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August 2013 News Watch

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August Featured News
  1. AACN Seeks Proposals for National Study on the Doctor of Nursing Practice
  2. AACN and the CDC Announce New Public Health Fellowship Opportunity
  3. New National Initiative Promoting Compassionate Care in Nursing
  4. Tracy Lofty Elected to Board of Institute for Credentialing Excellence
  5. Upcoming AACN Conferences
  6. AACN Expands Registration for 2013 PhD Summit
  7. Call for Abstracts for 2013 Baccalaureate Education Conference
  8. Faculty Resources Regarding the Health Insurance Marketplace
  9. Upcoming Faculty Webinars
  10. Upcoming GNSA Webinars
  11. Current Calls for Nominations
  12. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  13. CNC Offers Prize Drawing for CNL Students
  14. ELNEC Begins 14th Year of Educating Nursing Faculty
  15. Register Now for NursingCAS Enrollment Management Workshop
  16. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  17. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  18. Opportunities and Resources to Consider


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1. AACN Seeks Proposals for National Study on the Doctor of Nursing Practice
With the national movement to the DNP well underway, the AACN Board of Directors is commissioning a new study to assess the facilitators and barriers to transitioning to the DNP. The study will be titled The DNP by 2015: A Study of the Institutional, Political, and Professional Issues that Facilitate or Impede Establishing a Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. On August 8, AACN issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) that may be downloaded online at
Please note the following timeline details:
RFP Issued: Thursday, August 8, 2013
Technical Assistance Calls: Individually arranged August 19-30, 2013
Proposal Due Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Vendor Selected: Friday, September 27, 2014
Draft Submission Due: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Final Submission Due: Friday, February 28, 2014

Though academic institutions are not eligible to submit proposals in response to this solicitation, we do hope that you will forward this RFP to any vendors you may have worked with in the past with the capacity to complete the scope of work required.

For more information about this solicitation, please contact:

Director of Educational Innovations
202-463-6930 ext. 274
2. AACN and the CDC Announce New Public Health Fellowship Opportunity
Last August, AACN commenced a new five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help build capacity in the public health nursing workforce. This landmark agreement marked the first time that a national nursing organization was invited to partner with the CDC in a manner consistent with arrangements in place for associations representing physicians and public health professionals.

AACN and the CDC are pleased to announce that a new nurse fellowship is now available through this collaborative effort that focuses on Managing Chronic Conditions in Schools. For complete details on program eligibility, available funding, and application requirements, see For more details, contact CDC Fellowship Coordinator Nidia Gaona at 202-463-6930, extension 278 or
3. New National Initiative Promoting Compassionate Care in Nursing
On July 25, 2013, leaders with The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and AACN announced a new collaboration to recognize nurses who exhibit leadership in compassionate, humanistic care as educators, researchers, mentors, and practitioners as well as students who exemplify and demonstrate these qualities. This initiative will mirror what the Foundation has done successfully over the last 25 years in developing Gold signature programming and research opportunities within academic medicine.

The Gold Foundation and AACN Boards jointly reached the decision to partner in order to promote best practices in compassionate and humanistic care and to recognize exemplars among nurse educators, practitioners, and students. The Gold Foundation administers numerous award programs that acknowledge medical students, residents, and medical school faculty who demonstrate humanistic values, ideals, and qualities. The Foundation also funds nationally renowned humanistic and patient-centered research and faculty fellowship programs with the support of other philanthropists. The AACN and The Gold Foundation are now partnering to develop the same kind of programming for nursing.
To guide this work, a joint advisory board has been assembled featuring nationally recognized academic and practice leaders from nursing and medicine. To read the full press release, visit
4. Tracy Lofty Elected to Board of Institute for Credentialing Excellence
Tracy Lofty, Executive Director of the Commission on Nurse Certification, an autonomous arm of AACN, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Ms. Lofty’s 3-year term will begin at the conclusion of the ICE annual business meeting held in November in Amelia Island, FL. ICE is a professional membership association that provides education, networking, and other resources for organizations and individuals who work in and serve the credentialing industry. ICE is a leading developer of standards for both certification and certificate programs, and it is both a provider of and a clearing house for information on trends in certification, test development and delivery, assessment-based certificate programs, and other information relevant to the credentialing community.
5. Upcoming AACN Conferences
October 26-29, 2013
Fall Semiannual Meeting
JW Marriott
Washington, DC
October 26, 2013
JW Marriott
Washington, DC
November 20-21, 2013
Executive Development Series
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, LA
November 21, 2013
Instructional Leadership Network
(ILN) Meeting

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, LA
November 21-23, 2013
Baccalaureate Education Conference
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, LA
January 16-18, 2014
CNL Summit
Hyatt Regency Orange County
Anaheim, CA

January 29, 2014
Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
Waldorf Astoria Naples
Naples, FL

January 29-February 1, 2014
Doctoral Education Conference
Waldorf Astoria Naples
Naples, FL

January 30, 2014
Research Leadership Network (RLN) Meeting
Waldorf Astoria Naples
Naples, FL

February 6-8, 2014
Faculty Development Conference
Hilton Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX

For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager at or at 202-463-6930, ext. 240.
6. AACN Expands Registration for 2013 PhD Summit in Chicago
In response to the high level of interest in the PhD Summit planned for September 19-20, 2013, AACN is expanding registration capacity for this special event. Currently, more than 80% of the nation’s nursing schools with or planning a research-focused doctoral program are sending one or more representatives to the summit. To accommodate as many schools as possible, 40 additional seats are now available for nursing faculty, deans, and associate deans interested in attending and helping to shape the future of doctoral nursing education.

For more information on the agenda for the PhD Summit, see

To register for this event, see

For logistical details and general information, see
7. Call for Abstracts for 2013 Baccalaureate Education Conference
AACN invites abstracts describing programs, courses, initiatives, or evaluation strategies that address the many changes and challenges in baccalaureate and other professional entry-level programs. Of particular interest are abstracts that highlight:
  • Innovations for RN-to-BSN and accelerated programs
  • Integrating specialized curricula
  • “Flipping” the classroom and other innovative teaching-learning strategies
  • Helping veterans become nurses
Submission Process:
For your convenience, AACN has implemented an electronic abstract submission and review process. Submitters simply access the designated site to create a log-in and password, and then 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 is submitted. This is a blind review process, and reviewers do not see submitters’ names or school affiliations.
Due Date:
Each abstract must be submitted electronically on or before September 6, 2013.
Contact Conference Assistant, Brianna Bruce at or at 202-463-6930, ext. 261.
8. Faculty Resources Regarding the Health Insurance Marketplace
The implementation of the healthcare insurance exchanges (“Marketplace”) may prompt questions from students and patients regarding the enrollment process and details about coverage plans. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently re-launched its Website to help educate the public and healthcare providers about options for enrolling in the insurance Marketplace. Individuals will be able to enroll October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. The Website offers information to answer questions including:
  • What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?
  • What is the Marketplace in my state?
  • What if I have job-based insurance?
  • How can I get coverage at lower costs?
  • What do small businesses need to know?
Below are supplemental education materials faculty may find useful:
Health Insurance Marketplace
For more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace, including official resources, research, news, and events, visit:
Marketplace Updates
For information on how to sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, including text message and email updates, visit:
Upcoming State-by-State Calls
HHS offers regional quarterly calls to provide updates on the Marketplace and listen to feedback. To learn where and when these calls will be held in your region, visit:
State by State Fact Sheets
Choose your state to learn more about initiatives currently in place through the Affordable Care Act:
9. Upcoming Faculty Webinars
AACN is pleased to announce upcoming Webinars exclusively for faculty teaching in AACN member schools. For additional details, and to register for these free Webinars go to
Visit our Web site to access past Webinars and review Webinars organized by topics. For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Anna Kathryn Pierce, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 227.
10. Upcoming Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) Webinars
Make an Impact: Communicating Your Research Beyond Academia Webinar Series
Session 3: The Possibilities are Endless: A Review of Tools and Tactics to Promote Your Research
Tuesday, August 27 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Using the knowledge gained in the first two sessions, join this final session for tips, tricks, tools, and tactics. The speakers will share best practices and help you understand ways to connect with your target audiences. This session will also explore the different social media outlets that you can use to promote your research such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, blogs, and Websites.
Click here for session 1 and session 2 of the Webinar series.
Overview of the CNL Certification Program
Tuesday, October 1 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Are you a student or graduate of a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) education program? Find out how certification demonstrates competency of the CNL role and how to apply for CNL certification.

The above Webinars are offered free to all members of the GNSA. To register, visit:
11. Current Calls for Nominations
This annual award recognizes AACN member institutions involved in highly productive and model academic-practice partnerships. This award is presented annually at the AACN Fall Semiannual meeting. For information on award criteria and submitting a nomination, click here.
Nominations are due Friday, September 13, 2013.
The Policy Luminary Award was established by AACN in 2009 to annually recognize an outstanding registered nurse and national 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 submitted electronically to Lauren Inouye at Nominations are due by 5:00 pm ET, Monday, September 16, 2013.
This AACN awards program showcases outstanding dissertations and capstone projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. Two awards will be presented at AACN’s annual Doctoral Education Conference in Naples, Florida, held January 29–February 1, 2014:
  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award for an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing, DNS, or DNSc 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 project from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. A capstone project demonstrates high-level mastery of an area of advanced nursing practice and focuses on the translation of evidence into practice.
To read more about the criteria and nomination process, click here. All nominations must be received by October 12, 2013. Please direct any questions related to this awards program to AACN’s Director of Faculty Development, Dr. Mary Bondmass at
12. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
In this month’s edition of Policy Beat, read about a Medscape module on the health insurance Marketplace to inform healthcare providers about insurance requirements. Also featured: new legislation to support Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), including an amendment recognizing APRNs in Medicare payment reform and a bill to include APRNs in Medicaid reimbursement for primary care. In addition, AACN recently submitted comments to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce concerning support for nursing and health professions students in the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. To view the August issue of AACN Policy Beat, visit
13. CNC Offers Prize Drawing for CNL Students
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) is offering a prize drawing for CNL students this fall. One CNL student will receive a complimentary CNL Certification Application registration ($345-$410 value). To be eligible, CNL students must send an email to, specify “CNL Information” in the subject line and provide name, mailing address, personal/non-school-issued email address, and school name. Requests submitted through October 11, 2013 will be considered. All entrants will be added to CNC’s database to receive future information about CNC activities and the CNL Certification Program. One winner will be announced by October 18, 2013. Students must meet eligibility criteria when planning to sit for the exam. The registration offer expires December 2014.
14. ELNEC Begins 14th Year of Educating Nurse Faculty
The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) is now in its 14th year of educating nursing faculty in palliative care. To date, more than 16,500 nursing faculty, clinicians, and various interprofessional team members have attended ELNEC train-the-trainer courses in all 50 states and in 77 countries. In addition, ELNEC courses have been translated into six languages.
Coming up for ELNEC:
  • Three national train-the-trainer courses remain in 2013 (ELNEC-Core in Orlando, FL; ELNEC-APRN and ELNEC-Critical Care in Washington, DC).
  • National Cancer Institute grant funding for a new project—Integrating Palliative Oncology Care into Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Education and Clinical Practice. The first course will be held February 27-28, 2014 in Glendale, CA. FREE registration and stipend provided for lodging. Applications are due by December 2, 2013.
  • In 2014, national courses are planned for Los Angeles, Dallas, Durham (NC), Chicago, Washington DC, and Portland (OR), as well as other cities.
For more information on any of these courses, go to or contact Pam Malloy, ELNEC Project Director at
15. Register Now for Enrollment Management & NursingCAS Tutorial Workshop
Enrollment Management &
NursingCAS Tutorial Workshop
August 26, 2013
The University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio School of Nursing
Join your colleagues in Texas at this free workshop to learn more about how to leverage NursingCAS to effectively manage your admissions process. NursingCAS is the online, centralized application service for nursing schools that provides an online application for students and web-based admissions management software for schools called WebAdMIT. The event is open to deans, admissions professionals, IT staff, faculty, nursing school recruiters, advisors, and other decision-makers involved in the admissions process.
Want to learn more about the NursingCAS experience now? Watch this video case study, you can view the full case study, which is about 15 minutes, to learn more about NursingCAS from the point of view of various stakeholders. Click on the links below to view shorter (ranging in length from 3 - 5 minutes) videos from the point of a view of a specific stakeholder.
Admissions Experience
There is no cost to schools to participate in NursingCAS (software and support are free); applicants do pay a nominal fee. Participation is open to all accredited programs at the diploma, associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Schools can join at anytime and decide which programs to post on NursingCAS, and we will assist you with implementation. For more information on joining, click here. In order to join NursingCAS, you must complete the participation form. To view or print a copy of the form prior to electronically submitting it, click here. For more information about this workshop or NursingCAS, contact Caroline Allen, at or 202-463-6930 ext. 258 or visit
16. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, in collaboration with Emory Healthcare, received a three-year, $1.5 million award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funds will be used to further refine and spread the Accountable Care Unit (ACU) model across Emory Healthcare. The key objective of the award is to increase the number of staff nurses trained to lead interdisciplinary, unit-based teams. To read the full press release, click here.
17. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • Dr. Tener G. Veenema at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing has been awarded the 2013 Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international distinction a nurse can achieve. Instituted in 1912 by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Florence Nightingale Medal is awarded to nurses or nursing aides for "exceptional courage and devotion to the wounded, sick or disabled or to civilian victims of a conflict or disaster" as well as for exemplary service or a pioneering spirit in public health or nursing education. Dr. Veenema is one of only five 2013 recipients from the United States. She will receive the Florence Nightingale Medal at a ceremony on October 23 in Washington, DC.
  • The University of Houston-Victoria recently received a nearly $237,000 donation from the M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation to support the university’s new Master of Science in Nursing family nurse practitioner degree. The donation will help financially support Victoria-area students taking classes full time in the new graduate-level nurse practitioner track. It also will provide training and library materials. For more information, visit
18. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • CDC Stacks is a free digital repository of publications produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC Stacks is composed of curated collections of peer reviewed articles, CDC guidelines and recommendations as well as other publications on a broad range of public health topics. Stacks will help CDC to further its mission to save lives and protect the health of citizens of the U.S. and of international populations. You can explore CDC stacks at
  • The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has just released a new report—Building Momentum: The Science of End-of-Life and Palliative Care. A Review of Research Trends and Funding, 1997-2010. The full 508-compliant report is available for public access at A shortened Executive Summary is found on page vii of the report and a one-page flyer is also attached that summarizes the key findings. The report presents a 14-year review of the nature and extent of published themes within the scientific literature and the contributions of both the public and private sectors to fund this research.
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