November 2011

Award Winners Announced for Innovative Student Learning Opportunities

Take a Tour of the New Online Collaboration Community

New Website Features
Upcoming Webinars

Call for Nominations for Faculty Awards

CNL Certification
Exam Changes

Register Now for Upcoming Conferences

2012 ELNEC Summits 

2012 USPHS Symposium Call
for Abstracts

NPHF Calls for Nominations: Care Challenge Awards Nursing Innovations

New Call for Proposals Issued for RWJF New Careers in Nursing Program

Overview Webinar 

Be Featured in Syllabus

Register Now for 2012 AACN Conferences
January 25-28, 2012
Naples, FL

January 25, 2012
Naples, FL

Master's Education Conference
March 1-3, 2012
San Antonio, TX

For more information,
contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager, via email or 202-463-6930 X240.

CNL Certification Exam Changes
Effective April 2012, the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL®) Certification Examination will be offered in a multiple choice format. This format will allow examinees to test in one sitting and to receive automatic score results immediately following completion of the exam. In addition, the new exam will reflect a CNL job analysis study. The new format and content will continue to be just as robust as the current certification exam and will include unfolding case study items.
The current 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 this exam format. The last testing period for the two-part format is January 9-27, 2012. To register click here. For more information click here, or contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at
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. Laura Petri, Director of Faculty Programs, via email. Submissions should be no longer than 150 words in length. With your permission, published submissions will include your name, photo, and institution.
Faculty Link Registration

This email was sent to faculty registered with AACN Faculty Link. If individual faculty from member schools would like to register for this service, click here.

For more information about faculty programs, contact AACN's Director of Faculty Programs,
Dr. Laura Petri, via email or 202-463-6930, x270.
Award Winners Announced for Innovative Student Learning Opportunities
AACN is pleased to announce that the inaugural BSN Awards for Innovative Clinical Rotation in a Nursing Home were presented at AACN’s Fall Semiannual Meeting on October 21, 2011 in Washington, DC.  The University of Minnesota School of Nursing and a collaborative initiative between schools of nursing at Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison were recognized for creative student learning experiences in nursing homes available to students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs. This awards program was developed by AACN in collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing and the Pioneer Network. 
“As schools of nursing move to enhance their approach to teaching geriatric nursing care, more institutions are looking to nursing homes as important practice sites to give students real-world opportunities to utilize and sharpen their skills,” said AACN President Kathleen Potempa.  “AACN is pleased to recognize this year’s award recipients for developing cutting edge models for clinical education that will hopefully be replicated by institutions across the nation.”
For more details on this year's award winners innovations visit:
Take a Tour of the New Online Collaboration Community
AACN is now offering an online Collaboration Community exclusively for deans and faculty of AACN member schools. 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 five minute tour of the a site.
For information about joining the Collaboration Community, contact Laura Petri, Director of Faculty Programs, at, or Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, at
New Website Features
AACN's newly redesigned Website launched on October 14, 2011. The new Website features improved navigation, functionality and design elements. The redesign incorporates bold colors and graphics and completely new navigational tools. We have also been working at improving the Website and wanted to share some new features:
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.
Nursing Program Search - Search for types of nursing programs by name, state, and/or type of program.
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 Website.
Online Order Forms and Subscriptions - AACN has enhanced ordering brochures and subscribing to AACN's newsletters.
We hope you find these tools useful! If you have any questions regarding the new Web site please email
Upcoming Webinars for November
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.
November 17, 2011 at 1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET)
November 29, 2011 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
November 30, 2011 at 1:00 - 2:30 pm (ET)
See for a complete listing of the Webinars, organized by topic. For assistance in registering for Webinars contact Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 230.
Faculty Nominated Awards Call for Application
AACN is currently seeking applications for the following 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 Friday, 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 website and receive an engraved award commemorating their achievement. In addition, the winner of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award will be provided the opportunity to present a webinar related to their body of research.
For more information on the awards, go to the Membership section of the AACN website, or click on the following link:
Three ELENC Summits Planned for 2012
In January 2001, ELNEC was presented for the very first time to 128 nurses in Pasadena, CA. What originally was a 3-year plan, because the Robert Wood Johnson grant spanned that length of time, has now grown to almost 11 years and over 12,900 national/international ELNEC trainers. From these trainers, it is estimated that they have returned to their facilities and trained over 385,000 nurses and other members of their interdisciplinary team and colleagues throughout their communities. On January 26-27, 2012, the 100th national/international ELNEC course will be held in Glendale, CA (a suburb of Los Angeles). This will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate ELNEC’s 100th birthday in January and to network with others from across the US and other countries of the world.  If you are already an ELNEC trainer and would like to take a refresher course or attend another specialty course, feel free to attend this course. Nursing faculty are invited to attend one of three national ELNEC train-the-trainer summits where ELNEC-Core, Pediatric Palliative Care, Geriatric, and Critical Care train-the-trainer courses will be held simultaneously. Two other ELNEC Summits will be held in 2012: August 23-24 in Washington, DC and October 11-12 in Portland, OR.
Other 2012 national ELNEC train-the-trainer courses include:
ELNEC-Core, February 29 - March 1, San Antonio, TX; ELNEC-For Veterans and ELNEC-For Veterans, ICU, April 3 - 4 in Raleigh-Durham, NC and July 17-18 in Anaheim, CA. Participants attending any of these courses will receive the 2012 edition of the 1000+ page syllabus with objectives, outlines, powerpoint slides with talking points, reference lists, case studies, and other supplemental teaching materials.  In addition, the 2010 edition of The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing is provided, along with 12 CEs.  Four meals (2 continental breakfasts and 2 lunches) are also included in the registration fee.  For more information and/or to register, go to or contact Pam Malloy at
For all the latest news and updates, follow ELNEC on Facebook.

2012 USPHS Symposium Call for Abstracts
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 for more information or to submit.

Submit online at or contact with any questions.

Care Challenge Award Call for Applications
The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF) invites all nursing students and licensed nurses to participate in an international nursing recognition and award program, called Care Challenge.
Care Challenge, provided through a generous sponsorship from Sanofi,  is an online nursing recognition program that highlights innovative nurses and their care solutions.  It is part of Connecting Nurses, an international initiative to champion the extraordinary accomplishments of nurses around the world. As a resource of international nursing innovations, Care Challenge enables nurses, policy makers, and administrators to see innovative healthcare ideas and put them into practice. 

Care Challenge is seeking submissions in three areas: education, practice, and research. For elgibility and application visit:
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
Proposals must be received by 3 pm ET on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. A web conferences for schools interested in applying for funding is scheduled for:
For information on the program, eligibility criteria and the application process, please contact Dr. Vernell DeWitty in the national program office housed at AACN at 202-463-6930 or
Additional information is also available on the project Web site:
Register Now for a NursingCAS Overview Webinar

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. Through NursingCAS, prospective students may apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating nursing schools. Students only need to complete one electronic application and prepare one set of corresponding materials (i.e. references, transcripts, CV/resume, personal statement) that will be disseminated online to one or multiple schools of nursing for consideration. NursingCAS verifies the application components for accuracy, calculates grade point averages, and sends application materials to the programs designated by the applicant. Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to schools of nursing. Want to learn more about how NursingCAS can benefit your nursing school, applicants, admissions professionals, and the profession at large? Join us for an upcoming Webinar.
NursingCAS & WebAdMIT Overview Webinar
Tuesday, November 29, 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST - Register Now

NursingCAS & WebAdMIT Overview Webinar
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. WebAdMIT is the web-based 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 and contact NursingCAS Manager Caroline Allen with any questions or to schedule a conference call (, 202-463-6930, ext. 258).
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