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December 2011 Featured News
  1. New AACN Data on Nursing Enrollments and Employment of BSN Graduates
  2. Talking Points on Health Affairs Article on RN Supply
  3. CCNE Calls for Comments on Standards for Accreditation
  4. Register Now for 2012 AACN Conferences
  5. Jonas Center and AACN Partner on New Webinar Series
  6. 2012 Faculty Webinar Schedule Now Available
  7. AACN Applauds Nomination of Marilyn Tavenner for CMS Administrator
  8. GNEC Webinar Series and Faculty Resources Now Available
  9. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  10. Macy Faculty Scholars Program Call for Applications
  11. Register Now for NursingCAS Presentation in Tampa 
  12. New Call for Proposals Issued for RWJF New Careers in Nursing Program
  13. ELNEC-Core Course to Be Held as a Pre-Conference to AACN’s Master’s Conference
  14. ELNEC Promotes AACN's Peaceful Death Document in Eastern Europe
  15. Academic-Service Partnerships Featured in Journal of Professional Nursing
  16. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  17. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  18. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
1. New AACN Data on Nursing Enrollments and Employment of BSN Graduates
On December 6, 2011, AACN released preliminary survey data showing that enrollment in all types of professional registered nursing (RN) programs increased from 2010 to 2011, including a 3.9% increase in entry-level Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree programs. AACN’s annual survey findings are based on data reported from 647 of the 840 nursing schools in the U.S. (77% response rate) with baccalaureate and/or graduate programs. In a separate survey, AACN also 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.
For more details on this new data visit:
2. Talking Points on Health Affairs Article on RN Supply
On December 5, 2011, the journal Health Affairs published an article titled Registered Nurse Supply Grows Faster than Projected Amid Surge in New Entrants Ages 23-26, which focused on a large cohort of younger nurses entering the profession and the impact this may have on the future workforce. Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, this study was conducted by Drs. David Auerbach, Peter Buerhaus, and Douglas Staiger who found a 62% increase in the number of 23-26 year olds who became registered nurses (RNs) between 2002 and 2009. Though welcome news given the rapid aging of the nursing workforce, the study authors do not conclude that nursing shortage is over given the growing demand for nursing care by older adults, new opportunities for nurses through healthcare reform, and the need for more highly educated RNs.
Click here to view the talking points that AACN developed to help clarify some of the issues raised in the article and what this means in relation to the nursing shortage. Please note the talking points include some new comments from co-author Dr. Peter Buerhaus that you are encouraged to share with colleagues and other stakeholders.
 3. CCNE Call for Comments on Standards of Accreditation 
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has initiated a comprehensive review and revision of the accreditation standards that are used to evaluate baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing programs nationally.  An open invitation to suggest changes is extended to all interested parties, including university and program administrators, faculty, practitioners, agency representatives, employers, students, and others with an interest in the preparation of competent nurses.
Review the current language in the Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Nursing Programs (2009).
Please submit comments/questions by January 31, 2012 to:
Lori Schroeder, MA
Associate Director
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Comments may be directed at the standards in their entirety or at any individual standard or key element.  Please be specific in offering your comments, including specific language you would like to see incorporated, deleted, or amended in the Standards.
The CCNE Standards Committee looks forward to receiving and considering your comments as part of the revision process. If you have any questions about the standards revision process, please contact Lori Schroeder, CCNE Associate Director, at (202) 887-6791 ext. 253 or
 4. Register Now for 2012 AACN Conferences

  CNL Summit and Research Symposium
January 19-21, 2012
Hyatt Regency - Tampa, FL
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Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
January 25, 2012
Naples Grande Beach - Naples, FL
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Note: This pre-conference precedes the
2012 Doctoral Education Conference
               Doctoral Education Conference
                   January 25-28, 2012
                   Naples Grande Beach - Naples, FL
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Faculty Development Conference
February 9-11, 2012
Westin Peachtree Plaza - Atlanta, GA
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               Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
                   February 29 - March 1, 2012
                   San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter - San Antonio, TX
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                   Note: This pre-conference precedes the
                   2012 Master's Education Conference.
Master's Education Conference
March 1-3, 2012
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter - San Antonio, TX
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For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager, via email or 202-463-6930 ext. 240.
5. Jonas Center and AACN Partner on New Webinar Series
AACN and the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence are teaming up to produce a new series of Webinars on state and federal nursing advocacy issues. Developed for nursing students interested in attending AACN’s 2012 Student Policy Summit as well as other interested stakeholders, these  one-hour presentations will provide unique opportunities to learn about nursing policy and how participants can become engaged in advocacy efforts. Make plans now to join us for the following sessions:
The Future of Nursing and You – January 20, 2012, 12:00 pm ET
Dr. Susan Hassmiller, Senior Adviser for Nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will lead this session focusing on the Institute of Medicine’s report  Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health and review the report’s recommendations and implementation efforts.
Making Your Message Count – February 10, 2012, 12:00 pm ET  
Darlene Curley, Executive Director of the Jonas Center, will join with AACN’s Director of Government Affairs Suzanne Miyamoto to discuss the importance of sending a collective message to legislators when advocating for the profession and will review lessons learned from independent and coordinated lobbying. To register:
To view the first Webinar of this series click here.  
6. 2012 Faculty Webinar Schedule Now Available
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.

The Future of Nursing and You
January 20, 2012 at 12:00 - 1:00 pm (ET)   

Making Your Message Count
February 10, 2012 at 12:00 - 1:00 pm (ET)
Faculty Development: Facilitation Methods in Simulation
February 13, 2012 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
Integrating the Patient Experience into Curricula
February 16, 2012 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
The CNL Job Analysis and Certification Exam
February 17, 2012 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)

Nurse-Led Medical Homes
March 6, 2012 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (ET)

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.

7. AACN Applauds Nomination of Marilyn Tavenner for CMS Administrator
AACN applauds the Obama administration for nominating Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, BSN, RN, a leading voice for health care in the US, as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In the official announcement made on November 23, 2011, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius noted that “Marilyn’s distinguished career in health care and deep knowledge of our efforts to implement health reform make her the right person for this job at this moment in history.  Her career as a nurse, hospital administrator, and Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources give her unique insights that position her well to serve as Administrator.”
For more details, visit:
8. GNEC Webinar Series and Faculty Resources
Now Availabl
e Online
The Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium (GNEC) is a national initiative of AACN with generous funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation to enhance geriatric content in senior-level undergraduate nursing courses. To successfully incorporate content into the curriculum, faculty must be informed and have accessible evidence-based geriatric care information, access to curricular change resources, and support from professional colleagues. AACN, in collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University College of Nursing, recently hosted a Webinar series to introduce faculty to the GNEC project and showcase available geriatric resources, innovative teaching strategies, and methods for infusing the content into the didactic and clinical curriculum components. Recorded Webinars and all GNEC faculty resources can resources are now accessible at no charge.

For additional information, please see or contact Laurie Wilson at

9. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat 
The December 2011 edition of Policy Beat covers updates to the FY 2012 Appropriations process relevant to health professionals and nursing programs. Also covered: newly-released data from the National Health Service Corps regarding APRN care administered in hospital outpatient departments, Marilyn Tavenner’s nomination for the position of CMS Administrator, and funding opportunities through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). To read the latest Policy Beat see:

Upcoming Event:
Registration details for AACN’s 2012 Student Policy Summit
(March 25-27, 2012) highlight a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. For more details click here.
10. Macy Faculty Scholars Program Invites Applications
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is seeking applications for the Macy Faculty Scholars Program that provides medical and nursing educators with salary support at $100,000 per year over two years, providing them with protected time to pursue educational reform projects at their home institutions. Up to five faculty leaders are selected each year. The deadline for applications is March 7, 2012.
For more details about the program, click here.
11. Register Now for a NursingCAS Presentation in Tampa, FL

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.
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 presentation and application demo in Tampa, FL.
Register Now
January 19, 2012, Noon – 1:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Hotel -Tampa, FL

Featured Speaker:
Hilda Mejia Abreu, Associate Dean For Admissions & Student Services
The University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Nursing - San Antonio, TX
A question and answer session will follow this presentation.
This event coincides with the CNL Summit and Research Symposium. Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to schools of nursing. 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). We hope to see you at the presentation in Florida!

12. 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 January 11, 2012.
For information on the program, eligibility criteria, and the application process, 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:
13. ELNEC-Core Course to be Held Prior to AACN's Master's Conference

For nursing faculty who will be attending the AACN's Master’s Conference, there will be an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC-Core) train-the-trainer course, held at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, TX, February 29-March 1, 2012.
ELNEC, which began in 2000 with a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has trained over 13,000 nursing faculty and clinicians, as well as other members of the interdisciplinary team. ELNEC has been presented in 73 countries worldwide and is translated into 5 languages. During the upcoming course, lectures on palliative care, pain and symptom management, culture, communication, loss/grief/bereavement, ethics, and care during the final hours of life will be presented. Participants will bring home a 1000+ page curriculum with powerpoint slides, objectives/overviews, reference lists, case studies, and supplemental teaching materials. Those attending will also receive the 2010 edition of The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. The Joint Commission is now certifying hospitals in palliative care. New nurses will be expected to provide this care upon graduation.
For more information and/or to register, go to:
Please contact Pam Malloy if you have questions at
14. ELNEC Promotes AACN's Peaceful Death Document in Eastern Europe

Almost 15 years ago, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, convened a roundtable of expert nurses and other health care professionals to stimulate scholarly discourse and initiate change on the need for compassionate care at the end of life. These discussions led to the development of the Peaceful Death Document:  Recommended Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for End-of-Life Nursing Care. This document has been used in Schools/Colleges of Nursing across the United States to train nursing students in this care. In 2000, AACN partnered with the City of Hope in Duarte, CA to develop the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC). What was originally a project for the United States, has turned into an international mission. To date, over 14,000 nursing faculty and practicing nurses and other members of the interdisciplinary team have attended one of 100 ELNEC train-the-trainer courses in all 50 states and 73 countries world-wide. Over 60% of nursing schools in the US have at least one ELNEC trainer. 
In October 2011, Dr. Betty Ferrell Principal Investigator of ELNEC from City of Hope and Pam Malloy, Co-Investigator of ELNEC from AACN, attended a national ELNEC course in Bucharest, Romania.  While there, they met with Ladislau Ritli, Romanian Minister of Health, and Mircea Timofte, President of the National Order for Registered Nurses in Romania to discuss and review the Peaceful Death Document. Polly Bednash CEO and Executive Director of AACN also sent a letter to Mr. Timofte, encouraging him to review and consider adopting the competencies for use throughout schools of nursing in Romania. Daniela Mosoiu Medical Director of Hospice Casa Sperantei in Brasov, Romania and Nicoleta Mitrea, RN translated the letter and the  Peaceful Death Document into Romanian and hand-carried the documents to Mr. TImofte for his thorough review. Though Romania has hospices around the country, there is not a mechanism to train nurses in end-of-life care. The competencies for this care were lacking. After reviewing the competencies, the National Order for Registered Nurses in Romania agreed to adopt them. Nurses across Romania will use this work, developed by AACN almost 15 years ago, to improve care for those with life-threatening/limiting illness. The National ELNEC Project continues to be invited to provide consultation and education throughout Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central/South America. For more information about the ELNEC Project, go to
15. Academic-Service Partnerships Featured in Journal of Professional Nursing
  The November-December 2011 issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing features a special online section on academic-service partnerships. The section highlights 19 recent innovations at local, state, and regional levels. The timely section was edited by Judy Beal (Simmons College, MA), Alexia Green (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center), and Susan Bakewell-Sachs (The College of New Jersey). For more information, visit:
16. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives 
Fitchburg State University and Worcester State University have announced a collaborative nursing program that will bring together a program for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) to earn their baccalaureate degree in nursing. Grants awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education ($50,000) and Fairlawn Foundation/Greater Worcester Community Foundation ($169,200 over three years) have supported the planning efforts for the new program. Linda McKay, who chairs the nursing program at Fitchburg State, and Andrea Wallen,  past chair of the nursing program at Worcester State, have been collaborating with nursing leadership at three Vocational Practical Nursing Programs in Central Massachusetts. For more information click here.
17. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • The University of Arlington received a $1 million endowment from the Moritz family to support a new chair of geriatric nursing research. The new endowment provides UT Arlington a margin of excellence as it develops a comprehensive geriatric research agenda. “This is a phenomenal commitment,” said Elizabeth C. Poster, dean of the College of Nursing. “This gift will help us attract the kind of prominent scholar who can help move our research agenda forward and help inspire our students to see themselves as scientists and scholars for the future.” Visit to learn more.
18. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • 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
  • Save the date for the 2012 IPEC Institute to be held on May 20-23, 2012 at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, VA. Sponsored by AACN and five other health profession organization, this institute will focus on team-based implementation of interprofessional education at your institution. More information will be available on AACN’s Web site in early 2012.
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows program has released its Call for Applications for the 2012 cohort. The highly competitive national nurse leadership program will award up to 20 fellowships to nurses who aspire to lead teams and organizations in improving health and health care locally and nationally. They will join more than 200 nurse leaders who have participated in the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program since it began in 1998. The deadline for receipt of applications is January 18, 2012. 
    Download the Call for Applications here. For more information about the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program visit:
  • The National Institute of Nursing Research is expanding its NINR Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP), a doctoral fellowship training program that coordinates training and funding for doctoral students attending a school of nursing. The program combines the academic environment of a university and the breadth and depth of research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Students interested in the Individual Partnership are encouraged to contact the NINR IRP Training Director by sending an email with “NINR Graduate Partnership Program” in the subject line. The application/registration period for both options of the NINR 2012 GPP will close on January 31, 2012, at 8 a.m. Additional information about the 2012 NINR GPP is available at
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036