May 2012
Happy Nurses Week!
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This month features
almost 200 positions from more than 85 nursing institutions in 36 states.
AACN's Career Link is an online resource dedicated to employment opportunities in nursing education that features a comprehensive list available of vacancies in U.S. nursing colleges and universities.
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Reach thousands of potential applicants from the nursing education, administration, practice, and research arenas with your employment opportunity posted in AACN's Career Link.
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AACN and nearly 600 nursing schools have pledged to support the White House's Joining Forces Campaign.
For more information or to pledge your support, click here.
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, ext. 270.
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.
AACN and AONE Partner to Enhance Patient Care Via Academic-Practice Partnerships
AACN and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) are pleased to announce the creation of a new online resource developed to advance robust academic-practice partnerships. This new clearinghouse, hosted on the AACN Web site, features an interactive tool kit with practical guidelines for establishing successful collaborations as well as a Guiding Principles document that outlines the eight tenets for productive partnerships. The following resources are now available:
  • Guiding Principles for Academic-Practice Partnerships: Endorsed by both AACN and AONE, these eight principles will help nursing leaders to develop collaborative arrangements based on common goals, mutual respect, and shared knowledge.

  • Interactive Tool Kit for the Developing and Sustaining Partnerships: This tool kit was designed to facilitate the development, growth, and evaluation of academic-practice partnerships as a fundamental condition to advance nursing practice and improve the quality of care. In addition to exemplars, resources were created to guide you from start to finish in developing a partnership.

  • Literature Review on Academic-Practice Partnerships: This table contains a detailed summary of the literature on academic-practice partnerships for the past decade.

  • Survey on Academic-Practice Partnerships: This document summarizes the data from the national survey on partnerships conducted with deans, chief nurse officers, and directors of community health/public health agencies.

  • Focus Group Sessions: Findings from a series of AACN-AONE focus groups include details on current practices, barriers, successful partnerships, and recommendations related to academic-practice partnerships.
Future activities include the launch of an online collaboration community to stimulate discussion and resource sharing related to academic-practice partnerships and the hosting of a preconference on this topic in conjunction with the annual Clinical Nurse Leader Summit in January.
To access these resources, see
Nurse Week Promotion Yields Almost 200 Faculty Vacancy Ads
In honor of National Nurses Week, AACN offered member schools an opportunity to post free faculty vacancy announcements on our Web-based Faculty Career Link. Many schools took advantage of this offer, and more than 190 faculty vacancies in over 85 schools of nursing are now posted online at Please feel free to forward this announcement to your graduate students who may be considering teaching opportunities.
For more details on how Faculty Career Link can help you meet your faculty recruitment needs, see
Application Deadline Approaching for
Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP)
AACN's Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) is designed to enhance the executive leadership skills of individuals in mid- to upper-level faculty positions who have experience in academic administration roles and aspire to lead the nursing academic unit. This competitive program is also offered for individuals serving as the chief academic administrator of a nursing school offering baccalaureate or graduate degrees who are new to the role (within 3 years).
This prestigious program features an intensive 5-day seminar, focused assessment activities, facilitation of a mentorship experience, opportunities for follow-up with seminar faculty, and sharing of ideas and resources among fellows. The program focuses on key leadership competencies needed in complex nursing education and health care environments.   
Applications must be received by AACN no later than Friday, May 18, 2012 in order to be considered.
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 
Register Now for Upcoming Conferences
Join your colleagues for a fascinating look at overcoming stress and sustaining resiliency at the 2012 Summer Seminar in Newport, RI on July 22-25. Take away personal insights and coping strategies; practical tools to diagnose challenging situations, reduce stress, and build resiliency in your work setting; and general ideas about teaching resiliency to nursing students. Don’t miss this opportunity to identify specific strategies to reduce your personal and professional stress, reinforce specific resiliency skills and attitudes, enhance your leadership effectiveness, and improve the productivity of your academic workplace.
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
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.
Joining Forces Webinar Series: Educating Future Nurses to Care for Veterans
Part III: Meeting the Palliative Care Needs of Veterans: ELNEC-for Veterans
May 9, 2012 at 1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET)
May 22, 2012
1:00 - 2:30 pm (ET)
Ethnogeriatrics: The Basics (Orignially Scheduled for 4/24)
June 4, 2012
2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)

See for 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.
AACN Partners with AHRQ "Questions are the Answer" Campaign
AACN has joined with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to advance the “Questions Are the Answer” campaign, a new public education initiative that encourages patients and their clinicians to engage in effective two-way communication to ensure safer care and better health outcomes.  A joint letter from AACN CEO Polly Bednash and AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy was circulated to AACN members earlier this spring explaining the association’s involvement in the campaign and sharing informational resources that are being made available to nursing faculty, students, and clinicians for free.  Campaign materials, which are available for free from AHRQ, include a 7-minute video featuring patients and clinicians discussing the importance of asking questions and sharing information; a Question Builder that patients can complete prior to medical appointments; and a helpful brochure with tips for preparing before, during, and after visiting your healthcare provider. 
This new collaboration is consistent with AACN’s commitment to enhancing quality and safety as well as improving the patient experience.   For more details on the campaign, see
Support Nurses on the Ballot for the Most Influential People in Healthcare
Voting is now open for Modern Healthcare Magazine's annual ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. For the past few years, nurses have been under-represented on this high-profile list, something we all have the power to change by simply casting a vote.  AACN is pleased to see that our CEO and Executive Director Geraldine "Polly" Bednash has been nominated for the 9th consecutive year. We encourage you to consider voting for Dr. Bednash as well as these nurse leaders who are also on the ballot:
  • Linda Aiken, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Joanne Disch, American Academy of Nursing
  • Marilyn Tavenner, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Mary Wakefield, Health Resources and Services Administration
Voting will end June 15, 2012 at midnight Central Time. The final rankings will be released in August.  To cast your ballot (you must choose 5 candidates), visit
Current Calls for Nominations
One of the highest honors a person can receive from the AACN is the Sr. Bernadette Armiger Award, which recognizes a nursing leader who has made significant contributions to the association and its goals, to nursing education, and to the advancement of the profession.

For award criteria and detailed nomination information, please visit:
The deadline for nominations is June 8, 2012.
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.
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.
CNC Updates and Announcements
Cut Score Study of the CNL Certification Exam
To ensure that the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) offers a fair and quality-assured exam that meets national certification standards, a cut-score study will be conducted using an Angoff method for the new CNL Certification Exam. Subject matter experts in collaboration with the testing agency will participate in the study to determine a passing score that reflects the minimal competency of a CNL. Consequently, there will be a delay in all exam score results and pass/fail notices from the April 30 to May 18 CNL Certification Exams.

Those taking the exam from April 30 to May 18 will receive their pass/fail results via email during the week of May 21. It is extremely important that all examinees included an accurate primary email address on their CNL Certification Application. Successful candidates will receive an email notification of passing only – a score and diagnostic score report will not be provided to the candidate. Unsuccessful candidates will receive an email notification of failing the exam along with the score and diagnostic score report.
Testing Centers Now Available for CNL Certification Exam
CNC  now offers testing centers for the CNL Certification Exam. Provided by Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc., the contracted testing agency, testing centers are a convenient way for CNL graduates and online students who may not be located near a school of nursing to sit for the exam. The cost to register and sit for the CNL Certification Exam at a testing center is $410 (initial testing fee) and $310 (retesting fee).  To view the list of testing centers, click here. For more information about the CNL Certification Program, go to or contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at  
Transcript of the CNL Cram Session Now Available!
A transcript of the CNL chat room’s  CNL Cram Session hosted on April 26, 2012 by the CNC is now available. More than 70 individuals including students, CNLs, and CNC staff participated in the two-hour exchange. Topics discussed included the CNL Certification Exam format, exam resources, exam registration process, and much, much more. To view the transcript, click here.
Four National ELNEC Courses Remain for 2012
Nursing students and new graduates are expected to have some training/education in palliative care.  Hospitals across the US are preparing for the Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Palliative Care.  This palliative care program 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:
  • ELNEC-For Veterans and ELNEC-For Veterans/Critical Care*:  July 17 & 18; Glendale, CA
  • ELNEC-Summit**:  August 23 & 24; Washington, DC
  • ELNEC-Summit**:  October 11 & 12; Portland, OR
  • TBA - ELNEC-Core; November; Pittsburgh, PA (Further information will be posted on the ELNEC website by June 1.  This course will be in collaboration with HPNA)
*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 more information and/or to register, go to
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Join Us for an Upcoming NursingCAS Webinar and Open House in Boston
NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to nursing 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 online application and prepare one set of corresponding materials that will be disseminated to designated schools of nursing for consideration. Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to schools of nursing. Want to learn more about how to implement NursingCAS at your school? Register now for a free upcoming Webinar:
NursingCAS & WebAdMIT Overview Webinar - Register Now
Featured Speaker: Nancy DeBasio, PhD, RN, Dean, Research College of Nursing
Tuesday, May 15, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm (EST)
Tour NursingCAS & Tour Boston in June
NursingCAS is hosting free Open House sessions on June 12 and 13 in Watertown, MA (outside of Boston). Attendees will tour NursingCAS headquarters and receive a first-hand look at processing and the transcript and application verification process. They also will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of NursingCAS users, and the customer service and technical team. Learn more about the event here. For schools who are currently using NursingCAS there is a special Open House session and admissions forum for current users only on Tuesday, June 12 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 pm. For more information, 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.
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, please go to
Johnson & Johnson's Portrait of Thanks Mosaic Project
Your Smile Will Help Nursing Students Get a Picture Perfect Start
Submit your photo to be included in the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future’s Mosaic Project – The Art of Nursing: A Portrait of Thanks. In preparation for the Campaign’s 10th Anniversary celebration this year, they are creating a unique photo mosaic – a compilation of different pictures to create a single image – that celebrates the nursing profession. With your participation, not only will you be a part of nursing history, but for every photo uploaded, the Campaign will donate $1 to the Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association (FNSNA) to help fund nursing student scholarships.
Deadline extended to May 12, 2012 to submit a photo. Click here to submit a photo.
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