September 2011

Join the New Online Collaboration Community

Upcoming Webinars

Register & Submit Abstracts for Conferences 
Faculty Teaching Award Nominations
CNL Updates
Call for Applications: Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program

AACN Task Force on Environmental Sustainability Report
New Program for VA Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency

Meet the New J&J - AACN Minority Faculty Scholars
Tools to Engage Students in Advocacy Efforts

Call for Nominations: AACN's 2011 Policy Luminary Award

ELNEC to Celebrate its 100th Trainer Course
NIH Loan Repayment Programs

NursingCAS Updates

Be Featured in Syllabus

Register & Submit Abstracts for Upcoming AACN Conferences
November 17-19, 2011
St. Louis, MO
Executive Development Series
November 16-17, 2011
St. Louis, MO
November 17, 2011
St. Louis, MO
January 25-28, 2012
Naples, FL
January 25, 2012
Naples, FL
January 26, 2012
Naples, FL
For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager, via email or 202-463-6930 X240.
CNL Updates
2012 CNL Summit: Call for Abstracts
AACN is now accepting abstracts for the 2012 CNL Summit that illustrate programs, courses, initiatives, projects, case studies, or evaluation outcomes that showcase the CNL initiative in education and practice. The planning committee is particularly interested in abstracts and case studies that demonstrate CNL-led innovations in practice, CNL transitions into practice, and outcomes of CNL practice related to care coordination, recidivism, and patient transitions.
The CNL Summit and Research Symposium is scheduled January 19-21, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. To register or for information about the Call for Abstracts, click here.

CNL Vanguard Award
AACN and the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) are pleased to announce the first 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 health care. The recipient of the award will receive  a complimentary registration and a $500 travel stipend to the CNL Summit and Research Symposium, a lapel pin, and a commemorative plaque.
For information about the CNL Vanguard Award click here.

Prize Drawing for CNL Students
CNC is offering a prize drawing for CNL students this fall. To be eligible, students must submit a request form for CNL Certification Program information by September 30 for a chance to win an Amazon Kindle. To access the form, click here and click on “Request for Information.” The winner will be announced on October 28.

New CNL Online Discussion Board
AACN and CNC have launched The CNL Community, an online discussion board designed for students and graduates of CNL education programs and practicing CNLs. The CNL Community provides a forum to share information and resources, learn about innovative practices and patient outcomes, and network with peers.
AACN’s current CNL listserve will continue through December 2011. After that date, a decision will be made whether to continue the listserve or rely solely on The CNL Community for CNL student/graduate communications. CNL students and graduates should contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, via email to receive login information for The CNL Community.

Spotlight: New Johnson & Johnson - AACN Minority Faculty Scholars

Ana Maria Kelly, BSN, RN, is a third-year fast-track PhD student at Michigan State University
Luz Huntington-Moskos, MS, RN, CPN, is a third-year PhD student at the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Carolina E. Noya, MSN, RN, FNP, is a first-year PhD student at the University of California San Francisco.
Ronald J. Piscotty, Jr., MSN, RN-BC, is a third-year PhD in nursing student at the University of Michigan.
Patty R. Wilson, MSN, RN, obtained both her BSN and MSN from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.
Read more about the scholars.
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, photo, 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.
Join the New Online Collaboration Community for Faculty
AACN is now offering an Online Collaboration Community exclusively for faculty from member schools. This new service provides an interactive, social media platform that enables members to share knowledge and best practices, establish collaborative relationships, and form strategic alliances with peers. While a “grand opening” is planned for later this fall, a limited roll-out of the Community is currently in progress. At present, the Calendar, Resource Center, and Archived Webinars areas are accessible to member faculty that register and create a unique profile. Only registered faculty will have free, full access to AACN’s popular Webinar series. In October 2011, the Community will be fully functioning and provide access to a member directory, discussion forums, and other professional development programs and initiatives. The community is not a public domain, and all information within the community may be viewed only by AACN members.
You may log into the community by using the following temporary log-in ID and passcode for first-time log in only (case sensitive):
Upon entering the site for the first time, you will be prompted to create a new, unique ID and password once you have completed the registration process. We suggest using your e-mail address as your login ID. Try to choose a password that you will be able to remember. Please note, when you register for the Community, you must indicate your institution and use an institutional e-mail address that ends in “.edu”. If an e-mail address is used that does not end in “.edu”, you will be contacted by the site administrator.
For more information, contact Laura Petri, Director of Faculty Programs, at or 202-463-6930, X270. For assistance logging into the Community or for other technical support, contact Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, at or 202-463-6930, X230.
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.
Featured Webinars:

Presented in collaboration with The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning and sponsored by Elsevier
September 26, 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST
Speakers: Valerie Howard, EdD, MSN, RN and Teresa Gore, DNP, APRN
The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) is pleased to present the Standards for Best Practice in Simulation, consisting of a framework for the following simulation-related topics: Terminology, Professional Integrity of Participant, Participant Objectives, Facilitation Methods, Simulation Facilitator, Debriefing Process, and Evaluation of Expected Outcome.
October 6, 3:30-5:00 pm EST
Speakers: Jane Kirschling, DNS, AACN President-elect, and Panel Participant, Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice; Donna Kern, MD, Associate Professor, Family Medicine, College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina; Susan M. Meyer, PhD, Associate Dean for Education and Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Released earlier this year, The Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice was sponsored by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative and represents the collective thinking of six health care professions. With the goal of providing safe, high quality patient-centered care, these competencies provide guidance to faculty looking to move beyond profession-specific education by engaging students in interactive interprofessional learning.
CNL Webinar Series:
Co-sponsored by AACN and the Commission on Nurse Certification

September 23, 2:00 3:00pm EST
Speakers: Grace Sotomayor, MSN, MBA, RN, FACHE and Barbee Whisnant-Burgess, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

September 28, 2:00-3:00 pm EST
Speaker: Linda Rusch, MS, RN, APN-C
October 3, 2:00-3:30 pm EST
Speakers: Marilyn A. Prasun, RN, PhD, CCNS, CNL, FAHA; Dedra Stewart, RN, MSN, CNL; Julie Sims, RN, MSN, CNL; Kristin Pritts, RN, MSN, CNL; Shelly Challans, CNL Student; Alicia White, CNL Student 

Go to to see a complete listing of the Webinars, organized by topic. For assistance in registering for Webinars contact Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, at or 202-463-6930, X230.
2011-2012 AACN Faculty Teaching Awards – Call for Nominations
AACN is pleased to announce four Faculty Teaching Awards for the 2011-2012 academic year. The AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Awards are two awards for faculty who have been in the role for five years or less. The purpose of the awards is to recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by novice faculty at AACN member schools. The Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award will be presented to faculty demonstrating excellence and innovation teaching in classroom or online settings, while the Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award will recognize outstanding faculty in clinical settings.
The additional awards are for more experienced faculty with more than five years of experience in the faculty role. The AACN Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award recognizes leaders who implement groundbreaking teaching approaches at AACN member schools. The AACN Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award recognizes a faculty member who systematically investigates questions related to student learning and the conditions under which it occurs in order to improve outcomes.
The deadline for submission of nomination application packets is Friday, March 30, 2012. Winners will be announced at the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester, and awards will be issued during the Fall 2012 semester. Winners will choose one AACN conference that they would like to attend during the 2011-2012 academic year - the registration fee for that conference will be waived! Winners will also be spotlighted on AACN's website and receive an engraved award commemorating their achievement. In addition, the winner of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award will be provided the opportunity to present a webinar related to their body of research.
For more information on the awards, visit

Call for Applications: Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program
AACN has announced a new collaboration with the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence to increase the number of doctorally prepared nursing faculty. The $2.5 million initiative will be managed by AACN as part of the Jonas Center’s larger effort to support 150 new doctoral students across all 50 states. The program is designed to provide financial assistance, leadership development, and mentoring support to expand the pipeline of future nurse faculty into research-focused (PhD, DNS) and practice-focused (DNP) doctorates. For more details, including new details on eligibility and selection criteria, see
Final Report of the AACN Task Force on Environmental Sustainability Released
The final report of the AACN Task Force on Environmental Sustainability was approved by the Board of Directors in July. This task force was established in response to a motion from the AACN membership that AACN take a leadership role to address environmental sustainability in nursing education. Task force members include Patricia Butterfield, Chair, Washington State University; Linda McCauley, Emory University; Barbara Sattler, University of Maryland; and Jodi DiGennaro, Adelphi University. Outcomes from the work include upcoming webinars about how to advance environmental sustainability initiatives, an awards program celebrating excellence in environmental sustainability, web resources and online educational materials, and a special interest group on the new Online Collaboration Community. Access the full report,
Veterans Health Administration Announces Program for VA Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency
On August 15, 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA), in collaboration with the Office of Nursing Services (ONS), issued a request for applications for VA Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency programs. Historically, the VA has funded accredited residencies for Medicine, Dentistry, Psychology, Pharmacy, and other clinical professions, but not for Nursing. Through this pilot program, the VA will fund 5-6 training sites and a maximum of 30 residents. Programs must be accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing (CCNE) or be in the process of obtaining such accreditation. Funding decisions will be based primarily on the quality of the proposals submitted. Initial funding is planned for 3 years depending upon availability of funding and demonstrated program success. Selected sites will be provided funding and trainee positions effective September 1, 2012 (Academic Year 2012-2013).
For complete details, see the program announcement, which outlines eligibility requirements, outcome expectations, application instructions, and review schedule, at Please note that a non-binding Letter of Intent to submit a proposal is due October 1, 2011. Full proposals are due January 30, 2012.

Meet the New Johnson & Johnson-AACN Minority Faculty Scholars
AACN recently announced that five new Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars have been selected through a national scholarship program funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. Launched to address the faculty shortage and enhance diversity among nurse educators, this AACN-administered program provides generous financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds with aspirations to teach in our nation’s schools of nursing. Meet the 2011-2012 cohort of Scholars, See scholars pictured to the left.
Creating Future Advocates: Give Your Students the Tools to Influence Federal Policy
Take a moment to join the nearly 3,000 nursing deans, directors, faculty, and students who have already made nursing advocacy a priority. As AACN’s grassroots network grows, so does the voice of professional nursing on Capitol Hill. While one advocate can make a difference, thousands of nurses and nursing students united to support one common message is the most effective way to ensure our federal legislators hear from their nursing expert constituents.
By encouraging your students to sign up for AACN’s grassroots network, they will have access to AACN’s Policy Beat, a monthly newsletter providing information on issues such as the budget and appropriations process, news from federal agencies, as well as summaries of critical legislation. Additionally, the grassroots network will send you and your students “action alerts” when it is critical to send a message to members of Congress on important policy decisions and will also send you updates on breaking information that impacts nursing education, research, and practice. To join, click here and simply fill out the information requested. For more information, contact Dr. Suzanne Miyamoto, Director of Government Affairs, via email.

Call for Nominations: AACN’s 2011 Policy Luminary Award
AACN created the Policy Luminary Award to recognize an outstanding nursing leader for his or her public policy achievements. Past recipients (pictured on the left) include Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Dr. Mary Naylor, Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing and Director of NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health. The far reaching impact these nurses have had on health policy exemplifies the spirit of this prestigious AACN award.
AACN’s Government Affairs Committee is seeking nominations for this year’s award. Nominations are due by 5pm ET, on Monday, September 26, 2011. Each nomination package should include two letters of recommendation from peers, the nominee’s CV, and a one page biosketch.
Nominations must be electronically submitted to AACN’s Government Affairs Coordinator Gene Throwe at Please direct any questions to AACN’s Director of Government Affairs, Suzanne Miyamoto at 202-463-6930, X247.

ELNEC to Celebrate its 100th Trainer Course
On January 26 and 27, 2012, the 100th national/international ELNEC train-the-trainer course will be held in Los Angeles, CA. This will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate ELNEC’s milestone birthday and to network with others from across the US and countries around the world. If you are already an ELNEC trainer and would like to take a refresher course or attend another specialty course, feel free to join us. Nurses and other healthcare team members are invited to attend this special ELNEC summit where ELNEC-Core, Pediatric Palliative Care, Geriatric, and Critical Care train-the-trainer courses will be held simultaneously. 
Two other ELNEC Summits will be held in Washington, DC and Portland, OR in August and October 2012, respectively. In addition, an ELNEC-Core train-the-trainer course will be held as a pre-conference to the AACN Master’s Education Conference in
San Antonio, TX. There has never been more of a critical time to attend an ELNEC Course. With the Joint Commission now certifying hospitals in palliative care, your graduates will be expected to provide and promote this care. For more information and/or to register for any of these courses, go to
For all the latest news and updates, follow ELNEC on Facebook.
Apply Now for 2012 Awards
The 2012 application cycle for the National Institutes of Health’s Loan Repayment Program is now open. The program can assist qualified researchers repay up to $35,000 of educational debt annually. Applicants must devote 20 hours or more per week to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit, university, or government entity; and have qualified educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20 percent of their institutional base salary. An NIH grant or other NIH funding is not required to apply for or participate in the program. Applications for the 2011 program are available at and will be accepted until November 15. For additional assistance, contact 866-849-4047 or Also, receive application cycle updates and tips through Twitter @NIH_LRP and Facebook.
NursingCAS Updates: Complete a Survey
NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing schools, launched in March 2010 and expanded to include graduate programs in September 2010. On August 15, 2011 Year Two of NursingCAS launched. Based on feedback from participating schools, many new features and enhancements were added; including the ability to view in progress applicants, resume/CV upload, and school-specific personal statements. Click here to read about the new enhancements for Year Two of NursingCAS. There is no cost to schools to join NursingCAS, and it is possible to run your current application process in tandem with NursingCAS. Listed below are some examples of how NursingCAS can help your institution.
  • Gain access to a wider pool of applicants
  • Help you to sort through an already existing large pool of applicants
  • Meet recruitment goals and enhance diversity in the nursing student population
  • Reduce administrative costs and staff time typically devoted to verifying student application data. Since applications are verified as a central component of NursingCAS, admission staff are free to focus on higher level activities
  • Access real-time data on applicants that can be easily sorted and segmented
  • Move to an automated versus paper-based application system
  • Maximize existing enrollment software, such as Banner or PeopleSoft
  • Assist advisors looking to guide applicants through the admissions process
  • Create customized, on-demand school-specific reports, including applicant profiles
  • Applicants can check their application status online or by contacting NursingCAS customer service
AACN wants to collect your feedback on why your school is not yet participating in NursingCAS, if you could complete this brief survey it will help us to make informed decisions that will lead to greater involvement in the service. If you are already using NursingCAS, then please remember to complete the NursingCAS user survey.
Are you interested in learning more about NursingCAS or how to join? Then please contact Caroline Allen, NursingCAS Manager, at 202-463-6930 X258 or You can also schedule an individual session for you and your colleagues to demonstrate the NursingCAS application and WebAdMIT, the free web-based companion software, at your convenience or watch a short overview video.
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