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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 21, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
September 21, 2022
Weekly Digest
On September 1, 2022, the Journal of Nursing Education published an editorial by Dr. Vernell DeWitty, AACN’s Senior Consultant for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Dr. Danielle McCamey, Founder and President of DNPs of Color, titled Mentorship and Sponsorship—Viable Strategies for Increasing Nursing School Faculty. Though recruiting and developing faculty from diverse backgrounds is a priority, achieving this goal remains elusive for many schools. The authors outline how experienced nurse educators can address this issue by serving as mentors needed to retain faculty of color and as sponsors to elevate the career trajectory of future nurse leaders.  

In the July-August 2022 issue of Nursing Outlook, Dr. Julia Snethen from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee published on editorial on Sharing the Value: The PhD in Nursing. The author encourages nurse leaders to consider how nurse scientists are making a positive impact on health and how best to relay this message to stakeholders. “Increasing nurses understanding of why the research-intensive PhD is valuable, and being able to explain that value to others, might encourage more nurses to enroll in PhD programs.” AACN’s recent position statement is cited as a good source on highlighting the value of the PhD.

AACN Updates

Call for Applications: CNL Educator Award and CNL Vanguard Award

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Explore the Latest Updates on Essentials Implementation

On September 19, AACN issued a comprehensive update on the resources and opportunities available to nursing schools working to implement the 2021 Essentials. This communication includes an announcement about the new Essentials Champion program; details on the upcoming Faculty Development Conference focused on Implementing the Essentials: A Deep Dive into Strategies, Actions, and Results; a link to the next Essentials implementation webinar; and information on a panel presentation on Leading the Transition to the Essentials, which will be offered at the upcoming Academic Nursing Leadership Conference. 


The Social Pulse
The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) recently announced a two-part webinar series focused on Challenges to Race in Higher Education Admissions: Understanding the Issues before the SCOTUS and Institutional Readiness. The series, which begins October 20, will address key issues associated with the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming consideration of the SFFA v. Harvard and SFFA v. UNC cases, in which higher education’s ability to continue to consider race in admissions has been challenged. Learn more and register for the webinars here
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TikTok, a short-form video social media platform, has become a thriving learning community for many, including nurses. Read this recent blog post with insights from nurses who use their creativity to educate, entertain, and make their voices heard. 
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Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • Biden Announces Intent to Appoint First Director of Advanced Research Project Agency for Health
  • AACN Attends Virtual Webinar on Preparing for the Next Pandemic
  • Student Policy Summit Registration Opens Next Monday
  • Mark Your Calendar: All of Us Research Listening Session on October 3



Opportunities & Resources to Consider
  • The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium is hosting a webinar, Examining the AACN Essentials and CARES/G-CARES Revisited on September 28 at 11:00 am (ET). This event will include a review of the new CARES/G-CARES statements, the alignment of CARES/G-CARES statements with the Essentials, and assessment strategies. Click here to register.
  • The Brave of Heart Scholarship, founded in 2020 by the Foundations of Cigna and New York Life, has opened its next application cycle for family members of healthcare workers whose lives were lost in the fight against COVID-19. These scholarships are non-competitive; all eligible applicants will receive some level of award. The scholarship may also be able to help people who are considering continuing their education or registering for training that enhances their earning potential. The application deadline is October 5 at 3:00 pm (CT).
  • The CDC Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP) provides on-the-job training for professionals to apply expertise in information science, computer science, and information technology to address current and future informatics needs. PHIFP is a two-year, competency-based training program. Fellows are placed in assignments at the CDC and assist federal, state, and local public health departments where they engage in experiential training to enhance the agency’s informatics workforce. Apply by November 1.
  • The American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) and the AONL Workforce Committee are leading a nationwide effort to develop a compendium of workforce best practices and innovations that support and develop nurse leaders. AONL seeks exemplars, scenarios, and success stories in the following workforce areas: front-line nurse leader recruitment and retention; talent acquisition and attraction; leadership; compensation and benefits; academic-clinical partnerships; positive practice environment; and culture of inquiry. Click here to share your story.


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