 
  • Dr. Lisa Pair, assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, is working toward enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the school’s Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Pathway with the support of an Alabama League for Nursing Faculty in Nursing scholarship grant. Dr. Pair is working with the school’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to assess content within the pathway’s curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of all populations. Read more >> 


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