May 2011


Upcoming Webinars

Master's Essentials Webinars & Online Resource Center

Interprofessional Education Competencies

Special Conference Discount Available
CNC Updates

Adult-Gerontology APRN Faculty Workshop

Apply Now for an Innovations Award

Register for Leadership Development Program

Apply for a QSEN Institute

HVO International Volunteer Opportunities

Summer Seminar in Portland, OR

ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Series

International Nursing Faculty Survey

Be Featured in Syllabus

Interprofessional Education Competencies
On May 10, two new reports were released by six national health professions associations, including AACN, and three private foundations that recommend new competencies for interprofessional education in the health professions, and action strategies to implement them in institutions across the country.
Special Conference Discount Available
Back by popular demand, AACN is pleased to announce a special members-only discount offer for conferences taking place over the next year.  Register online through August 1 and pay only $349 per conference! This represents a $50 discount for each conference that you register for. Individuals must register for each conference they plan to attend. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts. 
To review and register for upcoming conferences, click here.
CNC Updates
Register for the first CNL Research Symposium (held in conjunction with AACN’s CNL Summit) at the Hyatt Regency in Tampa, FL on January 19, 2012, 8 am– Noon.
Registration Rates:
$99 (before 1/6/12)
$129 (after 1/6/12)
Learn more and register here.

CNL Certification Exam dates are approaching, learn more and register here
Questions? Contact Tracy Lofty, CNC Director, via email.
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 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.
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.

AACN Strategic Planning and the IOM Report
May 16, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (EST)
Find out more about AACN's strategic plan in relation to the Institute of Medicine’s report on The Future of Nursing. Share your ideas on how AACN can engage in moving this work forward. Learn more and register here.
Master's Essentials Webinar Series
Nursing Education Programs and the Master's Essentials
May 17, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (EST)
Consider ways to make master's programs with a focus in nursing education congruent with the revised Master's Essentials and learn from the successes of your colleagues. Learn more and register here.
Revising Curricula for the New Master's Essentials
May 26, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (EST)
To facilitate integration of the Master's Essentials into nursing program curricula, this Webinar will provide an overview of the Essentials and highlight two schools that have begun to implement the Essentials into their curricula. Learn more and register here.
CNL Webinar Series*
Expanding the CNL Role in Quality and Safety
May 16, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST)
Learn more and register here. 
Nursing Schools and Practice Partners: Working Collaboratively and Creatively to Foster the CNL Role
May 20, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST)
Learn more and register here. 
Transitioning Second Degree Graduates into Practice: Innovative Models and Successes
June 23, 2:00 pm (EST)
Learn more and register here.
* Cosponsored by AACN and the Commission for Nurse Certification (CNC)

Register for upcoming Webinars or access past Webinar recordings and slides here.
Supporting Integration of the Master's Essentials Webinars & Online Resource Center
Following the endorsement of new Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing by the AACN membership at the Spring Annual Meeting, AACN is developing a number of new resources to facilitate the integration of these new standards into nursing program curricula, including:
  • An online Faculty Tool Kit featuring frequently asked questions, integrative learning strategies, a crosswalk with the Essentials documents for baccalaureate and DNP programs, links to relevant competency documents, and talking points.
  • Peer Consultation at upcoming AACN meetings that facilitate one-on-one exchanges with colleagues on issues facing your school, which may include implementing the Essentials in a small school environment; initiating collaborative programs; and identifying solutions for moving to the DNP.
  • Program Sessions threaded throughout future AACN conferences.
  • Information Clearinghouse on the Web to house the latest information related to the Master’s Essentials, including notices about upcoming Webinars and newly created resources. See
  • Implementation Webinars (see above) focused on key topic areas, including revising curriculum and implications for the nursing education major.
Please let us know what additional materials you would find useful in the tool kit or in general by sending your suggestions to Kathy McGuinn, Special Projects Director, via email at
Adult-Gerontology APRN Faculty Workshop
AACN will host the final workshop, on "Retooling APRN Curricula: Implementing the New Adult-Gerontology APRN Education Requirements in Your Program." This workshop will be offered in conjunction with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 26th National Conference on June 25, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. Under the national Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, education programs currently preparing adult or gerontology Nurse Practitioner (NPs) and/or Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) are expected to prepare graduates to provide comprehensive care across the entire adult age spectrum, which includes the young adult through the older adult and frail elderly. In collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, AACN is offering these workshops for faculty preparing adult primary care and acute care NPs and/or CNSs to provide multiple resources and strategies to make this important curricular transition. These events are generously funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation.
For more information contact Dr. Joan Stanley at or visit
Apply Now for an Innovations Award
AACN’s Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award was created to showcase creative and successful efforts to advance nursing education. This award recognizes the 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 Schools, Academic Health Center (AHC), Private School without an AHC, and Public School without an AHC. Nominations may be made by submitting a letter to Dr. Eleanor Howell, chair of the AACN Membership Committee. The submission deadline is May 18, 2011.
Abstracts from past Innovations Award winners are posted at For complete details including award criteria and the nomination process, see
Registration Underway for Leadership Development Program
Make plans now to participate in AACN's prestigious Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP). The LANP fellowship gives prominence to a cadre of competitively selected leaders within AACN member schools. Given the shared concern about the future of nursing education and the need for thoughtful succession planning, creating a strong group of academic leaders is vitally important. Past LANP Fellows have called this educational opportunity "life changing", and many fellows have gone on to impressive academic promotions. The 2011 fellowship year will begin with a seminar in Indianapolis, IN on July 31-August 4. The application deadline is May 27, and final notifications will be sent by June 14. Please share this opportunity with members of your faculty in mid- to upper-level leadership positions. See
Apply for a QSEN Institute
Registration is now underway for a faculty development institute offered through the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as Phase III of QSEN, these enrichment opportunities are designed to better prepare faculty to teach quality and safety content in entry-level registered nursing programs. The interactive coursework will focus on six core competencies: Patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics. Registration is free, and seats are limited. Stipends will be awarded to help defer travel expenses (up to $350 per participant). Schools of nursing are encouraged to send up to two participants to an institute. For more details, download the program brochure found online at
Interested faculty are encouraged to apply now to avoid missing the application deadlines: Seattle, September 14-16, apply by June 24; and Charleston, SC, November 2-4, apply by September 9.
To apply for an institute, see Please direct questions about this opportunity to Project Coordinator Amy Jacks at or 202-463-6930, x273.
HVO International Volunteer Opportunities
Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is a network of health care professionals, organizations, corporations and donors united in a common commitment to improving global health through education. With AACN as an official sponsor, HVO offers a variety of international opportunities for nurses to serve overseas. Learn more and explore opportunities at
Join Us for the Summer Seminar in Portland, OR
The 2011 Summer Seminar will be held July 24-27, 2011 at the Hotel Monaco in Portland, OR. The theme, "Type A Behavior: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Maximizing Performance While Minimizing Sabotage)" offers insights into the productive yet potentially problematic behavior of Type A individuals. The academic world is filled with these smart, talented, high achieving people. With their competitive nature and “whatever it takes” attitude, they tend to rise to the top of the organizational chart. Like rocket fuel, these motivated leaders are capable of taking the organization to great heights, but they also run the risk of burning out too soon. When their power and passion veer off course, the outcome can be disastrous. Come laugh and learn as award-winning executive coach Kay Cannon gives you an insider’s look into how to motivate and sustain your top performing Type A's. Kay will illustrate how Type A's think, reveal the invisible illusions which may fuel failure, and provide you with tactics and tools to keep your Type A talent in tune and on track. Don’t miss this opportunity to identify specific strategies to enhance your leadership skills and to improve your workplace. For more details, see
ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Series
The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) is a national education program to improve end-of-life care by nurses. The project, which began in February 2000, is administered through a partnership between AACN and the City of Hope (COH).
Over 12,300 nurses and other healthcare providers have attended an ELNEC course. Every year, national and international courses are available for nursing faculty and their practice partners to attend. Plan now to attend the 100th ELNEC course in Los Angeles, CA, on January 26 - 27, 2012.
At each course, participants are given a copy of the ELNEC curriculum, CD-ROM that houses all PowerPoint slides, case studies, updated references, supplemental teaching materials, a textbook, and an opportunity to network with other nursing faculty from across the country. For more information about this work, including remaining 2011 ELNEC courses, click here.
International Nursing Faculty Survey
On behalf of the Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Science (GANES), AACN is encouraging nurse educators to complete an online survey about nursing faculty roles and experiences developed Dr. Kylie Smith and Professor Patrick Crookes from the University of Wollongong in Australia. Survey developers  would like to know about your experience as a nurse academic/educator, what you think makes a good nurse academic/educator, and what are some of the barriers to new people entering the profession. The survey has only 12 questions requiring you to enter as little or as much information as you like. At the end of the survey, you will receive instructions on how to enter a drawing to win a $200 gift voucher.
For more information about the survey, see
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