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May 2012 Featured News
  1. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  2. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  3. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
1. AACN Teams with Wharton to Offer Leadership Development Program
AACN is now seeking applications for the new AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program, a world-class leadership development experience for nursing school deans and directors. Scheduled for August 14-17, 2012 at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, this four-day, on-campus program for nursing’s top academic leaders is generously sponsored in part by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence.
This program is offered exclusively for deans and directors from AACN member institutions who are currently serving in the role of chief nursing academic officer. Registration is limited to 40 participants; a competitive application process will be used to make final selections. The program cost is $6,895, which includes private accommodations for 4 nights, all meals and breaks, an opening reception, evening lounge, fitness facility, and concierge services. For more details and/or to register, see
 2. AACN and AONE Join to Enhance Patient Care via Academic-Practice Partnerships
AACN and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) are pleased to announce the creation of a new online resource developed to advance robust academic-practice partnerships. This new clearinghouse, hosted on the AACN Web site, features an interactive tool kit with practical guidelines for establishing successful collaborations as well as a Guiding Principles document that outlines the eight tenets for productive partnerships. The following resources are now available:
  • Guiding Principles for Academic-Practice Partnerships: Endorsed by both AACN and AONE, these eight principles will help nursing leaders develop collaborative arrangements based on common goals, mutual respect, and shared knowledge.

  • Interactive Tool Kit for Developing and Sustaining Partnerships: This tool kit was designed to facilitate the development, growth, and evaluation of academic-practice partnerships as a fundamental condition to advance nursing practice and improve the quality of care. In addition to exemplars, resources were created to guide users from start to finish in developing a partnership.

  • Literature Review on Academic-Practice Partnerships:This table contains a detailed summary of the literature on academic-practice partnerships for the past decade.

  • Survey on Academic-Practice Partnerships: This document summarizes the data from the national survey on partnerships conducted with deans, chief nurse officers, and directors of community health/public health agencies.

  • Focus Group Sessions: Findings from a series of AACN-AONE focus groups include details on current practices, barriers, successful partnerships, and recommendations related to academic-practice partnerships.
Future activities include the launch of an online collaboration community to stimulate discussion and resource sharing related to academic-practice partnerships and the hosting of a preconference on this topic in conjunction with the annual Clinical Nurse Leader Summit in January.
To access these resources, see
3. Application Deadline Nears for Leadership for Academic Nursing Program
AACN's Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) is designed to enhance the leadership skills of individuals in mid- to upper-level faculty positions who have experience in academic administration roles and aspire to lead the nursing academic unit. This competitive program is also offered for individuals serving as the chief academic administrator of a nursing school offering baccalaureate or graduate degrees who are new to the role (within 3 years).
This prestigious program features an intensive 5-day seminar, focused assessment activities, facilitation of a mentorship experience, opportunities for follow-up with seminar faculty, and sharing of ideas and resources among fellows. The program emphasizes key leadership competencies needed in complex nursing education and healthcare environments.   
Applications must be received by AACN no later than Friday, May 25, 2012 in order to be considered.
4. Reserve Your Spot for the Summer Seminar in July
Join your colleagues for a fascinating look at overcoming stress and sustaining resiliency at the 2012 Summer Seminar in Newport, RI on July 22-25. Attendees will explore personal insights and coping strategies; practical tools to diagnose challenging situations, reduce stress, and build resiliency in your work setting; and general ideas about teaching resiliency to nursing students. Don’t miss this opportunity to identify specific strategies to reduce your personal and professional stress, reinforce specific resiliency skills and attitudes, enhance your leadership effectiveness, and improve the productivity of your academic workplace. Click here to register.
Remaining Conferences for 2012
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
5. Special Member Discount for Upcoming Conferences
Back by popular demand, AACN is pleased to announce a special members-only discount 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 and/or your staff register to attend. Individuals must register for each conference separately. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts. Click here to see the conference discount flyer for additional information.
AACN is planning conferences across the United States, including events in:
Austin, TX ♦ Jacksonville, FL ♦ New Orleans, LA ♦ Newport, RI
Orlando, FL ♦ San Antonio, TX ♦ San Diego, CA ♦ Washington, DC 
6. Call for Editor: Journal of Professional Nursing
AACN's Board of Directors invites applications for the position of Editor for the Journal of Professional Nursing (JPN), the official journal of AACN. JPN is a peer-reviewed bimonthly journal that focuses on the practice, research, and policy roles of nurses with baccalaureate and graduate degrees, the education and management concerns of the universities in which they are educated, and the settings in which they practice. Reports of original work, research, reviews, and policy papers focusing on professional nursing are published. For more information on the position and to apply, visit
Application deadline is June 29, 2012.
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7. Support Nurses on the Ballot for the Most Influential People in Healthcare
Voting is now open for Modern Healthcare Magazine's annual ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. For the past few years, nurses have been under-represented on this high-profile list, something we all have the power to change by simply casting a vote.  AACN is pleased to see that our CEO and Executive Director Geraldine "Polly" Bednash has been nominated for the 9th consecutive year. We encourage you to consider voting for Dr. Bednash as well as these nurse leaders who are also on the ballot:
  • Linda Aiken, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Joanne Disch, American Academy of Nursing
  • Marilyn Tavenner, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Mary Wakefield, Health Resources and Services Administration
Voting will end June 15, 2012 at midnight Central Time. The final rankings will be released in August.  To cast your ballot (you must choose 5 candidates), visit
8. AACN Partners with AHRQ "Questions are the Answer" Campaign
AACN has joined with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to advance the “Questions Are the Answer” campaign, a new public education initiative that encourages patients and their clinicians to engage in effective two-way communication to ensure safer care and better health outcomes. A joint letter from AACN CEO Polly Bednash and AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy was circulated to AACN members earlier this spring explaining the association’s involvement in the campaign and sharing informational resources that are being made available to nursing faculty, students, and clinicians for free. Campaign materials, which are available for free from AHRQ, include a 7-minute video featuring patients and clinicians discussing the importance of asking questions and sharing information; a Question Builder that patients can complete prior to medical appointments; and a helpful brochure with tips for preparing before, during, and after visiting your healthcare provider.
This new collaboration is consistent with AACN’s commitment to enhancing quality and safety as well as improving the patient experience. For more details on the campaign, see
9. New Hartford Foundation Poll Reveals Serious Gaps in Care
Many older Americans, including those with a regular primary care provider, are not receiving important geriatric services, according to a new poll released by the John A. Hartford Foundation. In the nationally representative poll of Americans age 65 and older, large majorities report that they have not received depression screening, falls history or counseling, referral to community-based health resources, and other important services that support healthy aging. The poll also explores awareness of the new Medicare Annual Wellness visit and older patient satisfaction. Other key findings from the Hartford poll:
  • Only a tiny number (7%) of older adults surveyed received all seven recommended services mentioned in the poll, all of which are critical elements of a standard geriatric assessment.

  • 52% report receiving none or only one, and a large majority (76%) received fewer than half of the seven services.

  • Depression: 62% of those polled said their primary care provider had not asked about their mood, such as whether they were sad, anxious, or depressed.

  • Falls: 75% of adults age 80+ said their physician has not discussed how to avoid falling, as did 71% of people taking 5+ medications.

  • 93% of older adults surveyed said that all medical and nursing students should be required to take classes and training in caring for older people, and 67% also said they believed they would “get better care” if their physicians, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals had more geriatrics training. 
For a complete list of findings from the poll, please visit
10. CGS and ETS Release Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers
On April 19, 2012, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) hosted a forum on Capitol Hill to present the findings and recommendations of their newly released report, Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers. The report was produced by a 14-member commission comprised of education and business leaders. Information was gathered through surveys given to students, graduate deans, and employers concerning career outlook post-graduation. Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics projection that close to 50% of the expected 2.6 million new jobs created through 2020 will require an advanced degree, the report outlines recommendations for universities, employers, and policy makers to ensure graduates receive early preparation for career prospects and to strengthen career pathways through a wide variety of workforce sectors.
For a full press release and access to the report, see:
11. 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).
Forms should be submitted via e-mail to AACN's Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Ahearn at For complete details, see
12. Nurse Week Promotion Yields Almost 200 Faculty Vacancy Ads
In honor of National Nurses Week, AACN offered member schools an opportunity to post free faculty vacancy announcements on our Web-based Faculty Career Link. Many schools took advantage of this offer, and more than 190 faculty vacancies in over 85 schools of nursing are now posted online at Please feel free to forward this announcement to your graduate students who may be considering teaching opportunities.
For more details on how Faculty Career Link can help you meet your faculty recruitment needs, see
13. Upcoming Faculty Webinars
Ethnogeriatrics: The Basics (Orignially Scheduled for 4/24)
May 22, 2012
1:00 - 2:30 pm (ET)
See for a complete listing of the Webinars, organized by topic, and past Webinars. For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Courtney Geanetta, Program Assistant, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 230.
14. Register Now for NursingCAS Open House and Tour
NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to nursing programs. Through NursingCAS, prospective students may apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating nursing schools. Students only need to complete one online application and prepare one set of corresponding materials that will be disseminated to designated schools of nursing for consideration. Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to schools of nursing.
NursingCAS Open House and Tour in Boston – Register Now
NursingCAS is hosting free Open House sessions on June 12 and 13 in Watertown, MA (outside of Boston). Attendees will tour NursingCAS headquarters and receive a first-hand look at the transcript and application verification process. Participants will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of NursingCAS users as well as customer service and technical team. Learn more about the event here. For schools currently using NursingCAS, there is a special Open House session and admissions forum on Tuesday, June 12 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 pm. For more information, click here.
Nursing schools interested in joining the service are encouraged to visit for more information or contact NursingCAS Manager Caroline Allen at (202-463-6930, ext. 258) with any questions or to schedule a conference call.
15. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This month’s edition of Policy Beat recognizes Dr. Carolyn Yucha as the AACN Advocate of the Year. AACN’s testimony to the House and Senate for FY 2013 expresses the importance of strong support for Title VIII, NINR, and NMHCs. Also featured: Health and Human Services Million Hearts initiative, and an opportunity to participate in Department of Education negotiated rulemaking for proposed regulations concerning the Higher Education Act. The NINR announces five new members to the National Advisory Council on Nursing Research- new members are highlighted. Read Policy Beat for further details.
16. Latest AACN Scholarship Winners Announced
AACN is pleased to announce the latest scholarship winners from three  separate awards programs funded by AfterCollege,, and Hurst Reviews. These programs were created to support outstanding students seeking baccalaureate and graduate degrees in nursing. Please join us in congratulating the following scholarship recipients:
AfterCollege Winners
Wendy Bailes, University of Mississippi Medical Center, PhD Student
Angi Baxter, Rhode Island College, Accelerated BSN Student Winners
Fernanda Winchester, Midwestern State University, BSN Student
Jaymie Jackson, University of North Dakota, BSN Student & NursingCAS Applicant
Hurst Reviews
Margaret Diehl, University of Toledo, BSN Student
Jessica Salazar, University of Miami, BSN Student
17. Four National ELNEC Courses Remain for 2012
Nursing students and new graduates are expected to have some training/education in palliative care.  Hospitals across the US are preparing for the Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Palliative Care.  This palliative care program recognizes hospital inpatient programs that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care and optimize the quality of life for both pediatric and adult patients with serious illness.  Attending an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)  train-the-trainer course will provide nursing faculty with lectures, PowerPoint slides, reference lists, case studies, etc. needed to provide this education to undergraduate and graduate nursing students.   There are several ELNEC courses remaining for 2012 across the US:
  • ELNEC-For Veterans and ELNEC-For Veterans/Critical Care*:  July 17 & 18; Glendale, CA
  • ELNEC-Summit**:  August 23 & 24; Washington, DC
  • ELNEC-Summit**:  October 11 & 12; Portland, OR
  • TBA - ELNEC-Core: November; Pittsburgh, PA (Further information will be posted on the ELNEC Web site by June 1.  This course will be in collaboration with HPNA.)
*These 2 courses will be held simultaneously
**ELNEC Summit—ELNEC-Core, Pediatric Palliative Care, Geriatric, and Critical Care train-the-trainer courses are held simultaneously. 
The ELNEC project is a partnership between  AACN and City of Hope.  Courses are listed below in the order they will be presented.   
For further information and/or to register, go to or contact Pam Malloy at
For all the latest news and updates, follow ELNEC on Facebook. 
18. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  • On May 8, 2012, the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing announced that a research team headed by Assistant Professor Sarah L. Szanton received a $4-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to extend the team’s home-based intervention study with low-income older adults in Baltimore City over five years. Based closely on research team’s successful pilot program completed in 2010, the extended study will be a randomized controlled trial that exposes participants either to a physical intervention with three components - pain management, dealing with depression, and medication adherence; exercise, strengthening, and adapting; and physical improvement of the home to facilitate livability and safety – or a cognitive intervention that includes sequenced life-review interviews that have been shown to help with memory and mood. The expanded study will involve 300 predominantly African-American, low-income Baltimore residents, age 65 or older, who live at home but have difficulty with such daily functions. See

  • The Health Care Without Harm Nurses Work Group in conjunction with The Luminary Project has named Dr. Stephanie Chalupka, as the 2012 Recipient of the Charlotte Brody Award. Dr. Chalupka is Professor of Public Health Nursing and Chair of the Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Department of Nursing at Worcester State University and also holds an appointment as a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Environmental Health, Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology Program at the Harvard School of Public Health. “Dr. Chalupka is a phenomenal role model, empowering and leading the nursing commitment to improving environmental health, stated Kelli Barber, Co-chair of the Nurses Work Group for Health Care Without Harm.

  • The American Organization of Nursing Executives (AONE) and the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation have announced the formation of the Transdisciplinary Consortium for Innovation Leadership in Health Care. As their first official action, the consortium partners will launch of the first Fellowship in Innovation Leadership in Health Care, a 15-month program for senior healthcare leaders The Fellowship program, which begins September 9, 2012, is designed to prepare the most innovative leaders to positively impact the future of health care. For complete details, see
19. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • Dr. Divina Grossman, former nursing dean and vice president for engagement at Florida International University College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been appointed as the new chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The UMass Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of Dr. Grossman, whose appointment culminates a search process that began last November and involved a pool of 130 candidates.  “Divina Grossman has the experience, the vision, the drive and the passion to guide UMass Dartmouth to a new stage in its development, and in doing so, to better serve the needs of our students and the larger social and economic needs of the region,” said UMass President Robert L. Caret. See

  • Marquette University’s College of Nursing is partnering with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare to build a clinical simulation center at Marquette University. It is the first clinical simulation center partnership of its type in Wisconsin. Made possible in part by a $1 million investment over five years from Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, the $4 million simulation center will combine the expertise of Marquette’s nursing faculty with the real world experience of Wheaton’s nurses and clinical care providers. This latest partnership is one of many initiatives Marquette has undertaken to increase collaboration across disciplines and public-private sectors, including efforts to improve health care quality and value in Milwaukee through a recently formed healthcare economics collaboration with local academic institutions and hospitals. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and Marquette’s College of Nursing also plan to collaborate on research on the impact of simulation training on clinical outcomes in healthcare delivery. For more information, click here
20. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • Register for a Webinar on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
    May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! Show your support by registering for a Healthy People 2020 Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity on Tuesday, May 29, from 12–12:45 p.m. EDT. During this 45-minute event, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will present data on nutrition, physical activity, and obesity—with a focus on health disparities. Also highlighted will be a program that has had success promoting physical activity and healthy food choices in schools. For more information, click here.

  • AAMC Announces Call for Proposals for Interprofessional Education Collaboration
    The AAMC announces a call for submissions for competency-based learning and assessment resources for interprofessional education and models of team-based or collaborative care. AAMC, a partner in the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), has been awarded funding by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to launch an interprofessional education portal in support of the IPEC report: Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. With guidance from the IPEC-MedEdPORTAL Advisory Committee, fifteen (15) applicants will be awarded $2,000. To review submission criteria, please review: Call for Submissions.  
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