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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 07, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
December 7, 2022
Weekly Digest
On December 5, 2022, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s National Center for Health Workforce Analysis announced the release of its updated Workforce Projections Dashboard. This interactive resource shows projections of the supply and demand for the U.S. health workforce, including trends by discipline and state. The projections are based on a simulation model that incorporates factors such as the changing population size, demographics, and location of the U.S. population; new entrants and exiting providers in various occupations; and differing levels of access to care.

In the December 2022 issue of Academic Medicine, Dr. Grace Huang, dean of faculty affairs at Harvard Medical School and editor-in-chief of MedEdPORTAL, joined with colleagues to publish a guide to Antibias and Inclusive Language in Scholarly Writing: A Primer for Authors. The pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion should be reflected in the language of scholarly discourse; therefore, those preparing journal articles should aspire to writing that is free from bias, inclusive, and accurate in its depiction of identity, health, and risk. The authors offer helpful tips on how to represent race, use gender diverse language, and identify drivers of inequities, among other helpful advice.

AACN Updates
Register for this Week’s Webinars on Social and Emotional Intelligence and NAM’s National Plan for Well-Being

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Essentials Implementation Spotlight: Rutgers University

With a recently revised curriculum centered on social determinants of health and population-focused care across practice settings, Rutgers University School of Nursing-Newark and New Brunswick was well positioned to implement the new AACN Essentials into its entry-level programs. Faculty teams aligned the new Essentials with simulation learning experiences to allow students to demonstrate competency within each domain. This simulation integration project began with three adult health courses containing multiple Essentials sub-competencies, with faculty emphasizing a single domain for each course. Outcomes of this effort included the development of a learning activity on providing holistic nursing care for patients (Domain 2), a new hybrid clinical learning activity to promote critical thinking and clinical judgment (Domain 1), and a multi-patient simulation experience to foster effective interpersonal communication and delegation (Domain 6).

Next steps in Rutgers’ effort include further course alignment, mapping sub-competencies to program outcomes, transitioning learning activities to a competency-based framework, and more. Visit the AACN website to learn more about Rutgers’ Essentials implementation efforts.

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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.
The University of Alabama Boosts Vaccine Confidence in
Diverse Communities
To assess nursing faculty and undergraduate student attitudes, beliefs, and confidence surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine, The University of Alabama hosted two in-person forums on campus. Information collected at these forums was used to inform a media campaign and student training session. The media campaign consisted of success stories surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine from key, recognizable members of the target communities. In addition, messaging was developed for sharing across a variety of media platforms to reach varying age groups. This campaign focused on the University of Alabama’s well-known mascot and slogan. Additionally, project leaders hosted a forum for healthcare workers and community members to share their thoughts and receive CDC-based education regarding the vaccine. Watch their video and visit the AACN website to learn about more of their communications campaigns aimed at reducing vaccine hesitancy.

The Social Pulse
Nursing Faculty Share Strategies for Successful Essentials Implementation at Sold-Out Faculty Development Pre-Conference
Last week, AACN hosted the Faculty Development Pre-Conference, which focused exclusively on implementation of the AACN Essentials. We were excited to connect, collaborate, and engage with more than 220 faculty at this event, which preceded the 2022 Transform Conference. Key takeaways included a showcase of ways to leverage AACN resources supporting implementation of AACN Essentials, insights on curriculum mapping and curricular revisions required to map to the Essentials, practical approaches for moving to competency-based education, ways to use evidence-based simulation scenario templates in Essentials implementation, and a deep dive on how elevating mental health and resilience for faculty, staff and students is applied to and aligns with Domain 10. Visit the AACN website for the latest updates and future programs related to the Essentials
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Bre Loughlin, a nurse innovator and Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate Quickfire Challenge awardee, recently shared her story on the TODAY Show. Watch the clip, and learn how she is improving health equity by bringing health care out of the hospital and meeting patients where they are - 24/7 - at the touch of a button. 
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • White House Holds Community Engagement Call: Healthcare Priorities Top the List
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci Set to Retire from Federal Government this Month
  • Register and Sponsor Today for AACN’s 2023 Student Policy Summit!
Washington Weekly

Member News & Announcements
  • The University of Rhode Island (URI) has appointed Dr. Barbara E. Wolfe as its new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Wolfe, an internationally recognized expert on psychiatric and mental health nursing and eating disorders, has served as dean of the URI College of Nursing since 2016. Read more >>
  • The Lauder Foundation has presented a gift of $10 million to the Hunter College School of Nursing. The gift creates the Evelyn H. Lauder Nursing Fund, which will fund salaries and research to attract faculty, provide scholarships for students, and purchase and maintain rapidly changing nursing technology. Read more >>
  • The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention has elected Dr. Bernadette Melnyk as its new vice-chair of the Board of Directors for the 2022-2023. Dr. Melnyk, who serves as vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and College of Nursing dean at The Ohio State University, will become chair of the Board during the 2023-2024 term. Read more >>
  • Dr. Lisa O’Connor, dean of the Quinnipiac University School of Nursing, will step down from her position on June 30, 2023. She joined the Quinnipiac faculty as an assistant professor in 2003, and she succeeded founding dean Dr. Jean Lange in 2018. Dr. O’Connor will continue as a faculty member at Quinnipiac. Read more >>
  • Dr. Thomas Kippenbrock, professor in the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas, recently received the American Association of Men in Nursing's Luther Christman Award for his service to the organization and distinguished career in nursing. Read more >>
  • The University of Central Florida (UCF) has announced a $10 million donation from The Dr. Phillips Charities to support the College of Nursing’s new building, which will help UCF graduate more nurses and combat the nation’s nursing shortage while fostering more innovation and collaboration. Read more >>
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