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July 2013 Featured News
  1. Meet the New AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Fellows
  2. AACN Applauds Ruling that Upholds Race-Conscious Admission Decisions
  3. NCIN Program Awards Grants to 52 Schools of Nursing
  4. Ending Soon! Special Member Discount for Upcoming Conferences
  5. Register Now for the PhD Summit in Chicago
  6. New Procedures for Students in Clinical Training at VA Sites
  7. ANA Organizational Affiliate Members Convene at Summer Meeting
  8. Read the Journal of Professional Nursing on your Mobile Device
  9. Current Calls for Nominations
  10. Upcoming Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) Webinars
  11. CCNE Constituents Elect New Board and Nominating Committee Members
  12. AACN Announces Four New Scholarship Winners
  13. Healthy People 2020 Webinar Series Announced
  14. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  15. Register Now for Enrollment Management & NursingCAS Tutorial Workshop
  16. Save the Date for Upcoming IPEC Institutes
  17. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  18. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  19. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
 
1. Meet the New AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Fellows
AACN is pleased to announce the second class of nursing deans who have successfully completed the AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program. Launched in 2012 in collaboration with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, this world-class enrichment experience is designed exclusively for top academic leaders in schools of nursing. This ground-breaking program, which includes 57 graduates from schools nationwide, is generously sponsored in part by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence.  Using a competitive process, 21 academic nursing leaders were selected this year to participate in the AACN-Wharton program, which convened in Philadelphia, PA on June 14-17, 2013. The 2013 AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program Fellows include:
  • Jeannette Andrews, Dean, College of Nursing, University of South Carolina
  • Mary G. Boland, Dean, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Kathleen Czekanski, Associate Dean, School of Nursing, La Salle University (PA)
  • Susan Dean-Baar, Dean, College of Nursing, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Lisa Eichelberger, Dean, School of Nursing, Clayton State University (GA)
  • Michael Evans, Dean, School of Nursing, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Penelope M. Glynn, Dean of Nursing, Science and Health Professions, Regis College (MA)
  • Cindy Greenberg, Director, School of Nursing, California State University – Fullerton
  • Mary Hoke, Dean, Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of the Incarnate Word (TX)
  • Jane Kirschling, Dean, School of Nursing, University of Maryland
  • Denise Korniewicz, Dean, College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines, University of North Dakota
  • Patricia A. Kraft, Dean, Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Coastal Georgia
  • Elizabeth Markham, Dean of Nursing, Herzing University (WI)
  • Mary Nies, Director, School of Nursing, Idaho State University
  • Patricia Ravert, Dean, College of Nursing, Brigham Young University (UT)
  • Denise Robinson, Dean, College of Health Professions, Northern Kentucky University
  • Jan Strom, Chair, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Northern Illinois University
  • Alexa Stuifbergen, Dean, School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ann Tritak, Dean, School of Nursing, Saint Peter’s University (NJ)
  • Paula Dunn Tropello, Chair, Department of Nursing, Wagner College (NJ)
 
Read the full press announcement online at www.aacn.nche.edu/news/articles/2013/wharton-fellows.
 
 
2. AACN Applauds Ruling that Upholds Race-Conscious Admission Decisions
On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially upheld current university policies related to race-based admission decisions by remanding the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for reconsideration. This action did not challenge or overturn the legal framework for considering race as a factor in college admissions as set by previous court challenges, including the Grutter v. Bollinger case from 2003. “AACN joins with the larger higher education community to applaud the Supreme Court for continuing to support race-conscious admissions practices as a means to diversifying student populations,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling. “Nursing’s academic leaders have long recognized a strong connection between a culturally diverse nursing workforce and the ability to provide quality, culturally competent patient care. Achieving this goal must be a priority for the profession and requires action at the individual school level.” To read the full press release, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/news/articles/2013/aacn-applauds-court-ruling.
 
 
3. NCIN Program Awards Grants to 52 Schools of Nursing
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently announced the schools of nursing that have been selected to participate in RJWF’s prestigious New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). During the 2013-2014 academic year, these schools will receive grants to support students in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s degree nursing programs, who traditionally are underrepresented in the field and are pursuing a second career in nursing. The NCIN Scholarship Program was launched in 2008 by the RWJF and AACN to expand enrollment in accelerated degree programs in schools of nursing while increasing diversity in the nursing workforce. For more information and a list of the schools receiving grants, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/news/articles/2013/ncin-program-awards-grants.
 
 
4. Ending Soon! Special Member Discount for Upcoming Conferences
Between May 1 and August 1, AACN Members will receive a $50 discount on conferences offered between July 2013 and June 2014 ($349 per conference). The discount applies to selected (marked *) conferences. To view all discounted conferences, click here. This offer may not be combined with other conference discounts.
October 26-29, 2013
*Fall Semiannual Meeting*
JW Marriott
Washington, DC
 
October 26, 2013
JW Marriott
Washington, DC
 
November 20-21, 2013
*Executive Development Series*
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, LA
 
November 21, 2013
Instructional Leadership Network
(ILN) Meeting

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, LA
 
November 21-23, 2013
*Baccalaureate Education Conference*
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, LA
 
January 16-18, 2014
CNL Summit
Hyatt Regency Orange County
Anaheim, CA

January 29, 2014
Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
Waldorf Astoria Naples
Naples, FL

January 29-February 1, 2014
*Doctoral Education Conference*
Waldorf Astoria Naples
Naples, FL

January 30, 2014
Research Leadership Network (RLN) Meeting
Waldorf Astoria Naples
Naples, FL

February 6-8, 2014
*Faculty Development Conference*
Hilton Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX 

 
For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager at nbeverage@aacn.nche.edu or at 202-463-6930, ext. 240.
 
 
5. Register Now for the PhD Summit in Chicago
AACN is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the PhD Summit, a National Dialogue on the Future of Nursing Science and the Research-Focused Doctorate. The summit will be held on September 19-20, 2013 at the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel in Chicago, IL. Nursing faculty, deans, and associate deans will come together to discuss the changing nature of research and shape the development of academic programs that will prepare the next generation of nurse scientists. To read the press announcement about the summit, click here.

To view the preliminary agenda, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/conferences/2013/2013-PhD-Summit-Agenda.pdf
To register, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/events/2013/09/19/phd-summit.
 
 
6. New Procedures for Students in Clinical Training at VA Sites
On July 3, 2013, the Under Secretary for Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced new procedures related to the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Badging for Health Professions Trainees. The new procedures will impact how nursing students will be approved for access to clinical training at the VA and how the process of background checks will be conducted. Questions about the new procedures may be directed to the VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations at http://www.va.gov/oaa/apps/lpssurveys/helpdesk.aspx.
 
 
7. ANA Organizational Affiliate Members Convene at Summer Meeting
During the last week of June, the American Nurses Association (ANA) hosted its Organizational Affiliates (OA) Meeting and the inaugural Membership Assembly. Among the attendees shown below were AACN President Jane Kirschling (far left standing) and Chief Executive Officer Polly Bednash (center standing). Working together, ANA and its affiliate organizations seek to share information and collaborate in finding solutions to issues that face the nursing profession, regardless of specialty. 
 
 
 
8. Read the Journal of Professional Nursing on your Mobile Device
You can now read the Journal of Professional Nursing—the official journal of AACN—on your mobile device! Click here to download Elsevier’s HealthAdvance mobile app for your SmartPhone or iPad. Then log in with your registered journal username and password to gain access to full-text articles.
 
If you have not yet registered click here to follow the two simple steps: register and claim your access. Once you activate your subscription, you can then use your username and password to log in and enjoy one-touch, direct access to the journal from your device.
 
 
9. Current Calls for Nominations
Policy Luminary Award
The Policy Luminary Award was established by AACN in 2009 to annually recognize an outstanding registered nurse and national leader for his or her public policy achievements. The first recipient of the award was Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Wakefield’s extensive career in nursing and health policy exemplifies the spirit of the AACN Policy Luminary Award. The award is presented annually at the AACN Fall Semiannual Meeting. Each nomination package should include two letters of recommendation from peers, the nominee’s CV, and a one-page bio. Nominations should be submitted electronically to Lauren Inouye at linouye@aacn.nche.eduNominations are due by 5:00 pm ET, Monday, September 16, 2013.
 
This AACN awards program showcases outstanding dissertations and capstone projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. Two awards will be presented at AACN’s annual Doctoral Education Conference, in Naples, Florida, held January 29–February 1, 2014:
  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award for an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing, DNS, or DNSc program. A dissertation is an original research project that focuses on advancing nursing science and developing new evidence with the potential to guide nursing practice.
  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award for an outstanding capstone project from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. A capstone project demonstrates high-level mastery of an area of advanced nursing practice and focuses on the translation of evidence into practice.
To read more about the criteria and nomination process, click hereAll nominations must be received by October 12, 2013. Please direct any questions related to this awards program to AACN’s Director of Faculty Development, Dr. Mary Bondmass at mbondmass@aacn.nche.edu.
 
10. Upcoming Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) Webinars
Successfully Transitioning from Practice to Teaching Roles
Monday, July 29 at 3:00 pm (ET)
Transitioning from the practice arena to an educator role can be challenging. Not only will you be changing roles, but you must also learn to redirect your mission from providing quality health care to your patients in practice, to aligning yourself with the university and their defined mission of teaching, scholarship, and service. As you evolve from student to educator, there are tools you can use that will allow you to move fluidly from novice to expert.

Special Three-Part Series on Communicating and Nursing Research
  • Session 3: The Possibilities are Endless: A Review of Tools and Tactics to Promote Your Research
    Tuesday, August 27 at 2:00 pm (ET)
    Using the knowledge gained in the first two sessions, join this final session for tips, tricks, tools, and tactics. The speakers will share best practices and help you understand ways to connect with your target audiences. This session will also explore the different social media outlets that you can use to promote your research such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, blogs, and Websites.

The above Webinars are offered free to all members of the GNSA. To register, visit: www.aacn.nche.edu/students/gnsa/webinars.
 
 
11. CCNE Constituents Elect New Board and Nominating Committee Members
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has successfully completed its 2013 elections process.  Elected to the CCNE Board were Dr. Debra Davis (incumbent), dean and professor at the University of South Alabama (AL), as a representative of chief nurse administrators. Also elected were Mr. John Michael Flaitz (incumbent), primary care nurse practitioner at the United States Naval Reserve (FL) and Dr. Lauren Goodloe, director of Medical & Geriatric Nursing and administrative director for Nursing Research at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VA), as representatives of practicing nurses.  
 
CCNE Nominating Committee members for 2014 include Dr. Lynn George (chair), Robert Morris University (PA); Dr. Janet Baiardi, University of Detroit Mercy (MI); Dr. Jane Martin, Samford University (AL); Dr. Barbara Ann Messina, Long Island University C.W. Post (NY); and Dr. Deborah Vargo, Lourdes University (OH). More information about the election results is available at www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.
 
 
12. AACN Announces Four New Scholarship Winners
AACN is pleased to announce the latest scholarship winners from two separate awards programs funded by partnering organizations. The CertifiedBackground.com-AACN Scholarship (CBC) is offered to students in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs at schools affiliated with CertifiedBackground.com and/or NursingCAS. The AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship (AC) was created to support students seeking baccalaureate and graduate degrees in nursing at member schools. Please join us in congratulating the following scholarship recipients:
  • Alana Cueto, CNL Student (MSN), Seton Hall University (CBC)
  • Debra Servello, DNP Student, University of Southern Indiana (AC)
  • Mark Thomas, MSN Student, University of California San Francisco (CBC)
  • Sandra Wyrick, PhD Student, Washington State University (AC)
For more details on these scholarship programs and others available to nursing students in baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs, see www.aacn.nche.edu/students/scholarships
 
 
13. Healthy People 2020 Webinar Series Announced
For the past 30 years, the Healthy People initiative, which was launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has worked to improve the quality of our nation’s health by producing a framework for public health prevention priorities and actions. The program’s latest initiative,  Healthy People 2020, is advancing a set of 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention. AACN is honored to be a part of this important work. Nurse faculty, students, clinicians, and all stakeholders are invited to participate in these upcoming Webinars related to the Healthy People 2020’s priorities:
 
July 18, 2013 at 12:00-12:45 pm (ET)
 
July 24, 2013 at 2:00–3:30 pm (ET)
 
 
 
14. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This month’s edition of Policy Beat highlights available resources to answer questions regarding enrollment in the Affordable Care Act insurance Marketplace. The August Congressional recess is an opportune time to meet with legislators in your home district- learn how you can stay involved in AACN advocacy in the coming month. Also included: updates on the FY 2014 appropriations process, introduction of bill to allow APRNs to certify home health services, and Congressional briefing cosponsored by AACN addresses public health. To view the July issue of AACN Policy Beat, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/government-affairs/policy-beat.
 
 
15. Register Now for Enrollment Management & NursingCAS Tutorial Workshop


Enrollment Management & NursingCAS Tutorial Workshop
August 26, 2013
San Antonio, TX
Register Today! - Space is limited!
 
Join your colleagues in Texas to learn more about how to leverage NursingCAS to effectively manage your admissions process. NursingCAS is the online, centralized application service for nursing schools that provides an online application for students and web-based admissions management software for schools called WebAdMIT. The newly enhanced version of NursingCAS was released on April 15, 2013. The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing is hosting this free event (attendees are responsible for the cost of lodging and transportation) in conjunction with AACN and its partner, Liaison International, on Monday, August 26 at the School of Nursing (7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229). Space is limited to 40 attendees, so register at your earliest convenience.
 
Sessions will cover content for prospective, beginner, and advanced users, and the event is open to deans, admissions professionals, IT staff, faculty, nursing school recruiters, advisors, and other decision-makers involved in the admissions process. Attendees can choose to attend for the full-day (9 am–5 pm) or half-day (9 am–1 pm or 12–5 pm), and the workshop will feature tutorials on the application, admissions software, roundtable discussions with colleagues on enrollment management topics and strategies, and a keynote address by the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services at the School of Nursing, Dr. Hilda Mejia Abreu. Click here to see an agenda.
 
There is no cost to schools to participate in NursingCAS (software and support are free); applicants do pay a nominal fee. Participation is open to all accredited programs at the diploma, associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Schools can join at anytime and decide which programs to post on NursingCAS, and we will assist you with implementation. For more information on joining, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/nursingcas/join. In order to join NursingCAS, you must complete the participation form. To view or print a copy of the form prior to electronically submitting it, click here. For more information about this workshop or NursingCAS, contact Caroline Allen, at callen@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930 ext. 258 or visit www.aacn.nche.edu/nursingcas.
 
 
16. Save the Date for Upcoming IPEC Institutes
 
 
AACN and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) are pleased to announce the new dates for upcoming faculty development institutes focused on facilitating interprofessional team-based learning. An encore offering of the introductory IPE institute for educators across the health professions is planned for October 7-9, 2013 in Chicago, IL.  Programming for this event will be anchored in the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice released by IPEC in 2011.  IPEC is also planning additional institutes in January and May 2014 with content and themes to be announced.
 
Registration and detailed information about the October 2013 institute will be posted soon on IPEC’s Web site:  www.ipecollaborative.org.
 
 
 
17. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  • The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing recently announced the receipt of a $2.2 million dollar gift from alumna M. Christine Schwartz.  With important upgrades made possible by this significant donation, an entirely new environment will be created at the Nursing School building on the UIC campus. To read the press release, click here.


  • The University of Minnesota School of Nursing’s BSN program will be expanded significantly this fall to produce more highly qualified nurses to serve the needs of veterans and their families.  Minnesota received a $5 million grant to build this partnership initiative between the School of Nursing and the Minneapolis Veteran’s Health Care System for this purpose. Click here to learn more.
 
 
18. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • In June, University of Michigan School of Nursing Dean Kathleen Potempa began serving as a voice for nursing on the Wall Street Journal’s Experts group. The Experts is an exclusive group of industry, academic, and other thought leaders who engage in in-depth online discussions of topics of interest to Journal readers. Her first commentaries were published last month, including one on how to deal with an expected primary care provider shortageIn this new role, Dr. Potempa serves in a roundtable with such experts as CEOs of Kaiser Permanente and the Commonwealth Fund, chair of Bausch and Lomb, and physician leaders from top medical schools among others. To read more, click here.
  • New York University College of Nursing’s Tara A. Cortes, Executive Director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and professor of Geriatric Nursing, was recently named to the Health and Aging Policy Fellows 2013-2014 Program in the non-residential track. The year-long Program is a unique opportunity for professionals in health and aging to receive the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans. To read the press release, click here.
  • Dr. Karen Meneses, professor and associate dean for research in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing and co-leader of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been appointed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women. The committee was chartered in 2010 and consists of external experts and stakeholders who advise the CDC in developing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based approaches to advance the understanding and awareness of breast cancer among young women. To learn more, click here.
 
 
19. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program has announced a Request for Proposals. This announcement is being issued to provide information and procedures to facilities interested in developing Nurse Practitioner Residency programs. Selected sites will be provided funding for trainee positions to start this September. Note that a non-binding Letter of Intent to submit a proposal must be submitted by 5 pm EDT on July 19.Click here to view the full announcement. For more information, contact Mary Dougherty, PhD, Director, Nursing Education at 202/461-9498, marydoughtery@va.gov or Johnnie Guttery, MS(N), Program Manager at 202/461-1482, johnnie.guttery@va.gov
  • The American Cancer Society provides scholarships to help prepare doctoral nursing students for a career as a cancer nurse scientist. Applicants for the Doctoral Scholarships in Cancer Nursing must possess a current RN license and be enrolled in or applying to a doctoral degree program. Students must project a full-time program of study that integrates cancer nursing and provides evidence of faculty support.  Awards are made for up to two years, with possibility of two-year renewal based on satisfactory progress.  The yearly stipend is $15,000. For more information, including details on an informational call planned for August 1, click here.
  • The Institute of Medicine's Report on Best Care at Lower Cost identifies three major imperatives for change: the rising complexity of modern health care, unsustainable cost increases, and outcomes below the system’s potential. The authors also point out that emerging tools like computing power, connectivity, team-based care, and systems engineering techniques—tools that were previously unavailable—can serve as catalysts for change, and are already being put to successful use in pioneering health care organizations. To access the report, click here.
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