August 2011

Join the New Online Collaboration Community

Upcoming Webinars

Register Now for Fall Conferences 
Eligibility Criteria for Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholarship Program

CNL Updates

New Award Recognizes Innovative Clinical Experience in Nursing Homes

Only Two QSEN Institutes Remain

Tools to Engage Students in Advocacy Efforts

GANES Position Statement on Investing in Nursing Education

RWJF and AACN Award New Scholarships through NCIN Program
ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Series
Funding Opportunity Alert

NursingCAS Updates: Attend a Presentation in Chicago, IL

Be Featured in Syllabus

Register Now for Fall Conferences
November 17-19, 2011
St. Louis, MO
Executive Development Series
November 16-17, 2011
St. Louis, MO
November 17, 2011
St. Louis, MO

For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager, via email or 202-463-6930 X240.
CNL Updates
2012 CNL Summit: Call for Abstracts
AACN is now accepting abstracts for the 2012 CNL Summit that illustrate programs, courses, initiatives, projects, case studies, or evaluation outcomes that showcase the CNL initiative in education and practice. The planning committee is particularly interested in abstracts and case studies that demonstrate CNL-led innovations in practice, CNL transitions into practice, and outcomes of CNL practice related to care coordination, recidivism, and patient transitions.
The CNL Summit and Research Symposium is scheduled January 19-21, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. To register or for information about the Call for Abstracts, click here.

CNL Vanguard Award
AACN and the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) are pleased to announce the first annual CNL Vanguard Award. This national award recognizes a certified CNL for innovative and outstanding professional performance and advocacy of the CNL role. In addition, the award promotes the contributions of the CNL in transforming healthcare. The recipient of the award will receive  a complimentary registration and a $500 travel stipend to the CNL Summit and Research Symposium, a lapel pin, and a commemorative plaque.
For information about the CNL Vanguard Award click here.

Prize Drawing for CNL Students
CNC is offering a prize drawing for CNL students this fall. To be eligible, students must submit a request form for CNL Certification Program information between August 22 and September 30, 2011 for a chance to win an Amazon Kindle. To access the form, click here and click on “Request for Information.” The winner will be announced on October 28, 2011.

Questions? Contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, via email.
Creating Future Advocates: Give Your Students the Tools to Influence Federal Policy

Take a moment to join the nearly 3,000 nursing deans, directors, faculty, and students who have already made nursing advocacy a priority. As AACN’s grassroots network grows, so does the voice of professional nursing on Capitol Hill. While one advocate can make a difference, thousands of nurses and nursing students united to support one common message is the most effective way to ensure our federal legislators hear from their nursing expert constituents. By encouraging your students to sign up for AACN’s grassroots network, they will have access to AACN’s Policy Beat, a monthly newsletter providing information on issues such as the budget and appropriations process, news from federal agencies, as well as summaries of critical legislation. Additionally, the grassroots network will send you and your students “action alerts” when it is critical to send a message to members of Congress on important policy decisions and will also send you updates on breaking information that impacts nursing education, research, and practice. To join, click here and simply fill out the information requested. For more information, contact Dr. Suzanne Miyamoto, Director of Government Affairs, via email 
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.
Join the New Online Collaboration Community for Faculty
AACN is now offering 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 is currently in progress. At present, the Calendar, Resource Center, and Archived Webinars areas are accessible to member faculty that register and create a unique profile. Beginning September 2011, only registered faculty will have free, full access to AACN’s popular Webinar series. 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. The community is not a public domain, and all information within the community may be viewed only by AACN members.
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 or questions regards AACN’s Online Collaboration Community, contact Laura Petri, Director of Faculty Programs, at or 202-463-6930, X270. For assistance logging into the Community or for other technical support, contact Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, at or 202-463-6930, X230.
Upcoming Faculty Webinars
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.
(Co-sponsored by AACN and the Commission on Nurse Certification)
Speakers: Grace Sotomayor, MSN, MBA, RN, FACHE and Barbee Whisnant-Burgess, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
September 23, 2:00 – 3:00pm EST
(Presented in collaboration with The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning and sponsored by Elsevier)
Speakers: Valerie Howard, EdD, MSN, RN and Teresa Gore, DNP, APRN
September 26, 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST
(Co-sponsored by AACN and the Commission on Nurse Certification)
Speaker: Linda Rusch, MS, RN, APN-C
September 28, 2:00-3:00 pm EST

Go to to see a complete listing of the Webinars. Check back often for updates. Registration will open on August 15. For assistance in registering for Webinars contact Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, at or 202-463-6930, X230.
Eligibility Criteria for Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholarship Program Now Available
In June, AACN 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. The Jonas Center will provide selected nursing students in doctoral programs with $10,000 in financial support. The student's home institution will match the award and provide support for the recipient to attend a Jonas Center/AACN leadership development conference in Washington, DC.
To be eligible, the academic institution and the scholar must meet certain criteria, click here for specific details. A call for applications will be posted online in early September 2011. Please contact Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, with any questions at or 202-463-6930 X230.
New Award Recognizes Innovative Clinical Experience 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:
  • Collaboration with a nursing home to foster an exemplary clinical training site (e.g., structure/process, standards, research opportunities, interdisciplinary care)
  • Incorporation of the principles of culture change and person centered care
  • 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 November 2011 Baccalaureate Education Conference 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 For questions, contact Gerontology Program Director, Laurie Wilson, at or 202-463-6930, X259.
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 17. 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 17
  • Charleston, SC, November 2-4, apply by September 9
To apply for an institute, see
GANES Position Statement on Investing in Nursing Education
The Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Science (GANES) has endorsed a position statement on Investing in Nursing Education to Advance Global Health. GANES serves as the international voice on the contribution of professional nursing education and scholarship to improving global health and health care. GANES constitutes the only international body providing strategic-level expertise in the education and professional development of nurses worldwide. To read and download the position statement, click here.
RWJF and AACN Award New Scholarships through NCIN Program
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and AACN have announced that 52 schools of nursing across the U.S. have received funding through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). NCIN was launched in 2008 to address the national nursing shortage, develop a demographically representative nursing workforce, and fuel the pipeline of nurse faculty and leaders. The NCIN program was created through RWJF and AACN to enable schools of nursing to expand student capacity in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s programs while building a more diverse workforce ready to serve the needs of a changing patient population. Schools receiving funding through NCIN provide scholarships directly to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds. These grants signify a program investment of more than $23 million in nursing development and scholarship. For more information, see
ELNEC Hosts National Series of Train-the-Trainer Courses
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 and ELNEC-Critical Care. For more information about ELNEC, a listing of upcoming courses and registration details, click here.
The CA HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) has recently joined with ELNEC to improve palliative care education in 16 of California’s public hospitals. These include facilities such as University of California-Irvine, University of Southern California/Los Angeles County, University of California-Davis, San Francisco, and many others. This great opportunity will provide education and mentorship to nurse leaders at these instituions. Stay tuned for further developments on this new initiative.
For all the latest news and updates, follow ELNEC on Facebook.

Funding Opportunity Alert
Listed below is a sampling of grant opportunities offered through The National Institutes of Health that may be of interest to nursing school faculty.
For more information and to search for additional opportunities, click here.
NursingCAS Updates: Attend a Presentation in Chicago, IL
Click here to read about the new enhancements for year 2 of NursingCAS; including the ability to view in progress applicants, resume/CV upload, school-specific personal statements, and more.
Join us in Chicago, IL for a free presentation on September 12 at 2:00 p.m. Learn how NursingCAS will benefit applicants to nursing schools, admissions professionals, and the profession at large. Representatives from AACN and its partner Liaison International will provide a live demonstration of the online application and admissions software that all participating schools receive at no charge. Come explore how NursingCAS can help your school streamline admissions and enrollment operations. A question & answer session will follow this presentation. For more details and to RSVP for this event, contact Caroline Allen, NursingCAS Manager, at 202-463-6930 X258 or
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