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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published February 15, 2023

AACN Weekly News Watch
February 15, 2023
Weekly Digest
On February 6, 2023, Modern Healthcare published an opinion piece by Kate Judge, executive director of the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), titled Nurses Have Solutions to the Staffing Crisis, if Leaders Will Listen. The author advises hospital and health system leaders to tap into the expertise of nurses, who are well positioned to transform health care. “With leadership support and ongoing investment in their knowledge and expertise, nurses can create radical breakthroughs that maximize patient outcomes while minimizing the strain on their colleagues.” Ms. Judge describes how the ANF’s Reimagining Nursing Initiative is leading some of this transformational work through its support for 10 nurse-led projects, including one on competency-based education initiated by AACN.

On February 6, 2023, Senior Clinical Care Editor Christopher Cheney for HealthLeaders, published an excerpt from an interview with two top leaders from the American Hospital Association (AHA) titled AHA Exec: ‘Workforce is the Number One Concern for Hospitals Across the Country.’ Top priorities for the AHA’s 2023 advocacy agenda include addressing workplace violence, Medicare residency slots, the nursing shortage, and workforce diversity. To help open up the pipeline of new recruits into nursing, Akin Demehin, AHA Senior Director of Quality and Patient Safety, calls for supporting legislation to help address the faculty shortage, including the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing Act.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
AACN to Offer First Regional Workshop on Competency-Based Education
AACN is hosting a series of regional workshops for faculty seeking strategies, resources, and solutions to adapting their nursing programs to meet the 2021 Essentials. With the first workshop planned for Duke University in Durham, NC on March 17, presenters will provide an overview of competency-based education (CBE), compare CBE to traditional teaching and learning, and discuss how CBE improves clinical judgment and prepares nurse graduates for clinical practice. Seasoned academic leaders will share their expertise and key principles for innovative course design while addressing aspects of the faculty role related to creating an active learning environment, robust clinical teaching (including a focus on simulation and coaching), and effective student evaluation. AACN’s many resources for supporting Essentials implementation will be reviewed and frequently asked questions addressed. Click here to register.
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.
Loyola University Chicago's Path to Competency-Based Education
“What's exciting about the they're transformative. It's a chance for us to look at our curriculum - not in the past - but look forward, thinking: what do we need to prepare our nurses for the future? And I think it gives us an opportunity to have permission to do a bold curricular revision. The Essentials are liberating. And it's a way for us to finally make attempts to bridge the gaps between academics and practice."
-Dr. Lee Schmidt
Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Assistant Dean, PhD in Nursing Program,
Loyola University Chicago
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
What excites you most about the AACN Essentials? What approaches are you using to revise your curriculum to meet the new standards? How is your school engaging your practice partners in its implementation efforts? There's still time to submit a video sharing your school's efforts to adapt nursing programs to meet the expectations outlined in the Essentials. Videos will be featured in AACN's Essentials implementation video gallery. Submit a video by Friday, February 24, 2023.
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The National Academy of Medicine recently published a NAM Perspectives commentary examining the Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Program as a case study for how investment in primary care workforce education can improve health equity. The program, launched in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, exemplifies the promising effort to promote community-engaged primary care nurse practitioner education. 
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • House Committee Focuses on Higher Education and the Current State of the Education System
  • Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program: Toolkit and Application Now Available
  • The Nursing Community Coalition and AARP Campaign for Action Welcome the 118th Congress
  • Apply Today! AACN’s Health Policy Advisory Council Seeking New Members
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Opportunities & Resources to Consider
  • The Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) provides high value programs, services, and resources to graduate nursing students enrolled in master's and doctoral programs at AACN member schools. The GNSA is committed to supporting graduate students preparing for careers as faculty members, researchers, advanced practice registered nurses, clinical nurse leaders, policy experts, and healthcare administrators, among other roles. The Academy is free to join for graduate nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs at AACN member schools. Join the GNSA today!
  • The Nursing Advancement Professionals (NAP) Leadership Network is designed for staff and faculty with responsibilities and interests in nursing philanthropy, public relations, marketing, alumni relations, and institutional advancement. Whether just starting out in the profession or reflecting on a lifetime of achievements, membership in the NAP Leadership Network is of extraordinary value. Learn more and join the Network today!
  • The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is now accepting applications for the Advanced Nursing Education (ANEW) Program. The program’s purpose is to increase the number of primary care nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives trained and prepared to provide primary care services, mental health and substance use disorder care, and/or maternal health care. Grants will support the training and graduation of advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students/trainees in these disciplines. Deadline to apply is April 7, 2023. For application details, visit the HRSA Website.
  • The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) has announced a Call for Applications for the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship. This program both encourages students to join the psychiatric-mental health nursing profession and develops new leaders for the organization. Each year, nursing students are invited to apply (and faculty are invited to nominate one or more students from their school).  Deadline to apply is April 4, 2023. For application details, visit the APNA’s Website.
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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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