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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 08, 2023

AACN Weekly News Watch
March 8, 2023
Weekly Digest
In the March/April 2023 Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Bimbola Akintade from East Carolina State University and colleagues published an article titled Intentional Diversity in Academia: Recruiting, Admitting, Enrolling, and Retaining Underrepresented Students in Nursing Programs. Patients demand a diverse nursing workforce able to provide culturally competent care and help mitigate healthcare disparities. This article summarizes the latest trends in undergraduate nursing student diversity and discusses strategies to improve the recruitment and retention of nursing students from underrepresented groups.

In the March/April 2023 issue of Nurse Educator, Dr. Kim Dupree Jones and colleagues from Emory University published a new study titled Strategies to Evaluate and Enhance Accelerated Second-Degree Nursing Pathways. This article discusses the second-degree program landscape, including challenges; compares graduate-level second-degree entry against other pathway options; and presents strategies to optimize and sustain student pipelines into these programs. The authors call for standardizing second-degree nomenclature, program scope, and requirements; refining national data capture mechanisms; and encouraging second-degree pathways at the graduate level.

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
Next Webinar Focuses on Teaching the Social Determinants of Health
Tomorrow, Thursday, March 9 from 2:00-3:00 pm (ET), AACN’s Essentials Implementation Webinar Series continues with a program on Using Design Thinking to Thread the Social Determinants of Health into Undergraduate Curriculum. Join Dr. Mary Jo Vetter, Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and Clinical Associate Professor at New York University, for a stimulating discussion on how design thinking can be used as a unifying framework to foster an understanding of the social determinants of health in a baccalaureate nursing program. Design thinking offers opportunities for students to demonstrate intellectual curiosity and use creativity in identifying person-centered, evidence-based solutions to clinical problems. Details on this teaching strategy and how it supports the acquisition of the competencies defined in the 2021 Essentials will be shared. Click here to register. This webinar will be recorded and available on-demand here.
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 Missouri's Path to Competency-Based Education
“One of the strategies that we're using to address the Essentials, the new domains, the standards, and the competencies is our use of a steering committee to help guide our work. In 2021 when the new standards were released, we formed a steering committee made up of all of our program-level curriculum committees. We also included our program directors, and we pulled in other faculty who had expertise in curriculum development."
-Dr. Robin Harris
Dean and Professor, University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing
Visit the Gallery of Leadership to learn more about your colleagues’ work to implement the Essentials

AACN LEADS Leadership Education Modules - Learn More

The Social Pulse
Nurses play a crucial role in health promotion and disease prevention. During National Nutrition Month, we encourage AACN members to share the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' resources about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. Visit the website here to access this year's resources around the 2023 theme is "Fuel for the Future." Share on social media with the hashtag #NationalNutritionMonth. 
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Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • AACN Sends Letter to Congress Supporting Strong Funding for Nursing Education and Research in FY 2024
  • AACN’s 2023 Spring Hill Day Preview – Sign Up Today!
  • HRSA Title VIII Grant Applications Now Open
Washington Weekly

New Partnerships & Grant-funded Initiatives
  • Northern Arizona University recently received a $6.4 million grant as part of an Arizona Department of Health Services initiative meant to address the state's nursing shortage. The university was one of five institutions across the state to receive a total of $43.1 million in grant money. Read more >>
  • The University of Connecticut School of Nursing and School of Social Work have been awarded more than $6 million through the new CT Health Horizons program to address statewide shortages in social workers and nurses. Read more >>
  • The School of Nursing at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has been awarded a grant of nearly $1 million by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration to help address a statewide nursing shortage. The grant will be used to provide high-quality, simulated clinical learning exercises, enabling the school to increase the number of admitted students by at least 25 percent. 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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