June 2011

Upcoming Webinars
Adult-Gerontology Faculty Workshop Offered
National Academies Press PDFs Available for Free Download
Recognize Student Learning in Nursing Homes
Nurse Week Promotion Yields 100+ Faculty Ads
Interprofessional Education Competencies
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Awards AACN Funding

Faculty Development Opportunity in Seattle, WA

Special Conference Discount Available
Summer Seminar in Portland, OR

NursingCAS Open House this Month
CNC Updates 
ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Series
Be Featured in Syllabus

Act Now to Save AACN's Financial Benchmarking Survey
GANES Meets in Malta with ICN President

National Academies Press PDFs Now Available to Download for Free
All PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press (NAP) are downloadable free of charge to anyone. This includes a current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports published by NAP, including the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing Report. Free access to online content supports the mission of NAP--publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council--to improve government decision making and public policy, increase public education and understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health. Learn more and access PDFs here.
Nurse Week Promotion Yields 100+ Faculty Vacancy Ads

In honor of National Nurses Week, AACN offered member schools an opportunity to post free faculty vacancy announcements on our Web-based Faculty Career Link. Many schools took advantage of this offer and more than 135 faculty vacancies in 103 schools of nursing were posted online. For more details on how Faculty Career Link can help you meet your faculty recruitment needs, click here.
Interprofessional Education Competencies
On May 10, two new reports were released by six national health professions associations, including AACN, and three private foundations that recommend new competencies for interprofessional education in the health professions, and action strategies to implement them in institutions across the country.
Special Conference Discount Available
Back by popular demand, AACN is pleased to announce a special members-only discount offer for conferences taking place over the next year. Register online through August 1, 2011 and pay only $349 per conference! This represents a $50 discount for each conference that you register for. Individuals must register for each conference they plan to attend. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts. 
To review and register for upcoming conferences, click here.
CNC Updates
Register for the first CNL Research Symposium (held in conjunction with AACN’s CNL Summit) at the Hyatt Regency in Tampa, FL on January 19, 2012, 8 am– Noon.
Registration Rates:
$99 (before 1/6/12)
$129 (after 1/6/12)
Learn more and register here.

CNL Certification Exam dates are approaching, learn more and register here
Questions? Contact Tracy Lofty, CNC Director, via email.
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, via email. Submissions should be no longer than 150 words in length. With your permission, published submissions will include your name and institution.
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, via email 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.

APRN Education: Implementation of the Consensus Model and LACE Network
June 16, 1:00 - 2:30 pm (EST)
Get a current overview of implementation issues following the release of the Consensus Model for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Regulation, endorsed by 47 national nursing organizations including AACN. Learn about the varying perspectives and issues of concern to the partners representing licensure, accreditation, certification, and education (LACE) of APRNs. Consider successful implementation strategies and valuable lessons learned that can benefit your own educational program.
Learn more and register here.
Transitioning Second Degree CNL Graduates into Practice: Innovative Models and Successes*
June 23, 2:00 - 3:00 pm (EST)
This presentation will describe the integration of "Model C" Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program graduates and the CNL role into the care delivery model at two large urban Magnet-designated medical centers. A "Model C" CNL program is a master's degree program designed for individuals with baccalaureate degree in another discipline (second-degree program). Facilitating factors and challenges along with specific approaches to transitioning new graduates into practice will be discussed. Improvement in selected outcomes will be described along with future directions for CNL role integration.
Learn more and register here.
* Cosponsored by AACN and the Commission for Nurse Certification (CNC)

Register for upcoming Webinars or access past Webinar recordings and slides here.
Final Adult-Gerontology Faculty Workshop Offered
AACN will be hosting its final faculty workshop, titled "Retooling APRN Curricula: Implementing the New Adult-Gerontology APRN Education Requirements in Your Program". This workshop will be offered in conjunction with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 26th National Conference on June 25, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. Under the national Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, education programs currently preparing adult or gerontology Nurse Practitioner (NPs) and/or Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) are expected to prepare graduates to provide comprehensive care across the entire adult age spectrum, which includes the young adult through the older adult and frail elderly. In collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, AACN is offering these workshops for faculty preparing adult primary care and acute care NPs and/or CNSs to provide multiple resources and strategies to make this important curricular transition. This event is generously funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation.
For more information contact Dr. Joan Stanley at jstanley@aacn.nche.edu or visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education/hartford/workshops.htm.
AACN Partners with Geriatric Nursing Care Leaders to Recognize Innovative Student Learning Opportunities in Nursing Homes
A competitive award has been established by AACN in collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University College of Nursing, and the Pioneer Network to recognize a baccalaureate school of nursing that has created an innovative clinical rotation in a nursing home. This award will be given to a school of nursing that demonstrates excellence in the three following areas:
1. Collaboration with a nursing home to foster an exemplary clinical training site (e.g., structure/process, standards, research opportunities, interdisciplinary care)
2. Incorporation of the principles of culture change and person centered care
3.  Use of nursing home clinical experience to integrate content related to management of older adults with complex, chronic illnesses (e.g. cancer, heart disease, dementia/delirium, geriatric syndromes)
The recipient school will receive an award of $500 and will be recognized on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at the opening session of the AACN 2011 Fall Semiannual Meeting in Washington, DC. Additionally, the recipient school will be acknowledged at the Baccalaureate Education Conference, November 2011 in St. Louis, MO. A travel stipend will be provided for a faculty member from the recipient school to attend one of these conferences.
Applications must be received on or before Monday, September 12, 2011. Recipient will be notified by Friday, September 30, 2011. For more information and the application form, please visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Education/Hartford/index.htm. For questions, contact Gerontology Program Director Laurie Wilson at lwilson@aacn.nche.edu  or 202-463-6930 x259. 
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Awards New Funding to AACN
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $386,000 in new funding to AACN to engage hospital leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) in the innovative work underway to improve healthcare quality and patient safety. The award will extend the reach of AACN’s national faculty development program, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as Phase III of the Quality and Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN) initiative, to include colleagues from the practice arena along with nursing faculty. In addition, funding will be used to support the rigorous evaluation of curriculum enhancement efforts at SFBA schools as well as student learning using the QSEN competencies as the framework. The new grant funding also will be used to thoroughly assess the impact of the QSEN faculty development effort on nursing program curriculum and student competency in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more about AACN’s QSEN Education Consortium and the regional faculty development institutes, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/qsenec.
Faculty Development Opportunity in Seattle, WA
AACN is currently accepting applications for the Seattle, WA faculty development institute on September 14-16, 2011 offered through the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as Phase III of QSEN, these enrichment opportunities are designed to better prepare faculty to teach quality and safety content in entry-level registered nursing programs. The interactive coursework will focus on six core competencies:
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Quality Improvement
  • Patient Safety
  • Informatics
Registration is free, and seats are limited. Stipends will be awarded to help defer travel expenses (up to $350 per participant). Schools of nursing are encouraged to send up to two participants to an institute. The application deadline is Friday, June 24.
For more details, download the program brochure:
To register for a QSEN Faculty Development Institute, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/qsenapp or visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/qsenec/institutes.html          
Please direct questions about this opportunity to Project Coordinator Amy Jacks at ajacks@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, x273.
Join Us for the Summer Seminar in Portland, OR
The 2011 Summer Seminar will be held July 24-27, 2011 at the Hotel Monaco in Portland, OR. The theme, "Type A Behavior: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Maximizing Performance While Minimizing Sabotage)" offers insights into the productive yet potentially problematic behavior of Type A individuals. The academic world is filled with these smart, talented, high achieving people. With their competitive nature and “whatever it takes” attitude, they tend to rise to the top of the organizational chart. Like rocket fuel, these motivated leaders are capable of taking the organization to great heights, but they also run the risk of burning out too soon. When their power and passion veer off course, the outcome can be disastrous. Come laugh and learn as award-winning executive coach Kay Cannon gives you an insider’s look into how to motivate and sustain your top performing Type A's. Kay will illustrate how Type A's think, reveal the invisible illusions which may fuel failure, and provide you with tactics and tools to keep your Type A talent in tune and on track. Don’t miss this opportunity to identify specific strategies to enhance your leadership skills and to improve your workplace. For more details, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Conferences/11SumSem.htm.
NursingCAS Open House Planned for this Month
In response to requests for a more in-depth look at nursing's centralized application service - NursingCAS - AACN is hosting an Open House at the headquarters of Liaison International near Boston, MA on June 22 and 23, 2011. Deans, admissions professionals, IT staff, nursing school recruiters, and other decision-makers are invited to join us for this free event and enjoy a live demonstration of the online application and the admissions software that all participating schools receive at no cost when joining NursingCAS; a tour of the facility and a first-hand look at the transcript and application verification process; and an opportunity to meet and ask questions of the NursingCAS customer service and technical staff. To accommodate as many representatives as possible, three separate sessions will be available: June 22 from 9am-noon; June 22 from 1:30-4:30pm; and June 23 from 9am-noon. Those interested in attending one of these sessions are encouraged to make reservations by June 15, 2011 by sending an email to AACN's NursingCAS Coordinator Caroline Allen at callen@aacn.nche.edu or calling 202-463-6930, x258. Please note, a discounted hotel rate has been negotiated at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel for those needing overnight accommodation.
For more details and information about NursingCAS, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/CAS.
Act Now to Save AACN's Financial Benchmarking Survey
AACN may close its Financial Benchmarking Survey permanently, unless we hear from members interested in keeping this service active. In 2007, AACN resumed its benchmarking work in response to requests from member schools for financial performance comparisons between peer schools. AACN formed an Advisory Committee to develop the survey and hired an IT consultant to design and maintain the survey database. To reduce the cost to members, an online reporting tool was developed, which enabled schools to generate free benchmarking reports as needed. To minimize the reporting burden, the survey was designed to allow enrollment and faculty data that schools report to the AACN Annual Survey to be easily uploaded to the Benchmarking Survey. Since the benchmarking survey was launched in 2008, response rates have been low (10-20%) with only a 1% response achieved for the current 2010-11 survey. Given the diminishing interest, AACN has decided to close the survey permanently unless we hear requests from members. If you want AACN to continue this service, please contact Dr. Di Fang, AACN’s Director of Research and Data Services at dfang@aacn.nche.edu by June 15, 2011.

ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Series
The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) is a national education program to improve end-of-life care by nurses. The project, which began in February 2000, is administered through a partnership between AACN and the City of Hope (COH). Over 12,300 nurses and other healthcare providers have attended an ELNEC course. Every year, national and international courses are available for nursing faculty and their practice partners to attend. Plan now to attend the 100th ELNEC course in Los Angeles, CA, on January 26 - 27, 2012.
At each course, participants are given a copy of the ELNEC curriculum, CD-ROM that houses all PowerPoint slides, case studies, updated references, supplemental teaching materials, a textbook, and an opportunity to network with other nursing faculty from across the country. For more information about this work, including remaining 2011 ELNEC courses, click here.
GANES Meets in Malta with ICN President
The Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Science (GANES) held its most recent meeting in conjunction with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) biennial conference held in Malta on May 2-8, 2011. The GANES organizations, which include AACN as a founding member, met with ICN President Rosemary Bryant, Australia’s Chief Commonwealth Nurse and Midwifery Officer, to explore future collaborative activities that GANES will initiate at the next ICN Conference in Melbourne, Australia in 2013.  Alliance members also finalized a new position statement titled Investing in Nursing Education to Advance Global Health, which will be released later this spring. For more information about GANES, including presentations from the group’s most recent conference, see http://www.ganes.info.
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