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August 2011 Featured News
  1. Fall Faculty Webinars Announced
  2. Online Collaboration Community for Faculty to Launch this Fall
  3. New Research Review Links APRNs to Quality Outcomes
  4. Join Us for the 2011 Fall Semiannual Meeting in Washington, DC
  5. Make Plans Now to Attend the Nightingala
  6. Organizational Leadership Network Meeting Coming in October
  7. CCNE Elects New Board Members
  8. Call for School's Innovative Design and Teaching with the Master's Essentials Tool Kit
  9. New Award Recognizes Innovative Student Learning in Nursing Homes
  10. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  11. CNL Updates: Vanguard Award and Student Prize
  12. AACN and Jonas Center Collaborate on National Faculty Initiative
  13. ELNEC Hosts National Series of Train-the-Trainer Courses
  14. Apply Now for a QSEN Faculty Development Institute
  15. AACN Issues Call for Board Nominations
  16. Infusing Geropsychiatric Nursing into Curriculum Awards
  17. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  18. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  19. Opportunities and Resources to Consider

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1. Fall Faculty Webinars Announced

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 for information on registration and additional Webinars:
2. 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 a social media platform that enables members to share knowledge and best practices, explore topics of shared concerns, and form strategic alliances with peers. While a “grand opening” is planned for Fall 2011, a limited roll-out of the Community is underway. At this at 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.  For more details, see
3. New Research Review Link APRNs to Quality Outcomes
Funded by 27 national nursing organizations, a systematic review published in the September/October 2011 issue of Nursing Economics shows that Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) garner similar and in some ways better patient outcomes than their physician counterparts. This special report reinforces that APRNs provide effective, high-quality patient care and play an important role in improving the quality of care in the United States. The article, “Advanced Practice Nurse Outcomes 1990-2008: A Systematic Review,” is available online for free. Dr. Robin Newhouse and co-authors from the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and Catholic University compare APRN processes and outcomes to those of physician providers. Sixty-nine studies published between 1990 and 2008 were analyzed, and 28 outcomes were summarized for nurses practicing in APRN roles, including nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and clinical nurse specialists. To download the article, see
4. 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 concurrent 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, two AACN partnerships. Deans are encouraged to bring one or more associate/assistant deans to the meeting. For full program and registration information, see
5. Make Plans Now to Attend the Nightingala
The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) is planning the 2011 Nightingala, the annual celebration of achievements in nursing science, for October 14, 2011 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. FNINR expects over 1,000 nurse researchers, deans of nursing schools, presidents of medical schools, faculty, senior management of health-related associations, corporate and community leaders as well as members of Congress and their health care and legislative staffs to attend this special event. For more information on the program and reserving a table, see
6. 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. As a meeting highlight, Dr. Angela Barron McBride, Distinguished Professor-University Dean Emerita, Indiana University, will bring the ideas together from the meeting discussion to plan individual and collective strategies for ensuring a viable  future. To register for this dynamic program, visit
7. CCNE Elects New Board Members
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has successfully completed its 2011 election process.  Elected to the CCNE Board were Dr. Judith Karshmer, Dean and Professor at the University of San Francisco (CA), as a representative for deans; Dr. Ruth Kleinpell, Director, Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship, and Professor at Rush University (IL), and Dr. Susan Ruppert, Assistant Dean, Professor, and Interim Department Chair at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (TX), as representatives for faculty; Dr. Barbara Lakatos, Program Director, Psychiatric Nursing Resource Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (MA), as a representative for practicing nurses;  Mr. David Marshall, Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (TX), as a representative of professional consumers; and Ms. Nancy Jordheim, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources at Fargo Public Schools (ND), as a representative of public consumers.
CCNE Nominating Committee members for 2012 include Dr. Pamela Watson (chair), The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (TX); Dr. Carol Craig, the University of Portland (WA); Dr. Pamela Hodges, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (TX); Dr. Sue Idczak, Siena Heights University (MI); and Dr. Nancy Kramer, Allen College (IA).  More information about the election results is available at
8. Call for School's Innovative Design & Teaching with the Master's Essentials Tool Kit
The Task Force on the Master’s Essentials Tool Kit is requesting that schools who have successfully implemented the new 2011 Master’s Essentials submit examples of innovative sample curricula to AACN.  These examples will be included in an exemplar school section of the tool kit.  The task force would like a wide array of exemplars including strategies from administration, public health, CNL, informatics, education etc.  Schools can submit innovative teaching strategies, curricular redesign models, sample curricula, etc.  Please send these examples to Kathy McGuinn, AACN Special Projects Director, at by September  9, 2011.
9.  New Award Recognizes Innovative Student Learning in Nursing Homes
A competitive award has been established by AACN in collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University College of Nursing, and the Pioneer Network to recognize a baccalaureate school of nursing that has created an innovative clinical rotation in a nursing home. The recipient school will receive an award of $500 and will be recognized on October 23, 2011 at the AACN 2011 Fall Semiannual Meeting in Washington, DC. Additionally, the recipient school will be acknowledged at the Baccalaureate Education Conference, November 2011 in St. Louis, MO. A travel stipend will be provided for a faculty member from the recipient school to attend one of these conferences. APPLICATIONS MUST BE BY SEPTEMBER 12, 2011. For more information and the application form, please go to
10. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
AACN's August Policy Beat features information on a new advocacy resource for AACN members to use during the August Congressional Recess including an update on the Graduate Nursing Education Demonstration Program; the latest update on the federal budget and appropriations debate, opportunities to provide ideas for NIH’s Common Fund programs;  NIH Director’s Pioneer and New Innovator Awards program; among others. To read the latest Policy Beat see:
11. CNL Updates: Vangaurd Award and Student Prizes        
AACN and the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) are pleased to announce the first annual CNL Vanguard Award. This national award recognizes a certified CNL for innovative and outstanding professional performance and advocacy of the CNL role. In addition, the award promotes the contributions of the CNL in transforming healthcare. The 2012 recipient will be recognized at AACN’s 2012 CNL Summit, January 19-21, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Tampa in Tampa, Florida. The recipient will receive a complimentary registration and a $500 travel stipend to the 2012 CNL Summit and Research Symposium, a commemorative plaque, and a CNL lapel pin. For information about the CNL Vanguard Award go to or contact Tracy Lofty, CNC Director, at For more details on 2012 CNL Summit, see
CNC is offering a prize drawing for CNL students this fall. To be eligible, students are required to submit a request form for CNL Certification Program information between August 22 and September 30, 2011 for a chance to win an Amazon Kindle. Students must provide contact information and specify the name of their school to participate in the drawing. To access the form, go to and click on “Request for Information.” All entrants will be added to CNC’s database to receive future information about CNC activities and the CNL Certification Program. One winner will be announced on October 28, 2011.

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
13. 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
  • 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 institutions. Stay tuned for further developments on this new initiative.
14.  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 23; and Charleston, SC, November 2-4, apply by September 9. To apply for an institute, see
15. 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.
16. 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).  Elected 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
17. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
Mercer University’s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing has been awarded two grants totaling more than $430,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support nursing training and increase the number of nursing faculty in the country. Grants were awarded to the school through the federal Nurse Faculty Loan Program and the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship programs. “These grants will help our graduate students to attend school and meet financial obligations associated with advanced education,” said nursing college dean Linda Streit. These funding sources will aid in recruitment as well as enhance health care throughout Georgia. See
18. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing has received two separate awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Annette Wright, Assistant Professor, received a three-year, $838,190 award for a project titled “Culturally Competent, Distance Accessible Doctorate of Nursing Practice Nurse Practitioner with Advanced Management of Diabetes (AMD) Program.”  This project seeks to increase the number of advanced practice primary and acute care nurses with AMD skills in one of the nation’s most needy and underserved region and states (AL, GA, MS and TN).  In addition, Jean Ivey, Associate Professor, received a three-year, $772,143 award for a project titled “Dual Option Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Doctor of Nursing Practice Project.”  This project will develop Pediatric Nurse Practitioners who are qualified to sit for national certification exams in both primary and acute care. See
  • The University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing has received a grant from the Ahmanson Foundation to provide after-hours pediatric nursing services for sheltered families at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles and their off-site transitional housing center, Hope Gardens, in Sylmar, CA. The UCLA School of Nursing Health Center at the Union Rescue Mission is one of the oldest and largest nurse-managed facilities of its kind in the U.S. and is the only shelter-based health clinic in the city that provides healthcare for homeless families with children. “The grant from the Ahmanson Foundation will allow for the expansion of much-needed after-hours care, parenting instruction and rapid assessments of the increasing number of homeless families,” said nursing school dean Dr. Courtney Lyder. “Their generosity will help make sure that we have the equipment, supplies and technology necessary to serve this growing population.” See
  • Dr. Nancy Staggers, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and a two-time graduate of the school, announced that she has included UMSON in her will, with a $1 million bequest to establish an endowed professorship in nursing informatics. She announced her gift at the school’s 21st Annual Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics, an event that she co-chaired. “We are extremely grateful for this extraordinary gift from Dr. Staggers,” said Dr. Janet D. Allan, dean of UMSON. “By supporting an endowed professorship, her gift will also help strengthen the research efforts for generations of nursing informatics students.” See
19. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The Health Workforce Information Center (HWIC) is interested in finding out about your information needs. Please complete a short survey about your use of health workforce information and services by August 26 at Participants will have an opportunity enter a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift certificate. If you have any questions about the survey, sent them to or call 888-332-4942.
  • The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nurses is now accepting nominations for the national “Amazing Nurses” contest. This initiative’s purpose is to recognize nurses’ commitment to the profession as well as the inspirational care that they provide to their patients. Nominees must be nurses who have made significant impact and are currently employed as an RN, LPN, or an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. The nomination deadline is September 11, 2011. For complete details see:
  • The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) invites all undergraduate and graduate nursing students to submit an abstract for a poster presentation at the Annual Convention held at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville, Kentucky from October 13-16, 2011. Abstracts are sought from students who plan to specialize in the care of older adults in all areas of clinical practice, administration, research, and education. NGNA welcomes abstracts that emphasize all settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, assisted living, home health, community health, hospice, schools of nursing, government and military, and industry.  All topics must demonstrate use, integration and/or application of evidence based practices. Literature reviews are accepted. Poster abstracts should address any topic relevant to gerontological nursing. Abstracts are due by August 29, 2011. See
  • Sponsored by the University of Texas Arlington Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health, the annual Travel, Study, Learn program returns to Cuernavaca, Mexico on January 6-13, 2012.  This program is designed to educate the health professional in Spanish language skills and learn about Mexican culture and health firsthand. For more information, call 817-272-5376 or e-mail and
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