December 2013


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First AACN-CDC Public Health Nursing Fellow Selected

AACN is pleased to announce that Robin Wallin, CRNP, has been selected for a new fellowship opportunity (Managing Chronic Conditions in Schools) that was developed through AACN’s collaborative work with the CDC. Click here to read the full article about Robin and the Public Health Fellowship opportunitiy.
Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) Sponsors Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care

February 14, 2014 has been designated as GHHS’ National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care. Designed to celebrate compassionate patient care, this day was initiated after the 2011 shootings in Tucson, AZ to honor the humanistic actions of Dr. Randall Friese, the trauma surgeon who first treated Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. 

Want to learn more? Looking for ideas? Click here.

January 2014
IPEC Institute
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute

January 12-15, 2014
Dulles Hyatt
Herndon, VA

IPEC is pleased to announce that registration for the next Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute is underway. The overall goal is to create faculty champions to enhance interprofessional curricula and student learning experiences in quality improvement and patient safety at the point of care.

Seat are limited. To register, click here. For more institute details including an agenda and lodging information, click here.
Call For Abstracts:
2014 QSEN Forum
Creating a Safe Harbor for Patients and Families
May 27-29, 2014
Baltimore, MD
To present papers or posters, submit an abstract online at by December 15, 2013.
Faculty Career Link

Over 25 positions in 13 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.
Subscribe to Faculty Link
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.
New AACN Data on the Employment of New BSN Graduates
More Nurse Employers Are Expressing a Preference for Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses

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. For more details on this new data including employer preferences for BSN-prepared nurses, visit:
Join Us in Naples, FL for the Doctoral Conference and Pre-Conference Events

Join thought leaders from around the nation at AACN’s Doctoral Education Conference, held concurrently with the Faculty Practice Pre-Conference, the QSEN Pre-Conference Faculty Development Workshop, and the Research Leadership Network (RLN) Meeting.
For more information and registration for each of these events, see

Register Now for the 2014 Faculty Development Conference
Join colleagues in Fort Worth, TX on February 6-8, 2014 for AACN's annual Faculty Development Conference. This conference is aimed at those new to the faculty role and those who would like to gain more self-confidence in teaching in baccalaureate and higher degree programs. Sessions address various aspects of the faculty role, creating an active learning environment, clinical teaching and evaluation, and other topics of interest to those who wish to improve their teaching practice.

Featured Presentations Include:
  • Educational Collaborations in a Global World
  • Flipping the Classroom: Is Anyone Getting this Right?
  • Evidence-based Teaching and Learning
  • Legal Issues Confronting Nursing Faculty Today
  • Helping Challenging Students Succeed
  • Developing and Analyzing Test Items

The deadline for early registration is January 24, 2014.
Register online at
Contact AACN's Director of Faculty Development Dr.Mary Bondmass at for additional information.

Master's Conference 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.

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

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
  • 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 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.
Upcoming Faculty Webinars
Khan Academy Webinar Scheduled for January 6.
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)

QSEN Webinar Series Part III:
The Power of Alignment

Thursday, January 9, 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.

New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Call for Applications
Deadline: January 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm (ET)

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 announcement click here. Here you also have the opportunity to preview the complete application before beginning the application process.

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 the online application, including 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.
Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program Now Accepting Applications
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:

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 held 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
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 Horacio Oliveira, AACN’s Education Policy and Special Projects Coordinator.
CNC Announcements
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The CNL Bulletin is now posted on the AACN website at
For more information regarding any of the announcements, contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Executive Director, at
DNP Faculty: December 20 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
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.

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