July 2011

New Online Collaboration Community to Launch

Upcoming Webinars

Register Now for the Summer Seminar
Special Conference Discount Available
AACN and Jonas Center Collaborate on Faculty Initiative
Recognize Student Learning in Nursing Homes

Awards for Infusing Geropsychiatric Nursing into Curriculum 
BAGNC Scholars Program 

Only Two QSEN Institutes Remain

Archived CNL Webinars Available
ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Series
New Mentoring Toolkit Available through NCIN 
CCNE 2011 Election Now Open 

Be Featured in Syllabus

AACN Email Will Be Down on July 15

Take Advantage of a Conference Discount Offer
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.  
Consider using this conference discount for AACN’s Summer Seminar in beautiful Portland, OR.
For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager, via email or 202-463-6930 x240.
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 entering the profession via accelerated baccalaureate and enty-level master’s programs.

To download the NCIN toolkit, click here.
ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Series

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 list of upcoming courses, and/or to register, click here.

For all the latest news and updates, follow ELNEC on Facebook.
CCNE 2011 Election for Board of Commissioners and Nominating Committee is Now Open
Please vote today in the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education's (CCNE) 2011 elections process. The CCNE election will be open through July 31, 2011. Chief nurse administrators of CCNE accredited nursing education programs and chief nursing officers of CCNE accredited post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs are invited to participate in the online election. Six individuals will be elected to the Board of Commissioners and four individuals will be elected to the Nominating Committee. On June 22, 2011, you were mailed election instructions, a username, and password from Dr. Pamela Simmons, Chair of the CCNE 2011 Nominating Committee. If you did not receive the June 22 letter, please contact CCNE Assistant Director, Crystal Pool, immediately via email to obtain this information.
Chief nurse administrators and chief nursing officers (or their designated representatives) may vote here.
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 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.
New Online Collaboration Community for Faculty Set to Launch this Fall
AACN is preparing to introduce an Online Collaboration Community exclusively for faculty from 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.
While a “grand opening” is planned for Fall 2011, a limited roll-out of the Community will take place in July 2011. At that time, the Calendar, Resource Center, and Archived Webinars areas will be accessible to member faculty that register for free and create a unique profile. Beginning September 2011, only registered faculty will have free, full access to AACN’s popular Webinar series. Once you join the community, webinar registration becomes a simple one-click process. In October 2011, the Community will be fully functioning and provide access to a member directory, discussion forums, and other professional development programs and initiatives. 
Look for more information on how to join the Community in late July/early August.
Upcoming Faculty Webinars
AACN is currently in the planning phase for a very exciting new Webinar season. Topics that we are working on bringing to you this fall include:
  • Simulation Standards for Best Practice in collaboration with International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning and sponsored by Elsevier
  • Clinical Teaching and Evaluation with Dr. Marilyn Oermann – back by popular demand!
  • Leadership Development
  • The role of the Clinical Nurse Leader offered in collaboration with Commission on Nurse Certification
  • A series of Webinars for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • A series of Webinars sponsored by the Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium
  • A series of Webinars for faculty new to the Principle Investigator role
  • A series of Webinars for leaders of the academic nursing research unit
Go to www.aacn.nche.edu/Faculty/FacultyLink/webinars.htm to see a listing of the Webinars that have been scheduled. Check back often for updates. Registration will open in early August.
Final Chance to Register for the Summer Seminar in Portland, OR
Join AACN for the 2011 Summer Seminar on July 24-27 in Portland, Oregon - “The City of Roses” - whose big city excitement, small town charm, and mild summers turn it into a favorite destination in the West. Our venue is the award winning Hotel Monaco Portland, which is conveniently located in the heart of historic downtown and in walking distance to Pioneer Square and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Portland's proximity to the mountains, rivers, and the ocean, adds a stunning natural element to an already beautiful urban area.
Don’t miss the opportunity to identify specific strategies to enhance your leadership skills and to improve your workplace. Award-winning executive coach Kay Cannon gives you an insider’s look into how to motivate and sustain your top performing Type A's. Learn about:
  • Why Type A’s Implode, Go Nuts, and Do Stupid Things
  • Fueling Type A Collateral Damage: The Three Illusions
  • Think Again: Recalibrating Type A Talent for Greater Success
Program details, hotel, and transportation information can be found at: www.aacn.nche.edu/Conferences/11SumSem.htm.
Please direct questions to Nadja Beverage, Conference Manager, nbeverage@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, x240.
New Award Recognizes Innovative Student Learning Opportunities in Nursing Homes
A competitive award has been established by AACN in collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University College of Nursing, and the Pioneer Network to recognize a baccalaureate school of nursing that has created an innovative clinical rotation in a nursing home. This award will be given to a school of nursing that demonstrates excellence in the following areas:
1. Collaboration with a nursing home to foster an exemplary clinical training site (e.g., structure/process, standards, research opportunities, interdisciplinary care)
2. Incorporation of the principles of culture change and person centered care
3.  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)
The recipient school will receive an award of $500 and will be recognized on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at the opening session of the AACN 2011 Fall Semiannual Meeting in Washington, DC. Additionally, the recipient school will be acknowledged at the Baccalaureate Education Conference, November 2011 in St. Louis, MO. A travel stipend will be provided for a faculty member from the recipient school to attend one of these conferences.
Applications must be received by Monday, September 12, 2011. Recipient will be notified by September 30, 2011. For more information and the application form, please visit www.aacn.nche.edu/Education/Hartford/index.htm. For questions, contact Gerontology Program Director Laurie Wilson at lwilson@aacn.nche.edu  or 202-463-6930, x259. 
Infusing Geropsychiatric Nursing into Curriculum Awards
The Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative, a project of the American Academy of Nursing funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, has established two competitive awards for Baccalaureate and Advanced Practice Nursing Programs. These awards will recognize schools of nursing which have integrated content addressing the Geropsychiatric Nursing Competency Enhancements*  into relevant courses or have revised course syllabi that they plan to implement in the future. The award recipient will receive $500 and be recognized at the relevant conferences. The awards are given to Schools of Nursing for infusing Geropsychiatric Nursing into:
  • CCNE-Accredited Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Programs
  • CCNE-Accredited Advanced Practice Registered Nursing Programs in adult/geriatric, adult acute care, psychiatric, family and women’s health
Deadline for Application – September 15, 2011
Announcement of Awards – October 15, 2011
*Note: The competency enhancement statements can be found on the website for the Portal of Geriatric Online Education at www.pogoe.org. Complete the free registration to login and access the documents.      
For further information including the application form, see www.aannet.org/GPNCInfusionAward. For questions please contact Pamela Dudzik, Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative Project Coordinator, at pdudzik@aannet.org.
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, click here.
Register Now for the Final Two QSEN Faculty Development Institutes
There are only two QSEN Faculty Development Institutes remaining, offered in Seattle, WA and Charleston, SC. The deadline to register for the Seattle QSEN Institute on September 14-16 has been extended until August 1. These nurse faculty development institutes focus on embedding quality and safety content in programs preparing entry-level registered nurses. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the QSEN Institutes emphasize six core competencies:
  • Patient-centered care
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Quality improvement
  • Safety
  • 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 for the final two institutes:
  • Seattle, WA, September 14-16, apply by August 1
  • Charleston, SC, November 2-4, apply by September 9
To apply for an institute, see www.aacn.nche.edu/qsenec/institutes.html.
Archived CNL Webinars Now Available
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) partnered with AACN to offer one-hour webinars focusing on the Clinical Nurse Leader. The following webinars are now archived and available for review at www.aacn.nche.edu/Faculty/FacultyLink/webinararchive.htm:
  • April 13, 2011 - Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader in Improving Patient Perception of Care
  • May 16, 2011 - Expanding the CNL Role on Quality and Safety
  • May 20, 2011 - Nursing Schools and Practice Partners: Working Collaboratively and Creatively to Foster the CNL Role
  • June 23, 2011 - Transitioning Second Degree Graduates into Practice: Innovative Models & Successes
CNC is currently collaborating with AACN to schedule CNL webinars for Fall 2011. Mark your calendar for the following:
  • September 23, 2011 – A Service and Academic Partnership to Design and Sustain a CNL Program
  • September 28, 2011 – Making the Business Case for the CNL
  • October 3, 2011 – CNL Outcomes Across Healthcare Settings
  • November 7, 2011 – Early Development and Evolution of the CNL
If you are interested in serving as a speaker for a future webinar, submit a speaker proposal form found at www.aacn.nche.edu/CNC/pdf/Speaker-Proposal-Form.pdf. For information about CNL webinars, contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at tlofty@aacn.nche.edu.
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. 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.
Important Announcement: AACN email will be down on this Friday, July 15 beginning at noon
AACN is transitioning to a new email system, and staff members will not have access to their AACN email accounts beginning at noon this Friday, July 15. We will regain access on Monday, July 18 and will respond to your email messages then. 
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