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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published July 27, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
July 27, 2022
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Cynthia McCurren and Deborah TrautmanRounds with Leadership: 
Shaping the Future of Doctoral Nursing Education
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela

Strengthening doctoral nursing education is a top priority for AACN. Throughout the association’s history, we have remained committed to enhancing the health of all people through the discovery, dissemination, and application of nursing knowledge. We recognize that initiatives underway to transform health care, advance sound policy, and achieve health equity will not be possible without a robust cadre of nurses prepared in PhD and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.

Earlier this year, the Pathways to Excellence task force completed its work to update AACN’s position statement on the PhD, which was endorsed by the membership in April 2022. The resulting document, titled The Research-Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence, sets forth the expectations and recommendations to meet the growing demand for nurses who can engage in scientific inquiry, steward the profession, and educate tomorrow’s nurse researchers.
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On July 19, 2022, the International Council of Nurses joined with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Hospital Federation, and the World Medical Association to release a report titled Violence Against Health Care: Current Practices to Prevent, Reduce or Mitigate Violence Against Health Care. The authors quantify how threats, aggression, and violence directed toward nurses and other healthcare professionals have increased since the start of the pandemic. The report offers practical solutions initiated by health entities to tackle violence at the community level, promote safer work environments, support staff mental health and well-being needs, and address gaps in communication and coordination.

In June 2022, the National Conference of State Legislatures issued a legislative brief (LEGISBRIEF) that explores Addressing Nursing Shortages: Options for States. Following a review of recent nursing shortage indicators, the author Sydne Enlund details how specific states are using policy levers to address the nursing shortage, including loosening licensing requirements, changing scope of practice laws, bolstering educational programs, and offering monetary incentives. Federal efforts to provide nursing shortage relief are also noted.

AACN's 2022 Calls for Abstracts

AACN Updates

The Essential Update - See the latest on AACN's New Essentials
AACN Appoints New Chief Essentials Program Officer
Susan CorbridgeOn August 15, Susan Corbridge, PhD, APRN, FAANP, FCCP, FAAN, will officially join the AACN staff in the role of Chief Essentials Program Officer. Dr. Corbridge is a Clinical Professor Emerita within the Department of Behavioral Nursing Science at the University of Illinois Chicago, where she formerly served as the Executive Associate Dean in the College of Nursing. In addition to her faculty and administrative roles, Dr. Corbridge maintained an active clinical practice as a nurse practitioner for over two decades in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago Hospitals and Clinics, providing care to a medically underserved, inner-city population. Her areas of expertise include interprofessional practice and education; respiratory health and disease, asthma, and COPD; faculty practice and academic-practice partnerships; and nurse practitioner practice. She previously served as lead investigator for several large grant-funded initiatives, including projects supported by HRSA on Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation on a Nurse Driven Model of Care for the Department of Corrections. At AACN, Dr. Corbridge will oversee all aspects of AACN’s work to facilitate the implementation of the new Essentials, including initiatives funded by the American Nurses Foundation and Johnson & Johnson.

2022 Diversity Leadership Institute Spotlight
AACN's Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) program is for academic nursing leaders committed to making an impact in the area of 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 webpage for more details on DEI efforts led by AACN.
Featured Capstone Projects

Barbara Fowler,

Carleen Graham, PhD Felician University

Cheryl Green,
Southern Connecticut State University 

The Social Pulse
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July to bring awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States. This month, the HHS Office of Minority Health will focus on promoting tools and resources addressing the stigma about mental health among racial and ethnic minority populations, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the website to learn more and download shareable social media graphics to raise awareness of #MinorityHealthMonth
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The National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience recently hosted a meeting on the National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being. The event, which showcased leaders committed to sparking change and ensuring a healthier workforce, can be viewed here.  
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Washington Weekly
IWashington Weeklynside this edition of Washington Weekly: Changes at ASPR: Secretary Becerra Elevates Office that Handles Preparedness and Response Efforts; AACN Hosts Webinar on Gun Violence Research; and AACN Attends Virtual Event on Mental Health.


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