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November 2011 Featured News
  1. AACN Leaders Appointed to the VA’s National Academic Affiliations Council
  2. Jonas Center and AACN Partner on New Webinar Series
  3. Register Now for Upcoming Faculty Webinars
  4. Take a Tour of the New Online Collaboration Community
  5. AACN Web Site Redesign and Enhancements
  6. Multiple Honors Presented at Fall Meeting
  7. Academic-Service Partnerships Featured in Journal of Professional Nursing
  8. Final Reminder for AACN Annual Survey
  9. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  10. Register Now for a NursingCAS Overview Demonstration
  11. Nominations Needed for Four AACN Faculty Awards
  12. Call for Nominations for Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Awards
  13. New Call for Proposals Issued for RWJF New Careers in Nursing Program
  14. RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Program Call for Applications
  15. Doctoral Faculty to Gather in Florida in January 2012
  16. Faculty Practice Event Precedes Two AACN Conferences in Early 2012
  17. Master’s Conference Scheduled for San Antonio in March
  18. ELNEC Hosts National Series of Train-the-Trainer Courses 
  19. CNL Certification Examination Schedule
  20. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  21. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  22. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
 
1. AACN Leaders Appointed to the VA's National Academic Affiliations Council
 
On November 14, 2011, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that AACN CEO Polly Bednash and University of Florida nursing dean Kathleen Long, a former AACN president, have been appointed to the VA’s National Academic Affiliations Council.  The new 14-member advisory committee will advise VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki and Under Secretary for Health Robert A. Petzel on ways to further enhance what has become the largest public-private partnership in VA’s history and a cornerstone of American health professions education. “This distinguished new committee will advise VA leadership on all matters affecting relationships between VA and the health professions community” said Dr. Petzel.  “The panel’s deep understanding of the inter-dependence of patient care, education and research the will guide our strategic planning as we reshape the Veterans health system for continued excellence in the 21st century.” The Council’s charter grants the new committee wide authority to examine all aspects of VA’s relationships with the academic community and to recommend proposals for policy, regulatory, and legislative changes. For more details, see http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2206.
 
2. Jonas Center and AACN Partner on New Webinar Series 
 
AACN and the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence are teaming up to produce a new series of Webinars on state and federal nursing advocacy issues. Developed for nursing students interested in attending AACN’s 2012 Student Policy Summit as well as other interested stakeholders, these  one-hour presentations will provide unique opportunities to learn about nursing policy and how participants can become engaged in advocacy efforts. Make plans now to join us for the following sessions:
 
Advocacy Actions Now! - December 8, 2011, 1:00 pm ET
Frank Purcell, Senior Director Federal Government Affairs of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Patrick Cooney, President of the Federal Group, Inc. will lead this session and examine ways nursing students can become involved in advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels. Leveraging of media outlets by professional advocates also will be discussed.
 
The Future of Nursing and You – January 20, 2012, 12:00 pm ET
Dr. Susan Hassmiller, Senior Adviser for Nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will lead this session focusing on the Institute of Medicine’s report  Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health and review the report’s recommendations and implementation efforts.
 
Making Your Message Count – February 10, 2012, 12:00 pm ET  
Darlene Curley, Executive Director of the Jonas Center, will join with AACN’s Director of Government Affairs Suzanne Miyamoto to discuss the importance of sending a collective message to legislators when advocating for the profession and will review lessons learned from independent and coordinated lobbying. To register: http://community.aacn.nche.edu/registration/register.cfm?reg=89&evt=PL021012
 
3. 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:
  • Leaders in Research Webinar Series Part I: Building a Culture to Support a Faculty Research Agenda (Nov. 17, 1 pm ET)
  • GNEC Webinar Series Part III: Teaching Strategies to Infuse Geriatric Content (Nov. 30, 1 pm ET)
  • Leader Development in Nursing Academia Series - Part II: Being a Leader in Nursing Academia (Dec. 5, 2 pm ET)
  • Adult-Gerontology - Teaching How to Care for Older Adults Part III: Innovative Curriculum Models, Integrating Content, and Clinical Exemplars  (Dec. 6, 2:30 pm ET)
  • Adult-Gerontology – Teaching How to Care for Older Adults Part IV: Strategies to Infuse Geropsychiatric Content into Nursing Curricula (Dec. 15, 1 pm ET)
Visit AACN’s Web site for information on registration and additional Webinars: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/webinars.
 
4. Take a Tour of the New Online Collaboration Community

Unveiled at the Fall Semiannual Meeting,  AACN’s new online Collaboration Community exclusively for deans and faculty of member schools is now fully operational. 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. And, because the community is not a public domain, information within the community may be viewed only by AACN members. To learn more about the features of the Collaboration Community, take this 5-minute video tour of the new community:  http://icohere-presentations.com/presentations/AACN/SiteTour/player.html.
 
 
For information about joining the Collaboration Community, contact Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, at cgeanetta@aacn.nche.edu.
 
5.  AACN Web Site Redesign and Enhancements
 
AACN's newly redesigned Web site went live on October 14, 2011. The new site features improved navigation, functionality, and design elements. The redesign incorporates bold colors and graphics and completely new navigational tools. New features include:
  • News and Announcements - On the newly structured homepage you can easily find the latest news and announcements of what's happening at AACN.
  • Quick Links - Also found on the homepage are these links that provide easy access to AACN's most popular pages.
  • Upcoming Events - This is now linked to all upcoming conferences arranged by date.
  • Webinars - View all upcoming and past Webinars by topic or date.
  • Horizontal Navigation Bar - Drop-down tabs to provide quick access to the information you need.
  • Polling Feature - As you explore through AACN's new Web site you may come across polls that you can choose to answer and show you the poll results. Click here to view the poll on AACN's new Web site.
We hope you find these tools useful! If you have any questions regarding the new Web site please email web@aacn.nche.edu.
 
6. Multiple Honors Presented at Fall Meeting
 
At the Fall Semiannual Meeting, the following individuals were recognized  for their contributions to advancing nursing education and the mission of AACN:  
  • Donald Jonas, founder of the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, was presented the 2011 Partners in Excellence Award in recognition of the joint Jonas Center-AACN initiative to address the nurse faculty shortage.
  • Dr. Ellen Marie Whelan, senior advisor at the Innovation Center at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, received the 2011 Policy Luminary Award.
  • Past AACN President Dr. Jean Bartels from Georgia Southern University  received an Honorary Membership Award in recognition for her distinguished service to AACN.
  • Dr. Patrick DeLeon, former chief of staff for Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI), received the Honorary Associate Membership Award as a long-time advocate for nursing education. 
In addition to presenting the Innovations in Professional Nursing Education awards, the inaugural BSN Awards for Innovative Clinical Rotation in a Nursing Home were presented to the University of Minnesota and to a collaborative program led by Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For photos of the award winners and details on AACN’s award programs, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/conferences/2011/fall-meeting-photos and http://www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards.
 
7. Academic-Service Partnerships Featured in Journal of Professional Nursing
  The November-December 2011 issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing features a special online section on academic-service partnerships. The section highlights 19 recent innovations at local, state, and regional levels. The timely section was edited by Judy Beal (Simmons College, MA), Alexia Green (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center), and Susan Bakewell-Sachs (The College of New Jersey). For more information, visit: http://www.professionalnursing.org.
 
8. Final Reminder for AACN Annual Survey
The deadline for the 2011 AACN Annual Survey has passed. For schools that have not completed the survey, please contact Yan Li, Research and Data Assistant at yli@aacn.nche.edu or Di Fang, Director of Research and Data Service at dfang@aacn.nche.edu as soon as possible. In 2010, more than 96% of member schools completed the survey. Information collected from the survey will be incorporated into the nation's premier database on trends in nursing school enrollments and graduations; student and faculty demographics; and faculty and deans' salaries. Participation in this survey is vital to AACN's mission to advance professional nursing education, research, and practice. In appreciation of the time and effort required to complete the survey, AACN will provide participating schools with free copies of the data reports to which they contribute information.
 
 
9. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat 
 
The November 2011 edition of Policy Beat covers updates to the FY 2012 Appropriations process as well as important information regarding the Accountable Care Organization Final Rule. Details about AACN and The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence Webinar series is also unveiled. Announcements regarding registration for the 2012 Spring Student Policy Summit, the recipient of the 2011 Policy Luminary Award, designation of AACN Honorary Associate Membership, and advocacy efforts from the 2011 Fall Semiannual meeting also included. To read the latest Policy Beat see: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/government-affairs/resources/policy-beat.
 
 
10. Register Now for a NursingCAS Overview Demonstration
 

 
Over 100 schools of nursing are now affiliated with NursingCAS, the nation’s only centralized application service for students applying to registered nursing (RN) programs. Find out how your school of nursing can benefit from the administrative efficiencies available to schools participating in NursingCAS at an upcoming live demonstration: 
 
NursingCAS & WebAdMIT Overview
Tuesday, November 29, 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST - Register Now 
 
NursingCAS & WebAdMIT Overview
Wednesday, December 14, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST - Register Now
 
Register now for a Webinar to see a demonstration of the NursingCAS application and WebAdMIT, the admissions management software that all participating schools receive at no cost. Nursing schools interested in joining 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 with any questions or to schedule a conference call (callen@aacn.nche.edu, 202-463-6930, ext. 258).
 
11. Nominations Needed for AACN Faculty Awards 
 
AACN is currently seeking applications for the following faculty awards:
  • Novice Faculty Teaching Awards (Didactic and Clinical)
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award
  • Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award
The deadline for submission of nomination application packets is March 30, 2012. Winners will be announced and awards will be issued at the beginning of the Fall semester. Winners will choose one AACN conference that they would like to attend during the 2012-2013 academic year - the registration fee for that conference will be waived! In addition, winners will be spotlighted on AACN's Web site and receive an engraved commemorative award. In addition, the winner of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award will be provided the opportunity to present a Webinar related to his/her body of research. For more information on the awards, go to the Membership section of the AACN Web site, or click on the following link: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards
 
12. Call for Nominations for Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Awards
AACN is now accepting nominations for its Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Awards. The deadline is March 1, 2012. These awards recognize 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 more information, visit: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards/innovations.
 
13. 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 January 11, 2012. A Web conference for schools interested in applying for funding is scheduled for December 1, 2011 at 11 am ET. Click here to register.
 
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.
 
14. RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Program Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows program has released its Call for Applications for the 2012 cohort. The highly competitive national nurse leadership program will award up to 20 fellowships to nurses who aspire to lead teams and organizations in improving health and health care locally and nationally. They will join more than 200 nurse leaders who have participated in the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program since it began in 1998. The deadline for receipt of applications is January 18, 2012. 
 
 
For more information about the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program visit:  www.ExecutiveNurseFellows.org.
 
15. 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.
 
 
 
 
16. 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 the Doctoral and Master’s conferences, allowing those active in practice to maximize their travel to either conference. AACN’s biennial Faculty Practice Conference is in transition and in future will 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 , February 29-March 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.
 
17. Master’s Conference Scheduled for San Antonio in March 
 
The annual Master’s Education Conference encourages master’s faculty to explore topics and issues of mutual interest, especially during this period of transition to new program models and nursing roles. The 2012 conference is scheduled for March 1-3, 2012 at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX.  The theme, “Steering Change: Shifting Paradigms in Master’s Nursing Education,” will explore topics applicable to all types of master’s education programs. Plenary topics include using the new Master’s Essentials Toolkit; interprofessional education and practice; evaluating master’s programs; CCNE accreditation standards; and health policy and advocacy for master’s students. Concurrent sessions include the master’s in nursing education; collaborative models for transitioning to and offering the DNP degree; instructional approaches in online education; evaluation of CNL program outcomes; suggestions for the gerontology APRN curriculum; and oral health education. Poster and abstract sessions allow participants to pursue topics of personal interest.  Faculty and academic administrators alike are encouraged to join colleagues to address issues unique to the changing nature of master's education in nursing.  To register, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/events/2012/03/01/masters.
 
18. 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 curriculum, 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/2012CourseSchedule.html.
 
 
19. CNL Certification Examination Schedule
 
 The next testing period deadline for the CNL Certification Exam 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.
 
20. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  • Dr. Karen Heaton, assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing received an R21 award from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for a study titled the “Effects and Feasibility of a Computer-Based Intervention on Truck Driver’s Sleep.” This two-year, $380,900 study seeks to: translate a live, lecture-based sleep, alertness, and fatigue management program into a computer-based, internet-accessible format; determine the feasibility of using this format with long-haul truck drivers; and determine the effects of the internet-based program on sleep and fatigue in long-haul truck drivers. For more information, visit http://www.uab.edu/nursingwww.uab.edu/nursing.
  • University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) Institute of Educators in Nursing and Health Professions received a $1,087,779 grant from Maryland’s Nurse Support Program II. The four-year grant aims to increase the number of nursing faculty in Maryland by implementing statewide initiatives and programs. In addition, UMSON received a three-year, $433,000 grant that will allow the school of nursing to develop and implement an online preceptor education program, which aims to decrease academic practice gaps and prepping students for the reality of the current healthcare system. For more information, visit http://nursing.umaryland.edu.
 
21. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • Dr. Michael Bleich from the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing received the 2011 American Assembly for Men in Nursing’s (AAMN) Luther Christman Award. The award is given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to nursing that also reflects highly on men in nursing or significantly contributes to the purposes of AAMN. “Luther Christman as a scholar and visionary leader saw well beyond the horizon that nursing must embrace diversity in all forms, to ensure its vitality by creating space for all who demonstrated the capacity and desire to practice. Like others who have received this award, I am honored and accept it with the challenge to use my voice to expand diversity in nursing, in this case, particularly related to men in nursing,” said Dr. Bleich. See http://www.aamn.org.
 
22. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The Scientific Program Committee for the 2012 USPHS Scientific & Training Symposium: Prevention Strategies for a Healthy Nation: Building on the Basics of Public Health invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the Symposium, which will be held June 19-21 in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The deadline for submissions is December 21, 2011. Visit www.phscofevents.org/agenda/speakerinf.cfm for more information or to submit an abstract.
  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing seeks a Nursing Program Director to develop and manage program initiatives for education policy and higher education initiatives. Responsibilities will include collaboration on multiple education policy and educational transformation initiatives. Nursing background with advanced degree (doctorate preferred) plus 5-7 years project management experience in health care or higher education. Experience with interorganizational collaborative efforts also desired. Competitive salary with excellent benefits. Send letter of interest, resume, and one writing sample to Chief Operating Officer, AACN, One Dupont Circle, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or ccrowell@aacn.nche.edu.
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces a funding opportunity for the 2012 NIH Director’s Early Independence Award. The award provides an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to "skip the post-doc,” and start an independent research career at a supportive institution directly following the completion of their graduate degree. Eligible candidates must be within one year of receipt of terminal research degree or completion of clinical residency. The deadline for submitting applications is January 30, 2012 with Letters of Intent due by December 30, 2011. For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit: http://commonfund.nih.gov/earlyindependence.
  • The journal Nursing Outlook is hosting a series of “3 Questions” interviews to engage nurses with nursing leaders in discussions around focused topics that are important for the profession. The latest interview features Mary Woolley, President and CEO of Research!America, who gave the keynote address at the 2011 FNINR “NightinGala” held October 14 in Washington DC. In the interview, Dr. Woolley discusses the risks involved with cutting federal funding for research, the ways research supports economic growth, and the role the nursing community can play in building a case for continuing investments in research. See http://www.nursingoutlooktalk.com/2011/11/12/leadership-interviews-3-questions-mary-woolley-at-the-2011-fninr-nightingala.
  • Applications are now being accepted for Project L/EARN, an intensive, hands-on summer research training internship for undergraduate students from groups that have been previously under-represented in graduate schools and health research. Students obtain research skills and hands-on experience through a combination of course work on statistics, research methods, research writing, ethics and health topics and conduct an individual research project under the guidance of a distinguished faculty mentor. The internship, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, provides a $4,000 stipend, tuition, room and board and 3 academic credits. The program operates from May 29 to August 3, 2012 on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Applications are due February 13, 2012. For complete details, see http://www.ihhcpar.rutgers.edu/projectlearn.
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