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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published September 28, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
September 28, 2022
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Cynthia McCurren and Deborah TrautmanRounds with Leadership: 
Integrating Nursing Education and Practice
As the work to transition to the 2021 AACN Essentials moves ahead at schools nationwide, we encourage academic nursing leaders to use this opportunity to make new and stronger connections with their partners in practice. AACN was intentional about involving practice leaders in the development of the new competency standards to ensure that nursing education remains in sync with the current and future needs of the healthcare system. Partnerships are forming to rethink clinical learning experiences, identify skills assessment measures, enhance the practice readiness of new graduates, and meet many other shared goals. Click here to see what practice leaders are saying about the Essentials
AACN has a long history of calling for deeper engagement between education and practice, and we now include practice representatives on our Board of Directors as well as on most of our committees and task forces. Our landmark report on Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing explores how nursing schools can amplify their role in improving health and health care at the local, state, and national levels. One of the report’s principal recommendations is:  Academic nursing should partner to advance new clinical models and promote accountable care. Among the many strategies that may be deployed to meet this goal include creating clinical practice roles for faculty in partnering health systems via shared appointments and inviting faculty and practice leaders to serve on each other’s governing bodies and boards (i.e., the nursing dean serves on the hospital board; the CNO serves on the school’s governing council).
Weekly Digest
On September 19, 2022, reporter Mariel Padilla with the Philadelphia Inquirer published a story on Why the Nursing Shortage Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon. With the demand for nursing care rising and increasing numbers of nurses leaving the profession due to retirement and burnout, the article considers the impact of the nursing shortage on healthcare quality and access. Efforts to address the shortage are identified, including the need to recruit more nurse faculty, which is hampering efforts to expand nursing school enrollment.

On September 26, 2022, editor Scott Jaschik with Inside Higher Ed published a new article on How to (and How Not to) Recruit Minority Students. Experts with the National Association for College Admission Counseling share advice on how best to engage with prospective students from diverse backgrounds, including the need to instill a sense of belonging at your academic institution. Strategies for overcoming implicit bias and what forms of communication to use are addressed.


AACN Updates

The Essential Update - See the latest on AACN's New Essentials
Be the Essentials Champion for Your School of Nursing

AACN is asking each member school dean to identify one lead faculty member to serve as an Essentials Champion. This individual will be your school’s central point of contact and communication liaison who will have access to a new network of leaders engaged in Essentials implementation. Champions will be encouraged to share updates and information with your administrative staff, faculty, practice partners, and students as well as identify issues, ask questions, and share ideas during virtual Q&A sessions held each quarter with AACN staff leaders. Please direct any questions to

The Social Pulse
"When healthcare leaders listen to nurses, the results speak for themselves."
Former bedside nurse Pat Patton, now the Chief Nursing Executive at USCF Health, leads by listening. Dr. Patton’s data-backed, listen-first, feedback-driven leadership approach creates a supportive environment where nurses stay and thrive. Read this recent article by Johnson & Johnson Nursing, highlighting how he and the team at UCSF Health are approaching the nursing shortage with creativity and innovation.
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September 30 is #InternationalPodcastDay! We encourage AACN members to explore the top podcasts for nursing leaders, educators, professionals, and students. The featured podcasts are highlighted by the Health Podcast Network, which showcase renowned experts, educators, and innovators impacting nursing education, research, and practice.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • Applications Now Open: Apply for a $10,000 NIDA Grant Today
  • AACN Attends Research!America National Health Research Forum
  • AACN Attends Virtual Webinar on U.S. Mental Health Crisis
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