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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published January 18, 2023

AACN Weekly News Watch
January 18, 2023
Weekly Digest
On January 12, 2023, Nursing Outlook published a new article from Dr. Garrett Chan and other members of AACN’s Health Policy Advisory Council titled An Overview and Policy Implications of National Nurse Identifier Systems: A Call for Unity and Integration. The article provides an overview of two national nurse identifiers - the National Provider Identifier and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Identifier - and considers the potential for each system to better understand the nursing workforce and to track the unique contributions that nurses make to patient outcomes and health care.

In the January 17, 2023 Chronicle of Higher Education, news editor Sarah Brown published her latest installment in the Race on Campus series titled A High-Demand Major With a Diversity Problem. Despite calls for greater diversity in academic nursing, the nurse faculty population is largely comprised of white women. The author outlines opportunities and resources available to help address the need for more diverse faculty and curriculum with a greater emphasis on cultural competence (or cultural humility), including AACN’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Faculty Tool Kit, the 2021 AACN Essentials, and the scaling up virtual learning experiences that put diversity in the foreground.

AACN Updates

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

In 2020, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus College of Nursing launched a simulation experience for its MSN Family and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner programs called Simulation Utilized for Measuring and Mentoring Integrative Thinking. S.U.M.M.I.T.™ was initially designed as a teaching tool to measure clinical reasoning during the pandemic and has since developed into a formal competence assessment model for the 2021 AACN Essentials.
S.U.M.M.I.T.™ integrates a controlled assessment process that allows students to demonstrate competence in clinical reasoning at multiple touchpoints during a Virtual Simulation Summative Assessment. This assessment is presented in an unfolding case scenario and mirrors a patient encounter, covering chief complaint, history of present illness, review of systems, exam, diagnostics, plan, and professional communication skills. Faculty pose case questions in a discussion format, allowing students to communicate and support their decisions in an evidence-based manner with instructors and peers. This format also allows faculty to quickly identify and address knowledge gaps and allows the learner to question others' decision-making rationale. To learn more about S.U.M.M.I.T.™ and the University of Colorado’s Essentials implementation efforts, contact Kim Paxton or Lisa Diamond

Schools wishing to showcase their implementation efforts are encouraged to send a brief update or video profiling their work to
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.
Morningside University's Path to Competency-Based Education
“We looked at the gaps in our curriculum, and then from those gaps, we looked at how we can approach it one step at a time. I think that’s been very helpful for us, especially with us being a small program. One of the things that excites me most is the opportunity to really be in this state where we can impact the outcomes of nursing.” 
-Dr. Jackie Barber
Dean, Morningside 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.


The Social Pulse
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing's On the Pulse podcast features conversations focused on the experiences of frontline providers and researchers. In a new episode, Dr. Bonnie Swenor, director of the Disability Health Research Center at Johns Hopkins, talks about her personal experience with a disability and how that propelled her into a career in disability equity research and advocacy. Listen to the episode here
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Binghamton University's Decker College of Nursing introduced a virtual reality simulation to help undergraduate nursing students experience an emergency-care scenario from the perspective of an intubated patient. Read this article and learn how this innovative simulation approach helps future nurses and how the school includes empathy and emotional intelligence in its curriculum. 
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Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • HRSA Releases New Interactive Workforce Map
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces New Fellows
  • Register Today for AACN’s 2023 Student Policy Summit


Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • Nominations for the 2023 Vilcek-Gold Humanism in Healthcare Award are due January 31. This prestigious honor, jointly created by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the Vilcek Foundation, celebrates a foreign-born healthcare leader who has made extraordinary contributions to humanism in U.S. health care. Nominations of nursing leaders are encouraged. The award comes with an unrestricted $10,000 cash prize. 
  • The 2023 Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues (IRGNI) Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the June 24-27, 2023, AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Abstract submissions are invited for poster and podium presentations by students, early career investigators, and senior investigators. All topics related to IRGNI’s focus and mission are welcome; interdisciplinary research is of particular interest. The submission deadline is January 27 at 5 pm (ET).
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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