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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published February 01, 2023

AACN Weekly News Watch
February 1, 2023
Weekly Digest
On January 31, 2023, the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing posted a new series on Addressing Disabilities in Healthcare as open access content for all to read. The seven articles in this collection address both nurses with disabilities and caring for persons with disabilities. In their contribution titled Nurses with Disability: Transforming Healthcare for All, Dr. Beth Marks and Dr. Jasmina Sisirak from the University of Illinois Chicago discuss disability, ableism, and nursing; identify universal design structures for access that support students and nurses with disability in academic and clinical settings; and recommend how nursing education and practice leaders can create more inclusive environments.   

In January 2023, Nursing Outlook posted an article in press by Dr. Nicholas Giordano from Emory University and colleagues focused on The Impact of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars Program on Scholars, Schools and Nursing Science. The authors discuss how this groundbreaking program was successful at using high-quality accelerated PhD education and precise mentor matching to produce a large cohort of PhD prepared nurses poised for long-term careers as researchers, educators, and leaders. Additional articles about the Future of Nursing Scholars program are also posted, which focus on 3-year nursing PhD curricula, the student experience, mentoring, and related topics.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Just Announced: New Webinar on Competency-Based Education

On February 27, AACN’s Essentials Implementation Webinar Series continues with a new program on Competency-Based Education: Practical Tips to Move Your Work Forward. Join Dr. Nancy O’Neill, acting director of the University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, for strategies on how to accelerate your school’s transition to competency-based education (CBE). The presenter will draw on resources from outside the profession that can help support nursing education’s move to CBE. Dr. O’Neill will pick up on the paradigm shift concept introduced by Dr. Englander in the November 2022 webinar on Moving the Needle on Meaningful Competency Assessment and discuss when to refine course learning outcomes, a framework for engaged learning to guide course improvement, and the benefits of signature assignments.
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.
The University of Maryland's Path to Competency-Based Education
“The thing that's very exciting about the new Essentials is that we had stakeholder involvement as they were being developed, and that can't be understated. The other thing that it allowed us to do at our school was to do a reset on our curriculum to include things like wellness and resilience, and some of the palliative care content that we identified as a gap - and electives for Gen Z learners.” 
-Dr. Maeve Howett
Associate Dean for Baccalaureate Education, University of Maryland School of Nursing
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
#BlackHistoryMonth: Join Us in Celebrating the Rich History of Black Nurses
This month, and every month, we celebrate Black History and the contributions of Black nurses and their collective achievements throughout history. This February, we look forward to recognizing the contributions that Black nurses have made and will continue to make to health and health care. Join us @AACNursing on Twitter as we showcase profiles of Black nurse educators, practice leaders, researchers, and policymakers during #BlackHistoryMonth
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On February 21 at 11:00 am (ET), Sigma Nursing will host a webinar focused on content that has the highest percentage chance of being included on the NCLEX-RN® examination. NCLEX expert Dr. Lois Marshall will discuss the use of her unique strategies of "Linking" and "Conceptualization" to prepare students for NCLEX success. Learn more and register here.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • AACN Submits Comments to the Department of Education on Improving Income-Driven Repayment
  • AACN Attends Virtual Webinar on Expanding Adult Vaccine Access
  • Apply Today: Funding Opportunity to Help Increase SUD Workforce
Washington Weekly

Member News & Announcements
  • Dr. Bernadette Melnyk will step aside as dean of The Ohio State University College of Nursing on June 30, 2023. Dr. Melnyk, who also serves as the nation’s first vice president for health promotion and chief wellness officer (CWO) at an institution of higher education, will continue full-time in the VP/CWO role at Ohio State. Read more >>
  • Dr. Patricia Thomas is the new acting dean at Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON), effective January 6, 2023. Dr. Thomas previously served as the associate dean for faculty affairs at Wayne State University’s (WSU) College of Nursing. Before joining WSU’s faculty, she served as the assistant dean and as an associate professor, then later as associate dean at KCON from 2016-2019. Read more >>
  • The University of Rochester (UR) Medical Center and School of Nursing has established a program to provide a tuition-free education for 33 nursing students per year. The UR Nursing Scholars Program will cover 100% of tuition costs for Accelerated Bachelor’s in Nursing (ABSN) students at the university, after passing their NCLEX-RN® licensure exam and in exchange for committing to work at participating UR Medicine facilities for 3 years after graduation. Read more >>
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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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