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October 2011 Featured News
  1. Record Attendance Expected at AACN’s Fall Semiannual Meeting
  2. Join us for the Organizational Leadership Network Meeting
  3. AACN Releases New Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs
  4. 2011 Innovations Award Winners Announced
  5. AACN President Featured in New York Times Article
  6. CCNE Establishes Standards Committee
  7. Register Now for Upcoming Faculty Webinars
  8. Grand Opening of the Online Collaboration Community
  9. NursingCAS Participation Passes the 100-School Mark
  10. New Call for Proposals Issued for RWJF New Careers in Nursing Program
  11. AACN Calls for Freedom for Imprisoned Bahraini Nurses
  12. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  13. Register Now for the Baccalaureate Conference and Executive Development Series 
  14. Doctoral Faculty to Gather in Florida in January 2012
  15. Faculty Practice Event Precedes Two AACN Conferences in Early 2012
  16. ELNEC Hosts National Series of Train-the-Trainer Courses
  17. AACN and CNC Launch New CNL Online Discussion Board
  18. CNL Certification Examination Schedule
  19. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  20. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  21. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
 
1. Record Attendance Expected at AACN’s Fall Semiannual Meeting
 
Join almost 600 deans and associate deans at AACN’s 2011 Fall Semiannual Meeting, Preparing Nurses for the Challenges of the Future, in Washington, DC, on October 22-25, 2011. Plenary sessions on interprofessional education, weathering challenging economic times, 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 concurrent sessions on the development of the Master's Essentials tool kit; designing innovative graduate program curriculum; and taking advantage of member services available through 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/events/2011/10/22/fall.
 
2. Join us for the Organizational Leadership Network Meeting
 
AACN’s sixth annual Organizational Leadership Network meeting on Building and Sustaining Academic Leadership will be held on October 21 from 4–6:00 pm and October 22 from 8:00 am–12:00 pm. Participants will begin the meeting by working 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 afternoon to plan individual and collective strategies for ensuring  a viable  future. To register for this dynamic program, visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/events/2011/10/21/oln.
 
3. AACN Releases New Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs

 
AACN is committed to providing member schools with resources and information helpful to advancing professional nursing education and supporting their academic enterprise. In keeping with this mission, the association has just released Your Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs, a handy reference for students and practicing nurses who are considering graduate level nursing education. AACN has identified a great need for more nurses with master’s and doctoral degrees to enhance access to primary care, preventive, and specialty nursing care. With the Institute of Medicine calling for a doubling of nurses in the U.S. with doctoral degrees, the need to expand the pipeline into graduate programs has become a national priority. An electronic copy of this brochure is available online, and we encourage schools to link directly to this from their Web sites. To view the pdf version of the brochure click here. Hard copies of the brochure may be ordered by using AACN's online order form.
 
4. 2011 Innovations Award Winners Announced
 
The Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Awards will be presented at AACN’s Fall Semiannual Meeting in Washington, DC on October 24, 2011. The awards recognize schools that are doing creative work around re-envisioning traditional models for nursing education and embracing programmatic change. The following schools will be recognized for their achievements:
  • Academic Health Centers: University of Wisconsin-Madison 
  • Small Schools: Wilkes University (PA)
  • Private Schools without an AHC: (TIE) Texas Christian University and
    University of Detroit Mercy
  • Public School without an AHC: University of Texas at Austin
Read more about the award-winning innovations announced by these schools online at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards/innovationspastwinners.
 
5. AACN President Featured in New York Times Article
 
The October 2, 2011 edition of the New York Times included a front-page article on the transition of APRN education to the Doctor of Nursing Practice, which focused on concerns raised by some physicians about the use of the title “Doctor” by nurses. AACN President Kathleen Potempa is featured in the article titled “When the Nurse Wants to be Called Doctor” and is quoted as saying: “Knowledge is exploding, and the doctor of nursing practice degree evolved out of a grass-roots recognition that we need to continuously improve our curriculum.” In response to concerns that nurses are trying to present themselves as physicians, Dr. Potempa said “nurses are very proud of the fact that they’re nurses, and if nurses had wanted to be doctors, they would have gone to medical school.” Read the entire article online at http://www.nytimes.com.
 
 
6. CCNE Establishes Standards Committee
 
CCNE has announced the creation of a new Standards Committee, which is charged with facilitating a comprehensive review of the accreditation standards used to evaluate baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing programs nationally. The Standards Committee is responsible for developing and implementing a process for reviewing the accreditation standards (last amended April 2009), and seeking and considering input from the CCNE community of interest regarding proposed standards revisions. The process is expected to take approximately 12 months. This fall, a general Call for Comments will be published, inviting all interested parties— university and program administrators, faculty, practitioners, agency representatives, employers, students, and others with an interest in the preparation of competent nurses—to suggest revisions to the accreditation standards. A forum on the accreditation standards is also being sponsored by CCNE at AACN's Fall Semiannual Meeting on October 25, 2011, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, at the JW Marriott hotel. Final approval of the accreditation standards rests with the CCNE Board of Commissioners. Click here to view the 2011-2012 Standards Committee
 
7. Register Now for Upcoming Faculty Webinars

AACN’s popular series of free Webinars – offered exclusively for faculty teaching in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs – continues in the fall. These interactive sessions include a presentation from a noted expert followed by a robust question-and-answer session. Upcoming 2011 faculty Webinars include:
  • Clinical Teaching and Evaluation (Oct. 26, 1 pm ET)
  • Nursing Faculty as Principal Investigator Part I: So You Want to be a PI: Introduction to the Role (Oct. 27, 11:30 am ET)
  • Transitioning to Adult-Gerontology APRN Education Webinar Series: Part I (Oct. 31, 1 pm ET)
  • GNEC Webinar Series Part II: Geriatric Resources for Faculty (Nov. 2, 1 pm ET)
  • Early Development and Evolution of the CNL (Nov. 7, 2 pm ET)
  • APRN Education Webinar Series Part II: Strategies and Resources for Teaching Gerontology APRN Content (Nov. 9, 1 pm ET)
  • Nursing Faculty as Principal Investigator Part II: Surviving the Process, Strategic Decision-Making (Nov. 10, 1 pm, ET)
Visit AACN’s Web site for information on registration and additional Webinars: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/webinars.
 
8. Grand Opening of the Online Collaboration Community
 To more closely engage with our constituents, AACN has created an online Collaboration Community exclusively for faculty, deans, and students from member schools. This new service provides a social media platform that enables members to share knowledge and best practices, post resources, explore topics of mutual concerns, and form strategic alliances. This platform, which provides access to archived Webinars, is accessible to member faculty who may register for free and create a unique profile. Only registered faculty will have free, full access to AACN’s popular Webinar series. Following a trial launch period earlier this summer, the Collaboration Community is now fully functioning and provides access to a member directory, discussion forums, and other professional development programs and initiatives. Watch for demonstrations of this new service at the Fall Meeting in Washington, DC this weekend.  For more information, go to http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Faculty/collaboration.
 
 
9. NursingCAS Participation Passes the 100-School Mark
 
More than 100 schools of nursing are now affiliated with NursingCAS, the nation’s only centralized application service for students applying to registered nursing (RN) programs. Launched last year, 104  nursing schools in 36 states have signed on to use the NursingCAS service, including a mix of academic health centers, liberal arts-focused schools, public and private institutions, religiously affiliated schools, a community college, and a hospital-based RN program. Through NursingCAS, prospective nursing students may apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating schools. Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to schools of nursing. Nursing schools looking to join the service are encouraged to visit AACN’s Web site for more information at www.aacn.nche.edu/nursingcas and contact NursingCAS Manager Caroline Allen to schedule a conference call (callen@aacn.nche.edu, 202-463-6930, ext. 258).
 
 10. New Call for Proposals Issued for RWJF New Careers in Nursing Program
 
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and AACN are pleased to announce a new Call for Proposals for the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. This groundbreaking program is designed to alleviate the nation’s nursing shortage by dramatically expanding the pipeline of students in accelerated baccalaureate and master's nursing programs. Scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to up to 400 entry-level nursing students through this fifth round of funding. Preference will be given to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from a economically disadvantaged background. Schools of nursing are invited to apply for funding for scholarship monies to be distributed to students that meet the award criteria. 

 The Call for Proposals is posted online at http://www.rwjf.org/cfp/ncin.
Proposals must be received by 3 pm ET on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Two Web conferences for schools interested in applying for funding are scheduled for:

For information on the program, eligibility criteria, and the application process, contact Dr. Vernell DeWitty in the national program office housed at AACN at 202-463-6930 or vdewitty@aacn.nche.edu.
 
Additional information is also available on the project Web site: http://www.newcareersinnursing.org/apply.
 
11. AACN Calls for Freedom for Imprisoned Bahraini Nurses
 
On October 3, 2011, AACN sent letters to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging them to call on the King of Bahrain to release 20 healthcare workers, including several nurses, recently imprisoned for providing services at the Salmaniya Medical Complex in Manama, Bahrain. According to the International Council of Nurses (ICN), “The health professionals were sentenced by a military court in Bahrain following a seven-minute hearing on charges of ‘trying to overthrow the government’ based on their insistence on fulfilling their ethical duty to care for all those injured and wounded during the social unrest and violent clashes in Bahrain earlier this year.” AACN is concerned as serious charges have been brought against these health professionals because of their peaceful efforts to provide health care to those injured by government security forces during protests in February and March. According to Amnesty International, the charges are based solely on the provision of healthcare services. AACN joined with colleagues at ICN in calling for the unconditional release of these healthcare providers.
 
12. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
 
AACN's October Policy Beat will feature updated information on the drastic funding cuts made to the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs in the House’s FY 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee draft bill, highlights from a reception held to honor one year progress since the release of the Institute of Medicine’s  Future of Nursing  report, information regarding the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) intent to launch its PCORI Pilot Project Grants Program, news on a new program utilizing Innovation Advisors at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Center, among other topics. See: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/government-affairs/resources/policy-beat.
 
13. Register Now for the Baccalaureate Conference and EDS
  The annual Baccalaureate Education Conference will be held November 17-19, 2011 at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center in St. Louis, MO. Through the conference theme Transforming Nursing Education: Addressing Critical Challenges, sessions will address the recommendations posed by recent national reports on nursing education and offer strategies to improve teaching and learn ing in response to increasing demands for innovation in nursing education. Teams of faculty are encouraged to attend together. Everyone is invited to register for the special Instructional Leadership Network program session on Thursday morning. For full program and registration information, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/events/2011/11/17/baccalaureate-education-conference.
Immediately preceding the Baccalaureate Conference, the Executive Development Series (EDS) will be held November 16-17, 2011, also at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center. The theme, Funding the Mission: Seizing Leadership in Financial Management, emphasizes the critically important subject of financial administration of the nursing academic unit. EDS is designed for new and aspiring academic leaders as well as for faculty members who want to improve their leadership skills for a variety of positions within the academic setting. The EDS and Baccalaureate Education Conference are held consecutively, enabling participants to attend both events, and a discount is offered to those who do. For full program and registration information, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/events/2011/11/16/eds.

Note: There is still time to register for these events at the early conference registration rate through November 4.  The conference hotel is now full, and overflow hotels are listed on the AACN Web site.
 
14. Doctoral Faculty to Gather in Florida in January 2012
The Doctoral Education Conference is scheduled for January 25-28, 2012 at the Naples Grande Beach, Naples, FL. The theme is Leading Change, Advancing Health’: An Agenda for Doctoral Education. Designed for deans, associate deans for research, directors of doctoral programs, and other faculty interested in the issues concerning this unique level of nursing education, the program includes sessions of interest to all doctoral faculty, as well as breakout sessions that focus on topics of particular interest to research and practice doctoral programs.  Plenary session topics include implications of the IOM Future of Nursing report on doctoral education and research; and linking research and practice to advance nursing science.  Breakout and abstract sessions allow participants to explore topics of personal interest. The Research Leadership Network offers a special afternoon session for Network members and guests.  The Practice Leadership Network also meets during this conference. 
 
For full information on the program and registration, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/events/2012/01/25/doc.
 
 
15. Faculty Practice Event Precedes Two AACN Conferences in Early 2012
A Faculty Practice Pre-conference is scheduled prior to both the 2012 Doctoral and Master’s Education Conferences specifically for those who promote, administer, and engage in faculty practice. The pre-conference is new in 2012, and the same program precedes both major conferences, allowing educators to attend both events. AACN’s biennial Faculty Practice Conference is in transition and will now be coordinated by the Practice Leadership Network.  Topics this year support the theme, Advancing the Value of Faculty Practice and include the worth and value of faculty practice; balancing multiple roles; the continuing challenges of contracting, coding, and billing; and the important links between faculty practice and research. Make plans now to attend one of these events:
  • January 25, 2012 – prior to the Doctoral Education Conference at the Naples Grande Beach, Naples, FL

  • Feb 29-Mar 1, 2012 – prior to the Master’s Education Conference at the Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX .
For more information, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/conferences.
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. 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/faculty/elnec/2012schedule.
 
17. AACN and CNC Launch New CNL Online Discussion Board 

 AACN and the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) have launched The CNL Community, an online discussion board designed for students and graduates of CNL education programs as well as practicing CNLs. The CNL Community provides a forum to share information and resources, learn about innovative practices and patient outcomes, and network with peers. For more information and registration, go to http://www.aacn.nche.edu/cnl/cnl-community or contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at tlofty@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, x242. For assistance logging into The CNL Community or for other technical support, contact Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, at cgeanetta@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, x230. (NOTE: AACN’s current CNL listserve will continue through December 2011. After that date, a decision will be made whether to continue the listserve or rely solely on The CNL Community for CNL student/graduate communications.)
 
18. CNL Certification Examination Schedule
 
The CNL Certification Exam registration deadline for the December 2011 testing period has been extended to Friday, November 4, 2011. Exam applications and program site registration forms must be received by this date to sit for the exam scheduled December 5-16, 2011. The next testing period deadline will be December 2, 2011 to sit for the January 9-27, 2012 testing period. Currently the CNL Certification Exam is offered in a two-part format – multiple choice and simulation. December 2, 2011 will be the last day to register for the current exam format; the last testing period for the two-part format is January 9-27, 2012. Effective April 2012, the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL®) Certification Examination will be offered in a multiple choice format. For more information about the CNL Certification Program, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/CNL or contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at tlofty@aacn.nche.edu.
  
 
19. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives

A $664,000 grant from Maryland’s Nurse Support Program II will allow the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON), in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Hospital, to develop and test six online orientation models for clinical faculty and preceptors  to be completed by June 2012. These self-paced modules will examine preceptor foundations, communication, clinical reasoning, educator challenges, and creation of a caring culture. Between June 2012 and June 2014, these modules will be implemented, tested, evaluated and eventually incorporated into the orientation schedules of nursing schools and hospitals across the country. “Simulation has been used to train and instruct several high-risk occupations, so it stands to reason that nurses would incorporate that technology to teach our teachers,” said Dr. Sarah “Jodi” Shaefer, lead investigator of this project.  See http://www.son.jhmi.
 
20. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • Dr. Courtney H. Lyder, dean of the University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR), the principal advisory board for the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR). The NACNR meets three times a year on the NIH campus to provide recommendations on the direction and support of the nursing, biomedical, social, and behavioral research that forms the evidence base for nursing practice. An important role of the council is to conduct a second level of review of grant applications that have been scored by scientific review groups. In addition, the council reviews NINR's extramural programs and makes recommendations about its intramural research activities. See http://www.nih.gov/news/health/oct2011/ninr-17.htm.
  •  Dr. Connie Delaney, dean of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and member of AACN's Board of Directors, was awarded an honorary doctorate degree, Doctor Scientiae Curationis Honoris Causai, from the University of Iceland for her outstanding scientific and research contributions in the field of informatics in nursing and because of her great contribution towards the development of post graduate studies in nursing at the University of Iceland. Delaney is the director of the Biomedical Health Informatics Institute and associate director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute – Biomedical Informatics as well as the acting director of the Institute for Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota. See http://www.nursing.umn.edu
 
21. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The 2012 National Health Promotion Summit will be held April 10-11, 2012 in Washington, DC. Abstracts are invited on innovative prevention and health promotion programs that address the Summit’s theme of “Prevention. Promotion. Progress.” Submissions should be made using the online abstracts submissions form at www.aptrweb.org/2012summit.html. Abstracts must be received no later than October 24, 2011. Summit registration will open in January 2012.
  • The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and AcademyHealth announces their Health Policy Fellowship, which aims to foster collaboration between NCHS staff and visiting scholars on a wide range of topics of mutal concern. The fellowship allows visiting scholars to conduct new and innovative analyses and participate in developmental and health policy activities related to the design and content of future NCHS surveys. Student applicants must be doctoral students who have completed course work and be at the dissertation phase of their program. For more information, visit: www.academyhealth.org/nchs.
  • The Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) Program provides nurses the opportunity to learn how to influence health care through the legislative and regulatory processes. Participants learn from health policy experts and government officials, network with other nurses, and visit members of Congress. The 2012 NIWI will take place February 26-28 at the Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. For more information on NIWI, visit: http://www.nursing-alliance.org/content.cfm/id/niwi.
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