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July 2012 Featured News
1. House Proposes Deep Cuts in FY 2013 Appropriations Bill
Today, July 18, 2012, the House of Representatives Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-ED) Appropriations Subcommittee approved their draft bill for FY 2013 by a vote of 8-6. The bill provides a total of $150 billion, which falls $6.3 billion below the FY 2012 funding level and $8.8 billion less than the spending caps established through the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011. Outlined below are funding levels proposed in the bill of interest to AACN members:
  • The Health Professions and Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VII & Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act (PSA)) along with Title III of PSA are provided $623.272 million. While Title VII and VIII specific funding levels will not be available until the committee releases its report, the bill reportedly includes over $100 million in cuts to health professions, including a 14% cut to Title VIII, which would fund the Nursing Workforce Development programs at approximately $197 million.

  • The bill provides $144.597 million to the National Institute of Nursing Research (level funding from FY 2012).

  • The bill also eliminates funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
AACN is concerned with the steep cuts proposed by the House and will be working with our colleagues in the health and education communities to protect funding for these programs, which are critical to our nation’s wellness. The fiscal and political reality surrounding this year’s appropriations process creates an increased urgency for AACN members to react to these expansive cuts. AACN will continue to keep you apprised of the appropriations process as it unfolds. For more details, see the current issue of AACN Policy Beat.
2. IPEC Hosts Repeat Faculty Development Institute
The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is pleased to announce that a repeat faculty development institute, reflecting the theme Designing an Interprofessional Curriculum: Planning, Strategies and Successes, is planned for October 14-17, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia in Atlanta, GA.
Programming will be anchored in the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice released by IPEC last year. The institute provides faculty from across the health professions with the opportunity to meet with peers in plenary and interactive learning sessions focused on building strong programs for team-based learning. Attendees will divide into teams with three to five members representing faculty from a minimum of three health professions. At least one team member should be from a nursing, dental, medical, pharmacy or public health school. All members can be from one institution, or teams can be constructed from health profession schools at two or more institutions committed to collaborating on interprofessional learning. Only one team is allowed per institution. If your institution is affiliated with a healthcare service facility such as a VA, local community health center or affiliated medical center, please consider adding a representative from that facility to your team. You may also consider adding someone responsible for curricular planning or someone with expertise in interprofessional relationship development.
Registration is currently open only to those on the waitlist until Monday, August 6. On August 7, registration will open to all interested institutions. Please note: the entire team must be registered at one time, and they must pay a 50% deposit to guarantee a spot. The registration fee is $995 per person and includes accommodations for three nights; breakfasts and lunches; refreshment breaks; and a welcome reception.
IPEC’s first faculty development program reached capacity in less than 8 hours, so faculty wishing to attend this event are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
More detailed information is available online at
3. AACN Announces Four New Scholarship Winners
AACN is pleased to announce the latest scholarship winners from two separate awards programs funded by partnering organizations. The Scholarship (CBC) is offered to students in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs at schools affiliated with and/or NursingCAS. The AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship (AC) was created to support students seeking baccalaureate and graduate degrees in nursing at member schools. Please join us in congratulating the following scholarship recipients:
Pictured from Left to Right:

Marcia Harris-Luna, DNP student, Azusa Pacific University (CBC)
Kelsey Camp, MSN student, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (CBC)
Paige Weisbrod, CNL student, University of San Francisco (AC)
Victoria Emerson, BSN student, University of Wyoming (AC)
For more details on these scholarship programs, see
4. Save the Dates for Upcoming Fall Webinars
AACN is planning a stimulating lineup of Webinars this fall 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)
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)
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
  • Managing Adjunct and Clinical Faculty
  • Three-Part Simulation Teaching Strategies Series
  • Medical Homes
  • Competency-based Nursing Education Using Technology
  • Improving NCLEX Scores
  • Assessing Student Learning Outcomes
Visit our Web site for past webinars and webinars organized by topic. For assistance in registering for events, contact Courtney Geanetta, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 230.
5. 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 To access NuFAQs directly, see
6. Support the Million Hearts Initiative

Million Hearts™ is a national initiative launched by the Department of Health and Human Services to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years. Million Hearts™ brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, including schools of nursing, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke. To strengthen support for the initiative, Million Hearts™ is seeking commitments and participation from organizations to target improvements in both clinical preventive practice and community prevention. Help is needed from faculty and students to disseminate information about Million Hearts, and there are opportunities for collaborative initiatives. For more information, go to
7. Macy Foundation Interview with Polly Bednash
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Web site features a brief interview with AACN Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director Polly Bednash on the topic of interprofessional education and nursing. The interview can be found at
8. 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 
9. 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
10. Upcoming AACN Conferences
Fall Semiannual Meeting
October 27-30, 2012
JW Marriott - Washington, DC
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Organizational Leadership
Network Meeting

October 27, 2012
JW Marriott - Washington, DC
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Our Nation's Capitol Building
in Washington, DC

Executive Development Series
November 14-15, 2012
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter - San Antonio, TX
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Baccalaureate Education Conference
November 15-17, 2012
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter - San Antonio, TX
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Instructional Leadership Network
November 15, 2012
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter - San Antonio, TX
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River Walk in San Antonio, TX
For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager, via email or call
202-463-6930 ext. 240.
11. NAQC's Guiding Principles for Patient Engagement
On July 11, 2012, the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC) released Guiding Principles for Patient Engagement, a list of nine core principles designed to support nurses and other healthcare providers in delivering high-quality, patient-centered care. The principles, developed by a committee of nurse leaders and patient advocates, are meant to guide the provider community in developing patient engagement models and quality and safety interventions that support and encourage the patient and family to become partners in their care. The development of the principles and the organization is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The release of the principles is the first component of the alliance’s effort to enhance nurses’ attitudes and behaviors that foster the engagement of patients in their care. Over the next few months, NAQC, which is chaired by AACN CEO Polly Bednash,  will be discussing how to implement the principles with the nation’s leading nursing organizations, patient advocates, and other provider groups. To access the Guiding Principles, see
12. Current Calls for Nominations
Policy Luminary Award
The Policy Luminary Award was established by AACN in 2009 to recognize an outstanding registered nurse and nursing leader for his or her public policy achievements. The first recipient of the award was Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Wakefield’s extensive career in nursing and health policy exemplifies the spirit of the AACN Policy Luminary Award. The award is presented annually at the AACN Fall Semiannual Meeting.
Each nomination package should include two letters of recommendation from peers, the nominee’s CV, and a one-page bio. Nominations should be electronically submitted to Suzanne Miyamoto at

Nominations are due by 5:00 pm ET, Monday, September 17, 2012.

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
13. CNC Announces Board of Commissioners and Officers
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) is pleased to announce the Board of Commissioners and officers effective July 1, 2012. 
Enna E. Trevathan, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, CNL
VA Palo Alto
Palo Alto, CA
Mary S. Seed, PhD, RN, CNL
Vice Chair
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Meredith Wallace Kazer, PhD, APRN, CNL, A/GNP-BC
Fairfield University School of Nursing
Fairfield, CT
Patricia L. Thomas, PhD, MSN, RN, CNL - Treasurer
Trinity Health System
Novi, MI

Sue Hartranft, PhD, ARNP, CNL
Morton Plant Mease Health Care
Dunedin, FL
Rosemary L. Hoffmann, PhD, RN, CNL
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Edward O'Neil, PhD, MPA, FAAN
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Susan Ottenfeld, MS, RN, CNL
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Chicago, IL
Mary Stachowiak, MSN, RN, CNL
St. Barnabas Hospital
Scotch Plains, NJ
To date, CNC has certified more than 2,000 individuals with the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) credential. For information about the CNL Certification Program, go to
14. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This month’s edition of Policy Beat features updates on the federal appropriations process, including a summary of the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee’s mark-up of their FY 2013 appropriations bill, a collaborative movement to protect non-defense discretionary funding, and Director of National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins’ testimony on the impact of sequestration. Also highlighted is the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the expansion of community health centers through the ACA’s Health Center New Access Point grants program. Read AACN Policy Beat for further details.
15. Register for a Free NursingCAS Webinar
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.
Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to schools of nursing. Want to learn more about the benefits and how to implement NursingCAS at your school? Register now for a free upcoming Webinar:
NursingCAS & WebAdMIT Overview Webinars
Featured Speaker: Nancy DeBasio, PhD, RN, Dean, Research College of Nursing
August 9, 3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT – Register Now
September 4, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT – Register Now
September 18, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT – Register Now
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.
16. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  • CAPABLE, short for “Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders,” is a unique health care program led by Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing assistant professor Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, CRNP. The program has received a $4 million Health Care Innovation Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and will help countless older adults avoid nursing home stays while saving millions in taxpayer dollars. Selected from over 3,000 submissions for the awards, Dr. Szanton’s project—the only award made to a nursing school—is a low-cost program that can help at-risk older adults. Through the award funding, Dr. Szanton will demonstrate how with a small investment in a nurse, occupational therapist, and handyman, CAPABLE can both make a positive difference in the health of 500 at-risk older Baltimore, MD adults on Medicare and Medicaid and at the same time lower their health care costs. For more information, see

  • Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation received a $3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to promote research for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening among underserved populations through a four-year randomized study of 1,600 participants. For more information, see
17. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • AACN Past President, Jean Bartels has been named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Georgia Southern University (GSU). Dr. Bartels will serve a 3-year appointment. She was chair of GSU’s School of Nursing for 11 years and served as AACN president from 2004-2006.
18. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The Journal of Catholic Higher Education (JCHE) is planning a special edition on nursing education in 2013 and is currently seeking volunteers to serve as reviewers for this edition. The manuscripts are due In January 2013 so the reviews would occur later that Spring. If you are interested and/or can recommend someone, please register at For peer reviewer information, see

  • American Nurses Association now has created an email group to share information, resources, and opportunities related to the Joining Forces Initiative. Please sign up if you are interested. Registration is midway down the ANA Webpage at

  • American Association of Medical Colleges recently launched version 4.0 of MedEdPORTAL iCollaborative, where users can find non-peer reviewed innovative approaches, practices, and strategies for transforming health care. To access this new resource, visit and search for "Interprofessional Education" to find the latest resources and information. 

  • On June 7-8, 2012, the Association of American Medical Colleges hosted the 2012 Integrating Quality Meeting in Chicago, IL with a program reflecting the theme Collaborating for Care. AACN’s Director of Special Projects Kathy McGuinn presented on AACN’s work on the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) program, which was highlighted as a model initiative to integrate quality across the health professions. To review the meeting proceedings, poster presentations, and slides presented at this event, see

  • The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) will be holding the annual NightinGala celebration on September 12, 2012 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. FNINR is expecting over 1,000 nurse researchers, deans of nursing schools, presidents of medical schools, faculty, senior management of health-related associations, corporate and community leaders as well as members of Congress and their health care and legislative staffs. For more information and to register online, go to
  • Cherokee Uniforms, a leading provider of medical scrubs, has announced an extension of the nomination period for its 10th annual Inspired Comfort Award to August 1, 2012 from the previous deadline of June 30, 2012. Winners will be announced in October. Entering its second decade, the award continues to recognize extraordinary nurses and non-physician healthcare professionals who demonstrate exceptional service, sacrifice, and innovation in patient care and serve as an inspiration to colleagues, peers, family, and friends. For more information, visit
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