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JAMA Health Forum

Projecting the Future Registered Nurse Workforce After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Published February 16, 2024 in the JAMA Health Forum, Dr. David Auerbach from Brandeis University and colleagues authored a new article titled Projecting the Future Registered Nurse Workforce After the COVID-19 Pandemic. The authors found that after a substantial decline during the pandemic, the nursing workforce recovered in 2022 and 2023 with the number of registered nurses (RNs) now expected to reach 4.56 million in 2035. This growth will be driven primarily by nurses age 35 to 49, who are projected to comprise nearly half (47%) of the RN workforce by 2035.

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Nurse Educator

Competency-Based Education in RN to BSN Programs

On February 6, 2024, Nurse Educator published an article by Dr. Jaime Robinson from James Madison University and colleagues titled Competency-Based Education in RN to BSN Programs. This article provides a framework for curricular innovation in RN to BSN programs aligned with the 2021 AACN Essentials and the move to competency-based education (CBE). The authors explore how the Essentials crosswalk created by the National RN-Baccalaureate Faculty Forum can be used as a foundational guide for the development of template models to achieve the latest competency standards. Three exemplars of RN to BSN course assignments are detailed, including how they contribute to CBE.

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Journal of Nursing Education

An Intergenerational Comparison of Civility: Nursing Students and Nurse Educators

On February 1, 2024, the Journal of Nursing Education published a new study by Dr. Sheryl Henry Jenkins and Dr. Kim Schafer Astroth from Illinois State University titled An Intergenerational Comparison of Civility: Nursing Students and Nurse Educators. With both groups defining civility as kindness, collaboration, and respect, educators described uncivil students as being disrespectful and entitled who were prone to improperly using social media while students described uncivil educators as belittling and impatient who sometimes fail to listen. The authors called for more research on intergenerational differences to help nurse educators develop interventions that allow faculty to view civility from a student perspective.

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Educause

2024 Higher Education Trend Watch

On January 8, 2024, researcher Nicole Muscanell with Educause, a nonprofit association focused on advancing the strategic use of data and technology in colleges and universities, released a publication titled 2024 Higher Education Trend Watch. This report focuses on workforce, cultural, and technological shifts in seven priority areas. Trends include the increasing need for data security and protection against threats to personal privacy; the demand for continued hybrid and remote work arrangements; more calls for data-informed decision-making and reporting; more attention to well-being and mental health; increased efforts towards creating equitable and inclusive environments and experiences; growing efforts towards digital transformation and institutional resilience; and increased focus on improving hybrid and online learning.

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National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice

Mitigating Nursing Workforce Challenge by Optimizing Learning Environments

The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) has released its 19th annual report to Congress titled Mitigating Nursing Workforce Challenge by Optimizing Learning Environments. NACNEP is calling for federal investments to strengthen the nursing workforce, attract more nursing students, and improve nursing education. Recommendations to Congress include funding models that demonstrate a commitment to salary equity and sustainability for nurse faculty; supporting professional development and compensation of preceptors; funding paid nursing student internships with an incentivized mentorship program; and supporting educational infrastructure to advance innovative pedagogical strategies in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

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Nurse Educator

Integrating Wellness into Curricula Using the Ten Dimensions of Wellness as a Framework

In the January/February 2024 issue of Nurse Educator, Dr. Joanne Noone (Oregon Health & Science University) and Dr. Teri Murray (Saint Louis University) have authored an article on Addressing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Contributions in Academic Review. They present the current state of the academic review of DEI contributions for appointment, promotion, and tenure, and provide examples for teaching, research and scholarship, practice, and service. Recommendations include expanding recognition and evaluation of academic scholarship and advocacy against efforts to dismantle social justice and antiracism advances within academia.

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Journal of Professional Nursing

Integrating Wellness into Curricula Using the Ten Dimensions of Wellness as a Framework

In the January-February 2024 Journal of Professional Nursing, Dr. Kate Gawlik and colleagues from The Ohio State University explore Integrating Wellness into Curricula Using the Ten Dimensions of Wellness as a Framework. The ten dimensions of wellness - emotional, career, social, spiritual, physical, financial, intellectual, creative, environmental, and digital - offer a holistic approach for promoting undergraduate and graduate student wellness in the classroom and clinical settings. To inspire and support nurse faculty, this article outlines several strategies within each dimension, which can be adapted across educational settings, student cohort sizes, course delivery modes, and cultures of individual nursing programs and clinical institutions.

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New England Journal of Medicine

Attracting, Admitting, Supporting, and Graduating a Diverse Nursing Student Body

Published December 20, 2023, in the New England Journal of Medicine publication NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery, an expert team from the University of California Davis, including lead author Dr. Kupiri Ackerman-Barger and AACN Board Member Dr. Stephen J. Cavanagh, published a case study on Attracting, Admitting, Supporting, and Graduating a Diverse Nursing Student Body. The authors detail the approaches used by the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing to recruit, retain, and graduate diverse students with the skill, knowledge, and desire to ameliorate health disparities and promote health equity. The article covers student outreach and pathway programs; holistic admissions; curriculum reform; student success measures; and overcoming assumptions and implicit biases of those with decision-making power.

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The Journal for Nurse Practitioners

Value of Miller’s Pyramid for Clinical Skills Assessment in the Evaluation of Competency for Nurse Practitioner Students

In the April 2024 issue of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Dr. Debra Hampton and colleagues from the University of Kentucky published an article on the Value of Miller’s Pyramid for Clinical Skills Assessment in the Evaluation of Competency for Nurse Practitioner Students. As nursing education transitions to a competency-based focus to meet AACN’s 2021 Essentials, Miller’s Pyramid of Clinical Competence provides a beneficial framework for the development and validation of skills needed for professional practice. The article provides examples of how Miller’s Pyramid can be applied to assess and develop NP student competencies and evaluate clinical performance.

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Nursing Administration Quarterly

Academic Leadership for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In the January/March 2024 issue of Nursing Administration Quarterly, Dr. Felesia Bowen from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and colleagues published an article titled Academic Leadership for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The article describes the creation, launch, and evaluation of an Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in an academic nursing institution. Lessons learned are shared to assist other schools in their own journey to establish a DEI structure within their programs, especially one with a robust academic-practice partnership.

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Online Journal of Issues in Nursing

Nurses’ Impact on Firearm Safety

On January 31, 2024, the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, published by the American Nurses Association, granted free public access to a new set of articles addressing Nurses’ Impact on Firearm Safety. With an overview and summary on Gun Violence from a Public Health Perspective from Dr. Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell from Villanova University, this four-part series includes articles addressing Nursing’s Role in Firearm Violence Prevention; Firearm Safety and Mental Health; Pediatric Firearm Safety; and Supporting School Nurses. The articles offer insights regarding firearm violence in the U.S. with opportunities for nurses and nurse educators to make the places we work and live safer for all.

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U.S. News and World Report

Why Nurse Practitioner Is the No. 1 Job of 2024

On January 9, 2024, editor Karen Coleman Fields with U.S. News and World Report published a story exploring Why Nurse Practitioner Is the No. 1 Job of 2024. With more than 118,000 new positions expected to be created over the next 10 years, nurse practitioners topped the 100 Best Jobs list and was also ranked number one on the lists for Best Health Care Jobs and Best STEM Jobs. The rankings are offered to help consumers make the best career decisions by providing information about salary, prospective job growth and other factors, including working conditions and work pace.

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American Nurse

2023 Nursing Trends and Salary Survey Results

On December 29, 2023, David Gilmartin and Cynthia Saver with American Nurse, the official journal of the American Nurses Association, published the 2023 Nursing Trends and Salary Survey Results. With findings based on input from more than 3,500 nurses, the new report highlights the current state of the nursing workforce, which finds lower nurse turnover rates, improved staffing levels, and a high rate of job satisfaction (70%). Hiring managers report fewer open positions, but greater difficulty in recruiting new nurses. With 27% of nurses planning to leave their current position in 1-2 years, the top reasons for wanting to leave are salary and workplace dissatisfaction. Survey findings also look at workforce violence and bullying and efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Journal of Nurse Education

Social Media in Nursing Education: A Systematic Review

In the January 2024 issue of the Journal of Nurse Education, Dr. Dawn Sarginson and Dr. Cecilia Wendler from the University of Illinois Chicago have published Social Media in Nursing Education: A Systematic Review. The authors examine how—in a generation of learners where communication, information transfer, and collaboration occur quickly through social media—faculty must find novel ways to reach students accustomed to using technology for learning. They offer ideas on how social media in healthcare education can address asynchronous learning management system issues; create community belongingness; and support student collaboration.

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Healthcare IT News

Digital Transformation in Nursing Ed Can Increase Workforce Resilience

On January 4, 2024, senior editor Andrea Fox with Healthcare IT News published an article titled Digital Transformation in Nursing Ed Can Increase Workforce Resilience. The author profiles how the University of Rochester School of Nursing is leveraging tech-enabled experiential learning to elevate nursing curricula and produce graduates prepared to practice in a digital health environment. The article explores how the shift from a traditional classroom into a dynamic learning environment is working to hone critical thinking and clinical judgment skills. The school's efforts were recognized with AACN’s 2023 Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award.

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The Nurse Practitioner

36th Annual APRN Legislative Update: Improving Practice Scope and Authority, One State at a Time

Featured in the January 2024 issue of The Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Susanne J. Phillips with the University of California Irvine published the 36th Annual APRN Legislative Update: Improving Practice Scope and Authority, One State at a Time. In this highly anticipated report, the author highlights the work underway across the nation to remove statutory and regulatory barriers to full APRN practice, including a summary of practice authority for NPs in the U.S. The author provides individual state snapshots, including data and updates related to legislative developments, practice authority, reimbursement, and helpful links to state-specific resources.

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