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October 2012 News Watch

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18. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives

19. Member News, Announcements, and Awards

20. Opportunities and Resources to Consider

1. Call for Applications for the New Careers in Nursing Program
Administered by AACN, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Program provides scholarships and support to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program provides scholarships to college graduates without nursing degrees who are enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs. To be eligible, applicant institutions must offer an entry-level accelerated baccalaureate nursing program or master’s nursing program for non-nursing college graduates and be accredited by a nursing accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Complete selection criteria can be found in the full Call for Applications brochure, which is available at The deadline for receipt of the online application, including supporting materials, is January 9, 2013. Web Conferences for potential applicants are scheduled for November 7 and December 6. Please direct inquiries to NCIN Deputy Director Vernell DeWitty, (202) 463-6930;
2. AACN's 2012 Fall Semiannual Meeting
    The AACN Fall Semiannual Meeting will be held October 28-30, 2012 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. The theme, Taking Advantage of Technology in Nursing Higher Education, will emphasize online education, simulation, and social media, among other topics. A special preconference day of concurrent sessions is offered on October 27, and the Organizational Leadership Network meets on October 26-27. Come participate in stimulating sessions on various aspects of nursing education, including timely and relevant sessions on political priorities and advocacy. Highlights include a presentation by Dr. George Thibault, President of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, who will receive the John P. McGovern Award. Don't miss this opportunity to network with colleagues in discussion groups and interest sessions. Each member school dean/director is invited to bring one or more associate/assistant deans/directors to the Fall Meeting as a way to familiarize these senior academic leaders with content and issues they will find useful as they assist their deans and improve education in their settings. For more information, click here.
3. AACN Responds to AAFP Report on Primary Care
On September 21, 2012, AACN issued a response to a new report titled Primary Care for the 21st Century by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which challenges the ability of nurse practitioners to provide primary care and lead healthcare teams. In a letter to AAFP President Glen Stream, AACN refuted the report’s claims and called for working collaboratively across the health professions to foster a greater understanding of each discipline’s contribution to safe patient care.  In the letter, AACN President Jane Kirschling conveyed that: “A large and growing body of evidence confirms that care outcomes from equivalent services provided by NPs and physicians are the same. In fact, many patients often prefer seeing the NP when given the choice of providers. As leaders of patient-centered medical homes, nurse-managed health centers, and other practice settings, NPs clearly demonstrate the skills needed to successfully lead healthcare teams and effectively leverage the expertise of all providers on the team.” The letter can be found at
4. New QSEN Competency Standards for Graduate Nursing Programs Released
In early October, AACN announced the release of new graduate-level quality and safety competencies for nursing faculty teaching in master’s and doctoral programs. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) initiative is addressing the challenge of preparing future nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to continuously improve the healthcare systems in which they work. In February 2012, RWJF granted new funding to AACN to extend the reach of the national QSEN initiative to graduate education programs. Building on work completed by AACN at the undergraduate level, this project was launched to provide educational resources and training to enhance faculty expertise in this key practice area. To accomplish this task, AACN convened a panel of experts in the field of quality and safety education and graduate-level practice as well as representatives of key stakeholder organizations. This advisory group reviewed the existing graduate competencies as well as AACN’s recently revised Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011) to determine the competencies that graduate prepared nurses must possess to meet contemporary care standards. The new QSEN competencies may be downloaded from
5. Space is Limited - Register Now for Free ELNEC-For Veterans Course
November 14-15, 2012
San Antonio, TX
Free registration is available to 60 full-time nursing faculty whose school of nursing is participating in the Joining Forces initiative. This training will provide information and resources (e.g. ppt slides, case studies, supplemental teaching materials) to offer end-of-life/palliative care education to your nursing students. Apply today, as space is limited.
For further information and to register, go to

Questions? Contact Pam Malloy at
Note: This 1.5 day course will be held as a pre-conference to the AACN Baccalaureate Conference.
6. Call for Abstracts for 2013 Faculty Practice and Doctoral Conferences
The Faculty Practice Pre-Conference seeks abstracts that showcase new, evolving, or particularly successful approaches to faculty practice that reflect the theme "Policy, Business, and Faculty Practice: Links and Influences.” For the Doctoral Education Conference, AACN invites poster and abstract presentations that illustrate any aspect of the changing nature of doctoral education in nursing.
Submission Process:
AACN has implemented an electronic abstract submission and review process, which is much
easier. Nothing needs to be mailed. Submitters access the site to create a log-in and password
and to input their abstract and contact information. Abstracts are formatted automatically and
have approximately a 500-word limit (one page). Submitters may access the site as often as they
like to modify the document until the final submission deadline, and have control over when the
abstract finally is submitted. This is a blind review process; reviewers do not see submitters’
names or school affiliations.
Due Date:
Each abstract must be submitted electronically on or before October 19, 2012.
Contact Conference Coordinator Taren Wagner at or at 202-463-6930, ext. 232
7. Register Now for the Baccalaureate Conference and Executive Development Series in San Antonio
AACN’s Baccalaureate Education Conference will be held November 15-17, 2012 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX with the theme Changes and Challenges in Baccalaureate Nursing Education. Join us in San Antonio to consider issues of importance to baccalaureate and pre-licensure nursing education. Sessions will inform, engage, and challenge participants with timely and relevant information and discussions. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and share successful strategies. The Executive Development Series (EDS) is once again offered in conjunction with the Baccalaureate Education Conference. The EDS is designed for aspiring and experienced academic leaders who want to improve their executive skills for a variety of positions within the academic setting. The theme, Nuts and Bolts of Leading a Nursing Academic Unit, will enable attendees to explore mutual challenges and share solutions in this collegial, interactive environment.
For further information on the Baccalaureate Conference go to
For more information on the EDS, go to 
or contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager at 202-463-6930;
8. Special Survey of PhD Programs Focused on Gerontological Nursing
The National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence has launched a survey of PhD programs with an emphasis that supports an emphasis on gerontological nursing. The purpose of the survey is to highlight schools with strength in gerontological nursing for interested consumers, including nurses seeking doctoral or postdoctoral studies in this area or nurses seeking faculty positions. In the past, Research in Gerontological Nursing (RGN) published the results of this survey on graduate nursing programs.   This year, to make it more widely available, results will be posted online at in the Resources section. Representatives from schools with a minimum of five active (externally funded) researchers in gerontological nursing or aging are encouraged to complete the survey found at The survey closes December 1, 2012.  If you have questions, please contact Penny Roberts at or 202-587-2841.
9. Register Now for 2013 CNL Research Symposium
The 2013 CNL Research Symposium, Research, Quality Improvement, & Evidence-based Practice: Catalysts to Innovation, is scheduled January 17, 2013 from 7:15 am to 12:30 pm at the JW Marriott New Orleans in New Orleans, LA. Hosted by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) and the Clinical Nurse Leader Association (CNLA), the workshop is a preconference event to the AACN’s CNL Summit scheduled January 17-19, 2013. 
The keynote presentation, Data Sanity as the Catalyst to Unprecedented Organizational Transformation, will be presented by author and statistician Davis Balestracci. Data Sanity will challenge many current perceptions of “traditional” statistics as typically taught and practiced. The presenter will demonstrate several common statistical traps and show how many data displays create significant waste of precious time and energy.  A few elegantly simple—and counterintuitive—alternatives will be presented that can create deeper, more productive conversations about data issues and be the surprising catalyst for true organizational excellence. 
Other presentations include Using Interrupted Time Series Research Design to Measure Clinical Practice and Critical Appraisal: Deep Reflection on the Research Evidence. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss various topics related to data management that are of interest to CNLs during a roundtable topic breakfast.
Registration (includes breakfast) for the CNL Research Symposium is $99; after January 4, the cost is $129. Separate registration from the CNL Summit is required. Register early - space is limited. To register, go to For more information, contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at or call 202-463-6930, ext. 242.
10. AACN Announces Team Coaching Development Series
The aim of the Team Coaching Development Series is to provide practicing CNLs and CNL faculty with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully coach and develop interprofessional teams in their organization. This five-part series is comprised of live virtual sessions followed by a period of active learning where participants can apply learnings in their workplace. There will be large group discussions along with smaller group discussions with assigned faculty to help customize the coaching approach and activities. The Series' Website will serve as a repository of resources and materials as well as a space where participants can communicate, share experiences, and track progress.
Six (6) part interactive series blending webinars (2.5 hours each), action periods, and one face-to-face learning session the day prior to the 2013 Annual CNL Summit.
The deadline to register is November 30, 2012 but early registration is encouraged as cohort size is limited.
For more information on the Coaching Series, go to:
11. New AACN Scholarship Winners Announced
AACN is pleased to announce the latest scholarship winners from three 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. The Hurst Reviews-AACN Scholarship (HR) recognizes outstanding students in entry-level baccalaureate and master’s programs. Please join us in congratulating the following scholarship recipients:
Brittany Mercadel 
BSN Student
Dillard University (CBC)
Katie Ballard, Accelerated BSN student,
Regis University (HR)
Cristina Basulescu, MSN student,
Georgia Health Sciences University (HR)
Janetta Crawford, BSN student,
Shepherd University (CBC)
Annabelle Gutierrez Sisneros, PhD student,
New Mexico State University (AC)
For more details on these scholarship programs, see
Alexandria Mwanga
BSN Student
Idaho State University
12. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This month’s edition for Policy Beat will feature important Fall Meeting information related to AACN’s advocacy activities. Learn about AACN’s Virtual Advocacy Day that will provide members the opportunity to contact their legislators. Read about AACN’s recent leadership in a Nursing Community Hill briefing series centered on the nursing workforce. Obtain information on the Health Resources and Services Administration’s webcast open to the public on grant-writing and tips for the grant application process. The October issue of AACN Policy Beat will be available online this coming week. 
13. 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
14. Join AACN’s Collaboration Community to Access Dozens of Free Webinars
To more closely engage with our constituents, AACN has created an online Collaboration Community exclusively for faculty and deans of member schools. This online forum serves as a social media platform that enables members to share knowledge and best practices through discussion boards, post resources, explore topics of shared concerns, and form strategic alliances. Members of the community also enjoy on-demand access to more than 50 archived Webinars on topics ranging from best teaching practices to interprofessional education to executive leadership and many others.

To gain access to the Collaboration Community and all Webinars, please use this temporary login information:

Login ID: aacnnewmember
Password: AACN2011

Upon entering the site for the first time, you will be prompted to create a new, unique ID and password once you have completed the registration process.  For more information and additional assistance, please contact Faculty Programs Coordinator Courtney Geanetta at
15. Upcoming Webinars for Fall 2012
AACN is pleased to announce upcoming Webinars exclusively for faculty teaching in AACN member schools. Additional Webinar details will be provided in the coming weeks. To register for these Webinars go to
The Importance of Academic-Practice Partnerships
October 23, 2012
3:00-4:00 pm (ET)
November 9, 2012
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Academic-Practice Partnerships
If Not Now...When?

November 19, 2012
11:00 am - 12:00 pm (ET)
Revising Nurse Residency Curriculum
December 6, 2012 at 2:00-3:30 pm (ET)
Registration Coming Soon!
Simulation Evaluation
December 11, 2012
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Visit our Web site to access past Webinars and review Webinars organized by topics. For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Courtney Geanetta, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 230.
16. Learn How NursingCAS Will Benefit Your Program and Applicants
NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to nursing programs. Through NursingCAS, prospective students (currently there are over 49,000 in the system) may research and apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating nursing schools. Last cycle, 38% of NursingCAS applicants were from minority backgrounds, and 15% were men. Students benefit from using NursingCAS because they only need to complete one online application and prepare one set of corresponding admissions materials that are disseminated to designated schools of nursing for consideration. NursingCAS processes the applications, provides support to applicants and schools, and provides schools with information and technology to make admissions decisions. Learn more about how to implement NursingCAS at your school by registering for an upcoming Webinar or event.
NursingCAS: A Dean’s Perspective
October 29, 2012, 8:00 - 8:45 am or 1:00 - 2:00 pm 
JW Marriot Hotel, Washington, DC
Coincides with AACN’s Fall Semiannual Meeting
Register Now
NursingCAS User & Implementation Experience: Panel Presentation
November 15 at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, TX
Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to nursing programs. In addition, all schools who participate in NursingCAS receive free web-based admissions management software, WebAdMIT, that allows schools to manage, sort, communicate, review, and report on prospective students and applicants. WebAdMIT enables online admissions committee review (including scoring) and easy information sharing across campuses and departments. Nursing schools interested in joining the service are encouraged to visit our Web site for more information or contact Caroline to schedule an individual Webinar at your convenience for your school.
Additional information about the event(s) will be sent to those who register. Contact Caroline Allen, NursingCAS Manager, at 202-463-6930, ext. 258 or with any questions. Nursing schools interested in joining the service are encouraged to visit for more information or contact Caroline to schedule an individual Webinar at your convenience for your school.
17. AACN Announces Job Opportunities
Associate Program Director
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing seeks an Associate Director to provide management and support of multiple nursing higher education programs focused on education policy and special initiatives.  Responsibilities include collaboration on multiple education policy and educational transformation initiatives. Nursing background with advanced degree (masters required; doctorate preferred) plus 3-5 years project management experience in health care or higher education preferred. Position offers competitive salary with excellent benefits.
Project Director
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing seeks a Project Director to provide oversight for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) project to Strengthen the Nation’s Public Health Nursing Workforce. Responsibilities include: overseeing program operations, setting policies, steering communications, tracking budgets, addressing continuous improvement, and evaluating success.  Additionally, the director will manage the collaboration and communications with collaborative partners and the CDC.  Candidate must have a strong public health nursing background with advanced degree (masters required; doctorate preferred) plus 3-5 years project management experience in health care or higher education.  Position offers competitive salary with excellent benefits.
Send letter of interest, resume, and one writing sample to:
Chief Operating Officer
One Dupont Circle, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
18. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  • The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and School of Social Work will use nearly $900,000 during the next three years to fund research to improve connections between nurses and social workers before they meet in the health care workplace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently awarded an Advanced Nursing Education Grant to Dr. Judy LeFlore, a professor and interim associate dean for research of the UT Arlington College of Nursing. The funding reflects the growing popularity of interprofessional education and the important role social workers and nurses play in treating patients holistically. Visit to learn more.
  • Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing was awarded a $1.5 million, Collaborative Practice Grant by the Health Resources & Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention – Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Grant is funded for three years. It will focus on training advanced practice nurses and physicians to provide collaborative care for dying patients and their families. Working with Emory University Hospital and the Emory Palliative Care Center, the grant aims to strengthen team-based palliative care for nearly 7,000 patients over the next three years. Emory has also received a five-year, $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a new research center for chronic illness. Read more about both grants at
  • The University of Kansas School of Nursing (KU) and 18 regional community colleges have signed an innovative agreement that will allow nurses to easily advance their careers. The agreement allows nurses with an associate’s degree in nursing from a participating college to transition to receive their Bachelor of Science in Nursing from KU’s online RN-to-BSN program. For more information, visit
  • A two-year, $300,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will promote replication throughout New York state of the Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing program, a successful collaboration between St. Joseph’s College of Nursing and Le Moyne College. The Foundation of New York State Nurses will target funds from the RWJF grant to support the New York State Future of Nursing Action Coalition’s efforts to help current and future registered nurses to advance their academic nursing preparation in order to improve patient care and help fill faculty and advanced practice nursing roles. For more details, visit
  • The Marquette University College of Nursing recently announced that GE Healthcare, a leading provider of healthcare technologies to hospitals, clinics, and healthcare networks worldwide, will provide a $440,000 educational grant of items including patient monitors with advanced technological capabilities, a central nursing station, telemetry technology, infant incubators, and ventilators for the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Clinical Simulation at Marquette University.  For additional details, click here.
19. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • Dr. Karen Meneses, associate dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has received a two-year, $150,000 grant from Women’s Breast Health Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham for her project, "The Young Breast Cancer Survivorship Network. This project aims to improve the quality of life for young breast-cancer survivors and their loved ones through education, personal support, distance learning and media networking. Meneses will work with the support group at the American Cancer Society and other organizations that can provide support services for young women diagnosed before menopause and their loved ones. The project also provides support for children of survivors through a partnership with Oasis Counseling for Women and Children. See 
  • The Ohio State University College of Nursing announced an agreement with Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, to offer the Nurse/Health Athlete program, the first under the college’s Health Athlete initiative to promote healthy practices in nurses and healthcare professionals. More information is available at
20. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The Nightingale Initiative for Global Health is hosting the Daring, Caring, Sharing to Save Mothers Lives, an 'Interfaith Celebration of Maternal Health' at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City on October 21 from 3-4pm. This event is open to all, especially nurses, midwives, other health professionals, and students planning or considering healthcare careers. Featured keynote speaker will be the newly-appointed United Nations Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal. Dr. Eileen Sullivan Marx, dean from the New York University College of Nursing, is representing AACN at this event.  For details, see
  • The American Nurses Foundation is requesting proposals for a special grant to encourage research by qualified nurse scholars’ and/or nursing doctoral students’ research about African American nurses.  Funded by a gift from legendary nurse leader Mary Elizabeth Carnegie, up to $20,000 in support is available. Proposal guidelines and an application are available online at …. The deadline for submission is November 15, 2012.  Please direct questions to
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Division of Nursing is hosting a live webcast on October 25 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm (ET), to provide technical assistance in grant writing and tips for strengthening grant applications. Technical assistance is available to all schools of nursing eligible for Division of Nursing awards, especially those schools that have never received a Division of Nursing grant or cooperative agreement award. This webcast is open to anyone, but is especially appropriate for novice grant writers, those who have never written a grant, and/or those who have written grants that have not been funded by HRSA. The webcast is free and can be accessed on October 25 at RSVP and registration are not required for this webcast. For questions, contact Kristen Hansen at If you are unable to join the webcast, an archive will be available at
  • HRSA is pleased to announce that recorded sessions from the Nursing in 3D: Workforce Diversity, Health Disparities, and Social Determinants of Health Summit are now available at In August 2012, HRSA hosted the Nursing in 3D Summit, which convened nursing workforce experts, nursing and public health stakeholders, and nursing workforce diversity grantees in face-to-face meetings, webinars, and on social media to engage in a dialog about the “Transition from Health Disparities to Health Equity” framework. Summit events focused on current efforts that use workforce diversity as a strategic tool to address the social determinants of health and ultimately increase health care quality and access, reduce health disparities and achieve health equity.