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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published October 19, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
October 19, 2022
Weekly Digest
In the September/October 2022 issue of Nurse Educator, Dr. Cynthia Foronda from the University of Miami and colleagues published a Cultural Humility Toolkit. By threading cultural humility concepts throughout the curriculum, nurse educators have the potential to shape learner perspectives to better appreciate and value diversity. The authors suggest a variety of teaching tools and strategies to integrate cultural humility into nursing education programs, including ground rules, an environmental assessment, examination of the curriculum landscape and teaching materials, and bias awareness activities, among others.

In the October 14, 2022 issue of Fortune, writer Sam Becker spotlighted The Fastest-Growing Role in the U.S. Is Paying Nurses $120K and Up. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 46% surge in the number of nurse practitioners needed between 2021 and 2031 to meet the growing demand for primary care and other essential healthcare services. Nurse Practitioner is the fastest growing occupation, out of all occupations, in the U.S. 

AACN Updates

2022 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference Set for this Weekend

Call for Comments on CCNE’s 2018 Nursing Accreditation Standards – Deadline November 4

Webinar Series on How to Get Published Begins October 26: Register Today!

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Essentials Implementation Spotlight: Alverno College 

Alverno College launched its new Essentials-aligned DNP curriculum this fall. Faculty used the Essentials as a foundation to enhance an application- and experience-based DNP program to develop nurses with high-level leadership and clinical skills. Alverno faculty mapped the new standards to their DNP program systematically using a template spreadsheet organized by domains, competencies, and sub-competencies. The process consisted of mapping competencies and sub-competencies to program and course outcomes; determining if aligned courses introduced, reinforced, or assessed each sub-competency; and evaluating each sub-competency for gaps of missing or limited content. The content gaps identified during the final step were integrated into the curriculum in the form of application-based clinical practice experiences. Click here to learn more about Alverno College’s implementation efforts and to access their mapping template. 

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

2022 Faculty Development Pre-Conference

Building Vaccine Confidence Campaign Spotlight
To increase vaccine confidence among nursing students and overcome vaccine hesitance in at-risk populations, AACN launched the Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Among Nurses and in Communities in spring 2022. As part of this project, AACN awarded funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to 10 schools of nursing nationwide to launch targeted campaigns to build confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines and dispel health misinformation. For the next 10 weeks, AACN will spotlight each school’s efforts, including curriculum resources developed and a project overview video produced by AACN-TV.
Emory University Boosts Vaccine Confidence in Diverse Communities
The Emory University School of Nursing designed a 20-contact hour, multi-modal learning unit for pre-licensure students on COVID-19 as part of a public health clinical rotation. Students learned about commonly cited reasons for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among different populations, practiced motivational interviewing skills, discussed strategies for addressing and identifying common sources of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, and collaborated with other nursing students and clinical sites. Also, students developed a culturally and linguistically appropriate poster, infographic, social media campaign, mobile vaccine clinic, and multimedia presentation.
Visit the AACN website to learn more about Emory's campaign success, their #BuildingVaxConfidence social media strategies, and ways your school can adapt these efforts to boost vaccine confidence in your community. 

The Social Pulse
October is Health Literacy Month, a time when health organizations, literacy programs, libraries, social service agencies, businesses, professional associations, government agencies, and other groups work together to elevate the mission of health literacy: to build a world where our collective efforts will lead to health equity and all people can attain positive health outcomes. Visit to learn more about how to shift from awareness to action today! Spread the word on social media with the hashtag #HealthLiteracyMonth.
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From driving fairness and efficiency in nurse scheduling to building connections through storytelling in the workplace, this year’s Johnson & Johnson Nursing #NurseHack4Health Pitch-A-Thon winners are redesigning a healthy work environment where nurses can thrive. Visit the Johnson & Johnson website to learn about this year’s inspiring awardees and their innovations.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • Beta Testing Begins on the Federal Student Loan Debt Relief Plan Website
  • Congress Introduces Legislation to Address the Nursing Shortage
  • Funding Opportunity: Apply for the Public Health AmeriCorps Grant Today
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Opportunities & Resources to Consider
  • The U.S. Department of Labor is providing $80 million through its Nursing Expansion Grant Program to expand the pipeline of nurse educators and clinicians while advancing equity and creating pathways for workers to fill these jobs and improve the nation’s healthcare system. The grants to schools of nursing and other entities emphasize training people from historically marginalized and underrepresented populations to bring greater employment equity in underserved communities and improve healthcare workforce diversity. Closing date is January 6, 2023.
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program is offering six awards of up to $165,000 each, along with a 12-month residential placement in Washington, DC, for motivated mid-career professionals. Through pairings with congressional and executive offices, the program offers an opportunity for fellows to gain hands-on experience at the nexus of public health, science, and policy. Reference letters are due on November 4, and full applications are due November 7. 
  • The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ Impact Research Grants support clinical inquiry that drives change in acute and critical care nursing practice. The grants are designed to help ensure a vital source of clinically relevant research for creating evidence-based resources. The organization invites clinicians and researchers to submit projects by October 28, 2022, for the next application cycle, with total available funding of $160,000. 
  • The editors of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing and Nursing for
    Women’s Health
    , both published by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, are launching a joint editorial fellowship to mentor early career scholars. The goal is to assemble a diverse cohort of qualified applicants and to increase representation of individuals from historically underrepresented groups in scholarly publishing. Applicants from these groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are due November 30, 2022. Read more >>


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