August 2013


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Nurse Educators Needed in Bolivia
Health Volunteers Overseas needs nurse educators for a new project in Bolivia which is focused on updating and broadening the knowledge and skills of the nursing staff at the Hospital Arco Iris in La Paz.  Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, NICU training, emergency nursing, geriatric nursing, care of the diabetic patient, and care of the patient with HTN.  Assignments are a minimum of 2 weeks.  Volunteers must be able to speak Spanish at an intermediate level in order to communicate with the staff and patients in the clinic. For more information, please contact Tony Li at HVO.  More information about HVO is available at
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Exceptional Opportunity to Collaborate with Nurse Scientists on the Cutting Edge of Gerontological Nursing Knowledge

This John A. Hartford Foundation/National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence funding opportunity encourages Schools of Nursing to apply for an award of $10,000 to support membership in the NHCGNE and NEXus.  For additional information and thge application, click here.
New NINR Report on State of End-of-Life and Palliative Care Science and Funding Trends
The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has announced a newly released NINR report Building Momentum: The Science of End-of-Life and Palliative Care. A Review of Research Trends and Funding, 1997-2010. To view the full report, click here.
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AACN's Career Link is an online resource dedicated to employment opportunities in nursing education that features a comprehensive list of available vacancies in U.S. nursing colleges and universities.
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Be Featured in AACN's Syllabus

Share your teaching techniques and tips in Faculty Focus, a recurring feature in AACN’s bimonthly newsletter, Syllabus. Submit your creative teaching strategies to Dr. Mary Bondmass, Director of Faculty Development, via email. Submissions should be no longer than 150 words in length. With your permission, published submissions will include your name, photo, and institution.
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For more information about faculty programs offered by AACN, contact Dr. Mary Bondmass, Director of Faculty Development  via email or 202-463-6930, ext. 259.
AACN Seeks Proposals for a National Study on the Doctor of Nursing Practice
With the national movement to the DNP well underway, the AACN Board of Directors is commissioning a new study to assess the facilitators and barriers to transitioning to the DNP. The study will be titled: The DNP by 2015: A Study of the Institutional, Political, and Professional Issues that Facilitate or Impede Establishing a Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. On August 8, AACN issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) that may be downloaded online at
Key deadlines include:
RFP Issued:  

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Technical Assistance Calls:      
Individually arranged August 19-30, 2013

Proposal Due Date:                  
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Though academic institutions are not eligible to submit proposals in response to this solicitation, we do hope that you will forward this RFP to any vendors you may have worked with in the past with the capacity to complete the scope of work required.
For more information about this solicitation, please contact:
Director of Educational Innovations
202-463-6930 ext. 274
AACN and the CDC Announce New Public Health Fellowship Opportunity
Last August, AACN commenced a new five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help build capacity in the public health nursing workforce. This landmark agreement marked the first time that a national nursing organization was invited to partner with the CDC in a manner consistent with arrangements in place for associations representing physicians and public health professionals.

AACN and the CDC are pleased to announce that a new nurse fellowship is now available through this collaborative effort that focuses on Managing Chronic Conditions in Schools. For complete details on program eligibility, available funding, and application requirements, see For more details, contact CDC Fellowship Coordinator Nidia Gaona at 202-463-6930, extension 278 or
AACN's 2013 Faculty Award Recipients
AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Awards Recipients
The purpose of these awards is to recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by novice faculty at AACN member schools.
Clinical Teaching Award
Jacqueline Riley-Baker, MSN, RN
University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
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Didactic Teaching Award

Larry Slater, PhD, RN-BC, CCRN
New York University
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AACN Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award Recipient
the purpose of this award is to recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing at AACN member schools by faculty with more than five years of teaching experience.
Cynthia Rubenstein, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC
James Madison University
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AACN Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award Recipient
The purpose of this award is to recognize an experienced faculty member who systematically investigates questions related to student learning and the conditions under which it occurs in order to improve outcomes.
Pamela Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Johns Hopkins University
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For more information on these awards, visit
Congratulations to the 2013-2014 LANP Fellows!
AACN’s prestigous and highly competitive Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) has been preparing future deans and other top administrators for more than 12 years. This structured professional development experience includes assessment and evaluation of leadership skills, identification of success strategies, and consultation to achieve long-term goals. In July, the 2013-14 Fellows attended a five-day workshop in Colorado Springs, CO, where they participated in intensive classes and exercises related to effective academic leadership.  The 2013-2014 LANP Fellows include (alphabetical order):

Christine M. Aramburu Alegría - University of Nevada Reno; Mary P. Bourke - Indiana University; Joe Burrage - The University of Alabama;  Elizabeth A. Carlson - Rush University; Melody M. Cash - Eastern Mennonite University; Deborah Chyun - New York University; Bonni S. Cohen - Valdosta State University; Alison M. Colbert Duquesne University; Karen Crowley - Regis College; Karen T. D’Alonzo - Rutgers University; Stephanie S. DeBoor - University of Nevada, Reno; Catherine E. Dingley - University of Northern Colorado; Katherine Dontje - Michigan State University; Pamela S. Stewart Fahs - Binghamton University; Wrennah L. Gabbert - Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; Denise K. Gormley - University of Cincinnati; Judith A. Graziano - Metropolitan State University; Mary (Mallie) A. Kozy - Linfield College; Anne M. Krouse - Widener University; Lynette Landry - San Francisco State University; Amy J. Levi -  University of New Mexico; Wendy M. Likes - The University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Ludy Llasus - Nevada State College; Bret R. Lyman - Oregon Health & Science University , Monmouth; Sally L. Maliski – University of California, Las Angeles; Kelly W. Marley - Seattle Pacific University; Barbara (Babs) McAlister - Texas Woman’s University; Joane T. Moceri - University of Portland; Kathryn (Kate) M. Moore - Emory University; Denise Neill - University of Houston,Victoria; Maureen O’Malley - University of Alaska Anchorage; Anthony R. Ramsey - Radford University;  S. Lee Ridner - University of Louisville; Mayola Rowser - University of Southern Indiana; Deanna Lynn Schaffer - Drexel University;  Martha Scheckel - Michigan State University; Melissa J. Snyder - Penn State Harrisburg; Anna K. Wehling Weepie - Allen College; Melissa (Missi) A. Willmarth - University of Cincinnati; Nancy Woods - Messiah College

To find out more about the LANP program, see
New National Initiative Promoting Compassionate Care in Nursing
On July 25, 2013, leaders with The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and AACN announced a new collaboration to recognize nurses who exhibit leadership in compassionate, humanistic care as educators, researchers, mentors and practitioners as well as students who exemplify and demonstrate these qualities. This initiative will mirror what the Foundation has done successfully over the last 25 years in developing Gold signature programming and research opportunities within academic medicine.  

The Gold Foundation and AACN Boards jointly reached the decision to partner in order to promote best practices in compassionate and humanistic care and to recognize exemplars among nurse educators, practitioners, and students. The Gold Foundation administers numerous award programs that acknowledge medical students, residents, and medical school faculty who demonstrate humanistic values, ideals, and qualities. The Foundation also funds nationally renowned humanistic and patient-centered research and faculty fellowship programs with the support of other philanthropists. The AACN and The Gold Foundation are now partnering to develop the same kind of programming for nursing.
To guide this work, a joint advisory board has been assembled featuring nationally recognized academic and practice leaders from nursing and medicine. To read the full press release, visit

Remaining AACN Conferences for 2013
Fall Semiannual Meeting
October 26-29, 2013
JW Marriott
Washington, DC
Washington, DC 
Executive Development Series
November 20-21, 2013
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, LA
November 21, 2013
 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, LA
Baccalureate Education Conference
November 21-23, 2013
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, LA
 For more information and to register for AACN Conferences, visit

Questions? Contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager at or at 202-463-6930 ext. 240.
AACN Extends Registration for 2013 PhD Summit
In response to the high level of interest in the PhD Summit planned for September 19-20, 2013, AACN is expanding registration capacity for this special event. Currently, more than 75% of the nation’s nursing schools with or planning a research-focused doctoral program are sending one or more representatives to the summit. To accommodate as many schools as possible, 40 additional  seats are now available for nursing faculty, deans, and associate deans interested in attending and helping to shape the future of doctoral nursing education.
For more information on the agenda for the PhD Summit, see
To register for this event, see
For logistical details and general information, see
Call for Abstracts for 2013 Baccalaureate Education Conference
AACN invites abstracts describing programs, courses, initiatives, or evaluation strategies that characterize the conference theme, addressing the many changes and challenges in baccalaureate and other professional entry-level programs. Of particular interest are abstracts that highlight:
  • Innovations for RN-to-BSN and accelerated programs
  • Integrating specialized curricula
  • “Flipping” the classroom and other innovative teaching-learning strategies
  • Helping veterans become nurses
Submission Process:
For your convenience, AACN has implemented an electronic abstract submission and review process. Submitters simply access the designated site to create a log-in and password, and then input their abstract and contact information. Abstracts are formatted automatically and have approximately a 500-word limit (one page). Submitters may access the site as often as they like to modify the document until the final submission deadline, and have control over when the abstract is submitted. This is a blind review process, and reviewers do not see submitters’ names or school affiliations.
Due Date:
Each abstract must be submitted electronically on or before September 6, 2013.
Contact Conference Assistant, Brianna Bruce at or at 202-463-6930, ext. 261.
Faculty Resources Regarding the Health Insurance Marketplace
The implementation of the healthcare insurance exchanges (“Marketplace”) may prompt questions from students and patients regarding the enrollment process and details about coverage plans. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently re-launched its Website to help educate the public and healthcare providers about options for enrolling in the insurance Marketplace. Individuals will be able to enroll October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. The Website offers information to answer questions including:
  • What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?
  • What is the Marketplace in my state?
  • What if I have job-based insurance?
  • How can I get coverage at lower costs?
  • What do small businesses need to know?
Below are supplemental education materials faculty may find useful:
Health Insurance Marketplace
For more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace, including official resources, research, news, and events, visit:
Marketplace Updates
For information on how to sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, including text message and email updates, visit:
Upcoming State-by-State Calls
HHS offers regional quarterly calls to provide updates on the Marketplace and listen to feedback. To learn where and when these calls will be held in your region, visit:
State by State Fact Sheets
Choose your state to learn more about initiatives currently in place through the Affordable Care Act:
AACN's CEO Advances National Dialogue on APRN Scope of Practice
On July 17, 2013, AACN Chief Executive Officer Geraldine “Polly” Bednash participated in a national panel discussion hosted by the Alliance for Health Reform titled The (Doctor/Nurse/Other) Will See You Now”: Rethinking Scope of Practice.  Hosted by the Alliance and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Webcast focused on the movement of nurse practitioners into primary care and the impact of state legislation on the ability of NPs to practice to their full scope and education.  In addition to Dr. Bednash, speakers include Dr. Kavita Patel, managing director for clinical transformation and delivery at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution, and Dr. Reid Blackwelder, president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
A video of this event is available online at

Speaker presentations, biographies, source materials, and recent journal articles related to this topic may be accessed at

For the latest information related to AACN’s efforts to promote scope of practice legislation that support advanced practice registered nurses, see
Free Faculty Webinar: Doctoral Advancement in Nursing
Tuesday, September 24 at 2:00 pm (ET) 
This Web conference is designed to present promising practices and proven successful strategies that nursing faculty may use to encourage and support their students’ early entry into doctoral programs. By early identification and academic guidance and mentoring, promising students may choose to pursue doctoral study early in their careers.

Support for this Webinar was provided by a grant from
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Visit our Web site to access past Webinars and review Webinars organized by topics. For assistance in registering for the Webinar, contact Anna Kathryn Pierce, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 227.
Upcoming Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) Webinars
Make an Impact: Communicating Your Research Beyond Academia Session 3
Tuesday, August 27 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Using the knowledge gained in the first two sessions, join this final session for tips, tricks, tools, and tactics. The speakers will share best practices and help you understand ways to connect with your target audiences. This session will also explore the different social media outlets that you can use to promote your research such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Blogs, and Websites.
Overview of the CNL Certification Program
Tuesday, October 1 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Are you a student or graduate of a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) education program? Find out how certification demonstrates competency of the CNL role and how to apply for CNL certification.
The above Webinars are offered free to all members of the GNSA. To register, visit:
Current Calls for Nominations
This annual award recognizes AACN member institutions involved in highly productive and model academic-practice partnerships. This award is presented annually at the AACN Fall Semiannual meeting. For award criteria and submitting a nomination, click here.

Nominations are due Friday, September 13, 2013.
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The Policy Luminary Award was established by AACN in 2009 to annually recognize an outstanding registered nurse and nursing leader for his or her public policy achievements. The first recipient of the award was Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Wakefield’s extensive career in nursing and health policy exemplifies the spirit of the AACN Policy Luminary Award. The award is presented annually at the AACN Fall Semiannual Meeting.
Each nomination package should include two letters of recommendation from peers, the nominee’s CV, and a one-page bio. Nominations should be submitted electronically to Lauren Inouye at
Nominations are due Monday, September 16, 2013.  
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This AACN awards program recognizes and showcases outstanding dissertations and capstone projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. Two awards will be presented at AACN’s annual Doctoral Education Conference, in Naples, Florida, January 29 – February 1, 2014:
  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award for an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing, DNS, or DNSc programs. A dissertation is an original research project that focuses on advancing nursing science and developing new evidence with the potential to guide nursing practice.
  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award for an outstanding capstone project from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. A capstone project demonstrates high-level mastery of an area of advanced nursing practice and focuses on the translation of evidence into practice. 
For full criteria and nomination process, click here
Please direct any questions related to this awards program to AACN’s Director of Faculty Development, Dr. Mary Bondmass at
Nominations are due Tuesday,  October 15, 2013.
CNC Offers Prize Drawings for CNL Students
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) is offering a prize drawing for CNL students this fall.  One CNL student will receive a complimentary CNL Certification Application registration ($345-$410 value). To be eligible, CNL students must send an email to, specify “CNL Information” in the subject line and provide name, mailing address, personal/non-school-issued email address, and school name. Requests submitted through October 11, 2013 will be considered.  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 by October 18, 2013. Students must meet eligibility criteria when planning to sit for the exam. The registration offer expires December 2014. 
Register Now for Enrollment Management & NursingCAS Tutorial Workshop in Texas

Enrollment Management & NursingCAS Tutorial Workshop
August 26, 2013
The University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio School of Nursing
Join your colleagues in Texas at this free workshop to learn more about how to leverage NursingCAS to effectively manage your admissions process. NursingCAS is the online, centralized application service for nursing schools that provides an online application for students and web-based admissions management software for schools called WebAdMIT. The event is open to deans, admissions professionals, IT staff, faculty, nursing school recruiters, advisors, and other decision-makers involved in the admissions process.
Want to learn more about the NursingCAS experience now? Watch this video case study, you can view the full case study, which is about 15 minutes, to learn more about NursingCAS from the point of view of various stakeholders. Click on the links below to view shorter (ranging in length from 3 - 5 minutes) videos from the point of a view of a specific stakeholder.
Admissions Experience
There is no cost to schools to participate in NursingCAS (software and support are free); applicants do pay a nominal fee. Participation is open to all accredited programs at the diploma, associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Schools can join at anytime and decide which programs to post on NursingCAS, and we will assist you with implementation. For more information on joining, click here. In order to join NursingCAS, you must complete the participation form. To view or print a copy of the form prior to electronically submitting it, click here. For more information about this workshop or NursingCAS, contact Caroline Allen, at or 202-463-6930 ext. 258 or visit
Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice

Annual Deadline: February 1

Save the Date:  
Informational Call on October 11 at 3PM EDT

This award supports graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in cancer nursing or a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP).  Applicants must be licensed registered nurses, and be enrolled in or applying to an accredited graduate nursing degree program.  The program of study must be offered within an academic institution (non-profit only) in the United States that can award an advanced nursing practice degree with demonstrated integration of didactic and clinical oncology content.  The student must be advised by a faculty member responsible for the oncology nursing content in the curriculum or program of study proposed for the applicant.  The stipend for each scholarship is $10,000 each year, and includes subsistence and tuition expenses.  Scholarships are awarded for a minimum of one and a maximum of two years of funding.  Continued funding is contingent upon satisfactory progress in the graduate program as documented in the student report.

For more information about the scholarship—including instructions to join the call—consult our web site:  Choose “Explore Research” > “Apply for a Research Grant” > “Grant Types.”
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