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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 05, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
October 5, 2022
Weekly Digest
On October 3, 2022, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) published the National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being, which calls for collective action to address the burnout crisis and sustain the nation’s health. This plan provides a roadmap to create a health workforce that is thriving in an environment that fosters well-being. NAM has identified the following priorities: 
  • Create and sustain positive work and learning environments and culture
  • Invest in measurement, assessment, strategies, and research
  • Support mental health and reduce stigma
  • Address compliance, regulatory, and policy barriers for daily work
  • Engage effective technology tools
  • Institutionalize well-being as a long-term value
  • Recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive health workforce
In the October 1, 2022 issue of Nurse Leader, Dr. Ronda Hughes, Dr. M.T. Meadows, and Dr. Robyn Begley with the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) published the AONL Nurse Leader Competencies: Core Competencies for Nurse Leadership. The competencies outline the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed of all nurse leaders to influence others, develop productive work environments, improve themselves and those around them, and achieve goals. This resource can be used by nurse leaders to assess personal development as part of their leadership journey.

AACN Updates

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

Nursing faculty teaching a strategic and financial business planning course at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) identified an opportunity to evaluate their course materials with the AACN Essentials. Students in this course develop an operationally and financially feasible clinical program by writing business proposals for nurse-led programs in underserved communities that can be implemented in their work settings as executive nurse leaders or nurse practitioners. To prepare for the transition to the new Essentials, faculty reviewed the literature, analyzed the 2021 Essentials, cross-mapped the existing course, and linked the Essentials with the current course structure. Their work was disseminated via an article in the Journal of Professional Nursing to share the strategy and process used at UIC with faculty developing or revising similar courses at other schools. To find out more, contact Dr. Rebecca Vortman, Clinical Assistant Professor and Associate Department Head for the Population Health Nursing Sciences Department, at
Schools wishing to showcase their implementation efforts are encouraged to send a brief update or video profiling their work to


The Social Pulse
In less than a year's time, 15-year-old Elliana Tenenbaum will become the youngest person to ever graduate from Arizona State University’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation program. Read this article highlighting her inspiring story, and how her father - and the COVID-19 pandemic - catalyzed her determination to succeed.
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University of Cincinnati (UC) alumna Deasa Dorsey, who graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and teaches undergraduate courses at UC College of Nursing, remembers that she could count on one hand the number of Black students in her class. Read this article, and learn about the Black Nurse Network, a social, emotional, and financial support organization she started for nurses and nursing students. 
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • White House Hosts Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
  • Federal Government Shutdown Averted: President Signs Continuing Resolution
  • AACN Attends NAM National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being Launch
  • Lawmakers Urge Biden Administration to Extend PSLF Waiver Deadline
  • Now Open: DOL Nurse Expansion Grant Program
Washington Weekly

Member News & Announcements
  • The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing has received a $13 million gift from philanthropists Joanne and Bill Conway through their Bedford Falls Foundation. The gift, the largest in the school’s history, will enable the school to provide scholarships to reduce the cost of a nursing education for more than 1,000 undergraduate and doctoral students over the next 5 years. Read more >> 
  • Dr. Christine M. Kennedy, dean of the Rush University College of Nursing, has been named Rush University’s interim provost and vice president while continuing in her role as dean. Prior to joining the university in 2020, Dr. Kennedy served as the chief academic officer for the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing and was professor of nursing and professor of pediatrics in the UVA School of Medicine. She is also professor emerita at the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing.
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  • Dr. Rosalie Mainous has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, effective November 14, 2022. She most recently served as special assistant to the provost at Texas Woman’s University (TWU). She also previously served as dean of the TWU College of Nursing. Dr. Mainous' distinguished career includes leadership positions at AACN, Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health, and the University of Louisville School of Nursing. Read more >> 
  • Dr. Mei R. Fu has been named dean of the George Washington University School of Nursing, effective January 3, 2023.  She currently serves as senior associate dean for research at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey-Camden School of Nursing. Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. Fu held the inaugural Barry Family and Goldman Sachs Endowed Chair of Professorship in Nursing at Boston College Connell School of Nursing and faculty positions at New York University. Read more >> 


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