March 2014
  1. AACN Expresses Concern Over President's FY 2015 Budget
  2. New Lancet Study Links Nursing Education and Patient Outcomes
  3. AACN Enrollment and Graduations Report Now Available
  4. CCNE Calls for Nominations and Comments
  5. Apply for the 2014 AACN/Wharton Executive Leadership Program
  6. Join Us for the NursingCAS Open House and Enrollment Management Workshop
  7. Jonas Center Reaches Milestone in Preparing Nurse Leaders
  8. Register Now for Upcoming AACN Network Meetings
  9. Special Conference Registration Discount Offer
  10. Apply Now for a Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
  11. Current Calls for AACN Award Nominations
  12. AACN New Online Member Service System
  13. Upcoming Faculty Webinars
  14. Mark Your Calendars for AACN’s Virtual Advocacy Day on March 24!
  15. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat Online
  16. HVO Launches Nursing Education Project in Vietnam
  17. 2014 ELNEC National Train-the-Trainer Courses
  18. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  19. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
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1. AACN Expresses Concern Over President's FY 2015 Budget
AACN has expressed its concern over the President’s FY 2015 Budget recommendations, which may impact the nation’s future supply of registered nurses.The Obama Administration is recommending level funding for the Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII, Public Health Service Act) at $223.841 million and near level funding for the National Institute of Nursing Research at $140.452 million.

While AACN is concerned about the level funding proposed for nursing education and research, the association is pleased to see that the President’s budget is proposing $5.4 billion (over 10 years) to extend reimbursement to states for primary care services and, most significantly, to expand the eligibility of this payment to nurse practitioners and physician assistants. AACN has advocated for this policy change along with our colleagues in the advanced practice nursing community since the Medicaid Primary Care Payment was created.  

At a time when our nation’s healthcare system is stressed by issues related to access, cost, and quality, AACN is committed to bolstering the nursing pipeline and increasing evidence-based science to meet this demand. During this budget process, AACN will share with Congress the many contributions the profession makes to America’s healthcare delivery system and fight for federal investments, such as the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research, to be funded so these challenges can be met. For the full press release, visit
2. New Lancet Study Links Education and Patient Outcomes
AACN applauds new research published in The Lancet, which shows that patients experiencing complications after surgery are more likely to live if treated in hospitals with adequate nurse staffing levels and higher numbers of nurses prepared at the baccalaureate degree level. Following a review of more than 420,000 patient records in 300 hospitals spanning nine European countries, the study authors found that a 10% increase in the proportion of nurses holding a bachelor’s degree in an acute care setting is associated with a 7% decrease in the risk of death in discharged patients following common surgeries, such as knee replacements, appendectomies, and vascular procedures.

Led by Dr. Linda Aiken from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, this study is titled Nurse Staffing and Education and Hospital Mortality in Nine European Countries: A Retrospective Observational Study. The research findings published in The Lancet mirror those from similar studies conducted by Dr. Aiken and others in U.S. hospitals. For more details about this important research effort, click here. To read the full press release, visit
3.AACN Enrollment and Graduations Report Now Available
The first of AACN’s three institutional data services reports, 2013-2014 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing, is now available. Schools that participated in the annual survey will receive a complimentary copy of this report, both electronically and in hard-copy. Additional copies are available for purchase. Please visit our Web site to order:

The second and third reports—2013-2014 Salaries of Instructional and Administrative Nursing Faculty in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing and 2013-2014 Salaries of Deans in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing—will be available soon.

Now in its 33rd year, AACN’s Annual Survey of Institutions with Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Nursing Programs is conducted by the association’s Research and Data Center. Information from the survey forms the basis for the nation's premier database on trends in enrollments and graduations, student and faculty demographics, and faculty and deans' salaries. AACN data reflect actual counts reported in fall 2013 by nursing schools, not projections or estimates based on past reporting.
4. CCNE Calls for Nominations & Comments
Call for Nominations for Board of Commissioners and Nominating Committee Members
The deadline for submitting nominations for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners and Nominating Committee is March 21, 2014. The following positions on the 13-member Board are open: one representative of chief nurse administrators (e.g., deans or equivalent) of CCNE-accredited nursing programs, one representative of faculty, one representative who is actively engaged, as his or her primary professional role, in the practice of nursing, one representative of professional consumers, and one representative of public consumers. Each Board position is for a three-year term of service. The Commission is also seeking nominations for candidates to serve as members on its Nominating Committee. Four positions are available, and the members are eligible to serve a one-year term. Nominations must be received by March 21, 2014. Access the nomination materials at
Call for Comments on Accreditation Standard for Nurse Residency Program
CCNE has initiated a comprehensive review and revision of the accreditation standards that are used to evaluate post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs. This process is being undertaken by a newly formed Standards Committee for Nurse Residency Programs. An open invitation to suggest changes is extended to all interested parties, including hospital and nurse residency program administrators, baccalaureate and graduate program administrators, faculty, practitioners, agency representatives, employers, residents, students, and others with an interest in the preparation of competent nurses.

To review the current language in the Standards for Accreditation of Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Programs (2008), click here.

Please submit comments by April 2, 2014 to:

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.

5. Apply for the 2014 AACN/Wharton Executive Leadership Program
AACN is pleased to announce the call for applications for the third annual executive leadership program for seasoned Deans/Directors. Offered at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, this four-day program from August 11-14, 2014 will be taught by Wharton faculty, who will present relevant and timely content designed to advance chief academic administrators to a higher level of leadership.

The AACN/Wharton Executive Leadership Program curriculum is designed to provide the concepts and tools needed to enhance leadership capacity and hone the skills essential to moving forward strategically as an academic leader. The program addresses issues around managing and leading change, influencing and galvanizing a diverse set of stakeholders, and building strategic relationships in highly volatile environments. Participants in this program will leave equipped with an advanced set of negotiation, leadership, and influencing skills, and the confidence and ability to serve on or lead high-powered boards. Interactions and collaboration within the cohort will also provide participants with a valuable and ongoing resource network. To apply for the program, click here. All applications must be received by midnight (EST) on May 16, 2014. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Admitted candidates will be notified the week of May 26, 2014.

For more information, visit
6. Join Us for the NursingCAS Open House and Enrollment Management Workshop
The Annual NursingCAS Open House and Enrollment Management Workshop is scheduled for June 12 -13, 2014 in Boston, MA. This year’s event will be held at Simmons College, and the keynote speaker is Dr. Jack Maguire, the former Dean of Admission at Boston College (BC) and founder of “Strategic Enrollment Management” theory. During his tenure at BC, he tripled the number of applications, transforming the quality of the student body and the school’s national reputation. This free workshop and open house is designed to help schools learn more about how to leverage this free AACN-led service. The event is open to deans, admissions professionals, faculty, IT staff, advisors, registrars, and others engaged in nursing program admission from both prospective and currently participating schools. A reduced hotel rate of $249 at the Hilton Boston Back Bay hotel is available for booking until May 21, and all attendees should register for the event by June 4, 2014. To see the full program agenda and more details, click here. Sessions will feature topics such as diversity, return on investment with NursingCAS, developing a recruitment plan and strategy, implementing NursingCAS, a preview of the new version of NursingCAS scheduled for release in October, training on the admissions software (WebAdMIT), and managing a paperless admissions process.

Please visit for more information or to register for an upcoming event. Contact Caroline Allen, AACN’s Senior Manager for NursingCAS, at 202-463-6930 x258 or with any questions.

P.S. – For those who are planning on attending AACN’s Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals Conference (GNAP) in Nashville, TN or from area schools, there is still time to RSVP for a regional NursingCAS workshop from 2:30 – 5:00 PM at the Gaylord Opryland hotel.
7. Jonas Center Reaches Milestone in Preparing Nurse Leaders
The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, the nation’s leading philanthropic funder of graduate nursing education, has passed the halfway mark to its goal of underwriting 1,000 doctoral scholars by 2020. With the selection of its fourth cohort of nursing candidates for the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program and Jonas Veteran Healthcare Program (JVHP), the Jonas Center is directly addressing the lowest enrollment increase in professional registered nurse programs in the past five years – due primarily to a shortage in qualified faculty. These scholarships support nurses pursuing PhDs and DNPs. The new cohort comprises 300 students at 110 schools across the nation, bringing to nearly 600 the number of future nurse educators and leaders supported by Jonas Center programs. To date, the Jonas Center has contributed more than $8.2 million to the initiative; and partner schools have matched these funds with roughly $4 million. For more information, click here.
8. Register Now for Upcoming AACN Network Meetings
AACN's Leadership Networks bring peer professionals together to share best practices and success stories, sharpen leadership skills, and take full advantage of AACN resources. The Networks foster professional growth and development, information sharing, communication, and discussion of key issues among nursing school faculty and staff at member institutions. Professionals engaged in a variety of functions within the nursing academic unit are represented among the seven networks, which include Organizational Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Research Leadership, Practice Leadership, Business Officers of Nursing Schools, Nursing Advancement Professionals, and Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals. Find out more about the Networks and their respective conferences at

Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, TN
Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals is a diverse group comprised of nursing education administrators and faculty responsible for graduate nursing student recruitment, admissions, marketing, and programming. The purpose of the group is to provide an opportunity for those most involved in recruiting graduate nursing students to share their successes, develop new strategies, and to establish a resource network of peers. Click here for more information and to register.
Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, SC
Business Officers of Nursing Schools (BONUS) is dedicated to facilitating networking among those who work in the administration of nursing education and to providing education in areas of business, technology, and financial and administrative management of nursing schools. Assistants to the dean, fiscal managers, business officers, and any personnel involved in the operational management of a school of nursing will benefit from attending this conference. Click here for more information and to register.
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9. Special Conference Registration Discount Offer Begins April 1
Online registration will open April 1, 2014 for AACN conferences scheduled between July 2014 and June 2015. AACN Members who register online between April 1 and August 1 will pay only $349 per conference for specific conferences—a $50 discount per conference. The discount applies to selected conferences scheduled between July 2014 and June 2015, and it may not be combined with other conference discounts. For more information, visit or contact Nadia Beverage, Conference Manager at or at 202-463-6930, ext. 240.
10. Apply Now for a Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
AACN, with support from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, is currently offering a seventh round of scholarship funding to underrepresented minority nursing students who plan to work as nursing faculty after graduation. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral nursing program or a clinically-focused master’s degree program. Five scholarships in the amount of $18,000 will be awarded.
Click here for more details and to access the scholarship application.
Applications must be received by May 1, 2014.
11. Current Calls for AACN Award Nominations
  • Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Awards
    This award recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change. Innovation awards, including a monetary prize of $1,000, will be given in four institutional categories: Small School; Academic Health Center (AHC); Private School without an AHC; and Public School without an AHC. Deadline to submit a nomination is June 6, 2014. For award criteria and detailed nomination information, visit
  • Sr. Bernadette Armiger Award
    One of the highest honors a person can receive from AACN is the Sr. Bernadette Armiger Award, which recognizes a nursing leader who has made significant contributions to AACN and its goals, to nursing education, and to the advancement of the profession. Deadline to submit a nomination is June 6, 2014. For award criteria and detailed nomination information, visit
  • Exemplary Academic-Practice Parternship Award
    This award recognizes AACN member institutions involved in highly productive and model academic-practice partnerships. Deadline to submit a nomination is June 20, 2014. For award criteria and detailed nomination information, visit
12. AACN's New Online Member Service System
AACN has launched a new online member services system, called My AACN. This new system streamlines each part of the membership experience and provides an array of online services that can be accessed on demand by deans, faculty, staff, and students from affiliated schools. In February, deans and faculty received an email from Beth Aronson, AACN's Membership Director, containing a unique login and password with easy instructions on how to access to the new system. Vist AACN’s main website ( and sign in with your login and password to access the new system (upper right corner of AACN's homepage). Below are some features of My AACN:
  • Personalize your member profile and communication preferences
  • Register for multiple conferences and Webinars
  • Gain instant access to AACN’s online Collaboration Community and enhanced networking options
  • Quickly retrieve and act on all types of member and organizational information
  • View and search member and committee directories
  • Manage leadership network renewals
AACN's goal is to build and maintain highly personalized relationships with each member and to cultivate organizational loyalty and value.

If you did not receive your unique login or password, please verify your existing account. If you have received an email from the AACN, you probably already have an account on file with us.

For technical support for the new My AACN system, contact or call (202) 463-6930.
13. Upcoming Faculty Webinars
AACN is pleased to announce upcoming Webinars exclusively for faculty teaching in AACN member schools and students affiliated with the Graduate Student Nursing Academy. For additional details, and to register for these free Webinars, go to
Peer Evaluation for Online Teaching
April 1, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
Legal Issues Surrounding the FCRA and Your Students
April 14, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
April 22, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
Current State of APRN Clinical Training
April 30, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET)
May 6, 2014
1:00 - 2:30 pm (ET)
For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Anna Kathryn Pierce, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 227.
14. Mark Your Calendars for AACN's Virtual Advocacy Day on March 24!
AACN will be hosting its spring virtual advocacy day on Monday, March 24, 2014 in conjunction with AACN’s Hill Day during the Spring Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Your support is critical to ensuring that nursing’s voice is at the forefront of those that influence policy decision-making at the federal level. Members of AACN’s Grassroots Network will be invited to send a message to their federal legislators requesting they support funding priorities impacting nursing education, research, and practice in Fiscal Year 2015 as well as pressing policy initiatives.

To join AACN’s Grassroots Network, see: AACN appreciates all that our members do to support programs and legislation that advance our profession and the health of our patients.

15. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This month’s edition of Policy Beat highlights the launch of AACN’s 535 Project to reach all Members of Congress as part of the association’s advocacy work. Mark your calendars for AACN’s Virtual Advocacy Day on March 24, 2014. Also included: details about a new report released by the Federal Trade Commission on APRN scope of practice laws and an upcoming workshop to address these issues. To view the March issue of AACN Policy Beat, visit

16. HVO Launches Nursing Education Project in Vietnam
Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) has announced the launch of a new nursing education project at Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Vietnam. HVO will recruit highly qualified nurse educators to provide instruction to the faculty and staff of the University School of Nursing and hospital. Working with the Vietnamese faculty, volunteers will provide guidance in post-graduate and master's-level education in nursing. They will assist faculty with nursing education methods, and offer continuing education for current hospital nurses in topics identified by the nursing department. HVO volunteers also will assist with training workshops hosted throughout the year. These two-week workshops will focus on one to two topics identified by the hospital nursing department. Areas of interest include palliative care, research process, and methodologies for both didactic and clinical teaching.

HVO's nursing education program is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. For more information, visit or email Tony Li at
17. 2014 ELNEC National Train-the-Trainer Courses

In 2014, there will be 12 national End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) train-the-trainer courses in eight cities across the US. ELNEC courses are provided for various specialties and interest groups. For example, specific curricula are available for those who:
  • Teach in a DNP program and/or participate in DNP clinical practice (National Cancer Institute provided funding for this course)
  • Lead or provide care for the seriously ill in an advanced practice role
  • Provide care to seriously ill children, including perinatal and neonatal
  • Manage and provide care for those practicing in critical care settings, acute care, hospice, long-term care/skilled nursing facilities/nursing homes
For more information on this project, go to and/or contact Pam Malloy, Director of the ELNEC Project at AACN at
18. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have awarded the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing and Health Studies a $7 million grant—the largest in the school’s history—to establish it as a national HIV-prevention resource center. The grant of $1.4 million annually for five years will establish the National Capacity Building Assistance Provider Network Resource Center at the School of Nursing and Health Studies. The UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies already has established national coordinating expertise in the areas of behavioral and reproductive health programs; that expertise was a significant factor in gaining the new national headquarters for Kansas City. For more information, click here.
19. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The 2014 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor May 27-29, in Baltimore, Maryland in conjunction with the Academy for Healthcare Improvement. With keynotes by quality and safety education leaders and multiple concurrent sessions, the conference is a unique forum for nursing educators to learn about and share innovations related to quality and safety education. The registration fee is only $300 until April 15, 2014, and CE credit is available. Click here to register.
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