March 2014 Faculty Link

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Dr. Nan Hechenberger Passes Away

AACN is sad to report that University of Maryland School of Nursing Dean Emeritus Nan Hechenberger died Thursday, March 6. Dr. Hechenberger made a tremendous impact on the nursing education at University of Maryland and Neumann University. She will be sorely missed by the nursing community.Dr. Hechenberger was a great friend to AACN who has served the organization on our Board and as President-Elect.
Click here to read more about the life and legacy Dr. Hechenberger.
2014 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum
The 2014 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor May 27-29, in Baltimore, Maryland in conjunction with the Academy for Healthcare Improvement.

With keynotes by quality and safety education leaders and multiple concurrent sessions, the conference is a unique forum for nursing educators to learn about and share innovations related to quality and safety education. The registration fee is only $300 until April 15, 2014, and CE credit is available Register online today!
Apply Now for the 2014 Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
AACN, with support from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, is currently offering a sixth round of scholarship funding to underrepresented minority nursing students who plan to work as nursing faculty after graduation. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral nursing program or a clinically-focused master’s degree program. Five scholarships in the amount of $18,000 will be awarded.
Click here for more details and to access the scholarship application.
Applications must be received by May 1, 2014.
Faculty Career Link

Over 35 positions in 16 states are posted for this month's Career Link!
AACN's Career Link is an online resource dedicated to employment opportunities in nursing education that features a comprehensive list of available vacancies in U.S. nursing colleges and universities.
Advertise a Position
Reach thousands of potential applicants from the nursing education, administration, practice, and research arenas with your employment opportunity posted in AACN's Career Link.
Contact Marsha Semelfort for a price quote.
Be Featured in AACN's Syllabus

Share your teaching techniques and tips in Faculty Focus, a recurring feature in AACN’s bimonthly newsletter, Syllabus. Submit your creative teaching strategies to Dr. Mary Bondmass, Director of Faculty Development, via email. Submissions should be no longer than 150 words in length. With your permission, published submissions will include your name, photo, and institution.
Healthy People 2020 Webinar
Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar: Reproductive and Sexual Health
March 20, 2014
12:30-1:30 pm (ET)

Join Healthy People 2020 to learn about how Unity Health Care is working to address the reproductive and sexual health needs of one community. The Webinar will include a roundtable discussion on the importance of reproductive and sexual health, as well as strategies and resources to effectively address the Healthy People reproductive and sexual health objectives. Click here to register.
Subscribe to Faculty Link
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For more information about faculty programs offered by AACN, contact Dr. Mary Bondmass, Director of Faculty Development via email or 202-463-6930, ext. 259.
AACN Launches Tool Kit on the Health Insurance Marketplace
A new resource is now available for AACN members and faculty to assist students and patients in navigating the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace. This tool kit was created for AACN faculty members to enhance their understanding of the Marketplace and what it means for nurse educators, students, and patients. The tool kit includes:
  • Messages from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Administrator of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Mary Wakefield on nursing’s role in educating the public on the Marketplace
  • Presentation with Mandy Cohen, Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Ellen-Marie Whelan, Senior Advisor for the Innovation Center on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services about the impact of the ACA on nursing
  • Information on the Marketplace (enrollment, eligibility, current state action)
  • Activities and assignments for faculty members to utilize with students
  • Additional resources for nursing practices that qualify as small businesses
Strategic guidance and review of the tool kit’s outline was provided by AACN’s inaugural class of Faculty Policy Intensive Fellows. While AACN did not take an official position on the ACA, the association’s leadership recognizes the responsibility to educate our constituents about the law and what the Marketplace means for clinical practice, faculty, students, and patients. Click here to access AACN’s Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace: A Tool Kit for Nursing Faculty.
AACN Applauds New Lancet Study Linking Nursing Education and Patient Outcomes
AACN applauds new research published in The Lancet, which shows that patients experiencing complications after surgery are more likely to live if treated in hospitals with adequate nurse staffing levels and higher numbers of nurses prepared at the baccalaureate degree level. Following a review of more than 420,000 patient records in 300 hospitals spanning nine European countries, the study authors found that a 10% increase in the proportion of nurses holding a bachelor’s degree in an acute care setting is associated with a 7% decrease in the risk of death in discharged patients following common surgeries, such as knee replacements, appendectomies, and vascular procedures.

“These findings significantly augment the growing body of research, which shows that quality patient care hinges on having a well-educated nursing workforce,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling. “The study results add a new level of urgency to calls from the Institute of Medicine, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, AACN, and other authorities for increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses available to enhance patient safety and healthcare quality.”

Led by Dr. Linda Aiken from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, this study is titled Nurse Staffing and Education and Hospital Mortality in Nine European Countries: A Retrospective Observational Study. The research findings published in Lancet mirror those from similar studies conducted by Dr. Aiken and others in U.S. hospitals. For more details about this important research effort, click here. To read the full press release, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/news/articles/2014/international-study.
AACN's New Online Member Service System
AACN has launched a new online member services system, called My AACN. This new system streamlines each part of the membership experience and provides an array of online services that can be accessed on demand by deans, faculty, staff, and students from affiliated schools.
In February faculty members received an email from Beth Aronson, AACN's Membership Director, containing a unique login and password with easy instructions on how to login to the new system.
Visit AACN’s main website (www.aacn.nche.edu) and login with your login and password to access the new system (upper right corner of AACN's homepage). Below are some features of My AACN:
  • Personalize your member profile and communication preferences
  • Register for multiple conferences and Webinars
  • Gain instant access to AACN’s online Collaboration Community and enhanced networking options
  • Quickly retrieve and act on all types of member and organizational information
  • View and search member and committee directories
  • Manage leadership network renewals
AACN's goal is to build and maintain highly personalized relationships with each member and to cultivate organizational loyalty and value.
If did not receive your unique login or password, please verify your existing account. If you have received an email from the AACN, you probably already have an account on file with us.
For technical support for the new My AACN system, please contact amssupport@aacn.nche.edu or call (202) 463-6930.
Upcoming Faculty Webinars
NOTE: All Webinars now require that you login using the new My AACN system.
Current State of APRN Clinical Training
April 30, 2014
1:00-2:00 pm (ET)

For future Webinars, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/webinars.

For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Anna Kathryn Pierce, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 227.
Register Now for Upcoming AACN Network Meetings
NOTE: All conferences now require that you login using the new My AACN system.
Nursing Advancement Professionals (NAP) Meeting
March 20-22, 2014
The Fairmont Washington
Washington, DC
The annual Nursing Advancement Professionals (NAP) Meeting is a networking and educational opportunity for alumni, development, marketing, and communications professionals; deans and directors; volunteer foundation and alumni board members; and anyone interested in learning more about how nursing schools can build their external relations programs. Click here for more information and to register.
Gaylord Opryland
Nashville, TN
Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals is a diverse group comprised of nursing education administrators and faculty responsible for graduate nursing student recruitment, admissions, marketing, and programming. The purpose of the group is to provide an opportunity for those most involved in recruiting graduate nursing students to share their successes, develop new strategies, and to establish a resource network of peers. Click here for more information and to register.
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, SC
Business Officers of Nursing Schools (BONUS) is dedicated to facilitating networking among those who work in the administration of nursing education and to providing education in areas of business, technology, and financial and administrative management of nursing schools. Assistants to the dean, fiscal managers, business officers and any personnel involved in the operational management of a school of nursing will benefit from attending this conference. Click here for more information and to register.
Deadline Approaches for AACN's 2014 Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP)
Now in its 13th year of operation, AACN’s Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) has become the preferred professional development experience for faculty aspiring to leadership roles and for nursing schools looking to facilitate succession planning. This program is available to mid- to upper-level faculty who are preparing to lead the nursing academic unit or are new to the dean/director role. This competitive program provides participants with a focused assessment experience, a range of content and exercises related to successful executive leadership, and the opportunity to establish a peer network that fosters long-term partnerships and shared growth and development.

LANP’s five-day program will be held from July 27 – 31, 2014 at The Westin Annapolis in Annapolis, MD.

Applications must be received by AACN no later than midnight (EST) on April 1, 2014 in order to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the selection committee. Final notifications will be made by May 1, 2014. Complete application information is available at www.aacn.nche.edu/lanp.
Current Calls for AACN Faculty Award Nominations
Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award
This award recognizes excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing at AACN member schools by faculty with more than five years of teaching experience. Faculty who teach in didactic and/or clinical settings will be considered for this award.
Deadline to submit an application is June 4, 2014

For award criteria and detail application information visit, www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards/excellence-and-innovation.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award
This award recognizes a faculty member who systematically investigates questions related to student learning and the conditions under which it occurs in order to improve outcomes. Deadline to submit an application is June 4, 2014.

For award criteria and detail application information visit, www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards/scholarship-of-teaching.

Novice Faculty Teaching Awards
This award recognizes excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by novice faculty at AACN member schools. Two awards will be presented each year: one for didactic and one for clinical teaching. Deadline to submit an application is June 4, 2014.

For award criteria and detail application information visit, www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards/novice-faculty-teaching-awards.

Additional Calls for Award Nominations
Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Awards
This award recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change. Innovation awards, including a monetary prize of $1,000, will be given in four institutional categories: Small School; Academic Health Center (AHC); Private School without an AHC; and Public School without an AHC. Deadline to submit a nomination is June 6, 2014.

For award criteria and detailed nomination information, visit
Sr. Bernadette Armiger Award
One of the highest honors a person can receive from AACN is the Sr. Bernadette Armiger Award, which recognizes a nursing leader who has made significant contributions to AACN and its goals, to nursing education, and to the advancement of the profession. Deadline to submit a nomination is June 6, 2014.

For award criteria and detailed nomination information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards/sister-bernadette-armiger.
CCNE Call for Nominations for Board of Commissioners and Nominating Committee Members
The deadline for submitting nominations for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners and Nominating Committee is March 14, 2014. 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, one representative of faculty, one representative who is actively engaged, as his or her primary professional role, in the practice of nursing, one representative of professional consumers, and one representative of public consumers. 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 March 14, 2014. Access the nomination materials at www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/call-for-nominations.
CCNE Calls for Comments on Accreditation Standards for Nurse Residency Programs
CCNE has initiated a comprehensive review and revision of the accreditation standards that are used to evaluate post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs. This process is being undertaken by a newly formed Standards Committee for Nurse Residency Programs. An open invitation to suggest changes is extended to all interested parties, including hospital and nurse residency program administrators, baccalaureate and graduate program administrators, faculty, practitioners, agency representatives, employers, residents, students, and others with an interest in the preparation of competent nurses.

To review the current language in the Standards for Accreditation of Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Programs (2008), click here.

Please submit comments by April 2, 2014 to: CCNEStandards@aacn.nche.edu.

Or, if you prefer to mail your comments, please direct them to:

Benjamin Murray
Director of Accreditation Services
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.

HVO Launches Nursing Education Project in Hue, Vietnam
Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) announced the launch of a new nursing education project at Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Vietnam. HVO will recruit highly qualified nurse educators to provide instruction to the faculty and staff of the University School of Nursing and hospital. Working with the Vietnamese faculty, volunteers will provide guidance in post-graduate and master's-level education in nursing. They will assist faculty with nursing education methods, and offer continuing education for current hospital nurses in topics identified by the nursing department. HVO volunteers will also assist with training workshops hosted throughout the year. These two-week workshops will focus on one to two topics identified by the hospital nursing department. Areas of interest include palliative care, research process, and methodologies for both didactic and clinical teaching.

HVO's nursing education program is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. For more information, visit http://www.hvousa.org or email Tony Li at t.li@hvousa.org.
2014 ELNEC National Train-the-Trainer Courses
In 2014, there will be 12 national End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) train-the-trainer courses in eight cities across the US. ELNEC courses are provided for various specialties and interest groups. For example, specific curricula are available for those who:
  • Teach in a DNP program and/or participate in DNP clinical practice (National Cancer Institute provided funding for this course)
  • Lead or provide care for the seriously ill in an advanced practice role
  • Provide care to seriously ill children, including perinatal and neonatal
  • Manage and provide care for those practicing in critical care settings, acute care, hospice, long-term care/skilled nursing facilities/nursing homes
For more information on this project, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/ELNEC and/or contact Pam Malloy, Director of the ELNEC Project at AACN at pmalloy@aacn.nche.edu.
Learn More About Leveraging NursingCAS for Effective Results in Graduate Programs
NursingCAS is the nation's only centralized application service for students applying to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating nursing schools. NursingCAS can help your school:
  • Gain access to a wider pool of qualified applicants
  • Cultivate a pipeline of prospective students and applicants
  • Meet recruitment goals and enhance diversity in the nursing student population
  • Reduce administrative costs and staff time typically devoted to processing application materials
  • Access real-time data on applicants that can be easily sorted and segmented
  • Access excellent data on an individual and aggregate basis that can be used to complete annual reports for state boards, accreditation agencies, and other external and internal constituencies
  • Manage, sort, communicate, review, and report on prospective students and applicants
  • Execute an online admissions committee review (including scoring)
Find out more about NursingCAS at an information session planned at AACN’s Spring Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on March 23 or at a pre-conference workshop prior to AACN’s Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals Meeting in Nashville, TN on April 7 from 2:30-5:00 PM. To RSVP for one of these events, visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/nursingcas/events.
For schools interested in joining the service, please visit AACN's Web site for more information or contact Caroline Allen, Senior NursingCAS Manager at callen@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930 ext. 258, with any questions or to set up an individual Webinar for your school and staff at your convenience. To learn more now, watch a video case study about NursingCAS.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036