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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published November 02, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
November 2, 2022
Weekly Digest
On October 26, 2022, the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, a branch of the Health Resources and Services Administration, announced the availability of a new Nursing Workforce Dashboard. This interactive data resource allows users to access detailed information on the demographics, education, employment, work environment, hours, and earnings of the nursing workforce at the national and state levels. The dashboard visualizes data from the 2018 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, including more than 100,000 unique data points.  

In the November-December 2022 Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Susan O’Hara from The Ohio State University and colleagues published an article on Building and Sustaining a Culture of Innovation in Nursing Academics, Research, Policy, and Practice: Outcomes of the National Innovation Summit. To bring attention to the need for innovation at all levels of nursing and health care, experts from The Ohio State University gathered national nursing leaders to identify barriers to innovation in health care along with solutions. The article identifies gaps/opportunities and potential solutions to advancing innovation in schools of nursing, research settings, policy circles, and the practice arena.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
 Feature Your School in AACN’s Gallery of Leadership 

Showcase your school’s success in advancing curricular innovation and moving to competency-based education! AACN is seeking brief video updates from member schools to post in our online Gallery of Leadership, which illustrate efforts to implement the 2021 Essentials. We are seeking 2- to 5-minute videos that address the following questions:
  • What excites you most about the AACN Essentials?

  • What approaches are you using to revise your curriculum to meet the new standards?

  • Are there any tools or strategies particularly helpful in advancing this work?

  • How are you engaging your practice partners in your implementation efforts?

Submit your video here, which will be shared with your colleagues nationwide.

Transform 2022

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. AACN is pleased to spotlight each school’s efforts, including curriculum resources developed and a project overview video produced by AACN-TV.
Florida State University Boosts Vaccine Confidence in
Diverse Communities
Florida State University provided new learning resources and strategies on the value of motivational interviewing using mHealth technology, panel discussions, testimonials, brochures/pamphlets, videos, and social media in undergraduate and graduate core courses. In addition, nursing students engaged in conversations with community members and others who were hesitant by partnering with Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and serving on the church’s mobile health unit. The mobile unit was deployed with nursing students and nurses trained in motivational interviewing and mHealth technology to boost vaccine confidence in medically and financially underserved communities and provide resources highlighting factual information on COVID-19 vaccines.
Visit the AACN website to learn more about Florida State University'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
November is Native American Heritage Month. This month, and every month, we celebrate the history and culture of Indigenous and Native Americans - and their service as nurses and nurse educators. Read this article and discover the stories of Native American and Indigenous nurses who have influenced health care. 
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Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Summer Health Professions Education Program is a free summer program for students to explore their interests in nursing and other allied health professions. The program offers students a chance to develop healthcare skills, plan academic journeys, get clinical exposure, and network. Students are encouraged to learn more and apply to participate. The application deadline is February 5, 2023. 
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • Deadline Extended: Last Chance to Apply for a $10,000 NIDA Grant
  • HRSA Releases Nursing Workforce Dashboard 
  • CDC Opportunity: Cohort Application for Public Health Workforce
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Member News & Announcements
  • Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Professor Nancy Reynolds has been elected vice chair of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. The organization supports more than 200 academic institutions and associations dedicated to addressing global health challenges. Dr. Reynolds will hold the position until March 2024, after which she will become Board Chair. Read more >>
  • Beginning in fall 2023, aspiring nursing students from Montana high schools will be guaranteed admission into the BSN program in the Mark and Robyn Jones College of Nursing at Montana State University (MSU). The intent behind the Montana Nursing Direct Entry Program is to give Montana residents greater peace of mind in pursuing a BSN at MSU, and to streamline the path for them to stay in their home state to practice once they graduate. Read more >>
Share your News with AACN
AACN Members and related stakeholders are encouraged to submit articles of interest, research awards and opportunities, member school announcements, new partnerships or grant-funded initiatives, and resources to the AACN for inclusion on the AACN's website and AACN News Watch weekly newsletter

Submissions must be received Monday at 12:00 pm (ET) in order to appear in that week’s issue. Send your article via email to Bill O’Connor, AACN’s Editorial Director, at


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