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June 2011 Featured News

  1. AACN and Jonas Center Collaborate on National Faculty Initiative
  2. Join us for the Summer Seminar in Portland, OR
  3. Special Members-Only Discount on Conference Registration
  4. AACN Partners with Geriatric Nursing Care Leaders on New Award
  5. Register Today for the NursingCAS Open House Planned for Next Week
  6. Latest Update on DoEd Rules Concerning State Authorization
  7. Upcoming Faculty Webinars Include a Focus on the CNL
  8. BAGNC Scholars Program for Doctoral Students and Nursing Faculty
  9. New Mentoring Toolkit Available through NCIN Program
  10. Final Adult-Gerontology Faculty Workshop Offered
  11. AACN Responds to Proposed Rule on Accountable Care Organizations 
  12. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat Online
  13. New AACN Scholarship Winners Announced
  14. Update on the CNL Certification Exam
  15. Campaign for Nursing’s Future Debuts New Features
  16. ELNEC Hosts National Series of Train-the-Trainer Courses
  17. Apply Now for a QSEN Faculty Development Institute
  18. AACN Issues Call for Board Nominations
  19. NQF and DHHS Host Webinar Series on Patient Safety
  20. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  21. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  22. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
 
 

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1. 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. “This partnership represents a watershed moment in stemming the nursing faculty shortage, elevating this critical initiative to the national level,” said Donald Jonas, co-founder of the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. “We are thrilled to partner with AACN, the preeminent leader in nursing education, and we hope this collaboration spurs others to join our endeavor.” For more details, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Media/NewsReleases/2011/jonas.html
 
 
2. Join Us for the Summer Seminar in Portland, OR
 
The 2011 Summer Seminar will be held July 24-27, 2011 at the Hotel Monaco in Portland, OR. The theme, "Type A Behavior: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Maximizing Performance While Minimizing Sabotage)" offers insights into the productive yet potentially problematic behavior of Type A individuals. The academic world is filled with these smart, talented, high achieving people. With their competitive nature and “whatever it takes” attitude, they tend to rise to the top of the organizational chart. Like rocket fuel, these motivated leaders are capable of taking the organization to great heights, but they also run the risk of burning out too soon. When their power and passion veer off course, the outcome can be disastrous. Come laugh and learn as award-winning executive coach Kay Cannon gives you an insider’s look into how to motivate and sustain your top performing Type A's. Kay will illustrate how Type A's think, reveal the invisible illusions which may fuel failure, and provide you with tactics and tools to keep your Type A talent in tune and on track. Don’t miss this opportunity to identify specific strategies to enhance your leadership skills and to improve your workplace. For more details, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Conferences/11SumSem.htm.
 
 
3. 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 offer 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 x240.
 
 
4. AACN Partners with Geriatric Nursing Care Leaders on New Award
 
AACN, in collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing and the Pioneer Network, has created a new honor recognizing creative student learning experiences offered in a nursing home setting. This award will spotlight innovative ways schools are using nursing homes to provide meaningful, real world learning opportunities for students enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs.
 
The BSN Award for Innovative Clinical Rotation in a Nursing Home will be given to a school of nursing that demonstrates excellence in the three areas: collaboration with a nursing home to foster an exemplary clinical training site (e.g., structure/process, standards, research opportunities, interdisciplinary care); incorporation of the principles of culture change and person-centered care; and use of nursing home clinical experience to integrate content related to management of older adults with complex, chronic illnesses (e.g., cancer, heart disease, dementia/delirium, geriatric syndromes). Applications are due September 12, 2011. For complete details and to download the application, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Education/Hartford/pdf/NSGAwardFlyer.pdf.
 
 
5. Register Today for the NursingCAS Open House Planned for Next Week
 
In response to requests for a more in-depth look at nursing's centralized application service - NursingCAS - AACN is hosting an Open House at the headquarters of Liaison International near Boston, MA on June 22, 2011. Deans, admissions professionals, IT staff, nursing school recruiters, and other decision-makers are invited to join us for this free event and enjoy a live demonstration of the online application and the admissions software that all participating schools receive at no cost when joining NursingCAS; a tour of the facility and a first-hand look at the transcript and application verification process; and an opportunity to meet and ask questions of the NursingCAS customer service and technical staff. To accommodate as many representatives as possible, two sessions will be available: June 22 from 9am-12:00 pm or 1:30-4:30 pm. Those interested in attending one of these sessions are encouraged to make reservations by sending an email to AACN's NursingCAS Coordinator Caroline Allen at callen@aacn.nche.edu or calling 202-463-6930, ext. 258. For more details about NursingCAS, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/CAS.
 
 
6. Latest Update on DoEd Rules Concerning State Authorization
 
On June 3, House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), introduced H.R. 2117 that would repeal the state authorization and credit hour regulations proposed by the Department of Education (DoEd). Today, June 15, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce passed, by a vote of 27-11, H.R. 2711.The next step in the legislative process is for the bill to be scheduled for a floor vote. AACN will keep you apprised of the bill’s progression as the rules take effect on July 1, 2011. For more information see: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Government/educationreg.htm.
 
 
7. Upcoming Faculty Webinars Include a Focus on the CNL
 
AACN's popular series of free Webinars is offered exclusively to faculty teaching in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. These interactive sessions include a presentation from a noted expert followed by a robust question and answer session. Please make plans to join us for the following upcoming events:
 
APRN Education: Implementation of the Consensus Model and LACE Network
June 16, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (EST)
Get a current overview of implementation issues following the release of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, which has been endorsed by 50 national nursing organizations including AACN.
Learn more and register here.
 
CNL WEBINAR SERIES
 Cosponsored by AACN and the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC)
 
Transitioning Second Degree Graduate into Practice: Innovative Models and Successes
June 23, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST)
This presentation will describe the integration of "Model C" Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program graduates and the CNL role into the care delivery model at two large urban Magnet-designated medical centers. A "Model C" CNL program is a master's degree program designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in another discipline (second-degree program).
 

Access past Webinar recordings and slides here. Webinars are being planned for the 2011-2012 academic year. Check our Web site and the Faculty Link Newsletter each month for information as it becomes available.
 
 
8. BAGNC Scholars Program for Doctoral Students and Nursing Faculty
 
An important funding opportunity for doctoral students and gerontological nursing faculty is now available through the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) program. The Scholars’ program provides $100,000 to support 2 years of predoctoral work for nurses committed to careers in academic geriatric nursing. The Claire M. Fagin Fellowship provides $120,000 of support for 2 years of advanced research training and mentorship designed to assist doctorally prepared nurses in launching successful academic careers in geriatric nursing. The program is funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation. The program features additional funding by the Mayday Fund to support both scholars and fellows who focus on pain in the elderly, twelve scholarships and three fellowships will be awarded in 2012. Details about the Scholars and Fellows Award Programs and application materials are found on the BAGNC Web site: www.geriatricnursing.org. Applications are due by January 11, 2012. For more information, contact Patricia Archbold (802-229-2620) or the AAN Coordinating Center (202-777-1172). For more details on BAGNC click here.
 
 
9.  New Mentoring Toolkit Available through NCIN Program
 
Administered by AACN, the New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) program has developed a Mentoring Toolkit and Handbook that is currently available to download for free by any nursing faculty member teaching in an accelerated nursing program. This toolkit was developed to assist faculty in their work to prepare NCIN scholarship recipients and other nursing students for the rigor of an accelerated program. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the NCIN program was developed to enhance diversity in the nursing workforce and expand the pipeline of students enter the profession via accelerated baccalaureate and enty-level master’s programs. To download the toolkit, click here.
 
 
10. Final Adult-Gerontology Faculty Workshop Offered
 
AACN will be hosting its final faculty workshop, titled "Retooling APRN Curricula: Implementing the New Adult-Gerontology APRN Education Requirements in Your Program" in conjunction with the annual conference of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Conference on June 25, 2011 in Las Vegas. Under the national Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, education programs currently preparing adult or gerontology Nurse Practitioner (NPs) and/or Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) are expected to prepare graduates to provide comprehensive care across the entire adult age spectrum, which includes the young adult through the older adult and frail elderly. In collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, AACN is offering this workshop for faculty preparing adult primary care and acute care NPs to provide multiple resources and strategies to make this important curricular transition. This event is generously funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation.
 
 
 
11. AACN Responds to Proposed Rule on Accountable Care Organizations
 
On March 31, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Proposed Rule to implement section 3022 of the Affordable Care Act: The Medicare Shared Savings Program, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The goal of this program is to promote accountability for patient populations, coordinate care, and invest in an infrastructure that allows for high quality and efficient care delivery. While AACN has not historically commented on Medicare regulations, the organization was sufficiently concerned about the beneficiary assignment provisions in the Proposed Rule to make an exception. AACN’s comments focused on the need for nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses to provide independent primary care services in an ACO. For background information on this issue, see the June issue of AACN Policy Beat and download AACN’s comments at: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Government/pdf/ACOAACNResponse.pdf.
 
 
12. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat Online
 
AACN Policy Beat is a monthly e-newsletter covering the latest information on healthcare policy related to nursing education and research. The latest issue contains articles on AACN's response to CMS' Proposed Rule for Accountable Care Organizations, an update on Title VIII funding, the Joint Commission's new standards on patient-centered medical homes, a call for nominations for AACN's Policy Luminary Award, and other items. Download the current issue of Policy Beat at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Government/npb/11June.pdf.
 
NOTE: This newsletter is distributed through the online Capwiz service. Please encourage your students and faculty to sign up for this publication by joining AACN’s grassroots network at http://capwiz.com/aacn/mlm/signup.
 
 
13. New AACN Scholarship Winners Announced

AACN is pleased to announce the latest scholarship winners from two separate awards programs funded by partnering organizations. Launched in January, the CertifiedBackground.com-AACN Scholarship (CBC) is offered to students in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs at schools affiliated with CertifiedBackground.com and/or NursingCAS. Now in its fourth year, the AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship (AC) was created to support students seeking baccalaureate and graduate degrees in nursing. Please join us in congratulating the following scholarship recipients:
 
Christopher Rago Carey Bosold David Stepney
 
  • Christopher Rago*, BSN student, University of Connecticut (AC)
  • Carey Bosold, DNP student, Union University (AC)
  • David Stepney, BSN student, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College (CBC)
  • Hope Loeffler-Kerby, BSN student, George Washington University (CBC)  
 
Click here for more details on these scholarship programs.

* Christopher was awarded the GNAP AfterCollege scholarship after attending the Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals recruitment fair in Salt Lake City.
 

 
14. Update on the CNL Certification Exam
 
Effective April 2012, the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Certification Exam will be offered in a multiple choice format. The multiple choice format allows examinees to test in one sitting and to receive automatic score results immediately following completion of the exam. In addition, the exam will be based on a CNL job analysis. Please note that December 2, 2011 is the last date to register for the current exam format (multiple choice and simulation) with the last testing period for the current format set for January 9-27, 2012. For more information, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/CNC/pdf/11examchange.pdf.
 
NOTE: The Spring/Summer 2011 CNL Bulletin has been released and includes updates on the 2012 CNL Summit and Research Symposium, certification exam changes, upcoming Webinars, and more. See http://www.aacn.nche.edu/CNC/pdf/Spring-Summer2011.pdf.
 
 
15.  Campaign for Nursing’s Future Debuts New Features
 
The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future has launched a new initiative called “Thank A Nurse” to recognize nurses for their continued dedication and passion with several new assets and resources. Over the years, the Campaign has heard from nurses concerned about managing stress and is pleased to offer the following:
 
  • Continuing Education (CE) Module – A free stress management CE module is now available to all nurses on http://www.nurse.com. The module, “From 'Distress' to 'Destress' with Stress Management,” is designed to teach nurses valuable stress relief skills for personal well‐being.
  • Happy Nurse Game – The Campaign first ever mobile app game, called Happy Nurse, was developed to help nurses decompress and unwind. Nurses, students, or anyone interested in nursing can play online at http://www.discovernursing.com/happynurse or on an iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad via the iTunes App Store.
 
In addition to the new stress-management offerings, the Campaign is also moving to thank nurses everywhere, through the following efforts:
 
  • The Art of Nursing: A Portrait of Thanks Project – Nurses from around the world are invited to submit their photos online to be part of this historical image, which will become a symbol of pride for nurses everywhere.  Upload photos at http://www.campaignfornursing.com/portraitofthanks.
  • Digital Campaign Badges – The Campaign is launching the first in a series of new digital Campaign badges for nurses to post and share with each other via their social media outlets (i.e. Facebook, Twitter or blog). The first digital badge is centered on the “Thank A Nurse” initiative and new badges will be revealed throughout the year.
 
 
For more details about these new resources, see the “Thank a Nurse” tab on the Nursing Notes Facebook page.
 
 
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, ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care, and ELNEC-Critical Care. For more information about ELNEC, a listing of upcoming courses, and/or to register, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ELNEC/2011CourseSchedule.htm.
 
 
17. 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 June 24; and Charleston, SC, November 2-4, apply by September 9. To apply for an institute, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/qsenec/institutes.html.
 
 
18. 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. For complete details, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/MemberServices/CallforNominations.htm.
 
 
19. NQF and DHHS Host Webinar Series on Patient Safety
 
Beginning on June 20, the National Quality Forum (NQF) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will host an 8-part Webinar series titled, Partnership for Patients-National Priorities Partnership Patient Safety Webinars. These Webinars will provide organizational solutions on how to improve patient safety and changes that will lead to reduced health care-caused harm and cost. The opening Webinar will be held on June 20 from 1:00–3:00pm (EST), featuring Dr. Donald Berwick, Administrator, and Joseph McCannon, Senior Advisor, at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This series will include the following topics: Care Transitions, Adverse Drug Events, Infections in the Intensive Care Units, Surgical Site Infections, Pressure Ulcers and Injuries from Falls, Venous Thromboembolism, and Obstetrical Adverse Event. The Webinars are free; space is limited, so advance registration is recommended to ensure real-time participation. For more details, see http://tinyurl.com/6f2f2sq.
 
 
20. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
 
  • The University of Virginia’s Schools of Nursing and Medicine have received a $746,000 grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to strengthen, expand, and assess interprofessional education opportunities for nursing and medical students. The new funding will enable the schools to integrate teamwork training into expanded simulated clinical settings, with the goal of understanding how collaboration works successfully for a range of patient populations, illnesses, and environments. The grant will support the development and implementation of new faculty training programs, simulated cases and course work, in addition to new types of assessment tools for evaluating interprofessional education behaviors and competencies. "New nurses and physicians will find themselves in many complex settings," said nursing dean Dorrie K. Fontaine. "With this generous grant from the Macy Foundation, U.Va. is well-positioned to transform our program and create new best practice models and assessment methods that will, ultimately, lead to better care for patients here and elsewhere.” See http://www.nursing.virginia.edu.
 
 
21. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
 
  • The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is establishing a Center for Global Women's Health effective July 1, 2011 with Dr. Lynn Sommers as the Director. The opening of the center corresponds with the United Nations initiatives regarding the empowerment of women globally, and Penn President Amy Gutmann's policy paper and presentations to UN Women on behalf of the colloquium on empowering women. "The proposed domains of safety from violence and harm, equity, empowerment and advocacy, and health promotion and disease prevention are translated in the proposal to reflect our tripartite mission and our increasing focus on the future impact of urbanization on populations," said nursing dean Afaf Meleis. See http://www.nursing.upenn.edu.
 

  • On June 1, 2011, philanthropists Barbara and Donald Jonas were presented the prestigious Worth B. Daniels, Jr., MD Award in recognition of their continuing commitment to the mission of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON). Named for the late Worth Bagley Daniels, Jr., the award is given to an individual or family who has made significant contributions to the profession of nursing and given exemplary and sustained service to the nursing school. JHSON Dean Martha N. Hill notes the award acknowledges the long-standing relationship between the School and the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. “Our strength as an institution and a profession comes from the collaborations we have with those organizations that recognize the importance of well-educated nurses to improve quality healthcare in this country,” Hill said. See http://www.son.jhmi.edu.
 
 
  • The University of Texas at El Paso’s School of Nursing will offer its first doctoral degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), this fall thanks to the recent decision by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The DNP degree is expected to help increase the number of culturally competent advanced practice registered nurses in the Paso del Norte Region. See http://nursing.utep.edu
 
 
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham is pleased to announce the inaugural appointment of  Dr. Doreen C. Harper as the Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair for the Dean of the School of Nursing. Birmingham philanthropist and longtime nurse Fay B. Ireland has given $1.5 million to establish the Chair. A leading supporter of the School of Nursing  since 1993, Mrs. Ireland believes passionately in the pivotal role nurses play in building healthy communities. This Endowment will allow the dean to further develop interprofessional leadership initiatives and support the School’s mission to advance nursing education, service, and research. See http://www.uab.edu/son.
 
 
  • Faculty and staff from Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) helped create successful virtual poster sessions that won a 2011 Campus Technology Innovators Award. In the seventh annual award competition, ten winners were selected in six categories, out of 393 nominations submitted from higher education institutions around the globe. DUSON's entry, called Immersive Virtual Poster Sessions, received the award in the Education Futurists category. For more information, see http://nursing.duke.edu/modules/son_about/index.php?id=169.
 
 
22. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
 
  • Nurse educators are invited to order free examination copies of The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Order your free hardcover exam copy today (shipping and handling fees will apply) or request a PDF for free download. The Future of Nursing is an action-oriented blueprint for utilizing the capacity of the nursing workforce to meet the demands of a reformed health care and public health system. Click here to order your copy or to request a PDF for downloading. Please note, due to the overwhelming demand for this book, it will take 4-6 weeks to deliver if you order the hardcover exam copy and you will need to pay a $5 shipping and handling fee. 
 
 
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health released Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections, an interactive computer-based video-simulation training program. This program helps support the goals of the Partnership for Patients, a new public-private partnership that will improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care for all Americans. The video teaches viewers how to prevent the most prevalent hospital-acquired infections by sharing knowledge of universal and isolation precautions to take in healthcare settings. Partnering to Heal is designed to be used as a facilitated training session or by individuals as a self-paced learning tool. To access the Partnering to Heal training video, see http://www.hhs.gov/partneringtoheal.
 
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