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June 2012 Featured News
  1. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  2. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  3. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
1. Reserve Your Spot for the Summer Seminar in July
Today’s academic leader must possess a high degree of resiliency to effectively respond to calls for increasing accountability, higher performance expectations, and accelerating change. AACN invites nursing deans and faculty from across the nation to join us for the 2012 Summer Seminar that will provide practical tips for working smarter, not harder. Titled Pumping Iron: Building Resiliency to Counteract Stress, this year’s event will be held at the historic Hotel Viking in picturesque Newport, RI, on July 22-25, 2012.
Using reflective exercises, diagnostic tools, and engaging discussion, this fascinating and fun program will introduce attendees to new tools and alternative approaches that empower academic leaders to hold others accountable while elevating productivity and managing stress.
This year’s speaker, Mary J. Connaughton, MS, RN, possesses more than 30 years of nursing leadership and healthcare consulting experience, specializing in executive coaching, leadership development, and strategic planning. Her own nursing practice, regardless of role, has always centered on patients and the development and mentoring of individuals and teams. Ms. Connaughton’s years in leadership roles have fueled her fierce commitment to supporting nursing academic leaders to be at their best in service to exemplary patient care.
Back by popular demand, the Summer Seminar returns to Newport, RI, a seaside resort community, which boasts a number of historic homes, a thriving seaport, a robust arts scene, and majestic coastal vistas. This beautiful setting is the perfect East Coast destination for a mid-summer retreat that you can enjoy with colleagues as well as family members.
For complete program details and to register, see
Remaining Conferences for 2012
October 27-30, 2012
Fall Semiannual Meeting
JW Marriot
Washington, DC
October 27, 2012
Organizational Leadership Network
JW Marriott
Washington, DC
November 14-15, 2012
Executive Development Series
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX
2. Special Member Discount for Upcoming Conferences
Back by popular demand, AACN is pleased to announce a special members-only discount for conferences taking place over the next year. Register online through August 1 and pay only $349 per conference! This represents a $50 discount for each conference that you and/or your staff register to attend. Individuals must register for each conference separately. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts. Click here to see the conference discount flyer for additional information.
AACN is planning conferences across the United States, including events in:
Austin, TX ♦ Jacksonville, FL ♦ New Orleans, LA ♦ Newport, RI
Orlando, FL ♦ San Antonio, TX ♦ San Diego, CA ♦ Washington, DC 
3. ELNEC Receives New Funding from the Milbank Foundation
The Milbank Foundation for Rehabilitation has awarded grant funding to the City of Hope to educate nursing faculty on how to provide better palliative care education to students who in the future will be orchestrating care for veterans with life-threatening illnesses. This work will be conducted through the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), a national nursing education project administered by the City of Hope and AACN, and will support the commitment of nursing schools nationwide engaged in the White House’s Joining Forces initiative.
Using the grant funding, free registration will be offered to 60 nursing faculty interested in attending the ELNEC-For Veterans course in November. Faculty will be chosen competitively based on their ability to disseminate the curriculum content to other faculty and students within their school. Faculty must be from a nursing school that is supporting the White House’s Joining Forces initiative, a national campaign to improve veteran care by enhancing nursing education. To find out more about nursing’s commitment to Joining Forces and how your school can pledge support, see
4. NCIN Program Awards Grants to 55 Schools of Nursing
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently announced the schools of nursing that have been selected to participate in RJWF’s prestigious New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). During the 2012-2013 academic year, the schools will receive grants to support students in their accelerated baccalaureate and master’s degree nursing programs, who are traditionally underrepresented in the field and are pursuing a second career in nursing. The NCIN Scholarship Program was launched in 2008 by the RWJF and AACN to expand enrollment in accelerated degree programs in schools of nursing while increasing diversity in the nursing workforce.
For more information and a list of the schools receiving grants, go to
5. Call for Editor: Journal of Professional Nursing
AACN's Board of Directors invites applications for the position of Editor for the Journal of Professional Nursing (JPN), the official journal of AACN. JPN is a peer-reviewed bimonthly journal that focuses on the practice, research, and policy roles of nurses with baccalaureate and graduate degrees, the education and management concerns of the universities in which they are educated, and the settings in which they practice. Reports of original work, research, reviews, and policy papers focusing on professional nursing are published. For more information on the position and to apply, visit
Application deadline is June 29, 2012.
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6. APNA Scholarship Seeks Applications
Nursing students across the United States who show an interest in psychiatric mental health nursing are invited to apply for the 2012 APNA Janssen Student Scholarship Program. The scholarship program
includes registration, travel, and lodging expenses to attend the American Psychiatric Nurses Association's 26th Annual Conference, November 7-10, 2012, in Pittsburgh. In addition, winners will receive a one-year complimentary membership in the APNA. Scholarship recipients and their schools receive national recognition via the APNA Web site, conference program materials, the e-newsletter APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice, social media platforms, and through the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA). Application Deadline:  July 11, 2012. For more details visit,
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7. APRN Faculty Resource Center Focuses on Care of Older Adults
The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation requires programs preparing adult or gerontology NPs or CNSs to significantly expand the curriculum related to providing care across the entire adult age spectrum. The model also requires all APRN programs preparing graduates to care for adults to ensure that they possess the skills needed to care for the growing older adult population. The transition to this new education model requires the redesign of NP and CNS programs preparing graduates to care for adults. AACN and the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing (HIGN), with funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation, have been engaged in a 4-year project to facilitate the transition to Adult-Gerontology APRN education as described in the Consensus Model.  One of the major goals of this project is to provide Primary and Acute Care Adult NP faculty, Adult CNS faculty, and other faculty who prepare NPs or CNSs to care for older adults, (e.g. FNPs, WHNPs, Women’s Health CNSs), with multiple resources and strategies to assist them in making this transition.  The APRN Faculty Resource Center houses a vast array of resources to include education competencies, Webinars, case studies, content slides, evidence-based literature searches, and worksheets/curriculum blueprints.
These APRN faculty resources can be found at
For additional information on this project, see
8. AACN Issues Call for Board Nominations
AACN's Nominating Committee has issued a Call for Nominations for candidates to fill five Board seats and two vacancies on the Nominating Committee. The committee will choose the slate of candidates at the 2012 Fall Semiannual Meeting based on nominations and the committee's deliberations. The positions under consideration are: Treasurer, Board member-at-large (4 vacancies), and Nominating Committee (2 vacancies).
Forms should be submitted via e-mail to AACN's Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Ahearn at For complete details, see
9. 2012 Election for CCNE Board and Nominating Committee Now Open
Please vote today in the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education’s (CCNE) 2012 elections process. The CCNE election is open through July 11, 2012. 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 are to be elected to the Board of Commissioners, and four individuals are to be elected to the Nominating Committee. On June 11, 2012, chief administrators were emailed election instructions, username, and password fom Dr. Pamela Watson, Chair of the 2012 CCNE Nominating Committee.
If you did not receive the June 11 email, please contact CCNE Assistant Director Crystal Pool immediately at to obtain this information. Chief nurse administrators and chief nursing officers (or their designated representatives) may vote at
10. Survey Poll: What Webinars Would You Like to See in the Fall?
AACN is gearing up for the Fall 2012 Webinar schedule and is seeking topics of interest to faculty teaching in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs.
For past Webinars, see, including a complete listing of the Webinars organized by topic.
For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 230. 
11. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This month’s edition of Policy Beat provides the most recent updates to the FY 2013 Appropriations cycle, including the Senate’s funding levels for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research. Read more on the White House nursing leadership discussion that highlighted national efforts to improve care quality and patient health. Also featured: Comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ proposed rule on Medicaid Primary Care Payments; AACN’s collaboration with national nursing and dental organizations to successfully preserve the rank of the Chief Nursing Officer and the Chief Dental Officer within the military Corps; and AACN’s solicitation for 2012 AACN Policy Luminary Award nominations. Read Policy Beat for further details.
12. Current Calls for Nominations
Policy Luminary Award
The Policy Luminary Award was established by AACN in 2009 to annually recognize an outstanding registered nurse and nursing leader for his or her public policy achievements. The first recipient of the award was Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Wakefield’s extensive career in nursing and health policy exemplifies the spirit of the AACN Policy Luminary Award. The award is presented annually at the AACN Fall Semiannual Meeting.
Each nomination package should include two letters of recommendation from peers, the nominee’s CV, and a one-page bio. Nominations should be electronically submitted to Suzanne Miyamoto at

Nominations are due by 5:00 pm ET, Monday, September 17, 2012.
13. Register Now for NursingCAS Webinar
NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to nursing programs. Through NursingCAS, prospective students may research and apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating nursing schools. Students only need to complete one online application and prepare one set of corresponding materials that will be disseminated to designated schools of nursing for consideration. NursingCAS processes the applications and provides schools the information and technology to make admissions decisions.
Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to schools of nursing. Want to learn more about the benefits and how to implement NursingCAS at your school? Register now for a free upcoming Webinar:
Monday, July 9, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT
NursingCAS & WebAdMIT Overview Webinar -
Register Now
Featured Speaker: Nancy DeBasio, PhD, RN, Dean, Research College of Nursing
Learn how NursingCAS will help you:
  • Gain access to a wider pool of applicants
  • Manage an already existing large pool of applicants
  • Meet recruitment goals and enhance diversity in the nursing student population
  • Reduce administrative costs and staff time typically devoted to processing and verifying student data
  • Access real-time data on applicants that can be easily sorted and segmented
  • Move to an automated versus paper-based application system
  • Create customized, on-demand school-specific reports
To see a PowerPoint from a past Webinar presentation or to view other presentations about the service, click here. Nursing schools interested in joining the service are encouraged to visit for more information or contact NursingCAS Manager Caroline Allen at (202-463-6930, ext. 258.) with any questions or to schedule a conference call.
14. Teams Work Together at First-Ever IPEC Institute
The inaugural Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Institute convened last month in Herndon, Virginia, with 33 teams and more than 150 participants. To promote holistic, patient-centered healthcare, AACN and its partners in IPEC hosted the event. Each team was comprised of 3 to 5 disciplines, with more than 40 disciplines represented. Speakers shared resources and strategies to advance interprofessional education to ensure that our graduates are “team-ready clinicians” when they enter the healthcare delivery system. IPEC is planning to host additional institutes in 2013. Dates and locations will be announced later this summer.
15. Five National ELNEC Courses Remain for 2012
Nursing students and new graduates are expected to have some education in palliative care. Hospitals across the US are preparing for the Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Palliative Care, which recognizes hospital inpatient programs that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care and optimize the quality of life for both pediatric and adult patients with serious illness. Attending an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) train-the-trainer course will provide nursing faculty with lectures, PowerPoint slides, reference lists, case studies, etc. needed to provide this education to undergraduate and graduate nursing students. There are several ELNEC courses remaining for 2012 across the US:
  • July 17-18: ELNEC-For Veterans & ELNEC-For Veterans/Critical Care - Glendale, CA
  • August 23-24: ELNEC Summit* - Washington, DC
  • October 11-12: ELNEC Summit* - Portland, OR
  • November 1-2: ELNEC-Core – Pittsburgh, PA
  • November 14-15: ELNEC-For Veterans - San Antonio, TX
    Note: This 1.5 day course will be held as a pre-conference to the
    AACN Baccalaureate Conference. Free registration is available to faculty whose school of nursing is participating in the Joining Forces Campaign.
*These 2 courses will be held simultaneously
**ELNEC Summit—ELNEC-Core, Pediatric Palliative Care, Geriatric, and Critical Care train-the-trainer courses are held simultaneously.
The ELNEC project is a partnership between AACN and City of Hope. Courses are listed below in the order they will be presented.  
For further information and/or to register, go to or contact Pam Malloy at
For all the latest news and updates, follow ELNEC on Facebook. 
16. Faculty Eligibility Waiver Extended for the CNL Certification Exam
The Commission on Nurse Certification’s Board of Commissioners has extended the waiver for faculty of existing CNL education programs to sit for the CNL Certification Exam to December 31, 2016.
For more information, click here or contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at
17. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  • The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing’s Larry Combest Community Health & Wellness Center has received an award of $5 million to help build, expand, and improve the center. The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents recently authorized the construction of a 10,000-square-foot addition to the existing 6,450-square-foot facility. The award is part of a series of capital investments that are made available to community health centers under the Affordable Care Act. The Combest Center is one of six healthcare centers in Texas to receive the full funding amount. See

  • Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing received $4.5 million from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for a four-year project designed to improve maternal and newborn survival rates in rural Ethiopia. The grant will work closely with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, Regional Health Bureau and District Health Offices to adapt a community-oriented strategy to improve maternal and newborn health in the Afar region of Ethiopia and position the approach to be adopted throughout the country. For more details visit,
18. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • On June 15, 2012, the National Institute of Health announced that three new members to the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health (ACRWH) have been confirmed, including Dr. Afaf Meleis, the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr. Meleis, who also directs the school's World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership, is the Global Ambassador for the Girl Child Initiative of the International Council of Nurses as well as  and the president and Council General Emerita of the International Council on Women's Health Issues. Her scholarship focuses on global health, and on immigrant and women's health. For more details, see

  • On May 12, 2012, Dr. Ora Lea Strickland, dean of Florida International University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences (FIU CNHS) , capped off 2012 National Nurses Week by belting out the national anthem at the New York Mets vs. Florida Marlins baseball game at the new Marlins Park in Miami, FL. Dr. Strickland, who had plans to become an opera singer before she discovered nursing, had her dream to perform before an audience come true.  She shared the field with a number of other local nursing professionals, including FIU CNHS professor Dr. Kathy Blais and FIU nursing student Albert Gonzales, who were honored in pre-game ceremonies in front of a crowd of 32,128 fans for their service and commitment to South Florida. See
19. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • On September 5-7, 2012, the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies will host the XIII Pan American Nursing Research Colloquium. This prestigious international convening is being organized for the first time in the United States and will bring together nursing leaders, scholars, and students from the Americas and around the globe. The theme of the colloquium, “Global Nursing Research Challenges for the Millennium” seeks to engage some of the brightest minds in the world to tackle pressing nursing research challenges in the 21st century. For complete details, see

  • The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future - Amazing Nurses Contest invites the public to nominate and vote for nurses who provide extraordinary care for patients, their families, and make a difference every day in the lives of others. The initiative aims to raise appreciation for the nursing profession and extend Johnson & Johnson's longstanding support for current & aspiring nurses.  After such an overwhelming positive response last year, we have decided to make the Amazing Nurses Contest an annual effort.  To participate, please visit the following link:
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036