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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published December 21, 2022

AACN Weekly News Watch
December 21, 2022
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Cynthia McCurren and Deborah TrautmanRounds with Leadership: 
Celebrating the Season
AACN made great progress this year in advancing our mission to serve as a catalyst for innovation and excellence in academic nursing. Our member schools – the deans/directors, faculty, students, and staff – are the driving force behind AACN’s success. You are the reason our work is having an impact.
Thank you for your steadfast commitment to elevating nursing education and for all you do to educate, mentor, and inspire future nurses. On behalf of the AACN Board of Directors, we wish you a joyous holiday season and look forward to our continued collaboration in the New Year.
Weekly Digest
On November 11, 2022, the Seattle Times published an opinion piece by two leaders from Seattle University – President Eduardo Peñalver and College of Nursing Dean Kristen Swanson – titled How to Heal WA’s Acute Nursing Shortage. The authors outline several practical approaches for expanding capacity in nursing schools, which include amending state regulations on clinical placement hours, expanding the use of simulated learning experiences, establishing a uniform funding mechanism for clinical nursing education, and providing salary support for faculty teaching in nursing programs offered at all levels.

In the November 2022 edition of Nursing Management, Dr. Linda Paradiso from the CUNY School of Professional Studies contributed an article titled Rebuilding Trust in Just Culture. Even before RaDonda Vaught was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide, nurses were fearful of being held individually accountable for systemic errors. Leaders are now faced with repairing the loss of faith in just culture. This article provides an understanding of the erosion of just culture and interventions needed to improve trust, which include changing systems, promoting teamwork, investigating objectively, educating judiciously, and standing by your staff.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Free Webinars Available to Assist with Essentials Implementation

AACN members can now access 16 on-demand webinars to assist efforts to implement the 2021 Essentials and transition to competency-based education (CBE). Three webinars currently available provide an introduction to the Essentials, 10 focus on CBE, and 3 offer approaches to redesigning curriculum. Sessions are led by thought leaders from all types of nursing schools who share lessons learned and effective strategies for updating nursing programs to meet the new competency expectations. To access the free webinars, which are available at your convenience, click here. Watch for details on the next round of webinars to be announced in the new year.

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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 Missouri Boosts Vaccine Confidence in
Diverse Communities
To increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence among students, the school of nursing developed the COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Certificate. This program was completed by undergraduate students enrolled in the Nursing in Communities course and graduating DNP and PhD students at the University of Missouri, Lincoln University, and Central Methodist University nursing programs. With modules including COVID-19 vaccine development, safety, and efficacy; vaccine hesitancy; COVID-19 vaccine information vs. misinformation; motivational interviewing; and health communication and social media campaigns, students who completed the certificate were encouraged to engage in COVID-19 vaccine confidence conversations in community settings. Watch their video and visit the AACN website to learn more about the school's communications campaign aimed at reducing vaccine hesitancy.

The Social Pulse
Johns Hopkins University's On the Pulse podcast recently released a limited-edition series of the On the Pulse podcast featuring students, faculty, and alumni from its school of nursing who are making an impact in local communities across the United States. Listen to the most recent episode featuring 2021 DNP/MBA graduate Jeffrey Vu, who shares a peek into his career as a family nurse practitioner serving as Director of Clinical Services with the Orange County Health Care Agency and providing transgender health services. 
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It's no secret that staffing will be a top issue for nurse leaders in 2023. In this recent HealthLeaders Media interview, Dr. Kathleen Sanford from CommonSpirit Health emphasizes the importance of vision preceding strategy and shares tips for recruiting and retaining nurses. Read the interview here.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • Mark Your Calendar: All of Us Research Program Funding Available in 2023
  • FY 2023 Omnibus Funding Bill Released Ahead of December 23 Deadline
  • Register Today for AACN’s 2023 Student Policy Summit
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Opportunities & Resources to Consider
  • 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 scientists from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations whose research aligns with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases mission. This program welcomes applications from those who have not yet received R01 funding nor have ascended to a leadership position in their respective disciplines or professional associations. Deadline to apply is April 3, 2023.
  • The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is seeking team nominations for the Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award. This award is presented to a team of health-professional school-based collaborators who have innovatively addressed a public health issue while making a lasting impact on the community’s health. In addition to including team members representing multiple professions, the proposed project should aim to establish a relationship between interprofessional practice and outcomes (community practice, public health education, and/or research). View the criteria and apply by February 3.
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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