New QI Module Now Available
AACN in collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, NYU College of Nursing is pleased to announce the module Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement in Healthcare for Older Adults, which is part of the nationally recognized Try This series. The content of the new module is geared for faculty use in both graduate and undergraduate curricula. To view the module click here.
Join Healthy People 2020 for an Upcoming Webinar
Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar: Oral Health

January 23, 2014
12:00-12:45 pm (ET)

Learn about the effect oral health has on the nation and ways to effectively address the need for access to oral health care among underserved populations in your community. Click here to register.
Faculty Career Link

Over 30 positions in 16 states are posted for this month's Career Link!
AACN's Career Link is an online resource dedicated to employment opportunities in nursing education that features a comprehensive list of available vacancies in U.S. nursing colleges and universities.
Advertise a Position
Reach thousands of potential applicants from the nursing education, administration, practice, and research arenas with your employment opportunity posted in AACN's Career Link.
Contact Marsha Semelfort for a price quote.
Be Featured in AACN's Syllabus

Share your teaching techniques and tips in Faculty Focus, a recurring feature in AACN’s bimonthly newsletter, Syllabus. Submit your creative teaching strategies to Dr. Mary Bondmass, Director of Faculty Development, via email. Submissions should be no longer than 150 words in length. With your permission, published submissions will include your name, photo, and institution.
Education Scholar Program Discontinued
Please note that as of December 2013, AACN is no longer affiliated with the Education Scholar program. For those interested in accessing this resource, click here, For more details on faculty development programs and opportunities offered by AACN, click here.
Subscribe to Faculty Link
This email was sent to faculty who subscribed to AACN Faculty Link. If individual faculty from member schools would like to subscribe to this newsletter, click here.
For more information about faculty programs offered by AACN, contact Dr. Mary Bondmass, Director of Faculty Development  via email or 202-463-6930, ext. 259.
Register Now for AACN's Faculty Development Conference: Success Strategies for New Faculty!

Join AACN in Fort Worth, TX for the annual Faculty Development Conference on February 6-8, 2014. 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. Sessions address key aspects of the faculty role, creating an active learning environment, clinical teaching and evaluation, and other topics of interest to those who wish to improve their teaching practice.

The deadline for early registration is January 24, 2014. For program details, registration, hotel, and transportation information, visit:
Special Discount Offer for GNSA Members
Members of AACN's Graduate Student Nursing Academy (GNSA) who are full-time students can receive a special half price conference registration fee.  If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please send an email to including your name, email, institution name, and current program.
Exhibitors & Sponsors
Click here to view exhibiting opportunities.
Master's and Evidence-Based Practice Conference in Scottsdale, AZ
Join colleagues at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley in Scottsdale, Arizona for three distinct and complementary events offered to meet the leadership development and networking needs of those engaged in master’s level nursing education.
Two pre-conferences offered
February 26-27, 2014:
The Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Pre-Conference
The EBP Pre-Conference focuses on the critical need for integrating EBP into graduate programs. For more information and to register, click here.

Faculty Practice Pre-Conference: Dollars and Sense:
Positioning Faculty Practice for the Future
This pre-conference is designed for those who promote, administer, and engage in faculty practice. Content will address sustainability, successful faculty practice, federal issues, and the scholarship of practice. For more information and to register, click here.
Sponsorship Packages
Click here to view sponsorship opportunities.

This conference brings together deans/directors, academic administrators, and nursing faculty from master’s programs focused on direct care roles (e.g., Clinical Nurse Leaders and nurse educators) and indirect care roles (e.g., public health nurses, informaticists, clinical research coordinators, and nurse administrators/managers).Plenary topics include Best Practices in Nursing Education; Facilitating Quality Writing by Master’s Students; CCNE Overview of New Accreditation Standards; The Affordable Care Act: A Toolkit for Educators; and Extending Faculty Reach: Preparing Effective Preceptors. Concurrent sessions, posters, and abstract presentations allow participants to pursue topics of personal interest.
For more information and registration for each of these events, visit

Apply Now for AACN Leadership Programs
2014 AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP)

Now in its 13th year of operation, AACN’s Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) has become the preferred professional development experience for faculty aspiring to leadership roles and for nursing schools looking to facilitate succession planning. This program is available to mid- to upper-level faculty who are preparing to lead the nursing academic unit or are new to the dean/director role. This competitive program provides participants with a focused assessment experience, a range of content and exercises related to successful executive leadership, and the opportunity to establish a peer network that fosters long-term partnerships and shares growth and development.

LANP’s five-day program will be held from July 27 – 31, 2014 at The Westin Annapolis in Annapolis, MD.  

Applications must be received by AACN no later midnight (EST) on April 1, 2014 in order to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the selection committee. Final notifications will be made by May 1, 2014. Complete application information is available at

2014 AACN/Wharton Executive Leadership Program

AACN is pleased to announce the call for applications for the third annual executive leadership program for seasoned Deans/Directors.  Offered by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, this four-day program from August 11-14, 2014, will be taught by Wharton faculty, who will present relevant and timely content designed to advance chief academic administrators to a higher level of leadership.                                
The AACN/Wharton Executive Leadership Program curriculum is designed to provide the concepts and tools needed to enhance leadership capacity and hone the skills essential to moving forward strategically as an academic leader. The program addresses issues around managing and leading change, influencing and galvanizing a diverse set of stakeholders, and building strategic relationships in highly volatile environments. Participants in this program will leave equipped with an advanced set of negotiation, leadership, and influencing skills, and the confidence and ability to serve on or lead high-powered boards. Interactions and collaboration within the cohort will also provide participants with a valuable and ongoing resource network. To apply for the program, click here. All applications must be received by midnight (EST) on May 16, 2014. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Admitted candidates will be notified the week of May 26, 2014.

For more information, visit
For Inquiries about either program application contact:
Brianna Bruce
Conference Assistant
(202) 463-6940 ext. 261

For questions about either program contact:
Mary Bondmass
Director of Faculty Development
(202) 463-6930 ext. 259

Upcoming Faculty Webinars
Maximizing Your
Leadership Potential

January 15, 2014
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Developing a
Concept-Based Curriculum

February 5, 2014
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Creating Civil Learning Environments:
A Call to Arms

February 13, 2014
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
For future Webinars, visit

For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Anna Kathryn Pierce, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 227.
Meet AACN's New Dissertation and Capstone Award Winners
Nancy Crego, PhD, RN, CCRN
University of Virginia
AACN's Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award, given for an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing or DNS program, was presented to Dr. Nancy Crego (pictured above) who graduated in 2013 with her PhD from the University of Virginia. For her study titled Influencing Pediatric Sedation Safety, Dr. Crego utilized big data to discover sedation practices, compared nurse and physician sedation teams, and made recommendations for evidence-based practice guidelines. To read more about her dissertation, click here.

Honorable mention went to:
Erica Schorr from the University of Minnesota for her dissertation titled Characterization of the Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Symptom Experience

Yafen Wang from Case Western Reserve University for her dissertation titled Associations Among Academic Stress, Dispositional Optimism, and Resourcefulness in Fifth and Sixth Graders in Taiwan

Jennifer L. Titzer, DNP, RN, RT(R), RCIS
University of Southern Indiana

AACN's Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award, given for an outstanding capstone from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, was presented to Dr. Jennifer L. Titzer (pictured above). Dr. Titzer graduated in 2013 with her DNP from the University of Southern Indiana. For Dr. Titzer’s capstone project, titled Nurse Manager Succession Planning: Strengthening Health Systems for the Future, she developed and implemented a model for strategic succession planning for the chief nursing officer in a large hospital system. To read more about her capstone,To read more about her capstone, click here.

Honorable mention went to:

Joelle Hargraves from Chatham University for her capstone titled Glycemic Control in Cardiac Surgery Patients: Revising and Educating Nurses on an Evidence-based Insulin Infusion Protocol

Rebecca Russo-Hill from Duke University for her capstone titled Screening for Depression in Patients with Diabetes: Addressing the Challenge

AACN to Launch New Member Services System
AACN is updating its member services and website to serve you better. This new state-of-the-art system, called My AACN, will streamline each part of the membership experience and provide an array of online services that can be accessed on demand by deans, faculty, staff, and students from affiliated schools. Accessible through AACN’s main website (, this new system will allow you to:
  • Personalize your member profile and communication preferences
  • Register for multiple conferences and webinars
  • Gain instant access to AACN’s online Collaboration Community and enhanced networking options
  • Quickly retrieve and act on all types of member and organizational information
  • View and search member and committee directories
  • Submit volunteer and award nomination forms
  • Manage member dues and leadership network renewals
AACN's goal is to build and maintain highly personalized relationships with each member and to cultivate organizational loyalty and value.
Stay tuned for more information! Members and faculty will soon receive an email with easy instructions on how to login to the new system as well an overview of the new system's features.
AACN and the CDC Announce New Public Health Fellowship Opportunity
As part of our collaborative work with the CDC, AACN is now accepting applications for a new nurse fellowship focused on public health preparedness and medical counter measures for health security. Working with a team of dynamic public health professionals, the nurse fellow will focus on developing an operational readiness assessment tool. This 12-month fellowship is open to recent DNP graduates and will be located at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Applications must be submitted by February 7, 2014. For complete details on program eligibility, available funding, and application requirements, click here. For more details, contact CDC Fellowship Coordinator Nidia Gaona at 202-463-6930, extension 278 or

AACN's CNL Certification Exam Review Course Coming Soon!
The only comprehensive online review course that reflects the content outline of the CNL Certification Exam.
Developed by practicing CNLs and academicians, the course will be offered in 12 modules and may be used by individuals preparing for CNL certification or by other healthcare professionals seeking contact hours. With each module, you will have 24/7 access. Successful completion will require reviewing the entire presentation, passing an assessment, and completing an evaluation.

To be added to the mailing list to receive information upon registration availability, type “CNL Certification Exam Review Course Info” in the subject line and send an email to Horacio Oliveira, AACN’s Education Policy and Special Projects Coordinator.
CNC Announcements

The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) has launched the Clinical Nurse Leader Channel on You Tube. To view the first video, Defining the Certified Clinical Nurse Leader, go to
2014 ELNEC National Train-the-Trainer Courses
In 2014, there will be 12 national End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) train-the-trainer courses in eight various cities across the US.  ELNEC courses are provided for various specialties and interest groups. For example, specific curricula are available for those who:
  • Teach in a DNP program and/or participate in DNP clinical practice (National Cancer Institute provides funding for this course)
  • Lead or provide care for the seriously ill in an advanced practice role
  • Provide care to seriously ill children, including perinatal and neonatal
  • Manage and provide care for those practicing in critical care settings, acute care, hospice, long-term care/skilled nursing facilities/nursing homes
For more information on this project, go to and/or contact Pam Malloy, Director of the ELNEC Project at AACN at

Learn More About Leveraging NursingCAS for Effective Results in Graduate Programs
Join an upcoming session at an AACN Conference (Doctoral Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Naples, January 29 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM – RSVP NOW or Master’s Conference at the Scottsdale Doubletree Paradise Valley, February 28 from Noon – 1:30 PM – RSVP NOW) to learn more about one school’s experience using NursingCAS and applying strategic enrollment management techniques to recruit graduate students. Here's a snapshot of the results:
  • 80% increase in PhD applicants...Yielded a class of 7
  • DNP program approved - Short timeline to recruit...yet yielded a class of 17
Students use NursingCAS to research and apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating nursing schools nationwide. NursingCAS can help your school:
  • Gain access to a wider pool of qualified applicants
  • Cultivate a pipeline of prospective students and applicants
  • Meet recruitment goals and enhance diversity in the nursing student population
  • Reduce administrative costs and staff time typically devoted to processing application materials
  • Access real-time data on applicants that can be easily sorted and segmented
  • Move to an automated versus paper-based application system
  • Create customized, on-demand school-specific reports and generate comparative reports on your applicant pool vs. the entire NursingCAS applicant pool
  • Access excellent data on an individual and aggregate basis that can be used to complete annual reports for state boards, accreditation agencies, and other external and internal constituencies
  • Manage, sort, communicate, review, and report on prospective students and applicants
  • Execute an online admissions committee review (including scoring)
  • Engage in information sharing among staff and across campuses and departments
AACN launched NursingCAS in 2010 to help direct prospective students to open seats in nursing programs and to collect data on nursing applicant and admissions trends. Improvements continue to be made to NursingCAS based on feedback received from schools and applicants, and a new version of NursingCAS is launching in Fall 2014. Join this session for a preview of what's to come.
Past: Future:
Please remember to RSVP for any session you are interested in; at the Doctoral Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Naples, January 29 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM – RSVP NOW or at the Master’s Conference at the Scottsdale Doubletree Paradise Valley, February 28 from Noon – 1:30 PM – RSVP NOW.
For schools interested in joining the service, please visit AACN's Web site for more information or contact Caroline Allen, Senior NursingCAS Manager at or 202-463-6930 ext. 258, with any questions or to set up an individual Webinar for your school and staff at your convenience.
For more information visit To learn more now, watch a video case study about NursingCAS.
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