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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published August 10, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
August 10, 2022
Weekly Digest
In the July 2022 Journal of Nursing Regulation, Dr. Ellen Kurtzman and colleagues from the AcademyHealth Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues Advisory Committee published a collection of abstracts on Nursing Workforce Challenges in the Postpandemic World. The cited works call for “rebooting” the practice environment to offset the adverse effects of the pandemic, which includes launching innovative models of nurse-led care; reimagining nursing-sensitive performance measures; sustaining efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion; and reforming payment policies that reflect nurses’ value. The abstracts reinforce the importance of a supportive work environment for achieving nurse well-being, improving patient outcomes, and reducing health inequities. 

In the September-October 2022 Journal of Professional Nursing, Drs. Nadia Charania and Rushika Patel from the University of Michigan School of Nursing published an article titled Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Nursing Education: Strategies and Processes to Support Inclusive Teaching. Developing a climate for academic nursing that engages inclusive teaching requires the sustained effort of faculty and leadership. The authors outline institutional strategies, processes, lessons learned, and resources to assist nursing schools and faculty in building more inclusive learning environments and addressing systems and population-centered needs.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Working with Vendors to Implement the New Essentials

As of August 10, 2022, AACN has not endorsed any products or services related to the implementation of the new AACN Essentials. If AACN members have questions about specific products and services that claim to be endorsed by the association, please contact AACN is committed to facilitating the transition to the 2021 Essentials, which extends to working with corporate partners looking to develop products, services, and educational offerings to assist in implementation efforts and the move to a competency-based  education (CBE). AACN’s Essentials Technology Work Group is assessing member needs and working to identify products that might benefit member schools as they transition to CBE. AACN encourages organizations/companies interested in collaboration and promotional opportunities to complete the vendor interest survey.

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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
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Angela Kabbe, PhD

University of North Carolina Greensboro

Examining School of Nursing Policy Through a DEI Lens
Jennifer Laub, MSN
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Moonju Lee, PhD
University of Texas Health San Antonio

Nita Magee, PhD
 University of Phoenix

The Social Pulse
Though nursing students are returning to in-person clinical rotations, simulation labs remain an important part of their education. An NCSBN national stimulation study showed that simulation is as effective for students as being in a clinical setting with a clinical instructor - and virtual simulation provides an environment where students can make a mistake without harming anyone. Read this recent article in HealthLeaders Media featuring Wayne State University's use of virtual simulation as an effective tool to prepare nursing students for the workforce. 
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Healthy Moments is a series of weekly radio episodes sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health offering tips on how to prevent and manage diseases that are important to the community and NIDDK’s mission. The most recent episode features insights from Dr. Shannon Zenk, the director of the National Institute of Nursing Research. Listen here, and retweet this tweet to share the episode. 
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Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:

  • Apply Today: Funding Opportunities for Nursing Schools, Faculty, and Preceptors
  • Senate Passes the Inflation Reduction Act
  • Research!America Microgrant Opportunities



New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives
  • The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Dr. Yolanda Ogbolu, associate professor; chair, Department of Partnerships, Professional Education, and Practice; and co-director, Center for Health Equity and Outcomes Research, has been awarded a $2.4 million Pathways to Health Equity grant by the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission for a project that will address disparities in hypertension and social isolation in West Baltimore. Read more >>
  • The University of South Florida College of Nursing will increase access to health care in medically underserved areas via a nurse-managed Mobile Health Unit supported in part by a 4-year, $3.85 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant. Services to be offered include primary care, common acute and chronic health care, point of care tests, and immunizations. Read more >>
  • Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing has been awarded a $3.6 million HRSA grant through its Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention-Mobile Health Training Program. The project allows graduate students in the college’s adult-gerontology primary care, pediatric primary care, and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner programs to engage in a semester-long clinical experience on the mobile healthcare units in Newark, NJ. Read more >>
  • Dr. Susan J. Loeb, professor at Penn State University’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing and College of Medicine, was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging grant for her research study titled "Computer-based Learning to Enhance ADRD Care in Prison: Just Care for Dementia." Read more >>


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