March 2012  
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Register Now for AACN Conferences
Spring Annual Meeting
March 24-27, 2012
Washington, DC
Development Series

March 23-24, 2012
Washington, DC

NAP Meeting
March 23-24, 2012


For more information,
contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager, via email or 202-463-6930 X240.
Update on
IPEC Institute
May 21-23, 2012

Registration for the
IPEC Institute
inaugural, is officially closed. The wait list has also been closed. Due to the exceptional interest in this institute, the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is planning additional institutes. We will inform members of additional dates and locations as soon as the information becomes available. Teams on the “wait list” will be given first priority in registration for additional institutes.
U.S. Professors
of the Year Awards
The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country—those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students. Sponsored by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.
Career Link

AACN's Career Link is an online resource dedicated to employment opportunities in nursing education that features a comprehensive list available of vacancies in U.S. nursing colleges and universities.
Advertise a Position 
Reach thousands of potential applicants from the nursing education, administration, practice, and research arenas with your employment opportunity posted in AACN's Career Link.
Contact Anna Kathryn Pierce for a price quote.
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.
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.
AACN Urges Schools of Nursing to Support Joining Forces
  AACN is proud to be partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, and all sectors of the nursing profession to support the national Joining Forces campaign. To advance this important work, we are looking for individual schools to pledge their support for this initiative by
March 29, 2012
All schools pledging their support will receive national exposure for their commitment, and the list of participating schools will be shared with the White House in advance of a national kick-off event recognizing nursing’s commitment to Joining Forces. Participating schools will also be provided with a template for a press release that we ask you send after 3:00 pm ET on April 11. Please register your support and complete the online pledge by March 29, 2012. For more information and to pledge, click here.
Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program Expands to all  50 States
The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence will reach an important milestone this fall, as the third cohort of nursing doctoral candidates in its Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program brings the program to a national scale. Launched in 2008 with six scholars in three states, the program now includes more than 200 students in nearly 85 schools across the US. It is the largest program addressing the nation’s dire shortage of nursing faculty—nursing schools turned away more than 75,000 qualified applicants in 2010 alone due to 1,000-plus faculty shortages—by preparing nurses with doctoral degrees to step into this critical role.
AACN is administering the program for the new cohort that includes 142 PhD and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) scholars representing all 50 states. The scholars will be funded through 2014 with $2 million from the Jonas Center, which the schools leveraged to raise an additional $1.5 million.
A full list of partner colleges and universities is available on the Jonas Center’s web site.
RWJF Awards New Funding AACN's National Faculty Development Initiative
Teaching Resources and QSEN Faculty Development Institutes Planned
for Those Teaching in Master’s and Doctoral Nursing Programs
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded $964,388 in new funding to the AACN to extend the reach of the national Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative to graduate education programs. Building on work completed by AACN at the undergraduate level, this new project will provide educational resources and training to enhance the ability of faculty in master’s and doctoral nursing programs to teach quality and safety competencies. For more information visit,
Current Calls for Nominations - Deadlines Extended
Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Awards 
This award recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change. Innovation awards, including a monetary prize of $1,000, will be given in four institutional categories: Small School; Academic Health Center (AHC); Private School without an AHC; and Public School without an AHC.
For award criteria and detailed nomination information please visit us on line at:
Deadline to submit a nomination has been extended to Friday, April 13, 2012.
One of the highest honors a person can receive from the AACN is the Sr. Bernadette Armiger Award,  recognizes a nursing leader who has made significant contributions to the association and its goals, to nursing education, and to the advancement of the profession.
For award criteria and detailed nomination information, please visit:
The deadline for nominations is June 8, 2012.
Other Calls For Nomination:
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.
See for 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, ext. 230.
Call for Applications:
Leadership in Academic Nursing Program (LANP)

AACN sponsors an executive leadership fellowship tailored specifically for aspiring and new deans. Designed to prepare a more diverse, younger pool of leaders for nursing programs, this professional development experience encompasses an assessment and evaluation of leadership skills, opportunities for strategic networking and case study development, consultation to achieve long-term goals, and identification of key partnerships. 
For more information, click here. Applications must be received by AACN no later than May 18, 2012 in order to be considered.
Master’s Essentials Tool Kit Now Available
At its January meeting, the AACN Board of Directors approved a new faculty tool kit that was developed to facilitate implementation of the 2011 Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.  The tool kit provides key resources to assist schools as they engage in curricular redesign to incorporate the Master’s Essentials; suggests integrative learning strategies that will strengthen learning and leadership development; and provides a forum for sharing innovative curricular and program ideas across schools. The new resources was designed to be dynamic, using a Web-based platform that allows for additions and changes as new ideas are developed.
To access the Master’s Essentials faculty tool kit, click here.
New AACN Faculty Member Expertise Survey
Maximize your affiliation with AACN by completing the Faculty Expertise Survey. Survey data will be used by AACN staff to match your interest and expertise areas with relevant calls for nominations, media inquiries, committee appointments, and other service opportunities available at the national level.
To access the survey go to:
Apply Now for the 2012 Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
AACN, with support from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for  Nursing’s Future, is currently offering a sixth round of scholarship funding to underrepresented minority nursing students who plan to work as nursing faculty after graduation. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral nursing program or a clinically-focused master’s degree program. 
Applications must by Wednesday May 2, 2012.
2012 Student Policy Summit Registration Now Open
Registration for AACN’s 2012 Student Policy Summit is now open to nursing students at AACN member schools. The  Summit provides undergraduate and graduate nursing students the opportunity to congregate in Washington, DC for a three-day conference focused on nursing policy, research, and advocacy. In addition to the exciting programmatic sessions, attendees visit their members of Congress and Congressional staff with deans from their states who are in town for AACN’s Spring Annual Meeting. The deans, directors, and students will share with Congressional leaders the importance of nursing education and research as it relates to the health of our nation. Together AACN members and students will bring one common and united advocacy message to the Hill.
AACN also offers scholarships to two exceptional students that cover the student’s airfare, accommodations, and registration fee. Scholarship essays are due Friday, January 20, 2012. For more information see:
To register online for the 2012 Student Policy Summit, visit:
For more information regarding the Summit, visit:
New Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Competencies
AACN is pleased to announce the release of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies. This publication, developed in collaboration with colleagues from the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, delineates the entry-level competencies for graduates of master’s, doctorate of nursing practice, and post-graduate programs preparing acute care NPs who serve the adult-gerontology population. The competencies are intended to be used in conjunction with — and build upon — the graduate and APRN core competencies outlined in the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice or Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing. These consensus-based competencies focus on the unique practice knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the adult-gerontology acute care NP. The competencies are located at:
AACN is grateful for the generous support provided by the John A. Hartford Foundation that made this project possible.
Six National ELNEC Courses Remain for 2012
This national train-the-trainer initiative provides state-of-the-art education on teaching End-of-Life-Nursing-Care. Participants will receive a 1000+ page curriculum with over 300 ppt slides, talking points under each slide, 12 CEs, the 2010 edition of The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing, and flash drive that has all the materials in the hard-copy of the curriculum (including the ppt slides). Also, you will have the opportunity to network with other nursing faculty and clinicians from across the US.
Courses remaining in 2012 include:
  • March 21-22: ELNEC – Core; Orlando, FL
  • April 3-4: ELNEC – For Veterans; Durham, NC
  • May 10-11: ELNEC-Core; Chicago, IL
  • July 16-17: ELNEC-For Veterans; Anaheim, CA (Disneyland)
  • August 23-24: ELNEC Summit; Washington, DC
    (ELNEC-Core, Pediatric Palliative Care, Geriatric, and Critical Care will be presented simultaneously)
  • October 11-12: ELNEC Summit; Portland, OR
    (ELNEC-Core, Pediatric Palliative Care, Geriatric, and Critical Care will be presented simultaneously)
For further information and/or to register, go to or contact Pam Malloy at
For all the latest news and updates, follow ELNEC on Facebook.
Register Now for a NursingCAS Networking Lunch
on April 11 in Pittsburgh, PA
NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to registered nursing programs. Through NursingCAS, prospective students may apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating nursing schools. Students only need to complete one electronic application and prepare one set of corresponding materials that will be disseminated to designated schools of nursing for consideration. Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to schools of nursing. Are you currently using NursingCAS at your school or would you like to speak with colleagues who use this service at their school? Then RSVP for the Networking Luncheon offered on April 11 in Pittsburgh, PA.
NursingCAS Networking Luncheon – RSVP by April 1
Wednesday, April 11, 12:30 – 1:30 PM (ET)
The Westin Pittsburgh, Convention Center – Pittsburgh, PA
This free event is open to participating and prospective schools and coincides with National Student Nurses Association’s 60th Anniversary Convention and Alumni Reunion  and AACN's Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals Conference. Join us in Pittsburgh to connect with colleagues and learn more about how they are using or why they are considering using NursingCAS at their school. This is a RSVP only event, so please complete this RSVP form by April 1.
Alternatively, NursingCAS is hosting Open House sessions on June 12 and 13 in Watertown, MA (outside of Boston). Attendees will tour NursingCAS headquarters and receive a first-hand look at processing and the transcript and application verification process. And will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of NursingCAS users, and the customer service and technical team. Learn more and register for the open house event here,
Visit for more information and contact NursingCAS Manager Caroline Allen with any questions (, 202-463-6930, ext. 258).
NCSBN Offers Funding For Regulatory Nursing Research
Are looking for funding to research new and innovative ways to make a difference in the field of nursing? Then submit your grant proposal to NCSBN’s Center of Regulatory Excellence (CRE) grant program. The CRE awards grants up to $300,000 (for up to two years) for scientific research projects that advance the science of nursing regulation and build regulatory expertise worldwide. Grants are awarded to qualified researchers who are interested in the following research priorities:
  • Patient safety;
  • Practice (LPN/VN, RN and APRN);
  • Nursing education;
  • Continued competence;
  • Discipline and alternatives to discipline;
  • National and international regulatory issues; and/or
  • Portability.
Since the CRE began in 2007, it has awarded more than $8 million in grants for research related to public policy that advances nursing regulation.
Researchers are invited to submit grant proposals during one of two funding cycles available throughout the year. The deadline for the next funding cycle is June 15, 2012. To learn more about the grant program or to review the grant application process, visit
New Primary Care Leadership Program
The GE Foundation and National Medical Fellowships has announce a new Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP) that will provide future primary care healthcare professionals a valuable opportunity to examine the challenges and rewards of primary care practice in community health centers across the US. Open to nursing students and graduates, this program enhances traditional clinical externships with an element of leadership training and network building. The overall mission of the PCLP is to develop a pipeline of future primary care professionals and to build capacity at community health centers.
The program will provide a service-learning opportunity of 200 hours (5 – 6 weeks, summer 2012) at community health centers in Los Angeles CA, Phoenix, AZ; Memphis and Nashville, TN; or Jackson MS.
Application Deadline: March 15, 2012
For application, eligibility, and selection criteria please visit
Advances in Genomics Research Summer Program
The Advances in Genomics Research Summer Program is offered by the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH and is an intensive, five-day course for nursing faculty at colleges and universities with substantial under-represented minority, rural and/or disadvantaged student enrollment. 
The purpose of the program is to assist faculty to integrate genomics into curriculum and improve the competency of a new generation of nurses.  The 2012 Program will be held August 6-10. Application deadline is 5pm ET on April 2, 2012. 
Learn more by visiting
2012 HIGN Summer Scholars Program
The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing is hosting a 2012 Geriatric Nursing Research Scholars Program on July 30 - August 3, 2012 at NYU College. This program provides an opportunity for researchers in academia or hospitals to participate in a week-long, intensive, summer seminar at NYU College of Nursing for an in-depth mentoring experience with nationally recognized gerontologic nursing researchers. Space is limited!

Applications are due by May 15
For additional information, please visit
Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program Funding Opportunity
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced a Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program funding opportunity (HRSA-12-004). The purpose of this program is to:
  1. Provide training to individuals who will provide geriatric care for the elderly;
  2. Develop and disseminate curricula relating to the treatment of the health problems of elderly individuals;
  3. Train faculty members in geriatrics;
  4. Provide continuing education to individuals who provide geriatric care; or
  5. Establish traineeships for individuals who are preparing for advanced education nursing degrees in geriatric nursing, long-term care, gero-psychiatric nursing or other nursing areas that specialize in the care of the elderly population.
Eligible applicants must be an accredited school of nursing, a healthcare facility, a program leading to a certification as a certified nurse assistant, a partnership of such a school and facility, or a partnership of such a program and facility. For more information, click here.
The deadline for applications is March 26, 2012.
Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award Call For Nominations
 Cherokee Uniforms, a leading provider of medical scrubs, is accepting nominations for its 10th annual Inspired Comfort Award until June 30, 2012.
Winners will be announced in October. The award recognizes extraordinary nurses who demonstrate exceptional service, sacrifice and innovation in patient care and serve as an inspiration to colleagues, peers, family and friends. Nearly 10,000 healthcare professionals have been nominated across various nursing and non-physician disciplines with a total of 87 recipients granted the award to date. A grand prize of a Caribbean cruise for two will be awarded in each of the five nomination categories.
Nominations may be submitted online at
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036