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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published August 17, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
August 17, 2022
Weekly Digest
In the August 2022 American Journal of Nursing, Dr. Lora Humphrey Beebe and Dr. Carole Myers from the University of Tennessee Knoxville consider The Role of RNs in Transforming Primary Care. The article identifies strategies for engaging RNs in the provision of primary care by reforming nursing education, care delivery models, and reimbursement practices, as well as removing regulatory barriers. The authors cite the 2021 AACN Essentials, which calls for programs to prepare nurses for top-of-license practice, including interdisciplinary collaboration; addressing social determinants of health; and providing population-based interventions in support of health equity.

In the August 2022 issue of Nursing Management, Dr. Cynda Rushton from Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Katie Boston-Leary from the American Nurses Association published an article titled Nurses Suffering in Silence: Addressing the Stigma of Mental Health in Nursing and Healthcare. Though a majority of nurses report feelings of burnout, anxiety, and stress, most do not seek mental health support, including programs and services provided by their employers. The authors outline six strategies to combat mental and emotional health stigma that prevent many nurses from seeking assistance. They also underscore the importance of improving work settings by using the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Pathway to Excellence® Framework for Positive Practice Environments.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
AACN Statements on the Master’s Degree and Faculty Preparation

The AACN Board of Directors approved two new statements that affirm the association’s support for the master’s degree in nursing and expectations regarding the preparation of nurse faculty. Since the approval of the Essentials in April 2021, members have raised questions about the future of master’s education and how to approach preparing faculty given the new competency guidelines. The Board considered AACN’s mission, strategic goals, and current positions in its deliberations and developed statements that affirm (1) AACN’s support for the master’s degree; and (2) AACN’s position that all faculty must have advanced education in the discipline along with a strong recommendation that faculty have opportunities to gain competencies in the educator role and pedagogies. We encourage you to share these statements with those engaged in implementing the Essentials. Please direct any questions to

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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 dedicated web section for more details on DEI efforts. 
Featured Capstone Projects
Dianne McAdams-Jones, EdD
Utah Valley University

Anne McKay, DNP
Grand Valley State University

Rana Najjar, PhD
 Oregon Health & Science University

The Social Pulse
Dr. Holly Fontenot and Dr. Deborah Mattheus from the University of Hawaii at Mãnoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing (NAWSON) have developed an array of free digital posters to increase health literacy and foster open communication between youth and their healthcare providers. The digital posters, which are modeled after NAWSON's printed posters, are available upon request. To request digital posters, contact
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Inside Higher Ed's upcoming webinar will highlight the current landscape for digital innovation in higher education and the role faculty play in enabling it. Plan to participate on September 14 at 2:00 pm (ET) and hear faculty and student perspectives on technology’s role in learning, new initiatives aimed at strengthening faculty preparation for new modes of teaching, and more. Register here.
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