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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published August 03, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
August 3, 2022
Weekly Digest
On August 2, 2022, Inside Higher Ed editor Scott Jaschik published an article on Making the Case for Affirmative Action, which examines academia’s response to cases coming forward to the Supreme Court involving Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dozens of briefs in support of upholding the ability of colleges and universities to consider race as one factor among many in admissions decisions were filed this week by groups representing higher education. AACN joined with 45 health profession associations in signing onto a brief submitted by the Association of American Medical Colleges, which argues: “As an overwhelming body of scientific research compiled over decades confirms, diversity literally saves lives by ensuring that the nation’s increasingly diverse population will be served by healthcare professionals competent to meet its needs.”

On August 2, 2022, the American Nurses Foundation released results from its 2022 Workplace Survey, the latest installment of the Pulse on the Nation’s Nurses Survey Series, which identified growing concerns among RNs about risks to quality care and safety. Based on responses from more than 11,800 nurses, findings point to ongoing threats to the emotional health of RNs with two-thirds of acute care nurses reporting feeling stressed, frustrated, and exhausted. Positive feelings, such as feeling supported, fulfilled, and motivated, have declined over the past year. The survey also looks at the adequacy of nurse staffing levels; perceptions of healthy work spaces; bullying, incivility, and violence; and efforts underway to improve work environments.

AACN Updates

Three Nursing Students Win Awards for Gold Foundation Essays

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
NONPF’s Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies Mapped to the Essentials

In July 2022, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) released a revised set of Nurse Practitioner Role Core Competencies, which delineates competency expectations for graduates of NP programs. The competencies are written to be measured and evaluated at the clinical doctoral level as NONPF endorses the DNP for entry into NP practice. All nurse practitioner programs are expected to meet the AACN Essentials and the NONPF competencies. To facilitate integration of these expectations into NP programs, NONPF has developed a Competency Table that maps the Essentials Level 2 Sub-Competencies to the NP Role Core Competencies. Click here to access this new implementation resource. To register for NONPF’s upcoming virtual information session on the revised NP competencies on August 18, click here.


2022 Diversity Leadership Institute Spotlight
AACN's Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) is 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
Photo - Felesia Bowen, PhD, DNAP
Millie Hepburn, PhD
Pace University
Photo -  Patricia K Bradley, PhD

Ivonne Hernandez, PhD
University of South Florida
Photo -  Yvette Conyers, DNP

Becky Hulett, DNP
 Elmhurst University

The Social Pulse
Approximately 10,000 cardiac arrests occur outside the home each year in the U.S. The University of Michigan-Flint recently gifted an automatic external defibrillator to a local church thanks to a grant from the UM-Ann Arbor Ginsberg Center as part of a larger community outreach effort from the school. "An AED is a simple device that saves lives, yet they are missing from many of the places that need it the most," said Dr. Cynthia McCurren, AACN Board Chair and Dean of UM-Flint School of Nursing. Read the story here
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#BuildingVaxConfidence Spotlight: Penn Nursing
This year, AACN awarded funding to 10 member schools through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase knowledge and confidence about vaccines among the communities they serve. This week, we'd like to highlight a video tweet from Penn Nursing's social media campaign! 
@PennNursing: #PennNursing is using a CDC grant to teach students & community ambassadors to boost confidence in COVID-19 vaccines. Here's what #VaxUpPhillyFamilies Ambassador Teresa Dooley says about getting vaccinated.

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Washington WeeklyWashington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • Senate Released FY 2023 Spending Bills with Strong Increases for Title VIII and NINR
  • CMS National Stakeholder Call Outlines Strategic Plan
  • AACN Joins Amicus Brief to Support Diversity in Higher Education Admissions
  • Elevate Your Advocacy During the August Recess

Member News & Announcements
  • Dr. Lisa A. Kitko has been named the next dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing, effective September 1. Currently the associate dean for graduate education and director of the PhD program at the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing at Penn State University, Dr. Kitko will replace Dr. Kathy Rideout, who is stepping down after 11 years as dean. Read more >>
  • Dr. Whitney Nash is the new dean of Georgia Southern University’s Waters College of Health Professions, effective August 1. Dr. Nash most recently was at the University of Louisville, where she served as a professor in the School of Nursing, associate dean of practice and service, and associate vice president of interprofessional practice. Read more >>
  • Dr. Ann Kurth, dean of the Yale School of Nursing, will step down at the end of the fall semester to assume a new position as president of the New York Academy of Medicine. An epidemiologist and clinically trained nurse midwife, she will be the first nonphysician to lead the academy in its 175-year history. Read more >>
  • Dr. Cheryl Killion has been selected as the 2022-2023 National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence, a year-long immersion experience for an Academy Fellow to leverage their expertise and play a prominent role in health policy at the federal level while engaging in interprofessional collaboration with scholars at the NAM. Dr. Killion is an associate professor at Case Western University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Read more >>
  • Dr. Ruth Kleinpell, associate dean and professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, received a 2022 Fellow of American Association of Nurse Practitioners’ (AANP) Legacy Award at the 2022 AANP annual conference in June and the 2022 Rebecca Clark Culpepper Education and Mentorship Award, given jointly by Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in May. Read more >>


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