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November 2013
  1. Help Us Identify Barriers and Facilitators to the DNP
  2. Dr. Geraldine Polly Bednash to Retire as CEO of AACN
  3. AACN Recognizes Excellence at 2013 Fall Semiannual Meeting
  4. Khan Academy, Jonas Center, and AACN Announce Competition to Develop Online Resources
  5. Call for Expert Faculty Reviewers
  6. AACN Board Forms Task Force on Implementation of DNP
  7. AACN to Launch New Member Services System
  8. Register Now for Remaining 2013 Faculty Development Webinars
  9. Doctoral Education, Faculty Practice, and RLN Conferences Coming to Naples, FL
  10. Final QSEN Graduate Faculty Development Workshop Offered
  11. Register Now for the 2014 CNL Summit and CNL Research Symposium
  12. AACN Board Endorses Public Health Nursing Competency Guidelines
  13. Just Released: New CNL Competencies
  14. GNSA Leadership Council Convenes at Fall Meeting
  15. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  16. ELNEC: Grant-Funded Course for DNP Faculty - Deadline is December 2
  17. Register Now for Enrollment Management and NursingCAS Tutorial Workshop
  18. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  19. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  20. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
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1. Help Us Identify Barriers and Facilitators to the DNP
At its July meeting, the AACN Board of Directors moved to commission a new study to assess the facilitators and barriers for schools transitioning their master’s level APRN programs to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The study is 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. The AACN Board is seeking to identify best practices related to accelerating programmatic change and delineate challenges that may be addressed through focused advocacy and other means. Following a Request for Proposals that was issued in August, AACN has selected the Rand Corporation to lead this important survey effort, which will provide a framework for next steps by AACN in its work to meet the goals established by its membership.

Watch for more details about this survey that will be launched in early December. Your participation in this effort is vital to shaping organizational priorities and the future of doctoral nursing education.
2. Dr. Geraldine Polly Bednash to Retire as CEO of AACN
Geraldine Polly Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN, has announced her plans to retire as the Chief Executive Officer of AACN effective June 15, 2014. As one of the nation’s most respected advocates for higher education in nursing and interprofessional engagement, Dr. Bednash has worked tirelessly during her 28-year tenure to promote standards in nursing education programs with the overarching goal of improving health care.

During her tenure with the association—first as Director of Government Affairs (1986-1989) and then as CEO (1989-present)—Dr. Bednash is credited with establishing AACN as the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. Membership in the organization has grown under her leadership from 411 member schools in 1989 to 742 schools today. Over the years, AACN has transformed into a premiere organization that serves all members of the academic nursing enterprise, including deans, faculty, administrative staff, and students.

To read about Dr. Bednash’s background and contributions to nursing and health care, click here.

The AACN Board of Directors has formed a search committee, led by President Kirschling, to begin the process of identifying the next CEO of AACN.
3. AACN Recognizes Excellence at 2013 Fall Semiannual Meeting
At its Fall Semiannual Meeting held in Washington, DC, AACN recognized nursing school deans, faculty, and practice leaders for their contributions to transforming nursing education.

The John P. McGovern Invitational Lectureship Award

AACN honored John W. Rowe, MD, Professor, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, with the 2013 John McGovern Award for his contributions to healthcare and nursing. Dr. Rowe’s distinguished career includes serving as Chairman and CEO of the health insurance company Aetna, Inc. and President and CEO of Mount Sinai NYU Health, one of the nation’s largest academic healthcare organizations. A member of the IOM’s expert panel that produced the Future of Nursing report, he is one of the nation’s leading physician advocates for expanding nursing’s role in providing primary care.
John W. Rowe with AACN President Jane Kirschling
Emeritus Membership Award

This year, Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN, Dean Emeritus, University of Maryland School of Nursing was presented the high honor of Emeritus Membership. Dr. Allan served on the AACN Board of Directors from 2006-2012, including service as AACN’s Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. She was a member of the Task Force on the Future of Research Focused Doctorate, Board Liaison to the CNL Steering Committee, and member of the Task Force on the DNP Essentials. Dr. Allan’s contributions to AACN have been outstanding in both quality and quantity, and her legacy of service has helped to advance the organization’s mission and reach.

Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Awards

This award recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change.
  • Small School Winner: Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Private School without an AHC Winner: D’Youville College
  • Public School without an AHC Winner: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Academic Health Center (AHC) Winner: Oregon Health & Science University
Abstracts for the new Innovation Award winners as well as all past recipients are available online at A Call for Nominations for the 2014 awards has been issued and is available online at Nominations are due June 6.

Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Awards

This annual award recognizes AACN member schools and their practice partners who are involved in highly productive and model collaborations. The academic-practice partnership must demonstrate an innovative and sustained relationship that extends beyond clinical placements, be committed to the guiding principles for model partnerships, and show positive outcomes that are measurable and have been in place for at least a year. The first three awards were presented this year.
  • The Ohio State University College of Nursing and The Ohio State University Health System
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and PENN Medicine
  • University of California-San Francisco School of Nursing (UCSF) and Alameda County Center for Healthy Schools and Communities
More details about the Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award winners are posted online at A Call for Nominations for the 2014 awards will be issued in January.
4. Khan Academy, Jonas Center, and AACN Announce Competition to Develop Online Resources
The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence (JCNE), Khan Academy, and AACN announced competition rules for nursing students and other healthcare professionals to create video tutorials and exercises related to content covered in the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). The competition is part of a new initiative to transform how professional health education is delivered to providers across disciplines around the globe. Ultimately, the goal of the contest is to create a scalable bank of information with opportunities for deep learning engagement.

Submissions will be accepted via the Khan Academy Web site until a core set of winners are found or by January 17, 2014. The first tutorials are expected to be available in the spring of 2014 through the Khan Academy’s online learning Web site. Winners will receive a 1-week trip (March 2-9, 2014) to get face-to-face training and support from Khan Academy to help develop an open access, free resource for students and faculty in the health professions. Winners may then be invited to become Khan Academy content creators, and to work on developing the next generation of health content – especially helpful for nursing students preparing to take the NCLEX-RN.

For more information about the contest, see

5. Call for Expert Faculty Reviewers
To support the NCLEX Competition outlined above (item #4), AACN is seeking expert faculty to function as content reviewers. Reviewers will be expected to provide feedback to content creators of video tutorials in short, concise reviews regarding scientific errors, major content omissions, and teaching style suggestions. Reviewers will also review sample questions, answers, and hints. Reviewers must review assigned content within 2 weeks, throughout the duration of their contract.

Reviewer Expectations:
  • Expert on physiology and pathophysiology related to cardiovascular, respiratory, pediatrics, and/or hematology systems
  • Experience and expertise in teaching this content
  • Meets deadlines effectively
  • Proficient using Microsoft Word and YouTube
  • Comfortable learning and using online tools (specifically the online tool Trello)
  • Regular access to broadband internet
  • Ability to commit up to 5-7 hours per week for content review
  • Be available to train and review content between February 2014 and October 2014
AACN will offer an honorarium for reviewers. Applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter describing their qualifications and their curriculum vitae or resume.

Deadline for submission:
January 3, 2014 or until a core set of reviewers is found, whichever comes first. Those interested should contact Karen Kesten at
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6. AACN Board Forms Task Force on Implementation of DNP
At their October meeting, the AACN Board of Directors approved the formation of a task force charged with the development of a white paper that clarifies the purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) final scholarly product and the clinical learning practice hour requirements as described in the DNP Essentials. Growing evidence exists regarding variability among program requirements for the DNP final scholarly products or capstone project including scope of project, level of implementation, impact on system and practice outcomes, extent of collaborative efforts, dissemination of findings, and degree of mentorship/oversight. Clarification of the DNP Essentials is needed to ensure consistency and rigor of the learning. The names of task force members and more information will be posted soon on the AACN Web site.
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7. AACN to Launch New Member Services System
AACN is updating its member services and website to serve you better. This new state-of-the-art system, called My AACN, will streamline each part of the membership experience and provide an array of online services that can be accessed on demand by deans, faculty, staff, and students from affiliated schools. Accessible through AACN’s main website (, this new system will allow you to:
  • Personalize your member profile and communication preferences
  • Register for multiple conferences and webinars
  • View past conference histories for you and your faculty
  • Save and review your earned continuing nursing education hours
  • Gain instant access to AACN’s online Collaboration Community and enhanced networking options
  • Quickly retrieve and act on all types of member and organizational information
  • View and search member and committee directories
  • Submit volunteer, scholarship, and award nomination forms
  • View your institution’s payment history and manage member dues and leadership network renewals
AACN's goal is to build and maintain highly personalized relationships with each member and to cultivate organizational loyalty and value.

Stay tuned for more information! Members and faculty will soon receive an email with easy instructions on how to login to the new system as well an overview of the new system's features.
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8. Register Now for Remaining 2013 Faculty Development Webinars
For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Anna Kathryn Pierce, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 227.
9. Doctoral Education, Faculty Practice, and RLN Conferences Coming to Naples, FL
Join thought leaders from around the nation at AACN’s annual Doctoral Education Conference, which will be held concurrently with the Faculty Practice Pre-Conference and the Research Leadership Network Meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria Naples in Naples, FL, January 29-February 1, 2014.

The annual Doctoral Education Conference brings together deans, associate deans for research, directors of doctoral programs, and other faculty to chart the future of doctoral nursing education. The Faculty Practice Pre-Conference is designed for those who promote, administer, and engage in faculty practice. The same pre-conference precedes both the Doctoral and Master’s Education Conferences and is coordinated by the Practice Leadership Network (PLN). Topics this year include sustainability, successful faculty practice, federal issues, and the scholarship of practice. The Research Leadership Network (RLN) is comprised of nursing faculty who have leadership roles facilitating research within their nursing programs. This year’s RLN Meeting will focus on developing and facilitating interdisciplinary research collaboration, followed by stimulating discussions on issues most relevant to research faculty today.

The deadline for early registration is January 17, 2014. Late fees will apply to registrations received after January 17.

Register online at

For more information and to see the brochure for all these conferences, visit

Exhibiting and Sponsorship Opportunities

AACN offers a unique opportunity to market products and services to chief decision-makers at the nation's schools of nursing. AACN represents more than 740 schools of nursing at public and private universities and senior colleges nationwide. Click here to view current opportunities.

Contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager at or at 202-463-6930 ext. 240.
10. Final QSEN Graduate Faculty Development Workshop Offered
AACN is pleased to announce that registration is now underway for the January 29, 2014 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Graduate Faculty Development Workshop in Naples, FL.
As a pre-conference for the AACN Doctoral Education Conference, the Naples QSEN Graduate Faculty Development 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 QSEN pre-conference workshop.

For more information on this program, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, please visit
11. Register Now for the CNL Summit and CNL Research Symposium
The 2014 Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Summit will be held January 16-18, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County near Disneyland Resort in Garden Grove, CA. The CNL Summit provides a national forum for all healthcare and academic audiences currently implementing or interested in exploring CNL education and practice. Conference topics include the impact and value of the CNL role in achieving the Triple Aim: improved cost, quality, and service outcomes; new models of care in today’s era of healthcare reform and the CNL role, particularly related to care coordination, lateral integration, and transitions of care; and multi-professional practice and the CNL role in leading and building teams.
The 2014 CNL Research Symposium, a pre-conference workshop offered in conjunction with the AACN’s CNL Summit, will be held on January 16, 2014 from 8:00 am-12:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. Hosted by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) and sponsored by the Clinical Nurse Leader Association (CNLA), the theme is Using Today’s Data to Improve Tomorrow. The target audience includes educators, practicing CNLs, students, healthcare administrators, nurse executives, and physicians, among others. Early registration is $110; after January 3, 2014, the registration is $139. Separate registration from the CNL Summit is required.
To register and for hotel information for the CNL Summit and Research Symposium, go to
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12. AACN Board Endorses Public Health Nursing Competency Guidelines
At its Board meeting on October 25, the AACN Board of Directors endorsed the Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for Public Health Nursing, which was prepared by an expert panel convened as part of AACN’s CDC Academic Partnership Cooperative agreement. The goal of this curricular guide is to highlight population health as a critical component in improving the country’s health, emphasize nursing’s role in addressing this priority, and provide strategies for faculty to integrate enhance population health content and experiences in the curriculum. This document was designed to be used in tandem with the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2011) and features suggested content and teaching strategies for each Essential. To download this document, click here.
13. Just Released: New CNL Competencies
Also at their October meeting, the AACN Board of Directors endorsed a new white paper on the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role. An update to the 2007 white paper, the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Expert Panel has revised the guidelines used to shape the development of CNL programs in the document titled Competencies and Curricular Expectations for Clinical Nurse Leader Education and Practice. This new resources addresses expectations related to CNL clinical practice, the competency development process, CNL curriculum, and competency expectations for program graduates, as well as the importance of academic-practice partnerships and CNL certification. See
14. GNSA Leadership Council Meets in DC to Discuss Strategic Priorities
On October 26, 2013, the inaugural Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) Leadership Council met for the first time in Washington, DC during AACN’s 2013 Fall Semiannual Meeting. During this one-day strategic planning session, council members had the opportunity to meet with AACN President Jane Kirschling, AACN Chief Executive Officer Polly Bednash, the Editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing, Patricia Morton, and nurse faculty member and author Elaine Marshall from Georgia Southern University. The Leadership Council’s discussions focused on member engagement, future GNSA initiatives, potential partnerships, and evaluation of current resources and services.
The GNSA provides high value programs and services and is free to any graduate nursing student enrolled at an AACN member institution. For more information on the GNSA, visit:
15. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This month’s edition of Policy Beat reviews recent activity surrounding the FY 2014 budget, including details from a Budget Conference Committee hearing attended by AACN. Learn more about new publications including, “Redesigning the Healthcare Workforce” released by Health Affairs, as well as results from a survey depicting the effects of sequestration on research-focused universities. In addition, meet five nursing leaders newly inducted into the Institute of Medicine. To view the November issue of AACN Policy Beat, visit
16. ELNEC: Grant-Funded Course for DNP Faculty - Deadline is December 2
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) awarded grant funding to the City of Hope Medical Center, in partnership with AACN, to prepare Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) faculty to integrate palliative care content into DNP program curricula. This 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 the 1.6 million Americans diagnosed with cancer this year, plus the 13.7 million Americans who are living with a history of cancer. Using the grant funding, free registration, plus up to $350 in hotel lodging expenses will be offered to nursing faculty interested in attending this 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. The first of four national train-the-trainer courses will be held February 27-28, 2014 in Glendale, CA. The second national course will be held June 26-27, 2014 in Washington, DC. Applications are due no later than December 2, 2013. For more information and/or to apply, go to
Also, check-out other 2014 National ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Courses that will be available in nine cities across the United States at
17. Register Now for Enrollment Management & NursingCAS Tutorial Workshop
Join your colleagues at an upcoming event to learn more about how to leverage NursingCAS to effectively manage your admissions process. NursingCAS is the centralized application service for nursing schools that provides an online application for students and web-based admissions management software for schools called WebAdMIT. These free events and Webinars are open to deans, admissions professionals, IT staff, faculty, nursing school recruiters, advisors, and other decision-makers involved in the admissions process. Sessions will feature content for prospective and participating schools.


December 3, 2013
1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
NursingCAS: Do More with Less Using This Free Resource

December 5, 2013
3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Creating Efficiencies in the Admissions Process with NursingCAS

December 9, 2013
2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Marketing Your Schools and Programs Using NursingCAS

December 11, 2013
4:00 - 5:00 pm ET
Making Admissions Decisions Online Using a Ranking System

NursingCAS & Enrollment Management Sessions

November 21, 2013
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside (Coincides with AACN’s Baccalaureate Education Conference)
New Orleans, LA
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January 29, 2014
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Waldorf Astoria Naples (Coincides with AACN’s Doctoral Education Conference)
Naples, FL
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February 28, 2014
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Doubletree Paradise Valley (Coincides with AACN’s Masters Education Conference)
Scottsdale, AZ
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There is no cost to schools to participate in NursingCAS (software, training, 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, visit 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

Want to learn more about the NursingCAS experience now? Check out the NursingCAS YouTube page and watch this video case study.

18. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
University of Washington School of Nursing Research Assistant Professor Cynthia Price has received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to research a unique therapy designed to reduce the relapse rate in women treated for substance abuse. The research builds on positive results obtained with Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT) as an adjunct to conventional substance use disorder treatment programs. For more information, click here.
19. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  • During the first three months of fiscal year 2014, Duke University School of Nursing received $2,706,029 in new awards for nurse research, education and scholarships. The projects included: Dr. Karin Reuter-Rice received a $348,631 three-year grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program for her research proposal entitled “Relationship of Endothelin-1 and Cerebral Vasospasm in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury”; Dr. Les Harmon received an $829,797 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for his “National AIDS Education and Training Center” proposal, which will support the creation of a new HIV/AIDS specialty concentration within the nurse practitioner program; and Dr. Brigit Carter received a Health Resources and Services Administration "Nursing Workforce Diversity" grant for three years to support the Health Equity Academy. The grant funds $212,464 during the first year. The Health Equity Academy at Duke School of Nursing cultivates the next generation of minority nurses leaders and promotes inclusivity within the School’s ABSN curriculum. For more information, click here.
  • Bobbie Berkowitz, dean of Columbia University School of Nursing and senior vice-president of the Columbia University Medical Center, is the American Academy of Nursing’s president-elect, it was announced at the Academy’s annual policy conference in Washington, DC. Dr. Berkowitz also is the Mary O’Neil Mundinger Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing. Previously, she directed the NIH/NINR funded Center for the Advancement of Health Disparities Research and the National Program Office for the RWJF funded Turning Point initiative. For more information, click here.
  • The Utah Aging Alliance honored University of Utah College of Nursing Professor Michael Caserta—inaugural holder of the Robert L. and Joyce T. Rice Presidential Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging and a faculty member with the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program—with its Pioneer Award. The award recognizes Dr. Caserta’s work to establish the Utah Aging Alliance and celebrates his help in advancing resources for aging individuals and their families. For more information, click here.
20. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing’s Scholars Program will be held July 28-August 1, 2014. This program is an opportunity for researchers in academia or hospitals to participate in a week-long, intensive summer seminar at NYU College of Nursing for an in-depth mentoring experience with nationally recognized gerontologic nursing researchers. Space is limited! Applications will be accepted starting March 1 and deadline for submissions will be June 1. For additional information, please visit: or contact 212.992.9416 or
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