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Special Conference Discount
Register online now through August 1 and pay only $349 per conference (this represents a $50 discount per conference). Individuals must register for specific conferences. To view specific conferences, click here. This discount may not be combined with other conference discounts. To register for conferences, click here.
Global Health Nursing: Building and Sustaining Partnerships

By Michele Upvall, PhD, RN, FNP and Jeanne Leffers, PhD, RN
Global Health Nursing: Building and Sustaining Partnerships, emphasizes the importance of professional collaboration. This element is crucial to the Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) experience; respectful collaboration builds bridges and connections to the future. To order this book, click here.
Opportunity to Submit Online Resources for Careers Web Site
Dr. Kit is an online resource exploring various careers including Nursing. The web site is seeking video resource submissions that will help students make decisions about what college degrees and careers to pursue. To learn more about this resource, click here or contact Kit Nast at knast@bishop.edu.
Exploring PCORI: Highlighting Opportunities for Nurses Webinar
June 12, 2014
1:00-2:30 pm (ET)
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is hosting a webinar focusing on real-life examples of partnership and meaningful engagement in PCOR, with particular relevance to the nursing community. Presenters will provide an overview of PCORI, explain the PCOR methods and how they can be utilized by nursing researchers, and explore nursing research in PCORI’s portfolio. This is also an opportunity to learn how you can get involved in patient-centered research at PCORI. Click here for more information and to register.
Nurse Practitioner Faculty Webinar on Teaching Evidence-Based Care Tools
AHRQ is hosting a webinar May 21 from 1:00-2:00 PM (ET) on the value of integrating the agency’s tools for evidence-based care into nurse practitioner (NP) course curricula. The webinar, developed for faculty who instruct and supervise NP students, will highlight evidence-based resources available from AHRQ, including AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program, the National Guidelines Clearinghouse and the Electronic Preventive Services Selector tool, and will explain how these resources can be integrated into the NP and advanced practice registered nurse educational offerings. Continuing Education credits will be available to participants at no cost. Registration is free, but space is limited.
Competition Seeks Educators to Prepare the Next Generation of Physician

The AAMC, in collaboration with Khan Academy and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is seeking talented health profession students, residents, and faculty to help complete the MCAT Collection, which offers free tutorials to help students prepare for the new MCAT exam. The competition seeks talented video-based educators and innovative question and article writers. Winners will receive hands-on training with Khan Academy leaders and the opportunity to create free pre-health and medical education resources for a global audience. The deadline for entry is June 13, 2014. For more information, click here.
HRSA Seeks Grant Reviewers
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – Office of Federal Assistance Management (OFAM) - Division of Independent Review is currently seeking volunteers, especially those of diverse background, to sign up to be a part of a pool to serve as a Grant Reviewer for HRSA programs. HRSA has recently launched a new peer-Reviewer Recruitment Module database on the HRSA website, where those qualified can apply to become reviewers. For more information and to apply, click here.
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.
Dr. Deborah Trautman Named CEO of AACN
Deb-TrautmanOn April 24, 2014, AACN named Deborah E. Trautman, PhD, RN, as its new chief executive officer, effective June 16. Dr. Trautman currently serves as executive director of the Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Transformation at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Appointed by the AACN Board of Directors, Dr. Trautman will replace Geraldine Polly Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN, who has served with distinction as AACN’s CEO for 28 years. Dr. Bednash will serve as CEO until June 13.

“I’m honored and excited to take the helm of this important and respected organization,” Dr. Trautman said. “My goal is to bolster AACN’s longtime mission of finding new ways to improve the quality of nursing care by re-envisioning traditional nursing roles, strengthening nursing education programs, and striving to create a more highly educated nursing workforce.”
To read the full press release, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/news/articles/2014/new-ceo.
Vote Now for the Most Influential People in Healthcare
Voting closes Friday, June 13 for Modern Healthcare Magazine's annual ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. AACN is pleased to see that both our incoming CEO Deborah Trautman and our retiring CEO Geraldine “Polly" Bednash have been nominated for the list this year. In addition to voting for these AACN representatives, we encourage you to consider voting for these nurse leaders who are also on the ballot: Maureen Bisognano, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Karen Daley, American Nurses Association; Susan Hohenhaus, Emergency Nurses Association; Sister Carol Keehan, Catholic Health Association; Beverly Malone, National League for Nursing; Diana Mason, American Academy of Nursing; Marilyn Tavenner, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Deidre Walton, National Black Nurses Association; and Marla Weston, American Nurses Association. For the past few years, nurses have been under-represented on this high-profile list, which is something we all have the power to change by simply casting a vote. Vote now!
New Funding Available through the Faculty Loan Repayment Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration Faculty Loan Repayment Program is now accepting applications for the 2014 award cycle. The program supports health professions educators who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and serve a vital role in preparing the next generation of healthcare professionals. The financial assistance offered through the Faculty Loan Repayment Program decreases the economic barriers associated with pursuing a career as a health professions educator preparing the next generation of health professionals. The program provides up to $40,000 in loan repayment in exchange for a two-year service commitment at an eligible accredited public or non-profit private health professions schools. Applications are due June 26, 2014 by 7:30 pm (ET). For more information on the Faculty Loan Repayment Program, see: www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/repayment/Faculty/index.html.
For more information on the application see, click here.
A technical assistance conference call will be held to answer questions regarding the application process:

Date: May 27, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Dial 1-888-391-7045, Passcode: 2240736
Nurses Week Promotion Yields Almost 250 Faculty Vacancy Announcements
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 almost 250 faculty vacancies in over 112 schools of nursing are now posted online at www.aacn.nche.edu/career-link/faculty-vacancies. 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 recruitment needs, see www.aacn.nche.edu/career-link/advertise-a-position.
AACN and NONPF Issue Joint Response to New York Times Op-Ed on NPs
On May 1, AACN President Dr. Eileen T. Breslin joined with Dr. Sheila Melander, President of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, to issue a joint response to a recent opinion piece in the New York Times by Dr. Sandeep Jauhar titled “Nurses are not doctors.” In his article, Dr. Jauhar challenges the preparation of nurse practitioners (NPs) to practice independently as well as the ability of NPs to provide high quality, cost-effective care. In the AACN-NONPF response, Drs. Breslin and Melander refute these claims, argue that NPs pose no risk to patient safety, and point to the growing body of evidence which shows that the outcomes of care from equivalent services provided by NPs and physicians are the same. Click here to read the original New York Times op-ed and here to read the joint AACN-NONPF response.
Register Now for AACN's Summer Seminar
Join AACN for the 2014 Summer Seminar in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Eldorado Hotel on July 20-23, 2014.
AACN's Summer Seminar is a popular annual event that allows deans/directors/chairs and senior faculty to explore critical concerns in a setting away from the pressures of daily administration. Themes and topics change each year, addressing nursing higher education issues and providing executive development for aspiring, new, and experienced deans as well as others in academic leadership positions.
Bring family and a team of colleagues to enjoy the area’s many attractions and gain valuable leadership strategies. Casual attire is recommended. For more information and to register, click here.
Call for Expert Faculty Volunteers
2014 Educational Innovations
AACN, the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, and Khan Academy have partnered to create free, peer-developed and reviewed professional online resources to help nurses prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®). Together, these institutions hosted a competition to create videos related to content found on the NCLEX-RN®. Competition winners are producing video content that will be accessible to health care students and professionals worldwide.
AACN is seeking expert faculty volunteers to create NCLEX-RN® style practice questions. Volunteer faculty will develop sample questions, answers, and hints.
Qualification for volunteers:
  • Experience and expertise in teaching this nursing content
  • Excellent test item writing skills
  • Meets deadlines effectively
  • Proficient using Microsoft Word
  • Comfortable learning and using online tools (specifically the online tool Trello)
  • Regular access to broadband internet
  • Ability to commit up to 5 hours per week for practice test item construction and review
Applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter describing their qualifications and their curriculum vitae or resume. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2014 or until a core set of volunteers is found, whichever comes first.
For additional information or questions, please contact Dr. Karen Kesten, AACN's Director of Educational Innovations at kkesten@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, ext. 274.
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.
Outstanding Dissertation and Capstone Awards
This awards program recognizes and showcases outstanding dissertations and capstone/scholarly projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. Deadline to submit a nomination is September 15, 2014. The awards will be presented at AACN’s annual Doctoral
Education Conference, held the following January after each award cycle ends, in two categories:
  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award: for an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing or DNS program. A dissertation is an original research project that focuses on advancing nursing science and developing new evidence with the potential to guide nursing practice.
  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award: for an outstanding capstone/scholarly project from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. A capstone/scholarly project demonstrates highlevel mastery of an area of advanced nursing practice and focuses on the translation of evidence into practice.
For award criteria and detailed nomination information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards/excellence-in-advancing-nursing.
Upcoming Faculty Webinars
NOTE: All Webinars now require that you login using the new My AACN system.
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.
Upcoming GNSA Webinars
All AACN member-school faculty are invited to view any GNSA Webinars – either alone or with your students.
May 20, 2014
3:00-4:00 pm (ET)
Join Dr. Mary Naylor, the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, as she answers some key questions about the research process for novice researchers.
Subscribe to the GNSA YouTube Channel
GNSA Liaisons created a new video-based initiative titled Great Minds in Nursing: Insights from Nursing’s Thought Leaders and interviewed leaders in nursing education. The full interviews have been placed on the new GNSA YouTube channel. To watch the full interviews, click here and remember to subscribe to the channel so that you can stay updated as new interviews are uploaded.
For faculty assistance in registering for GNSA Webinars contact Marta Wall, at mwall@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, ext. 220. For more information on the GNSA, click here.
CNL Certification Exam Review Course Now Available
AACN is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the only comprehensive online review course that reflects the content outline of the CNL Certification Exam. Developed by practicing CNLs and academicians, the course will be offered in 12 modules and may be used by individuals preparing for CNL certification or by other healthcare professionals seeking contact hours. To access and register for the review courses or individual modules, click here.
CNL Certification Exam Registration
June 6, 2014 is the next deadline to register for the CNL Certification Exam (testing period is July 13-August 9, 2014). Reminder: To be eligible to sit for the CNL Certification Exam, a student may be in their last term of a CNL education program or have graduated from of a CNL education program. Eligibility requirements will be waived for faculty of CNL education programs until December 31, 2016. For information about eligibility, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/cnl/certification/eligibility.

Questions? Contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Executive Director, at tlofty@aacn.nche.edu.
Attention Faculty Who Serve on an Admissions Committee: Join Us in Boston on June 12-13
Do you serve on your program’s admissions committee, do you conduct interviews, or are you involved in the admissions or recruitment process for your school’s nursing program(s)? Then you may want to attend AACN’s NursingCAS Open House and Enrollment Management Workshop. The event is scheduled for June 12 -13, 2014 in Boston, MA at Simmons College and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Jack Maguire, the former Dean of Admission at Boston College (BC) and founder of “Strategic Enrollment Management” theory. During his tenure at BC, Dr. Maguire tripled the number of applications, transforming the quality of the student body and the school’s national reputation. In addition, Kim D’Abreu, the Senior Vice President for Access, Diversity, and Inclusion, American Dental Education Association, will be conducting a presentation on diversity recruitment and initiatives. This free workshop and open house are designed to help schools learn more about how to leverage. NursingCAS, which provides an online application for students to research and apply to multiple programs of interest at participating schools.This AACN-led service also provides web-based admissions management software for schools to use to help with the application and review process; including the ability to conduct an online review (individual and committee), customized scoring and ranking, GPA calculations, interview tracking, reporting and other tools.
A reduced rate of $249/night at the Hilton Boston Back Bay hotel is available for booking until May 21, and all attendees should register by June 4, 2014 at the latest since space is limited. To see the full program agenda, click here. Please visit www.aacn.nche.edu/nursingcas for more information or contact Caroline Allen, AACN’s Senior Manager for NursingCAS, at 202-463-6930 x258 or callen@aacn.nche.edu with any questions. There is no cost to participate in NursingCAS and all training, software, and support are free.
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.
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