November 2012
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Nurse in Washington Internship
March 17-19, 2013
Hyatt Regency Washington Washington, DC
The Nurse In Washington Internship (NIWI) provides nurses the opportunity to learn how to influence health care through legislative and regulatory processes. NIWI is open to any RN or nursing student (all levels of education) that is interested in an orientation to the legislative process. For more information, click here
Call for Abstracts: QSEN National Forum in May 2013
The 2013 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum will be held May 30-31, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel.

Please see the call for abstracts for full details. Abstracts will be accepted through December 13, 2012. The abstract submission form can be accessed here.
Over 30 positions advertised in Career Link this Month
AACN's Career Link is an online resource for employment opportunities in nursing education that features a comprehensive list of vacancies in U.S. nursing colleges and universities.
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For more information about faculty programs offered by AACN, contact Courtney Geanetta, Faculty Programs Coordinator, via email or 202-463-6930, ext. 230.
AACN to Host National Summit on the Doctor of Nursing Practice
AACN is pleased to announce the convening of stakeholders from education, practice, and research for a national summit on the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Spring 2013.  AACN will host the National Dialogue on Quality and Excellence in DNP Education as a follow-up to a meeting held in August 2012 by the nursing deans affiliated with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.  Dr. Rita Frantz, dean from the University of Iowa College of Nursing, is serving as chair of the planning committee for the summit, which also will include representatives from national healthcare organizations, certifying and accrediting bodies, practice leaders, nurse educators, and other key constituents. To read the full press release, visit
More information about the national DNP summit and the forum offered at AACN’s doctoral conference in January will be available in the coming weeks. For more information on the Doctor of Nursing Practice and AACN’s work to facilitate the advancement of this degree, see
New AACN Awards for Outstanding Dissertation and Capstone Project
AACN has created this new awards program to recognize and showcase outstanding dissertations and capstone projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. Two awards will be presented at AACN’s annual Doctoral Education Conference in January 2013:
  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award for an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in
    nursing or DNS program. A dissertation is an original research project that focuses on advancing nursing science and developing new evidence with the potential to guide nursing practice.

  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award for an outstanding capstone project from a student in a
    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. A capstone project demonstrates high-level mastery of an area of
    advanced nursing practice and focuses on the translation of evidence into practice. 
For full criteria and nomination process, click here.
All nominations must be received by December 7, 2012.
AACN Issues New White Paper on RN-BSN Programs
In October 2012, AACN issued a white paper titled Expectations for Practice Experiences in the RN to Baccalaureate Curriculum, which reaffirmed that all baccalaureate programs, including those designed as degree-completion programs for RNs prepared with associate degrees and diplomas, must provide practice experiences designed to assist graduates to achieve the competencies outlined in The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. Given the dramatic increase in the number of RN to BSN programs and enrolling students, the need to maintain academic rigor in RN to BSN programs is growing in importance, including the need for quality clinical practice experiences. Click here to download the white paper.
CCNE Calls for Comments on Proposed Accreditation Standards
The Standards Committee of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is pleased to announce that the proposed Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate, Graduate, and Certificate Programs in Nursing are now available for review and comment by the CCNE community of interest. The Standards Committee is seeking input from all interested parties, including university and program administrators, nursing faculty, practicing nurses, nursing students, employers of nurses, nursing organizations, federal and state agency representatives, accrediting organizations, and others with an interest in the preparation of nurses at the baccalaureate or graduate level.
Among the most substantive of the proposed changes are:
  • Incorporation of The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) (Standard III).
  • Incorporation of the Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (NTF, 2012) (Standard III).
  • Changes throughout the standards, but primarily in Standard III, to conform to the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education (July, 2008), including APRN role and population foci language, as well as APRN core language.
  • Changes throughout the standards to conform to the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education (July, 2008), including accreditation of post-graduate APRN certificate programs.
  • Clarification of CCNE’s current requirement that clinical practice experiences are required for all types of programs and tracks (Standard III).
  • Changes to Standard IV to conform to U.S. Department of Education requirements for accreditors to assess success with respect to student achievement. The proposed changes therefore include student achievement thresholds related to completion rates, NCLEX-RN® pass rates, certification pass rates, and employment rates.
  • The addition of a key element to assess whether programs are meeting their own identified program outcomes (Standard IV).
To review an electronic version of the Proposed Standards (a clean copy or a copy with tracked changes), click here.
Comments will be accepted through November 30, 2012. Submit comments via an online survey or via email at
Call for Applications:
Administered by AACN, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Program provides scholarships and support to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program provides scholarships to students enrolled in accelerated nursing programs. To be eligible, applicant institutions must offer an entry-level accelerated baccalaureate or master’s nursing program for non-nursing college graduates and be accredited by a nursing accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Complete selection criteria can be found in the full Call for Applications brochure, which is available at Applications are due 3 pm (ET) January 9, 2013. Web Conference for potential applicants is scheduled for December 6 at 11:00 am (ET). Click here to register.
Please direct inquiries to NCIN Deputy Director Vernell DeWitty, (202) 463-6930;
Free QSEN Faculty Development Workshop
AACN is pleased to announce that registration is now underway for the 2013-2014 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Faculty Development Workshops. Using a train-the-trainer approach, five workshops are planned to give nursing faculty and hospital educators the skills and resources needed to teach quality and safety competencies in master’s and doctoral level nursing courses. Educators completing a workshop will be expected to share their new expertise with colleagues, practice partners, and students. Apply now for one of the following free pre-conference programs:
Registration is free to the first 100 faculty who register for each workshop. Applications must be completed online. The application is available at
For more information on this program, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, please visit
AACN and N-OADN Collaborate on Academic Progression Brochure
    AACN and the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN) have just published a joint brochure titled Taking the Next Step in Your Nursing Education for associate degree-prepared nurses and nursing students looking to advance their education. This publication includes a letter of commitment to academic progression from the presidents of AACN and N-OADN; a description of education options at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels; a sampling of career choices for graduate-prepared nurses; and links to helpful resources on the Web. To order copies of this brochure in bulk (100 or more), click here.
RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars 2013 Call for Applications
The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program is to develop the next generation of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards for outstanding junior nursing faculty. The program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training, and salary and research support to young faculty.
See for detailed information on criteria and deadlines.  As many as 12 awards of up to $350,000 each over three years will be available in this round of funding. The application deadline is February 7, 2013.

For additional information or questions contact RWJF at or (877) 738-0737.
Register Now for Upcoming Faculty Webinars
AACN is pleased to announce upcoming Webinars exclusively for faculty teaching in AACN member schools.
Academic-Practice Partnerships
If Not Now...When?

November 19, 2012
11:00 am-12:00 pm (ET)
Revising Nurse
Residency Curriculum

December 6, 2012
2:00-3:30 pm (ET)
Enhancing Gerontology Content in NP and CNS Programs
December 10, 2012
3:30-5:00 pm (ET)
Simulation Evaluation
December 11, 2012
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
March 13, 2013
2:00-3:00 pm
Additional Webinars
Coming Soon!
To register for these free Webinar, see
Visit our Web site to access past Webinars and review Webinars organized by topics. For assistance in registering, contact Courtney Geanetta, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 230.
Free Online Course: Strategies for Improving Rapid Influenza Testing in Ambulatory Settings (SIRAS)
The Joint Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the launch of Strategies for Improving Rapid Influenza Testing in Ambulatory Settings (SIRAS), a free continuing education (CE) course designed for registered nurses, physicians, and physician assistants who provide care in ambulatory settings.
The purpose of this course is to provide guidance to help clinicians appropriately use rapid influenza diagnostic tests in the diagnosis and treatment of influenza in the ambulatory setting. The module contains videos that demonstrate proper techniques for collecting respiratory specimens, as well as a review of information pertinent to performing point of care testing in the ambulatory setting.
To register for the course, visit
Register Now for 2013 Faculty Practice and Doctoral Education Conferences in San Diego
The Doctoral Education Conference will be held January 23-26, 2013 at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, with the theme, Creating the Future of Doctoral Education in Nursing. Designed for deans, associate deans for research, directors of doctoral programs, and other faculty interested in the issues concerning the highest level of nursing education, the program includes sessions of interest to all doctoral faculty, as well as breakout sessions that differentiate between concerns of research and practice doctoral programs. Plenary topics include similarities and differences in PhD and DNP programs; the doctoral faculty shortage; and publishing for doctoral students and faculty. Numerous breakout and abstract sessions allow participants to explore topics of personal interest. Throughout, participants are encouraged to share perspectives, ideas, concerns, and successful strategies. The Research Leadership Network offers a special afternoon session for Network members and guests by separate registration. The Practice Leadership Network also meets during this conference. A special interactive forum on the Transition to the DNP will be held Thursday afternoon at no additional charge.
The Faculty Practice Pre-Conference is designed for those who promote, administer, and engage in faculty practice. The same pre-conference precedes both the Doctoral and Master’s Education Conferences in 2013, using the theme Policy, Business, and Faculty Practice: Links and Influence. Topics this year include links between national healthcare policy and practice; institutional policies that underpin faculty practice; and the ever-important business aspects of faculty practice. The pre-conference immediately precedes the Doctoral Conference on January 23 allowing interested educators to attend both events.  
Questions? Contact Conference Manager, Nadja Beverage at or at 202-463-6930, ext. 240
Register Now for Upcoming AACN Conferences
January 17, 2013
CNL Research Symposium
 JW Marriott
New Orleans, LA
January 17-19, 2013
CNL Summit
JW Marriott
New Orleans, LA
January 23, 2013
Faculty Practice

Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego, CA
January 23-26, 2013
Doctoral Education Conference
Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego, CA
February 7-9, 2013
Faculty Development Conference
Omni Jacksonville Hotel
Jacksonville, FL
February 20-21, 2013
Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
Buena Vista Palace
Orlando, FL
Due Nov. 30
February 21-23, 2013
Master's Education Conference
Buena Vista Palace
Orlando, FL
Due Nov. 30
For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager at or at
202-463-6930 ext. 240.
Register Now for the 2013 CNL Summit and
The Clinical Nurse Leader: Answering the Call to Lead Change and Advance Health.
The 2013 CNL Summit will be held January 17-19, 2013 at the JW Marriott in New Orleans, LA. The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Summit provides a forum for all healthcare and academic audiences currently implementing or interested in exploring CNL education or practice. Conference topics include the impact and value of the CNL role on improving patient outcomes, implementing and sustaining the CNL role across diverse systems of care, the CNL role in quality and safety initiatives, innovations in education, and the complementary relationship between the CNL and other members of the healthcare team, including nurse managers, APRNs, and physicians. Special forums for the CNLA membership, CNL faculty, and nursing/healthcare executives also will be offered.
This year's Summit will include three preconference events: Introduction to Team Coaching Workshop presented in conjunction with the Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy and Advancing QSEN to Enhance Graduate Education and Practice funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The second annual CNL Research Symposium will also be offered Thursday morning prior to the beginning of the Summit. Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are also available for this meeting.
For more information and to register for the CNL Summit and these three pre-conference events, see:
GNSA Seeks Leadership Council Nominees
AACN is currently seeking nominations from students in master’s and doctoral programs interested in serving on the Leadership Council for the new Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA). The Leadership Council will consist of 10 members who will serve a two-year term to help shape the formation of the GNSA and provide direction on what programs, services, and resources should be developed. Those interested in serving must commit to participating in conference calls every other month and attending one face-to-face meeting each year. Graduate nursing students interested in submitting a nomination must complete an online form and provide a brief statement on what you hope to accomplish on the Council as well as remarks on how graduate prepared nurses can help transform the future of health care. Nominations are due  December 14, 2012. Please direct questions to GNSA Program Manager Marta Okoniewski at
End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC): Plans for 2013
Top Priority is to Train APRNs in Palliative Care
There are many palliative care teams across the US being led by advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). These APRNs are key team members and exemplify commitment to their varied roles in not only leadership, but practice, education, and research, too. Plans are being made now for the development of a new ELNEC curriculum, ELNEC-APRN,  which will meet the specific needs of these nurses caring for patients across the life-span.  In addition, four ELNEC-Core, two ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care, and two ELNEC-Critical Care train-the-trainer courses will be held across the US in 2013.  To date, over 15,000 nursing faculty and clinical partners have attended a national ELNEC course since 2001. Further information about all of these courses, including registration form, overview, agenda, faculty listing, flyer, and FAQ are available at
For further information, contact Pam Malloy, ELNEC Project Director, at 
CNL Certification Updates and Announcements
CNC Offers Discount for the CNL Certification Exam
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) continues to develop new items for the multiple-choice CNL Certification Exam. As such, the exam that has been administered since April 2012 will be updated beginning with the April 2013 testing period. However, CNC must beta test the items to determine the minimum passing score in compliance with national certification standards. The beta test will occur April 1-6, 2013. All participants who register for the beta test will receive a $50 discount off of the registration fee. Candidates who do not pass the exam during the beta test will receive another $50 discount to retest. To take advantage of this cost-savings opportunity, you must complete the hard copy of the application posted here and submit the application by Friday, March 1, 2013. Beta test participants will receive their exam results via email approximately four weeks after the testing period. Successful candidates will receive an email notification of passing only – a score and diagnostic score report will not be provided to the candidate. Unsuccessful candidates will receive an email notification of failing the exam along with the score and diagnostic score report.
CNL Certification Testing Period Extended
 Due to the dates of the CNL Summit and Research Symposium, the January 2013 testing period for the CNL Certification Exam has been adjusted. The exam will be administered January 7-25; the deadline to apply for this testing period is December 7. For other testing periods, click here.
CNL Certification Resources
 The CNC offers a full menu of programs and services to support the CNL Certification Program. These resource materials are designed for students preparing for the CNL Certification Exam as well as for faculty coordinating the program. Resources include a self-assessment exam, online discussion boards, a practice multiple-choice tutorial, and candidate guidebook. To access the complete list of available CNL resources, go to
Faculty should encourage CNL students to sit for the CNL Certification Exam prior to graduation from a CNL education program. So that CNC has contact information of CNL students, program directors should submit the CNL Education Documentation Form for all CNL students in their last term. Students may also register with CNC by sending an email to For program registration information, go to
For more information, contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at or go to
NursingCAS: Learn How to Leverage this Free Resource
NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to nursing programs. Through NursingCAS, prospective students can research and apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating nursing schools. Last cycle, 38% of NursingCAS applicants were from minority backgrounds, and 15% were men. Students benefit from using NursingCAS because they only need to complete one online application and prepare one set of corresponding admissions materials that are disseminated to designated schools of nursing for consideration. NursingCAS processes the applications, provides support to applicants and schools, and provides schools with information and technology to make admissions decisions.
The 2013 – 2014 NursingCAS application cycle will launch on April 15, 2013, and AACN is encouraging schools to come on board for the next cycle. AACN’s goal is to have 30% of its membership using NursingCAS for at least one of its programs during the upcoming application cycle. The system is flexible and you can use it as you see fit. It can complement or replace an existing application process. If you are still using a paper-based process, this is a great opportunity for your school to switch to an electronic method without incurring an additional cost to your institution. If you are a new program, NursingCAS can help expose your school to over 52,000 prospective students. Learn more about how to implement NursingCAS at your school and how other schools are benefiting from the service by registering for an upcoming Webinar.
NursingCAS & WebAdMIT Overview Webinar
December 3, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET – Register Now
Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to nursing programs. In addition, all schools who participate in NursingCAS receive free web-based admissions management software, WebAdMIT that allows schools to manage, sort, communicate, review, and report on prospective students and applicants. WebAdMIT enables online admissions committee review (including scoring) and easy information sharing across campuses and departments. Nursing schools interested in joining the service are encouraged to visit our Web site for more information or contact Caroline (202-463-6930 x258) to schedule an individual Webinar for your school.
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