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January 2013 Featured News
  1. Register Now for AACN's Faculty Development Conference
  2. Registration Now Open for the Academic-Practice Partnerships Conference
  3. AACN Launches Free QSEN Learning Module Series
  4. AACN Announces Four New Scholarship Winners
  5. Save the Date for the 2013 Nursing Advancement Professionals Conference
  6. Polly Bednash Appointed to Health Affairs Editorial Board
  7. IPEC Announces 2013 Faculty Development Institute
  8. Register Now for Upcoming AACN Conferences
  9. 2013 Free Faculty Webinars
  10. Apply for AACN's Inaugural Facutly Policy Intensive
  11. CCNE Seeks Nominations for Board and Committee Positions
  12. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  13. CNC Announcements
  14. ELNEC Plans for 2013
  15. Learn How Rush University Leverages NursingCAS
  16. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  17. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  18. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
1. Register Now for AACN's Faculty Development Conference: 
Success Strategies for New Faculty! 

Join AACN at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida for the 2013 Faculty Development Conference, to be held February 7-9, 2013. This conference is aimed at those new to the faculty role and those who would like to gain more self-confidence in teaching in baccalaureate and higher degree programs. Multiple concurrent sessions encourage participants to select topics according to their own needs and interests. Several particularly popular topics are repeated from previous years, and new topics are added, allowing both new and returning participants to pursue personally relevant topics.
The deadline for early registration is January 25, 2013. For program details, registration, hotel, and transportation information, visit:
2. Registration Now Open for the Academic-Practice Partnerships Conference
AACN member deans and their practice partners are encouraged to make plans now to attend the Implementing Successful Academic Practice Partnerships conference on April 18-19, 2013 in Chicago, IL.  Discover the keys to maximizing your strategic affiliations to ensure that they are goal-driven, outcome-focused, and mutually beneficial. Participants will explore how to sustain commitment and cooperation among partnering organizations through interactive presentations highlighting successful collaborations, including a look at partnerships forming to support the new federally-funded Graduate Nursing Education demonstration.  The registration fee is $299 per person, and both the academic and the practice partner must attend together as a pair.  Please note that this conference is geared towards those partnerships that are new and/or under development.  Registration will open January 7, 2013 and is limited to 50 partnership pairs. 
3. AACN Launches Free QSEN Learning Module Series
AACN has launched the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) learning module series, a free faculty development resource for nurse educators teaching in undergraduate programs. To build on AACN’s commitment to further disseminate the QSEN teaching strategies, AACN has launched six web-based learning modules focused on six core competencies: Patient-centered care, Teamwork and collaboration, Evidence-based practice (EBP), Quality improvement (QI), Safety, and Informatics. These cutting-edge, interactive learning modules are available to all nurse faculty in entry-level registered nursing programs and can be accessed through AACN’s collaboration community. Faculty will have the opportunity to earn American Nurses Credentialing Center contact hours for each QSEN competency learning module. The collaboration community can be accessed by using the following information:
LOGIN ID: aacnnewmember

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. For more information and additional assistance, please contact Faculty Programs Coordinator Courtney Geanetta at We ask that you share this exciting opportunity with your faculty. All schools will receive brochures that can be distributed to faculty members.
4. AACN Announces Four New Scholarship Winners
AACN is pleased to announce the latest scholarship winners from two separate awards programs funded by partnering organizations. The Scholarship (CBC) is offered to students in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs at schools affiliated with and/or NursingCAS. The AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship (AC) was created to support students seeking baccalaureate and graduate degrees in nursing at member schools. Please join us in congratulating the following scholarship recipients:

Pictured from Left to Right:
Jennifer Jonely, MSN Student, Boise State University (CBC) 
Ania Mortier, MSN-FNP Student,  University of Vermont (CBC) 
Melissah Berry, BSN Student, University of the Virgin Islands (AC) 
Gilda Restrepo, DNP Student, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (AC)
For more details on these scholarship programs, see
5. Save the Date for the 2013 Nursing Advancement Professionals Conference
Innovations and Impact in Nursing
April 4-6, 2013
Omni San Diego Hotel, San Diego, CA

The annual Nursing Advancement Professionals (NAP) Meeting is a networking and educational opportunity for advancement, development, marketing, and communications professionals; deans and directors; volunteer foundation and alumni board members; and anyone interested in learning more about how nursing schools can build their external relations programs.
The exciting, interactive program include the following highlights:
  • The program opens with a Thursday night reception hosted by the California Schools of Nursing – share best practices and network with colleagues!
  • Featured presentations by:
    • Marilyn Chow, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Vice President, Patient Care Services, Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, CA
    • David Vlahov, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing
    • Tom Hayes, Vice President and Partner, Simpson Scarborough
  • A revised, action-packed agenda on Friday that finishes at 12:30 pm on Saturday, with an optional NAP networking excursion exploring the sights and sounds of San Diego.
6. Polly Bednash Appointed to Health Affairs Editorial Board
At the invitation of Editor-in-Chief Susan Dentzer, AACN CEO and Executive Director Polly Bednash has joined the editorial board of Health Affairs, the journal of health policy, thought, and research. The monthly peer-reviewed journal was founded under the aegis of Project HOPE, a nonprofit international health education organization. Dr. Bednash will serve a three-year, renewable term.
Dr. Bednash received an additional recent honor— she was the recipient of a Visionary Leader Award for National Nursing Leadership from the School of Nursing at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The award was presented on December 10th at a gala dinner celebrating the 20th anniversary of the School. 
7. IPEC Announces 2013 Faculty Development Institute
The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) invites faculty teams to attend the Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety on May 20-22, 2013 at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, VA. The overall goal of the institute is to create faculty champions who can enhance interprofessional curricula, learning experiences, and assessment of learners in quality improvement and patient safety at the point of care. Faculty across the health disciplines will come together to explore how to embed quality improvement and patient safety (QI/PS) content into their curriculum, while learning how to create and assess clinical QI/PS projects. Pre-course reading activities will be assigned prior to the face-to-face workshop, and the post-course period will afford opportunities for online networking and a community of practice. Upon returning to their home institutions, workshop participants will help to develop faculty teams with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement an interprofessional education plan focused on quality improvement and patient safety. For more information visit,

Registration will commence on January 28, 2013. Watch for more details about the registration process, which will be available in the coming weeks.    
8. Register Now for Upcoming Conferences
 January 23, 2013
Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego, CA 
January 23-26, 2013
Doctoral Education Conference
Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego, CA
January 24, 2013
Research Leadership Network Meeting
Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego, CA 
February 7-9, 2013
Faculty Development Conference
Omni Jacksonville Hotel
Jacksonville, FL
February 20-21, 2013
Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
Buena Vista Palace
Orlando, FL

 February 21-23, 2013
Master's Education Conference
Buena Vista Palace
Orlando, FL
The Fairmont Washington DC Hotel
Washington, DC

 March 16-19, 2013
Spring Annual Meeting
 The Fairmont Washington DC Hotel
Washington, DC

March 17-19, 2013
The Westin Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
April 4-6, 2013
NAP Meeting
Omni San Diego Hotel
San Diego, CA

April 11-13, 2013
Hot Issues Conference
Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet
St. Louis, MO

April 17-19, 2013
BONUS Meeting
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
Austin, TX
For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager at or at 202-463-6930 ext. 240.
9. 2013 Free Faculty Webinars
AACN is pleased to announce upcoming Webinars exclusively for faculty teaching in AACN member schools. Additional Webinar details will be provided in the coming weeks. To register for these Webinars go to

March 13, 2013
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Designing the Unbundling
March 21, 2013
4:00-5:00 pm (ET) 
Improving NCLEX Scores
April 9, 2013
12:00-1:00 pm (ET)
Visit our Web site to access past Webinars and review Webinars organized by topics. For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Courtney Geanetta, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 230.
10. Apply for AACN's Inaugural Faculty Policy Intensive
AACN is proud to announce the inaugural Faculty Policy Intensive in Washington, DC. This four-day immersion program is designed for faculty of AACN member schools interested in actively pursuing a role in healthcare and nursing policy. This event offers participants the opportunity to enhance existing knowledge of policy and advocacy through sessions that will strengthen understanding of the legislative process and the dynamic relationships between federal departments and agencies, national nursing organizations, and the individual advocate. The Faculty Policy Intensive is a fully funded opportunity and will accept up to eight applicants.
The Faculty Policy Intensive provides opportunities to:
  • Meet with leadership from federal departments and agencies to discuss policy initiatives for the nursing profession
  • Network with Hill staff at AACN’s Congressional Reception
  • Attend workshops to strengthen and refine communication skills for effective advocacy
  • Engage with representatives from national professional nursing organizations on current healthcare issues and the role of the collective voice
  • At the conclusion of the Intensive, participants will put their new advocacy skills to use as AACN Faculty Policy Liaisons
For more information, including the application process and draft agenda, visit:
11. CCNE Seeks Nominations for Board and Committee Positions
The deadline for submitting nominations for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners and Nominating Committee is February 19, 2013. 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 and one representative who is actively engaged, as his or her primary professional role, in the practice of nursing. 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 February 19, 2013. Access the nomination materials at
12. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This month’s edition of Policy Beat outlines recent legislation passed to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” Information regarding name changes to two HRSA loan repayment and scholarship programs included. The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Diversity grants FY 2013 funding cycle is now accepting applications. Register for the second of a three-part webinar series centered on academic progression in nursing- a collaboration between AACN and the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. To view the January issue of AACN Policy Beat, visit
13. CNC Announcements
CNC Call for Volunteers
CNC is currently recruiting volunteers to serve as members of the Board of Commissioners. Click here for more information.
CNC Offers Discount for the CNL Certification Exam
CNC continues to develop new items for the multiple-choice CNL Certification Exam. As such, the exam that has been administered since April 2012 will be updated beginning with the April 2013 testing period. However, CNC must beta test the items to determine the minimum passing score in compliance with national certification standards. The beta test will occur April 1-6, 2013. All participants who register for the beta test will receive a $50 discount off of the registration fee. To take advantage of this cost-savings opportunity, you must complete the hard copy of the application by March 1, 2013. Beta test participants will receive their exam results via email approximately four weeks after the testing period. For more information, click here.
14. End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC): Plans for 2013

The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project will hold 6 national training courses across the US in 2013. A new curriculum, designed for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) will debut in April. Faculty teaching APRN students will have the opportunity to take updated content back to embed into existing curriculum. To date, over 15,000 nursing faculty and practicing clinicians have attended a national ELNEC course. National ELNEC courses for 2013:
  • ELNEC-For Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
    April 4-5 in Anaheim, CA
    November 5-6 in Washington, DC
  • ELNEC-Core
    February 21-22 in Anaheim, CA
    May 14-15 in St. Louis, MO
    July 30-31 in Boston, MA
    October 8-9 in Lake Buena Vista, FL (Orlando)
  • ELNEC-Critical Care
    February 21-22 in Anaheim, CA
    November 5-6 in Washington, DC
  • ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care
    February 21-22 in Anaheim, CA
    July 30-31 in Boston, MA
For further information on these courses, go to and/or contact Pam Malloy at
15. Learn How Rush University Leverages NursingCAS to Enhance Graduate Student Recruitment at the Doctoral Conference
RSVP for this session to learn how your colleague Lisa Rosenberg, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Admissions & Recruitment at Rush University College of Nursing, leverages NursingCAS, a free resource, to enhance student recruitment in doctoral and master's nursing programs, increase efficiency, reduce administrative costs, maximize staff resources and time, and facilitate a paperless admissions review process.
When: Wednesday, January 23 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: Hotel Del Coronado – 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
Come hear about Rush's experience with NursingCAS from initial planning to implementation to student enrollment. NursingCAS is the online centralized application service for nursing schools. Over 58,000 applicants use NursingCAS to apply to RN diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs at participating schools nationwide. There is no cost for schools to participate in NursingCAS and all programs who join receive free web-based admissions software in order to access and manage your applicant pool.
  • Topics addressed during the session will include:
  • Streamlining the graduate admissions process
  • Recruiting diverse students
  • Promoting your programs
  • Going paperless
  • Re-focusing resources and staff time to focus on recruitment
  • Managing the interview process
  • Online, holistic admissions review for faculty and committee members
  • Pipeline management
  • Tracking requirements that fit your program
  • Communicating with students to influence their decision
  • Leveraging the data and reporting capabilities to your advantage
Reserve your seat now, space is limited. Visit to register for this free event or send an email to AACN’s NursingCAS Manager, Caroline Allen, at to sign up or if you have any questions. Note this session is open to non-conference attendees too, so if you are an area school feel free to invite your colleagues to attend this session as well. Additional information will be sent to those who register. For more information on NursingCAS visit                                                             
16. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  • Through a new grant, “Enhancing the Diversity of the Nursing Profession: Assessing the Mentoring Needs of African American Nursing Students,” the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) are examining ways to make nursing’s African-American population (5.5%) equal to the United States African-American population of 13%. Phyllis Sharps, Associate Dean for Community and Global Programs, Director, Center for Global Nursing, the principal investigator for the $20,000 grant from the NBNA, will use the funding to conduct a national survey to identify the drivers and barriers to success among African American nursing students and nurses. For more information, visit 
  • Teena McGuinness, interim assistant dean for graduate clinical programs at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Nursing, has received a three-year, $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration  for her project entitled "Technology Enhancement for Psyciatric NPs via Interprofessional Education."  The aim of this project is to help put more psychiatric nurse practitioners into the workforce, and for interprofessional education for both nurse practitioners and health informatics professionals in the use of technology to manage psychiatric conditions. To read the full press release, visit
  • Frontier Nursing University has been awarded a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program. This four-year grant totals more than $1.3 million and will provide scholarships to 90 students over the grant period. For more information, visit
  • At the University of Michigan School of Nursing, a four-year $1.8-million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) will be used to help parents talk to their children about sexual behavior in ways that will reduce risks. Cuídalos (“Take care of them”) is a Web-based program designed to give parents skills that will help them increase and improve communication about sex with their children. University of Michigan School of Nursing Professor Antonia Villarruel and her co-investigator, Nelson Varas Diaz, University of Puerto Rico, will work with community-based agencies in Puerto Rico to recruit program participants and evaluate the program’s impact. To read the full press release, visit
  • Shiela Strauss of the New York University College of Nursing has been awarded a two-year $336,433 National Institutes of Health Grant, “Novel Interdisciplinary Intra-Oral Diabetes Screening in Dental Patients.” This R15 grant builds on Dr. Strauss’ earlier successful work assessing the accuracy, acceptability, feasibility, and consequences of using oral blood to screen patients with periodontal disease for diabetes in periodontal practices. Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the US, with 7 million people as yet undiagnosed, preventing them from adopting disease management strategies that could improve their quality of life and decrease morbidity. Among those at great risk are persons with periodontal disease, many of whom may see a dentist but not a primary care provider annually. This suggests the potential and importance of screening for diabetes at dental visits. To read the full press release,visit
  • Debra Wiegand, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, has been awarded a two-year, $422,125 R1 grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institutes of Health to investigate how best to prepare families for the dying process. Dr. Wiegand’s study will explore the best clinical approaches for preparing and supporting families through the dying process of critically ill patients. Goals of the study are to develop and refine educational and psychological support interventions to prepare families for this difficult time and to determine if the proposed new approaches are acceptable to families. For more information, visit
17. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
US Healthiest announced that Bernadette Melnyk has been appointed to its 12-member board of directors. Dr. Melnyk is the Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing and Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry, College of Medicine at The Ohio State University. US Healthiest’s mission is to catalyze action and social engagement to make the US the healthiest nation in a healthier world.
18. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The application period for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)  Summer Genetics Institute (SGI) is now open.  This year’s SGI will take place from June 3–June 28, 2013, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The institute is intended for graduate students, faculty, or clinicians, the SGI provides participants with a foundation in molecular genetics appropriate for use in research and clinical practice. The application period will close on March 18, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Additional information, including application instructions, is available at
  • Join  on Thursday, January 24, at 3:00 PM ET for the Webinar Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? - Access to Health Services.  The Webinar will highlight the success of one statewide partnership in securing coverage for over 500,000 previously uninsured children through advocacy and community outreach. This 45-minute Webinar will be led by HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Howard Koh, and will include a roundtable discussion on the impact of this critical Leading Health Indicator topic. Click here for more information and to register.
  • The Script Your Future Medication Adherence TEAM Challenge will be held in February 2013. The inter-professional teams, led by pharmacy schools, will engage their community constituents in a dialogue about the importance of taking their medications effectively and establishing a medication adherence plan. The active involvement of the nursing community is an important part of the Challenge. To see if there is a pharmacy school participating near you and how you can become involved, contact Robert Rosseter at AACN.   For more information about Script Your Future, please visit: To join the Team Challenge community and for more information about the Medication Adherence Team Challenge, including the materials available to teams and the awards at the end of the Challenge month, please visit:
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