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March 2012 Featured News
  1. CMS Announces the Solicitation for Proposals on the GNE Demonstration Program
  2. RWJF Launches Initiative to Support Academic Progression in Nursing
  3. Spring Annual Meeting Focuses on IPE
  4. AACN and Partners Lend Support to White House's Joining Forces Campaign
  5. New AACN Treasurer Elected
  6. National Nurse Faculty Development Initiative Extended with New Funding from RWJF
  7. AACN Releases the New Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies
  8. Call for Applications: Leadership in Academic Nursing Program (LANP)
  9. Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program Reaches Milestone
  10. Apply Now for the 2012 Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
  11. Register Now for Upcoming AACN Conferences
  12. Join us for Free AACN Faculty Webinars
  13. Current Calls for Nominations
  14. Faculty Tool Kits Now Available
  15. Register Now for NursingCAS Open House
  16. Application Deadlines Near for Federal NFLP and NAT Programs
  17. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  18. Update on IPEC Institute
  19. ELNEC Hosts 100th Course on Providing Excellent Palliative Care Education
  20. Register for the Spring 2012 CNL Certification Exam
  21. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  22. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  23. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
1. CMS Announces Solicitation for Proposals on GNE Demonstration Program
On March 21, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the solicitation for proposals for the Graduate Nursing Education (GNE) demonstration program (Sec. 5509). This program, created through the Affordable Care Act [Public Law 111-148], is designed to provide reimbursement for the costs associated with the clinical training of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). As the solicitation states, “the primary purpose of the Demonstration is to increase the supply of APRNs in order to provide access to healthcare professional services for the increasing number of Medicare beneficiaries.” The deadline for submission is May 21, 2012 by 5:00pm EST. AACN, along with our colleagues in the APRN community and AARP, have been advocating for this program since its inception and are excited to see the long-awaited solicitation for proposals released. 
2. RWJF Launches Initiative to Support Academic Progression in Nursing
On March 21, 2012, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the new Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) initiative being led by AACN and our colleagues on the Tri-Council for Nursing (American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives, and National League for Nursing). This ground-breaking national initiative was launched by the Foundation to take decisive action toward achieving the IOM report recommendation that at least 80% of the Registered Nurse workforce hold at least a baccalaureate degree by 2020.
“The IOM’s recognition that nurses must achieve higher levels of education to meet the demands placed on today’s nurse is consistent with AACN’s call to prepare a more highly educated nursing workforce,” said AACN President Kathleen Potempa. “AACN stands ready to work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Tri-Council organizations to ensure the seamless progression of nurses into baccalaureate and higher degree programs in the interest of enhancing patient safety and preparing nurses for safe practice. Realizing the goals set forth in the IOM report related to the educational preparation of nurses will propel the profession forward and better position nurses to become full partners in reforming our healthcare delivery system.”
For full press release and details, go to:
3. Spring Annual Meeting Focuses on IPE
“Impacting the Future: Interprofessional Education and Collaboration” is the theme of AACN’s 2012 Spring Annual Meeting, which will be held March 25-27, 2012 at The Fairmont Washington Hotel in Washington, DC. The meeting will be highlighted by the presentation of the Nursing Spectrum/Gannett Foundation Lectureship Award to Loretta C. Ford, dean and professor emeritus at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, who pioneered the nurse practitioner role.
The pre-meeting session on March 24 will focus on using the IOM Report to enhance fundraising, a CCNE forum on accreditation standards, federal funding updates, HRSA grant-writing, the importance of academic-practice partnerships, and rethinking the care of children in the undergraduate curriculum. The opening program session on March 25 will focus on the increasing importance of interprofessional education and collaboration.
As always, the Spring Meeting will have exhibits and an orientation for new deans and new members. For more information regarding the Spring Annual Meeting, visit AACN’s Web site or contact Taren Wagner, AACN conference coordinator, at or 202-463-6930.
Executive Development Series
Preceding the Spring Annual Meeting on March 23-24 will be the popular Executive Development Series, designed for new and aspiring leaders as well as for faculty members who wish to improve their leadership skills for a variety of positions within the academic setting. Deadline for early registration is March 9, 2012. For registration and other information, visit AACN’s Web site at
4. AACN and Partners Lend Support to White House's Joining Forces Campaign
AACN is proud to be partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, and all sectors of the nursing profession to support the national Joining Forces campaign. To advance this important work, we are looking for individual schools to pledge their support for this initiative by March 29, 2012.
All schools pledging their support will receive national exposure for their commitment, and the list of participating schools will be shared with the White House in advance of a national kick-off event recognizing nursing’s commitment to Joining Forces. Please register your support and complete the online pledge by March 29, 2012. For more information and to pledge, click here.
5. New AACN Treasurer Elected - Margaret Callahan
In a separate special election held to fill the unexpired term of Board Treasurer Janet Allan, University of Maryland, who is retiring in July 2012, Margaret Callahan, Dean of the College of Nursing at Marquette University (WI), was selected to serve in this role through March 2013. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Callahan and thanking her for her commitment to AACN.
6. RWJF Provides New Funding: National Nurse Faculty Development Initiative
Teaching Resources and QSEN Faculty Development Institutes Planned for Those Teaching in Master’s and Doctoral Nursing Programs
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded $964,388 in new funding to the AACN to extend the reach of the national Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative to graduate education programs. Building on work completed by AACN at the undergraduate level, this new project will provide educational resources and training to enhance the ability of faculty in master’s and doctoral nursing programs to teach quality and safety competencies. For more information, click here.  
7. AACN Releases the New Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies
AACN is pleased to announce the release of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies. This publication, developed in collaboration with colleagues from the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, delineates the entry-level competencies for graduates of master’s, doctorate of nursing practice, and post-graduate programs preparing acute care NPs who serve the adult-gerontology population. The competencies are intended to be used in conjunction with — and build upon — the graduate and APRN core competencies outlined in the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice or Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing. These consensus-based competencies focus on the unique practice knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the adult-gerontology acute care NP. The competencies are located at
AACN is grateful for the generous support provided by the John A. Hartford Foundation that made this project possible.
8. Call for Applications: Leadership in Academic Nursing Program (LANP)
AACN sponsors an executive leadership fellowship tailored specifically for aspiring and new deans. Designed to prepare a more diverse, younger pool of leaders for nursing programs, this professional development experience encompasses an assessment and evaluation of leadership skills, opportunities for strategic networking and case study development, consultation to achieve long-term goals, and identification of key partnerships.
For more information, click here. Applications must be received by AACN no later than May 18, 2012 in order to be considered.
9. Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program Reaches Milestone
The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence will reach an important milestone this fall, as the third cohort of nursing doctoral candidates in its Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program brings the program to a national scale. Launched in 2008 with six scholars in three states, the program now includes more than 200 students in nearly 85 schools across the US. It is among the largest programs addressing the nation’s dire shortage of doctorally prepared nursing faculty—nursing schools turned away more than 75,000 qualified applicants in 2011 alone due to 1,000-plus faculty shortages—by preparing nurses with doctoral degrees to step into this critical role.
AACN is administering the program for the new cohort that includes 142 PhD and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) scholars representing all 50 states. The scholars will be funded through 2014 with $2 million from the Jonas Center, which the schools leveraged to raise an additional $1.5 million.
A full list of partner colleges and universities is available on the Jonas Center’s Web site.
10. Apply Now for the 2012 Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
AACN, with support from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, is currently offering a sixth round of scholarship funding to underrepresented minority nursing students who plan to work as nursing faculty after graduation. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral nursing program or a clinically-focused master’s degree program.
Click here for more details and to access the scholarship application.
Applications must be received by: Wednesday May 2, 2012.
11. Register Now for Upcoming AACN Conferences
GNAP Meeting
April 10-11, 2012
Westin Pittsburgh Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA
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BONUS Meeting
April 25-27, 2012
Tropicana Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
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Summer Seminar
July 22-25, 2012
Hotel Viking - New Port, RI
View Conference Details

For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager, via email or 202-463-6930, ext. 240.
12. Join Us for Free AACN Faculty Webinars
April 23, 2012 at 10:00 - 11:00 am (EST)
Ethnogeriatrics: The Basics
April 24, 2012 at 1:00 - 2:30 pm (EST)
Joining Forces Webinar Series: Educating Future Nurses to Care for Veterans Part I
Joining Forces through Creative Curriculum Approaches: A Panel Discussion
May 2, 2012 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm (EST)
Joining Forces Webinar Series: Educating Future Nurses to Care for Veterans Part II
Meeting Palliative Care Needs of Veterans: ELNEC-for Veterans
May 9, 2012 at 1:00 - 2:00 pm (EST)

See for a complete listing of the Webinars, organized by topic, and past Webinars. For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 230.
13. Current Calls for Nominations
This award recognizes 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 award criteria and detailed nomination information please visit us on line at:
Deadline to submit a nomination has been extended to Friday, April 13, 2012.
One of the highest honors a person can receive from the AACN is the Sr. Bernadette Armiger Award, which recognizes a nursing leader who has made significant contributions to the association and its goals, to nursing education, and to the advancement of the profession.
For award criteria and detailed nomination information, please visit:
The deadline for nominations is June 8, 2012.
Other Calls For Nomination:
14. Faculty Tool Kits Now Available
Academic-Practice Partnership Tool Kit
The Academic-Practice Partnership Tool Kit is designed to facilitate the development, growth, and evaluation of academic-practice partnerships as a fundamental condition to advance nursing practice and improve the quality of care and enhance patient outcomes. This tool kit will help you with any or all of the following:  selecting partners; preparing for the first meeting; conducting initial and subsequent meetings; considering environmental factors of time, space, regulation and context; sharing exemplars of strong academic-practice partnerships; and providing a template to guide you from start to finish in developing a partnership.
To access the Academic-Practice Partnership Tool Kit, click here.
Master's Essentials Tool Kit
At its January meeting, the AACN Board of Directors approved a new faculty tool kit that was developed to facilitate implementation of the 2011 Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing. The tool kit provides key resources to assist schools as they engage in curricular redesign to incorporate the Master’s Essentials; suggests integrative learning strategies that will strengthen learning and leadership development; and provides a forum for sharing innovative curricular and program ideas across schools. The new resources was designed to be dynamic, using a Web-based platform that allows for additions and changes as new ideas are developed.
To access the Master’s Essentials Faculty Tool Kit, click here.
15. Register Now for a NursingCAS Networking Lunch on April 11 in Pittsburgh, PA
NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to registered nursing 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 that will be disseminated to designated schools of nursing for consideration. Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to schools of nursing. Are you currently using NursingCAS at your school or would you like to speak with colleagues who use this service at their school? Then RSVP for the Networking Luncheon offered on April 11 in Pittsburgh, PA.
NursingCAS Networking Luncheon – RSVP by April 1
Wednesday, April 11, 12:30 – 1:30 PM (ET)
The Westin Pittsburgh, Convention Center – Pittsburgh, PA
This free event is open to participating and prospective schools and coincides with National Student Nurses Association’s 60th Anniversary Convention and Alumni Reunion and AACN's Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals Conference. Join us in Pittsburgh to connect with colleagues and learn more about how they are using or why they are considering using NursingCAS at their school. This is a RSVP only event, so please complete this RSVP form by April 1.
Alternatively, NursingCAS is hosting Open House sessions on June 12 and 13 in Watertown, MA (outside of Boston). Attendees will tour NursingCAS headquarters and receive a first-hand look at processing and the transcript and application verification process. They also will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of NursingCAS users and the customer service and technical team. Learn more and register for the open house event here,
Visit for more information and contact NursingCAS Manager Caroline Allen with any questions (, 202-463-6930, ext. 258).
16. Application Deadlines Near for Federal NFLP and NAT Programs
The Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has issued a call for applications for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). The NFLP provides funding to schools of nursing to support the establishment and operation of a distinct, interest-bearing NFLP loan fund. Participating schools of nursing make loans from the fund to assist registered nurses in completing their graduate education to become qualified nurse faculty. Eligible applicants are accredited collegiate schools of nursing or a department within the institution, such as a Graduate School of Arts and Sciences that offers an eligible advanced nursing education program yielding a graduate degree in nursing. The eligibility requirements, as described in the FOA, apply to new and previous recipients. Closing date for applications is April 20, 2012. For more information and link to full announcement, see
Also, the Title VIII Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) call for applications is now open.  The purpose of the NAT Program is to provide traineeship support for licensed registered nurses enrolled as full-time students in a master's or doctoral nurse anesthesia program. Traineeships will pay all or part of the costs of the tuition, books, and fees, and the reasonable living expenses of the individual during the period for which the traineeship is provided.  The deadline for applications is March 29, 2012. For more information, see:
17. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This month’s edition of AACN Policy Beat includes details on the just announced CMS’s Graduate Nursing Education (GNE) Demonstration Request for Proposals solicitation. Also examined is AACN membership response to an action alert for funding in Fiscal Year 2013. The alert called for strong funding for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the Nurse-Managed Health Clinics.  Additionally, House legislation to eliminate regulations that would impose restrictions within the higher education community are discussed. Details regarding funding opportunities provided through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Title VIII Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship also are included.  
18. Update on IPEC Institute May 21-23, 2012
Registration for the IPEC Institute inaugural is officially closed. The wait list also has been closed. Due to the exceptional interest in this institute, the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is planning additional institutes. We will inform members of additional dates and locations as soon as the information becomes available. Teams on the “wait list” will be given first priority in registration for additional institutes.
19. ELNEC Hosts 100th Course on Providing Excellent Palliative Care Education
Dedicated to enhancing end-of-life care through nursing education, the ELNEC Consortium has reached a new milestone by hosting its 100th train-the-trainer program in Los Angeles on January 26 and 27, 2012. Over 200 nurses, physicians, social workers, and chaplains attended this landmark event, which attracted participants from 28 states and 4 countries (Canada, Mexico, South Korea, and Taiwan). Four ELNEC courses (Core, Pediatric Palliative Care, Geriatric, and Critical Care) were held simultaneously to meet the unique needs of those working in acute care hospitals, hospices, homecare agencies, long-term care/skilled nursing facilities, clinics, and schools of nursing.
To date, over 13,380 nurses and other members of the interdisciplinary team have attended national/international ELNEC courses over the past 11 years, with the sole purpose of improving care to those with life-threatening illness. The first national ELNEC train-the-trainer course was held in January 2001, in partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in Washington, DC and City of Hope in Duarte, CA. This partnership continues today. For more details visit,
20. Register Now for the Spring 2012 CNL Certification Exam
March 30 is the deadline to register for the CNL Certification Exam, scheduled for April 30-May 25, 2012. This is the first time that the new multiple-choice exam based on the CNL job analysis study will be offered. In addition, testing centers are now available for CNL graduates and online students who are not located near a school of nursing. For more information, go to or contact Tracy Lofty, Director of the Commission on Nurse Certification, at
21. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing has received a $3.65 million gift from the Bentson Foundation to create the new Healthy Communities Innovation Center (HCIC). This center will replace a 25-year-old facility that is currently being used by all nursing students. The new center is a major step toward achieving the School’s goals to reshape nursing education and to meet dramatic changes in the interdisciplinary health care environment. The renovation will create high-tech learning spaces that more closely match the settings in which health care is delivered, making it possible to teach advanced nursing skills in environments that span the continuum of care. With this gift, more than $6 million has been pledged and committed to date for the $7.8 million project. Construction will begin this May. For more information, visit

  • Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to train nurse scientists to develop innovative clinical interventions for patients with chronic illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases cause seven out of every 10 deaths in the United States and are among the most costly and preventable health problems. This grant will help nurse researchers address this growing epidemic by launching an interprofessional training and mentoring program to prepare nurse scientists for the challenges of translating scientific research for chronically ill patients.  To more information, visit

  • University of Kansas School of Nursing is collaborating with Butler Community College to enroll associate degree RNs in KU’s online RN-BSN/MS Program and earn advanced degrees. The most-recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing report calls for 80 percent of registered nurses to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) or higher by 2020. In order for that to be possible, colleges and universities need to collaborate so ADN graduates can easily progress to a BSN program, according to David Martin, clinical associate professor and RN-BSN/MS program director at KU “We’re very pleased to be working with a like-minded, fine institution -- Butler Community College,” Martin said. “We’ve coordinated efforts to eliminate institution barriers between community colleges and institutions. Students need to have choices and KU School of Nursing is choosing to work with Butler to make this happen.” For information about the KU School of Nursing RN-BSN/MS program, visit the website
22. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country—those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students. Sponsored by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.
23. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • On March 27, 2012 in Washington, DC, the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners are hosting a symposium that addresses the important opportunities and challenges posed for registered nurses and APRNs in the creation and implementation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Experts from several successful nurse managed health centers and health systems who are negotiating contracts with ACOs in their communities  will address how to maintain the APRN scope of practice in the presence of ACOs, as well as how to carve out and gain recognition of important roles for registered nurses within the various ACO models. For more information, click here.
  • The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing is hosting a 2012 Geriatric Nursing Research Scholars Program on July 30 - August 3, 2012 in New York City. This program provides an opportunity for researchers in academia or hospitals to participate in a week-long, intensive, summer seminar at NYU College of Nursing for an in-depth mentoring experience with nationally recognized gerontologic nursing researchers. Space is limited!  Applications are due by May 15. For additional information, please visit

  • 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
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036