August 2012
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CNC Updated Self-Assessment Exam
The Self-Assessment Exam (SAE) has been updated to reflect the new CNL Certification Exam content outline. Items are now linked to the current CNL competencies. Click here for more information.
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 posted in AACN's Career Link.
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For more information about faculty programs, contact Courtney Geanetta, Faculty Programs Coordinator, via email or 202-463-6930, ext. 230.
Offered exclusively for deans, faculty, and students at AACN member schools, our online collaboration community provides an interactive, social media platform that enables individuals to share knowledge, ask questions, and connect with peers.
To learn more about the features of the collaboration community, take this five minute video tour of the new community.  For more information, contact Courtney Geanetta.
AACN Launches New Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA)
AACN is pleased to announce the formation of the new Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) created to provide high value programs, services, and resources to nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs. Through the GNSA, AACN will focus on meeting the professional development needs of graduate nursing students who are poised to assume leadership roles within the profession, including service as future faculty members and researchers. For more details, visit:

National Graduate Nursing Student Survey Underway

To further determine the needs of graduate nursing students and the unique role that AACN can play in meeting those needs, AACN is launching an online survey to capture input directly from student constituents. This brief survey, which may be accessed at, will ask students to identify how the GNSA can advance their professional development. Questions focus on programming priorities, potential Webinar topics, volunteer opportunities within the GNSA, and social media preferences.
To encourage a robust survey response, students completing the survey will be placed in a drawing to win a free Kindle Fire. Survey responses need to be submitted by September 30.

First Cohort Selected for AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program
AACN is pleased to announce the inaugural class of nursing deans and senior faculty leaders who have been selected to participate in the new AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program. Scheduled for August 14-17, 2012 at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. This world-class enrichment program, which is designed exclusively for top academic leaders in nursing, is generously sponsored in part by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. For more details and to view the 37 nurse educators from 25 states participating this year, click here.
In addition, read the article Making Nurses into Leaders featured in HealthLeaders Media that showcases the AACN-Wharton program.
AACN Job Opportunities
Director of Faculty Programs
AACN seeks a Director of Faculty Programs to manage AACN’s faculty program initiatives. Responsibilities include management of faculty programs including webinars, an e-newsletter, continuing education offerings, and leadership initiatives for faculty and academic leaders. Nursing background with advanced degree (doctorate preferred) plus 5-7 years program development experience in health care or higher education preferred. Position offers competitive salary with excellent benefits.
Nursing Program Director
AACN seeks a Nursing Program Director to develop and manage initiatives in the areas of education policy and higher education. Responsibilities include collaboration on multiple education policy and educational transformation initiatives. Nursing background with advanced degree (doctorate preferred) plus 5-7 years project management experience in health care or higher education preferred. Experience with interorganizational collaborative efforts also desired. Position offers competitive salary with excellent benefits.
Send letter of interest, resume, and one writing sample to:
Chief Operating Officer
One Dupont Circle, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Reminder to Participate in AACN's Annual Surveys
Faculty Vacancy Survey
The 2012-2013 AACN Faculty Vacancy Survey is due on Friday, August 10, 2012. The data obtained from this survey are crucial to AACN's efforts to inform stakeholders, legislators, and the national media about the dire situation concerning faculty shortages. Your responses are very important.

To access this brief survey online, click on this link:
If you need assistance completing the survey, contact Yan Li at or by telephone 202-463-6930 ext. 236.
Faculty and Doctoral Student Roster Survey

The 2012-2013 AACN Faculty and Doctoral Student Roster Survey was due on July 15. Your continued efforts will enhance AACN's understanding of a variety of faculty-related issues, such as recruitment, retention, relocation, and promotion, which will help legislators and the nursing education community form sound policies to address the growing shortage of nursing faculty. If you have a doctoral program, please update your doctoral student records. This data is needed in order to have a better understanding of the relationship between the production of nursing doctorates and the supply of faculty.

To complete the survey, please visit
Both your school’s login name and password are the same as your AACN School Code unless you have changed it. If you cannot remember your school code or your password, please contact Yan Li, Research Assistant, at 202-463-6930, ext. 236 or
Save the Dates for Upcoming Fall Webinars
AACN is pleased to announce upcoming Webinars exclusively for faculty teaching in AACN member schools. Additional Webinar details will be provided later this summer.
Controversies in Pain Management
September 11, 2012 at 2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Incorporating Environmental Sustainability into Nursing Programs
September 27, 2012 at 1:00-2:00 pm (ET)
Integration of Genomics into Nursing Curricula
October 10, 2012 at 2:00-3:30 pm (ET)
Improving NCLEX Scores
October 24, 2012 at 1:00-2:00 pm (ET)
Leading Curriculum Changes
November 9, 2012 at 2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Revising Nurse Residency Curriculum
December 6, 2012 at 2:00-3:30 pm (ET)
Simulation Evaluation
December 11, 2012 at 2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
To register for these Webinars go to
Other topics to look for this Fall:
  • Joining Forces – Care of Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families
  • Incorporating of HIT into Nursing Education
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Healthcare/Medical Homes
  • Assessing Student Learning Outcomes
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.
AACN Applauds New Federal Funding for Graduate Nursing Education
On July 30, AACN applauded the announcement made by United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius that recognized the five academic-practice partnerships to receive support through the Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) Demonstration. AACN Executive Director and CEO Geraldine “Polly” Bednash joined Secretary Sebelius for a public announcement to answer questions about this innovative model that funds the clinical education of advanced practice registered nurses. As the only nursing organization invited to participate in this national press event, Dr. Bednash expressed AACN’s support for the GNE Demonstration and acknowledged the collaborative work by AACN, the advanced practice community, and AARP to see this program come to fruition.
 The five awardees include:
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Duke University Hospital
  • Scottsdale Healthcare Medical Center
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Hospital
For more information on the five awardees and additional participating schools of nursing visit,
Call for Proposal: Interprofessional Oral-Systemic Health Curricular Innovations Awards
New York University College of Nursing’s Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) initiative announces a call for proposals for the development of instructional resources to support interprofessional education and collaborative practice in oral-systemic health.  The purpose of the OHNEP Interprofessional Oral-Systemic Health Curricular Innovation Award is to develop peer-reviewed instructional resources to prepare health professionals with core competencies in oral-systemic health and interprofessional collaborative practice.  This OHNEP program is made possible through the generous support from DentaQuest Foundation, Washington Dental Service Foundation, and Connecticut Health Foundation.
Accepted applicants will receive a $2,000 curricular innovation development award.  These awards will be considered either for (a) development of a new oral-systemic health instructional resource for interprofessional education and/or collaborative practice in a clinical setting; or (b) refinement of an existing oral-systemic health instructional resource for interprofessional education and/or collaborative practice in a clinical setting.
To review the full call for proposals and to apply online, please visit for applications is August 15, 2012 by 5:00 pm (ET).
New Web Resource Highlights Data on Nurse Faculty
Developed through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education initiative, the Nurse Faculty Query – NuFAQs - is a web-based tool that helps users explore the workload, job characteristics, and attitudes toward work-life among full-time nurse faculty in the U.S. NuFAQs reports on responses to the National Survey of Nurse Faculty - conducted by the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University - from a nationally representative sample of all full-time faculty members teaching in nursing schools that offer at least one degree program that prepares graduates to sit for the NCLEX examination. To find out more how to use this informative resource, a short video tutorial is available at
Support the Million Hearts Initiative
Million Hearts™ is a national initiative launched by the Department of Health and Human Services to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over 5 years. This campaign aligns existing efforts and is creating new programs to improve heart health and help Americans live longer, more productive lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—coleaders of Million Hearts—are working alongside other federal agencies and private and public-sector organizations to make a lasting impact against cardiovascular disease.
To strengthen support and advance the initiative, Million Hearts is forming a collaborative of Colleges of Nursing across the United States to engage nursing faculty and students to lead initiatives in their universities.  By putting together a team of nursing colleges to advance this work, Million Hearts can enhance students’ knowledge and skills in population health and healthy lifestyle behavior change. Joining this collaborative also would provide access to useful tools and the sharing of best and innovative practices to advance the initiatives of Million Hearts.
If you are interested in having your school join this collaborative, please email Kathy York at with the contact information of the lead faculty liaison who will represent your college in in this exciting collaborative.
American Cancer Society Announces Scholarship Opportunites for Graduate Nursing Students
Annual Deadline: October 15
These scholarships provide support for study in a doctoral degree program in nursing or a related area and prepare the graduate for a career as a cancer nurse scientist.  Applicants must possess a current license to practice as a registered nurse and be enrolled in or applying to an accredited doctoral degree program.  Students must project a full-time program of study that integrates cancer nursing and provides evidence of faculty support.  Awards are made for up to two years, with possibility of two-year renewal based on satisfactory progress.  The stipend is $15,000 per year.
Annual Deadline: February 1
This award supports graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in cancer nursing or a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP).  Applicants must possess a current license to practice as a registered nurse, and be enrolled in or applying to an accredited graduate nursing degree program. The program of study must be offered within an academic institution in the United States that can award an advanced nursing practice degree with demonstrated integration of didactic and clinical oncology content.  The student must be advised by a faculty member responsible for the oncology nursing content in the curriculum or program of study proposed for the applicant. The stipend for each scholarship is $10,000 each year. Scholarships are awarded for a minimum of one and a maximum of two years of funding. Continued funding is contingent upon satisfactory progress in the graduate program. 
Program guidelines and access to the Society’s electronic application process are available here.  If you have questions, please contact Virginia Krawiec, MPA, or Danielle Alsander at (404) 329-5734 or
Register Now for AACN 2012-2013 Conferences
October 27-30, 2012
Fall Semiannual Meeting
JW Marriot
Washington, DC
October 27, 2012
Organizational Leadership Network
JW Marriott
Washington, DC
November 14-15, 2012
Executive Development Series
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX
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

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
For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager at or at
202-463-6930 ext. 240.
Register Now for ELNEC-For Veterans Course
Pre-Conference to AACN's 2012 Baccalaureate Conference
ELNEC-For Veterans
November 14-15, 2012
San Antonio, TX
This 1.5 day course will be held as a pre-conference to the AACN Baccalaureate Conference
Free registration is available to full-time nursing faculty whose school of nursing is participating in the Joining Forces Initiative.  
Click here to view the overview, application, agenda, and FAQs.
For further information about this project and additional upcoming trainings, see
Learn More About NursingCAS at Upcoming Webinars & Events
NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to nursing programs. Through NursingCAS, prospective students may research and apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating nursing schools. Over 41,000 students utilized the system this past cycle which ran from August 15, 2011 – August 6, 2012, which represents a 59% increase in the number of students utilizing the system during cycle 1. Students benefit from using NursingCAS because they only need to complete one, online application and prepare one set of corresponding materials that is 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. 
Learn more about how to implement NursingCAS at your school by registering for an upcoming Webinar or event.
NursingCAS & WebAdMIT Overview Webinars
NursingCAS In-Person EventsRegister Now
These free events will allow for you to learn about a NursingCAS user’s firsthand experience implementing and using the service at their school and the resulting benefits.
  • September 26, 2012 at 10:00 - 11:30 AM
    Location TBD, Minneapolis, MN

  • October 29, 2012 at 7:15 - 7:50 AM (AACN Members only) 1:00 - 2:30 PM (Open to everyone)
    Washington, DC - JW Marriot Hotel
    Coincides with AACN’s Fall Semiannual Meeting

  • November 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 
    San Antonio, TX at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
    Coincides with AACN’s Baccalaureate Conference
Additional information about the event(s) will be sent to those who register. Contact Caroline Allen, NursingCAS Manager, at 202-463-6930 ext. 258 or with any questions. Nursing schools interested in joining the service are encouraged to visit for more information or contact Caroline to schedule an individual Webinar at your convenience for your school.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036