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June 2013 News Watch

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June 2013 Featured News
1. PhD Summit Registration Now Open
AACN is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the PhD Summit, a National Dialogue on the Future of Nursing Science and the Research-Focused Doctorate. The summit will be held on September 19-20, 2013 at the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel in Chicago, IL. Nursing faculty, deans, and associate deans will come together to discuss the changing nature of research and shape the development of academic programs that will prepare the next generation of nurse scientists.
A preliminary agenda for the PhD Summit will be available in early July. To read the press announcement about the summit, click here.
2. Register Now for AACN's Summer Seminar
Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace—Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, and Will Make You Happier at Work is the theme of AACN’s 2013 Summer Seminar. Come to beautiful Vail, Colorado to collaborate with dynamic executive coach Cy Wakeman and colleagues while exploring strategies to resolve real-life academic organizational problems, enhance your leadership effectiveness, and improve the productivity of your academic workplace. In this three-day workshop, completely alter your philosophies, systems, and approaches to adopt the Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace and become (and encourage others to become) highly valued members of any team. The setting will be The Lodge at Vail in charming Vail, Colorado. Bring family and a team of colleagues to enjoy the area’s many attractions and gain valuable leadership strategies. Register online here. For more information on the Summer Seminar, click here.
3. Nominations Open for Outstanding Dissertation and Capstone Awards
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, 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.
For full 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
4. IPEC Institute on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) hosted 154 individuals in 36 faculty teams at the Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, held May 20-22, 2013 in Herndon, VA.
This event was the third institute IPEC has sponsored for purposes of health professions’ faculty development in interprofessional education for collaborative practice. The first two institutes focused more generally on IPE, while this institute centered on quality improvement and patient safety.
The overall goal of the institute is to create faculty champions who can enhance interprofessional curricula, learning experiences, and assessment of learners in quality improvement and patient safety at the point of care. Faculty across the health disciplines joined together to explore how to embed such content into their curriculum, while learning how to create and assess clinical quality improvement and patient safety projects. Upon returning to their home institutions, workshop participants will help to develop faculty teams with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement an interprofessional education project focused on quality improvement and patient safety.
For more information about the institute, visit the IPEC website. Upcoming IPEC institutes are in the preliminary planning stages for the fall of 2013 and early in 2014.
5. Register Now for Upcoming 2013-2014 Conferences
Special Discount
Between May 1 and August 1, AACN Members will receive a $50 discount on conferences offered between July 2013 and June 2014 ($349 per conference). The discount applies to selected (marked *) conferences. Individuals must register for specific conferences. To view specific conferences, click here. This discount may not be combined with other conference discounts.
July 21-24, 2013
Summer Seminar
The Lodge at Vail
Vail, CO
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
For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager at or at 202-463-6930, ext. 240.
6. Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) Webinars
Make an Impact: Communicating Your Research Beyond Academia Webinar Series
  • Session 1: The Importance of Sharing Your Research and Planning Your Communication
    Tuesday, July 16 at 3:00 pm (ET)
    During this session, the speakers will focus on the importance of disseminating the research and understanding different audiences. Learn tools you can use to develop your communication strategy, to take a leadership role in the process, and to pose the appropriate questions to help you get started.
  • 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.
Transitioning from the practice arena to the educator role can be challenging. Not only will you be changing roles, but you must also learn to redirect your mission from providing quality health care to your patients in practice, to aligning yourself with the university and their defined mission of teaching, scholarship, and service. As you evolve from student to educator, there are tools you can use that will allow you to move fluidly from novice to expert.
Tuesday, October 1 at 2:00 pm (ET)
During the Webinar, Tracy Lofty, Director of the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC), and Dr. Patricia Thomas, CNC's Chair, will discuss the application process, the certification exam blueprint, exam resources, renewal requirements, and much more.

The above Webinars are offered free to all members of the GNSA. To register, visit:
7. New Dean Mentoring Program Seeks Mentors
AACN is currently seeking volunteer mentors for its New Dean Mentoring Program, which matches experienced deans with those new to the role. AACN is committed to helping novice deans thrive as the chief nursing program administrator, but we need your help. Though this program, new deans are paired with more seasoned academic leaders for a period of mutual development. New deans identify areas for development and work collaboratively to establish the method and frequency of communication with their mentors. Mentors counsel and advise their colleagues on the role of the dean and familiarize them with AACN member services and activities, in addition to accomplishing the goals set by the new dean. Experienced deans interested in volunteering for this program are encouraged to complete a brief online survey. Please direct any questions about this program to Membership Coordinator Gene Throwe at
8. Four Nurse Faculty Named to National Advisory Council for Nursing Research
The National Institute of Nursing Research has announced the appointment of four new nurse faculty members to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR), the institute's principal advisory board. Members of the council are drawn from the scientific and lay communities, embodying a diverse perspective from the fields of nursing, public and health policy, law, and economics. The NACNR meets three times a year to provide recommendations on the direction and support of the nursing, biomedical, social, and behavioral research that forms the evidence base for nursing practice. Those named are:
  • Cynthia Barnes-Boyd, senior director for the Office of the Vice President for Health Affairs of the University of Illinois Health Sciences System (UI-Health), and clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and College of Nursing.
  • Donna Hathaway, university distinguished professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Nursing, and past member of the AACN Board of Directors.
  • Jillian Inouye, associate dean for research and professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Nursing and School of Allied Health.
  • Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and professor and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University, as well as professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Ohio State’s College of Medicine.
9. 2013 Elections for CCNE Board and Nominating Committee Now Open
Please vote today in the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education’s (CCNE) 2013 elections process. The CCNE election is open through June 30, 2013. Chief nurse administrators of CCNE-accredited nursing education programs and chief nursing officers of CCNE-accredited post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs are invited to participate in the online election. Three individuals are to be elected to the Board of Commissioners, and four individuals are to be elected to the Nominating Committee. On May 29, 2013, chief administrators were emailed election instructions, username, and password from Crystal Pool, CCNE Assistant Director on behalf of Dr. Nancy Kramer, Chair of the 2013 CCNE Nominating Committee. If you did not receive the May 29 email, please contact Crystal Pool immediately at to obtain this information. Chief administrators (or their designated representatives) may vote at
10. Call for Papers: Journal of Interprofessional Care
The Journal of Interprofessional Care invites contributions for a theme issue on interprofessional practice, education, and informatics. Contributions are welcomed around: reviews of the state of science on IPP/IPE and informatics; methodological papers providing insight on how to study IPP/IPE and informatics; empirical studies describing the design or evaluation of informatics tools or applications to support IPP/IPE; perspectives on moving from small scale studies to larger continuously learning health systems; models or frameworks to help us understand and design tools to support ‘people and process interoperability’; or papers that integrate collaborative perspectives such as computer supported cooperative work (CSCW) with IPP/IPE. All expressions of interest should be emailed to Connie Delaney, Craig Kuziemsky, and Barbara Brandt, guest editors, no later than September 14, 2013.
11. CNC Announces New Board of Commissioners and Officers
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) is pleased to announce the new Board of Commissioners and officers, effective July 1, 2013.
  • Patricia L. Thomas (Chair), Trinity Health System, Livonia, MI
  • Rosemary Hoffmann (Vice-Chair), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Susan Ottenfeld (Secretary), Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Mary Stachowiak (Treasurer), St. Barnabas Hospital, Scotch Plains, NJ
  • Mary Jo Bugel, University of Medicine & Dentistry New Jersey, Newark, NJ
  • Erica DeBoer, Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Kristine L’Ecuyer, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
  • Mary Mather, South Texas VA Medical Center, Shavano Park, TX
  • Roger Ritvo, Auburn University, Montgomery, AL
  • Enna E. Trevathan (Accreditation Advisor), University of San Francisco

CNL Bulletin is now available online.
12. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
In this month’s edition of Policy Beat, AACN applauds the Senate’s confirmation of Marilyn Tavenner as the first nurse appointed to serve as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Read about Surgeon General Regina Benjamin’s decision to step down from her role, and meet the new nursing members appointed to NINR’s National Advisory Council for Nursing Research. Also, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation announces funding opportunities through the Health Care Innovation Awards. To view the June issue of AACN Policy Beat, visit
13. NursingCAS Open House and Enrollment Management Workshop
AACN and its partner, Liaison International hosted the third NursingCAS Open House and Enrollment Management Workshop on June 14 in Boston, MA. Over 80 persons attended, representing 49 schools and 26 states. NursingCAS is the online, centralized application service for nursing that provides an online application for students and Web-based admissions management software for schools. If you are interested in learning more about what NursingCAS can do for your school and applicants, contact Caroline Allen at or 202-463-6930 ext. 258 or visit
Pictured on the left: Chad Oppelt, Assistant Director for Graduate and Extended Studies Recruitment,
The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN and NursingCAS Advisory Group Member

Pictured on the right: Lisa Rosenberg, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Admissions & Recruitment,
Rush University, Chicago, IL and NursingCAS Advisory Group Member
(Photos by Naveed Nour)
14. Upcoming ELNEC Education Opportunities
New Grant From the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Will Provide Education in Palliative Care to Those Teaching in DNP Programs

Five national ELNEC train-the-trainer courses remain for 2013:
  • ELNEC-Core: July 30-31, Boston, MA
  • ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care: July 30-31, Boston, MA
  • ELNEC-Core: October 8-9, Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL
  • ELNEC-APRN: November 5-6, Washington, DC
  • ELNEC-Critical Care: November 5-6, Washington, DC
The NCI grant, titled Integrating Palliative Oncology Care Into Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Education and Clinical Practice, will provide funding for four national train-the-trainer courses. The first course will be held in February 2014 in Los Angeles, CA.
The overall purpose of this national training program is to educate and provide resources to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program faculty in integrating evidence-based palliative care content into DNP program curricula and to prepare DNP graduates in providing evidence-based palliative care in oncology. This program is built around the 2013 National Consensus Project’s (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care and the AACN Essentials of DNP Education. Sixty nursing faculty will be chosen competitively to attend one of the 4 courses. The electronic application can be accessed at
For more information on the ELNEC project, go to and/or contact Pam Malloy, ELNEC Project Director at or 202-463, 6930, Ext 238.
15. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
Kaplan University is offering $1 million in scholarships to qualifying nursing students in 2013-2014. The announcement comes on the heels of news that the Higher Learning Commission, the accrediting body for the university, approved the first doctoral program for the university’s School of Nursing. Kaplan University began accepting enrollment applications for its new online DNP program on May 15 for a July 31, 2013 start in three doctoral specializations: nurse executive, adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, and family nurse practitioner. The scholarships will be provided to RN-to-BSN students as well as MSN and DNP students. More information about Kaplan University and School of Nursing programs and scholarships can be found at
16. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
The State of Nursing and Nursing Education in Africa: A Country-By-Country Review is a new book that examines nursing and health care in 22 countries, analyzes their progress toward the World Health Organization’s Millennium Development Goals, and forecasts the future of nursing and nurse education in Africa. Released by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), this report is the first of its kind to document nursing, health care, and nursing education in Sub-Saharan African countries. “This book will be a critical resource for faculty, researchers, and practitioners who want to work in Africa or with colleagues there,” said STTI President Suzanne Prevost. See
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