April 2011


LANP Request for Applications 

AACN-Dartmouth Institute Academy

Faculty Webinars

NCIN Offers Webinar on Mentoring

Workshops on Adult-Gerontology APRN Faculty Development

National Healthcare Decisions Day

CNC Updates

Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Awards

AACN Members Endorse New Master's Essentials

Deadline Extended: CCNE Seeks On-Site Evaluators

Be Featured in Syllabus

2011 APNA Janssen Student Scholarship

Apply for a QSEN Institute

AACN and NONPF Reconvene National Task Force

Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program

Register now for the Commission on Nurse Certification’s (CNC) Roundtable Teleconference Series which features one-hour conference call presentations by CNLs. Registration for the teleconferences is free, but limited to the first 40 sites. Next presentation:
June 3: Making the Case for the CNL
Presenter: Patricia Thomas, PHD, MSN, RN, CNL
For more information or to register, click here. Contact Tracy Lofty, CNC Director, via email with any questions.

In addition, CNC is pleased to announce that effective April 2012, the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL®) Certification Examination will be offered in a multiple choice format. Read more.
University of Portland dean Joanne Warner, chair of the Task Force on The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing, presents the final draft of the revised Essentials at AACN's Business Meeting.
See more photos from AACN's Spring Annual Meeting here.
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.
2011 APNA Janssen Student Scholarship Announced
Graduate and undergraduate nursing students across the United States who show an interest in psychiatric mental health nursing are invited to apply for the 2011 APNA Janssen Student Scholarship Program.  The scholarship program includes registration, travel and lodging expenses to attend the APNA 25th Annual Conference. In addition, winners will receive one year complimentary membership in the APNA and national recognition via the APNA website, 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). The application deadline is May 10, 2011. For more details and to apply 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, x270.
LANP Request for Applications
AACN sponsors an executive leadership fellowship, the Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP), tailored specifically for aspiring and new deans. Designed to prepare a more diverse, younger pool of leaders for nursing programs, this professional development experience encompasses an assessment and evaluation of leadership skills, opportunities for strategic networking and case study development, consultation to achieve long-term goals, and identification of key partnerships.
LANP is designed to enhance leadership skills in new and emerging administrators in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. This year-long program provides participants with a focused assessment experience, a range of content and case studies related to successful leadership, and the opportunity to establish networks with mentors and peers. The application deadline is May 27, 2011. Notifications will be made by June 14, 2011. For more information and to apply, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Education/pdf/RFA.pdf.
AACN-Dartmouth Institute Academy
AACN and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice are pleased to announce the dates for the second jointly sponsored Microsystem Academy: Nursing Faculty & Clinical Partners Improving Health Care Together Learning Series. Commencing on May 18, 2011, this program brings faculty and clinical partners together to learn and practice quality, safety, and microsystem development to advance graduate nurse education and curriculum. The learning series will explore the many facets of teaching and adapting healthcare improvement in clinical microsystems or point-of-care units. Participants will examine strategies to improve outcomes and facilitate the design of high performing education and clinical settings to better serve patients, families, staff, students and the organization. With Web sessions scheduled from May through December 2011, the academy includes an on-site session in June 2011 at The Dartmouth Institute in Hanover, NH. For program details and registration information, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Education/microsystemacademy.htm.
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.
Expanding the CNL Role in Quality and Safety
May 16, 2:00pm – 3:00pm (EST) 
This Webinar will discuss the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) in quality and safety. At the completion of the Webinar you will have a better understanding of the CNL role.
Learn more and register here.
Nursing Schools and Practice Partners: Working Collaboratively and Creatively to Foster the CNL Role
May 20, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST)
Learn more and register here.
Transitioning Second Degree Graduates into Practice: Innovative Models and Successes
June 23, 2:00 pm  (EST)
Registration information will be posted soon.
The Webinars listed above are co-sponsored by AACN and the Commission for Nurse Certification (CNC).

Register for upcoming Webinars or access past Webinar recordings and slides here.
NCIN Offers Webinar on Mentoring
Mentoring II: Sustaining the Relationship
April 21, 2011
2:30 pm EST
During this session Dr. Lois Zachary, author and mentoring expert, will offer more in-depth discussion regarding building the mentoring relationship. It will include strategies that both the mentor and mentee may use to assess progress, uncover assumptions, address obstacles, and make the most of mentoring time.
New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) has applied for CE credits for this offering. Contact Alexa Tehansky at 202-463-6930 x265 or via email with any questions. Check out the program Web site for future topics in this Spring Series.
Adult-Gerontology APRN Faculty Development Workshops
AACN will be hosting special one-day workshops, titled "Retooling APRN Curricula: Implementing the New Adult-Gerontology APRN Education Requirements in Your Program." These workshops will be offered in conjunction with professional organizations' annual meetings (see below). Under the national Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, education programs currently preparing adult or gerontology Nurse Practitioner (NPs) and/or Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) are expected to prepare graduates to provide comprehensive care across the entire adult age spectrum, which includes the young adult through the older adult and frail elderly. In collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, AACN is offering these workshops for faculty preparing adult primary care and acute care NPs and/or CNSs to provide multiple resources and strategies to make this important curricular transition. These events are generously funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation.
For more information please contact Joan Stanley at jstanley@aacn.nche.edu or visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education/hartford/workshops.htm.

Reminder: This Saturday, April 16, 2011, is the 4th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).
Submit Nominations for the Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award
The Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award was created to showcase creative and successful efforts to advance nursing education. This award recognizes the 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. Nominations may be made by submitting a letter to Dr. Eleanor Howell, chair of the AACN Membership Committee. Abstracts from past Innovations Award winners are posted at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Faculty/innovations.htm. For complete details including award criteria and the nomination process, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Faculty/InnovationsAward.pdf. The submission deadline is April 29, 2011.

AACN Members Endorse New Master’s Essentials
Following a two-year consensus-building process, AACN members voted to endorse The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing at the association’s Business Meeting held in Washington, DC on March 21, 2011. The new document delineates the outcomes that should be acquired upon graduation from any master’s-level nursing program. AACN assembled an expert task force to oversee the revision of the Master’s Essentials that was chaired by Dr. Joanne Warner from the University of Portland. Read more. Download the document here.
In response to the endorsement of the Master's Essentials, Pamela Thompson, CEO of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and Senior Vice President for Nursing of the American Hospital Association said: "Today more than ever, nursing education must embrace the foundational core of the practice environment, which is based on interprofessional collaboration, quality improvement, and assuring patient safety.  The consensus-based process that produced The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing will help assure that our next generation of nursing leadership is prepared to address the patient care challenges of our dynamic healthcare system."  (AHA News, April 8, 2011)
Deadline Extended: CCNE Seeks Nominations for On-Site Evaluators
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is seeking nominations for on-site evaluators. Information is available on CCNE’s Web site to nominate individuals to be considered for this summer's evaluator training program.
Visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Accreditation/callnom2011.htm to access the Call for Nominations, nominee and recommendation forms, and additional information. The deadline to submit nominations is this Friday, April 15. For more information about the nominations process or materials, please contact CCNE Accreditation Coordinator Jenny Hodges at jhodges@aacn.nche.edu.
Apply Now for a QSEN Faculty Development Institute
Registration is now underway for two faculty development institute offered through the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as Phase III of QSEN, these enrichment opportunities are designed to better prepare faculty to teach quality and safety content in entry-level registered nursing programs. The interactive coursework will focus on six core competencies: Patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics. Registration is free, and seats are limited. Stipends will be awarded to help defer travel expenses (up to $350 per participant). Schools of nursing are encouraged to send up to two participants to an institute. For more details, download the program brochure found online at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/qsenec/index.htm.
Interested faculty are encouraged to apply now to avoid missing the application deadlines: Seattle, September 14-16, apply by June 24; and Charleston, SC, November 2-4, apply by September 9. To apply for an institute, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/qsenec/institutes.html. Please direct questions about this opportunity to Project Coordinator Amy Jacks at ajacks@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, x273.
AACN and NONPF Reconvene National Task Force
The National Organization of Nursing Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), in collaboration with AACN, has reconvened the National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education (NTF) for a periodic review and updating of the Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs. The NTF includes representatives of organizations involved in NP education, certification, and accreditation. The NTF began discussions in March 2011 with the hope of concluding this work over the next 6 months. NONPF will report updates to its membership during the 2011 Annual Meeting and thereafter. The NTF co-facilitators are Dr. Jean Johnson of George Washington University (representing NONPF) and Dr. Patricia Clinton of the University of Iowa (representing AACN). For more information, see http://www.nonpf.org.
Call for Applications: Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program
AACN and the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future are currently offering 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 (PhD, DNP) or a clinically-focused master’s degree. Additionally, applicants must commit to becoming full-time faculty in an accredited registered nursing program after graduation. This program is designed to address the shortage of nurse educators while diversifying the nurse faculty population in the United States. Five $18,000 scholarships will be awarded in Fall 2011.
Applications must be received on or before Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Please visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Education/doc/2011J&Japplication.doc for full details, eligibility requirements, and to access an application. Contact Amy Jacks at ajacks@aacn.nche.edu with any questions.
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