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July 2011 Featured News

  1. RWJF and AACN Award New Scholarships through NCIN Program
  2. Preview of Fall Faculty Webinars
  3. GANES Position Statement on Investing in Nursing Education
  4. New CNC Board of Commissioners Appointed
  5. AACN Closes Financial Benchmarking Survey 
  6. Online Collaboration Community for Faculty to Launch this Fall
  7. 2011 Election for CCNE Board and Nominating Committee Now Open
  8. Special Members-Only Discount on Conference Registration
  9. Join Us for the 2011 Fall Seminannual Meeting in Washington, DC
  10. Organizational Leadership Network Meeting Coming in October
  11. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat Online
  12. AACN and Jonas Center Collaborate on National Faculty Initiative
  13. Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Announces New Faculty Scholars
  14. ELNEC Hosts National Series of Train-the-Trainer Courses
  15. Apply Now for a QSEN Faculty Development Institute
  16. AACN Issues Call for Board Nominations
  17. Infusing Geropsychiatric Nursing into Curriculum Awards
  18. Next CNL Summit Coming to Tampa in January 2012
  19. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  20. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  21. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
 

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1. RWJF and AACN Award New Scholarships through NCIN Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and AACN have announced that 52 schools of nursing across the U.S. have received funding through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). NCIN was launched in 2008 to address the national nursing shortage, develop a demographically representative nursing workforce, and fuel the pipeline of nurse faculty and leaders. The NCIN program was created through RWJF and AACN to enable schools of nursing to expand student capacity in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s programs while building a more diverse workforce ready to serve the needs of a changing patient population. Schools receiving funding through NCIN provide scholarships directly to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds. These grants signify a program investment of more than $23 million in nursing development and scholarship. For more information, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Media/NewsReleases/2011/ncin.html.
 
2. Preview of Fall Faculty Webinars
 
AACN’s popular series of free Webinars – offered exclusively for faculty teaching in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs – will continue in the fall. These interactive sessions will include a presentation from a noted expert followed by a robust question-and-answer session. Upcoming 2011 Faculty Webinars include:
  • Simulation Standards for Best Practice
    Presented in collaboration with INACSL and sponsored by Elsevier
  • Clinical Teaching and Evaluation

  • Transitioning to Adult-Gerontology APRN Education
    Project Introduction, Scope, and Faculty Resource Development
  • Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium: Project Overview
  • Special Series on the Clinical Nurse Leader:
    • CNL Outcomes Across Healthcare Systems
    • Making the Business Case for the CNL
    • A Service and Academic Partnership to Design and Sustain a CNL Program
      Co-sponsored by AACN and the Commission on Nurse Certification
Visit AACN’s Web site in August for information on registration and additional Webinars: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Faculty/FacultyLink/webinars.htm.
 
3. GANES Position Statement on Investing in Nursing Education
 
The Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Science (GANES) has endorsed a position statement on Investing in Nursing Education to Advance Global Health. GANES serves as the international voice on the contribution of professional nursing education and scholarship to improving global health and health care. GANES constitutes the only international body providing strategic-level expertise in the education and professional development of nurses worldwide. To read and download the position statement, go to http://www.ganes.info/documents/GANESPositionFinal5.26.11.pdf.
 
4. New CNC Board of Commissioners Appointed
 
Effective July 1, 2011, the Commission on Nurse Certification’s (CNC) Board of Commissioners are as follows:  Sue Hartranft, PhD, ARNP, CNL  (Chair, Morton Plant Mease Health Care, Dunedin, FL ); Melissa Vandeveer, PhD, RN, PNP, CNL  (Vice Chair, Sonoma State University, Rhonert Park, CA); Enna E. Trevathan, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, CNL (Treasurer, VA Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA); Mary S. Seed, PhD, RN, CNL (Secretary, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA); Susan Ottenfeld, MS, RN, CNL (Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL); Patricia L. Thomas, PhD, MSN, RN, CNL (Trinity Health System, Novi, MI); Meredith Wallace Kazer, PhD, APRN, CNL, A/GNP-BC (Fairfield University School of Nursing, Fairfield, CT); Susan M. Schmidt, PhD, RN, CNS, COHN-S, CNL (Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH); James W. Begun, PhD, (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN). For more details on CNL certification, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/CNC.
 
5. AACN Closes Financial Benchmarking Survey
 
On July 15, 2011 AACN closed its Financial Benchmarking Survey. This decision was reached due to the low response rate that AACN received from its members who were asked if whether they prefer to continue or close the AACN Financial Benchmarking Survey. Without a sufficiently large number of responses, the survey results would have little utility for members seeking to engage in benchmarking comparisons. With this consideration, the survey has been closed. If a large enough cadre of schools becomes interested in the survey again in future years, AACN would be glad to reopen the survey at that time. For more information, please contact Dr. Di Fang, AACN’s Director of Research and Data Services, at dfang@aacn.nche.edu.
 
6. Online Collaboration Community for Faculty to Launch this Fall
 
AACN is preparing to introduce an Online Collaboration Community exclusively for faculty from member schools. This new service provides an interactive, social media platform that enables members to share knowledge and best practices, establish collaborative relationships, and form strategic alliances with peers. While a “grand opening” is planned for Fall 2011, a limited roll-out of the Community will take place in late July 2011. At that time, the Calendar, Resource Center, and Archived Webinars areas will be accessible to member faculty that register for free and create a unique profile. Beginning September 2011, only registered faculty will have free, full access to AACN’s popular Webinar series. Once you join the community, webinar registration becomes a simple one-click process. In October 2011, the Community will be fully functioning and provide access to a member directory, discussion forums, and other professional development programs and initiatives.  Look for more information on how to join the Community in late August.
 
7. 2011 Election for CCNE Board and Nominating Committee Now Open
 
Please vote today in the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education's (CCNE) 2011 elections process.  The CCNE election will be open through July 31, 2011. Chief nurse administrators of CCNE-accredited nursing education programs and chief nursing officers of CCNE-accredited post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs are invited to participate in the online election. Six individuals are to be elected to the Board of Commissioners, and four individuals are to be elected to the Nominating Committee.  On June 22, 2011, CCNE constituents were mailed election instructions, username, and password from Dr. Pamela Simmons, Chair of the CCNE Nominating Committee.  If you did not receive the June 22 letter, please contact CCNE Assistant Director Crystal Pool immediately at cpool@aacn.nche.edu to obtain this information.  Chief nurse administrators and chief nursing officers (or their designated representatives) may vote at https://eBallot4.votenet.com/ccne.
 
8. Special Members-Only Discount on Conference Registration
 
Back by popular demand, AACN is pleased to offer a discount to deans and faculty from member schools on our upcoming conferences and meetings. Register online through August 1, 2011 and pay only $349 per conference (represents a $50 discount per conference). Individuals must register for specific conferences. Discount applies to conferences scheduled between July 2011 and June 2012. This discount may not be combined with other conference discounts. For more information, contact Nadia Beverage, AACN Conference Manager, nbeverage@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930.
 
9.  Join Us for the 2011 Fall Semiannual Meeting in Washington, DC
 
AACN’s Fall Semiannual Meeting, “Preparing Nurses for the Challenges of the Future,” will take place in Washington, DC, October 22-25, 2011. Plenary sessions on curriculum innovation and national trends in the use of instructional technology are scheduled along with various breakout discussions. The preconference on Saturday October 22 will offer concurrrent sessions on using the Master's Essentials Toolkit available in the fall; designing innovative core curriculum for master's education; ensuring that the master's in nursing education meets the new Essentials criteria; and taking advantage of NursingCAS and CertifiedBackground.com, two AACN partnerships. Deans are encouraged to bring one or more associate/assistant deans to the meeting. For full program and registration information, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Conferences/11Fall.htm.
 
10. Organizational Leadership Network Meeting Coming in October
 
Come join us for our sixth annual Organizational Leadership Network meeting on Building and Sustaining Academic Leadership held on October 21 from 4–6:00 pm and on October 22 from 8:00 am–12:00 pm. Participants will work in small groups, with leadership from a facilitator, to illuminate non-traditional approaches for growing and nurturing future academic leaders. The next day, speaker Dr. Angela Barron McBride, Distinguished Professor-University Dean Emerita, Indiana University, will bring the ideas together from Friday night to plan individual and collective  strategies for  ensuring  a viable  future. To register for this dynamic program, visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Conferences/11Fall.htm.
 
11. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat Online
 
AACN's July Policy Beat features information specific to a new ruling on the Department of Education's regulation requiring state authorization for distance education programs; a call to action on recently introduced legislation that supports advanced practice registered nurses' ability to practice to their full scope; the latest update on the federal budget and appropriations debate, the Department of Health and Human Services new National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy; nominations for AACN's Policy Luminary Award, among others. To read the latest Policy Beat see: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/government/policybeat.htm.
 
 

12. AACN and Jonas Center Collaborate on National Faculty Initiative
 
AACN has announced a new collaboration with the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence to increase the number of doctorally prepared nursing faculty. The $2.5 million initiative will be managed by AACN as part of the Jonas Center’s larger effort to support 150 new doctoral students across all 50 states. The program is designed to provide financial assistance, leadership development, and mentoring support to expand the pipeline of future nurse faculty into research-focused (PhD, DNS) and practice-focused (DNP) doctorates. For more details, including new details on eligibility and selection criteria, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Faculty/jonas.html.
 
 
13. Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Announces New Faculty Scholars

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has announced its very first class of Macy Faculty Scholars, which include two nurses. These scholars are Dr. Roberta Waite, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Academic Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs at Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions, and Dr. Dena H. Hassouneh, an Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing. The Macy Foundation is continuously working to improve the education of health professionals as a way to improve health for the general public. These scholars will work closely with foundation leaders to reform nursing education, as well as rolling out new curriculums and educational models at their home institutions. Learn more about these scholars at http://www.josiahmacyfoundation.org/news/entry/2011-macy-faculty-scholars.
 
14. ELNEC Hosts National Series of Train-the-Trainer Courses 
The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) is celebrating 10 years of educating nurses in excellent palliative care in 2011. To date, over 14,000 nurses and other interdisciplinary team members have attended a national ELNEC train-the-trainer course. Plan now to send your faculty members to an upcoming course, which will focus on a specific ELNEC curricula, including ELNEC-Core and ELNEC-Critical Care. For more information about ELNEC, a listing of upcoming courses and registration details, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ELNEC/2011CourseSchedule.htm.
  • The CA HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) has recently joined  with ELNEC to improve palliative care education in 16 of California’s public hospitals. These include facilities such as University of California-Irvine, University of Southern California/Los Angeles County, University of California-Davis, San Francisco, and many others. This great opportunity will provide education and mentorship to nurse leaders at these instituions. Stay tuned for further developments on this new initiative.
 
15.  Apply Now for a QSEN Faculty Development Institute
 
Registration is now underway for two nurse faculty development institutes focused on embedding quality and safety content in programs preparing entry-level registered nurses. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the QSEN Faculty Development Institutes emphasize six core competencies: Patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics. Registration is free, and seats are limited. Stipends will be awarded to help defer travel expenses (up to $350 per participant). Schools are encouraged to send up to two participants to a single institute. Additional faculty from a school may be accepted on a space-available, self-funded basis. Interested faculty are encouraged to apply now to avoid missing the following application deadlines: Seattle, September 14-16, apply by August 17; and Charleston, SC, November 2-4, apply by September 9. To apply for an institute, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/qsenec/institutes.html.
 
16. AACN Issues Call for Board Nominations
 
AACN's Nominating Committee has issued a Call for Nominations for candidates to fill five Board seats and two committee vacancies. The committee will choose the slate of candidates at the 2011 Fall Semiannual Meeting based on nominations and the committee's deliberations. The positions under consideration are President-Elect, Secretary, Board Member-at-Large (3 vacancies), and Nominating Committee (2 vacancies). Nominations must be received by October 22, 2011.
 
 
17. Infusing Geropsychiatric Nursing into Curriculum Awards
 
The Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative, a project of the American Academy of Nursing and funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, has established competitive awards to recognize schools of nursing that have integrated content addressing the geropsychiatric nursing competency enhancements into relevant courses or have revised course syllabi that they plan to implement in the future. Each award recipient will receive $500 and be recognized at the conferences detailed below.Two of the awards will be given to Schools of Nursing for infusing Geropsychiatric Nursing into CCNE-Accredited baccalaureate and advanced practice nursing programs (specifically APRN programs with a focus on adult/geriatric, adult acute care, psychiatric, family and women’s health).  
 
Selected winners will be recognized at AACN’s 2011 Fall Semiannual Meeting and the Baccalaureate and Master’s Education Conference as appropriate.
 
The deadline to apply to September 15, 2011. To download the application form and for more information, see http://www.aannet.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=4525.
 
 
18. Next CNL Summit Coming to Tampa in January 2012
 
The next Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Summit will be held January 19-21, 2012 in Tampa, FL. The CNL Summit provides a forum for all healthcare and academic audiences currently implementing or interested in exploring CNL education or practice. Conference topics will include the impact and value of the CNL role on improving patient outcomes, implementing and sustaining the CNL role across diverse systems of care, the CNL role in quality and safety initiatives, innovations in education, and the complementary relationship between the CNL and other members of the healthcare team, including nurse managers, APRNs, and physicians. Special forums for the CNLA membership, CNL faculty, and Nursing/Healthcare Executives will also be offered. A call for abstracts will be released in the next two weeks. AACN member schools can benefit from multi-conference registration discounts until August 1, 2011.  For more information and to stay posted on CNL Summit updates, please visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Conferences/12CNL.htm.
 
19. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
 
The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing has received two grants worth nearly $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The first grant  in the amount of $985,000 will support student loans for nursing doctoral students, as well as those studying to be nurse practitioners. The second grant of $434,000 will be used to provide salaries for faculty, upgrade equipment, support national advisory board activities, and hire consultants. For more information, contact Adero Moore at 504-865-2582 or acmoore@loyno.edu
 
20. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
 
  • On July 1, 2011, the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing officially became Frontier Nursing University. Dr. Susan Stone, Frontier’s President and Dean explained: “This new name represents a milestone in the history of our institution: we are a University – recognized for our outstanding graduate degree programs both domestically and worldwide.” See http://www.frontier.edu/webdocs/MediaRelease_FNUnamechange_070111.pdf.
  • Dr. Gail Stuart, dean of Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing, has been selected to participate as a member of the newly established Measure Applications Partnership (MAP). MAP is a public-private partnership convened by the National Quality Forum  for the purpose of providing input to the Department of Health and Human Services on the selection of performance measures for public reporting and performance-based payment programs.  “This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to changing the impact of health care on some of the most vulnerable individuals in our society. I am honored to be a part of this working group,” noted Stuart.  See http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/nursing/newsandevents/2011/News_Dean_Appointment.pdf.
 
21. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The Dartmouth Institute will provide a dynamic, interactive Web-based series to introduce the theory of clinical microsystems using the bestselling book Quality by Design and the newly released Value By Design. Discussions and exploration with the authors and editors of the two textbooks will occur in these sessions to determine how this field-tested body of knowledge can advance organization improvement strategies, academic development and curriculum, engagement of interdisciplinary front line groups and transformation. The registration fee is $349, and the deadline is August 19, 2011. The series will include four 75-minute interactive Web session discussions about the two books and the field applications of the knowledge with authors, and will require pre-reading and reflection in preparation. Register now at www.clinicalmicrosystem.org; click “Events,” click “Executive Series.”
  • The Dartmouth Institute will provide a dynamic, interactive Web-based series to introduce the theory of clinical microsystems using the bestselling book Quality by Design and the newly released Value By Design. Discussions and exploration with the authors and editors of the two textbooks will occur in these sessions to determine how this field-tested body of knowledge can advance organization improvement strategies, academic development and curriculum, engagement of interdisciplinary front line groups and transformation. The registration fee is $349, and the deadline is August 19, 2011. The series will include four 75-minute interactive Web session discussions about the two books and the field applications of the knowledge with authors, and will require pre-reading and reflection in preparation. Register now at www.clinicalmicrosystem.org; click “Events,” click “Executive Series.”
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