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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 01, 2023

AACN Weekly News Watch
March 1, 2023
Weekly Digest
On February 15, 2023, a new book edited by Dr. Susan B. Hassmiller and Dr. Gaea A. Daniel was announced titled Taking Action: Top 10 Priorities to Promote Health Equity and Well-Being in Nursing. With essays and insights contributed by nearly 70 nurse leaders, the book offers diverse perspectives, discussion points, data, and action strategies focused on how nurses can unleash their potential to advance health equity. Excerpts from the book, including Chapter 3 on Diversity and Mentorship, are now available through Sigma Marketplace. This chapter features an essay by Dr. Vernell DeWitty on the mentor-mentee relationship titled “One Strategy to Increase Nursing Workforce Diversity.”

On February 23, 2023, higher education journalist Paul Fain published a new article in The Job newsletter titled Competency-Based Education at Nursing Colleges. The author describes how the national movement to competency-based education (CBE) in nursing, led by AACN, will help to provide clarity and consistency around what nursing graduates are prepared to do, which will facilitate the development of a more stable nursing workforce. Dr. Shelley A. Johnson, Florida A&M University dean of nursing, is featured along with Dr. Susan Corbridge, AACN’s Chief Essentials Program Officer.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
New Web Resource Focused on Competency-Based Education
Last week, AACN unveiled a new web page in our Essentials implementation tool kit focused on the many resources and training opportunities for faculty related to competency-based education (CBE). This resource features the AACN definition of CBE, outlines the basic principles and benefits of CBE, and offers an overview of CBE assessment. Videos focused on the value and application of CBE are featured as well as training opportunities, including regional workshops, free on-demand webinars, and conference session recordings. Faculty, practice partners, students, and other stakeholders are encouraged to visit this new resource page often for the latest news and information on nursing’s move to CBE.
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 Mississippi Medical Center's Path to
Competency-Based Education
“The Essentials call for a high degree of quality and competence from our future nurses. We think that competency-based education has the potential to move nurses beyond knowing and into a whole new realm of practice and leadership readiness."
-Dr. Julie Sanford
Dean and Professor, University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing
Visit the Gallery of Leadership to learn more about your colleagues’ work to implement the Essentials

The Social Pulse
Celebrating Women and Their Contributions to Nursing this #WomensHistoryMonth

This month, and every month, we celebrate the millions of women forging paths, making a difference, breaking barriers, and making history - especially those who are changing lives as nurses, nurse researchers, nurse educators, and nurse leaders. Share the stories of the women who inspire you with the hashtag #WomensHistoryMonth!  
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The American Nurses Foundation Reimagining Nursing Initiative (RN Initiative) is equipping nurses with skills and resources to meet the healthcare needs of the future. The initiative, in which 10 AACN member schools are participating, is advancing bold ideas developed and led by nurses to transform health care. Explore key focus areas under the RN initiative, including projects focused on technology, new reimbursement models, and practice-readiness, including the AACN-led Competency-Based Education for Practice Ready Nurses.
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • Nominate a Nurse Today: Leadership Opportunities at the Federal Level
  • Deadline Extended: One More Week to Register for the Student Policy Summit
  • HRSA Seeking Responses for the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses
  • AACN Attends Event Focused on the Healthcare Workforce
Washington Weekly

Member News & Announcements
  • Dr. Christopher Coleman has been named the new dean of the Oakland University School of Nursing. His tenure will begin in late spring. Currently serving as professor at Purdue University School of Nursing, Dr. Coleman previously served as associate dean and professor at Indiana University, Fort Wayne School of Nursing. He also has held faculty positions at the University of California, Los Angeles; Rutgers University; Virginia Commonwealth University; and the University of Pennsylvania. Read more >>
  • Dr. Lixin (Lee) Song, vice dean of research and scholarship at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing, has received a Translational Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STARs) award in the amount of $600,000 to support her ongoing research and the development of a Center for Holistic Care of Cancer Patients and Their Family Caregivers at the school. Read more >>
  • Dr. Karen Moore, associate professor of nursing at Saint Louis University’s Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing, has received a Fulbright Specialist Award. Dr. Moore, who studies global health and international exchange, will spend up to 6 weeks in Ireland developing the DNP role and curriculum and strengthening ongoing international nursing exchange at Dublin City University, while also working on the development and curriculum for simulation within their nursing curriculum. Read more >>
  • Dr. Mary A. Nies, professor at Idaho State University School of Nursing, has been named the recipient of the Western Institute of Nursing’s (WIN) 2023 Distinguished Research Lectureship Award. This annual award recognizes a senior investigator whose research career has made substantial and sustained contributions to nursing. Dr. Nies will receive her award and deliver her address at the WIN conference in April. Read more >>
  • The College of Nursing at Texas Woman’s University has received a $100,000 gift from Ardent Healthcare. The gift will be used to create an endowment to support scholarships for undergraduate nursing students and to fund salary enhancements for full-time faculty who demonstrate inspired teaching and a commitment to clinical practice and safety in hospice, palliative, and home health care. 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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