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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 14, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
December 14, 2022
Weekly Digest
In the December 2022 Journal of Nursing Education, PhD student Lin Li and colleagues from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada published a new manuscript titled Inclusivity in Graduate Nursing Education: A Scoping Review. Creating inclusive learning environments in graduate nursing education is essential for preparing diverse nursing leaders to mobilize change within health care and higher education. The authors examine data and themes from 31 research studies with a focus on how inclusivity has been enacted, cultivated, and experienced in graduate nursing programs. Implications for future research are considered.

On November 29, 2022, Dr. Cynthia Clark with Boise State University published a new article in Sigma’s online Nursing Centered information hub titled 10 Ways to Build Psychological Safety at Work. To foster a culture of belonging, Dr. Clark outlines how nurse leaders can create work environments that are conducive to psychological safety and courageous conversation, including developing leaders, deepening self-awareness, establishing team charters with norms, expressing gratitude, encouraging input, connecting with others, and being responsible and accountable.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Essentials Implementation Spotlight: Gallery of Leadership Launched

On December 12, AACN announced the launch of a new Gallery of Leadership spotlighting insights and exemplars from member schools whose faculty are leading the move to competency-based nursing education. With videos now available from seven schools of nursing, faculty and deans are invited to explore successful implementation strategies underway at schools both large and small, public and private, rural and urban. Schools wishing to showcase their implementation efforts are encouraged to send a brief (2-5 minutes) video profiling their work using AACN’s online submission form. Let your colleagues know what excites you most about the 2021 Essentials, what approaches you are using to revise your curriculum, and any tools that are particularly helpful in advancing this work. Videos must be submitted by February 24, 2023.

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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 Houston Boosts Vaccine Confidence in
Diverse Communities
The University of Houston's project focused on increasing knowledge using CDC tool kits, developing culturally relevant responses to misinformation via role-playing and simulations, and applying learning by developing materials to provide factual COVID-19 vaccine information. To prepare nursing students to engage with other healthcare providers, staff, patients, and families, organizers used case scenarios and role-playing to enhance communication skills and address ethical dilemmas. They promoted effective conversations by using simulation-based learning to actively engage students in real-world situations. Watch their video and visit the AACN website to learn about more of their communications campaigns aimed at reducing vaccine hesitancy.

The Social Pulse
The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing, in collaboration with the Methodist Healthcare System and the South Texas Veteran’s Health Care System-Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hospital developed a toolkit for academic and practice partners interested in pursuing the dedicated education unit (DEU) teaching-learning model. The toolkit provides information about effective planning and implementation strategies for initiating and fostering thriving DEUs. Explore this resource here, and share how you use some of its resources - such as its sample lesson plans and feedback documents - on social media. 
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“My advice to others is to trust your gut. If you feel like you have a calling, go for it. Take the leap. It will feel terrifying, but still jump because you’ll end up flying right into so many great opportunities.”
-Nicholas Cayce, MSN graduate, University of Alabama at Birmingham
While Nicholas dreamed of entertaining the masses, he also dreamed of taking care of them as a healthcare worker. Read this inspiring story about his path from Broadway to the bedside. 
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • White House Launches New Dashboard on Opioid Overdose Surveillance
  • AACN Submits Comments to CMS on National Directory of Healthcare Providers & Services
  • Breaking News: HRSA National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses Released
Washington Weekly

New Partnerships & Grant-Funded Initiatives
  • Dr. Barbara Bates-Jensen, professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Nursing, has been awarded more than $3 million for a new R01 grant by the National Institute of Nursing Research to conduct a 4-year pragmatic, multi-site study of pressure injuries in nursing homes. This study will be conducted across eight nursing homes and will examine the use of subepidermal moisture assessment results as a cue for nursing staff to initiate pressure injury prevention. Read more about Dr. Bates-Jensen >>
  • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has awarded a three-year, $1.5 million grant to a partnership of The Ohio State University, the University of California San Diego, and the American Nurses Association to determine the best intervention strategy for preventing nurse suicide. The project is led by Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean of the College of Nursing at Ohio State, and Dr. Judy Davidson, nurse scientist at the University of California San Diego. Read more >>
  • George Mason University’s School of Nursing, in the College of Public Health, and MedStar Washington Hospital Center have established the Future Nurse Program to prepare nurses for clinical practice and to address critical nursing workforce shortages in the region. MedStar Health will cover in-state tuition for Accelerated Second Degree BSN students accepted into the program for students who agree to work for three years as a full-time licensed registered nurse at MedStar Washington Hospital Center after graduation. Read more >>
  • The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) School of Nursing is partnering with Mississippi State University (MSU) to give students an additional nursing degree pathway with dual degrees. The program allows completion of an MSU degree in interdisciplinary studies alongside a UMMC nursing degree. 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 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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