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September 2011 Featured News
  1. Join Us for the 2011 Fall Semiannual Meeting in Washington, DC
  2. Organizational Leadership Network Meeting Coming in October
  3. New Johnson & Johnson Minority Faculty Scholars Selected
  4. Final Report of the AACN Task Force on Environmental Sustainability
  5. 2011 Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Awards
  6. VA Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program
  7. NIH Loan Repayment Programs
  8. Fall Faculty Webinars Announced
  9. AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Award Winners
  10. Online Collaboration Community for Faculty
  11. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat Online
  12. AACN Recognizes Four New Scholarship Recipients
  13. ELNEC Hosts National Series of Train-the-Trainer Courses
  14. CNL Updates: Vanguard Award and Student Prize
  15. St. Louis to Host AACN Conferences in November
  16. AACN Issues Call for Board Nominations
  17. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  18. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
NurseZone Series on Education
AACN was well represented this week in a three-part series of articles on nursing education produced by NurseZone, an award-winning online nursing community. The following articles include quotes from AACN President Kathleen Potempa, Board member and NursingCAS Advisory Group Chair Tim Gaspar, and CEO Polly Bednash:
1. Join Us for the 2011 Fall Semiannual Meeting in Washington, DC
Join more than 500 deans and associate deans at AACN’s upcoming Fall Semiannual Meeting, Preparing Nurses for the Challenges of the Future, in Washington, DC, on October 22-25, 2011. Plenary sessions on interprofessional education, weathering challenging economic times, curriculum innovation, and national trends in the use of instructional technology are scheduled along with various breakout discussions. The preconference on Saturday, October 22, will offer concurrrent sessions on using the Master's Essentials Toolkit available in the fall; designing innovative graduate program curriculum; and taking advantage of new services available through NursingCAS and, two AACN partnerships. Deans are encouraged to bring one or more associate/assistant deans to the meeting. For full program and registration information, see
2. Organizational Leadership Network Meeting Coming in October
Come join us for our sixth annual Organizational Leadership Network meeting on Building and Sustaining Academic Leadership held on October 21 from 4–6:00 pm and on October 22 from 8:00 am–12:00 pm. Participants will begin the meeting by working in small groups, with leadership from a facilitator, to illuminate non-traditional approaches for growing and nurturing future academic leaders. The next day, speaker Dr. Angela Barron McBride, Distinguished Professor-University Dean Emerita, Indiana University, will bring the ideas together from Friday afternoon to plan individual and collective strategies for ensuring  a viable  future. To register for this dynamic program, visit
3. New Johnson & Johnson Minority Faculty Scholars Selected
AACN recently announced that five new Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars have been selected through a national scholarship program funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. Launched to address the faculty shortage and enhance diversity among nurse educators, this AACN-administered program provides generous financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds with aspirations to teach in our nation’s schools of nursing. Please join us in congratulating these new scholars: 
Pictured above from left to right: Ana Maria Kelly (Michigan State University), Luz Huntington-Moskos (University of Alabama-Birmingham), Carolina Noya (University of California San Francisco), Ronald Piscotty, Jr. (University of Michigan), and Patty Wilson (University of Maryland).
For brief biographical sketches of the winners, see
4. Final Report of the AACN Task Force on Environmental Sustainability
The final report of the AACN Task Force on Environmental Sustainability was approved by the Board of Directors in July. This task force was established in response to a motion from the AACN membership that AACN take a leadership role to address environmental sustainability in nursing education. Task force members include Patricia Butterfield, Chair, Washington State University; Linda McCauley, Emory University; Barbara Sattler, University of Maryland; and Jodi DiGennaro, Adelphi University. Outcomes from the work include upcoming webinars about how to advance environmental sustainability initiatives, an awards program celebrating excellence in environmental sustainability, web resources and online educational materials, and a special interest group on the new Online Collaboration Community. Access the full report,
5. 2011 Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Awards
The Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Awards will be presented at AACN’s Fall Semiannual Meeting in Washington, DC, October 22-24. The awards recognize schools that are doing creative work around re-envisioning traditional models for nursing education and embracing programmatic change.
The following schools will be recognized for their achievements:
  • Academic Health Centers: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Small Schools: Wilkes University (PA)
  • Private Schools without an AHC: (TIE) Texas Christian University and University of Detroit Mercy
  • Public School without an AHC: University of Texas at Austin
6. VA Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program
The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Academic Affiliations, in collaboration with the Office of Nursing Services, has issued a request for applications for VA Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency programs. Historically, the VA has funded accredited residencies for medicine, dentistry, psychology, pharmacy, and other clinical professions, but not for nursing. Through this pilot program, the VA will fund 5-6 training sites and a maximum of 30 residents. Programs must be accredited by CCNE or be in the process of obtaining such accreditation. Funding decisions will be based primarily on the quality of the proposals submitted. Initial funding is planned for 3 years depending upon availability of funding and demonstrated program success. Selected sites will be provided funding and trainee positions effective September 1, 2012. For complete details, see the program announcement, which outlines eligibility requirements, outcome expectations, application instructions, and review schedule, at
Please note that a non-binding Letter of Intent to submit a proposal is due October 1, 2011. Full proposals are due January 30, 2012.
7. NIH Loan Repayment Programs
The 2012 application cycle for the National Institutes of Health’s Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) is now open online at The LRPs repay the outstanding student loans of researchers who are or will be conducting nonprofit biomedical or behavioral research. Opportunities are available in five research areas – clinical, pediatric, health disparities, contraception and infertility and clinical research for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2011. New LRP contracts are awarded for a two-year period and repay up to $35,000 of qualified educational debt annually. Tax offsets also are provided as additional benefits. Participants may apply for competitive renewals, which are issued for one or two years. Doctorally prepared nurses with undergraduate and/or graduate school loans may qualify for repayment through this program. Visit the LRP Web site at for more information and to access the online application.
8. Fall Faculty Webinars Announced

AACN’s popular series of free Webinars – offered exclusively for faculty teaching in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs – continues in the fall with two dozen professional enrichment events planned. These interactive sessions will include a presentation from a noted expert followed by a robust question-and-answer session. Upcoming 2011 Faculty Webinars include:
  • Simulation Standards for Best Practice (Sept. 26, 2 pm ET)
    Presented in collaboration with INACSL and sponsored by Elsevier

  • Integrating Interprofessional Competencies into the Curriculum (Oct.  6, 3:30 pm ET)
  • Legal Aspects of Academic Nursing (Oct. 12, 1 pm ET)
    Presented as part of the Leadership Development in Nursing Academia Series
  • Building the Science for Nursing Education: Vision or Improbable Dream? (Oct. 19, 3 pm ET)
  • Clinical Teaching and Evaluation (Oct. 26, 1 pm ET)
Also coming up:
  • Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium: Project Overview (Oct. 4, 1 pm ET)
  • Transitioning to Adult-Gerontology APRN Education (Oct. 31, 1 pm ET)
    Project Introduction, Scope, and Faculty Resource Development
  • Special Series on the Clinical Nurse Leader (co-sponsored by AACN and the Commission on Nurse Certification):
    • A Service and Academic Partnership to Design and Sustain a CNL Program (Sept. 23, 2 pm ET)
    • Making the Business Case for the CNL (Sept. 28, 2 pm ET)
    • CNL Outcomes Across Healthcare Systems (Oct. 3, 2 pm ET)
Visit AACN’s Web site for information on registration and additional Webinars:
9. AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Award Winners
The annual AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Awards recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by early career faculty at AACN member schools. Two awards are presented each year: one for didactic teaching and the second for clinical teaching. Award winners are invited to attend one AACN conference during the academic year, with the registration fee waived. At that conference they will be presented with an engraved award commemorating their achievement. Here are the winners of the inaugural awards:
  • Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award
    Lorretta Krautscheid, MS, RN
    University of Portland (Oregon)

  • Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award
    Niki Fogg, MS, RN, CPN and Jennifer Wilson, MS, RN, CPN (joint recipients)
    Texas Woman’s University
10. Online Collaboration Community for Faculty to Launch this Fall
AACN has introduced 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. A “grand opening” is planned for October 2011, but a limited roll-out of the Community is now underway. The Calendar, Resource Center, and Archived Webinars areas are accessible for free to member faculty that register and create a unique profile. Only faculty of AACN member schools 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. For more information, go to
11. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
AACN's September Policy Beat will feature breaking news on the fiscal year 2012 appropriations process, the joint virtual lobby day to support the Home Health Planning Improvement Act of 2011, information on the National Health Service Corps’s Community Day, Request for Information into the deliberations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Working Group on the Future Biomedical Research Workforce, information on the August 25th webcast, “What are Institutions Doing (or NOT Doing) About State Authorization?” among other important items. September’s Policy Beat will be released later this week after the Senate Appropriations Committee finalizes their Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill. To read the latest Policy Beat see:
12. AACN Recognizes Four New Scholarship Recipients
AACN is pleased to announce the latest scholarship winners from two separate awards programs funded by partnering organizations. Launched in January, 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. Please join us in congratulating the following scholarship recipients:
  • Pete O’Donnell, Husson University (CBC)
  • Sarah Haugland, University of Iowa (CBC)
  • Bobby Lowery, East Carolina University (AC)
  • Carly Staab, Saint Anselm College (AC)
For more details on these scholarship programs, see
13. 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, see
14. CNL Updates: Vangaurd Award and Student Prizes        
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 2012 recipient will be recognized at AACN’s CNL Summit, January 19-21, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Tampa in Tampa, Florida. The recipient will receive  a complimentary registration and a $500 travel stipend to the 2012 CNL Summit and Research Symposium, a commemorative plaque, and a CNL lapel pin. Deadline for applications is October 3rd. For more information, go to or contact Tracy Lofty, CNC Director, at
CNC is offering a prize drawing for CNL students this fall. To be eligible, students are required to submit a request form for CNL Certification Program information by September 30, 2011 for a chance to win an Amazon Kindle. Students must provide contact information and specify the name of their school to participate in the drawing. To access the form, go to and click on “Request for Information.”  All entrants will be added to CNC’s database to receive future information about CNC activities and the CNL Certification Program. One winner will be announced on October 28, 2011.
CNL Summit Abstracts: Submission Deadline is October 7
AACN is accepting abstracts 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. Practicing CNLs, students, faculty, and nursing administrators are all encouraged to submit abstracts.  Abstracts must be emailed, faxed or mailed, postmarked no later than October 7, 2011. Electronic submissions highly preferred. For full information on how to submit an abstract, go to or contact Horacio Oliveira, CNL Project Coordinator:; (202) 463-6930 ext.250.
15. St. Louis to Host AACN Conferences in November
The annual Baccalaureate Education Conference will be held November 17-19, 2011 at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center in St. Louis, MO.  Through the conference theme Transforming Nursing Education: Addressing Critical Challenges, sessions will address the recommendations posed by recent national reports on nursing education and offer strategies to improve teaching and learning in response to increasing demands for innovation in nursing education. Teams of faculty are encouraged to attend together. Everyone is invited to register for the special Instructional Leadership Network program session on Thursday morning. For full program and registration information, see
Immediately preceding the Baccalaureate Conference, the Executive Development Series (EDS) will be held November 16-17, 2011 in St. Louis. The theme, Funding the Mission: Seizing Leadership in Financial Management, emphasizes the critically important subject of financial administration of the nursing academic unit. EDS is designed for new and aspiring academic leaders as well as for faculty members who want to improve their leadership skills for a variety of positions within the academic setting. The EDS and Baccalaureate Education Conference are held consecutively, enabling participants to attend both events, and a discount is offered to those who do. For full program and registration information, see
16. AACN Issues Call for Board Nominations
AACN's Nominating Committee has issued a Call for Nominations for candidates to fill five Board seats and two committee vacancies. The committee will choose the slate of candidates at the 2011 Fall Semiannual Meeting based on nominations and the committee's deliberations. The positions under consideration are President-Elect, Secretary, Board Member-at-Large (3 vacancies), and Nominating Committee (2 vacancies). Nominations must be received by October 22, 2011.
17. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Nursing celebrated its 30th anniversary this month with the theme, “Mature at 30.” The school is known for innovation in nursing education, excellent student retention and graduation rates, and producing well-prepared nurses ready for licensure and certification exams. The first students were admitted to the BSN program in Lubbock in 1981. The TTUHSC School of Nursing is the only nursing program on the South Plains that provides baccalaureate, masters and doctoral education. “During this time when Texas and the nation are facing a critical nursing shortage, it is beneficial that the TTUSHC School of Nursing bolsters the state’s nursing workforce by producing more than 1,000 nurses each year,” said TTUHSC President Tedd L. Mitchell, MD. See
  • Dr. Pam Fordham, Assistant Professor in the Department of Family/Child Health and Caregiving, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing received a $713, 944, three-year competitive continuation award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a project titled “A Distance Learning Culturally Competent ANP/GNP Program for the Rural and Underserved Populations.” This project provides for the continuation and enhancement of the School’s current Dual Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner program by extending the current distance learning program, refining current courses in the program, retaining nurses from rural and medically underserved counties, and linking students with community-based care agencies. See
18. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The American Cancer Society (ACS), the largest not-for-profit funding source for cancer research and training, is pleased to invite applications from master's and doctoral nursing students with an interest in oncology. ACS offers scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $15,000. Please note that the deadline for research-focused doctoral students is October 15, 2011, and the graduate scholarship, which is open to students in master’s and DNP programs, has a deadline of February 1, 2012. The Society offers several other research and training grants in addition to the ones described above. For a full description of all American Cancer Society grants, including applications, instructions, and policies, see
  • Abstracts are being accepted for the Doctoral Education Conference to be held January 25-28, 2012 at the Naples Grand Beach in Naples, FL. Abstracts for poster and podium presentations should reflect the conference theme, “’Leading Change, Advancing Health’: An Agenda for Doctoral Education.”  Submissions are electronic and are due October 12, 2011. For full information, see
  • The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) is planning the 2011 Nightingala, the annual celebration of achievements in nursing science, for October 14, 2011 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. FNINR expects over 1,000 nurse researchers, deans of nursing schools, presidents of medical schools, faculty, senior management of health-related associations, corporate and community leaders as well as members of Congress and their health care and legislative staffs to attend this special event. For more information on the program and reserving a table, see
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