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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published November 30, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
November 30, 2022
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Cynthia McCurren and Deborah TrautmanRounds with Leadership: 
Making Progress with Advancing DEI
AACN recognizes that advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is critical to developing a nursing workforce prepared to provide high-quality, equitable, and culturally appropriate health care. Our member schools share a commitment to preparing a community of scholars, clinicians, educators, and leaders who fully value the importance of DEI in eradicating health inequities and disparities in the nation and around the world.
In 2018, AACN's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee initiated a new member needs survey to establish a baseline understanding of DEI awareness, programming, and initiatives for students, staff, and faculty at member schools. Earlier this year, a second appraisal was conducted to assess current DEI practices and needs as well as progress toward meeting institutional goals. The new survey netted 313 useful responses from 892 member schools, a 12% increase from 2018.
Weekly Digest
In the November 2022 issue of The American Nurse, Dr. Rose O. Sherman from Case Western Reserve University and Dr. Tanya M. Cohn from Simmons University published an article on Rebuilding Teamwork after a Turbulent Time. The authors discuss the important roles that nurse leaders have in building trust and ensuring psychological safety when creating high-functioning teams. Practical strategies are given that may be implemented across work environments, including how to avoid team dysfunction, confronting bullying and incivility, and coaching teams to promote well-being.

On November 22, 2022, AACN President and CEO Deborah Trautman was featured in an online exchange with Dr. Andrew Hibel from titled Despite Challenges, Leader in Nurse Education Remains Optimistic About a Future Fueled by Innovation. Dr. Trautman was invited to discuss the nurse faculty shortage, opportunities to support faculty preparation, and the future of academic nursing. She also addressed how the work to implement the new AACN Essentials is creating new opportunities for faculty to re-envision how best to prepare professional nurses, including working more closely with clinical leaders to co-create the future of nursing education and practice.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Next Essentials Webinar on CBE Lessons Learned from a
Small School Perspective  

On December 7 at 2:00 pm (ET), Dr. Shelley A. Johnson, dean of the School of Nursing at Florida A&M University, will present a webinar titled Early Lessons: On the Journey to CBE in Pre-licensure Nursing Education. This presentation will focus on insights gained from infusing competency-based education (CBE) into a pre-licensure BSN program. The speaker will discuss the rationale for adopting CBE and strategies to prepare faculty for curriculum redesign. Although the program is in the preliminary stages of CBE adoption, the early lessons learned from successes and challenges will be shared, as well as helpful tools to assist with implementation. Register now for this webinar planned for next week. Visit the AACN website to review all upcoming Essentials webinars and access past event recordings.


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.
Tennessee Tech University Boosts Vaccine Confidence in
Diverse Communities
To increase vaccine confidence, Tennessee Tech developed two programs: the Education, Support, Training, Awareness, and Resources (ESTAR) and Vaccine Education for Communities to Orchestrate Revitalization (VECTOR), which prepare undergraduate and graduate nursing students and students in health-related disciplines to serve as teachers, mentors, and role models while developing collaborative partnerships with community stakeholders. The project team trained students to boost vaccine confidence, including creating a Lay Community Health Worker Course. Students who completed the course served as peer mentors providing accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines to their families, friends, and communities. 
Visit the AACN website to learn more about Tennessee Tech's campaign success and ways your school can adapt these efforts to boost vaccine confidence in your community. 

The Social Pulse
Nurses and health professionals from ethnic minority backgrounds are faced with many challenges that can affect their morale and career path. Learn about a new program designed by diverse nurse leaders in academia and practice for aspiring nurses and nurse leaders who are traditionally not considered for leadership roles. 
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Washington Weekly
Washington WeeklyInside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • AACN Attends White House Virtual Events on COVID-19 Equity and Mental Health
  • ACT NOW: Urge Congress to Pass Academic Nursing Priorities this Year
  • HHS Announces $350 Million for COVID-19 Vaccines


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