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September 2012 Featured News
  1. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  2. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
1. Key Stakeholders Issue Joint Statement on Academic Progression in Nursing
In a historic move to support all nurses moving to advance their education, leaders from national organizations representing community college presidents, boards, and program administrators have joined with representatives from nursing education associations to endorse a Joint Statement on Academic Progression for Nursing Students and Graduates. With the shared goal of preparing a well-educated, diverse nursing workforce, this consensus statement represents the shared view that nursing students and practicing nurses should be supported in their efforts to pursue higher levels of education. Endorsing organizations include the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Association of Community Colleges Trustees (ACCT), the National League for Nursing (NLN), and the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN).
“Providing opportunities for nurses to advance their education serves the public good,” said AACN CEO Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN. “AACN stands ready to work with our colleagues in higher education to remove barriers to educational advancement and encourage all nurses to take the next step in their professional development.” 
Click here to view the press release and the joint statement.

Representatives from endorsing organizations include (from left to right)
Dr. Beverly Malone, CEO, National League for Nursing; J. Noah Brown, President and CEO, Association of Community College Trustees; Dr. Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, CEO, American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Dr. Walter G. Bumpus, President, American Association of Community Colleges; Donna Meyer, President, National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing.
2. AACN Joins Brookdale Senior Living to Advance CNL Role
AACN applauds the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) for awarding a $7.3 million Health Care Innovations Challenge grant to Brookdale Senior Living (BSL) to advance the Care Transitions Program. This visionary new initiative, which involves a partnership between BSL and the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, hinges on the use of Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLs) to lower readmission rates at skilled nursing facilities in Texas and Florida.

For the CMMI grant, AACN collaborated with Brookdale Senior Living and the University of North Texas Health Science Center on a proposal to expand and test BSL’s Care Transitions Program. The program’s goal is to prevent the progress of disease, thereby reducing complications, improving care, and reducing the rate of avoidable hospital admissions for older adults.  The BSL Care Transitions program is based on INTERACT (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers), a series of  evidence-based tools developed by geriatrician Joseph Ouslander, MD, and colleagues for reducing avoidable readmissions for residents in skilled nursing facilities. The tool will be modified and applied in assisted and independent living facilities as well as home care settings. Expected savings over the three-year grant period are estimated at more than $9 million.

To support this initiative, AACN will work with BSL leadership to engage CNLs in redesigning care transition processes, evaluating care outcomes, and implementing quality improvement initiatives. The CNLs will also oversee the training of care transition managers in long-term care settings. This grant will give the association an opportunity to evaluate the impact of CNLs on care coordination, recidivism, and care transitions as this role continues to evolve across settings.

To view the full press release, go to For more information on the CMMI Health Care Innovation Awards, see
3. CDC and AACN Partner to Strengthen Public Health Workforce
AACN is pleased to announce the establishment of a new five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help build capacity in the public health nursing workforce. With the agreement commencing August 15, 2012, the CDC’s Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office has awarded AACN funding to support faculty development in the area of population health and connect nursing students with hands-on experiences at the community level to enhance their preparation for professional practice.
“AACN believes that educating all nurses with significant content in public health and providing diverse experiential learning experiences to reinforce these concepts are essential to improving the quality of nursing care and the overall health of the nation,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling. “AACN welcomes the opportunity to work with the CDC and academic partner organizations to offer faculty development programming and student enrichment opportunities that will fortify our public health workforce.”
For more details, see the press release at
4. AACN to Study Factors Influencing Nurse Faculty Career Choice
AACN recently received new funding through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education (EIN) program to study facilitators and barriers to careers as nurse faculty. AACN was included among the third cohort of five grantees to receive funding during this latest cycle of EIN grant awards, which focus on doctoral nursing education and the production of nurse faculty. Read the Foundation’s press release announcing the EIN awardees at
Through this new initiative, AACN will conduct a national survey of 3,000 doctoral students in research- and practice-focused programs to identify the factors that either impede or enhance the pursuit of a long-term career as a faculty member. Currently, only half of research-focused doctoral graduates pursue careers in academia, and an even smaller percentage of Doctor of Nursing Practice program graduates do so as well. The investigators will examine how previous work experiences, salary expectations, competition with practice opportunities, and perceptions of the faculty role influence decision-making. The goal of this study is to determine the ideal set of inducements and incentives that can be used by nursing schools nationwide to recruit new faculty, negotiate for needed resources, and retain seasoned nurse educators in teaching positions. For more details, see the press release at
5. Information Session on Team Coaching Development Series
An information session on a new Team Coaching Series co-sponsored by AACN and the Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy will be held Friday, September 28 at 4:00 pm (ET). The goal of this initiative is for participants to learn, practice, and teach team coaching as a CNL or CNL faculty member to support improvement activities of interprofessional frontline teams. This is an excellent opportunity for CNLs and faculty to build leadership skills in interprofessional practice from national experts. Participants also will be eligible to earn ANCC contact hours through AACN. Registration deadline is October 30, 2012.

To access the information session on  September 28, go to
The dial-in number is 888-832-6370.
For more information on the Coaching Series, go to:
6. AACN's 2012 Fall Semiannual Meeting
The AACN Fall Semiannual Meeting will be held October 28-30, 2012 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. The theme, Taking Advantage of Technology in Nursing Higher Education, will emphasize online education, simulation, and social media, among other topics. A special preconference day of concurrent sessions is offered on October 27, and the Organizational Leadership Network meets on October 26-27. Come participate in stimulating sessions on various aspects of nursing education, including timely and relevant sessions on political priorities and advocacy. Highlights include a presentation by Dr. George Thibault, President of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, who will receive the John P. McGovern Award. Don't miss this opportunity to network with colleagues in discussion groups and interest sessions. Each member school dean/director is invited to bring one or more associate/assistant deans to the Fall Meeting as a way to familiarize these senior academic leaders with content and issues they will find useful as they assist their deans and improve education in their settings. For more information, click here.  
7. Register Now for Free ELNEC-For Veterans Course
November 14-15, 2012
San Antonio, TX
Free registration is available to 60 full-time nursing faculty whose school of nursing is participating in the Joining Forces initiative. This training will provide information and resources (i.e. ppt slides, case studies, supplemental teaching materials) to offer end-of-life/palliative care education to your nursing students. Apply today, as space is limited. Registrations are due October 1, 2012.
For further information and to register, go to

Questions? Contact Pam Malloy at
Note: This 1.5 day course will be held as a pre-conference to the AACN Baccalaureate Conference.
8. AACN and CNC Now Accepting Nominations for CNL Vanguard Award
AACN and the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) are pleased to announce the second annual CNL Vanguard Award. This national award recognizes a certified CNL for innovative and outstanding professional performance and advocacy of the CNL role. In addition, the award promotes the contributions of the CNL in transforming healthcare. The 2013 recipient will be recognized at the CNL Summit, January 17-19, 2013 at the JW Marriott New Orleans in New Orleans, LA.
The CNL Vanguard Award recipient will receive a complimentary registration, $500 travel stipend to attend the 2013 CNL Summit and Research Symposium, a commemorative award, and a CNL lapel pin. The application deadline is October 15, 2012.
For more information and the application, click here or contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at
9. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This month's edition of Policy Beat includes updates to the federal budget process, including the White House Office of Management and Budget's sequestration report, as well as the House of Representatives' passage of a six-month continuing resolution. Read about the Federal Trade Commission's recent testimony urging West Virginia to examine expanding the roles of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and learn more about AACN's Inaugural Faculty Policy Intensive.  Read AACN Policy Beat for further details.
10. AACN Issues Call for Board Nominations
AACN's Nominating Committee has issued a Call for Nominations for candidates to fill five Board seats and two vacancies on the Nominating Committee. The committee will choose the slate of candidates at the 2012 Fall Semiannual Meeting based on nominations and the committee's deliberations. The positions under consideration are: Treasurer, Board member-at-large (4 vacancies), and Nominating Committee (2 vacancies).
Completed forms should be submitted via e-mail to AACN's Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Ahearn at as soon as possible. Forms will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on October 27 at the registration desk during the Fall Semiannual Meeting. For complete details, see
11. Implementing the Consensus Model by 2015: Preparing APRNs to Care for Older Adults
AACN will be hosting a Webinar titled Implementing the Consensus Model by 2015: Education and Certification requirements for APRNs Prepared to Care for Older Adults on September 26, 12:00-1:30 pm (ET). This Webinar will feature representatives from accrediting and certifying bodies to assist deans, program directors, and faculty in understanding the timelines and new requirements being implemented for NP and CNS education and certification. In addition to addressing frequently asked questions, participants will have an opportunity to ask the panelists questions. To register, go to
12. Upcoming Webinars for Fall 2012
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
October 10, 2012
2:00-3:30 pm (ET)
Debriefing Techniques
in Simulation

October, 16, 2012
1:30-2:30 pm (ET)
The Importance of Academic-Practice Partnerships
October 23, 2012
3:00-4:00 pm (ET)
Improving NCLEX Scores
October 24, 2012
1:00-2:00 pm (ET)
November 9, 2012
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Academic-Practice Partnerships
If Not Now...When?

November 19, 2012
11:00 am - 12:00 pm (ET)
Revising Nurse Residency Curriculum
December 6, 2012 at 2:00-3:30 pm (ET)
Registration Coming Soon!
Simulation Evaluation
December 11, 2012
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
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.
13. IPEC Announces Curricular Development Awardees and Associate Editor
With funding provided by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will be awarding funding to 16 interprofessional teams to accelerate educational content refinement and submission to MedEdPORTAL for peer review.  Once accepted, these open-access instructional modules will represent the beginning of a national clearinghouse of competency-linked learning resources for interprofessional education and models of team-based or collaborative care.
After a national search, Dr. Sonia J. Crandall, has been named associate editor for the IPEC Collection.  Dr. Crandall is a tenured professor in the departments of physician assistant studies and family and community medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine.  She also serves as the director for scholarship and research for the department of physician assistant studies, director of the Women’s Health Center of Excellence Leadership and Mentoring Program, and is an affiliate faculty member in the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity and the Wake Forest University Translational Science Institute.  Dr. Crandall has been a strong advocate for MedEdPORTAL since its inception and previously served as the associate editor for Special Collections.
To learn more and view awardees, please visit:
14. Learn How NursingCAS Will Benefit Your Program and Applicants
NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to nursing programs. Through NursingCAS, prospective students (currently there are over 45,000 in the system) may 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. Learn more about how to implement NursingCAS at your school by registering for an upcoming Webinar or event.
NursingCAS & WebAdMIT Overview Webinar
October 15 at 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (ET)
Register Now
NursingCAS Presentation for Minnesota Nursing Programs
Commons Hotel Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
September 26 at 10:00 - 11:30 am
Learn More or Register Now
NursingCAS: A Dean’s Perspective
October 29, 2012, 8:00 - 8:45 am or 1:00 - 2:00 pm 
JW Marriot Hotel, Washington, DC
Coincides with AACN’s Fall Semiannual Meeting
Register Now
NursingCAS User & Implementation Experience: Panel Presentation
November 15 at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, TX
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 to schedule an individual Webinar at your convenience for your school.
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.
15. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  • The Ohio State University College of Nursing has received a $1.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to implement an interprofessional physical and mental health primary care center in a Near East Side neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. The grant allows for full-time operation of a planned Total Health & Wellness Center, a primary care clinic set to open this fall. The clinic will offer an innovative nurse practitioner-led interprofessional collaborative practice that integrates mental health and primary care services from medical, pharmacy, and social work team members for high-risk populations in inner-city Columbus. See$1.5-million-HRSA-grant.html.

  • A state-of-the-art vehicle that will provide on-site professional training for Connecticut’s correctional facility nurses has been placed into service through an initiative led by the University of Connecticut’s (UConn) School of Nursing. The 40-foot vehicle is the only such correctional nursing simulation van operating in the United States, and UConn hopes to make it a nationwide model. The van and the UConn-led training sessions for the prison nurses are fully funded with a $1.1 million HRSA grant. Awarded to UConn through a project proposed in partnership with the Department of Correction (DOC) and the Correctional Managed Health Care (CMHC) Division of the UConn Health Center. The correctional nurses provide services at 16 DOC facilities statewide through the CMHC. It provides all health care for the DOC for medical, mental health, pharmacy, and dental services for the approximately 18,700 people who are incarcerated or in halfway houses. For more information, click here.
16. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is teaming up with nursing, medical, and public health colleges and universities to assist the government of Rwanda in strengthening its health care system. Following a competitive recruiting campaign, UMSON is sending seven faculty members to Rwanda to assist with the health care efforts. In addition to UMSON, Duke University, Howard University, New York University, and the University of Illinois, Chicago, are all sending nursing faculty to Rwanda. Rwanda struggles with similar issues as other resource limited nations in Africa. It not only faces the typical challenges of AIDS, malaria, malnutrition, and high infant mortality rate, but also more chronic diseases resulting from an aging population and lack of physical activity and proper diet. The development of a better educated nursing workforce will help address these challenges. Rwanda is committed to significantly increasing the number of nurses and midwives with advanced certificates and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. See

  • Dr. Julie Barroso, professor at Duke University School of Nursing, has been selected as the first nurse to serve on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC). Dr. Barroso is currently the Research Development Coordinator for the Office of Research Affairs at Duke University School of Nursing, and a Senior Research Fellow in the Duke Health Inequalities Program. She is also a productive, funded HIV and AIDs researcher who has published more than 50 scientific papers and serves as a reviewer for a number or professional journals. The IAPAC is an organization that represents more than 17,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals in over 100 countries who deliver both prevention and treatment in multiple disease areas, including HIV, hepatitis, malaria, and tuberculosis. The Board of Trustees, composed of highly esteemed medical, public health, and advocacy professionals from across five continents, guides IAPAC's educational, research, technical assistance, and advocacy activities. Dr. Barroso will serve a two year term on the Board of Trustees. See
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