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November 2012 Featured News
  1. Audio Recordings from AACN’s Fall Meeting Now Available
  2. AACN to Host National Summit on the Doctor of Nursing Practice
  3. Data on Employment on New Nurse Graduates and Employer Preferences
  4. 2012 Faculty Vacancy Survey Results Posted Online
  5. HRSA Releases Three Funding Announcements to Schools of Nursing
  6. New White Paper on Practice Experiences in RN to BSN Programs
  7. CCNE Issues Call for Comments on Proposed Standards
  8. Patricia Morton Appointed Editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing
  9. AACN and N-OADN Collaborate on Academic Progression Brochure
  10. New AACN Awards for Outstanding Dissertation and Capstone Project
  11. Free QSEN Faculty Development Workshops
  12. Call for Applications for the New Careers in Nursing Program
  13. RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars 2013 Call for Applications
  14. Abstracts Extended for Faculty Practice and Master's Conferences
  15. Register Now for Upcoming AACN Conferences
  16. Join Us for Free Faculty Webinars
  17. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  18. ELNEC Announces Priorities for 2013
  19. Call for Proposals: Training the Future Health Care Workforce
  20. CNL Certification Updates and Announcements
  21. NursingCAS: Learn How to Leverage this Free Resource
  22. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  23. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  24. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
1. Audio Recordings from AACN’s Fall Meeting Now Available
Despite some complications presented by Hurricane Sandy, AACN’s Fall Semiannual Meeting in Washington, DC was held as planned in late October.  For those who could not make it, for those who had to leave D.C. earlier than anticipated, and for those who were here for all four days—highlights from the meeting including recorded presentations, taskforce and committee reports, notes from the like-schools discussions, links to exhibitors, and a photo gallery are posted on our Web site in the Members Only section at
2. AACN to Host National Summit on the Doctor of Nursing Practice
AACN is pleased to announce the convening of stakeholders from education, practice, and research for a national summit on the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree on April 15-16, 2013 at the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Chicago, IL.  AACN will host the National Dialogue on Quality and Excellence in DNP Education as a follow-up to a meeting held in August 2012 by the nursing deans affiliated with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. Dr. Rita Frantz, dean from the University of Iowa College of Nursing, is serving as chair of the planning committee for the summit, which also includes representatives from national healthcare organizations, practice leaders, nurse educators, and other key constituents. Registration for the summit will commence in January 2013. To read the full press release, visit
3. Data on New Nurse Graduates and Employers Preferences
In August 2012, AACN conducted its third survey of nursing schools offering baccalaureate and graduate programs in the U.S. to better assess the experience of new graduates in finding employment and employer preferences for new hires. In terms of the job prospects, the employment rate at graduation was 57% for BSN students, with the employment rate at 4-6 months after graduation rising to 88%. By comparison, the National Association of Colleges and Employers conducted a national survey of 50,000 new college graduates across disciplines and found that only 25.5% of new graduates last year had a job offer at graduation. AACN also collected data on entry-level master’s degree programs and found that these graduates were most likely to have secured jobs at graduation (73%) and at 4-6 months post-graduation (92%) than were BSN graduates. In addition, surveyed schools were asked if employers in their area were requiring or strongly preferring new hires with baccalaureate degrees. Findings showed that 39.1% of employers require the BSN for new hires while 77.4% strongly prefer BSN-prepared nurses. Complete survey results can be found online at
4. 2012 Faculty Vacancy Survey Results Posted Online
New data from AACN’s annual survey of faculty vacancies confirm that the shortage of nurse educators is being driven by a limited pool of doctorally prepared nurses and noncompetitive faculty salaries. Based on data from 662 U.S. nursing schools with baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs (84.4% response rate from member schools), the full-time faculty vacancy rate in 2012 was 7.6%. Most of the reported vacancies (88.3%) are for faculty positions requiring or preferring a doctoral degree in nursing or a related field. Survey respondents reported that the major reasons precluding schools from hiring additional faculty are insufficient funds to hire new faculty (64.1%), and unwillingness by school administration to commit to hiring additional faculty (51.5%), and competition with practice for graduate-prepared nurses (35.9%). For survey results, see
5. HRSA Releases Three Funding Announcements to Schools of Nursing
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has just announced three FY 2013 funding announcements of special interest to schools of nursing, including: 
  • Advanced Nursing Education Grants (HRSA-13-186) are provided to schools of nursing with master’s and doctoral programs that address the healthcare needs of persons with multiple chronic conditions. Applicants must describe how their advanced nursing education programs will be incorporated into an interprofessional education (IPE) model. Projects must engage other graduate health professionals and demonstrate the integration of IPE into the nursing curriculum. Click here for complete program details. Applications are due February 1, 2013. A technical assistance workshop is planned for December 13, 2013 from 1-2:30pm EST. Click here to register for the workshop.

  • Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Program - Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (HRSA-13-188) provides grant support for projects designed to strengthen the nursing workforce, increase nurse retention, promote coordinated care, improve the quality of patient care, and provide nurses with the skills needed to practice in existing and emerging organized health care systems. Click here for complete program details. Applications are due January 25, 2013. A technical assistance workshop is planned for December 5, 2013 from 1:30-3pm EST. Click here to register for the workshop.

  • Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program (HRSA-13-187) provides support for nurses enrolled as full-time students in a master’s or doctoral nurse anesthesia program. Traineeships will pay all or part of the costs of the tuition, books, fees, and the reasonable living expenses of the individual during the period for which the traineeship is provided. Click here for complete program details. Applications are due December 17, 2012. A technical assistance workshop is planned for December 6, 2013 from 12:00-2pm EST. Click here to register for the workshop.
6. New White Paper on RN to BSN: Expectations for Practice Experiences
In October 2012, AACN issued a white paper titled Expectations for Practice Experiences in the RN to Baccalaureate Curriculum, which reaffirmed that all baccalaureate programs, including those designed as degree-completion programs for RNs prepared with associate degrees and diplomas, must provide practice experiences designed to assist graduates to achieve the competencies outlined in The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. Given the dramatic increase in the number of RN to BSN programs and enrolling students, the need to maintain academic rigor in RN to BSN programs is growing in importance, including the need for quality clinical practice experiences. Click here to download the white paper.
7. CCNE Call for Comments on Proposed Standards
The Standards Committee of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is pleased to announce that the proposed Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate, Graduate, and Certificate Programs in Nursing are now available for review and comment by the CCNE community of interest. The Standards Committee is seeking input from all interested parties, including university and program administrators, nursing faculty, practicing nurses, nursing students, employers of nurses, nursing organizations, federal and state agency representatives, accrediting organizations, and others with an interest in the preparation of nurses at the baccalaureate or graduate level. Among the most substantive of the proposed changes are:
  • Incorporation of The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) (Standard III).
  • Incorporation of the Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (NTF, 2012) (Standard III).
  • Changes throughout the standards, but primarily in Standard III, to conform to the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education (July, 2008), including APRN role and population foci language, as well as APRN core language.
  • Changes throughout the standards to conform to the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education (July, 2008), including accreditation of post-graduate APRN certificate programs.
  • Clarification of CCNE’s current requirement that clinical practice experiences are required for all types of programs and tracks (Standard III).
  • Changes to Standard IV to conform to U.S. Department of Education requirements for accreditors to assess success with respect to student achievement. The proposed changes therefore include student achievement thresholds related to completion rates, NCLEX-RN® pass rates, certification pass rates, and employment rates.
  • The addition of a key element to assess whether programs are meeting their own identified program outcomes (Standard IV).
To review an electronic version of the Proposed Standards, click here.  Comments will be accepted through November 30, 2012. Submit comments via an online survey or via email at
8. Patricia Morton Appointed Editor of Journal of Professional Nursing
Patricia G. Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN, professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, has been appointed as the editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing (JPN). Dr. Morton will officially assume this role on January 1, 2013 when the journal’s current editor, Ellen Olshansky, DNSc, RNC, director of the nursing program at the University of California Irvine College of Health Sciences, steps down from this position following 10 years of service. Dr. Morton is a nationally known expert in nursing education as well as in critical care and cardiovascular nursing. At the University of Maryland, she is responsible for the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral programs in nursing. Dr. Morton has been active at the local and national levels of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and has served on many of their national committees. She was the Editor-in-Chief of the journal AACN Clinical Issues: Advanced Practice in Acute and Critical Care for seven years and served a three-year term on the Board of Directors of AACN (critical care) and a one-year term on the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors. For more details, see the press release at
9. AACN and N-OADN Collaborate on Academic Progression Brochure
     AACN and the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN) have just published a joint brochure titled Taking the Next Step in Your Nursing Education for associate degree-prepared nurses and nursing students looking to advance their education. This publication includes a letter of commitment to academic progression from the presidents of AACN and N-OADN; a description of education options at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels; a sampling of career choices for graduate-prepared nurses; and links to helpful resources on the Web. To order copies of this brochure in bulk (100 or more), click here.
10. New AACN Awards for Outstanding Dissertation and Capstone Project
AACN has created this new awards program to recognize and showcase outstanding dissertations and capstone projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. Two awards will be presented at AACN’s annual Doctoral Education Conference in January 2013:
  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award for an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing or DNS program. A dissertation is an original research project that focuses on advancing nursing science and developing new evidence with the potential to guide nursing practice.
  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award for an outstanding capstone project from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. A capstone project demonstrates high-level mastery of an area of advanced nursing practice and focuses on the translation of evidence into practice. 
For full criteria and nomination process, click here. All nominations must be received by December 7, 2012.
11. Free QSEN Faculty Development Workshops
AACN is pleased to announce that registration is now underway for the 2013-2014 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Faculty Development Workshops. Using a train-the-trainer approach, five workshops are planned to give nursing faculty and hospital educators the skills and resources needed to teach quality and safety competencies in master’s and doctoral level nursing courses. Educators completing a workshop will be expected to share their new expertise with colleagues, practice partners, and students. 
Apply now for one of the following free pre-conference programs:
Registration is free to the first 100 faculty who register for each workshop. Applications must be completed online. The application is available at
For more information on this program, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, please visit
12. Call for Applications for the New Careers in Nursing Program
Administered by AACN, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Program provides scholarships and support to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program provides scholarships to students enrolled in accelerated nursing programs. To be eligible, applicant institutions must offer an entry-level accelerated baccalaureate or master’s nursing program for non-nursing college graduates and be accredited by a nursing accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Complete selection criteria can be found in the full Call for Applications brochure, which is available at Applications are due 3 pm (ET) January 9, 2013. A Web Conference for potential applicants is scheduled for December 6 at 11:00 am (ET). Click here to register.
Please direct inquiries to NCIN Deputy Director Vernell DeWitty, (202) 463-6930;
13. RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars 2013 Call for Applications
The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholars program is to develop the next generation of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards for outstanding junior nursing faculty. The program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training, and salary and research support to young faculty.
See for detailed information on criteria and deadlines.  As many as 12 awards of up to $350,000 each over three years will be available in this round of funding. The application deadline is February 7, 2013.

For additional information or questions contact RWJF at or (877) 738-0737.
14. Abstracts Deadline Extended for Faculty Practice and Master's Conferences
AACN invites abstracts for the 2013 Faculty Practice Pre-Conference and Master's Education Conference held in Orlando, FL on February 20-23, 2013. 
Submission Process:   For your convenience, AACN has implemented an electronic abstract submission and review process. Submitters simply access the designated site to create a log-in and password, and then input their abstract and contact information. Abstracts are formatted automatically and have approximately a 500-word limit (one page). Submitters may access the site as often as they like to modify the document until the final submission deadline, and have control over when the abstract is submitted. This is a blind review process, and reviewers do not see submitters’ names or school affiliations.
Due Date: Abstracts must be submitted electronically on or before December 12, 2012.
Questions? Contact Conference Coordinator Taren Wagner at or at 202-463-6930, ext. 232
15. Register Now for Upcoming Conferences
January 17, 2013
CNL Research Symposium

JW Marriott
New Orleans, LA
January 17-19, 2013
CNL Summit

JW Marriott
New Orleans, LA
 January 23, 2013

Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego, CA 
January 23-26, 2013
Doctoral Education Conference
Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego, CA
February 7-9, 2013
Faculty Development Conference
Omni Jacksonville Hotel
Jacksonville, FL
February 20-21, 2013
Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
Buena Vista Palace
Orlando, FL
Due December 12
 February 21-23, 2013
Master's Education Conference
Buena Vista Palace
Orlando, FL

Due December 12
For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager at or at 202-463-6930 ext. 240.
16. Join Us for Free Faculty Webinars
AACN is pleased to announce upcoming Webinars exclusively for faculty teaching in AACN member schools. Additional Webinar details will be provided in the coming weeks. To register for these Webinars go to
Revising Nurse Residency Curriculum
December 6, 2012
2:00-3:30 pm (ET)
Simulation Evaluation
December 11, 2012
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Visit our Web site to access past Webinars and review Webinars organized by topics. For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Courtney Geanetta, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 230.
17. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
Read this month’s edition of Policy Beat for information regarding the 2013 funding cycle for the HRSA Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention program, the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship program, and the Advanced Education Nursing program (Nursing Workforce Development programs, Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act). A summary of this year’s Fall Semiannual Meeting advocacy efforts and the presentation of the 2012 Policy Luminary Award to Dr. Ada Sue Hinshaw are also featured included. Learn more about how your school can become involved in AACN’s new University Government Relations Collaborative. To view the November issue of AACN Policy Beat, visit
18. ELNEC Announces Priorities for 2013

Top Priority is to Train APRNs in Palliative Care
There are many palliative care teams across the US being led by advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). These APRNs are key team members and exemplify commitment to their varied roles in not only leadership, but practice, education, and research, too. Plans are being made now for the development of a new ELNEC curriculum, ELNEC-APRN, which will meet the specific needs of these nurses caring for patients across the life-span.  In addition, four ELNEC-Core, two ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care, and two ELNEC-Critical Care train-the-trainer courses will be held across the US in 2013.  To date, over 15,000 nursing faculty and clinical partners have attended a national ELNEC course since 2001. Further information about all of these courses, including registration form, overview, agenda, faculty listing, flyer, and FAQ are available at For further information, contact Pam Malloy, ELNEC Project Director, at
19. Call for Proposals: Training the Future Health Care Workforce
Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), is
seeking proposals for papers for an upcoming collection focused on the healthcare workforce.
This collection will be part of a collaborative effort with the journal Health Affairs to publish
scholarship on this important topic. Academic Medicine welcomes submissions from across the healthcare workforce, including nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and others. For details, visit
20. CNL Certification Updates and Announcements
CNC Offers Discount for the CNL Certification Exam
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) continues to develop new items for the multiple-choice CNL Certification Exam. As such, the exam that has been administered since April 2012 will be updated beginning with the April 2013 testing period. However, CNC must beta test the items to determine the minimum passing score in compliance with national certification standards. The beta test will occur April 1-6, 2013. All participants who register for the beta test will receive a $50 discount off of the registration fee. Candidates who do not pass the exam during the beta test will receive another $50 discount to retest. To take advantage of this cost-savings opportunity, you must complete the hard copy of the application posted here and submit the application by Friday, March 1, 2013. Beta test participants will receive their exam results via email approximately four weeks after the testing period. Successful candidates will receive an email notification of passing only – a score and diagnostic score report will not be provided to the candidate. Unsuccessful candidates will receive an email notification of failing the exam along with the score and diagnostic score report.
CNL Certification Testing Period Extended
Due to the timing of the CNL Summit and Research Symposium, the January 2013 testing period for the CNL Certification Exam has been adjusted. The exam will be administered January 7-25; the deadline to apply for this testing period is December 7. For other testing periods, click here.
CNL Certification Resources
The CNC offers a full menu of programs and services to support the CNL Certification Program. These resource materials are designed for students preparing for the CNL Certification Exam as well as for faculty coordinating the program. Resources include a self-assessment exam, online discussion boards, a practice multiple-choice tutorial, and candidate guidebook. To access the complete list of available CNL resources, go to
Faculty should encourage CNL students to sit for the CNL Certification Exam prior to graduation from a CNL education program. So that CNC has contact information of CNL students, program directors should submit the CNL Education Documentation Form for all CNL students in their last term. Students may also register with CNC by sending an email to For program registration information, go to
For more information, contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at or go to
21. NursingCAS: Learn How to Leverage this Free Resource
NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to nursing programs. Through NursingCAS, prospective students can research and apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating nursing schools. Last cycle, 38% of NursingCAS applicants were from minority backgrounds, and 15% were men. Students benefit from using NursingCAS because they only need to complete one online application and prepare one set of corresponding admissions materials that are disseminated to designated schools of nursing for consideration. NursingCAS processes the applications, provides support to applicants and schools, and provides schools with information and technology to make admissions decisions.
The 2013 – 2014 NursingCAS application cycle will launch on April 15, 2013, and AACN is encouraging schools to come on board for the next cycle. AACN’s goal is to have 30% of its membership using NursingCAS for at least one of its programs during the upcoming application cycle. The system is flexible and you can use it as you see fit. It can complement or replace an existing application process. If you are still using a paper-based process, this is a great opportunity for your school to switch to an electronic method without incurring an additional cost to your institution. If you are a new program, NursingCAS can help expose your school to over 52,000 prospective students. Learn more about how to implement NursingCAS at your school and how other schools are benefiting from the service by registering for an upcoming Webinar.
NursingCAS & WebAdMIT Overview Webinar
December 3, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET – Register Now
Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to nursing programs. In addition, all schools who participate in NursingCAS receive free web-based admissions management software, WebAdMIT that allows schools to manage, sort, communicate, review, and report on prospective students and applicants. WebAdMIT enables online admissions committee review (including scoring) and easy information sharing across campuses and departments. Nursing schools interested in joining the service are encouraged to visit our Web site for more information or contact Caroline (202-463-6930 x258) to schedule an individual Webinar for your school.
22. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  • Lourdes University's College of Nursing was recently granted nearly $2 million in funding over four academic years through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Funding from this grant will support a new Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program, which is designed to promote diversity among health profession students and practitioners by providing support to full-time students with financial need. See

  • In an effort to arm nurses with the leadership skills required for the growing demands of providing primary care, Duke University Schools of Nursing and Medicine have partnered with Johnson & Johnson to create the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program. The initiative is a unique collaboration to develop the leadership and management skills of advanced practice nurses, especially those who practice in community clinic settings. Duke was the sole institution chosen by Johnson & Johnson to implement the program, which is supported with a grant as well as access to the company’s expertise and innovative approaches in health care. Johnson & Johnson has long supported initiatives promoting the nursing profession and has provided leadership and development opportunities to advance the field. Duke will begin accepting applications for the new training program in December, with its first class convening in May 2013. See

  • The University of Louisville Schools of Nursing and Dentistry have received nearly $1.1 million HRSA grant to support a new educational initiative will have nursing and dental students collaborating to better identify and manage systemic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease that are sometimes linked to oral health. “Our family and adult nurse practitioner students will be learning together with dental students,” said Dr. Marcia Hern, dean of School of Nursing. “The goal is to help them enhance communication between the two professions and develop new best practices in patient assessment, consultation, and management to improve overall health for the underserved.” See
23. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • Dr. Aara Amidi-Nouri, director at Samuel Merritt University, was recently awarded $150,000 from The California Wellness Foundation to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce by graduating NCLEX-eligible nursing students who reflect the school’s diverse communities. The grant will expand and strengthen two retention initiatives: Bridging the Gap and the Scholars in Service Program (SISP). Bridging the Gap includes full-day simulation workshops for underrepresented high school students in the fall and spring semester, as well as workshops on teen health and health careers. The grant will enhance SISP through the provision of stipends for African-American and Latino/a students who participate in the Academic Success Program, and Alumni SISP Tutors who will provide academic support and mentorship. For more information visit,
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in collaboration with and through funding by the One Love Foundation developed the One Love app, a revolutionary new tool that allows young victims of relationship violence to assess the threat and use resources, digital and decision-making, for help. Available on iTunes and the Droid marketplace, the app is free and anonymous—and it’s backed by more than a quarter of a century of research by Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Anna D. Wolf Chair and professor of community-public health. For more information, visit

  • On November 2, 2013, the University of Connecticut School of Nursing celebrated the completion of its new 15,800-square-foot Widmer Wing with a dedication ceremony at the University’s main campus in Storrs. The new wing includes a suite of exam rooms, clinical simulation labs, classrooms, a case-study auditorium with up to 175 seats, and other amenities that will help the School of Nursing further establish its status as a center of excellence in education and community outreach. “The Widmer Wing has already changed the way we educate our students. The new spaces give us more room and the high-tech equipment enhances simulation scenarios, better preparing our students for their roles as clinicians and leaders in the U.S. health care system,” says Regina Cusson, interim dean of the School of Nursing. See
24. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) is hosting a free webinar on Developing Faculty to Teach Interprofessional Team-based Care on December 4 , from 12:30–1:30 pm CST. Presenters Leslie Hall, MD, and Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN, will kick-off the 2012 - 2013 AIHC webinar series with a discussion of interprofessional education and faculty development. The presenters will focus on the national work being done to prepare faculty to teach team-based care; a description of the Josiah Macy Jr., Foundation pilot program for Interprofessional Faculty Development in Team-based Care, which Drs. Hall and Zierler co-lead; and key learnings from the pilot program and the implications for future faculty development efforts. Click here for more details and to register.
  • The NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship is designed to foster collaboration between National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) staff and visiting scholars on a wide range of topics of mutual concern. The 13-month fellowship allows scholars to conduct new and innovative analyses and participate in developmental and health policy activities related to the design and content of future NCHS surveys. All applicants must demonstrate training and/or experience in health services research and its methodology, especially quantitative data analysis, reflecting disciplines such as nursing, public health, public administration, and health care administration among others. This opportunity is open to graduate students, post-doctoral students, and health professionals.  The application deadline is January 7, 2013. For more details, see
  • Applications now being accepted for Project L/EARN, an intensive, hands-on summer research training internship for undergraduate students from groups that have been previously under-represented in graduate programs and nursing research. Students obtain research skills and hands-on experience through a combination of coursework on statistics, research methods, research writing, ethics and health topics and conduct an individual research project under the guidance of a distinguished faculty mentor. The internship, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, provides a $4,150 stipend, tuition, room and board and 3 academic credits. The program operates from May 28-August 2, 2013 on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Applications are due February 18, 2013. For complete details, see
  • The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) seeks nominations for the 2013 International Awards for Nursing Excellence, including the new Clinical Partnership Award. Through these awards, STTI continues its long tradition of honoring nurses who demonstrate professional excellence. The awards recognize achievements in the fields of technology, media, chapter excellence, research, leadership, and practice. Award recipients will be honored during STTI’s 42nd Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, IN on November 16-20, 2013. STTI will accept nominations through March 1, 2013. For more information on submission process, click here.
  • The University of Nebraska Medical Center has issued a call for abstracts for SHARING THE VISION, a conference planned for April 19-20, 2013 that will facilitate communication among faculty preceptors, leaders, and supporters of student-run clinics for underserved populations. Abstracts must be submitted via email by Monday, December 17, 2012. Click here for more information.
  • Nurse in Washington Internship will be held on March 17-19, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Washington Washington, DC. The Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) provides nurses the opportunity to learn how to influence health care through legislative and regulatory processes. NIWI is open to any RN or nursing student (all levels of education) that is interested in an in-depth orientation to the legislative process. For more information, click here.

  • The 2013 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum will be held May 30-31, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel. Please see the call for abstracts for full details. Abstracts will be accepted through December 13, 2012. The abstract submission form can be accessed here.
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