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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 07, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
September 7, 2022
Weekly Digest
On September 6, 2022, correspondent Sam Whitehead with Kaiser Health News published a new article titled Meet Mary Wakefield, the Nurse Administrator Tasked With Revamping the CDC. Following a review of the agency’s response to the pandemic, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently announced plans to restructure how the agency communicates with the public, eliminate bureaucratic redundancies, and help the CDC better interact with other parts of the federal government. She tapped Dr. Wakefield to serve as the change agent to help “reset” the agency. A respected leader in academic nursing, Dr. Wakefield recently served as co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that produced the report on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity.

On August 25, 2022, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an editorial by Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow, dean of nursing at Duquesne University, titled We’re Running Out of Nurses. Here’s What We Must Do. In response to the projected shortage, the author calls for doubling the number of new nurses entering the workforce over the next three years. Dr. Glasgow emphasizes the importance of addressing the nurse faculty shortage by increasing salaries, re-examining workloads, increasing investments in doctoral nursing education, and other measures.  “Without swift action, and a major commitment from all stakeholders to rebuilding the nursing workforce, Americans will pay the price.”

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Essentials Implementation Spotlight: University of Maryland

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) will launch its new Essentials-aligned BSN curriculum this fall, with MSN and DNP curriculums set to launch in fall 2024. UMSON began the work toward implementation in May 2021, forming an Essentials Curricular Revisions Task Force composed of subgroups focused on curriculum, faculty development, resources, simulation, student services, and ad hoc topics. The new BSN curriculum includes courses geared toward a new generation of learners, focused on personal wellness, palliative care, and public health with new practice initiatives for increased clinical hours/clinical partnerships. UMSON’s MSN and DNP programs have mapped all 133 courses to the new Essentials and continue working toward implementing competency-based education. Learn more about the University of Maryland’s implementation efforts.

Schools are encouraged to showcase their implementation efforts and send a brief update or video profiling their work 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 Diversity web section for more details on DEI efforts. 
Featured Capstone Projects
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Nutrena Tate, PhD
University of Detroit Mercy
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Shantay Williams,
University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Lea Wood, DNP
 University of Missouri

The Social Pulse
At a young age, Brieanna Flowers-Joseph experienced the damage of substance abuse due to her family's involvement in the drug trade in the Rio Grande Valley. Today, Brieanna is a pediatric nurse practitioner pursuing a PhD in nursing research at UT Health San Antonio, and she volunteers to help homeless individuals with substance use disorder. Learn more about her story and UT Health San Antonio's Bexar Area Harm Reduction Coalition here
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The American Nurses Association (ANA) hosts Innovation Lounges to create a space for nurses to expand their thinking about the profession and health care, with a focus on innovation. The next Innovation Lounge will be held Wednesday, September 14 at 6:00 pm ET and will focus on designing whole-person care and showcase how Dr. Kevin Smith, founder of The Good Clinic, develops innovative ways to keep people healthy. Learn more here.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:Washington Weekly
As Congress returns from the August recess, make sure your federal policymakers hear from you on issues that directly impact academic nursing. Become an AACN Advocate and take action today!

Member News & Announcements
  • Dr. Christine E. Kasper has been named the new dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, effective January 1, 2023. Dr. Kasper has served the past four years as dean of the University of New Mexico’s (UNM) College of Nursing. She will succeed Dr. Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, dean and distinguished service professor of nursing. Before joining UNM, Dr. Kasper served as a senior nurse executive in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Nursing Services. Read more >> 
  • Dr. Paula Alexander-Delpech has been named the interim chief diversity and inclusion officer at Frontier Nursing University (FNU). Dr. Alexander-Delpech currently serves at FNU as an associate professor; chair of the Health Equity Subcommittee; chair of the President’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and chair of the Faculty, Staff, and Preceptor Development and Retention Committee. Read more >> 
  • The University of Virginia School of Nursing has received a new $14 million commitment from benefactors William Conway, Jr. and his wife, Joanne, amplifying their previous support, which now totals $49 million. The new gift will provide need- and eligibility-based scholarships to both graduate and undergraduate students to cover tuition, school fees, room and board, and books. Funding also will be used to support scholarships specifically for Clinical Nurse Leader master’s students who have transitioned to nursing from other careers, as well as doctoral students who plan to become nursing professors and nurse scientists. Read more >> 
  • Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing has received another $2.5 million commitment from the Bedford Falls Fund to launch an accelerated PhD track. This latest gift from philanthropists William Conway, Jr. and his wife, Joanne, establishes a PhD Fellows Program over the next five years to support 25 students who want to pursue the accelerated PhD in Nursing. Read more >> 


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