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May 2013 News Watch

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May 2013 Featured News
1. National PhD Summit Planned for September 2013
Mark your calendars now! AACN is pleased to announce the convening of academic leaders for a National Dialogue on the Future of Nursing Science and the Research-Focused Doctorate on September 19-20, 2013 in Chicago, IL. Nursing faculty and deans will come together to discuss the changing nature of nursing research and help shape the future direction of educational programs preparing nurse scientists. Dr. Margaret Grey, dean from the Yale University School of Nursing, is serving as chair of the planning committee for the summit. Faculty and dean representatives from all nursing schools offering the research-focused doctorate will be invited to attend. More details about the program agenda and meeting logistics will be available in the coming weeks.
2. First Round of Fellows Selected for AACN-Wharton Leadership Program

Congratulations to our first round of fellows selected for the AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program. AACN still has several spots open for this world-class leadership development opportunity for chief academic administrators (e.g., deans/directors), so please contact AACN’s Director of Programs Catherine Cox before June 1 if you would like to be considered during our final call for applications.
3. 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
4. NursingCAS Open House Coming in June
Enrollment Management Workshop and NursingCAS Open House: June 14, 2013
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.
For more information about NursingCAS, contact Caroline Allen, at or 202-463-6930 ext. 258 or visit
5. Register Now for the 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 and speaker Cy Wakeman and colleagues and discuss fresh information and 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. Our 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.
6. HRSA to Fund Veterans-to-BSN Coordinating Centers
On April 29, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a new program to help military veterans with healthcare experience or training, such as medics, pursue nursing careers. The program is designed to help veterans get bachelor’s degrees in nursing by building on their unique skills and abilities. Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program will fund up to nine cooperative agreements at schools of nursing for up to $350,000 a year. Funding of $3 million is expected to be awarded by the end of fiscal year 2013 (September 30). Program funding will go to accredited schools of nursing to increase veterans’ enrollment in and completion of baccalaureate nursing programs, and to explore ways to award academic credit for prior military healthcare experience or training. The institutions will also train faculty to provide mentorships and other supportive services. Applications are due June 7, 2013. For more information, click here.
7. Free Webinar: Overcoming Barriers to the Integration of Gerontology Content in Undergraduate Nursing Programs—Lessons Learned Post-GNEC
The Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), in collaboration with AACN, will be hosting a free Webinar, Overcoming Barriers to the Integration of Gerontology Content in Undergraduate Nursing Programs: Lessons Learned Post-GNEC on June 12, 12:00-1:30 pm CST (1:00-2:30 pm EST). Several years ago, the Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium (GNEC) project disseminated nationally a model to successfully incorporate gerontology content into the undergraduate nursing curriculum. Since this time, faculty identified system and intraprofessional barriers to fully integrating gerontology curricular content into their curricula. This Webinar will address barriers and provide recommendations to improve on this work. Those who have been engaged in this process at their schools of nursing are asked to submit comments/questions in advance and during the presentation. Nationally recognized scholars will provide real-world guidance to faculty and schools of nursing: Beth Barba, Professor, University of North Carolina Greensboro; Joan Stanley, Senior Director of Education Policy for AACN; Mathy Mezey, Professor Emerita, Senior Research Scientist Associate Director, The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University; and Leanne Lefler, Associate Professor & Education Leader, Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, UAMS will lead a panel discussion following a presentation.
Submit questions/comments about integrating gerontology in undergraduate curricula.
8. 2013 QSEN National Forum
The 2013 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum will take place in Atlanta, Georgia from May 30 – 31, 2013.
The QSEN National Forum is designed to attract innovators and nurture faculty and nursing leaders for the improvement of quality and safety education through sharing of:
  • Innovations in curricular design and teaching strategies that accomplish QSEN competency development
  • Research related to quality and safety education in pre-licensure, advanced practice programs, and clinical practice
To register, click here. For more information contact the QSEN Institute Office.
9. 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). 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.
10. Current Calls for AACN Award Nominations
11. Upcoming Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) Webinars
Thursday, May 30 at 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.
Where Does Your Time Go?: Developing Your Plan for Effective Time Management
Tuesday, June 11 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Students will assess how they use their time throughout the week. Effective time management strategies related to academic study will be presented including organizational tools and goal setting. Participants will also be provided with some easy to use, tangible study tips to put into practice.
The above Webinars are offered for free to all members of the GNSA. To register, visit: For more information about the GNSA and how to join, visit
12. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This month’s edition of Policy Beat features nursing leader Deborah Wachtel’s ANP, MPH, MSN, who provided testimony on the role of NPs in a recent Senate hearing to address primary care and the workforce. AACN supports Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-TX) National Nurses Week resolution honoring our nation’s nurses May 6-12, 2013. Learn more about HRSA’s FY 2013 sequestration operating plan and the implications for nursing education and research programs. Additionally, HRSA launches Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development program to assist transition of veterans into baccalaureate nursing education. To view the May issue of AACN Policy Beat, visit
13. Six National ELNEC Courses Remain for 2013
The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) is a national education program to improve end-of-life care by nurses administered through a partnership between AACN and the City of Hope. To date, almost 16,000 nurses and other healthcare providers have attended a national train-the-trainer course. Six national ELNEC courses will be held across the US this year, including the following:
July 30 & 31: Boston, MA
October 8 & 9: Lake Buena Vista, FL (Orlando)
November 5 & 6: Washington, DC
ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care:
July 30 & 31: Boston, MA
ELNEC-Critical Care:
November 5 & 6: Washington, DC
For further information about these courses, and/or to register, go to
14. CNL Certification Exam Announcements
CNL Certification Exam Registration Deadline Extended

The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) has extended the registration deadline for the Summer 2013 testing period of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Certification Exam from June 7, 2013 to June 26, 2013. To sit for the CNL Certification Exam during a specific testing period, applications must be submitted to CNC by the deadline. In addition, CNL education programs must submit the Site Registration Form to CNC by the same deadline to serve as an exam site. Below is a listing of upcoming testing periods and registration deadlines:
Testing Period Deadline
July 15 - August 9, 2013 June 26, 2013
December 2-13, 2013 November 1, 2013
January 20-31, 2014 December 16, 2013
For more information and to access the CNL Certification Program Application, go to
To register as an exam site, complete the Site Registration Form posted on
CNC Announces Exam Policy Changes

Effective July 1, 2013, faculty and/or instructors (or anyone with a perceived conflict of interest) of CNL education programs may not serve as proctors for the CNL Certification Exam. The purpose for the policy change is to avoid a perceived conflict of interest and to comply with national certification program accreditation standards. Each proctor in compliance with all CNL Certification Exam policies and procedures will be paid $50 for their service during the applicable testing period. A check will be issued to the proctor approximately 45 days after the testing period.
CNC encourages online submission of CNL Certification Program applications – an additional charge for hard copy applications will be incurred. Payment of online applications may be made by check or credit card.
For more information, go to or contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at
15. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing at Abilene has received a $300,000 gift from United Supermarkets LLC, in support of the School of Nursing expansion. The gift is part of a $3 million commitment made by United in December 2011 to support the School of Nursing and establish endowed scholarship programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels. For more information, click here.
16. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) has opened registration for its first-ever MOOC (massive open, online course)—The Science of Safety in Healthcare. The course will be offered June 3-30 by patient safety experts Cheryl Dennison-Himmelfarb of JHUSON and Peter Pronovost of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The MOOC was designed for delivery through Coursera as a free offering. Space is unlimited, but time is not. Those interested should register as soon as possible. For further information, click here.
  • New York University College of Nursing’s Dr. Sherry Deren, director of the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), received a five-year, $6.7 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health for continued funding (for years 16-20) of the CDUHR. CDUHR has been continually funded since 1998, and it is the first center for the socio-behavioral study of HIV and substance use in the United States. For further information, click here.
  • Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, participated in the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing held April 29 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hamilton served on the Advanced Medical Operations Industry Roundtable, which focused on developing strategies to transfer military training and experience into credit toward nursing and physician assistant certifications and licensure. Dr. Hamilton was chosen because of her success with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s “eLine Military (ELM) Program.” The ELM program allows those with military medical education and experience to challenge nursing courses, graduate sooner, and begin filling much needed positions in the nursing profession. ELM is a distance learning program designed to help participants earn a bachelor's of nursing degree (BSN), prepare to take the NCLEX-RN exam, and enter the RN workforce. AACN CEO, Polly Bednash was also invited and attended the White House Forum. For more information, click here.
  • Linda Moneyham, senior associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has received a 3-year, $1 million continuation grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration for the Enrichment Academy for Nursing Success (EANS) project. The EANS project is designed to significantly increase the number of bachelor’s-degree prepared nurses by providing education and financial assistance to students from diverse backgrounds—including minorities, students from rural areas and first-generation college students—to facilitate academic success and degree completion. To learn more click here.
  • Leslie Parker, assistant professor of nursing at the University of Florida, has received a $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine how to best and most safely nourish very low birth weight infants, who weigh less than 3.3 pounds. The funding for the 4-year study will allow researchers to study a standard clinical treatment used to assess these infants’ nutritional status to determine if it is beneficial or risky to the baby. For more information, click here.
  • University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) Professor Alison M. Trinkoff— in collaboration with Meg Johantgen, associate professor; Nancy B. Lerner, assistant professor; Carla Storr, professor; and Kihye Han, post-doctoral fellow—was recently awarded a research grant to evaluate national data on long-term care from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Funding for the two-year, $296,594 research grant begins September 1. The study will look at the relationships among regulations, leadership, and quality of care across diverse long-term care facilities. For more information, click here.

17. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The Johnson & Johnson Campaign For Nursing's Future has announced the third year launch of Amazing Nurses 2013, a national recognition program that invites the public to nominate and vote for nurses who provide extraordinary care for patients, their families, and make a difference every day in the lives of others. Nominations will be accepted through May 31 at A public voting period will run July 15 – August 16, and the 2013 Amazing Nurse will be announced on September 9.
  • The National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) announces the release of new funding titled “Planning Grants for Translating CKD Research into Improved Clinical Outcomes (R34).” The application due date is July 30, 2013. Sending a letter of intent is strongly encouraged by June 30, 2013. The RFA is available at To request additional information, please contact Dr. Andrew Narva at
  • Do you know someone who would be great at making a short video explaining a difficult concept or writing some challenging questions to help test a concept? Nursing students are encouraged to enter the MCAT video competition (sponsored by the AAMC, Khan Academy, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) for the chance to become MCAT exam content creators. Winners will join the Khan Academy team in creating free educational videos on topics for the revised MCAT exam. Contest submissions are now being accepted; deadline for submissions is June 14, 2013. To view full contest rules, submission guidelines, and criteria for entry, visit
  • Viewpoints of Innovative Healthcare Leaders is a weekly audio podcast series featuring interviews with innovative healthcare leaders from many disciplines discussing today's national health and wellness issues. The podcast series' host is Bernadette Melnyk, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean of The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Innovative leaders from nationally renowned hospitals, healthcare systems, government agencies, foundations and corporations are interviewed on the best evidence-based practices and emerging thoughts in health care, Listeners can access audio podcasts anywhere via their computer, tablet, or smart phone! You may subscribe to the series via iTunes U at The Ohio State University or Health and Medicine category, or by clicking here. For more information, see
  • The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) recently launched the Sexual and Reproductive Health Workforce Project to address the huge unmet need for access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care. In early 2013, ARHP convened leading SRH experts—including AACN—to establish strategies to prepare the healthcare workforce to provide comprehensive SRH care. You can read the just-published recommendations and see the full list of expert participants here.