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March 2013 News Watch

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March 2013 Featured News
  1. Register Now for the DNP Summit in Chicago, April 15-16
  2. AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program Now Accepting Applications
  3. City of Hope and AACN Partner on DNP Faculty Development Initiative
  4. Jonas Center Announces Support to Prepare 1,000 Nurse Faculty and Clinical Leaders
  5. Enrollment Management Workshop and NursingCAS Open House
  6. More Research Linking Baccalaureate Prepared Nurses to Better Outcomes
  7. AACN Mourns the Loss of Former President Janet Rodgers
  8. Johnson & Johnson Campaign and AACN Expand Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarships
  9. Graduate Students: Join Us for Upcoming GNSA Webinars!
  10. Special Discount Offer on Registration for AACN Conferences
  11. Register Now for Hot Issues Conference
  12. Application Deadline Extended for QSEN Graduate Faculty Development Workshop
  13. Register Now for Upcoming AACN Conferences
  14. 2013 Free Faculty Webinars
  15. Current Calls for AACN Award Nominations
  16. AACN's Releases New Joining Forces Faculty Tool Kit
  17. CNC News & Announcements
  18. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  19. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  20. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
1. Register Now for the DNP Summit in Chicago, April 15-16
AACN invites stakeholders from education, practice, and research to join us for a national summit on the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Chicago, IL. AACN will host the National Dialogue on Quality and Excellence in DNP Education to help chart the future of the practice doctorate in nursing while exploring important issues related to the impact of DNPs in practice, employer expectations for program graduates, quality indicators for DNP programs, final scholarly projects, certification requirements, and meeting the DNP Essentials. Dr. Rita Frantz, dean from the University of Iowa College of Nursing, is serving as chair of the planning committee for the summit, which also includes representatives from national healthcare organizations, practice leaders, nurse educators, and other key constituents. Registration for the summit is limited to two representatives from each school of nursing and stakeholder organization. For more information, including details on how to register, see
2. AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program Now Accepting Applications

AACN is pleased to announce the call for applications for the second annual leadership development program for seasoned nursing leaders. Offered by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, this four-day program will be taught by Wharton faculty, who will present relevant and timely content designed to advance chief academic administrators to a higher level of leadership.  
The AACN / Wharton curriculum is designed to provide the concepts and tools needed to enhance leadership capacity and hone the skills essential to moving forward strategically as an academic leader. The program addresses issues around managing and leading change, influencing and galvanizing a diverse set of stakeholders, and building strategic relationships in highly volatile environments. Participants in this program will leave equipped with an advanced set of negotiation, leadership, and influencing skills, and the confidence and ability to serve on or lead high-powered boards. Interactions and collaboration within the cohort will also provide participants with a valuable and ongoing resource network. To register for the program, click here. All applications must be received by midnight (EST) on Monday, April 1, 2013. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Admitted candidates will be notified the week of May 6, 2013.
3. City of Hope and AACN Partner on DNP Faculty Development Initiative
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded grant funding to the City of Hope Medical Center to prepare DNP faculty to integrate palliative care content into DNP program curricula. This new project—titled Integrating Palliative Oncology Care into Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Education and Clinical Practice—will give nursing faculty the tools and resources needed to educate DNP graduates on how to provide compassionate and evidence-based palliative care to those with cancer. Using the grant funding, free registration will be offered to 200 nursing faculty interested in attending a two-day train-the-trainer course. Faculty will be chosen competitively based on their ability to disseminate the curriculum content to other faculty, students, and clinical partners. Faculty must be from a nursing school that is currently offering the DNP degree.
For more information about the new NCI-funded project focused on DNP faculty development, contact Co-Investigator Pamela Malloy, from AACN at Additional information about this project and the upcoming trainings, will be posted at after April 1, 2013
4. Jonas Center Announces Support to Prepare 1,000 Nurse Faculty and Clinical Leaders with Emphasis on Mental Health Care
Zeroing in on a pressing need in health care—nurses with specialized training in mental health issues, particularly focused on veterans —The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence has announced what is believed to be the single largest philanthropic commitment—nearly $25 million—specifically for nursing faculty and clinical leader training. The Jonas Center is directing close to $14 million and has secured pledges of another $10.5 million in leveraged funds to prepare 1,000 nurse faculty and clinical leaders nationwide by 2018. The grants will expand the collaborative work already underway between the Jonas Center and AACN to increase the number of nurses pursuing PhDs and DNPs.

The estimated ROI for increasing nurse faculty training could enhance the treatment of millions of patients, based on a 2010 impact assessment by the Jonas Center and New York University College of Nursing. In the course of a 30-year career, one nurse faculty member could train approximately 7,500 nurses who, in turn, would touch the lives of a potential 3.6 million patients in their care, according to the assessment. In addition to patient care, the nursing scholars will pursue research and inform policy, all while training future generations of nurses. Click here to view press release.
5. Enrollment Management Workshop and NursingCAS Open House
On April 15, a new NursingCAS application cycle will open using a new platform able to accommodate any nursing school’s unique needs and enforce school-specific requirements. NursingCAS provides an online application for students and web-based admissions software for schools. NursingCAS staff and the advisory group want to help you implement the service at your school. AACN encourages your school to be part of this important initiative, even if you already have an existing process in place that works for you. This is a free resource for you, and there is no charge for your school to participate in NursingCAS.

Find out more about NursingCAS at these upcoming events:

Charlotte, NC
Coincides with AACN’s Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals (GNAP) Conference
  • April 2, 4:45-5:45 pm, NursingCAS Reception at the Westin Charlotte
    Join us for light refreshments and mingle with colleagues
  • Any Charlotte area schools looking to schedule an in-person meeting should contact Caroline Allen, AACN’s NursingCAS Manager, at or 202-463-6930 ext. 258
Boston, MA
Enrollment Management Workshop and NursingCAS Open House
June 14, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, The Arsenal on the Charles, Watertown, MA (Outside of Boston)
This free workshop will focus on best practices related to enrollment management including hitting enrollment targets, generating a diverse applicant pool, streamlining admissions processes, and more. The workshop and open house are designed for deans, admissions professionals, faculty, IT staff, nursing school recruiters, advisors, and other decisions makers involved in the nursing admissions process. Find out more about how other schools have implemented, leveraged, and benefited from NursingCAS and how you can do the same at your institution. Sessions will feature content for prospective, beginner, and advanced users.
Learn more and register.
Miami, FL
Regional Nursing School Visits
April 8 – 11, 2013
NursingCAS staff will be in the area to visit with schools in Southern Florida. If your school would like to set up a meeting with the NursingCAS staff during this time frame, please contact or 202-463-6930 x258

St. Louis, MO
How to Leverage NursingCAS to Recruit Students to Online Program Offerings
April 12, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Coincides with AACN’s Hot Issues Conference at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet
Marian Carter, Director of Graduate Student Services at the Samford University School of Nursing, will discuss how to optimize your school’s participation in NursingCAS to recruit highly qualified applicants to online nursing programs. Any St. Louis area school wishing to schedule an in-person meeting during this week should contact or 202-463-6930 x258.
Upcoming Webinars:
  • March 26, 2:00-3:00 pm (ET)
    “Best Practices for Utilizing NursingCAS for Graduate Admissions”
    Register Now
For more information about NursingCAS, contact Caroline Allen, at or 202-463-6930 ext. 258.
6. More Research Linking Baccalaureate Prepared Nurses to Better Outcomes
New research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California San Francisco expands the growing body of evidence that links baccalaureate prepared nurses to better patient care outcomes. Results of two studies were recently announced:
  • In the March 2013 issue of Health Affairs, nurse researcher Ann Kutney Lee and colleagues found that “increases in a hospital's percentage of nurses who held a baccalaureate degree in nursing were significantly associated with improvements over time in rates of surgical patient morality and failure to rescue.” More details about this article titled “An Increase In The Number Of Nurses With Baccalaureate Degrees Is Linked To Lower Rates Of Post-surgery Mortality” are available at
  • In the February 2013 issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration, Dr. Mary Blegen and colleagues found that hospitals with a higher percentage of RNs with baccalaureate or higher degrees had lower congestive heart failure mortality, decubitus ulcers, failure to rescue, and postoperative deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism and shorter length of stay. More details about this study titled “Baccalaureate Education in Nursing and Patient Outcomes” are available at
For more research on the impact of education on nursing practice, see
7. AACN Mourns the Loss of Former President Janet Rodgers
  Nursing Dean Emerita and Professor, Janet Rodgers, PhD, RN, FAAN, died February 17, 2013, after suffering complications from a respiratory condition. Dr. Rodgers was Dean of the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science from 1987 until 2001. Dr. Rodgers served as President of AACN from 1992-1994. A Mass for Dr. Rodgers will be held at the University of San Diego Founders Chapel on Wednesday, May 8, at 12:15 pm followed by a reception in the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. Donations may be made to the Nursing Scholarship Fund established in her name at the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492.
8. Johnson & Johnson Campaign and AACN Expand Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarships
The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future – AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program supports full-time students from groups under-represented in nursing with an interest in teaching. This program invites applications from students in doctoral and clinically focused master’s programs who will serve as nurse faculty after completing their degrees. Scholarship recipients are selected by an application review committee, and 10 awards in the amount of $18,000 are disbursed each summer. All recipients are expected to attend AACN’s annual Faculty Development Conference and meet regularly with a mentor who will assist in preparing them to assume leadership roles in academia.

Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future has renewed its support for the national Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program and AACN is accepting applications now from students for the next round of scholarship awards. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2013, and new winners will be announced in August 2013. To download an application, visit
9. Graduate Students: Join Us for These Upcoming GNSA Webinars
Getting Noticed by First Choice-Nurse Employers
Wednesday, March 27 @ 5:00 PM ET
Jennifer Rutt, Senior Director for University Relations at AfterCollege will share insider tips on launching a successful job search and give expert advice on developing a winning resume and developing an application that will set you apart from others.

Developing Your Capstone Project: Advice from an Award-Winning DNP Graduate
Friday, April 26 @ 1:00 PM ET
Join this Webinar to hear Dr. Erin Hartnett, a DNP graduate and the recipient of the first AACN Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award, share her capstone experience and discuss the steps she took to develop a successful capstone project.

Developing Into a Successful Nursing Leader
Thursday, May 30 @ 2:00 PM ET
Drs. Greer Glazer and Joyce Fitzpatrick will discuss the unique perspective leaders from other healthcare disciplines have regarding nurses in power positions, and they will share strategies that will allow you to strengthen your capacity as a future nursing leader.
Webinars are offered to members of AACN's Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA). To register for these Webinars, visit To find out more about the GNSA, including membership see
10. Special Discount Offer on Registration for AACN Conferences
Members who register online for an AACN conference between May 1st and August 1st will pay only $349 per conference (which represents a $50 discount per conference). This discount applies only to specific conferences scheduled between July 2013 and June 2014 and may not be combined with other conference discounts. Click here for a list of AACN conferences included in this offer. If you have questions contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager at 202-463-6930, ext. 240;
11. Register Now for the Hot Issues Conference in St. Louis
  The Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet in St. Louis, MO is the site for AACN’s 2013 Hot Issues Conference, to be held April 11-13. This year’s conference addresses the use of technology to transform nursing education. The informal and interactive nature of this conference is particularly well suited to the sharing of ideas among speakers and participants. The conference encourages attendees to explore online educational delivery models; discuss productive ways to work with state boards of nursing on distance education issues; examine regulatory issues that impact the current state of technology use in nursing education as well as consider future directions; and identify key requirements for online courses that have a clinical component. The deadline for early registration is March 29, 2013. Late fees will apply to registrations received after March 29. Register online at
12. Application Deadline Extended for QSEN Graduate Faculty Development Workshop - April 10, 2013 ~ Pittsburgh, PA
AACN is pleased to announce that application deadline for the April 10, 2013 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Graduate Faculty Development Workshop in Pittsburgh, PA has been extended to Wednesday, April 3. As a pre-conference to the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Annual Meeting, the QSEN workshop will give nursing faculty and hospital educators the skills and resources needed to teach quality and safety competencies in master’s and doctoral level nursing courses. Graduate faculty and their practice partners are invited to apply.
Registration is free to the first 100 faculty who register for the workshop. Applications must be completed online. The application is available at Contact hours will be awarded to all attendees who complete the entire one-day workshop.
Please note that in order to attend the QSEN Workshop in Pittsburgh, accepted applicants also must attend the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) 39th Annual Meeting on April 11-14, 2013. To register for NONPF Annual Meeting, please go to
For more information on the QSEN program and future faculty institutes, which are funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, visit

13. Register Now for Upcoming Conferences

April 4-6, 2013
Nursing Advancement Professionals
(NAP) Meeting

Omni San Diego Hotel
San Diego, CA

April 11-13, 2013
Hot Issues Conference
Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet
St. Louis, MO

April 17-19, 2013
Business Officers of Nursing Schools
(BONUS) Meeting

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
Austin, TX
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 Netowork
(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.
14. 2013 Free Faculty Webinars
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
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.
15. Current Calls for AACN Award Nominations
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. For award criteria and detailed nomination information, visit
Deadline to submit a nomination is June 8, 2013.
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. The award honors Sr. Bernadette Armiger for her distinguished service to AACN and to recognize and encourage efforts toward the advancement of nursing education and practice. Sr. Bernadette served as AACN’s third president from 1972-1974. As AACN president, she was instrumental in forming an alliance between AACN and the ANA, as well as the Interorganization Committee for Implementation of Nursing’s Role in Health Care Delivery, which brought together the presidents and executive directors of AACN, ANA, and the NLN. To this day AACN enjoys the benefits of the relationships formed during her term. For award criteria and detailed nomination information, visit
Deadline to submit a nomination is June 8, 2013.
For more information, contact AACN Membership Director Beth Aronson at 202-463-6930, ext. 263 or
16. AACN Releases New Joining Forces Faculty Tool Kit
Last summer, AACN joined with the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) to enhance the resources available to nurses working with veterans as part of the Joining Forces initiative, with a particular focus on nursing education. To that end, the Enhancing Veterans’ Care (EVC) Tool Kit has been developed and includes resources and exemplars that can assist faculty with the implementation of curriculum elements that will appropriately address the unique needs of veterans and their families. To access the tool kit, click here.
17. CNC News & Announcements
Presentations from the CNL Summit and Research Symposium
Presentations and Handouts from the CNL Summit and Research Symposium are now posted on
CNC to Host CNL Certification Exam Chat Room
CNC is hosting an online CNL Certification Exam chat room! Encourage CNL students and graduates to join the chat room of The CNL Community, AACN’s online discussion board, to participate in an exchange of information on March 25, 2013 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm (ET). This is a great opportunity for prospective CNLs to post questions to colleagues prior to the CNL Certification Exam. The session is intended for them to connect with CNL students, CNLs, and CNC staff. Participants simply type their questions and responses to post on the chat room; they will have an opportunity to discuss CNL Certification Exam preparation, ask CNC staff about the exam format, learn how CNLs prepared for the exam, and much, much more! A transcript of the discussion will be available and posted on The CNL Community after the session. CNL students and graduates may join The CNL Community by going to The login ID for first-time users is“CNL” and the password is “AACNCNC.”
For questions about the CNL Certification Program, contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 242, or go to
18. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is one of 27 institutions in the U.S. to receive a four-year $896,867 grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns program. “CMS Strong Start grants focus on providing enhanced prenatal care to reduce preterm births, improve the health outcomes of pregnant women and newborns, and decrease the cost of medical care for infants born to mothers in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP),” said Dr. Yondell Masten, professor and associate dean of outcomes management and evaluation in the School of Nursing, and the principal investigator and director for the TTUHSC Strong Start grant. Strong Start is a collaborative interprofessional intervention provided to approximately 500 to 700 participants a year by the School of Nursing’s Larry Combest Community Health & Wellness Center and the School of Medicine’s family medicine and OB-GYN departments. For more details, click here.
19. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • Bernadette Melnyk, dean of The Ohio State University College of Nursing and university chief wellness officer, was featured in a story on PBS News Hour "After Newtown: Reading, Writing, Therapy" about her adolescent mental health research. She has developed Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment (COPE), a program that schools in Delaware, West Virginia, Arizona, and Ohio have implemented to prevent violent and negative behaviors by teaching adolescents how to positively deal with stress. Read more at:

  • AACN President and University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) Dean Jane M. Kirschling and UMSON Assistant Professor Marian Grant have received honors from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA). Dr. Kirschling is the recipient of HPNA’s 2013 Leading the Way Award, and Dr. Grant is a 2013 Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing. The Leading the Way Award is regarded as one of HPNA’s highest honors. It recognizes those who have been consistent leaders in palliative care nursing while demonstrating a deep and abiding commitment to furthering the philosophy, mission, and quality of palliative care. HPNA Fellows are association members who are nursing leaders in education, management, advanced practice, and research. Fellows have demonstrated lengthy dedication to the association, extensive professional experience in hospice and palliative care, and a significant commitment to scholarship in the field of hospice and palliative care. Read more at:
20. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • FLAG, a Hartford-sponsored program, was developed by nursing faculty at the University of Minnesota Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence to help nurse educators infuse the latest geriatric content into their curricula, learn new ways of engaging with geriatric content in the classroom, and to brainstorm, through mentoring and networking sessions, ways to take a leadership role by bringing change to the nursing program at one’s home institution. The FLAG Program consists of a three-day institute, online modules, and a six-month group mentoring program conducted remotely. It also teaches faculty how to access geriatric nursing teaching resources, and how to engage a network of geriatric nursing experts. The FLAG institute is offered at different locations throughout the year. This year institutes will be in Phoenix and Chicago. For more information, visit
  • Sign the petition to remove barriers that prevent advanced practice registered nurses from practicing to their full scope. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) have provided safe and effective care in the United States for over four decades. When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fully implemented in 2014, over 27 million Americans will gain coverage under the law. APRNs currently have barriers to practice which include requirements for being supervised by or having a collaborative agreement with a physician, inability to admit patients into hospice or home health and restrictions on prescription of controlled drugs. There is currently a shortage of primary care physicians and the restriction to APRN practice limits patients access to care. Advanced practice registered nurses should be allowed to practice to their full scope of education and training. Click here to sign the petition.
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