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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published January 11, 2023

AACN Weekly News Watch
January 11, 2023
Weekly Digest
In the January/February 2023 Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Terri Weaver from the University of Illinois Chicago joined with other members of AACN’s Research-Focused Doctoral Program Pathways to Excellence Task Force in publishing a new manuscript titled Research-Focused Doctoral Nursing Education in the 21st Century: Curriculum, Evaluation, and Postdoctoral Considerations. The authors introduce AACN’s 2022 position statement on the PhD in nursing with a closer look at curricular expectations, approaches to systematic program evaluation, and recommendations for successful postdoctoral fellowships. The hallmarks of PhD nursing education are addressed as well as emerging areas of science and curriculum focus. This is the first of three articles to be published this year by the task force in the Journal of Professional Nursing.
In the January 2023 Journal of Nursing Administration, Dr. Lisa Rowen from the University of Maryland (UMD) Medical Center, Dr. Maeve Howett from the UMD School of Nursing, and colleagues contributed an article on the Academy of Clinical Essentials: A Revolutionary Nurse Staffing and Education Model. The authors detail an innovative academic-practice partnership model that fully integrates education and care delivery to support the preparation of entry-to-practice nursing students and expand nurse staffing in acute care hospitals. In keeping with expectations in the 2021 Essentials, this model provides a mechanism for students to demonstrate competencies across multiple settings and with multiple populations.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Citing the AACN Essentials in Your Scholarly Work

AACN encourages faculty to use the 2021 Essentials as a rich resource to advance their scholarship and research in the area of nursing education and the preparation of practice-ready nurses. The Journal of Professional Nursing (JPN) is currently soliciting publications related to the implementation of the Essentials, new approaches to teaching and learning assessment, and the transition to competency-based nursing education. To discuss your manuscript idea, contact editor Dr. Patricia Morton at For those seeking to use Essentials content in journal articles and in other forms of public dissemination, permission is needed as AACN holds the copyright on this work. Those seeking permission may contact AACN’s Editorial Director, Bill O’Connor, at with details on the content to be cited. The process is simple, and the turnaround time for approval is typically within 2-3 days. 
AACN Gallery of Leadership: The Essentials
To recognize the exciting work underway to implement the 2021 Essentials, AACN launched a new video gallery spotlighting insights and exemplars from member schools whose faculty are leading the drive toward competency-based nursing education.
East Carolina University's Path to Competency-Based Education
"We're working on an academic-practice partnership with ECU Health. We merged with them, and we're going to use the new Essentials as a foundation for this relationship. We're going to have members of the hospital represented on our team while we're developing the new curriculum. Another strategy we're using is partnering with schools of similar sizes and resources. I think that's a great way for us to go through this journey together."
-Dr. Bimbola Akintade
Dean and Professor, East Carolina University
Visit the Gallery of Leadership to learn more about your colleagues’ work to implement the Essentials. To submit a video to be featured, complete this form.

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The Social Pulse
Every two seconds in America, someone needs blood. This demand goes well beyond those facing a sudden and unexpected emergency like a car crash. Blood transfusions are routinely needed to treat patients facing everything from diseases such as cancer to cardiovascular and orthopedic surgeries to organ and bone marrow transplants. As important as blood is to all of us, only 3 percent of all Americans are currently blood donors. January is National Blood Donor Month - be part of the campaign to spread awareness about the need for blood. Access resources from America's Blood Centers to promote #NationalBloodDonorMonth on social media. 
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation saw a concerning drop in routine immunizations for adults and children. Routine vaccination is rebounding, but unevenly, and has not yet recovered among all groups. In response to this drop, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching the Let’s Rise initiative. Visit the website to view resources to help nurses do their part to encourage vaccination catch-up.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • Register Today: Participate in the Inaugural All of Us Event at AACN’s Doctoral Conference
  • Apply to the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program
  • Take Action: Welcome to the 118th Congress
Washington Weekly

New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives
  • The Florida Board of Governors has approved two Linking Industry to Nursing Education proposals to enhance collaboration between the University of South Florida Health College of Nursing and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation and Moffitt Cancer Center. Both collaborations will allow nursing students to gain increased access to high-fidelity simulation training. Read more >>
  • The Tennessee Department of Health has awarded a $1.3 million grant to East Tennessee State University’s College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to patients in socially vulnerable areas of Northeast Tennessee via clinics in rural communities as well as a new mobile vaccination unit. Read more >>
Share your News with AACN

AACN members and stakeholders are encouraged to submit articles of interest, research awards and opportunities, school announcements, new partnerships or grant-funded initiatives, and resources for inclusion in AACN News Watch. Submissions must be received Monday at 12:00 pm (ET) in order to be considered for that week’s issue. Send your news to Bill O’Connor, AACN’s Editorial Director, at


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