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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 14, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
September 14, 2022
Weekly Digest
In the September-October issue of Nurse Educator, Dr. Catherine Corrigan from Dublin City University (Ireland) and an international team of authors explore Entrustable Professional Activities in Clinical Education: A Practical Approach for Advanced Nursing Education. Entrustable professional activities (EPAs) detail real-world tasks or responsibilities that are expected of students in health profession programs once they have attained specific competence. This article serves as a guide for implementing EPAs in advanced nursing education programs using a systematic framework called Knowledge to Action. The authors describe how EPAs can demonstrate student acquisition of required core competencies outlined in the 2021 AACN Essentials.

In the September-October 2022 Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Heather Bradford from Georgetown University and colleagues published an article on Advancing Faculty Diversity in Nursing Education: Strategies for Success. Academic nursing leaders recognize that a diverse faculty is essential to achieving excellent learning communities, scholarship, and healthcare outcomes. The authors provide nurse leaders, search committee members, and others engaged in faculty hiring with a review of effective strategies. Tools to mitigate bias, attract diverse applicants, conduct fair evaluations, and improve hiring practices are described.

AACN Updates
Call for Abstracts Due September 16: Doctoral Education Conference and Faculty Practice Pre-Conference

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Share Your Essentials Implementation Efforts in a School Spotlight

AACN is interested in hearing from schools about their efforts to adapt nursing programs to meet the 2021 Essentials. We are compiling School Spotlights to share lessons learned and strategies for moving to the new competency standards. What approaches are you using to revise your curriculum and clinical experiences? Are there any tools or strategies that you’ve found to be particularly helpful in advancing this work? Are you working closely with your practice partners to implement new learning and assessment measures? Please send us a short summary or video of the work underway at your school for inclusion in an upcoming News Watch and on the AACN website. Send spotlights to

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The Social Pulse
When nurses are civically engaged, we have safer, healthier, and more equitable communities. The most recent episode of Penn Nursing's Amplify Nursing podcast offers a deep dive discussion on the topic. Share this podcast on social media with the hashtag #PennNursingInnovation
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The nursing profession continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing demands of health care. Read a recent blog on, which highlights the significant impact an increase in male nurses could have, including increased patient representation, a way to break stigmas within the profession, and more. 
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Washington Weekly

Washington WeeklyInside this edition of Washington Weekly:

  • AACN Sends Comments to CMS on FY 2023 Physician Fee Schedule
  • Act Today: Urge Congress to Invest in Academic Nursing
  • Nursing Voices Nursing Votes: Countdown to the 2022 Midterm Elections

New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives
  • Dr. Yeonsu Song, assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing, has been awarded more than $3.75 million over five years from the NIH/National Institute on Aging for her study on A Dyadic Approach to Improve Sleep and Well-Being Among Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Their Caregivers. The study will be conducted at UCLA, the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and the University of California, San Diego. Read more >> 
  • The Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) Foundation has provided a $133,447 grant to continue the Hawaii Keiki-HDS Dental Sealant Program, a public school program that screened more than 650 children during the last school year. The program is funded through a partnership between the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing and the Hawaii State Department of Education. Read more >>
  • The Texas A&M University School of Nursing has received a four-year, $4 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to develop a mobile clinic program to serve rural Texans and bolster the state’s nursing workforce. The Texas A&M School of Nursing Mobile Care Access through Rural Engagement and Education, or TXAN Mobile CARE, is a nurse-led mobile primary care unit that will visit five rural counties using a school-based clinic model. 
  • Azusa Pacific University’s School of Nursing has received two HRSA grants of more than $4 million, with Dr. Aja Tulleners Lesh, executive director of the Institute of Health Research, as the principal investigator. Both awards are Nursing Student Loan forgiveness grants. Read more >> 


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