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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published February 08, 2023

AACN Weekly News Watch
February 8, 2023
Weekly Digest
On February 6, 2023, the Washington Post published an opinion piece by the editors of Bloomberg News titled To End the Nurse Shortage, Start With Nursing Schools. To effectively meet the nation’s need for nursing care, the authors argue that we must first address the primary bottleneck to building the workforce: a shortage of faculty and training sites. The article points to several possible strategies to address this issue, including increasing stipends for full-time doctoral students and offering tuition assistance for part-time study, raising faculty salaries, creating loan forgiveness programs, securing dedicated federal funding for clinical preceptors, and leveraging simulation and telehealth in clinical education.  

In the January/February 2023 issue of Nurse Educator, Dr. Ann Nielsen from Oregon Health & Science University and colleagues published an article titled Current Practices for Teaching Clinical Judgment: Results From a National Survey. This article describes the types of teaching strategies used to promote student development of clinical judgment and how these strategies influence student outcomes. Clinical judgment is one of the eight core concepts threaded throughout the 2021 AACN Essentials.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Contribute Your Teaching Tools to the Essentials Implementation Tool Kit

Last fall, AACN launched a new website to better showcase resources and information available to help faculty implement the Essentials, including curriculum mapping tools, an updated set of frequently asked questions, and implementation spotlights from member schools. Among the new features is a Teaching Resource Database that provides an easy way to access learning strategies, suggested resources, recommended content, and assessment measures for each Domain. The database is updated with new peer-reviewed content as resources are identified. Click here to find out more about submitting a teaching resource for inclusion in this database. All faculty submitting resources will be identified as contributors to the tool kit.
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.
Indiana University's Path to Competency-Based Education
“The thing that excites me most about the Essentials is the embracement that our faculty has had toward this curricular intervention. Our approach is a faculty-driven approach. One of the first things that the faculty did was to assess who we are. We're an academic health center - we have three campuses, so we're complex. It's important that all are involved in this curricular revision.
-Dr. Robin Newhouse
Dean and Distinguished Professor, Indiana 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
UMass Dartmouth nursing student Eugenie Ouedraogo accompanied Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to yesterday's State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol. Ms. Ouedraogo serves on the Parents Council at Triumph Head Start, where her children attend day care. Her advocacy for affordable childcare caught the attention of the senator who invited her to attend the annual event. Read her inspiring story here
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A growth mindset can help health systems create workplaces where nurses thrive. On the latest episode of Johnson & Johnson's See You Now podcast, the University of Texas Austin's David Yeager explains how to do that, in the first part of a multi-episode series on reimagining work. Listen here and retweet this tweet to spread the word. 
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • Department of Education Releases New Data on How Pandemic Relief Funds Supported Students
  • Biden Administration Announces End of Public Health Emergency
  • Apply Today: HRSA Nursing Loan Repayment Program Opportunities
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New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives
  • A team at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) has been approved for a $250,000 funding award through the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program, an initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The funds will support strategies for overcoming barriers to patient- and family-centered comparative effectiveness research with patients who are critically ill and hospitalized in an intensive care unit setting. Dr. Ruth Kleinpell is project lead, and Dr. Marianna LaNoue is co-project lead. The researchers from the VUSN Center for Research Development and Scholarship will work collaboratively with a team from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Read more >>
  • The State University of New York (SUNY) recently awarded more than $1.4 million from its Nursing Emergency Training Fund to 11 state campuses, including Stony Brook University’s School of Nursing, to expand campus healthcare degree programs for students interested in pursuing a nursing career. Stony Brook has partnered with two community colleges, using its “NursingFirst” program as a model. The partnerships offer joint admissions programs that allow selected students who are accepted into designated ADN programs to be simultaneously accepted into the university’s BSN program. Other AACN member schools receiving awards were SUNY Brockport, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, and SUNY Empire State College. Read more >>
  • The University of Colorado (CU) College of Nursing is collaborating with the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland to teach Swiss nurses advanced practice nursing skills to meet a critical shortage of healthcare professionals. Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Associate Professor Kelly Stamp helped create a new MSN program at Bern, which allows students to earn an advanced degree in four tracks. CU faculty contribute to the teaching courses to Swiss students online. 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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