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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published May 25, 2022

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Opportunity for Input: NAM Releases National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being

On May 20, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) released their draft plan for Health Workforce Well-Being. As the country faces a healthcare workforce shortage, including the need for more nurses, NAM examines how to address burnout, increase wellness, and support those who serve patients everyday. The draft plan is open to public input, with a short deadline for comment set for May 27 at midnight (PDT). To review the plan and provide input, click here.

Surgeon General Issues an “Advisory on Building a Thriving Health Workforce”

On May 23, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued an advisory addressing burnout of the healthcare workforce. This report recognizes that this issue was present before the pandemic but has exacerbated over the last two years making this a crisis for the nation’s healthcare system. The advisory recommends directly improving health worker well-being and strengthening public health infrastructure while transforming workplace culture. To learn more, click here

NIAAA Launches the Healthcare Professional’s Core Resource on Alcohol

In May, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) launched the Healthcare Professional’s Core Resource on Alcohol, designed to help provide knowledge and strategies while addressing barriers of alcohol-related healthcare concerns. Healthcare professionals can earn continuing education credits by reviewing material that impacts patient care screening and recovery. To get started or learn more, click here.

AACN Attends ASPR Roundtable on COVID-19 Therapeutics

On May 20, AACN attended the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) COVID-19 Therapeutics Medical Roundtable discussion. This discussion focused on COVID-19 therapeutics and long-term care, as well as how to access additional COVID-19 tests. These monthly roundtables are held to educate providers on pandemic-related opportunities and issues. AACN looks forward to continued participation in these roundtable discussions.

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