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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 12, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
October 12, 2022
Weekly Digest
On October 10, 2022 – World Mental Health Day – the International Council of Nurses (ICN) published a report on The Global Mental Health Nursing Workforce: Time to Prioritize and Invest in Mental Health and Wellbeing. Nurses form the largest number of mental healthcare providers across the world. Given the rising demand for mental health services, ICN encourages policymakers to increase investments in “mental health and substance use services to reduce the disease burden for individuals and restore social and economic stability that has been threatened even more through the pandemic.” The report calls on increasing the use of competency-based education and diverse clinical experiences to ensure that all nurses are prepared to provide essential mental health services.

In the October 2022 Journal of Nursing Education, Dr. Mona Newsome Wicks (University of Tennessee Health Science Center) and Sammie Wicks published a guest editorial on Educating Nursing Students to Persist and Care Within the Continuing Threat of Targeted Violence: Taming the Dark Dragon. Given the growing body of literature documenting the challenges nurses face in mitigating workplace violence and caring for victims of violence, the authors call on faculty to reconsider what we teach students to help ensure the physical and emotional well-being of nurses as well as their professional satisfaction. The article cites expectations in the 2021 AACN Essentials, which calls for educating nursing students about trauma-informed care and public health models of violence prevention.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Essentials Implementation Spotlight: San Juan Bautista School of Medicine

The San Juan Bautista School of Medicine Nursing Program will launch its new BSN curriculum, adapted to meet the new AACN Essentials, by January 2023. San Juan Bautista is a community-based school, where students actively participate in community health promotion and activities in partnership with the Puerto Rico Health Department and Puerto Rico College of Professional Nursing. The school’s implementation work began in June 2021 with a presentation on the new curriculum standards to faculty and advisory board members, followed by the development of a curriculum evaluation plan and identification of a pilot course to integrate the new standards. The curriculum committee then developed a curriculum mapping analysis to create strategies addressing the Essentials domains, concepts, and competencies as well as criteria for evaluation (e.g., rubrics, skills, simulations, Objective Structured Clinical Examination, and clinical practice). To read more, click here or contact Dr. Elizabeth Padilla, Associate Dean, at

Schools wishing to showcase their implementation efforts are encouraged to send a brief update or video profiling their work to

2022 Diversity Symposium

The Social Pulse
Vital Views, a weekly podcast created by University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Nursing, recently released a new episode featuring renowned nurse educator and scientist Dr. Christopher Friese. In this episode, Dr. Friese discusses the national nursing shortage, why nurse-to-patient ratios have become more imbalanced, how shortages are connected to economic highs and lows, and what nurses need to do to remain strong advocates for their patients and the profession. Listen to the episode here. This episode is included in a multi-part series on the topic. Listen to Part 1 (highlighting the perspectives of frontline nurses) and Part 2 (highlighting an educator's perspective). 
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Minnesota State and the University of Minnesota have joined forces to reimagine nursing education and address the growing shortage of nurses within the state. The newly formed Coalition for Nursing Equity and Excellence will work with every school of nursing in the state, healthcare providers, and others invested in improving health care in Minnesota to increase enrollment in nurse education programs at all degree levels, expand equity in the nursing workforce, and increase the success of nursing students. Learn more about this collaboration here.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • AACN Welcomes New HPAC Members
  • Apply Today: NINR Research Funding Opportunities 
  • Deadline Approaching: Apply for a $10,000 NIDA Grant Award Today
Washington Weekly

New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives
  • Dr. Lei Zhang, professor and associate dean for research and scholarship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, has been awarded two grants: $5.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to establish the Mississippi Violence Injury Prevention Program and $2 million from the Department of Health and Human Services to help prevent domestic violence against women. Read more >>
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing four grants totaling more than $11.8 million for work in health delivery and training programs serving underserved areas of Atlanta, the state of Georgia, and the Southeast.
  • The University of Florida (UF) College of Nursing and UF Health Shands Hospital are partnering to develop and fund research and innovation projects. Eight initiatives will be carried out, with each team comprised of at least one lead investigator from the College of Nursing and one from UF Health Shands Nursing, as well as co-investigators and consultants to provide added expertise. Read more >>
  • The Murray State University School of Nursing and Murray-Calloway County Hospital were awarded a $307,800 workforce development grant that will be used to enhance clinical experiences for nursing students and to assist already practicing nurses in advancing their education. Read more >>
  • The Boston College Connell School of Nursing and Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan College of Nursing in the Philippines have signed a memorandum of understanding that formally brings together these international Catholic, Jesuit universities. The agreement is designed to support and facilitate collaboration between the nursing schools for academic and research engagement. Read more >>


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