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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published January 04, 2023

AACN Weekly News Watch
January 4, 2023
Weekly Digest
In the January/February 2023 issue of Insight into Diversity magazine, reporter Nikki Brahm published a new article on how Nursing Schools Teach Advocacy Skills to Help Advance Health Equity. Nurses are essential to recognizing patient needs and effecting change on issues of local, state, federal, and global importance. The article explores how some nursing schools are preparing graduates to advance advocacy and equity in health care, including programs underway at Johns Hopkins University, New York University, and the University of Maryland.

In a December 27, 2022 blog posting on, writer Barry Bottino contributed an article titled To Build the Workforce, We Need More Nurse Educators. Using data compiled by AACN, the author considers how the shortage of registered nurses is impacted by insufficient numbers of nurse faculty. Insights from AACN’s President and CEO Deborah Trautman are featured along with comments from Dr. Susan Bindon from the University of Maryland. Strategies for addressing the nurse faculty shortage are discussed.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Essentials-Focused Program Sessions at the Doctoral Conference

AACN is committed to offering sessions at all our national conferences focused on facilitating the transition to the 2021 Essentials. At the Doctoral Education Conference planned for January 19-21 in San Diego, CA, two sessions will be held, including Incorporating Climate Change into Doctor of Nursing Practice Curricula and Envisioning the 2021 Essentials in a DNP Strategic and Financial Business Planning Course. Visit the website to find out more about these sessions and to register for the conference.

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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 Pennsylvania Boosts Vaccine Confidence in
Diverse Communities
The University of Pennsylvania employed a multi-level approach to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence among students, faculty, staff, and alumni and leveraged community partnerships to promote COVID-19 vaccination in Philadelphia’s predominantly racial/ethnic minority communities. Program leaders supported trainings for nursing students through Philly Counts’ COVID-19 Vaccine Champion Training to become trusted messengers equipped with the knowledge and tools to answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Penn nursing students trained as vaccine champions were paired with Philly Count’s team members to go door-to-door to promote the vaccine across Philadelphia. 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
"We believe that equity-minded nursing requires real listening and engagement with patients. The more nurses know about patients’ lives and communities and priorities, the more we can deliver care and guidance that makes sense and matches their values – which in most cases are our values, too." 
Read this article published by Campaign for Action highlighting Barbershop Health Talks, the Capitol City Black Nurses Association's program focused on sharing important information related to health in trusted environments in the community. Spread the word on social media by sharing this tweet
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The Health Podcast Network features authoritative shows, hosts, and guests who take on the tough topics in health care with empathy, expertise, and a commitment to excellence. Explore their section featuring nurse podcasts, which includes Johnson & Johnson's "See You Now" podcast, Penn Nursing's Amplify Nursing podcast, and more.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • 2022: A Year in Review 
Washington Weekly

Member News & Announcements
  • Dr. Patricia Bruckenthal has been named the new dean of Stony Brook University’s (SBU) School of Nursing. Dr. Bruckenthal became a clinical instructor in the Department of Neurology in SBU’s School of Medicine in 1989 and later joined the School of Nursing as a clinical assistant professor, where she has held a range of roles over the years. She became chair of the Department of Graduate Studies in Advanced Practice Nursing in 2010, and in 2016 was promoted as associate dean for Research and Innovation and professor in the School of Nursing. Last year she was named interim dean of the school before her appointment as dean. Read more >>
  • Dr. Kristen Abbott-Anderson is the new dean at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Nursing, effective January 3, 2023. Dr. Abbott-Anderson most recently was director of the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society and a professor in the College of Allied Health and Nursing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She succeeds Dean Emerita Dr. Linda Young, who retired in June after more than a decade of leadership at UW-Eau Claire. Read more >>
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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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