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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published March 15, 2023

AACN Weekly News Watch
March 15, 2023
Weekly Digest
In the March-April 2023 Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Karen Cotler from the University of Illinois Chicago and colleagues have written a guest editorial titled "I'm Not Going There": Student Refusal in Clinical Learning. The authors discuss actions that can be taken to change the context in which students make decisions about whether to accept a clinical assignment and encourage nurse educators to acknowledge that students’ fears are grounded in both reality and perception. The article concludes that when conflicts arise, “we must intentionally work to consider the perspectives of our students and the communities that entrust us to provide their care.”

Published on March 8, 2023 in Medscape Medical News, writer Risa Kerslake contributed a new story titled Nursing Schools Offer Loan Forgiveness Programs to Offset Nurse Shortage. The article profiles how some nursing schools, including those housed at Chamberlain University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Rochester, are offering incentives to prospective students to help expand their programs and meet local workforce needs. 

AACN Updates

The Essential Update: The Latest on AACN's New Essentials
CCNE Update on the Accreditation Standards Required for Upcoming Reviews

In February, the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) voted that the CCNE’s 2018 Standards will remain in effect at least through June 30, 2024. The CCNE Standards Committee is currently considering proposed revisions to the Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2018). Programs hosting CCNE on-site evaluations or submitting a report to CCNE on or before June 30, 2024, will be assessed under CCNE’s 2018 accreditation standards, which require the “old” AACN Essentials documents. Constituents will be afforded opportunity to comment when CCNE releases proposed revisions to its accreditation standards. To access AACN's Frequently Asked Questions related to the 2021 Essentials, click 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 Maryland's Path to Competency-Based Education
I have looked to the best practice recommendations for how to transform the classroom...especially in a time where we need to look at how we are preparing our future nurses. I always say to them - it's not just about what we learn in this classroom, it's about what you carry in your practice as future nurses."
-Dr. Tabitha Legambi
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Drs. Susan Bindon, Dawn Mueller-Burke, and Tabitha Legambi
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Want to share your school's journey to competency-based education? Submit a video showcasing how your school is implementing the AACN Essentials here!

Visit the Gallery of Leadership to learn more about your colleagues’ work to implement the Essentials

Graphic - Explore AACN's Career Center

The Social Pulse
Registered nurses and advanced practice nurses are well positioned to offer lifestyle medicine interventions to best optimize chronic disease outcomes utilizing a person-centered approach. On March 22 at 10:00 am (ET), Sigma Nursing will host a webinar focused on how lifestyle medicine utilizes therapeutic interventions as a primary modality to treat noncommunicable chronic conditions. Learn more and register here
Looking for inspiration and ways to spark interest in nursing  among youth in your community? Read this article about the “Mini Nurse Academy,” which is designed to start young people on a path toward nursing. The initiative was created by the National Black Nurses Association to encourage more people of color to enter the field. 

Washington Weekly
Inside this edition of Washington Weekly:
  • President’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Released
  • NIH Common Rule IRB Exceptions Update
  • AACN Highlights All of Us Research at Southern Nursing Research Society Conference
Washington Weekly

Opportunities & Resources to Consider
  • The Scrubin Uniforms/AACN Scholarship supports nursing students in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs who are enrolled at AACN member schools with a formal affiliation agreement with Scrubin Uniforms. To apply, students must complete an online application, provide demographic information and details on their academic achievement, and submit a short essay. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2023. Schools interested in finding out more and affiliating with Scrubin Uniforms should contact Matt Robinson at
  • The Health Resources & Services Administration’s Nurse Faculty Loan Program provides funding to accredited schools of nursing to establish and operate a student loan fund and provide loans to students enrolled in advanced nursing degree programs who are committed to becoming nurse faculty. In exchange for completion of up to four years of post-graduation full-time nurse faculty employment in an accredited school of nursing, the program authorizes cancellation of up to 85 percent of the original student loan amount. For more details, join the technical assistance webinar March 22, 1:30 ET.
  • Applications are now being accepted for the Brave of Heart Scholarship. The Brave of Heart Fund, founded by the Cigna and New York Life foundations and administered by E4E Relief, provides support to family members of healthcare workers whose lives were lost to COVID-19. Up to $25,000 annually is available in funding, depending on an eligible applicant's academic focus, student status, and other criteria. Deadline to apply is April 20.
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 by 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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