4th Edition Now Available 
Criteria for Evaluation
of  NP Programs
Incorporating Policy in Your Courses: Government Affairs Resources
As the country looks to reform the healthcare delivery system and an election year is upon us, the voice of nursing must be a formidable and credible presence in the national dialogue. Developing the next generation of nursing advocates who can purposefully and effectively contribute to the policy debate is part of AACN’s mission and strategic plan. AACN’s Government Affairs Committee wants to remind you of the exciting opportunities we offer students and faculty interested in policy. For more information, click here.
Career Link
AACN's Career Link is an online resource dedicated to employment opportunities in nursing education that features a comprehensive list of vacancies in U.S. nursing colleges and universities.
Advertise a Position
Reach thousands of potential applicants from nursing education, administration, practice, and research with your employment opportunity posted in AACN's Career Link.
Contact Anna Kathryn Pierce for details.
Application Cycle Opens for NIH Loan Repayment Program

Researchers can receive up to $35,000 annually to help repay their student loans through the NIH Loan Repayment Program.  The program benefits individuals who are or will be conducting nonprofit biomedical or behavioral research.  Opportunities are available in five research areas—clinical, pediatric, health disparities, contraception and infertility, and clinical research—for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.  The application cycle is open until November 15.  Learn more at www.lrp.nih.gov.

Application Deadline Approaching for ELNEC Course
ELNEC-For Veterans Course
November 14-15, 2012
San Antonio, TX
This 1.5 day course will be held as a pre-conference to the AACN Baccalaureate Conference. 
Free registration is available to full-time nursing faculty whose school of nursing is participating in the Joining Forces Initiative.  
Click here to view the overview, application, agenda, and FAQs. Deadline for appllications is October 1, 2012.
For further information about this project and additional upcoming trainings, click here.
Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators?
Webinar on Social Determinants of Health
September 20, 2012
12:00 - 12:45 pm (E)

Register Today!
This Webinar will be led by the HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Don Wright, and  include a roundtable discussion on the importance of education as a tool for addressing the social determinants of health, improving population health, eliminating health disparities, and meeting the overarching goals of Healthy People 2020.
Offered exclusively for deans, faculty, and students at AACN member schools, our online collaboration community provides an interactive, social media platform that enables individuals to share knowledge, ask questions, and connect with peers.
To learn more about the features of the collaboration community, take this five minute video tour of the new community.  For more information, contact Courtney Geanetta.
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For more information about faculty programs, contact Courtney Geanetta, Faculty Programs Coordinator, via email or 202-463-6930, ext. 230.
AACN Accredited as a Provider through ANCC
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce that it has been accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation. AACN was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by ANCC’s Accreditation Program.  Organizations accredited with distinction have completed a review without any progress report requirement. The web directory of accredited organizations will reflect this special designation.  AACN’s conferences and programming have enjoyed an excellent reputation for many years, and the contact hours awarded by AACN are widely accepted. The association’s increased emphasis on faculty programming is now enhanced by the ability to offer a universally recognized standard of continuing nursing education, a valuable member service. 
AACN Announces Faculty Award Winners
The AACN Faculty Teaching Awards recognize excellence and innovation in nursing education by faculty at AACN member schools. Four awards are presented each year. Award winners are invited to attend one AACN conference during the academic year, with the registration fee waived. At that conference they will be presented with an award commemorating their achievement. In addition, the winner of the Teaching and Learning Excellence Award will present a Webinar on their current research.
We are proud to announce this year’s four winners:

Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award
Tami Wyatt, PhD, RN, CNE
View Bio

Teaching and Learning
Excellence Award
Pamela Ironside,
View Bio

Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award
Lori McElroy, MS, RN, CNE
View Bio
Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award
Renee McLeod-Sordjan,
View Bio
The next application cycle will commence in October 2012.
For more information, visit
AACN Announces the Team Coaching Development Series
Co-Sponsored by AACN and the Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy
AACN is pleased to announce the Team Coaching Development Series, co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy. The goal of this initiative is for participants to learn, practice, and teach team coaching as a CNL or CNL faculty member to support improvement activities of interprofessional frontline teams. This is an excellent opportunity for CNLs and CNL faculty to build leadership skills in interprofessional practice from national experts. Participants will also be eligible to earn ANCC contact hours through AACN. Registration deadline is October 30, 2012. One highlight of this program is that an in-person session will occur in conjunction with the upcoming 2013 CNL Summit in New Orleans, LA.
For further details including a program outline, testimonials, costs, and registration link, visit http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1137670.
AACN Receives Funding to Study Factors Influencing Nurse Faculty Career Choice
On September 5, 2012 AACN announced receiving new funding through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education (EIN) program to study facilitators and barriers to careers as nurse faculty. AACN was included among the third cohort of five grantees to receive funding during this latest cycle of EIN grant awards, which focus on doctoral nursing education and the production of nurse faculty. Read the Foundation’s press release announcing the EIN awardees at http://www.rwjf.org/newsroom/product.jsp?id=74719.
Through this new initiative, AACN will conduct a national survey of 3,000 doctoral students in research- and practice-focused programs to identify the factors that either impede or enhance the pursuit of a long-term career as a faculty member. Currently, only half of research-focused doctoral graduates pursue careers in academia, and an even smaller percentage of Doctor of Nursing Practice program graduates do so as well. The investigators will examine how previous work experiences, salary expectations, competition with practice opportunities, and perceptions of the faculty role influence decision-making. The goal of this study is to determine the ideal set of inducements and incentives that can be used by nursing schools nationwide to recruit new faculty, negotiate for needed resources, and retain seasoned nurse educators in teaching positions. For more details, see the press release at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/news/articles/2012/ein.
AACN Partners with the CDC to Strengthen the Nation's Public Health
AACN is pleased to announce the establishment of a new five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help build capacity in the public health nursing workforce. With the agreement commencing August 15, 2012, the CDC’s Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office has awarded AACN funding to support faculty development in the area of population health and connect nursing students with hands-on experiences at the community level to enhance their preparation for professional practice. For more details, see the press release at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/news/articles/2012/cdc-public-health.
Survey Reminder for the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA)
As previously announced, AACN is forming the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) to provide high value services and resources to enhance the professional development of graduate nursing students. To capture specific student feedback for potential programming, AACN launched an online survey in August, which has already generated more than 7,000 responses from master’s and doctoral students across the country.
Now that the fall semester has begun, AACN is asking member schools to encourage all incoming and returning graduate students to complete the survey and help us reach our goal of more than 10,000 student responses. Please send the following link to your graduate nursing student
The survey will be open until September 30, 2012. Students completing the survey will be entered into a drawing to receive a Kindle Fire.

AACN Job Opportunities
Director of Faculty Programs
AACN seeks a Director of Faculty Programs to manage AACN’s faculty program initiatives. Responsibilities include management of faculty programs and webinars, an e-newsletter, continuing education offerings, and leadership initiatives for faculty and academic leaders. Nursing background with advanced degree (doctorate preferred) plus 5-7 years program development experience in health care or higher education preferred. Position offers competitive salary with excellent benefits.
Nursing Program Director
AACN seeks a Nursing Program Director to develop and manage initiatives in the areas of education policy and higher education. Responsibilities include collaboration on multiple education policy and educational transformation initiatives. Nursing background with advanced degree (doctorate preferred) plus 5-7 years project management experience in health care or higher education preferred. Experience with interorganizational collaborative efforts also desired. Position offers competitive salary with excellent benefits.
Send letter of interest, resume, and one writing sample to:
Chief Operating Officer
One Dupont Circle, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Register now for Fall 2012 Webinars
AACN is pleased to announce upcoming Webinars exclusively for faculty teaching in AACN member schools.
October 10, 2012
2:00-3:30 pm (ET)
Debriefing Techniques
in Simulation

October, 16, 2012
1:30-2:30 pm (ET)
The Importance of Academic-Practice Partnerships
October 23, 2012
3:00-4:00 pm (ET)
Improving NCLEX Scores
October 24, 2012
1:00-2:00 pm (ET)
November 9, 2012
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
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)
Simulation Evaluation
December 11, 2012
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
To register for these Webinars go to www.aacn.nche.edu/webinars.
Other topics to look in the series include:
  • Joining Forces – Care of Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families
  • Incorporating of HIT into Nursing Education
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Healthcare/Medical Homes
  • Assessing Student Learning Outcomes
Visit our Web site to access past Webinars and review Webinars organized by topics. For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Courtney Geanetta, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at cgeanetta@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, ext. 230.
AACN's 2012 Fall Semiannual Meeting
The AACN Fall Semiannual Meeting will be held October 28-30, 2012 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. The theme, Taking Advantage of Technology in Nursing Higher Education, will emphasize online education, simulation, and social media, among other topics. A special preconference day of concurrent sessions is offered on October 27, and the Organizational Leadership Network meets on October 26-27. Come participate in stimulating sessions on various aspects of nursing education, including timely and relevant sessions on political priorities and advocacy. Highlights include a presentation by Dr. George Thibault, President of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, who will receive the John P. McGovern Award. Don't miss this opportunity to network with colleagues in discussion groups and interest sessions. Each member school Dean/Director is invited to bring one or more Associate/Assistant Deans/Directors to the Fall Meeting as a way to familiarize these senior academic leaders with content and issues they will find useful as they assist their deans and improve education in their settings. For more information, click here.
Register Now for Upcoming AACN Conferences
October 26-27, 2012
Organizational Leadership Network
JW Marriott
Washington, DC
October 27-30, 2012
Fall Semiannual Meeting
JW Marriot
Washington, DC
November 14-15, 2012
Executive Development Series
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX
Due September 24
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX
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
For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager at nbeverage@aacn.nche.edu or at
202-463-6930 ext. 240.
Register for the 2013 CNL Research Symposium
The 2013 CNL Research Symposium, Research, Quality Improvement, & Evidence-based Practice: Catalysts to Innovation, is scheduled January 17, 2013 from 7:15 am to 12:30 pm at the JW Marriott New Orleans in New Orleans, LA. Hosted by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) and the Clinical Nurse Leader Association (CNLA), the workshop is a preconference event to the AACN’s CNL Summit scheduled January 17-19, 2013.
The keynote presentation, Data Sanity as the Catalyst to Unprecedented Organizational Transformation, will be presented by author and statistician Davis Balestracci. Data Sanity will introduce a “mind set,” not a “tool set” – an everyday organizational language to understand the many guises of variation and how to react appropriately. This will challenge many current perceptions of “traditional” statistics as typically taught and practiced. It will demonstrate several common statistical traps and how many common data displays create significant waste of precious time and energy.  A few elegantly simple—and counterintuitive—alternatives will be presented that can create deeper, more productive conversations about data issues and be the surprising catalyst for true organizational excellence. 
Other presentations include: 
Using Interrupted Time Series Research Design to Measure Clinical Practice – Miriam Bender, MSN, RN, CNL, Sharp Healthcare and University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing
Critical Appraisal: Deep Reflection on the Research Evidence – Patricia L. Thomas, PhD, SMN, RN, CNL, Director of Nursing Practice and Research, Trinity Health System; Linda Roussel, DSN, RN, NEA, BC, Professor, University of South Alabama
Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss various topics related to data management that are of interest to CNLs during a roundtable topic breakfast.
Separate registration from the CNL Summit is required. Registration (includes breakfast) for the CNL Research Symposium is $99; after January 4, the cost is $129. Register early - space is limited. To register, go to http://www.aacn.nche.edu/events/2013/01/17/cnl-research-symposium. For more information, contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at tlofty@aacn.nche.edu or call 202-463-6930, ext. 242.
AACN and CNC Now Accepting Nominations for the CNL Vanguard Award
AACN and the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) are pleased to announce the second annual CNL Vanguard Award. This national award recognizes a certified CNL for innovative and outstanding professional performance and advocacy of the CNL role. In addition, the award promotes the contributions of the CNL in transforming healthcare. The 2013 recipient will be recognized at the CNL Summit, January 17-19, 2013 at the JW Marriott New Orleans in New Orleans, LA.
The CNL Vanguard Award recipient will receive a complimentary registration, $500 travel stipend to attend the 2013 CNL Summit and Research Symposium, a commemorative award, and a CNL lapel pin. The application deadline is October 15, 2012.
For more information and the application, click here or contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at tlofty@aacn.nche.edu.
Collaborating Across Borders (CAB)
Call for Abstracts
Collaborating Across Borders (CAB) IV
Interprofessional Collaboration: Transformative Change from the Classroom to Practice
June 12-14, 2013
The Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, BC
Continuing the highly successful Collaborating Across Borders Conference series, CAB IV is the fourth joint conference that links Canada and the United States around interprofessional education and interprofessional practice. CAB IV will continue the traditions established by previous CAB conferences by focusing on the themes of interprofessional education, practice, leadership and policy in a North American context. The conference will feature best practices, showcase evidence-based outcomes and lessons learned, and provide a venue for scholarly dialogue and productive networking.
Call for Abstracts:
View Advance Notice/Call for Abstracts: http://www.cabiv.ca/CABIV_AdvNot.pdf
Deadline for abstract submission is Friday, October 26, 2012.
For further information and updates, please visit the website at www.cabiv.ca or follow us on Twitter @CIHC_ca.
Register for an Event to Learn How NursingCAS Will Benefit Your Program & Applicants
NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to nursing programs. Through NursingCAS, prospective students (currently there are over 44,000 in the system) may 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. Learn more about how to implement NursingCAS at your school by registering for an upcoming Webinar or event.
NursingCAS & WebAdMIT Overview Webinar
September 18 at 3:00 - 4:00 pm (ET)
Register Now
NursingCAS Presentation for Minnesota Nursing Programs
September 26 at 10:00 - 11:30 am
Learn More or Register Now
NursingCAS: A Dean’s Perspective
October 29, 2012, 8:00 - 8:45 am or 1:00 - 2:00 pm 
JW Marriot Hotel, Washington, DC
Coincides with AACN’s Fall Semiannual Meeting
Register Now
NursingCAS User & Implementation Experience:
Panelist Presentation
November 15 at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, TX
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 to schedule an individual Webinar at your convenience for your school.
Additional information about the event(s) will be sent to those who register. Contact Caroline Allen, NursingCAS Manager, at 202-463-6930, ext. 258 or callen@aacn.nche.edu with any questions. Nursing schools interested in joining the service are encouraged to visit www.aacn.nche.edu/nursingcas/join for more information or contact Caroline to schedule an individual Webinar at your convenience for your school.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036