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April 2012 Featured News
  1. AACN and Partners Lend Support to White House's National Joining Forces Campaign
  2. New Executive Development Opportunity for Nursing Deans at Wharton
  3. Loretta Ford Receives Nursing Spectrum/Gannett Foundation Award
  4. Christine Alichnie Receives AACN Emeritus Membership
  5. Call for Editor: Journal of Professional NursingJournal of Professional Nursing
  6. Register Now for the Leadership for Academic Nursing Program
  7. Free Online Advertising for AACN Members in May
  8. Apply Now for the 2012 Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
  9. Reserve Your Spot for the Summer Seminar in July
  10. Current Calls for Nominations
  11. Testing Centers Now Available for CNL Certification Exam
  12. Upcoming May Faculty Webinars
  13. Register Now for NursingCAS Events this Spring
  14. Faculty Needed for Volunteer Assignment in Bolivia
  15. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  16. Four National ELNEC Courses Remain for 2012
  17. Johnson & Johnson Portrait of Thanks Mosaic Project
  18. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  19. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  20. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
 
1. New AACN President, Board, and Committee Members Commence Service
 
 
On March 26, 2012, Jane Kirschling, Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Kentucky, assumed the role or AACN President at the close of the Spring Business Meeting held in Washington, D.C. Dr. Kirschling has served as Dean and Professor of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing since 2006. Previously she held top administrative and faculty positions at the University of Southern Maine, University of Rochester, and Oregon Health & Science University. She has been active on the AACN Board for more than 10 years where she has served as President-Elect, Secretary, Member-at-Large, and Chair of the Government Affairs Committee.
 
Also at the conclusion of the Spring Business Meeting, Eileen Breslin, Dean of the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, assumed the role of AACN President-Elect. She will serve as President from 2014-2016. Prior to her current academic appointment, Dr. Breslin was Dean of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst School of Nursing  and Professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing at Northern Arizona University. Her longtime service on the AACN Board includes the role of Treasurer, Member-at-Large, and member of the Government Affairs Committee.
 
The following member deans also began serving in their newly elected roles on the AACN Board and Nominating Committee:
 
   
(Pictured above from left to right)
 
Margaret Faut Callahan, Dean of the College of Nursing at Marquette University, was elected to serve as AACN Treasurer through 2014, filling the unexpired term of retiring Board Member Janet Allan 
(University of Maryland). Dr. Callahan will begin her service as Treasurer on July 1.
 
Ann Cary, Director of the School of Nursing at Loyola University New Orleans, was elected as Board Member-at-Large.
 
Eleanor Howell, Dean of the Creighton University School of Nursing, was re-elected as a Board Member-at-Large.
 
Carole Kenner, Dean of the School of Nursing at Northeastern University, was elected to the Nominating Committee.
 
Juliann Sebastian, Dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, was re-elected to the AACN Board as Secretary.
 
Kristen Swanson, Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor of the School of Nursing at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was elected to the Nominating Committee.
 
Joanne Warner, Dean of the University of Portland School of Nursing, was elected as Board Member-at-Large.
 
Read more about AACN’s newly elected leaders online at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/news/articles/2012/new-presidency.
 
 
2. AACN and Partners Lend Support to White House's Joining Forces Campaign
 
 
Photo courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and photographer I. George Bilyk
 
On April 11, 2012, AACN President Jane Kirschling and CEO Polly Bednash were invited to join with First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and other nursing leaders at the national launch event celebrating nursing’s support for the Joining Forces campaign. The event was held at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and hosted by Dean Afaf Meleis. To view a video of this event, click here.
 
Almost 600 nursing schools have pledged their support to improve veteran care by enhancing nursing education as part of this national effort. To see a list of participating schools, see www.aacn.nche.edu/joining-forces. Schools looking to add their names to the list are encouraged to do so online at https://joiningforces.wufoo.com/forms/support-joining-forces.
 
In a press statement, CAPT C.B. Cooper II, USN, Executive Director of Joining Forces, said:  "We are grateful to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for its commitment to leading a nationwide campaign by over 500 nursing schools who commit by 2014 to educating nursing students on how to care for military service members, veterans, and their families dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, and other clinical issues.” See press release http://www.aacn.nche.edu/news/articles/2012/white-house-joining-forces.
 
For details on AACN’s upcoming series of faculty Webinars focused on Joining Forces, see item #12 below.
 
 
3. New Executive Development Opportunity for Nursing Deans at Wharton
AACN is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new leadership development program for nursing leaders. Offered by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, this four-day program will be taught by Wharton faculty, who will present relevant and timely content designed to advance chief academic administrators to a higher level of leadership.
 
The AACN / Wharton curriculum is designed to provide the concepts and tools needed to enhance leadership capacity and hone the skills that are essential to move forward strategically as an academic leader. The program addresses issues around managing and leading change, influencing and galvanizing a diverse set of stakeholders, and building strategic relationships in highly volatile environments. Participants in this program will leave equipped with an advanced set of negotiation, leadership, and influencing skills, and the confidence and ability to serve on or lead high-powered boards. Interactions and collaboration within the cohort will also provide participants with a valuable and ongoing resource network.
 
Registration will be limited to a select 40 participants, and there will be a competitive application process. The application and more detailed content information will be available online the week of May 7, 2012. You will receive an additional e-mail communication announcing the posting of the application. Program cost: $6,895 (includes private accommodations, all meals and breaks, an opening reception, Evening Lounge, Fitness Facility, and concierge services).
 
 
4. Loretta Ford Receives Nursing Spectrum/Gannett Foundation Award
 
At the AACN Spring Annual Meeting, immediate past president, Kathleen Potempa (right) presented Dr. Loretta C. Ford with the 2012 Nursing Spectrum/Gannett Foundation Lectureship Award. This annual award recognizes individuals for their contributions to health care or higher education. After receiving the award, Dr. Ford shared her insights with the AACN membership, receiving a thunderous standing ovation at the conclusion of her presentation. For an interview with Dr. Ford, please see page two in Syllabus.
     
 
5. Christine Alichnie Receives AACN Emeritus Membership
 
 
Dr. Christine Alichnie was presented with AACN Emeritus Membership at the Spring Annual Meeting in Washington, DC in March. Dr. Alichnie has been consistently active in the business and meetings of AACN and accepted appointments to serve on various committees and task forces for the association. She has provided 30 years of service to Bloomsburg University with 17 of those years as Chair of the Department of Nursing. 
 
To view more photos from the Spring Annual Meeting see, http://www.aacn.nche.edu/conferences/2012/spring-annual-meeting-photos.
 
6. Call for Editor: Journal of Professional Nursing
AACN's Board of Directors invites applications for the position of Editor for the Journal of Professional Nursing (JPN), the official journal of AACN. JPN is a peer-reviewed bimonthly journal that focuses on the practice, research, and policy roles of nurses with baccalaureate and graduate degrees, the education and management concerns of the universities in which they are educated, and the settings in which they practice. Reports of original work, research, reviews, and policy papers focusing on professional nursing are published. For more information on the position and to apply, visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/career-link/call-for-editor-jpn.
 
Application deadline is June 29, 2012.
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7. Register Now for the Leadership for Academic Nursing Program
AACN's Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) is designed to enhance the executive leadership skills of individuals in mid- to upper-level faculty positions who have experience in academic administration roles and aspire to lead the nursing academic unit. This competitive program is also offered for individuals serving as the chief academic administrator of a nursing school offering baccalaureate or graduate degrees who are new to the role (within 3 years).

This prestigious program features an intensive 5-day seminar, focused assessment activities, facilitation of a mentorship experience, opportunities for follow-up with seminar faculty, and sharing of ideas and resources among fellows. The program focuses on key leadership competencies needed in complex nursing education and healthcare environments.
 
Applications must be received by AACN no later than Friday, May 18, 2012 in order to be considered.
 
 
8. Free Online Advertising for AACN Members in May
In honor of National Nurses Week, AACN is pleased to offer member institutions the opportunity to advertise faculty vacancy announcements for free in Faculty Career Link during the month of May.
 
You may send the ad copy in the body of an email or as an attachment in Word. In addition to the text, announcements may include a graphic image such as your school logo. Graphics may be sent via email as either a JPEG or GIF file. Finally, the person placing the ad must include their name, institution, mailing address, email, and phone number in the body of the email, along with the words "Free May Advertising" in the subject.
 
To take advantage of this offer, please email your vacancy announcement to Career Link Ad Coordinator, Anna Kathryn Pierce at apierce@aacn.nche.edu by Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Click here to view advertisement template for Career Link.
 
 
9. Apply Now for the 2012 Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
 
AACN, with support from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, is currently offering a sixth round of scholarship funding to underrepresented minority nursing students who plan to work as nursing faculty after graduation. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral nursing program or a clinically-focused master’s degree program.
 
Click here for more details and to access the scholarship application.
 
Applications must be received by: Wednesday, May 2, 2012.
 
10. Reserve Your Spot for the Summer Seminar in July
                 

     

Summer Seminar
July 22-25, 2012
Hotel Viking - Newport, RI
View Conference Details

For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager, via email or 202-463-6930, ext. 240.
 
11. Current Calls for Nominations
This award recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change. Innovation awards, including a monetary prize of $1,000, will be given in four institutional categories: Small School; Academic Health Center (AHC); Private School without an AHC; and Public School without an AHC.
 
For award criteria and detailed nomination information please visit us online at: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards/innovations.
 
The new deadline for nominations is April 30, 2012.
 
One of the highest honors a person can receive from AACN is the Sr. Bernadette Armiger Award, which recognizes a nursing leader who has made significant contributions to the association and its goals, to nursing education, and to the advancement of the profession.
 
For award criteria and detailed nomination information, please visit: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards.
 
The deadline for nominations is June 8, 2012.
 
12. Testing Centers Now Available for CNL Certification Exam
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) now offers testing centers for the CNL Certification Exam. Provided by Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc. (SMT), testing centers are a convenient way for CNL graduates and online students who may not be located near a school of nursing to sit for the exam. The cost to register to sit for the CNL Certification Exam at a testing center is $410 (initial testing fee) or $310 (retesting fee). To view the list of testing centers click here.
 
For more information about the CNL Certification Program, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/CNL or contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at tlofty@aacn.nche.edu
 
13. Upcoming May Faculty Webinars
Joining Forces Webinar Series: Educating Future Nurses to Care for Veterans

Part I: Joining Forces through Creative Curriculum Approaches: The Veterans Administration Nursing Academy
May 2, 2012 at 2:00 - 3:30 pm (ET)
 
See www.aacn.nche.edu/webinars for a complete listing of the Webinars, organized by topic, and past Webinars. For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, at cgeanetta@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, ext. 230.
 
14. Register Now for NursingCAS Events this Spring
NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to nursing programs. Through NursingCAS, prospective students may apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating nursing schools. Students only need to complete one electronic application and prepare one set of corresponding materials that will be disseminated to designated schools of nursing for consideration. Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to schools of nursing. Want to learn more?
 
Attention Atlanta Area Schools
NursingCAS Presentation at Emory University – Register Now
Wednesday, April 25, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (ET)
Representatives from area schools are invited to a free NursingCAS presentation on Emory’s campus. See a demonstration of the application and an overview of WebAdMIT, the web-based admissions management software schools use to access and view applicants. The demonstration will be followed by a question and answer session.
 
NursingCAS and WebAdMIT Overview Webinar - Register Now
Tuesday, May 15, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (ET)
Attend a free Webinar to see a demonstration of the application and an overview of WebAdMIT, the web-based admissions management software schools use to access and view applicants. The demonstration will be followed by a question and answer session.
 
NursingCAS Open House and Tour in Boston – Register Now
 
 
NursingCAS is hosting free Open House sessions on June 12 and 13 in Watertown, MA (outside of Boston). Attendees will tour NursingCAS headquarters and receive a first-hand look at the transcript and application verification processes. Come ask questions of NursingCAS users and meet the customer service and technical team. Learn more about the event here. For schools that are currently using NursingCAS, there is a special Open House session and admissions forum on Tuesday, June 12 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (ET). For more information, click here.
 
Nursing schools interested in joining the service are encouraged to visit www.aacn.nche.edu/nursingcas for more information or contact NursingCAS Manager Caroline Allen at callen@aacn.nche.edu (202-463-6930, ext. 258.) with any questions or to schedule a conference call.
 
15. Faculty Needed for Volunteer Assignment in Bolivia
Health Volunteers Overseas, whose nursing arm is sponsored by AACN, announces that a volunteer is needed to conduct a site assessment for a possible nurse training program at Hospital Arco Iris in La Paz, Bolivia. Volunteers must be fluent in Spanish and possess a master's degree or higher in nursing and/or at least 5 years experience. Prospective volunteers should be aware that La Paz is located at an elevation of 12,000 feet and may not be appropriate for those with certain medical conditions. Please contact April Pinner at a.pinner@hvousa.org  for more information. 
 
16. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This edition of Policy Beat features highlights from the 2012 AACN Spring Annual Meeting, including photos from the Congressional Reception. Also featured is information on the CMMI Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration solicitation for proposals, the Title VIII Nursing Scholarship Program application cycle, and changes to the Title VIII Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship. Sponsorship opportunities for the 2013 AACN Student Policy Summit now available, and AACN is accepting nominations for the 2012 Policy Luminary Award. Read Policy Beat for further details.
 
 
17. Four National ELNEC Courses Remain for 2012
This national train-the-trainer initiative provides state-of-the-art education on teaching End-of-Life-Nursing-Care. Participants will receive lectures, PowerPoint slides, updated reference lists, case studies, and supplemental teaching materials geared to teaching students how to care for patients with life-limiting illnesses. You will receive training in:
  • pain and symptom management,
  • ethical/legal issues, cultural considerations, communication with the patient, family, and other members of the interprofessional team, loss/grief/bereavement, and
  • how to care for patients and their families in the final hours of life.
You also will have the opportunity to network with other nursing faculty and clinicians from across the US. Courses remaining in 2012 include:
  • May 10-11: ELNEC-Core; Chicago, IL
  • July 16-17: ELNEC-For Veterans; Anaheim, CA (Disneyland)
  • August 23-24: ELNEC Summit; Washington, DC*
  • October 11-12: ELNEC Summit; Portland, OR*

    *ELNEC Summit provides ELNEC-Core, Pediatric Palliative Care, Geriatric, and Critical Care training simultaneously. You would choose only one of these curricula to participate in.
For further information and/or to register, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/ELNEC or contact Pam Malloy at pmalloy@aacn.nche.edu
 
For all the latest news and updates, follow ELNEC on Facebook. 
 
 
18. Johnson & Johnson Portrait of Thanks Mosaic Project
Your Smile Will Help Nursing Students Get a Picture Perfect Start
 
Submit your photo to be included in the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future’s Mosaic Project – The Art of Nursing: A Portrait of Thanks. In preparation for the Campaign’s 10th Anniversary celebration this year, they are creating a unique photo mosaic – a compilation of different pictures to create a single image – that celebrates the nursing profession. With your participation, not only will you be a part of nursing history, but for every photo uploaded through April 30, 2012, the Campaign will donate $1 to the Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association (FNSNA) to help fund nursing student scholarships.
 
Deadline to submit is a photo is April 30, 2012. Click here to submit a photo.
 
19. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
On April 2, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman signed a bill authorizing support for the construction of a cancer research tower on the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Omaha campus, a nursing and allied health education center in Kearney and a veterinary diagnostic center in Lincoln. All three facilities are part of the University of Nebraska's "Building a Healthier Nebraska" initiative. The $15 million nursing facility would house an expansion of UNMC’s School of Allied Health Professions programs in the fields of clinical laboratory science, diagnostic medical sonography, physician assistant, physical therapy, and radiography. See http://www.unmc.edu/nursing.
 
20. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Nursing at the Permian Basin recently received a generous gift from the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation to establish an Endowed Chair in Evidence-Based Practice with an emphasis in rural health. The chair will investigate ways to incorporate scientific nursing data to deliver innovative patient care and implement improved health disparities research and programs throughout rural West Texas. The new endowed chair will be housed at The Center of Excellence in Evidence-Based Practice, a collaborative initiative of the School of Nursing and Medical Center Hospital. See http://www.ttuhsc.edu.
 
21. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
Essential Genetic and Genomic Competencies for Nurses With Graduate Degrees has just been published by the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) and is now available on the ANA NursingWorld website under the Ethics, Genetics & Genomics section, to view click here. The overarching goal is to improve the genetic/genomic competence of nurses in advanced clinical, educational, academic and research leadership roles. These graduate-level competencies are currently endorsed by 20 nursing and professional organizations, including AACN. Please contact Karen Greco at kgreco@nursing.arizona.edu for more information.
 
The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing will host their 2012 Geriatric Nursing Research Scholars Program on July 30 -August 3, 2012 at the New York University College of Nursing. This is an opportunity for researchers in academia or hospitals to develop a research program in a week-long, intensive, summer seminar with an in-depth mentoring experience with nationally recognized gerontologic nursing researchers. Space is limited. Applications are due by May 15. For additional information, please visit http://www.hartfordign.org/research/summer_scholars/ or contact (212) 992-9416 or hartford.ign@nyu.edu.
 
On April 26 at 12:00 pm (ET), Healthy People 2020 is hosting a Webinar on Leading Health Indicators
featuring an evidence-based program targeting mental health issues across the country. During this 45-minute event, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will present data on the burden of mental illness in the United States, with a focus on health disparities. To register, visit: http://bit.ly/Hv1Hd.
 
 
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