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February 2012 Featured News
  1. Results of the 2012 AACN Board Election Announced
  2. Master's Essentials Tool Kit Now Available
  3. AACN Advances Nursing's Role in Interprofessional Education
  4. Spring Annual Meeting Focuses on IPE
  5. New AACN Faculty Member Expertise Survey Underway
  6. Funding Increase for Nursing Education in Proposed FY 2013 Budget
  7. Apply Now for the 2012 Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
  8. 2012 Student Policy Summit Registration Now Open
  9. Doctoral Conference Attendance Soars to New High
  10. Register Now for Upcoming AACN Conferences
  11. ELNEC-Core Course Held Prior to AACN's Master's Conference
  12. Join us for Free AACN Faculty Webinars
  13. Current Calls for Nominations
  14. APRN Faculty Resource Center Focuses on the Care of Older Adults
  15. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  16. Register Now for NursingCAS Demo and Open House
  17. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  18. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  19. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
1. Results of the 2012 AACN Board Election Announced
AACN’s Nominating Committee has announced the results of the association's 2012 Election. These winning candidates will assume office at the close of the Business Meeting at the upcoming Spring Annual Meeting, March 24-27, 2012 in Washington, DC. We hope you will join in thanking these individuals for their leadership commitment to AACN. (Pictures below are from right to left.)

  • President-Elect:
    Eileen Breslin, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

  • Secretary:
    Juliann Sebastian, University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Board-Member-at-Large:
    Ann Cary, Loyola University New Orleans
    Eleanor Howell, Creighton University
    Joanne Warner, University of Portland

  • Nominating Committee:
    Carole Kenner, Northeastern University
    Kristen Swanson, The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
2. Master's Essentials Tool Kit Now Available
At its January meeting, the AACN Board of Directors approved a new faculty tool kit that was developed to facilitate implementation of the 2011 Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing. The tool kit provides key resources to assist schools as they engage in curricular redesign to incorporate the Master’s Essentials; suggests integrative learning strategies that will strengthen learning and leadership development; features content on creating strong academic-practice partnerships; and provides a forum for sharing innovative curricular and program ideas across schools. This interactive resource was designed to be dynamic, using a Web-based platform that allows for additions and changes as new ideas are developed.
To access the Master’s Essentials faculty tool kit, click here.
3. AACN Advances Nursing's Role in Interprofessional Education
In response to the need for a national coordinating body focused on fostering collaborative, patient-centered care, AACN and five other national health profession associations have formally joined together to create the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). On February 3, 2012, leaders from dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health signed a memorandum of understanding to reaffirm their commitment to continued collaboration and leadership on initiatives related to interprofessional education and practice. IPEC’s founding organizations include AACN, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Dental Education Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Association of Schools of Public Health. 
“By accelerating the movement toward truly interprofessional education and practice, IPEC is working to heighten collaboration among all providers to advance high quality, integrated healthcare delivery,” said AACN President Kathleen Potempa. “AACN is pleased to represent nursing in this important work to effectively transform the patient experience as recommended in the IOM report on the Future of Nursing."  
For more information on nursing’s role in advancing IPE, see
Join us for the Inaugural IPEC Faculty Development Institute
Start assembling your team now for the Interprofessional Education Collaborative’s (IPEC) first faculty development program titled Building Your Foundation for Interprofessional Education coming May 21-23, 2012 to Herndon, VA, located just outside of Washington, DC. Programming will be anchored in the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice released by IPEC last year. The institute provides faculty from across the health professions with the opportunity to meet with peers in plenary and interactive learning sessions focused on building strong programs for interprofessional team-based learning. Attendees will divide into teams with three to five members representing faculty from a minimum of three health professions. At least one team member should be from a nursing, dental, medical, pharmacy or public health. All members can be from one institution, or teams can be constructed from health profession schools at two or more institutions committed to collaborating on interprofessional learning. 
The inclusive $995 per participant registration fee includes hotel lodging for three nights and meals. Registration will begin February 22, 2012. For more details,
click here. Since space is limited to approximately 30 teams, begin assembling your team today.
4. Spring Annual Meeting Focuses on IPE
“Impacting the Future: Interprofessional Education and Collaboration” is the theme of AACN’s 2012 Spring Annual Meeting, which will be held March 25-27, 2012 at The Fairmont Washington Hotel in Washington, DC. The meeting will be highlighted by the presentation of the Nursing Spectrum/Gannett Foundation Lectureship Award to Loretta C. Ford, dean and professor emeritus at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, who pioneered the nurse practitioner role.

The pre-meeting session on March 24 will focus on using the IOM Report to enhance fundraising, a CCNE forum on accreditation standards, federal funding updates, HRSA grant-writing, the importance of academic-practice partnerships, and rethinking the care of children in the undergraduate curriculum. The opening program session on March 25 will focus on the increasing importance of interprofessional education and collaboration.
As always, the Spring Meeting will have exhibits and an orientation for new deans and new members. For more information regarding the Spring Annual Meeting, visit
AACN’s Web site or contact Taren Wagner, AACN conference coordinator, at or 202-463-6930.
Executive Development Series

Preceding the Spring Annual Meeting on March 23-24 will be the popular Executive Development Series, designed for new and aspiring leaders as well as for faculty members who wish to improve their leadership skills for a variety of positions within the academic setting. Deadline for early registration is March 9, 2012. For registration and other information, visit AACN’s Web site at
5. New AACN Faculty Member Expertise Survey Underway 
Maximize your affiliation with AACN by completing the Faculty Expertise Survey. Survey data will be used by AACN staff to match your interest and expertise areas with relevant calls for nominations, media inquiries, committee appointments, and other service opportunities available at the national level.
To access the survey go to:
6. Funding Increase for Nursing Education in Proposed FY 2013 Budget
AACN commends the Obama Administration for its continued investment in the nursing workforce as outlined in the President’s FY 2013 budget. Among the funding recommendations for the Department of Health and Human Services, the President proposes $251 million for the Nursing Workforce Development Programs, which support the preparation of entry-level nurses, advanced clinicians, and nurse faculty. Given the rising demand for nursing care, the proposed increase of $20 million for nursing education demonstrates clear recognition of the important role nurses play in our healthcare system.
The President is also calling for a $1 million decrease in funding for the National Institute of Nursing Research. AACN is disappointed to see this cut, which will hamper the efforts of nurse scientists working to discover innovations that improve patient care and quality of life.
In March, AACN will host an advocacy day that will bring nursing deans and students from across the country to Capitol Hill. These AACN members will provide the constituent voice to legislators and describe, first hand, the importance of Title VIII and NINR. AACN will continue to provide more information as additional details become available.
For more information on the President’s Budget, see:
7. Apply Now for the 2012 Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
AACN, with support from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, is currently offering a sixth 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.
Click here for more details and to access the scholarship application.
Applications must be received by: Wednesday May 2, 2012.
8. 2012 Student Policy Summit

Registration for AACN’s 2012 Student Policy Summit is now open to nursing students at AACN member schools. This year marks the third Policy Summit, which is limited to a cohort of 130 students, so be sure to register early! The Student Policy Summit provides undergraduate and graduate nursing students the opportunity to congregate in Washington, DC for a three-day conference focused on nursing policy, research, and advocacy. In addition to the exciting programmatic sessions, attendees visit their members of Congress and Congressional staff with deans from their states who are in town for AACN’s Spring Annual Meeting. The deans, directors, and students will share with Congressional leaders the importance of nursing education and research as it relates to the health of our nation. Together AACN members and students will bring one common and united advocacy message to the Hill.
For more information regarding the Summit and to register, visit:
9. Doctoral Conference Attendance Soars to New High
More than 700 deans, associate deans, program directors, network members, and faculty convened in Naples, FL last month for AACN’s largest Doctoral Education Conference ever! Programmed around the theme “’Leading Change, Advancing Health’: An Agenda for Doctoral Education,” representatives from research- and practice-focused doctoral programs came together to share strategies for strengthening educational programs and expanding capacity to meet the IOM recommendation for doubling the number of doctorally prepared nurses in the U.S.  AACN President Kathleen Potempa commenced the meeting with an update on the impressive growth in doctoral programs over the past year. PowerPoint slides from this presentation are posted online here.
Other presentations from the Doctoral Conference are posted in the Members Only section of the AACN Web site at
10. Register Now for Upcoming AACN Conferences

Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
February 29 - March 1, 2012
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter - San Antonio, TX
View Conference Details 
Note: This pre-conference precedes the 2012 Master's Education Conference.

Master's Education Conference

March 1-3, 2012
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter - San Antonio, TX
View Conference Details
Note: ELNEC-Core Course held prior to this conference.


Nursing Advancement Professionals Meeting

March 23-24, 2012
The Fairmont Hotel - Washington, DC
View Conference Details

For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager, via email or 202-463-6930, ext. 240.
11. ELNEC-Core Course to be Held Prior to AACN's Master's Conference

Offered for nursing faculty who will be attending the AACN's Master’s Conference, the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC-Core) will host a train-the-trainer course at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, TX, February 29-March 1, 2012.
ELNEC, which began in 2000 with a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has trained over 13,000 nursing faculty and clinicians, as well as other members of the interdisciplinary team. ELNEC has been presented in 73 countries worldwide and is translated into 5 languages. During the upcoming course, lectures on palliative care, pain and symptom management, culture, communication, loss/grief/bereavement, ethics, and care during the final hours of life will be presented. Participants will bring home a 1000+ page curriculum with powerpoint slides, objectives/overviews, reference lists, case studies, and supplemental teaching materials. The Joint Commission is now certifying hospitals in palliative care. New nurses will be expected to provide this care upon graduation.
For more information and/or to register, go to:
12. Join Us for Free AACN Faculty Webinars
Integrating the Patient Experience into Curricula
February 16, 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
The CNL Job Analysis and Certification Exam
February 17, 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
What DNP Program Administrators Need to Know About CCNE Accreditation
February 28, 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)

Nurse-Led Medical Homes
March 6, 2012, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (ET)
March 7, 2012, 1:00 - 2:30 pm (ET)

See for a complete listing of the Webinars, organized by topic, and past Webinars. For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 230.
13. Current Calls for 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.
For award criteria and detailed nomination information, please visit:
Deadline to submit a nomination is Thursday, March 1, 2012.
Other Calls For Nomination:
14. APRN Faculty Resource Center Focuses on the Care of Older Adults
The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation requires programs preparing adult or gerontology NPs or CNSs to significantly expand the curriculum related to providing care across the entire adult age spectrum. The model also requires all APRN programs preparing graduates to care for adults to ensure that they possess the skills needed to care for the growing older adult population. The transition to this new education model requires the redesign of NP and CNS programs preparing graduates to care for adults. AACN and the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing (HIGN), with funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation, have been engaged in a 4-year project to facilitate the transition to Adult-Gerontology APRN education as described in the Consensus Model.  One of the major goals of this project is to provide Primary and Acute Care Adult NP faculty, Adult CNS faculty, and other faculty who prepare NPs or CNSs to care for older adults, (e.g. FNPs, WHNPs, Women’s Health CNSs), with multiple resources and strategies to assist them in making this transition.  The APRN Faculty Resource Center houses a vast array of resources to include education competencies, Webinars, case studies, content slides, evidence-based literature searches, and worksheets/curriculum blueprints. 
These APRN faculty resources can be found at
For additional information on this project, please go to
15. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat 
This edition of AACN Policy Beat discusses the President’s FY 2013 Budget funding proposals for nursing education, research, and other health programs. Items are included that will be of special interest to AACN members planning Capitol Hill visits during the 2012 AACN Spring Annual Meeting. For those interested in public health service, funding opportunities for loan repayment programs are now available through the Indian Health Service and the National Health Service Corps. Also featured in this edition are registration details for the 2012 AACN Student Policy Summit. Space is filling quickly, so register today!
16. Register Now for a NursingCAS Demo & Open House
NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to registered nursing (RN) programs. Through NursingCAS, prospective students may apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating nursing schools. Students only need to complete one electronic application and prepare one set of corresponding materials that will be disseminated to designated schools of nursing for consideration. Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to schools of nursing. Register for an upcoming Webinar to learn more about NursingCAS and to see a demonstration of the application.
NursingCAS Overview Webinar - Register Now 
Wednesday, March 14, 1:00 – 2:00 PM (ET)
Are you currently using NursingCAS at your school or would you like to speak with colleagues who use NursingCAS at their school? Then RSVP for a NursingCAS Networking Luncheon on March 26 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM (ET) at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC. This free event coincides with AACN's Spring Annual Meeting and is open to prospective and participating NursingCAS schools. Lunch will be served and attendees can connect with colleagues and learn more about how they are using or why they are considering using NursingCAS at their school. This is an RSVP only event, and space is limited so please complete the RSVP form by March 16.
NursingCAS Networking Luncheon - RSVP
Monday, March 26, 1:00 - 2:00 PM (ET)
The Fairmont Hotel - Washington, D.C.
  • Timothy Gaspar, PhD, RN, Dean, University of Toledo College of Nursing
  • Laura McClung Adams, Assistant Director, Office of Admissions & Outreach, Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies
Alternatively, NursingCAS is hosting Open House sessions on June 12 and 13 in Watertown, MA (outside of Boston). Attendees will tour NursingCAS headquarters and receive a first-hand look at processing and the transcript and application verification process. And will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of NursingCAS users, and the customer service and technical team. Learn more and register for the open house event here,
Visit for more information and contact NursingCAS Manager Caroline Allen with any questions (, 202-463-6930, ext. 258).
17. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  • The University of California-Los Angeles School of Nursing has received a five-year, $1.2 million grant for a project, titled SHAPE LA™. Launched by Assistant Professor Dr. Kynna Wright-Volel and the Los Angeles Unified School District, this project facilitates a coordinated school-health program to increase physical activity among youth in LA County schools. Project SHAPE LA™ will target 24 middle schools in underserved areas of Los Angeles and will touch nearly 12,000 students. The grant is also jointly funded by the National Institutes of Nursing Research and the Office of Behavioral Social Science Research. For more information, click here

  • The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions was awarded a $1 million, four-year Nurse Support Program II grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The purpose of the grant is to increase the capacity of nurses in Maryland by implementing statewide initiatives to grow the number of nurses prepared to function effectively in a faculty role. By increasing the number of nursing faculty, more students can be admitted to schools of nursing in Maryland, reducing the nursing shortage. For more information, visit

  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences School of Nursing has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation to address the nation’s obesity epidemic. The funding will provide a pilot-test for childhood obesity-prevention project in Lubbock, TX. The program is aimed at 4- and 5-year-olds from low-income Hispanic families, who are at higher risk of developing obesity and its related diseases, like diabetes and heart disease. For more information, visit
18. Member News, Announcements, and Awards

Dr. Bernadette Melnyk
, dean at the Ohio State University College of Nursing has been appointed for two years to the National Quality Forum (NQF) Behavioral Health Steering Committee. This NQF initiative is two-fold project aimed at establishing national priorities for improving the delivery of behavioral health services, achieving better behavioral health outcomes, and improving the behavioral health of the U.S. population, especially those with mental illness and substance abuse. Dr. Melnyk is looking forward to represent nursing in this work that will have an impact mental health priorities across the country. For more details, see
19. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will host a National Patient and Stakeholder Dialogue on Monday, February 27, 2012, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (ET) in Washington, DC. The purpose of this public gathering is to present PCORI's Draft National Priorities and Research Agenda and allow the public to provide input. PCORI is an independent organization tasked with helping the public make informed health care decisions and improving health outcomes through evidence-based, patient-focused research. A portion of the session will be open to public comment by individuals attending in person and by phone. Two moderated discussion panels featuring patient advocates, patient-family caregivers, health providers, and other community stakeholders will discuss PCORI’s priorities and agenda. To register for this event or to provide public comment, see:

  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is offering free training opportunities for TeamSTEPPS (Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety), a set of evidence-based, practical tools that helps hospitals and other healthcare providers strengthen teamwork among caregivers with the goal of improving patient safety. TeamSTEPPS master trainer courses will be offered at six regional training centers throughout the country, including NorthShore Long Island Jewish Health System (Roslyn Harbor, NY); Duke University (Durham, NC); Tulane University (New Orleans, LA); University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN); Presbyterian St. Luke’s (Denver, CO); and University of Washington (Seattle, WA). Many standard trainings are offered as well as four advanced, special topic trainings on simulation, interprofessional education, and teaching TeamSTEPPS to patients and families. All materials, training, and enrollment in the online user support network are free. To register for a training, please visit

  • The Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health are seeking exceptional, creative candidates for the position of Assistant Clinical Investigator in the Intramural Research Program. The Intramural Research Program is responsible for the development of protocols for new research initiatives to conduct clinical and basic studies of the mechanisms, management and prevention of symptoms associated with chronic diseases and their treatment and research training that support nursing research activities and ensure effective utilization of available resources to attain program objectives. Applicants must possess a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in health or allied sciences relevant to the position, clinical/translational research expertise and a track record for publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Qualified individuals are encouraged to e-mail a CV, bibliography, a list of three references, and a cover letter outlining their relevant experience to: Laura E. Williams  and Katie Rizak. Application Deadline: March 6, 2012.

  • Worcester State Foundation has received a $40,000 donation from the alumni association of the former Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing to establish an endowed scholarship for graduate nursing students attending Worchester State University (WSU) Department of Nursing. The gift expands the alumni association’s support of WSU having previously established an endowed scholarship for undergraduate nursing students. The funding for both scholarships originated from a bequest made to Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing by Annie Vigeant, a 1914 graduate. She left a generous legacy to her alumni association in order to provide her school’s students and graduates with scholarships that would enable them to further their education in the field of nursing.

  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing seeks a Nursing Program Director to develop and manage program initiatives for education policy and higher education initiatives. Responsibilities will 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. Experience with interorganizational collaborative efforts also desired. Competitive salary with excellent benefits. Send letter of interest, resume, and one writing sample to Chief Operating Officer, AACN, One Dupont Circle, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036