March 2011


Faculty Webinars

Executive Development Series

Hot Issues Conference

Deadline Extended: Novice Faculty Awards

CCNE Seeks On-Site Evaluators

ANCC Offers APRN Faculty Tool Kit

Online CNL Network

Upcoming Conferences

CNL Teleconferences

National Healthcare Decisions Day

Be Featured in Syllabus

NCIN Offers Webinar on Mentoring

Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program

Mark your calendar for the DNP Webinar Series, presented by Dr. Cheryl Stegbauer (pictured below) and Dr. Judith Karshmer, PhD, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, University of San Francisco.
Dr. Cheryl Stegbauer, PhD, FNP-BC, Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Nursing, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
The American Nurses Credentialing Center offers APRN nursing certifications in 12 different NP and CNS specialties. Each certification has a dedicated web page showing the eligibility criteria, access to the online application, and test preparation resources available for that exam. Learn more here
The Commission of Nurse Certification launched an online network for CNL faculty and partners. This discussion forum includes new announcements and events, and allows you to learn answers to your questions.
The discussion is monitored by Linda Rusch, AACN's new CNL Resource Coach, and Tracy Lofty, CNC Director. To join the network, click here.
Upcoming Conferences

March 18-19
Washington, DC

March 19-22
Washington, DC
March 20-22
Chicago, IL
April 5-6
Salt Lake City, UT

April 14-15
Baltimore, MD
April 27-29
Orlando, FL
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. Laura Petri, Director of Faculty Programs, at

Submissions should be no longer than 110 words in length. With your permission, published submissions will include your name and institution.
Another Webinar Opportunity
Mentoring I: What you need to know...what you need to do
March 24, 2011
2:30pm - 4:30pm, EST
Dr. Lois Zachary, author and mentoring expert will present this first part of a two part series on mentoring. This session will discuss key concepts and constructs of mentoring. The difference between mentoring, coaching, and counseling will be discussed within the context of benefits to the mentor and mentee. The session will conclude with approaches to starting a mentoring program, establishing agreements, goal setting, accountability and assurances.
Faculty Link Registration

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, at or 202-463-6930, x270.
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.

Interpreting Test and Item Analysis Data 
March 10, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (EST) 
Nursing faculty make important decisions about student ability based on the results of classroom exams. How can you feel confident that those decisions are fair? The key for determining the fairness of an exam is in the test and item analysis data. This webinar will focus on how to interpret the data associated with classroom exams and how to use the data to increase your confidence in the decisions you make based on the exam results.
Learn more and register here.
Transforming Teaching to Transform Nursing Education
March 14, 2:00pm – 3:00pm (EST)  
Learn more and register here.
The Final DNP Scholarly Project: Putting the Pieces Together
Part III of the Designing and Implementing a DNP Series
March 30, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (EST)
Learn more and register here.
Teaching Students How to Teach Patients
April 6, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST)
Learn more and register here.
Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader in Improving Patient Perception of Care
April 13, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST)
Learn more and register here.
Expanding the CNL Role in Quality and Safety
May 16, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST)
Learn more and register here.
Nursing Schools and Practice Partners: Working Collaboratively and Creatively to Foster the CNL Role
May 20, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST)
Learn more and register here.

Register for upcoming Webinars or access past Webinar recordings and slides here.
Register Now for the Executive Development Series
Register now for AACN's popular Executive Development Series (EDS) on March 18-19 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC. This conference is designed for new and aspiring deans as well as for faculty members who are academic leaders or who want to improve their leadership skills for a variety of positions within the nursing academic unit. This year’s theme emphasizes various aspects of communication and conflict reduction. Topics include effective communication across multiple generations; essential communication that underpins strategic planning; handling “difficult” situations; and caring for oneself in the complex and demanding leadership role. The interactive nature of the conference offers opportunities for academic leaders to think about challenges in new ways and seek solutions with colleagues. Learn more and register at
Please note that EDS coincides with AACN’s Spring Annual Meeting, also held at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC on March 19-22. Review details here

AACN to Host Hot Issues Conference
AACN is pleased to host the Hot Issues Conference in Baltimore, Maryland on April 14-16, 2011 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor. Taking place every two years, the Hot Issues Conference focuses on issues of particular importance to nurse educators. This year the theme addresses the use of technology to transform nursing education. The recent IOM report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, advocates the use of technology to prepare students and to maximize the use of available faculty. Designed specifically to go beyond technology in nursing education (i.e., how can we effectively use technology to teach), conference sessions will explore best practices, outcomes, and evidence. The informal and interactive nature of the Hot Issues Conference is particularly well suited to the sharing of ideas among speakers and participants. For full details, a schedule of events, and to register, visit
Deadline Extended to April 13: AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Awards
AACN is pleased to announce two new awards for faculty who have been in a teaching role for five years or less. These awards recognize excellence and innovation in teaching by faculty at AACN member schools. The Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award is for outstanding faculty teaching in classroom or online settings, and the Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award recognizes outstanding faculty in clinical settings. The deadline to submit a nomination has been extended to April 13. Read more.
CCNE Seeks Nominations for On-Site Evaluators
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is seeking nominations for on-site evaluators. Information is now available on the CCNE’s Web site to nominate individuals to be considered for this summer's evaluator training program. Visit to access the Call for Nominations, and the nominee and recommendation forms.
In the Call for Nominations, please refer to the specific qualifications that are of special interest to CCNE for academic and practicing nurse nominees. On the academic side, preference will be given to institutions with no active CCNE evaluators and to nominees representing mid-size institutions. In terms of practicing nurses, we hope that each of you will seriously consider nominating at least one individual who could make the commitment to serve on CCNE evaluation teams. We encourage you to check with your colleagues and help spread the word about this opportunity as it has become increasingly challenging for accrediting organizations to recruit volunteers from the practice arena who are willing and able to in this capacity. The deadline to submit nominations is April 8, 2011.
For more information about the nominations process or materials, please contact CCNE Accreditation Coordinator Jenny Hodges at  

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 16. The 4th annual National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. AACN supports NHDD and encourages members to get involved by focusing on advance care planning and end-of-life/palliative care the week leading up to NHDD. Click here for ideas and to learn more:
Visit the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) for resources regarding palliative care.

CNL Teleconferences
Register now for the Commission on Nurse Certification’s (CNC) Roundtable Teleconference Series which features one-hour conference call presentations by CNLs. Registration for the teleconferences is free, but limited to the first 40 sites. Upcoming presentations include:
March 11
Overview of CNC and the CNL Certification Application Process
Presenters: Sue Hartranft, PhD, ARNP, CNL, and Tracy Lofty, MSA, CAE
April 8
How to Develop a Review Course
Presenter: Cynthia R. King, PhD, MSN, NP, CNL, FAAN
For more information or to register, go to or contact Tracy Lofty, CNC Director, at
Call for Applications: Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program
AACN and the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future are currently offering 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 (PhD, DNP) or a clinically-focused master’s degree. Additionally, applicants must commit to becoming full-time faculty in an accredited registered nursing program after graduation. This program is designed to address the shortage of nurse educators while diversifying the nurse faculty population in the United States. Five $18,000 scholarships will be awarded in Fall 2011.
Applications must be received on or before Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Please visit for full details, eligibility requirements, and to access an application. Contact Amy Jacks at with any questions.
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