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May 2011 Featured Items
1.   Health Educators Release Interprofessional Competencies
2.   Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Awards New Funding to AACN
3.   Join us for the Summer Seminar in Portland, OR
4.   Special Members-Only Discount on Conference Registration
5.   Upcoming Faculty Webinars Include a Focus on the CNL
6.   GANES Meets in Malta with ICN President
7.   AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program Deadline
8.   NursingCAS Open House Planned for June
9.   Act Now to Save AACN's Financial Benchmarking Survey
10. Final Adult-Gerontology Faculty Workshop Offered
11. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat Online
12. Resources for Implementing the New Master's Essentials
13. Nurse Week Promotion Yields 100+ Faculty Vacancy Ads
14. Update on the CNL Certification Exam
15. Application Cycle Opens for NHSC Scholarship Program
16. ELNEC Hosts National Series of Train-the-Trainer Courses
17. Apply Now for a QSEN Faculty Development Institute
18. AACN Issues Call for Board Nominations
19. 2011 APNA Janssen Student Scholarship Offered
20. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
21. Member News, Announcments, and Awards
22. Opportunities and Resources to Consider

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1. Health Educators Release Interprofessional Competencies

On May 10, 2011, AACN joined with five other national health professions associations to announce the release of competencies and action strategies to advance interprofessional collaboration in education and practice.  Since 2009, AACN has been working with the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) – which features representatives from medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, public health, and nursing – to develop individual-level core competencies that all health professionals need to provide high quality, team-based patient care. The resulting document, titled Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, were released at a press conference in Washington, DC that featured remarks from HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield and AACN CEO Polly Bednash.  At that event, a companion document, titled Team-Based Competencies, Building a Shared Foundation for Education and Clinical Practice, also was released and provides action strategies for supporting interprofessional collaboration. This document resulted from a conference held in February 2011 that was sponsored by HRSA, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the ABIM Foundation in partnership with IPEC. For more details and to download these documents, see
2. Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Awards New Funding to AACN
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $386,000 in new funding to AACN to engage hospital leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) in the innovative work underway to improve healthcare quality and patient safety. The award will extend the reach of AACN’s national faculty development program, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as Phase III of the Quality and Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN) initiative, to include colleagues from the practice arena along with nursing faculty. In addition, funding will be used to support the rigorous evaluation of curriculum enhancement efforts at SFBA schools as well as student learning using the QSEN competencies as the framework. The new grant funding also will be used to thoroughly assess the impact of the QSEN faculty development effort on nursing program curriculum and student competency in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more about AACN’s QSEN Education Consortium and the regional faculty development institutes, see
3. Join us for the Summer Seminar in Portland, OR
The 2011 Summer Seminar will be held July 24-27, 2011 at the Hotel Monaco in Portland, OR. The theme, "Type A Behavior: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Maximizing Performance While Minimizing Sabotage)" offers insights into the productive yet potentially problematic behavior of Type A individuals. The academic world is filled with these smart, talented, high achieving people. With their competitive nature and “whatever it takes” attitude, they tend to rise to the top of the organizational chart. Like rocket fuel, these motivated leaders are capable of taking the organization to great heights, but they also run the risk of burning out too soon. When their power and passion veer off course, the outcome can be disastrous. Come laugh and learn as award-winning executive coach Kay Cannon gives you an insider’s look into how to motivate and sustain your top performing Type A's. Kay will illustrate how Type A's think, reveal the invisible illusions which may fuel failure, and provide you with tactics and tools to keep your Type A talent in tune and on track. Don’t miss this opportunity to identify specific strategies to enhance your leadership skills and to improve your workplace. For more details, see
4. Special Members-Only Discount on Conference Registration
Back by popular demand, AACN is pleased to offer a discount to deans and faculty from member schools on our upcoming conferences and meetings. Register online through August 1, 2011 and pay only $349 per conference (represents a $50 discount per conference). Individuals must register for specific conferences. Discount applies to conferences scheduled between July 2011 and June 2012. This discount may not be combined with other conference discounts. For more information, contact Nadia Beverage, AACN Conference Manager, or 202-463-6930.
5. Upcoming Faculty Webinars Include a Focus on the CNL
AACN's popular series of free Webinars is offered exclusively to faculty teaching in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. These interactive sessions include a presentation from a noted expert followed by a robust question and answer session. Please make plans to join us for the following upcoming events:
Revising Curricula for the New Master's Essentials
May 26, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (EST)
To facilitate integration of the Master's Essentials into nursing program curricula, this Webinar will provide an overview of the Essentials and highlight two schools that have begun to implement the Essentials into their curricula. Learn more and register here.
APRN Education: Implementation of the Consensus Model and LACE Network
June 16, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (EST)
Get a current overview of implementation issues following the release of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, endorsed by 47 national nursing organizations including AACN.
Learn more and register here.
Cosponsored by AACN and the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC)
Nursing Schools and Practice Partners:
Working Collaboratively and Creatively to Foster the CNL Role
May 20, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST)
Transitioning Second Degree Graduates into Practice: Innovative Models and Successes
June 23, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST)
6. GANES Meets in Malta with ICN President
The Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Science (GANES) held its most recent meeting in conjunction with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) biannual conference held in Malta on May 2-8, 2011. The GANES organizations, which include AACN as a founding member, met with ICN President Rosemary Bryant, Australia’s Chief Commonwealth Nurse and Midwifery Officer, to explore future collaborative activities that GANES will initiate at the next ICN Conference in Melbourne, Australia in 2013.  Alliance members also finalized a new position statement titled Investing in Nursing Education to Advance Global Health, which will be released later this spring. For more information about GANES, including presentations from the group’s most recent conference, see
7. AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program Deadline
AACN’s executive leadership fellowship is tailored specifically for aspiring and new deans. Designed to prepare a more diverse, younger pool of leaders for nursing programs, this professional development experience encompasses an assessment and evaluation of leadership skills, opportunities for strategic networking and case study development, consultation to achieve long-term goals, and identification of key partnership. The year-long program provides participants with a focused assessment experience, a range of content and case studies related to successful leadership, and the opportunity to establish networks with mentors and peers. The application deadline is May 27, 2011 and notifications will be made by June 14, 2011. For more information, go to
8. NursingCAS Open House Planned for June
In response to requests for a more in-depth look at nursing's centralized application service - NursingCAS - AACN is hosting an Open House at the headquarters of Liaison International near Boston, MA on June 22 and 23, 2011. Deans, admissions professionals, IT staff, nursing school recruiters, and other decision-makers are invited to join us for this free event and enjoy a live demonstration of the online application and the admissions software that all participating schools receive at no cost when joining NursingCAS; a tour of the facility and a first-hand look at the transcript and application verification process; and an opportunity to meet and ask questions of the NursingCAS customer service and technical staff. To accommodate as many representatives as possible, three sessions will be available: June 22 from 9am-12:00pm; June 22 from 1:30-4:30pm; and June 23 from 9am-12:00pm. Those interested in attending one of these sessions are encouraged to make reservations by June 10, 2011 by sending an email to AACN's NursingCAS Coordinator Caroline Allen at or calling 202-463-6930, ext. 258. For more details about NursingCAS, see
9. Act Now to Save AACN's Financial Benchmarking Survey
AACN may close its Financial Benchmarking Survey permanently, unless we hear from members interested in keeping this service active. In 2007, AACN resumed its benchmarking work in response to requests from member schools for financial performance comparisons between peer schools. AACN formed an Advisory Committee to develop the survey and hired an IT consultant to design and maintain the survey database. To reduce the cost to members, an online reporting tool was developed, which enabled schools to generate free benchmarking reports as needed. To minimize the reporting burden, the survey was designed to allow enrollment and faculty data that schools report to the AACN Annual Survey to be easily uploaded to the Benchmarking Survey. Since the benchmarking survey was launched in 2008, response rates have been low (10-20%) with only a 1% response achieved for the current 2010-11 survey. Given the diminishing interest, AACN has decided to close the survey permanently unless we hear requests from members. If you want AACN to continue this service, please contact Dr. Di Fang, AACN’s Director of Research and Data Services at by June 15, 2011.
10. Final Adult-Gerontology Faculty Workshop Offered
AACN will be hosting its final faculty workshop, titled "Retooling APRN Curricula: Implementing the New Adult-Gerontology APRN Education Requirements in Your Program" in conjunction with the annual conference of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Conference on June 25, 2011 in Las Vegas. Under the national Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, education programs currently preparing adult or gerontology Nurse Practitioner (NPs) and/or Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) are expected to prepare graduates to provide comprehensive care across the entire adult age spectrum, which includes the young adult through the older adult and frail elderly. In collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, AACN is offering this workshop for faculty preparing adult primary care and acute care NPs and/or CNSs to provide multiple resources and strategies to make this important curricular transition. This event is generously funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation. For more details, see
11. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat Online
AACN Policy Beat is a monthly e-newsletter covering the latest information on nursing education and research policy. The current issue features a number of timely articles, including the nomination of a nurse to serve as the U.S. Army Surgeon General, a federal funding update, links to FTC opinions on APRN scope of practice, an update on regulations impacting distance education programs, and other new developments. See
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12. Resources for Implementing the New Master's Essentials
Following the endorsement of new Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing by the AACN membership at the Spring Annual Meeting, AACN announced that it is developing a number of new resources to facilitate the integration of these new standards into nursing program curricula, including:
  • An online Faculty Tool Kit featuring frequently asked questions, integrative learning strategies, a crosswalk with the Essentials documents for baccalaureate and DNP programs, links to relevant competency documents, and talking points.

  • Implementation Webinars focused on key topic areas, including revising curriculum and implications for the nursing education major.

  • Peer Consultation at upcoming AACN meetings that facilitate one-on-one exchanges with colleagues on issues facing your school, which may include implementing the Essentials in a small school environment; initiating collaborative programs; and identifying solutions in moving to the DNP.

  • Program Sessions threaded throughout future AACN conferences.

  • Information Clearinghouse on the Web to house the latest information related to the Master’s Essentials, including notices about upcoming Webinars and newly created resources. See
Please let us know what additional materials you would find useful in the tool kit or in general by sending your suggestions to
13. Nurse Week Promotion Yields 100+ Faculty Vacancy Ads

In honor of National Nurses Week held earlier this month, 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 135 faculty vacancies in 103 schools of nursing are now posted online at For more details on how Faculty Career Link can help you meet your faculty recruitment needs, see
14. Update on the CNL Certification Exam
Effective April 2012, the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Certification Exam will be offered in a multiple choice format. The multiple choice format will allow examinees to test in one sitting and to receive automatic score results immediately following completion of the exam. In addition, the exam will be based upon a CNL job analysis. Please note that December 2, 2011 is the last date to register for the current exam format with the last testing period for the current format set for January 9-27, 2012. For more information, see
NOTE: The Spring/Summer 2011 CNL Bulletin has been released and includes updates on the 2012 CNL Research Symposium and Summit, certification exam changes, upcoming Webinars, and more. See
15. Application Cycle Opens for NHSC Scholarship Program
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is a network of more than 8,000 healthcare professionals providing culturally competent primary care at more than 10,000 sites in urban, rural, and frontier areas. To support their service, the NHSC provides students and primary care providers with financial support in the form of scholarships and loan repayment. Nursing students pursuing a degree in primary care as a Nurse Practitioner or Certified Nurse-Midwife may apply for funding. NHSC Scholars must commit to serving one year for each year of support received (minimum of two years’ service) at an approved site in a high-need Health Professional Shortage Area. For further details on the NHSC program, see
16. ELNEC Hosts National Series of Train-the-Trainer Courses
The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) is celebrating ten years of educating nurses in excellent palliative care in 2011. To date, over 12,000 nurses and other interdisciplinary team members have attended a national ELNEC train-the-trainer course. Plan now to send your faculty members to an upcoming course, which will focus on a specific ELNEC curricula including ELNEC-Core, ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care, and ELNEC-Critical Care. For more information about ELNEC, a listing of upcoming courses, and/or to register, see
17. Apply Now for a QSEN Faculty Development Institute
Registration is now underway for two nurse faculty development institutes focused on embedding quality and safety content in programs preparing entry-level registered nurses. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the QSEN Faculty Development Institutes emphasize six core competencies: Patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics. Registration is free, and seats are limited. Stipends will be awarded to help defer travel expenses (up to $350 per participant). Schools are encouraged to send up to two participants to a single institute. Additional faculty from a school may be accepted on a space-available, self-funded basis. Interested faculty are encouraged to apply now to avoid missing the following application deadlines: Seattle, September 14-16, apply by June 24; and Charleston, SC, November 2-4, apply by September 9. To apply for an institute, see
18. 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 committee vacancies. The committee will choose the slate of candidates at the 2011 Fall Semiannual Meeting based on nominations and the committee's deliberations. The positions under consideration are President-Elect, Secretary, Board Member-at-Large (3 vacancies), and Nominating Committee (2 vacancies). Nominations must be received by October 22, 2011. For complete details, see
19. 2011 APNA Janssen Student Scholarship Offered
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) invites nursing students with an interest in psychiatric mental health nursing to apply for the 2011 APNA Janssen Student Scholarship Program. This program includes registration, travel, and lodging expenses to attend the APNA 25th Annual Conference, October 19-22, 2011, in Anaheim, CA. A stipend for meals and expenses is also provided. In addition, winners will receive one-year membership in the APNA. Scholarship recipients and their schools receive national recognition via the website, the conference program materials, and through the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Students are encouraged to apply online at by the May 10, 2011 deadline. This scholarship program is available through the generous support from Janssen, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. administered by Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC.
20. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initatives
  • On April 5-6, 2011, nursing school leaders from across the U.S. attended the Deans Convening at the Frontier Nursing University, formerly the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, as part of the school’s PRIDE program (Promoting Recruitment and Retention to Increase Diversity in Nurse-Midwifery and Nurse Practitioner Education). Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), PRIDE was developed to recruit and retain qualified underrepresented students in graduate schools of nursing. This convening served as a catalyst for the school’s efforts to partner with institutions around the country to offer graduate education to nurses in rural and medically underserved areas. The goal of partnership is to provide students from PRIDE partner institutions with educational and networking opportunities as well as financial support that will make the transition to advanced practice education seamless. This event attracted representatives from colleges and universities in Texas, Arizona, and Mississippi. See
21. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • Dr. Jacquelyn C. Campbell, nursing professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, has received the Academy on Violence Abuse (AVA) Distinguished Scholar Award. This award is presented to outstanding healthcare professionals who have made and are making significant contributions to advance education and research on the prevention, recognition, and treatment of the health effects of violence and abuse.  “Being selected as an AVA Distinguished Scholar is a testament to the continuing work in the field of domestic violence,” said …  See
  • The New York University College of Nursing has been awarded $202,030 from the DentaQuest and Washington Dental Service Foundations to launch the first year of a three-year initiative titled Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) Program. This initiative encompasses the development of a replicable model for implementing a comprehensive oral health curriculum in nursing schools throughout the U.S., as well as best practices for oral health care in nurse-managed primary care settings. Given its unique position at a College of Dentistry, the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health asked the College of Nursing to be the nursing partner for this national oral health initiative. See
22. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Gerontological Nursing Student Leadership Award and the Mary Opal Wolanin Scholarship. Both programs are designed to recognize nursing students with demonstrated achievement and/or a strong career interest ingerontology/geriatrics. See for more information, including application criteria and details on how to apply.
  • In mid-May, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health announced the release of Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs), an interactive computer-based video simulation training program. This educational tool helps to advance the goals of the Partnership for Patients, a new public-private partnership that will help improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care for all Americans. AACN participated in the development and review of this new learning resource on preventing HAIs for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. See
  • The Plexus Institute is pleased to announce the 5th Annual On the Edge: Nursing in the Age of Complexity Conference, coming June 26-28, 2011 to the University San Francisco. Attendees will learn how healthcare professionals across the country are using complexity concepts in their work. Participants will gain experience with complexity-informed processes and be able to use this understanding to advance nursing education and practice. The recommendations from the recent Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, also provide helpful guidance. For more details, see
  • Offered immediately prior to AACN’s Summer Seminar, the University of Portland School of Nursing will present a program titled Dedicated Education Unit: Next Steps for Sustainability and Growth on July 23, 2011 at The Hotel Monaco in Portland, OR. This symposium presents the next steps in the Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) innovation and sustainability. Research, best practices, and evaluation outcomes will be shared by a group of experienced pioneers of the DEU model. Come to discuss personal experiences with the DEU and receive creative solutions to common problems. Our ground-breaking clinical partnerships with community-based agencies will be a part of this exciting program. Join us for this stimulating opportunity. Please visit for symposium updates and registration information.
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