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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published November 16, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
November 16, 2022
Weekly Digest
In the November 4, 2022 issue of The Lancet, Dr. Richard P. Woychik, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and colleagues from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a new article on The NIH Climate Change and Health Initiative and Strategic Framework: Addressing the Threat of Climate Change to Health. Climate change is the single greatest health hazard facing humanity, according to the World Health Organization and the United Nations. NIH leaders discuss the agency’s plan to address the risk to human health posed by climate change, including efforts to engage with communities and international agencies to address this global threat.

On November 10, 2022, Dr. Joanne Disch and Nanne Finnis published a new article on Sigma’s online Nursing Centered information hub titled “What Difference Do I Make?”.  Current methods for assessing nursing’s full value to patient care and organizational effectiveness are inadequate and often invisible in organizations. The public does not fully understand the impact that nurses have on preventing problems, eliminating barriers, and reducing healthcare costs. The authors support a new way of determining value and share suggestions for nurses and organizations to update old ways of thinking.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
CCNE Updates Frequently Asked Questions Related to the Essentials

Following an information session held at AACN's Academic Nursing Leadership Conference in October, CCNE updated the Frequently Asked Questions related to accreditation expectations and the 2021 Essentials, which is published on the AACN website (see pages 11-12). Comments address the timeline for updating the current accreditation standards, expectations for programs hosting CCNE on-site evaluations or submitting a report to CCNE in 2023, and upcoming CCNE information sessions to be held at Transform 2022 and the Doctoral Education Conference. In August, CCNE announced the launch of the standards revision process and the appointment of the Standards Committee. CCNE issued a Call for Comments on the 2018 accreditation standards with feedback due by December 7, 2022.

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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.
McKendree University Boosts Vaccine Confidence in
Diverse Communities
Faculty at McKendree University took an innovative, interactive approach to building vaccine confidence. The school developed two virtual escape rooms for nurses and nursing students that included content on vaccine hesitancy and how to build vaccine confidence through an array of learning activities, including motivational interviewing, to promote effective conversations with patients and community members. The nursing school and its partners then shared links to the virtual escape rooms with critical access hospitals, health departments, and community colleges as one of their awareness strategies. Watch their video and visit the AACN website to learn about more of their communications campaigns aimed at reducing vaccine hesitancy.

The Social Pulse
National Nurse Practitioner (NP) Week, celebrated November 13-19, is an annual celebration recognizing nurse practitioners and a chance to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice. This year, the theme is Rising to Meet the Needs of Patients. Explore the American Association of Nurse Practitioners' resources guide, which includes conversation starters, shareable facts about NPs, a media interview guide, PSAs, social media messaging, and more to help celebrate and spread the word during #NPWeek
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Public Health Thank You Day is November 21! Research!America will host an alliance discussion featuring Sarah Despres, Counselor for Public Health and Science at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in recognition of the selflessness and commitment of our public health workforce. Explore Research!America's website and toolkit, which includes graphics, links, survey data, and additional resources about the field of public health to share on social media. When sharing, use the hashtag #PHTYD
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • CMS Releases CY 2023 Physician Fee Schedule
  • HHS Secretary Becerra Convenes Event on Patient Safety
  • Mark Your Calendar: November 17 is National Rural Health Day
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Opportunities & Resources to Consider
  • Duke Health & Well-Being (DHW) has launched the Hinge Health Advancing Diversity in Health and Well-Being Coaching Award to support students from diverse backgrounds interested in pursuing a career in health coaching. Through this award, DHW will provide financial support for the Duke Health and Well-Being Coach Training program, which teaches participants how to dynamically engage individuals to make transformational health behavior changes that maximize their health and well-being.
  • The American Psychological Association’s Leadership and Education Advancement Program (LEAP) for Diverse Scholars is an evidence-informed, distance-learning mentoring and leadership development program for early career social and behavioral scientists from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations. Scholars must advance research that aligns with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases mission. Applicants who have not yet received R01 funding nor have ascended to a leadership position in their respective disciplines or professional associations are encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply for the program is April 15, 2023. 
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 be considered for that week’s issue. Send your news via email to Bill O’Connor, AACN’s Editorial Director, at


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