ANA Publishes New Edition of Scope and Standards of Nursing Practice, AAMN Names Best Schools For Men, and More Nursing News

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) releases the fourth edition of Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. The American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN) names 2021 award recipients for the best schools for men in nursing and other award winners. The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) develops a patient toolkit for challenging vaccine conversations. A podcast hosted by two emergency nurses covers various topics related to nursing in emergency. Read on for more nursing news and insights.

ANA publishes new edition of the scope and standards of nursing practice

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has released the fourth edition of Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. The standards provide authoritative statements of the actions and behaviors that all nurses are expected to competently perform, regardless of role, population, specialty, and setting.

Highlights of the new edition include:

  • A revised and contemporary definition of nursing
  • An extensive discussion of respect, equity, inclusion, and social justice
  • The new Professional Nursing Model and the revised Model Representing Regulation of Professional Nursing Practice
  • An expanded discussion of the application of ethics in nursing
  • A complete picture of the dynamic and complex practice of nursing and its membership and evolving boundaries
  • 18 national standards of practice and professional performance and their accompanying competencies

The resource also informs and guides nurses at all levels and all settings to provide safe, quality, and competent care. More information is available online.

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AAMN announces best schools for men, other award winners

Officials with the American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN) have named their 2021 award recipients for the best schools for men in nursing and other award winners. According to the AAMN, award recipients should demonstrate the following:

  • Marketing materials and website images depicting men
  • Career fairs/public relations events targeting men
  • Strategic plans with aims to increase gender diversity in the student and/or faculty bodies
  • Course syllabi or other course content that include content on men’s health
  • Faculty/student in-services or programs that highlight men in nursing
  • Efforts made to link male students with role models, such as male faculty and/or male nurses in the clinical setting

View additional award criteria here.

The top schools for men in nursing include:

  • University of Alabama – Birmingham School of Nursing
  • University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
  • Duke University School of Nursing
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing
  • Rutgers University School of Nursing
  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh College of Nursing

The best workplace for men is Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Other recipients of the 2021 awards include:

  • Chapter of the Year – Great Lakes, Univ. of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
  • Inclusion and Diversity Excellence Award – Barbara Nichols, DNSc (hon) MS, RN, FAAN
  • Luther Christman Award – Jonas Nguh, PhD, RN
  • Outstanding Student – Rebecca Smith, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
  • Emerging Leader Award – Robert Ramos, BSN, RN, CEN, LP
  • Gene Tranbarger Research Award – Edward Halloran, RN, MPH, PhD, and Diane C. Halloran RN, MPH

Related: Men’s Health Overview

AACN develops patient toolkit for challenging vaccine conversations

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has created a guide to help those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to engage their family members and friends who might be hesitant about the vaccine.

Assuming that conversations about the vaccines will likely happen this holiday season and bring potential conflict, AACN officials have released the toolkit as part of the organization’s “Hear Us Out” campaign to report nurses’ work on the frontlines of healthcare.

“Nurses need allies to end this pandemic, and productive conversations about the vaccine among family, friends, and those who trust each other can open minds,” said Beth Wathen, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, president of the AACN and a clinical practice specialist in who works in Denver.

The toolkit includes tips to help individuals prepare for potentially challenging conversations and to talk with those who hesitate to get vaccinated. It provides resources to continue the conversation, including tip sheets, links to trusted information sources, short videos of nurses sharing profound experiences of taking care of unvaccinated patients, and more.

“This toolkit offers straightforward tips to keep sensitive conversations from becoming confrontational,” said Stephanie Burdick, a community health strategist in Salt Lake City. “It fills a critical gap in community health education as the public prepares to celebrate the upcoming holidays with friends and loved ones.”

A recent AACN survey of more than 6,500 acute and critical care nurses found that 76% of respondents say that people who have yet to be vaccinated threaten nurses’ physical and mental well-being. It also found that 92% of nurses surveyed said they believe the pandemic has depleted nurses at their hospitals and, as a result, their careers will be shorter than they intended.

Related: COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know

Podcast spotlight: NursEM – Nursing in Emergency

On the NursEM podcast, two emergency nurses, Monique McLaughlin and Landon James, banter about various topics and interview healthcare professionals. Recent episodes include “Fluid and Electrolytes – Part 1,” “COVID Drugs that Work And Don’t Work,” and “A Panel Interview with People with Lived Experience of the War on Drugs.”

The podcast is available on Apple, Google, and other platforms.

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