December 2013
Happy Holidays from AACN!
  1. New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Call for Applications
  2. AACN Data on the Employment of Recent BSN Graduates
  3. AACN and the CDC Announce New Public Health Fellowship Opportunity
  4. New Incentive for Nursing Schools to Enter the NCLEX-RN Competition
  5. Khan Academy Competition Call for Reviewers
  6. Doctoral Conference and Pre-Conference Events Set for Naples, FL
  7. Register Now for the 2014 CNL Summit and CNL Research Symposium
  8. January 2014 IPEC Faculty Development Institute
  9. Gold Foundation Seeks Examples of Humanistic Care
  10. GNSA Ask the Editor Webinar Planned for January
  11. AACN to Launch New Member Services System
  12. Upcoming Faculty Webinars
  13. AACN's CNL Certification Exam Review Course Coming Soon!
  14. Read the latest AACN Policy Beat
  15. Join a NursingCAS Session at an Upcoming AACN Conferences
  16. DNP Faculty: Deadline Approaching to Apply for NCI Grant-Funded Course
  17. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  18. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
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1. New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Call for Applications
The seventh Call for Proposals (CFP) was issued for the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. Schools of nursing may apply directly to NCIN for a grant ranging from $50,000 to $300,000. These grants are then disbursed as $10,000 scholarships to students entering an accelerated nursing degree program. To view the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) announcement, click here.

Applications for this solicitation must be submitted via the RWJF online system. Visit and use the Apply Online link. If you have not already done so, you will be required to register at before you begin the application process.
The deadline for receipt of your application and supporting materials is January 9, 2014, at 3:00 pm (ET). Please direct all inquiries about the application process to Alexa Tehansky and selection criteria to Dr. Vernell DeWitty.
Find out more about submitting a proposal by listening to a recording of a recent applicant conference call. Please visit the program’s website for complete details and to register.

2. AACN Data on the Employment of New BSN Graduates
New data from AACN show that graduates of entry-level baccalaureate (BSN) and master’s nursing programs are much more likely to have job offers at the time of graduation or soon after than are graduates from other fields. A national survey of deans and directors from U.S. nursing schools found that 59% of new BSN graduates had job offers at the time of graduation, which is substantially higher than the national average across all professions (29.3%). At four to six months after graduation, the survey found that 89% of new BSN graduates had secured employment in nursing.
Other key findings from the AACN survey include:
  • The percentage of BSN graduates with job offers at graduation varied by region of the country, from 68% in the South, to 59% in the Midwest, to 50% in the Northeast, to 47% in the West.
  • At 4 to 6 months after graduation, the average job offer rate climbed to 89% nationally for graduates of entry-level BSN programs.
  • The job offer rate for new nurses at the 4-6 month mark also varied by region from 93% in the South, to 90% in the Midwest, to 82% in the Northeast and West.
  • The AACN survey also looked at new RNs graduating from entry-level master’s programs and found that these nurses were even more likely to secure a position soon after graduation. The latest data show that 67% of these graduates had jobs at graduation, and 90% had jobs 4-6 months after completing their studies.
For more details on this new data including employer preferences for BSN-prepared nurses, visit:
3. 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, see For more details, contact CDC Fellowship Coordinator Nidia Gaona at 202-463-6930, extension 278 or
Find out more about the first AACN'sCDC Public Health Nursing fellow - Robin Wallin - by reading her bio online at
4. New Incentive for Nursing Schools to Enter the NCLEX-RN Competition
The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, Khan Academy, and AACN have announced a new incentive available to nursing schools with multiple students participating in the recently announced NCLEX-RN Competition. Through this international initiative, nursing students and other healthcare professionals are encouraged to create innovative video tutorials and exercises related to content covered in the NCLEX-RN®. Winning tutorials will then be made available to students, clinicians, and the public for free through the Khan Academy Web site

As an incentive for schools to encourage robust student and faculty participation, the first 25 schools with three or more students and/or faculty entering the competition will receive a $200 gift card courtesy of the Jonas Center. Schools receiving this gift will receive recognition on the Khan Academy Web site once the NCLEX-RN competition winners have been announced. Schools wishing to receive the $200 incentive must notify program planners once three students and/or faculty have sent their video submissions to Khan Academy for consideration.  Please email the names of your school’s contestants to Dr. Karen Kesten, and a gift card will be emailed to you once the submissions have been verified. Only the first 25 schools requesting an award will be eligible to receive the incentive.

Students interested in participating in this competition are invited to register now for a free webinar titled Creating Engaging Khan Academy Tutorials: The Nuts and Bolts scheduled for January 6, 2014 from 2-3pm EST. Find out how you can be part of this groundbreaking work with some insider advice from a nurse and past winner of a Khan Academy video competition, Ryan Patton. This webinar also will review some of the key fundamentals of content creation and showcase best practices. Ryan will be joined in this webinar by Dr. Rishi Desai, Medical Partnerships lead with Khan Academy. Those interested in participating in this free webinar are encouraged to sign up now at
Technical Assistance Webinar
Khan Academy hosted a free Webinar for those interested in participating in the video competition. Click here to access the Webinar recording and to find out more about what is required to participate in this groundbreaking work.
5. Khan Academy Competition Call for Reviewers
To support the NCLEX Competition, AACN is seeking expert faculty to function as content reviewers. Reviewers will be expected to provide feedback to content creators of video tutorials in short, concise reviews regarding scientific errors, major content omissions, and teaching style suggestions. Reviewers will also assess sample questions, answers, and hints. Reviewers must review assigned content within 2 weeks, throughout the duration of their contract.

Reviewer Expectations:
  • Expert on physiology and pathophysiology related to cardiovascular, respiratory, pediatrics, and/or hematology systems
  • Experience and expertise in teaching this content
  • Meets deadlines effectively
  • Proficient using Microsoft Word and YouTube
  • Comfortable learning and using online tools (specifically the online tool Trello)
  • Regular access to broadband internet
  • Ability to commit up to 5-7 hours per week for content review
  • Be available to train and review content between February 2014 and October 2014

AACN will offer an honorarium for reviewers. Applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter describing their qualifications and their curriculum vitae or resume. Deadline for submission: January 3, 2014 or until a core set of reviewers is found, whichever comes first. Those interested should contact Dr. Karen Kesten at
6. Register Now for the 2014 CNL Summit and CNL Research Symposium
Join thought leaders from around the nation at AACN’s annual Doctoral Education Conference, which will be held concurrently with the Faculty Practice Pre-Conference and the Research Leadership Network Meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria Naples in Naples, FL, January 29-February 1, 2014.

The annual Doctoral Education Conference brings together deans, associate deans for research, directors of doctoral programs, and other faculty to chart the future of doctoral nursing education. 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 and is coordinated by the Practice Leadership Network (PLN). Topics this year include sustainability, successful faculty practice, federal issues, and the scholarship of practice. The Research Leadership Network (RLN) is comprised of nursing faculty who have leadership roles facilitating research within their nursing programs. This year’s RLN Meeting will focus on developing and facilitating interdisciplinary research collaboration, followed by stimulating discussions on issues most relevant to research faculty today.

The deadline for early registration is January 17, 2014. Late fees will apply to registrations received after January 17.

Register online at

For more information and to see the brochure for all these conferences, visit

Exhibiting and Sponsorship Opportunities

AACN offers a unique opportunity to market products and services to chief decision-makers at the nation's schools of nursing. AACN represents more than 740 schools of nursing at public and private universities and senior colleges nationwide. Click here to view current opportunities.

Contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager at or at 202-463-6930 ext. 240.

7. Register Now for the 2014 CNL Summit and CNL Research Symposium
The 2014 Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Summit will be held January 16-18, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County near Disneyland Resort in Garden Grove, CA. The CNL Summit provides a national forum for all healthcare and academic audiences currently implementing or interested in exploring CNL education and practice. Conference topics include the impact and value of the CNL role in achieving the Triple Aim: improved cost, quality, and service outcomes; new models of care in today’s era of healthcare reform and the CNL role, particularly related to care coordination, lateral integration, and transitions of care; and multi-professional practice and the CNL role in leading and building teams.
The 2014 CNL Research Symposium, a pre-conference workshop offered in conjunction with the AACN’s CNL Summit, will be held on January 16, 2014 from 8:00 am-12:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. Hosted by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) and sponsored by the Clinical Nurse Leader Association (CNLA), the theme is Using Today’s Data to Improve Tomorrow. The target audience includes educators, practicing CNLs, students, healthcare administrators, nurse executives, and physicians, among others. Early registration is $110; after January 3, 2014, the registration is $139. Separate registration from the CNL Summit is required.
To register and for hotel information for the CNL Summit and Research Symposium, go to
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8. January 2014 IPEC Faculty Development Institute
IPEC is committed to accelerating the national movement toward interprofessional education and practice by providing state-of-the-art faculty development institutes focused on advancing high quality, team-based healthcare delivery. In January 2014, faculty from across the health professions will come together in teams to learn how to enhance interprofessional curricula and student learning experiences, with a focus on quality improvement and patient safety.

Featuring noted experts on quality and safety content, curriculum development, and interprofessional engagement, keynote addresses include:

Finding Energy and Joy in Sustainably Improving Health and Health Care
Janis M. Orlowski, MD,  Senior Director, Clinical Transformation, Association of American Medical Colleges
Explore the intrinsic benefits of advancing sound healthcare policy from the first responding physician to the Washington Navy Yard shootings in September 2013.

Success Stories for Teaching Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
Esther Emard, MSN, RN, MSLIR, Former Chief Operating Officer,  National Committee for Quality Assurance, Faculty, The George Washington University, School of Nursing
Hear an expert’s perspective on effective teaching strategies related to quality and safety from a nationally recognized leader in the field.

Creating High Reliability to Reduce Patient Harm
William Riley, PhD, Professor and Director, School for the Science of Health Care Delivery,
Arizona State University
Discover the latest evidence emerging from the study of patient safety and quality improvement  from an experienced healthcare executive, professor, and researcher.  

Faculty interested in attending must register in teams, which should include a quality improvement or patient safety specialist, at least one representative from an IPEC profession (dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health), and a member able to affect curricular change at their home institution. The conference fee is $1,095 per person, which includes 3 nights lodging at the Dulles Hyatt, registration and materials, and breakfasts and lunches For more details on assembling teams and registration details, see Registration is limited, so early registration is strongly encouraged. 
9. Gold Foundation Seeks Examples of Humanistic Care
Leaders with The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and AACN are collaborating to recognize nurses who exhibit leadership in compassionate, humanistic care as educators, researchers, mentors and practitioners as well as students who exemplify and demonstrate these qualities. The Gold Foundation administers numerous award programs that acknowledge medical students, residents, and medical school faculty who demonstrate humanistic values, ideals, and qualities AACN and the Gold Foundation are now partnering to develop the same kind of programming to recognize exemplars in nursing.  

The AFPG/AACN Advisory Group will meet in February to discuss strategies to develop the recognition program for compassionate, humanistic nursing care. To assist with the development of this program, AACN is reaching out to leaders and experts in nursing education, research and practice. Please answer the following question: What current nursing initiatives/projects/models/research/honors exist that address Humanism? Please reflect on this question and send your answers to Kathy McGuinn, AACN Director of Special Projects, no later than January 10, 2014. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this important project.

10. GNSA Ask the Editor Webinar Planned for January
Ask the Editors: Developing Manuscripts for Publication
January 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm (ET)
Join Patricia Morton, Editor of Journal of Professional Nursing (the official journal of AACN), and Marion Broome, Editor of Nursing Outlook, for a stimulating discussion centered on developing a manuscript for publication in a refereed journal. Drs. Broome and Morton will cover the beginning stages of the manuscript process as well as determining the appropriate audience, strategies for choosing an article format and appropriate journal, managing the writing process, and deciding on single versus multi-authorship.

The Webinar will take place January 7, 2014 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm (ET). To register, click here.

Webinars are offered free to all members of the GNSA. To register or to listen to the recording, visit:
11. 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
  • Save and review your earned continuing nursing education hours
  • 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, scholarship, and award nomination forms
  • View your institution’s payment history and 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.
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12. Upcoming Faculty Webinars
QSEN Webinar Series Part III: The Power of Alignment
January 9, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
February 20, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET)
For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Anna Kathryn Pierce, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 227.
13. 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.
14. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This month’s edition of Policy Beat provides an update to the FY 2014 budget negotiations process as well as recent Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development program funding announcements. AACN Board Member-at-Large David Vlahov speaks at an IOM Future of Nursing event, and Sylvia Trent-Adams is appointed the new Chief Nursing Officer of the USPHS. Also included are two recent HRSA reports on the healthcare workforce and an MSNBC article on APRN scope of practice and access to primary care services.To view the December issue of AACN Policy Beat, visit
15. Join a NursingCAS Session at an Upcoming AACN Conference
Join your colleagues at a session during an upcoming AACN conference to learn more about how to leverage NursingCAS to effectively manage your admissions process. NursingCAS is the centralized application service for nursing schools that provides an online application for students and web-based admissions management software for schools called WebAdMIT. These free events and are open to deans, admissions professionals, IT staff, faculty, nursing school recruiters, advisors, and other decision-makers involved in the admissions process. Sessions will feature content for prospective and participating schools.

NursingCAS & Enrollment Management Sessions

January 29, 2014
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Waldorf Astoria Naples
(Coincides with AACN’s Doctoral Education Conference)
Naples, FL
Register Now

February 28, 2014
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Doubletree Paradise Valley
(Coincides with AACN’s Master's Education Conference)
Scottsdale, AZ
Register Now

If you missed the recent Webinar series, check out the slides here.

There is no cost to schools to participate in NursingCAS (software, training, and support are free); applicants do pay a nominal fee. Participation is open to all accredited programs at the diploma, associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Schools can join at anytime and decide which programs to post on NursingCAS, and we will assist you with implementation. For more information on joining, visit In order to join NursingCAS, you must complete the participation form. To view or print a copy of the form prior to electronically submitting it, click here. For more information about this workshop or NursingCAS, contact Caroline Allen, at or 202-463-6930 ext. 258 or visit

Want to learn more about the NursingCAS experience now? Check out the NursingCAS YouTube page and watch this video case study.


16. DNP Faculty: Deadline Approaching to Apply for NCI Grant-Funded Course

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded grant funding to the City of Hope Medical Center, in partnership with AACN, to prepare Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) faculty to integrate palliative care content into DNP program curricula. This project, titled Integrating Palliative Oncology Care into Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Education and Clinical Practice, will give nursing faculty the tools and resources needed to educate DNP graduates on how to provide compassionate and evidence-based palliative care to the 1.6 million Americans diagnosed with cancer this year, plus the 13.7 million Americans who are living with a history of cancer. Using the grant funding, free registration, plus up to $350 in hotel lodging expenses will be offered to nursing faculty interested in attending this two-day train-the-trainer course. Faculty will be chosen competitively based on their ability to disseminate the curriculum content to other faculty, students, and clinical partners. The first of four national train-the-trainer courses will be held February 27-28, 2014 in Glendale, CA. The second national course will be held June 26-27, 2014 in Washington, DC. Applications are due no later than December 20, 2013. For more information and/or to apply, go to
Also, check-out other 2014 National ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Courses that will be available in nine cities across the United States at
17. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON) is being recognized with an Engineering Excellence Honor Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) for the innovative design of the school’s new building. Both the university and the engineering firm involved with this structure will be presented with the award at the ACEC-Illinois awards luncheon in February. The four-story, 58,222 square-foot building, which opened in September 2012, houses a 165-seat lecture hall, classrooms, group study rooms, conference rooms, faculty offices, a light-filled atrium, and café. For more information, click here.
  • On September 19, the city of Oporto in Portugal named Afaf I. Meleis, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, an honorary citizen. Oporto is known as the City of Knowledge for its famous libraries. Members of the faculty of the Oporto School of Nursing and nurses from the Nurses' Union nominated Dr. Meleis for her work in Transition Theory which defines many issues in nursing and in human development.  Her book on the subject is in its fifth edition. For more information, click here.
18. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • Do you know of an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who is new to or aspiring to a leadership position? The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program, is designed specifically to offer APRNs a life-changing opportunity to become leaders of new models of care. This one-year certificate program, through onsite retreats combined with distance-based sessions, offers innovative and integrated training in the areas of leadership, management, organizational development, business, community engagement and population health. It is structured to provide the working clinician a program rich in content and opportunities for professional development. Cost is nominal due to the generous support of Johnson & Johnson. Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2014. Thirty Program Fellows will be selected to participate for the 2014-2015 Program Year. To learn more about this exciting opportunity and how to apply, visit:
  • The General Electric-National Medical Fellowships (GE-NMF) Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP) is now accepting applications for 2014. Nursing applicants must be master’s or doctoral students. PCLP candidates are students from underrepresented minority groups and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. The GE-NMF PCLP develops medical, nursing, and physician assistant students into leaders in the primary care field to increase access for the United States’ most underserved communities. GE-NMF PCLP scholars actively engage in leadership training, site-specific independent projects, and healthcare services to examine the challenges and rewards of primary care practice in community health centers (CHCs) across the United States. For more information, visit or email
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