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December 2012 Featured News
  1. AACN Releases Preliminary Data from 2012 Annual Survey
  2. Registration Opens January 7 for the Academic-Practice Partnerships Conference
  3. IPEC Announces 2013 Faculty Development Institute
  4. Nursing Leader Vernice Ferguson Dies at Age 84
  5. Don't Miss the Faculty Development Conference: Success Strategies for New Faculty
  6. Faculty Practice Pre-Conference and Master’s Conference Planned for Late February
  7. Register Now for Upcoming AACN Conferences
  8. 2013 Free Faculty Webinars
  9. AACN and N-OADN Collaborate on Academic Progression Brochure
  10. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  11. Free QSEN Faculty Development Workshops
  12. ELNEC Announces a New Training Program for APRNs
  13. Learn How Rush University Leverages NursingCAS
  14. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  15. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  16. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
1. AACN Releases Preliminary Data from 2012 Annual Survey
On December 4, 2012, AACN released preliminary survey data showing that enrollment in all types of professional nursing programs increased from 2011 to 2012, including increases in entry-level Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs (+3.5%), RN to BSN programs (+22.2%), master’s programs (8.2%), Doctor of Nursing Practice programs (+19.6%), and research-focused doctoral programs (1.3%). AACN’s annual survey findings are based on data reported from 664 of the 856 nursing schools in the U.S. (77.6% response rate) with baccalaureate and/or graduate programs. In a separate survey, AACN found a strong hiring preference for new nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level as well as a comparatively high job-placement rate for new BSN graduates. Final survey data will be released in March 2013. Read the full press release online at
2. Registration Opens January 7 for the Academic-Practice Partnerships Conference
AACN member deans and their practice partners are encouraged to make plans now to attend the Implementing Successful Academic Practice Partnerships conference on April 18-19, 2013 in Chicago, IL.  Discover the keys to maximizing your strategic affiliations to ensure that they are goal-driven, outcome-focused, and mutually beneficial. Participants will explore how to sustain commitment and cooperation among partnering organizations through interactive presentations highlighting successful collaborations, including a look at partnerships forming to support the new federally-funded Graduate Nursing Education demonstration.  The registration fee is $299 per person, and both the academic and the practice partner must attend together as a pair.  Please note that this conference is geared towards those partnerships that are new and/or under development.  Registration will open January 7, 2013 and is limited to 50 partnership pairs. 
3. IPEC Announces 2013 Faculty Development Institute
The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) invites faculty teams to attend the Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety on May 20-22, 2013 at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, VA. The overall goal of the institute is to create faculty champions who can enhance interprofessional curricula, learning experiences, and assessment of learners in quality improvement and patient safety at the point of care. Faculty across the health disciplines will come together to explore how to embed quality improvement and patient safety (QI/PS) content into their curriculum, while learning how to create and assess clinical QI/PS projects. Pre-course reading activities will be assigned prior to the face-to-face workshop, and the post-course period will afford opportunities for online networking and a community of practice. Upon returning to their home institutions, workshop participants will help to develop faculty teams with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement an interprofessional education plan focused on quality improvement and patient safety. For more information visit,

Registration will commence on January 28, 2013. Watch for more details about the registration process, which will be available in the coming weeks.    
4. Nursing Leader Vernice Ferguson Dies at Age 84
AACN is saddened to learn of the loss of pioneering nurse executive and nurse researcher Vernice Ferguson. To find out more about the accomplishments and life of this cherished nurse leader, see the press release prepared by the New York University (NYU) College of Nursing:  A memorial service for Dr. Ferguson is planned for early 2013 at NYU’s College of Nursing.
5. Don't Miss the Faculty Development Conference: Success Strategies for New Faculty
Make plans now to attend AACN’s Faculty Development Conference —Success Strategies for New Faculty—February 7-9, 2013 at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel in Jacksonville, FL. The deadline for early registration is January 25, 2013.
The Faculty Development Conference is aimed at those new to the faculty role and those who would like to gain more self-confidence with teaching in baccalaureate and higher degree programs. Program and concurrent sessions address creating an active learning environment; clinical teaching and evaluation; evaluating student learning; and other topics of interest to those who wish to improve their teaching practice.
For more information on this conference, go to:
6. Faculty Practice Pre-Conference and Master’s Conference Planned for Late February
Join colleagues for these consecutive events at the Buena Vista Palace in Orlando, FL. The Faculty Practice Pre-Conference will be held February 20-21, 2013 and the Master’s Education Conference follows February 21-23, 2013. The annual Master’s Education Conference encourages faculty to explore topics and issues of mutual interest, especially during this period of transition to new program models and nursing roles. The 2013 theme is Looking Forward: Preparing Master’s Nursing Graduates for the Future. Plenary topics include the intersection of health care and higher education in nursing; informatics priorities for master’s students; and future healthcare delivery roles for master’s-prepared graduates. Concurrent sessions, posters, and abstract presentations allow participants to pursue topics of personal interest. The Faculty Practice Pre-Conference is designed for those who promote, administer, and engage in faculty practice. Under the theme, Policy, Business, and Faculty Practice: Links and Influences, topics include links between national healthcare policy and practice; institutional policies that underpin faculty practice; and the ever-important business aspects of faculty practice.
For information and registration, see 
7. Register Now for Upcoming Conferences
January 17, 2013
CNL Research Symposium

JW Marriott
New Orleans, LA
January 17-19, 2013
CNL Summit

JW Marriott
New Orleans, LA
January 23, 2013
Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego, CA 
January 23-26, 2013
Doctoral Education Conference
Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego, CA
February 7-9, 2013
Faculty Development Conference
Omni Jacksonville Hotel
Jacksonville, FL
February 20-21, 2013
Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
Buena Vista Palace
Orlando, FL

 February 21-23, 2013
Master's Education Conference
Buena Vista Palace
Orlando, FL
For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager at or at 202-463-6930 ext. 240.
8. 2013 Free Faculty Webinars
AACN is pleased to announce upcoming Webinars exclusively for faculty teaching in AACN member schools. Additional Webinar details will be provided in the coming weeks. To register for these Webinars go to
 The New Congress and Nurses' Future
January 15, 2013
1:00-2:00 pm (ET)
Evaluating Class Size and Online Education
February 7, 2013
3:00-4:00 pm (ET)
Visit our Web site to access past Webinars and review Webinars organized by topics. For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Courtney Geanetta, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 230.
9. AACN and N-OADN Collaborate on Academic Progression Brochure
     AACN and the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN) have published a joint brochure titled Taking the Next Step in Your Nursing Education for associate degree-prepared nurses and nursing students looking to advance their education. This publication includes a letter of commitment to academic progression from the presidents of AACN and N-OADN; a description of education options at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels; a sampling of career choices for graduate-prepared nurses; and links to helpful resources on the Web. To order copies of this brochure in bulk (100 or more), click here.
10. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This month’s edition of Policy Beat includes application information for the inaugural Faculty Policy Intensive. Learn more about this unique, fully-funded policy opportunity offered exclusively to faculty teaching at AACN member schools. Interested in sponsoring the 2013 Student Policy Summit? Learn how your institution can support this highly successful program. Register now for upcoming AACN webinars highlighting academic progression and the nursing profession in the new Congress. The December newsletter also features a number of funding opportunities for nursing schools and faculty with deadlines coming up in early January. To view the December issue of AACN Policy Beat, visit
11. Free QSEN Faculty Development Workshops
AACN is pleased to announce that registration is now underway for the 2013-2014 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Faculty Development Workshops. Using a train-the-trainer approach, five workshops are planned to give nursing faculty and hospital educators the skills and resources needed to teach quality and safety competencies in master’s and doctoral level nursing courses. Educators completing a workshop will be expected to share their new expertise with colleagues, practice partners, and students. 
Apply now for one of the following free pre-conference programs:
Registration is free to the first 100 faculty who register for each workshop. Applications must be completed online. The application is available at
For more information on this program, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, please visit
12. ELNEC Announces a New Training Program for APRNs

Palliative Care is a growing speciality with Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) expected to:
  • Respond to the complex needs of patients with serious and life-limiting illness and their families as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine report on the Future of Nursing
  • Meet the objectives of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which will increase healthcare access for all Americans
  • Provide quality palliative care across the lifespan and across clinical settings, as defined by the National Consensus Project for Quality Care Clinical Practice Guidelines 
Two national train-the-trainer courses are scheduled for 2013:
April 4-5 in Anaheim, CA and November 5-6 in Washington, DC. Further information on these courses—including an overview, FAQs, agenda, and faculty listing is available at
National ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care, Core, and Critical Care train-the-trainer courses also are scheduled across the US for 2013. Further information on each of these courses is located at the Web site above. For more details, contact Pam Malloy at The ELNEC Project is a partnership between AACN and the City of Hope in Duarte, CA.
13. Learn How Rush University Leverages NursingCAS to Enhance Graduate Student Recruitment at the Doctoral Conference
RSVP for this session to learn how your colleague Dr. Lisa Rosenberg, Associate Dean for Admissions and Recruitment at Rush University, leverages this free resource to enhance student recruitment in doctoral and master's nursing programs, increase efficiency, reduce administrative costs, maximize staff resources and time, and facilitate a paperless admissions review process.
When: Wednesday, January 23 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Where: Hotel Del Coronado – 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
Learn about Rush's experience with NursingCAS from initial planning to implementation to student enrollment. NursingCAS is the online centralized application service for nursing schools. Over 56,000 applicants use NursingCAS to apply to RN diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs at participating schools nationwide. There is no cost for schools to participate in NursingCAS, and all programs who join receive free web-based admissions software in order to access and manage your applicant pool.
Topics addressed during the session will include:
  • Streamlining the graduate admissions process
  • Recruiting diverse students
  • Promoting your programs
  • Going paperless
  • Re-focusing resources and staff time to focus on recruitment
  • Managing the interview process
  • Online, holistic admissions review for faculty members and committee members
  • Pipeline management
  • Tracking requirements that fit your program
  • Communicating with students to influence their decision
  • Leveraging the data and reporting capabilities to your advantage
Reserve your seat now, space is limited. Visit to register for this free event or send an email to AACN’s NursingCAS Manager, Caroline Allen, at to sign up or if you have any questions. Note attendees do not need to be registered for the Doctoral Education Conference to attend this session. Additional information will be sent to those who register. Visit for more information on NursingCAS.
14. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  • The University of Missouri (MU) Sinclair School of Nursing received a nearly $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to support the schools work to enhance care for older adults. MU researchers, led by Dr. Marilyn Rantz, Curators’ Professor of Nursing, will use the funds, distributed over four years, to implement a project aimed at reducing avoidable re-hospitalizations among nursing home residents. Insights gained from this project could provide a nationwide model for senior care and significantly reduce national health care spending. For more information, visit

  • Florida International University College of Nursing & Health Sciences has received nearly $7 million in new federal funding to support disadvantaged students interested in pursuing degrees and careers in high-demand or in underserved areas of nursing and health care.  To read the full press release, click here.
  • University of Florida College of Nursing received a $3 million gift from a university alumna, that will be used to fund education and research focused on quality of life for patients and their families dealing with mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and related conditions. To read the full press release, visit
15. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • Dr. Afaf I. Meleis, the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, received the Phyllis N. Stern Award at the 19th Congress of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues (ICOWHI) in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 16. The Phyllis N. Stern Distinguished Lectureship, recognizes an internationally renowned leader in women’s health issues.  Dr. Meleis is counsel general emerita of ICOWHI and the International Council of Nurses Global Ambassador for the Girl Child. With a career dedicated to the health of women and girls, Dr. Meleis has created international academic partnerships, developing relationships with the United Nations and other international organizations dedicated to equity and well-being. See

  • The Duke University School of Nursing and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) have received a $1.2 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to increase the number of underrepresented WSSU minority nursing students who are prepared to  transition to PhD programs in nursing, and other related biomedical/behavioral science disciplines at Duke University. Titled Bridges to the Doctorate Program, this unique collaboration is the second of its kind in the nation. “Included in our strategic objectives is the goal to promote and develop a diverse group of nurse scientist faculty prepared to lead in the discovery of new knowledge to inform health care", said Debra Brandon, Director, of the PhD in Nursing program and Associate Professor. “This is a wonderful opportunity to work with our colleagues at Winston-Salem State University, to create a direct link between their Master of Nursing Science (MSN) Program and our PhD program at the Duke School of Nursing,” she said. See
  • On December 10, the Ohio State University College of Nursing launched their first health clinic led by nurse practitioners that will support community health in the local area. The center will provide underserved patients in the Near East Side neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, with convenient access to primary care that simultaneously addresses their physical issues as well as their mental health needs. The center will reduce help to unnecessary emergency room visits by providing routine care and wellness checks, as well as follow-up care to emergency room patients. The center is expected to open in January at the Wexner Medical Center’s University Hospital East. Read more at

  • The University of Maryland School of Nursing announced that Dr. Robin P. Newhouse, professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been appointed vice chair of the Methodology Committee for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Dr. Newhouse, the only nurse on the committee, has been a member of the PCORI since it was formed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office in January 2011. Her research ranges from cluster randomized trials to systematic reviews focusing on quality of care, implementation of evidence-based processes among clinicians and outcomes research in health care delivery systems. To read the full press release, visit
16. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • High quality, peer-reviewed, competency-based learning modules for interprofessional health education are now available through a new innovative online portal launched by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). Based on Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, these materials are designed to provide tools to prepare tomorrow’s health professions workforce for interprofessional, team-based, patient-centered, and community- and population-oriented care. The IPE PORTAL collection is open for submissions. Inquiries should be directed to

  • The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is seeking applicants for the Macy Faculty Scholars Program, which is designed to foster innovation and develop the next generation of leaders in health professions education. Up to five early- to mid-career nursing and medicine faculty will be selected to lead new educational reforms at their home institutions over two years. Scholars are awarded $100,000 per year and are provided opportunities for further career development through national meetings and participation in Macy Foundation activities. The deadline to apply is March 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm (ET). To apply, visit
  • The annual AAMC Integrating Quality Meeting is be held on June 6-7, 2013 in Rosemont, IL at the Intercontinental Hotel. This is a interprofessional program that brings together healthcare leaders, faculty, trainees and students from teaching hospitals, medical schools, health professions schools, and other health care organizations to share strategies for enhancing the culture of quality in clinical care and health professions education. AAMC is seeking abstracts for poster presentations, interactive workshops, and presentations. The deadline for submitting an abstract is Friday, January 18, 2013. Registration will be available online in March. For additional program details and instructions for submitting an abstract online, please visit

  • Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)  is now accepting applications for the Hollie Shaner-McRae Nursing Student Essay Contest. Essays must focus on how nursing students can encourage the “greening of health care,” and be specific to an activity that a nursing student could potentially do or is currently involved in doing. The first prize winner will receive a free registration to the annual CleanMed conference (April 24-26, 2013 in Boston) as well as a subsidy for travel. Essays are due February 22, 2013. To apply and review award details and application forms, visit
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