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August 2012 Featured News
  1. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  2. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  3. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
1. Madeleine Leininger, Second AACN President, Dies at Age 87
Madeleine M. Leininger, founder and international leader of transcultural nursing, died on August 10, 2012 at her Omaha, Nebraska home. Dr. Leininger was the second president of AACN, serving from 1970 to 1972.
Dr. Leininger launched the field of transcultural nursing in the mid-1950s. She and her colleagues studied almost 100 cultures and established transcultural nursing courses worldwide. Dr. Leininger also was known for advocating new ways to treat the mentally ill, publishing a landmark textbook on the subject in 1970. In addition to her AACN presidency, Dr. Leininger was founder of the Transcultural Nursing Society and the Human Care Theory and Research Organization.
Madeline Leininger was born in Sutton, Nebraska and graduated from St. Anthony School of Nursing in Denver in 1948. She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Mount St. Scholastica College (KS) in 1950. Dr. Leininger earned a master's degree in psychiatric nursing in 1953 at the Catholic University of America (DC), and she received a doctoral degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Washington-Seattle in 1965.
2. AACN and Johnson & Johnson Announce New Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars
AACN has 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 who aspire to teach in our nation’s schools of nursing.
Joining the 48 scholars previously selected for this prestigious honor (and a similar program offered by AACN and The California Endowment) are the following students, all of whom are all enrolled in PhD nursing programs:
(Pictured from left to right)
  • Nakia Charmaine Best, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Anissa S. Buhring, University of Colorado
  • Susana J. Calderon, Mennonite College of Nursing, Illinois State University
  • Renee McLeod-Sordjan, Adelphi University (NY)
  • Esther Smith-Howell, Indiana University-Purdue University
More details and photos of this year’s scholarship recipients are posted on the AACN Web site at To read the full press release, visit
For more details on these scholarship programs, see
3. AACN Launches New Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA)
AACN is pleased to announce the formation of the new Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) created to provide high value programs, services, and resources to nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs. Through the GNSA, AACN will focus on meeting the professional development needs of graduate nursing students who are poised to assume leadership roles within the profession, including service as future faculty members and researchers. For more details, visit
National Graduate Nursing Student Survey Underway
To further determine the needs of graduate nursing students and the unique role that AACN can play in meeting those needs, AACN is launching an online survey to capture input directly from student constituents. This brief survey, which may be accessed at, will ask students to identify how the GNSA can advance their professional development. Questions focus on programming priorities, potential Webinar topics, volunteer opportunities within the GNSA, and social media preferences.
To encourage a robust survey response, students completing the survey will be placed in a drawing to win a free Kindle Fire. Survey responses need to be submitted by September 30.
4. First Cohort Selected for AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program
AACN is pleased to announce the inaugural class of nursing deans and senior faculty leaders who have been selected to participate in the new AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program. Scheduled for August 14-17, 2012 at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. This world-class enrichment program, which is designed exclusively for top academic leaders in nursing, is generously sponsored in part by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence funded by the Jonas Family Fund. For more details and to view the 37 nurse educators from 25 states participating this year, click here.
In addition, read the article Making Nurses into Leaders featured in HealthLeaders Media that showcases the AACN-Wharton program.
5. Reminder to Participate in AACN's Annual Surveys
Faculty Vacancy Survey
The 2012-2013 AACN Faculty Vacancy Survey was due on Friday, August 10, 2012. If you have not completed it yet for your school of nursing, please do so now. The data obtained from this survey are crucial to AACN's efforts to inform stakeholders, legislators, and the national media about the dire situation concerning faculty shortages. Your responses are very important.

To access this brief survey online, click on this link:
If you need assistance completing the survey, contact Yan Li at or by telephone 202-463-6930 ext. 236.
Faculty and Doctoral Student Roster Survey

The 2012-2013 AACN Faculty and Doctoral Student Roster Survey was due on July 15. Your continued efforts will enhance AACN's understanding of a variety of faculty-related issues, such as recruitment, retention, relocation, and promotion, which will help legislators and the nursing education community form sound policies to address the growing shortage of nursing faculty. If you have a doctoral program, please update your doctoral student records. This data is needed in order to have a better understanding of the relationship between the production of nursing doctorates and the supply of faculty.

To complete the survey, please visit
Both your school’s login name and password are the same as your AACN School Code unless you have changed it. If you cannot remember your school code or your password, please contact Yan Li, Research Assistant, at 202-463-6930, ext. 236 or
6. CCNE Constituents Elect New Board and Nominating Committee
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) successfully completed its 2012 election process. Elected to the CCNE Board were Dr. Judith Lewis, Dean at D’Youville College (NY), as a representative of chief nurse administrators; Dr. Linda Caldwell, Professor at Curry College (MA), and Dr. Susan Ruppert, Professor, Assistant Dean and Department Chair at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (TX), as representatives of faculty; Dr. Richard Pessagno, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Princeton Healthcare System (NJ), and Dr. Deborah Schofield, Program Manager, Nurse Practitioner Specialty Areas at the University of Maryland Medical Center (MD), as representatives of practicing nurses;  Ms. Ellen Ceppetelli, Director of Nursing Education at Castleton State College (VT) and Adjunct Faculty at Dartmouth Medical School (NH), as a representative of professional consumers; and Ms. Clare Reardon, Executive Director, Community Affairs at Froedert Health/Froedert Hospital (WI), as a representative of public consumers. CCNE Nominating Committee members for 2012 include Dr. Nancy Kramer (chair), Allen College (IA); Dr. Lynn George, Robert Morris University (PA); Dr. Roberta Hoebeke, University of Southern Indiana (IN); Dr. Marian Jamison, Washburn University of Topeka (KS); and Dr. Patricia Gonce Morton, University of Maryland (MD).  More information about the election results is available at
7. AACN Job Opportunities
Director of Faculty Programs
AACN seeks a Director of Faculty Programs to manage AACN’s faculty program initiatives. Responsibilities include management of faculty programs including Webinars, an e-newsletter, continuing education offerings, and leadership initiatives for faculty and academic leaders. Nursing background with advanced degree (doctorate preferred) plus 5-7 years program development experience in health care or higher education preferred. Position offers competitive salary with excellent benefits.
Nursing Program Director
AACN seeks a Nursing Program Director to develop and manage initiatives in the areas of education policy and higher education. Responsibilities include collaboration on multiple education policy and educational transformation initiatives. Nursing background with advanced degree (doctorate preferred) plus 5-7 years project management experience in health care or higher education preferred. Experience with interorganizational collaborative efforts also desired. Position offers competitive salary with excellent benefits.
Send letter of interest, resume, and one writing sample to:
Chief Operating Officer
One Dupont Circle, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
8. AACN Applauds New Federal Funding for Graduate Nursing Education
On July 30, AACN applauded the announcement made by United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius that recognized the five academic-practice partnerships to receive support through the Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) Demonstration. AACN Executive Director and CEO Geraldine “Polly” Bednash joined Secretary Sebelius for a public announcement to answer questions about this innovative model that funds the clinical education of advanced practice registered nurses. As the only nursing organization invited to participate in this national press event, Dr. Bednash expressed AACN’s support for the GNE Demonstration and acknowledged the collaborative work by AACN, the advanced practice community, and AARP to see this program come to fruition.
 The five awardees include:
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Duke University Hospital
  • Scottsdale Healthcare Medical Center
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Hospital
For more information on the five awardees and additional participating schools of nursing visit,
9. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This month’s edition of Policy Beat provides AACN members with advocacy resources to continue educating legislators during the August Congressional recess. Featured is AACN CEO Polly Bednash’s discussion with the National Public Radio about the crucial need for more nurse faculty. Also included are updates on the Fiscal Year 2013 budget process and the projected effects of impending sequestration on non-defense discretionary funding. Opportunities for AHRQ research funding and PCORI comment periods are highlighted. AACN weighs in on Fisher vs. University of Texas in an Amicus Brief supporting diversity within the student body. Read AACN Policy Beat for further details.
10. AACN's Fall Semiannual Meeting
The AACN Fall Semiannual Meeting will be held October 28-30, 2012 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. The theme, Taking Advantage of Technology in Nursing Higher Education, will emphasize online education, simulation, and social media, among other topics. A special preconference day of concurrent sessions is offered on October 27, and the Organizational Leadership Network meets on October 26-27. Participate in stimulating sessions on various aspects of nursing education, including timely and relevant sessions on political priorities and advocacy. Honor George Thibault, President of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation with the John P. McGovern Award. Network with colleagues in discussion groups and interest sessions. Advance the important business of the association. Each member school Dean/Director is invited to bring one or more Associate/Assistant Deans/Directors to the Fall Meeting as a way to familiarize these senior academic leaders with content and issues they will find useful as they assist their deans and improve education in their settings. The meeting brochure is in final preparation and will be available shortly. For more information, see
11. Upcoming AACN Conferences and Call For Abstracts
Executive Development Series
November 14-15, 2012
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter - San Antonio, TX
View Conference Details
Baccalaureate Education Conference
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Due September 24

November 15-17, 2012
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter - San Antonio, TX
View Conference Details
Instructional Leadership Network
November 15, 2012
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter - San Antonio, TX
View Conference Details


River Walk in San Antonio, TX

CNL Research Symposium
January 17, 2013
JW Marriott New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
View Conference Details
CNL Summit
January 17-19, 2013
JW Marriott New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
View Conference Details

New Orleans City Skyline

Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
January 23, 2013
Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, CA
View Conference Details
Doctoral Education Conference
January 23-26, 2013
Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, CA
View Conference Details
Research Leadership Network
January 24, 2013
Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego CA
View Conference Details

Hotel Del Coronado
For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager, via email or call
202-463-6930 ext. 240.
12. Current Calls for Nominations
Policy Luminary Award
The Policy Luminary Award was established by AACN in 2009 to 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 must 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.

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 vacancies on the Nominating Committee. The committee will choose the slate of candidates at the 2012 Fall Semiannual Meeting based on nominations and the committee's deliberations. The positions under consideration are: Treasurer, Board member-at-large (4 vacancies), and Nominating Committee (2 vacancies).
Completed forms should be submitted via e-mail to AACN's Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Ahearn at as soon as possible. Forms will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on October 27 at the registration desk during the Fall Semiannual Meeting. For complete details, see
13. Upcoming Webinars for 2012
AACN is pleased to announce upcoming Webinars exclusively for faculty teaching in AACN member schools. Additional Webinar details will be provided later this summer. To register for these Webinars go to
Controversies in Pain Management
September 11, 2012
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
October 10, 2012
2:00-3:30 pm (ET)
Improving NCLEX Scores
October 24, 2012
1:00-2:00 pm (ET)
Competency-based Nursing Education
Using Technology

November 2, 2012
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
November 9, 2012
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Revising Nurse Residency Curriculum
December 6, 2012 at 2:00-3:30 pm (ET)
Registration Coming Soon!
Simulation Evaluation
December 11, 2012
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Other topics to look for this Fall:
  • Joining Forces – Care of Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families
  • Incorporating of HIT into Nursing Education
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Healthcare/Medical Homes
  • Assessing Student Learning Outcomes
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.
14. Register Now for ELENEC-For Veterans Course

Pre-Conference to AACN's 2012 Baccalaureate Conference
November 14-15, 2012
San Antonio, TX
Click here to apply
This 1.5 day course will be held as a pre-conference to the AACN Baccalaureate Conference.
Free registration is available to full-time nursing faculty whose school of nursing is participating in the Joining Forces Initiative. Click here to view the overview, application, agenda, and FAQs. For further information about this project and additional upcoming trainings, see
15. Support the Million Hearts Initiative
Million Hearts™ is a national initiative launched by the Department of Health and Human Services to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over 5 years. This campaign aligns existing efforts and is creating new programs to improve heart health and help Americans live longer, more productive lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—coleaders of Million Hearts—are working alongside other federal agencies and private and public-sector organizations to make a lasting impact against cardiovascular disease.
To strengthen support and advance the initiative, Million Hearts is forming a collaborative of Colleges of Nursing across the United States to engage nursing faculty and students to lead initiatives in their universities.  By putting together a team of nursing colleges to advance this work, Million Hearts can enhance students’ knowledge and skills in population health and healthy lifestyle behavior change. Joining this collaborative also would provide access to useful tools and the sharing of best and innovative practices to advance the initiatives of Million Hearts.
If you are interested in having your school join this collaborative, please email Kathy York at with the contact information of the lead faculty liaison who will represent your college in in this exciting collaborative.
16. Register Now for a Free NursingCAS Webinar
NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to nursing programs. Through NursingCAS, prospective students may research and apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating nursing schools. Over 41,000 students utilized the system this past cycle which ran from August 15, 2011 – August 6, 2012, which represents a 59% increase in the number of students utilizing the system during cycle 1. Students benefit from using NursingCAS because they only need to complete one, online application and prepare one set of corresponding materials that is disseminated to designated schools of nursing for consideration. NursingCAS processes the applications, provides support to applicants and schools, and provides schools with information and technology to make admissions decisions. 
Learn more about how to implement NursingCAS at your school by registering for an upcoming Webinar or event.
NursingCAS & WebAdMIT Overview Webinars
NursingCAS In-Person EventsRegister Now
These free events will allow for you to learn about a NursingCAS user’s firsthand experience implementing and using the service at their school and the resulting benefits.
  • September 26, 2012 at 10:00 - 11:30 AM
    Location TBD, Minneapolis, MN

  • October 29, 2012 at 8:00 - 8:45 AM (AACN Members only) 1:00 - 2:30 PM (Open to everyone)
    Washington, DC - JW Marriot Hotel
    Coincides with AACN’s Fall Semiannual Meeting

  • November 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 
    San Antonio, TX at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
    Coincides with AACN’s Baccalaureate Conference
Additional information about the event(s) will be sent to those who register. Contact Caroline Allen, NursingCAS Manager, at 202-463-6930 ext. 258 or with any questions. Nursing schools interested in joining the service are encouraged to visit for more information or contact Caroline to schedule an individual Webinar at your convenience for your school.
17. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  • New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) announces their support and joins a consortium of nursing, medical, and public health colleges to assist the government of Rwanda in rebuilding its healthcare system over the next seven years. The pioneering program, Human Resources for Health (HRH), is led by Rwanda’s Ministry of Health and facilitated with the support of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI).  HRH’s ambitious seven-year schedule will seek to address Rwanda’s critical shortage of medical, nursing, and dental workers; poor quality of health professions education; inadequate infrastructure; and inadequate management of health facilities. NYUCN will be sending 12 nurse mentors and educators to Rwanda for the academic 2012-13 year.  For more information, click here.

  • University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and Montgomery College have a new partnership with a two-year Nurse Support Program II grant through the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and the Maryland Higher Education Commission to develop a Model Dual Enrollment (MDE) project.  The goal of the MDE project is to create a smooth transition from the Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), increasing the number of bedside nursing candidates in Maryland. Although each of the institutions currently has their own nursing program, the grant would allow them to share resources in developing the MDE project. The MDE project will be funded through Fiscal Year 2014, totaling more than $161,000. For more details and information, visit
18. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing was awarded more than $1.19 million to support Doctor of Nursing Practice students. The grant was awarded this month from the Nurse Faculty Loan Program administered by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for 2012-2013. The School of Nursing also received more than $340,000 from HRSA in support of the post-master’s to Doctor of Nursing Practice online program through June 2013. The grant will be used to fund core programmatic needs, including the partial funding of 10 faculty and staff positions, as well as programs that expand services and faculty access to DNP students. For more information on this award and grant, see

  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) received approval for construction of the new Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing building at the El Paso campus. The building will house traditional and second degree BSN nursing programs. When fully operational, the two pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in nursing programs will admit up to 160 students in El Paso per year, by permission of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The new nursing facility will be funded in part by an $11 million gift from the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps promote growth of the region’s long-envisioned medical hub, known as the Medical Center of the Americas. For more information, click here.
19. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • Back in 2005, The John A. Hartford Foundation, a leading philanthropy committed to improving the health care of older adults since 1929, made a $2.48 million grant to the AACN to implement the Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium (GNEC). Carried out in collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HGNI) at New York University College of Nursing, the GNEC project has released a new evaluation brief titled: Multiplying Change: Ensuring All Nurses Learn to Care Well for Older Adults. To read the evaluation brief, visit

  • American Cancer Society has announced two scholarships opportunities for graduate nursing students. Doctoral Scholarships in Cancer Nursing - These scholarships provide support for study in a doctoral degree program in nursing or a related area and prepare the graduate for a career as a cancer nurse scientist. Awards are made for up to two years, with possibility of two-year renewal based on satisfactory progress. The annual deadline is October 15. For eligibility and scholarship details, click here. Graduate Scholarships in Cancer Nursing Practice - This award supports graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in cancer nursing or a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP). Scholarships are awarded for a minimum of one and a maximum of two years of funding. Continued funding is contingent upon satisfactory progress in the graduate program. The annual deadline is February 1. For eligibility and scholarship details, click here.

  • The Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing, is hosting a Summit, Nursing in 3D: Workforce Diversity, Health Disparities, and Social Determinants of Health, on August 16-17, 2012. The purpose of the Nursing in 3D Summit is to convene experts, thought leaders and key workforce diversity stakeholders to identify the full range of academic and health system factors, as well as the social, economic, political, and environmental determinants that influence our ability to diversify the nursing workforce. The Summit will bring together stakeholders and nursing workforce diversity grantees to apply the social determinants of health framework to advance our understanding of the complex interactions between nursing workforce diversity and population health disparities. The summit will be available via Webinar to the public for both days. Webinar spots are limited to 500, so viewing will be on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is currently testing a number of programs to support healthcare transformation in this country. In order to achieve the three-part aim of better health, better care, and lower costs through improvement for Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries, the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative has four models of care. The applications for Models 2-4 have been received and CMMI is ready to bring expert panel members together for the review of those applications. CMMI is seeking to recruit qualified professionals who want to engage with the CMMI in this application review process. Review panels will be held in Baltimore, Maryland for two full days of meetings the week of September 19, 2012. Prior time commitment and travel to Baltimore will be required. Reimbursement of travel expenses and an honorarium will be offered. If you are interested in participating in this effort, contact Diane Graham with by August 17, 2012. The finalized panel of reviewers will be notified by August 27, 2012.

  • Collaborating Across Boarders (CAB) Conference Series has announced a call for abstract for the CAB IV Conference: Transformative Change from the Classroom to Practice. The following broad themes - Education, Practice, Leadership, and Policy - have been chosen for CAB IV in order to encourage a wide range of abstracts that illustrate robust research and emerging evidence of efficacy related to IPE and IPP as well as crazy ideas that no one thought would work – but did. The voices of students, patients and families, educators and practitioners, researchers and policy makers are all welcomed. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, October 26, 2012. For more details on how to submit an abstract, visit

  • The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) has released the Children & National Infographic in Spanish. NEEF's Children & Nature Infographic illustrates how being active in nature makes kids healthier. To explore the stats in both English and Spanish, visit  
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