October 2011

Grand Opening of the Collaboration Community

Upcoming Webinars

New Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs
Join AACN on Virtual Advocacy Day

Call for Nominations for Faculty Awards

CCNE Establishes Standards Committee

CNL Updates

Register Now for Upcoming Conferences

ELNEC to Celebrate its 100th Trainer Course
Call for Abstracts: 2012 National Health Promotion Summit

NursingCAS Updates

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Featured Webinar
 Join a nationally recognized expert, Marilyn Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for an insightful presentation on priorities and issues in clinical teaching and assessment of student learning. Click webinar link below for more details and registration.
October 26, 2011
1:00 - 2:30 pm (ET)
Register Now for 2012 AACN Conference
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 Updates

CNL Vanguard Award Application Deadline Extended
The application deadline for the CNL Vanguard Award has been extended to Monday, October 17, 2011. This national award recognizes a certified CNL for innovative and outstanding professional performance and advocacy of the CNL role. For more information click here, or contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at tlofty@aacn.nche.edu.

Resource Coach
Do you need help implementing your CNL education program, structuring an academic-practice partnership around the CNL, or expanding your network of CNL practice sites? Linda Rusch, MS, RN, is AACN’s CNL Resource Coach who is available to help advance the CNL role at the local and national level. Linda can assist you in planning, in the communication-and-roll-out phase, and in the actual implementation of the CNL within the practice environment. She can also assist with financial justification, outcome measurement, and advise you on how to support the CNL over time. Linda can be reached at lrusch@aacn.nche.edu.

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.
Grand Opening of the Collaboration Community
To more closely engage with our constituents, AACN has created an online Collaboration Community exclusively for faculty, deans, and students from member schools. This new service provides a social media platform that enables members to share knowledge and best practices, post resources, explore topics of shared concerns, and form strategic alliances. This platform, which provides access to archived Webinars, is accessible to member faculty who may register for free and create a unique profile. Only registered faculty will have free, full access to AACN’s popular Webinar series. Following a trial launch period earlier this summer, the Collaboration Community is now fully functioning and provides access to a member directory, discussion forums, and other professional development programs and initiatives. Watch for demonstrations of this new service at the Fall Meeting in Washington, DC next week.
You may log into the community by using the following temporary log-in ID and passcode for first-time log in only (case sensitive):
Upon entering the site for the first time, you will be prompted to create a new, unique ID and password once you have completed the registration process. We suggest using your e-mail address as your login ID. Try to choose a password that you will be able to remember. Please note, when you register for the Community, you must indicate your institution and use an institutional e-mail address that ends in “.edu”. If an e-mail address is used that does not end in “.edu”, you will be contacted by the site administrator.
For more information, contact Laura Petri, Director of Faculty Programs, at lpetri@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, X270. For assistance logging into the Community or for other technical support, contact Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, at cgeanetta@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, X230.
Upcoming Webinars for October
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.

See www.aacn.nche.edu/webinars for a complete listing of the Webinars, organized by topic. For assistance in registering for Webinars contact Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, at cgeanetta@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, X230.
New Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs
AACN is committed to providing member schools with resources and information helpful to advancing professional nursing education and supporting their academic enterprise. In keeping with this mission, the association has just released Your Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs, a handy reference for students and practicing nurses who are considering graduate level nursing education. AACN has identified a great need for more nurses with master’s and doctoral degrees to enhance access to primary care, preventive, and specialty nursing care. With the Institute of Medicine calling for a doubling of nurses in the U.S. with doctoral degrees, the need to expand the pipeline into graduate programs has become a national priority. An electronic copy of this brochure is available online, and we encourage schools to link directly to this from their web sites. To view the pdf version of the brochure click here. Hard copies of the brochure may be ordered by using AACN's online order form.
Join AACN on Virtual Advocacy Day
On Monday, October 24, 2011, AACN will host its second Virtual Advocacy Day in conjunction with the in-person meetings our members will make on Capitol Hill. Now, more than ever, we must repeat the success of our Spring advocacy efforts (over 1,000 messages) and further expand them.  As AACN reported on September 30, 2011, the House draft Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations bill proposes to cut the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs by a historic 55.9%. If enacted, this decimation of funds would bring the allocation for Title VIII from $242.387 million to $106.828 million. Of significant concern, the draft bill eliminates the Loan Repayment and Scholarship program as well as the Comprehensive Geriatric Education grants. Moreover, it cuts the Nurse Faculty Loan program by 68.4% at a time when schools of nursing across the country point to faculty shortages as the prime reason for turning away qualified applicants. Further still, it proposes a 20% cut to the Advanced Nursing Education program. Nursing MUST educate the House or Representatives on the importance of these programs in order to combat a grave policy decision that will affect nursing's educational infrastructure and workforce supply now and into the future.  Please share this message with your nursing school colleagues, both students and faculty, and offer them the opportunity to join AACN’s Grassroots Network. By doing so, they will be able to weigh in on October 24, 2011 and help educate policy makers on the role nurses play in caring for America’s patients.
With your help, October 24 will prove to be a day where professional nursing education unites on a common message: The proposed cuts to Title VIII must be reconsidered for the safety and health of our nation.

2011-2012 AACN Faculty Teaching Awards –
Call for Nominations
AACN is pleased to announce a call for nominating for four Faculty Teaching Awards for the 2011-2012 academic year. The AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Awards recognize faculty who have been in the role for five years or less. The purpose of the awards is to recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by early career faculty at AACN member schools. The Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award will be presented to faculty demonstrating excellence and innovation teaching in classroom or online settings, while the Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award will recognize outstanding faculty in clinical settings.
Awards will also be presented to experienced faculty with more than five years in a faculty role. The AACN Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award recognizes leaders who implement groundbreaking teaching approaches at member schools. The AACN Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award recognizes a faculty member who systematically investigates questions related to student learning and the conditions under which it occurs in order to improve outcomes.
The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, March 30, 2012. Winners will be announced at the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester, and awards will be issued during the Fall 2012 semester. Winners may choose one AACN conference that they would like to attend during the academic year - the registration fee for that conference will be waived! Winners will also 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, visit

CCNE Establishes Standards Committee
The CCNE is pleased to announce the creation of a new Standards Committee, which is charged with facilitating a comprehensive review of the accreditation standards that are used to evaluate baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing programs nationally. The Standards Committee is responsible for developing and implementing a process for reviewing the accreditation standards (last amended April 2009), and seeking and considering input from the CCNE community of interest regarding proposed standards revisions. The process is expected to take approximately 12 months.
This fall, a general Call for Comments will be published, inviting all interested parties -- university and program administrators, faculty, practitioners, agency representatives, employers, students, and others with an interest in the preparation of competent nurses -- to suggest revisions to the accreditation standards. A forum on the accreditation standards is also being sponsored by CCNE at AACN's Fall Semiannual Meeting on October 25, 2011, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, at the JW Marriott hotel. Final approval of the accreditation standards rests with the CCNE Board of Commissioners. Click here to view the 2011-2012 Standards Committee.
Call For Abstracts: 2012 National Health Promotion Summit
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is requesting innovative disease prevention and health promotion programs for presentation at the 2012 National Health Promotion Summit: Prevention. Promotion. Progress., April 10-11, 2012, in Washington, DC. Click here for more information.

ELNEC to Celebrate its 100th Trainer Course
On January 26 and 27, 2012, the 100th national/international ELNEC train-the-trainer course will be held in Los Angeles, CA. This will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate ELNEC’s milestone birthday and to network with others from across the US and countries around 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 join us. Nurses and other healthcare team members are invited to attend this special ELNEC summit 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 Washington, DC and Portland, OR in August and October 2012, respectively. In addition, an ELNEC-Core train-the-trainer course will be held as a pre-conference to the AACN Master’s Education Conference in
San Antonio, TX. There has never been more of a critical time to attend an ELNEC Course. With the Joint Commission now certifying hospitals in palliative care, your graduates will be expected to provide and promote this care. For more information and/or to register for any of these courses, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/faculty/ELNEC
For all the latest news and updates, follow ELNEC on Facebook.
NursingCAS Updates: Complete a Survey
As of October 10, 2011, 104 schools have signed participation agreements and over 80 schools are currently live on NursingCAS, nursing’s centralized application service. Since its launch, several new features have been added in response to feedback from participating schools, including the ability to upload documents into the applicant portal and new access to contact information for in-progress applicants. In response to AACN’s request for faster verification times, a new scanning system was implemented in September 2011, which will improve processing times. Additionally, a new fee-based service will be implemented in November 2011 to relieve the burden on students with regard to entering coursework into the system. As a benefit for students applying through NursingCAS, applicants can now upload a copy of their CV or resume and submit school and program specific personal statements through the application to their designated programs. Applicants from cycle 1, have the ability to re-apply and carry their information over to the current application cycle. Read about all the enhancements here.
New schools that joined NursingCAS in 2011, include:
  • American Sentinel University, CO
  • Brenau University, GA
  • Carlow University, PA
  • Cedar Crest College, PA
  • Concordia University Wisconsin, WI
  • Edgewood College, WI
  • Governors State University, IL
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, MA & NH
  • Oklahoma Wesleyan University, OK
  • Old Dominion University, VA
  • Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, WI
  • South College, TN
  • The College of St. Scholastica, MN
  • Thomas Jefferson University, PA
  • Touro College, NY
  • University of Michigan, MI
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center, NE
  • University of New England, ME
  • University of San Diego, CA
  • University of Tampa, FL
  • University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, TX
  • Washington State University, WA
  • West Coast University, CA
If you have questions regarding NursingCAS or would like to join the service, please contact Caroline Allen, AACN’s NursingCAS Manager, at 202-463-6930 x258 or callen@aacn.nche.edu. To learn more about NursingCAS visit www.aacn.nche.edu/nursingcas or watch the overview Video. Additionally, there will be two sessions about NursingCAS offered at AACN’s Fall Meeting on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM and 3:30 – 5:00 PM. Please email Caroline if you are interested in attending a session.
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