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AACN's Career Link is an online resource dedicated to employment opportunities in nursing education that features a comprehensive list available of vacancies in U.S. nursing colleges and universities. Click Here to View April 2012 Faculty Vacancy Ads
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In honor of National Nurses Week, AACN is pleased to offer member institutions the opportunity to advertise faculty vacancy announcements for free in Faculty Career Link during the month of May.

To take advantage of this offer, please email your vacancy announcement to Career Link Ad Coordinator, Anna Kathryn Pierce at apierce@aacn.nche.edu by April 25, 2012.
CNC is currently recruiting for a volunteer to serve as a consumer/public member of the Board of Commissioners. The deadline to apply is April 20, 2012. For more information, click here.
Be Featured in AACN's Syllabus
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Faculty Focus, a recurring feature in AACN’s bimonthly newsletter, Syllabus. Submit your creative teaching strategies to Dr. Laura Petri, Director of Faculty Programs, via email. Submissions should be no longer than 150 words in length. With your permission, published submissions will include your name, photo, and institution.
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This email was sent to faculty registered with AACN Faculty Link. If individual faculty from member schools would like to register for this service, click here.

For more information about faculty programs, contact AACN's Director of Faculty Programs,
Dr. Laura Petri, via email or 202-463-6930, ext. 270.
AACN Rallies Support for Joining Forces
In a press event held earlier today, AACN President Jane Kirschling and CEO Polly Bednash were invited to join with First Lady Michelle Obama and other nursing leaders at the national launch event celebrating nursing’s support for the Joining Forces campaign.  "We are grateful to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for its commitment to leading a nationwide campaign by over 500 nursing schools who commit by 2014 to educating nursing students on how to care for military service members, veterans, and their families dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, and other clinical issues,” said CAPT C.B. Cooper II, USN, Executive Director of Joining Forces. 
More than 525 schools nationwide have pledged their support to improve veteran care by enhancing nursing education. To see a list of schools committed to this effort, see www.aacn.nche.edu/joining-forces.  Schools looking to add their names to the list are encouraged to do so online at https://joiningforces.wufoo.com/forms/support-joining-forces/.
For details on AACN’s upcoming series of faculty Webinars focused on Joining Forces, see item #4 below.
Call for Applications:
Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP)
AACN's Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) is designed to enhance the executive leadership skills of individuals in mid- to upper-level faculty positions who have experience in academic administration roles and aspire to lead the nursing academic unit. This competitive program is also offered for individuals serving as the chief academic administrator of a nursing school offering baccalaureate or graduate degrees who are new to the role (within 3 years).
This prestigious program features an intensive 5-day seminar, focused assessment activities, facilitation of a mentorship experience, opportunities for follow-up with seminar faculty, and sharing of ideas and resources among fellows. The program focuses on key leadership competencies needed in complex nursing education and health care environments.   
Applications must be received by AACN no later than Friday, May 18, 2012 in order to be considered.
Nursing Education Award Nomination Deadlines Approaching
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 us on line at: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards/innovations.
New Deadline Extension
Deadline to submit a nomination has been extended to Monday, April 30, 2012.
One of the highest honors a person can receive from the AACN is the Sr. Bernadette Armiger Award, which recognizes a nursing leader who has made significant contributions to the association and its goals, to nursing education, and to the advancement of the profession.
For award criteria and detailed nomination information, please visit: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards
The deadline for nominations is June 8, 2012.
Upcoming Faculty Webinars
AACN's popular series of free Webinars is offered exclusively to faculty teaching in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. These interactive sessions include a presentation from a noted expert followed by a robust question and answer session.
April 23, 2012 at 10:00 - 11:00 am (ET)
Ethnogeriatrics: The Basics
April 24, 2012 at 1:00 - 2:30 pm (ET)

Joining Forces Webinar Series: Educating Future Nurses to Care for Veterans

Part I: Joining Forces through Createive Curriculum Approaches: The Veterans Administration Nursing Academy
May 2, 2012 at 2:00 - 3:30 pm (ET)
Part III: Meeting the Palliative Care Needs of Veterans: ELNEC-for Veterans
May 9, 2012 at 1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET)
See www.aacn.nche.edu/webinars for a complete listing of the Webinars, organized by topic. For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, at cgeanetta@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, ext. 230.
2012 Summer Seminar Registration Underway
Join academic leader colleagues for an intensive look at stress and resiliency. Take away personal insights and coping strategies; practical tools to diagnose challenging situations, reduce stress, and build resiliency in the organizational setting; and general ideas about teaching resiliency to nursing students. Brochure will be available soon.
2012 Speaker and Facilitator:
Mary Connaughton, MS, RN
Executive Coach and Expert in Leader Development
Mary J. Connaughton, MS, RN, founded Connaughton Consulting in 1997. She has over 30 years of nursing leadership and health care consulting experience specializing in executive coaching, leadership development, and strategic planning. Her own leadership practice, regardless of role, has always centered on patients, the practice of nursing, and the development and mentoring of individuals and teams. Mary’s years in leadership roles fuel a fierce commitment to support health care and academic leaders everywhere to be at their best in service to exemplary patient care. 
For more details and to register for the Summer Seminar click here.
CMS Announces the Solicitation for Proposals
on the GNE Demonstration Program
On March 21, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the solicitation for proposals for the Graduate Nursing Education (GNE) demonstration program (Sec. 5509). This program, created through the Affordable Care Act [Public Law 111-148], is designed to provide reimbursement for the costs associated with the clinical training of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). As the solicitation states, “the primary purpose of the Demonstration is to increase the supply of APRNs in order to provide access to healthcare professional services for the increasing number of Medicare beneficiaries.” The deadline for submission is May 21, 2012 by 5:00 pm (ET). AACN, along with our colleagues in the APRN community and AARP, have been advocating for this program since its inception and are excited to see the long-awaited solicitation for proposals released. 
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. 
Applications must by Wednesday May 2, 2012.
Four National ELNEC Courses Remain for 2012
This national train-the-trainer initiative provides state-of-the-art education on teaching End-of-Life-Nursing-Care. Participants will receive lectures, PowerPoint slides, updated reference lists, case studies, and supplemental teaching materials geared to teaching students how to care for patients with life-limiting illness. You will receive training in:
  • pain and symptom management,
  • ethical/legal issues, cultural considerations, communication with the patient, family, and other members of the interprofessional team, loss/grief/bereavement, and
  • how to care for patients and their families in the final hours of life. 
You also will have the opportunity to network with other nursing faculty and clinicians from across the US.
Courses remaining in 2012 include:
  • May 10-11: ELNEC-Core; Chicago, IL
  • July 16-17: ELNEC-For Veterans; Anaheim, CA (Disneyland)
  • August 23-24: ELNEC Summit; Washington, DC*
  • October 11-12: ELNEC Summit; Portland, OR*
*ELNEC Summit provides ELNEC-Core, Pediatric Palliative Care, Geriatric, and Critical Care training simultaneously.  You would choose only one of these curricula to participate in.
For further information and/or to register, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/ELNEC or contact Pam Malloy at pmalloy@aacn.nche.edu
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Join Us for an Upcoming NursingCAS Webinar and Open House in Boston
NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to nursing 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. Want to learn more? Register now for a free upcoming Webinar:
NursingCAS & WebAdMIT Overview Webinar - Register Now
Wednesday, April 18, 2:30 - 3:30 pm (EST)
NursingCAS & WebAdMIT Overview Webinar - Register Now
Tuesday, May 15, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm (EST)
Tour NursingCAS & Tour Boston in June
NursingCAS is hosting free 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. They also will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of NursingCAS users, and the customer service and technical team. Learn more about the event here. For schools who are currently using NursingCAS there is a special Open House session and admissions forum for current users only on Tuesday, June 12 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 pm. For more information, click here.
Nursing schools interested in joining the service are encouraged to visit www.aacn.nche.edu/nursingcas for more information or contact NursingCAS Manager Caroline Allen at callen@aacn.nche.edu (202-463-6930, ext. 258.) with any questions or to schedule a conference call.
Johnson & Johnson's Portrait of Thanks Mosaic Project
Your Smile Will Help Nursing Students Get a Picture Perfect Start
Submit your photo to be included in the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future’s Mosaic Project – The Art of Nursing: A Portrait of Thanks. In preparation for the Campaign’s 10th Anniversary celebration this year, they are creating a unique photo mosaic – a compilation of different pictures to create a single image – that celebrates the nursing profession. With your participation, not only will you be a part of nursing history, but for every photo uploaded through April 30, 2012, the Campaign will donate $1 to the Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association (FNSNA) to help fund nursing student scholarships.
Deadline to submit is a photo is April 30, 2012. Click here to submit a photo.
2012 Sigma Theta Tau International’s Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy Scholars & Mentors
Sponsored by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the 2012-2013 Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy recently had their 18-month leadership experience by visiting STTI headquarters in Indianapolis, IN for a three-day workshop. Funded by The Elsevier Foundation, this program is designed to help alleviate the nursing faculty shortage by focusing on retaining and transitioning new nurse educators to the faculty role. This mentored-leadership academy supports recommendations contained in the 2010 IOM report on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.
For more information and to see the new cohort of scholars and mentors visit: http://www.reflectionsonnursingleadership.org/Pages/Vol38_1_STTI_NFLA.aspx.
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