Deadline Approaching for the NINR 2014 Summer Genetics Institute
The application period for the National Institute of Nursing Research’s (NINR) Summer Genetics Institute (SGI) will close on Monday, March 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm (ET).

SGI will take place from June 2–June 27, 2014, on the Bethesda, MD, campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Intended for graduate students, faculty, or clinicians, the SGI provides participants with a foundation in molecular genetics appropriate for use in research and clinical practice. The intensive 4-week, 8-credit hour graduate level program includes both classroom and laboratory components.

Click here for additional information, including application instructions.

Health Volunteers Overseas Seeks Volunteers

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is seeking experienced nurse educators and nurse practitioners (with master's or doctoral level credentials) for formal nursing education positions. See below for current volunteer opportunities:
Volunteers needed for 2-4 week assignments spring and summer 2014. Volunteers must be able to speak intermediate Spanish.

Volunteers needed for 2-4 week assignments spring 2014.

For more information and additional opportunities, click here.
Faculty Career Link

Over 34 positions in 19 states are posted for this month's Career Link!
AACN's Career Link is an online resource dedicated to employment opportunities in nursing education that features a comprehensive list of available 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 Marsha Semelfort for a price quote.
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. Mary Bondmass, Director of Faculty Development, via email. Submissions should be no longer than 150 words in length. With your permission, published submissions will include your name, photo, and institution.
Get Vaccinated: Protect Your Patients, Students, and Yourself
The flu season continues into February, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week reports that flu activity remains elevated overall across the nation. These severe flu outcomes are a reminder that flu can be a very serious disease for anyone, including young, previously healthy adults.  Being vaccinated is the best prevention from getting and spreading the flu. Unfortunately, younger adults,  especially those who are otherwise healthy, are less likely to be vaccinated. As a leader in the nursing profession, is it vital that you protect your patients and students by protecting yourself – and encourage them to the do the same. If you haven’t been vaccinated, take action today.

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This email was sent to faculty who subscribed to AACN Faculty Link. If individual faculty from member schools would like to subscribe to this newsletter, click here.
For more information about faculty programs offered by AACN, contact Dr. Mary Bondmass, Director of Faculty Development  via email or 202-463-6930, ext. 259.
Launch of AACN's New Online Member Service System 
AACN has launched a new online member services system, called My AACN. This new system streamlines each part of the membership experience and provides an array of online services that can be accessed on demand by deans, faculty, staff, and students from affiliated schools.
On Tuesday, February, 18, 2014,  faculty members received an email from Beth Aronson, AACN's Membership Director, containing a unique login and password with easy instructions on how to login to the new system.
Vist AACN’s main website ( and login with your login and password to access the new system (upper right corner of AACN's homepage). Below are some features of My AACN:
  • Personalize your member profile and communication preferences
  • Register for multiple conferences and Webinars
  • 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
  • Manage leadership network renewals
AACN's goal is to build and maintain highly personalized relationships with each member and to cultivate organizational loyalty and value.
For technical support for the new My AACN system, please contact or call (202) 463-6930.
Fellows Chosen for AACN's Faculty Policy Intensive 
AACN will hold its second annual Faculty Policy Intensive on March 24-27, 2014 in Washington, DC. This four-day immersion program is designed for faculty at AACN member schools who are interested in actively pursuing a role in healthcare and nursing policy. The 2014 cohort was chosen from a highly competitive pool of more than 30 applications. In March, these eight faculty members will have the opportunity to enhance their existing knowledge of policy and advocacy through sessions that will strengthen their understanding of the legislative process and the dynamic relationships between federal departments and agencies, national nursing organizations, and the individual advocate.  

Meet the 2014 Faculty Policy Intensive fellows:
Robin Arends, MS, CNP
South Dakota State University
Sharron J. Crowder, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
Indiana University
Tammy Barbé, PhD, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor
Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University
Nicole F. Garritano, MN, APRN, CPNP-AC
Visiting Instructor of Clinical
University of Cincinnati
Joseph Burkard, DNSc, CRNA
Associate Professor
University of San Diego
Janice Lazear, DNP, CRNP, CDE
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland
Kim J. Cox, PhD, CNM
Assistant Professor
University of New Mexico
Jennifer Lemoine, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC
Assistant Professor
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Upcoming Faculty Webinars
NOTE: All Webinars now require that you login using the new My AACN system. Read item Launch of AACN's New Online Member Service System for more information.
Peer Evaluation
for Online Teaching

April 1, 2014
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)

For future Webinars, visit

For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Anna Kathryn Pierce, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 227.
Master's Education, Evidence-Based Practice, and Faculty Practice Conferences in Scottsdale, AZ
Join colleagues at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley in Scottsdale, Arizona for three distinct and complementary events offered to meet the leadership development and networking needs of those engaged in master’s level nursing education.
Two pre-conferences offered
February 26-27, 2014:
The Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Pre-Conference
The EBP Pre-Conference focuses on the critical need for integrating EBP into graduate programs. For more information and to register, click here.

Faculty Practice Pre-Conference: Dollars and Sense:
Positioning Faculty Practice for the Future
This pre-conference is designed for those who promote, administer, and engage in faculty practice. Content will address sustainability, successful faculty practice, federal issues, and the scholarship of practice. For more information and to register, click here.
Sponsorship Packages
Click here to view sponsorship opportunities.

This conference brings together deans/directors, academic administrators, and nursing faculty from master’s programs focused on direct care roles (e.g., Clinical Nurse Leaders and nurse educators) and indirect care roles (e.g., public health nurses, informaticists, clinical research coordinators, and nurse administrators/managers).Plenary topics include Best Practices in Nursing Education; Facilitating Quality Writing by Master’s Students; CCNE Overview of New Accreditation Standards; The Affordable Care Act: A Toolkit for Educators; and Extending Faculty Reach: Preparing Effective Preceptors. Concurrent sessions, posters, and abstract presentations allow participants to pursue topics of personal interest.
For more information and registration for each of these events, visit
NOTE: All conferences now require that you login using the new My AACN system. Read item Launch of AACN's New Online Member Service System for more information.
Join Your Peers in an AACN Leadership Network
AACN's Leadership Networks bring peer professionals together to share best practices and success stories, sharpen leadership skills, and take full advantage of AACN resources. The Networks foster professional growth and development, information sharing, communication, and discussion of key issues among nursing school faculty and staff at member institutions. Professionals engaged in a variety of functions within the nursing academic unit are represented among the seven networks, which include Organizational Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Research Leadership, Practice Leadership, Business Officers of Nursing Schools, Nursing Advancement Professionals, and Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals. Find out more about the Networks and their respective conferences at
Register Now for Upcoming AACN Network Meetings
NOTE: All conferences now require that you login using the new My AACN system. Read item Launch of AACN's New Online Member Service System for more information.
Nursing Advancement Professionals (NAP) Meeting
March 20-22, 2014
The Fairmont Washington
Washington, DC
The annual Nursing Advancement Professionals (NAP) Meeting is a networking and educational opportunity for alumni, development, marketing, and communications professionals; deans and directors; volunteer foundation and alumni board members; and anyone interested in learning more about how nursing schools can build their external relations programs. Click here for more information and to register.
Gaylord Opryland
Nashville, TN
Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals is a diverse group comprised of nursing education administrators and faculty responsible for graduate nursing student recruitment, admissions, marketing, and programming. The purpose of the group is to provide an opportunity for those most involved in recruiting graduate nursing students to share their successes, develop new strategies, and to establish a resource network of peers. Click here for more information and to register.
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, SC
Business Officers of Nursing Schools (BONUS) is dedicated to facilitating networking among those who work in the administration of nursing education and to providing education in areas of business, technology, and financial and administrative management of nursing schools. Assistants to the dean, fiscal managers, business officers and any personnel involved in the operational management of a school of nursing will benefit from attending this conference. Click here for more information and to register.
CCNE Call for Nominations for Board of Commissioners and Nominating Committee Members
The deadline for submitting nominations for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners and Nominating Committee is February 28, 2014. The following positions on the 13-member Board are open: one representative of chief nurse administrators (e.g., deans or equivalent) of CCNE-accredited nursing programs, one representative of faculty, one representative who is actively engaged, as his or her primary professional role, in the practice of nursing, one representative of professional consumers, and one representative of public consumers. Each Board position is for a three-year term of service. The Commission is also seeking nominations for candidates to serve as members on its Nominating Committee. Four positions are available, and the members are eligible to serve a one-year term. Nominations must be received by March 14, 2014. Access the nomination materials at
Schwartz Center and Gold Foundation Announce Request for Abstracts
The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation are pleased to announce a Request for Abstracts (RFA) for an upcoming conference, Advancing Compassionate, Patient- and Family-Centered Care through Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. The conference will be held October 30  - November 1, 2014 in Atlanta with support from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

A select group of applicants will be invited to attend the conference and to present posters on exemplary initiatives that foster and provide compassionate care in clinical settings through interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

Below are links to the RFA instructions. The deadline for submission of a 300-word application is May 30, 2014. Funding for travel and overnight accommodations will be provided to those selected to present posters and attend the conference.

For general questions about the RFA, contact

Important New Resource for Schools of Nursing from NCSBN
The AACN Board of Directors formally approached the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) about creating a real-time repository of information on state regulations impacting the oversight and approval of distance-based nursing programs. This response was made on behalf of member schools seeking current information about each state’s specific requirements. Given the strong relationship between the NCSBN and the individual boards of nursing, the AACN Board believed that NCSBN was in the best position to develop such a repository.

AACN is pleased to report that the NCSBN is moving ahead with creating this new resource. Here is the formal announcement by the Chief Executive Officer of NCSBN, Kathy Apple:

“NCSBN is happy to announce that we will develop a compendium for nursing programs, which will list any special requirements that BONs may have related to distance education programs that have students or programs in their states.  This list will not include other state requirements (such as those from the Board of Higher Education) that may exist.  However, those can usually be found elsewhere, such as on the web site.
This BON list of distance education requirements will be incorporated into a web page that NCSBN is creating and will be housed under the Education link on our web site. The user will be able to click the state to find any specific requirements that state has so that educators can comply with BON distance education rules and regulations.  This web page will also include other resources for educators and BONs about the regulation of distance education programs. The anticipated roll-out date of this web page is May 1, 2014.”

AACN applauds the NCSBN for taking decisive action and creating this online resource that will be of great benefit to all nursing education programs. For more background information on state regulations related to distance education programs and AACN’s response, click here.

CNC Announcements

CNL Certification Program Receives National Accreditation

The CNL Certification Program has received national accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The program was granted the maximum five-year accreditation from NCCA following demonstration of compliance to national standards. CNC demonstrated that the program offers a valid and reliable process for the development, implementation, assessment, maintenance, and governance required for certification. For more information regarding NCCA accreditation, go to

Register for the Next CNL Certification Exam Testing Period

March 21, 2014 is the deadline to register for the Spring testing period (April 27-May 24, 2014) of the CNL Certification Exam. March 21 is also the deadline for CNL education programs to register as exam sites.

To register for the CNL Certification Exam, go to To register as an exam site, go to

For information regarding the CNL Certification Program, contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Executive Director, at

2014 ELNEC National Train-the-Trainer Courses
In 2014, there will be 12 national End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) train-the-trainer courses in eight cities across the US.  ELNEC courses are provided for various specialties and interest groups. For example, specific curricula are available for those who:
  • Teach in a DNP program and/or participate in DNP clinical practice (National Cancer Institute provided funding for this course)
  • Lead or provide care for the seriously ill in an advanced practice role
  • Provide care to seriously ill children, including perinatal and neonatal
  • Manage and provide care for those practicing in critical care settings, acute care, hospice, long-term care/skilled nursing facilities/nursing homes
For more information on this project, go to and/or contact Pam Malloy, Director of the ELNEC Project at AACN at

Learn More About Leveraging NursingCAS for Effective Results in Graduate Programs
Join an upcoming luncheon session at AACN Master’s Conference on February 28 from Noon – 1:30 PM to learn more about one school’s experience using NursingCAS and applying strategic enrollment management techniques to recruit graduate students. Here's a snapshot of the results:
  • 80% increase in PhD applicants...Yielded a class of 7
  • DNP program approved - Short timeline to recruit...yet yielded a class of 17
  • 31% increase in MSN applicants
  • 33% increase in out-of-state and international applicants
Students use NursingCAS to research and apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating nursing schools nationwide. NursingCAS can help your school:
  • Gain access to a wider pool of qualified applicants
  • Cultivate a pipeline of prospective students and applicants
  • Meet recruitment goals and enhance diversity in the nursing student population
  • Reduce administrative costs and staff time typically devoted to processing application materials
  • Access real-time data on applicants that can be easily sorted and segmented
  • Move to an automated versus paper-based application system
  • Create customized, on-demand school-specific reports and generate comparative reports on your applicant pool vs. the entire NursingCAS applicant pool
  • Access excellent data on an individual and aggregate basis that can be used to complete annual reports for state boards, accreditation agencies, and other external and internal constituencies
  • Manage, sort, communicate, review, and report on prospective students and applicants
  • Execute an online admissions committee review (including scoring)
  • Engage in information sharing among staff and across campuses and departments
AACN launched NursingCAS in 2010 to help direct prospective students to open seats in nursing programs and to collect data on nursing applicant and admissions trends. Improvements continue to be made to NursingCAS based on feedback received from schools and applicants, and a new version of NursingCAS is launching in Fall 2014. Join this session for a preview of what's to come. There will also be a NursingCAS information session at AACN’s Spring Annual Meeting in Washington, DC at 8:30 AM on March 23 and a NursingCAS pre-conference workshop prior to AACN’s Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals Meeting in Nashville, TN on April 7 from 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM. We hope to see you at an upcoming event.
Past: Future:
For schools interested in joining the service, please visit AACN's Web site for more information or contact Caroline Allen, Senior NursingCAS Manager at or 202-463-6930 ext. 258, with any questions or to set up an individual Webinar for your school and staff at your convenience.
For more information visit To learn more now, watch a video case study about NursingCAS.
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