AACN awards University of Minnesota pilot grant to foster resilience, wellbeing

December 12, 2022

AACN Grant

The University of Minnesota School of Nursing was one of 10 schools in the country to be awarded a pilot grant by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for A Competency-Based Approach to Leadership Development and Resilience for Student Nurses, funded by Johnson & Johnson.

The AACN launched the initiative to ensure baccalaureate nursing students have learning experiences that foster resilience, self-care, wellbeing and leadership to meet the competency expectations outlined in the new AACN Essentials.

The School of Nursing already emphasizes student wellbeing in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum, with students engaging in self-reflection, guided imagery, mindful moments, stretching and breathing exercises during in-person classes and practicum debriefs. Discussions about how to integrate the Wellbeing Enhances Learning Model, developed by the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, into the BSN curriculum are underway.

“We know there is much more we can and need to do to develop students’ competencies related to resilience, self-care and wellbeing in order to ensure they are successful and resilient nurses in the workforce,” said Dean Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP. “In our discussions with our academic practice partners, they are asking us to prepare students with strategies they can use to support their self-care behaviors, manage stress and prevent burnout. We are committed to developing new and additional curricular interventions to support that request.”

Clinical Associate Professor Laura Kirk, PhD, RN, and Clinical Associate Professor Donna Eull, PhD, RN, CHPPN, will be leading the pilot to integrate resilience, wellbeing and leadership development learning and assessment strategies into the curriculum during the winter/spring 2023 semester. Assistant Dean for Pre-licensure Programs Carol Flaten, DNP, RN, PHN, and Clinical Assistant Professor Erica Timko Olson, PhD, RN, have consulting roles. They will then evaluate use of learning strategies, resources and assessment outcomes and share the outcomes.

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School of Nursing