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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 20, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
July 20, 2022
Weekly Digest
On July 15, 2022, reporter Christine Chung with the New York Times published a story titled As U.S. COVID Hospitalizations Climb, a Chronic Nursing Shortage Is Worsening. The story details how hospitals across the country continue to struggle to hire and retain enough nurses, as the spread of the Omicron BA.5 subvariant adds to caseloads. The article cites a report from McKinsey & Company, which projects a shortage of 200,000 to 450,000 nurses in the U.S. by 2025.

In the September-October 2022 Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Sheryl Buckner from the University of Oklahoma and a writing team (including AACN staff members Dr. Joan Stanley and Allison Jacobs) published an article on Addressing Immunizations in Nursing Education: Immunization Resources for Undergraduate Nursing. As members of the most trusted profession, nurses are ideally suited to address vaccine hesitancy and promote vaccination in the communities they serve. This article outlines a variety of teaching resources and a curriculum mapping tool available to help faculty integrate immunization content into prelicensure nursing programs.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
New Crosswalks Map the QSEN Competencies to the 2021 AACN Essentials

The QSEN-AACN Crosswalks were developed to support faculty and practice educators to apply the QSEN competencies to the 2021 AACN Essentials. Educators can use the Crosswalks to facilitate mapping of courses and curriculum and apply QSEN teaching strategies. By starting with an area of the AACN Essentials, a user can determine which QSEN domains/statements best align and search for QSEN online teaching repositories, articles, or textbooks for helpful information and tools to meet the Essentials competency requirement. Two Crosswalks are available to align Prelicensure QSEN Statements to entry-level Essentials competencies and Graduate QSEN Statements to advanced-level Essentials competencies. Click here to access the Crosswalks. To access teaching strategies to support competency development, see the QSEN Teaching Strategies. Please direct any questions to or

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2022 Diversity Leadership Institute Spotlight
AACN's Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) was designed 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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Michelle DeCoux Hampton, PhD

San Jose State University

Inclusive Excellence Checklist Development and Dissemination
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Sabrina Dickey, PhD

Florida State University
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Terrica Durbin,
Western Carolina University
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Valerie Flattes, PhD
University of Utah

The Social Pulse
“My hope is that this simulation helps students understand how poverty of any level can lead to struggles for their patients, themselves, or their coworkers.”

- Dr. Cindy Hill, Clinical Assistant Professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing
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An interactive approach to learning about poverty is giving Indiana University School of Nursing students a better understanding of the tough choices that many patients face every day. Read this recent blog on how the school’s simulation framework helps students develop empathy and understanding for those experiencing poverty.
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Inside Higher Ed will host a free webinar on Wednesday, August 10, at 2:00 pm (ET) to highlight  key findings and insights from their 2022 Survey of College and University Business Officers, which sheds light on how business officers have viewed challenges facing higher education in the U.S. this year. Register for the webinar here, and explore AACN’s Business Officers of Schools of Nursing (BONUS) Leadership Network to learn about this unique leadership development opportunity open to staff at AACN member schools.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Goes Live; AACN Attends the Hill’s Future of Health Care Summit; U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Recognized in the House-Passed National Defense Authorization Act; and The Department of Health and Human Services Extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declaration.
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Opportunities & Resources to Consider
  • Representatives from health professional organizations, education institutions, health education technology innovators, and vendors will convene in Washington, DC, October 17-19, for the MedBiquitous 2022 annual meeting. This in-person meeting is ideal for students in the health professions with an interest in technology that supports innovation in learning, education design, and credentialing. Registration will open later this summer. Conference updates will be shared on the website and also can be monitored by subscribing to the MedBiquitous newsletter.
  • The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a part of the National Institutes of Health, recently launched The Healthcare Professional’s Core Resource on Alcohol to improve care for patients whose drinking is affecting their health. This online resource expands upon the former NIAAA clinician’s guide, Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much, which was incorporated into curricula at many nursing schools. The Core Resource on Alcohol provides nursing faculty and students with current, evidence-based content about alcohol and health, covering basic principles, clinical impacts, and patient care from screening through recovery. 
  • NORC has introduced the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment-Suicide Care (SBIRT-SC) model - an integrated, public health approach that simultaneously identifies and provides care to individuals using substances and/or who are at risk of suicide. The SBIRT-SC model incorporates suicide risk screening, safety planning, and structured follow-up and monitoring into the existing SBIRT model and can be used with both adolescents and adults. Learn more about the model and launch of a new suicide prevention suite of services, including new SBIRT-SC training. For more information, click here


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