December 2011

New AACN Data on Nursing Enrollments and Employment of BSN Graduates

AACN Talking Points on Health Affairs Article on RN Supply

AACN Applauds Nomination of Marilyn Tavenner for CMS Administrator
2012 Faculty Webinar Schedule Now Available

Macy Faculty Scholars Program Invites Applicants

NINR Expands 2012 Graduate Partnerships Program
Current Calls for Action

CCNE Calls for Comments

Register Now for Upcoming Conferences

National ELNEC-Core Course at AACN's Master's Conference

CNC Updates and Announcements

Register Now for NursingCAS Presentation

Career Link Ads

Be Featured in Syllabus

Register Now for 2012 AACN Conferences

CNL Summit and Research Symposium
January 19-21, 2012
Tampa, FL
January 25-28, 2012
Naples, FL
January 25, 2012
Naples, FL

Master's Education Conference
March 1-3, 2012
San Antonio, TX

For more information,
contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager, via email or 202-463-6930 X240.

CNC Updates and Announcments
New CNL Certification Exam Content Outline
Beginning with the April 2012 testing period, the CNL Certification Exam will reflect a new content outline and format. Click here to review the new content outline.
Webinar Resource & Archive
AACN and CNC partnered to bring you the CNL Webinar Early Development and Evolution of the CNL. This Webinar is an excellent resource to  share with CNL students, education partners, and other CNL faculty. For other archived CNL webinars, click here.
Fall/Winter 2011 Issue of the CNL Bulletin Now Available

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.
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Reach thousands of potential applicants from the nursing education, administration, practice, and research arenas with your employment opportunity advertisement in AACN's Career Link.
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Be Featured in AACN's Syllabus
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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.
New AACN Data on Nursing Enrollments and Employment of BSN Graduates
Supplemental Survey Found a Strong Employer Preference for Hiring New Nurses with Baccalaureate Level Education
On December 6, 2011, AACN released preliminary survey data showing that enrollment in all types of professional registered nursing (RN) programs increased from 2010 to 2011, including a 3.9% increase in entry-level Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree programs. AACN’s annual survey findings are based on data reported from 647 of the 840 nursing schools in the U.S. (77% response rate) with baccalaureate and/or graduate programs. In a separate survey, AACN also found a strong hiring preference for new nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level as well as a comparatively high job-placement rate for new BSN graduates.
For more details on this new data visit:
AACN Talking Points on Health Affairs Article on Registered Nurse Supply
On December 5, 2011, the journal Health Affairs published an article titled Registered Nurse Supply Grows Faster than Projected Amid Surge in New Entrants Ages 23-26, which focused on a large cohort of younger nurses entering the profession and the impact this may have on the future workforce. Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, this study was conducted by Drs. David Auerbach, Peter Buerhaus, and Douglas Staiger who found a 62% increase in the number of 23-26 year olds who became registered nurses (RNs) between 2002 and 2009. Though welcome news given the rapid aging of the nursing workforce, the study authors do not conclude that nursing shortage is over given the growing demand for nursing care by older adults, new opportunities for nurses through healthcare reform, and the need for more highly educated RNs.
Click here to view the talking points that AACN developed to help clarify some of the issues raised in the article and what this means in relation to the nursing shortage. Please note the talking points include some new comments from co-author Dr. Peter Buerhaus that you are encouraged to share with colleagues and other stakeholders.
AACN Applauds Nomination of Distinguished Nurse Leader Marilyn Tavenner for CMS Administrator
AACN applauds the Obama administration for nominating Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, BSN, RN, a leading voice for health care in the US, as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In the official announcement made on November 23, 2011, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius noted that “Marilyn’s distinguished career in health care and deep knowledge of our efforts to implement health reform make her the right person for this job at this moment in history.  Her career as a nurse, hospital administrator, and Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources give her unique insights that position her well to serve as Administrator.”
2012 Faculty Webinar Schedule Now Available
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.
The Future of Nursing and You
January 20, 2012 at 12:00 - 1:00 pm (ET)

Making Your Message Count
February 10, 2012 at 12:00 - 1:00 pm (ET) 
February 13, 2012 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
February 16, 2012 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET) 
February 17, 2012 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)

March 6, 2012 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (ET)
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.
Current Calls for Action
2012 Call for Nominations
2012 Call for Applications
2012 Commission on Nurse Certification Call for Volunteers

CCNE Calls for Comments on the Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Nursing Programs (2009)
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has initiated a comprehensive review and revision of the accreditation standards that are used to evaluate baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing programs nationally.  An open invitation to suggest changes is extended to all interested parties, including university and program administrators, faculty, practitioners, agency representatives, employers, students, and others with an interest in the preparation of competent nurses.
Please submit comments/questions to:
Lori Schroeder, MA
Associate Director
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Comments must be received at the CCNE offices by:
January 31, 2012.

Comments may be directed at the standards in their entirety or at any individual standard or key element.  Please be specific in offering your comments, including specific language you would like to see incorporated, deleted, or amended in the Standards.
The CCNE Standards Committee looks forward to receiving and considering your comments as part of the revision process. To view Members of the CCNE 2011-2012 Standards Committee click here.
If you have any questions about the standards revision process, please contact Lori Schroeder, CCNE Associate Director, at (202) 887-6791 ext. 253 or
National ELNEC-Core Course to Be Held as a Pre-Conference to AACN’s Master’s Conference
For nursing faculty who will be attending the AACN's Master’s Conference, there will be an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC-Core) train-the-trainer course, held at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, TX, February 29-March 1, 2012. 
ELNEC, which began in 2000 with a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has trained over 13,000 nursing faculty and clinicians, as well as other members of the interdisciplinary team. ELNEC has been presented in 73 countries worldwide and is translated into 5 languages. During the upcoming course, lectures on palliative care, pain and symptom management, culture, communication, loss/grief/bereavement, ethics, and care during the final hours of life will be presented. Participants will bring home a 1000+ page curriculum with powerpoint slides, objectives/overviews, reference lists, case studies, and supplemental teaching materials. Those attending will also receive the 2010 edition of The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. The Joint Commission is now certifying hospitals in palliative care. New nurses will be expected to provide this care upon graduation.
For more information and/or to register, go to:
Please contact Pam Malloy if you have questions at
For all the latest news and updates, follow ELNEC on Facebook.
Macy Faculty Scholars Program Invites Applications
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is seeking applications for the Macy Faculty Scholars Program that provides medical and nursing educators with salary support at $100,000 per year over two years, providing them with protected time to pursue educational reform projects at their home institutions. Up to five faculty leaders are selected each year. The deadline for applications is March 7, 2012.
For more details about the program, click here.

NINR Expands 2012 Graduate Partnerships Program
The National Institute of Nursing Research is expanding its NINR Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP), a doctoral fellowship training program that coordinates training and funding for doctoral students attending a school of nursing. The program combines the academic environment of a university and the breadth and depth of research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Students interested in the Individual Partnership are encouraged to contact the NINR IRP Training Director by sending an email with “NINR Graduate Partnership Program” in the subject line.
The application/registration period for both options of the NINR 2012 GPP will close on January 31, 2012, at 8 a.m.
Additional information about the 2012 NINR GPP is available at
Register Now for a Free NursingCAS Presentation in Tampa, FL on January 19, 2012

Over 100 schools of nursing are now affiliated with NursingCAS, the nation’s only centralized application service for students applying to registered nursing (RN) 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 (i.e. references, transcripts, CV/resume, personal statement) that will be disseminated online to one or multiple schools of nursing for consideration. NursingCAS verifies the application components for accuracy, calculates grade point averages, and sends application materials to the programs designated by the applicant.
Want to learn more about how NursingCAS can benefit your nursing school, applicants, admissions professionals, and the profession at large? Join us for an upcoming presentation and application demo in Tampa, FL.
January 19, 2012, Noon – 1:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Hotel -Tampa, FL
A question and answer session will follow this presentation.
This event coincides with the CNL Research Symposium and Summit. Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to schools of nursing. Nursing schools interested in joining the service are encouraged to visit AACN’s Web site for more information at and contact NursingCAS Manager Caroline Allen with any questions or to schedule a conference call (, 202-463-6930, ext. 258). We hope to see you at the presentation in Florida!
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036