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January 2012 Featured News
  1. 2012 Student Policy Summit
  2. Faculty Development Conference
  3. CCNE Calls for Comments on Standards of Accreditation
  4. CCNE Seeks Nominations for Board and Committee Positions
  5. Latest AACN Scholarship Winners Announced
  6. New Resources on Social Media and Networking for Nurses
  7. Register Now for 2012 AACN Conferences
  8. Jonas Center and AACN Final Webinars in Series
  9. 2012 AACN Faculty Webinar Kickoff
  10. NursingCAS Open House Planned
  11. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  12. PCORI Issues Request for Information
  13. ELNEC-Core Course to be Held as a Pre-Conference to AACN's Master's Conference
  14. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  15. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
1. 2012 Student Policy Summit

Registration for AACN’s 2012 Student Policy Summit is now open to nursing students at AACN member schools. This year marks the third Policy Summit, which is limited to a cohort of 130 students, so be sure to register early! The Student Policy Summit provides undergraduate and graduate nursing students the opportunity to congregate in Washington, DC for a three-day conference focused on nursing policy, research, and advocacy. In addition to the exciting programmatic sessions, attendees will visit their members of Congress and Congressional staff with deans from their states who are in town for AACN’s
Spring Annual Meeting. The deans, directors, and students will share with Congressional leaders the importance of nursing education and research as it relates to the health of our nation. Together AACN members and students will bring one common and united advocacy message to the Hill.
AACN also offers scholarships to two exceptional students that cover the student’s airfare, accommodations, and registration fee. Scholarship essays are due Friday, January 20, 2012. For more information see:
To register online for the 2012 Student Policy Summit, visit:
For more information regarding the Summit, visit:
2. Faculty Development Conference

Join AACN in Atlanta, GA – the capital of the New South, birthplace of the Civil Rights movement, Coca-Cola and CNN – for the Faculty Development Conference. Designed for early-career nurse educators in baccalaureate and higher degree nursing programs, the event is aimed primarily at those new to the faculty role and those who would like to gain more self-confidence in teaching in higher education settings. Sessions explore the academic environment, teaching strategies, clinical teaching, evaluation, and being successful in an academic career. Multiple concurrent sessions encourage participants to select topics according to their own needs and interests. Several particularly popular topics are repeated from previous years, and new topics are added, allowing both new and returning participants to pursue personally relevant topics.
For program details, hotel, and transportation information please visit:
 3. CCNE Calls for Comments on Standards of Accreditation    
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has initiated a comprehensive review and revision of the accreditation standards that are used to evaluate baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing programs nationally. An open invitation to suggest changes is extended to all interested parties, including university and program administrators, faculty, practitioners, agency representatives, employers, students, and others with an interest in the preparation of competent nurses.
Review the current language in the Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Nursing Programs.
Please submit comments/questions by January 31, 2012 to:
Lori Schroeder, MA
Associate Director
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Comments may be directed at the standards in their entirety or at any individual standard or key element. Please be specific in offering your comments, including specific language you would like to see incorporated, deleted, or amended in the Standards.
The CCNE Standards Committee looks forward to receiving and considering your comments as part of the revision process. If you have any questions about the standards revision process, please contact Lori Schroeder, at (202) 887-6791 ext. 253 or
4. CCNE Seeks Nominations for Board and Committee Positions
The deadline for submitting nominations for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners and Nominating Committee is February 17, 2012. The following positions on the 13-member Board are open: one representative of chief nurse administrators (e.g., deans or equivalent) of CCNE-accredited nursing programs; two faculty representatives; one representative who is actively engaged, as his or her primary professional role, in the practice of nursing; one professional consumer representative who has a role in administration of a post-baccalaureate nurse residency program; and one public consumer representative. Each Board position is for a three-year term of service.  The Commission is also seeking nominations for candidates to serve as members on its Nominating Committee. Four positions are available, and the members are eligible to serve a one-year term. 
Nominations must be received by February 17, 2012. 
Access the nominations packet at
5. Latest AACN Scholarship Winners Announced
Sarah Koplow Greco
PhD student
University of Illinois Chicago

Leslie Robinson
DNP Student
University of South Alabama
AACN is pleased to announce the latest scholarship winners from two separate awards programs funded by AfterCollege and Both 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
  • Jeff Bowman, BSN student, University of New Mexico
  • Sarah Koplow Greco, PhD student, University of Illinois Chicago Winners
  • Leslie Robinson, DNP student, University of South Alabama
  • Raven Niles, CNL student, University of Iowa
6. New Resources on Social Media and Networking for Nurses

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has created a variety of new resources to educate nurses about professional boundaries in a social networking environment. NCSBN’s new video, “Social Media Guidelines for Nurses,” presents potential scenarios of inappropriate social media use and highlights important concepts about the proper use of social networking in professional situations. The video is available on YouTube and a new brochure, A Nurse’s Guide to the Use of Social Media, is available for download and for printed copies free of charge at

The American Nurses Association also has released the Principles for Social Networking and the Nurse: Guidance for the Registered Nurse that includes an online tool kit.  See
 7. Register Now for 2012 AACN Conferences
Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
January 25, 2012
Waldorf Astoria Naples- Naples, FL
(Hotel formerly known as Naples Grande Beach

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Note: This pre-conference precedes the
2012 Doctoral Education Conference
               Doctoral Education Conference
                   January 25-28, 2012
                   Waldorf Astoria Naples- Naples, FL
                   (Hotel formerly known as Naples Grande Beach

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Faculty Development Conference
February 9-11, 2012
Westin Peachtree Plaza - Atlanta, GA
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               Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
                   February 29 - March 1, 2012
                   San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter - San Antonio, TX
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                   Note: This pre-conference precedes the
                   2012 Master's Education Conference.
Master's Education Conference
March 1-3, 2012
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter - San Antonio, TX
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For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager, via email or 202-463-6930 ext. 240.
8. Jonas Center and AACN Final Webinars in Series
AACN and the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence are teaming up to produce a new series of Webinars on state and federal nursing advocacy issues. Developed for nursing students interested in attending AACN’s 2012 Student Policy Summit as well as other interested stakeholders, these  one-hour presentations will provide unique opportunities to learn about nursing policy and how participants can become engaged in advocacy efforts. Make plans now to join us for the following sessions:
The Future of Nursing and You – January 20, 2012, 12:00 pm ET
Dr. Susan Hassmiller, Senior Adviser for Nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will lead this session focusing on the Institute of Medicine’s report  Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health and review the report’s recommendations and implementation efforts.
Making Your Message Count – February 10, 2012, 12:00 pm ET  
Darlene Curley, Executive Director of the Jonas Center, will join with AACN’s Director of Government Affairs Suzanne Miyamoto to discuss the importance of sending a collective message to legislators when advocating for the profession and will review lessons learned from independent and coordinated lobbying. To register:
To view the first Webinar of this series click here.  
9. 2012 AACN Faculty Webinar Kickoff
This Friday will be the 2012 kickoff of AACN's popular series of free Webinars.  These webinars are exclusively for 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.

The Future of Nursing and You
January 20, 2012,12:00 - 1:00 pm (ET)   

Making Your Message Count
February 10, 2012, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (ET)
Faculty Development: Facilitation Methods in Simulation
February 13, 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
Integrating the Patient Experience into Curricula
February 16, 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
The CNL Job Analysis and Certification Exam
February 17, 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)

Nurse-Led Medical Homes
March 6, 2012, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (ET)
March 7, 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.

10. NursingCAS Open House Planned
In response to requests for a more in-depth look at nursing's centralized application service, NursingCAS, AACN is hosting its annual Open House at the headquarters of its technology partner, Liaison International near Boston, MA on June 12 and 13, 2012. 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, WebAdMIT, that all participating schools receive at no cost when joining NursingCAS. Attendees will tour the facility and receive a first-hand look at the transcript and application verification process.  All will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of NursingCAS users, and the customer service and technical team.
To accommodate as many representatives as possible, three sessions will be available:
  • June 12, 2012, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • June 12, 2012, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
  • June 13, 2012, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Those interested in attending an open house session are encouraged to make reservations early by completing this online registration form. Only a limited number of spaces are available.
Please contact Caroline Allen, NursingCAS Manager, at 202-463-6930 x258 or with any questions. Visit the NursingCAS resource center for more information,
11. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat 
The January 2012 edition of AACN’s Policy Beat highlights a summary of the final FY 2012 appropriations process, a Request for Information from the PCORI Methodology Committee, and information on an Affordable Care Act grant opportunity for maternal and infant research. Also featured is the upcoming AACN 2012 Student Policy Summit, scheduled for March 25-27, 2012, as well as a joint Webinar series on shaping policy hosted by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence and AACN. See:
12. PCORI Issues Requests for Information
The Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), an independent, non-profit organization that aims to give patients and those who care for them more information to improve their health and health care choices, posted a Request for Information (RFI) in efforts to gather feedback on their framework of set standards for the comparative effectiveness research it will fund. In particular, legislation calls upon the Methodology Committee to develop a translation table that is designed to provide guidance and act as a reference to the PCORI Board of Governors to determine research designs most likely to address specific comparative effectiveness research. PCORI is interested in suggestions for improvement of the draft framework components, thoughts on alternate components or frameworks, discussion of how these components apply to different research domains, and comments on the limitations of the proposed framework. Additional information on the opportunity can be found here. Responses to the RFI must be submitted electronically no later than February 17, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Any questions should be emailed to
13. ELNEC-Core Course to be Held Prior to AACN's Master's Conference

Offered for nursing faculty who will be attending the AACN's Master’s Conference, the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC-Core)  willl host a train-the-trainer course at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, TX, February 29-March 1, 2012.
ELNEC, which began in 2000 with a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has trained over 13,000 nursing faculty and clinicians, as well as other members of the interdisciplinary team. ELNEC has been presented in 73 countries worldwide and is translated into 5 languages. During the upcoming course, lectures on palliative care, pain and symptom management, culture, communication, loss/grief/bereavement, ethics, and care during the final hours of life will be presented. Participants will bring home a 1000+ page curriculum with powerpoint slides, objectives/overviews, reference lists, case studies, and supplemental teaching materials. Those attending will also receive the 2010 edition of The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. The Joint Commission is now certifying hospitals in palliative care. New nurses will be expected to provide this care upon graduation.
For more information and/or to register, go to:
Please contact Pam Malloy if you have questions at
14. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing received a $200,000 grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services to develop and enhance a local coalition to reduce pre-term birth and infant mortality in Lubbock County. The goal of the coalition will be to decrease the region’s high rate of pre-term births, low birthweight babies, infant mortality, teen pregnancy, weight gain of less than 15 pounds during pregnancy, smoking during pregnancy, lack of father’s involvement and lack of good prenatal care. For more information about these programs or about the grant, contact Linda Brice at (806) 241-3652 or email
15. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • Register now for the 3rd California Doctoral Nursing Conference  on March 16, 2012 at the University of San Diego. Participate in stimulating dialogue focused on educational initiatives to educate California nurses at the doctoral level; innovative technologies designed to improve health outcomes; current research strategies advancing the state of nursing science; doctorally prepared nurses leading clinical practice partnerships.  Deadline for accepting all registrations is March 9th, 2012. To register go to:
  • Save the date for the 2012 Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Institute, Building Your Foundation for Interprofessional Education on May 21-23, 2012 in Hyatt Dulles, Herndon, VA. Join your health professions colleagues for team-based discussions focused on interprofessional education. Online registration opens mid-February. Space is limited.
  • Register now for the XIII Pan American Nursing Research Colloquium on September 5-7, 2012 in Miami, Florida. This biennial gathering of nurse leaders, researchers, scholars and students from around the Americas and around the globe will share emerging advances and challenges in nursing research. Click here to register or submit an abstract.
  • Edited by Drs. Deana Molinari and Angeline Bushy, the new book The Rural Nurse: Transition to Practice, details successful strategies that nurses can use to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative programs that will meet the needs of individual rural communities. This book addresses current rural nursing transition-to-practice trends and issues, national standards, and evidence-based model programs worldwide. AACN’s Director of Special Programs Kathy McGuinn co-authored a chapter in this book on the UHC-AACN Nurse Residency Program. For more information on the nurse residency program, see
  • Nursing students are invited to join the “next generation” of Nurses’ Health Study 3 (NHS3). The study will explore important new issues like environment, fertility, hormonal preparations, adolescent diet, and occupational exposures. Recruitment for the “next generation” of the Nurses’ Health Study is open to female nurses and nursing students age 20-46 living in the US or Canada. Recruitment will stay open until the goal of 100,000 participants is reached. Eligible women can join online at and complete the study’s surveys through a secure website. For more information contact Laura Anatale Tardiff at
  • The West Virginia University School of Nursing has received funding from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to initiate a research program titled, Expanding RN Scope of Practice: A Method for Introducing a New Competency into Nursing Practice (MINC). This program supports Magnet Hospital awareness, integration and utilization of genomic information in nursing healthcare delivery. It will also provide transformational leadership within your magnet hospital for genomic nursing competency and  strengthen your nursing department’s ability to translate the benefits of the latest scientific discoveries to the bedside and document innovative practice across your Magnet Hospital. Participation lasts one year and includes ongoing support, education, resource access, and consultation with exemplars to facilitate excellence in professional nursing practice. To learn more about the program and the application process visit Applications are due February 13, 2012. For questions please contact the Project Coordinator Sarah Smith, MS at
  • The Health Care Without Harm Nurses Workgroup, in conjunction with The Luminary Project, is now accepting nominees for its 2012 Nursing Awards. The two awards are the Charlotte Brody Award,  given to a nurse whose story of environmental activism and accomplishment reflects a significant contribution to environmental health.  And The Hollie Shaner-McRae Nursing Student Essay Contest recognizes the best essay on how nursing students can encourage the "greening of health care." Nominations are due by 5 pm Eastern on March 1, 2012. The winner will receive a stipend for airfare and complimentary registration to CleanMed 2012. For more information about the 2012 HCWH Nursing Awards, and for complete rules and applications, visit
  • AACN is delighted to announce the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s inaugural discussion paper, Patient-Clinician Communication: Principles and Expectations. This publication outlines the key principles for achieving patient-centered care by improving communication between patients and healthcare providers. The paper may be accessed on the web at The paper includes information on the basic principles and expectations for patient-clinician communication, tailoring implementation to need and circumstance, and developing the tools and processes for adaptive targeting in different healthcare settings. The document has received the support of over 20 organizations, including AACN, as indicated by the logos on the last page of the publication.
  • 2012 Integrating Quality Meeting: Collaborating for Care seeks abstracts for the June 7-8, 2012 professional development conference for clinical leaders, faculty, trainees and students advancing quality and patient safety efforts in care delivery and health professions education. For additional call details and instructions for submitting an abstract online, please visit The deadline for submitting an abstract is Wednesday, February 1, 2012. For questions contact Meaghan Quinn at
  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing seeks a Nursing Program Director to develop and manage program initiatives for education policy and higher education initiatives. Responsibilities will 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. Experience with interorganizational collaborative efforts also desired. Competitive salary with excellent benefits. Send letter of interest, resume, and one writing sample to Chief Operating Officer, AACN, One Dupont Circle, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036