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September 2013 News Watch

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September 2013
  1. Dr. Patsy Ruchala Elected to AACN Board of Directors
  2. Fall Semiannual Meeting Set for October 26-29 in DC
  3. AACN and the CDC Announce New Public Health Fellowship Opportunity
  4. New Johnson & Johnson –AACN Minority Faculty Scholars
  5. Nursing Recipients of the Macy Institute, Gold Humanism Scholarship
  6. New Series of Faculty Webinars
  7. Apply Today for AACN’s 2014 Faculty Policy Intensive
  8. Call for Abstracts
  9. Upcoming AACN Conferences for 2013 and 2014
  10. Outstanding Dissertations and Capstone Awards
  11. Upcoming GNSA Webinars
  12. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  13. CNC Announcements
  14. What's New with ELNEC
  15. Register Now for Enrollment Management and NursingCAS Tutorial Workshop
  16. Faculty Resources Regarding the Health Insurance Marketplace
  17. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  18. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  19. Opportunities and Resources to Consider


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1. Dr. Patsy Ruchala Elected to AACN Board of Directors

Dr. Patsy Ruchala from the University of Nevada, Reno was selected for the Board Member at Large position following AACN’s recent special election, which concluded August 23, 2013. The term of this position is through March 2015. More than 50% of AACN member dean representatives voted in this special election. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ruchala.
2. Fall Semiannual Meeting Set for October 26-29 in DC
The AACN Fall Semiannual Meeting will be held October 26-29, 2013 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. The theme, Facilitating Competency: A Gateway to Excellence, will emphasize the concept of competency and its utility and effectiveness in higher education. A special preconference day of concurrent sessions is offered for October 26, and the Organizational Leadership Network meets on October 25-26. The meeting’s agenda is packed with stimulating and informative sessions, presentations, and networking opportunities.
Highlights will include: the presentation of the prestigious McGovern Award to Dr. John W. Rowe, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and former CEO and chairman of Aetna, Inc.; a session on competency and higher education from Clifford Adelman (senior advisor, Institute for Higher Education Policy); and presentations from Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho, U.S. Army Surgeon General, and Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Don't miss this opportunity to network with colleagues in discussion groups and interest sessions. Each member school dean/director is invited to bring one or more associate/assistant deans to the Fall Meeting as a way to familiarize these senior academic leaders with content and issues they will find useful as they assist their deans and improve education in their settings.
To register for the Fall Semiannual Meeting, visit

For more information and to see the meeting brochure, visit
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3. 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 offering a new nurse fellowship 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
4. New Johnson & Johnson - AACN Minority Faculty Scholars
AACN is pleased to announce that five new Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars have been selected through a national scholarship program funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. Launched to address the faculty shortage and enhance diversity among nurse educators, this AACN-administered program provides generous financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds who aspire to teach in our nation’s schools of nursing.

Joining the 53 scholars previously selected for this prestigious honor (and a similar program offered by AACN and The California Endowment) are the following students, all of whom are enrolled in PhD nursing programs:

(Pictured from left to right)
  • Deidre Bales-Poirot, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Hershaw Davis, Jr., University of Virginia
  • Paule V. Joseph, University of Pennsylvania
  • Melody Norris Waller, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Yenupini Joyce Tonlaar, Michigan State University
“Nursing’s academic leaders recognize a strong connection between a culturally diverse nursing workforce and the ability to provide quality patient care,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling. “We are grateful to the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future for sharing our commitment to facilitating academic progression in nursing and removing barriers to doctoral-level education for nurses from diverse backgrounds.”

More details and photos of this year’s scholarship recipients are posted on the AACN Web site at
5. Nursing Recipients of the Macy Institute, Gold Humanism Scholarship
Annually, in collaboration with the Harvard Macy Institute, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation awards scholarships (up to $5,000) to support Gold Humanism Scholars. These scholarships support health profession educators working to develop and enhance educational projects focused on achieving humanistic patient care that can be replicated across a variety of healthcare settings. The Harvard Macy Institute brings together healthcare professionals, educators, and leaders to discuss the critical challenges of the day and design innovative solutions that have a lasting impact on the way medicine is practiced and students are educated. This year, two of the award winners are from the nursing community:

Constance Ayers, PhD, RN, Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Nursing, Texas Woman’s University

Project Title: The Development of Professional and Humanistic Values in an Integrated Simulation

Project Description: Using a simulated nursing unit with students as patient actors, the project will emphasize the development of empathy and professional and humanistic values through faculty-developed scripted scenarios and problems that will require a patient centered approach to care.

Kristin Caulfield, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor
George Washington University

Project Title: Patients as Partners

Project Description: The project will develop a novel curriculum that examines patient engagement and patient centered care as a practice philosophy for incoming Nurse Practitioner students. The curriculum will include various learning formats (discussion, interactive exercises, and reflective journaling) and explore enhanced communication skills and participatory decision making.

For more information about Gold Humanism Scholarship, and all of this year's winners, visit
6. New Series of 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
For future Webinars, visit For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Anna Kathryn Pierce, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 227.
7. Apply Today for AACN's 2014 Faculty Policy Intensive

AACN is now accepting applications for the second annual Faculty Policy Intensive to be held March 24-27, 2014 in Washington, DC. This fully-funded, four-day immersion program is designed for faculty of AACN member schools who are interested in actively pursuing a role in healthcare and nursing policy. The Faculty Policy Intensive offers participants the opportunity to enhance existing knowledge of policy and advocacy through sessions that will strengthen understanding of the legislative process and the dynamic relationships between federal departments and agencies, national nursing organizations, and the individual advocate. Up to eight faculty members will be accepted through the application process. If you have further questions, please contact AACN’s Director of Government Affairs and Health Policy Dr. Suzanne Miyamoto at
8. Call for Abstracts
Deadlines Approaching for Doctoral and Faculty Practice Conferences

Abstracts are invited for both the AACN Doctoral Education Conference and the AACN Faculty Practice Pre-Conference. Each abstract is to be submitted electronically on the AACN Web site, due no later than October 18, 2013. Authors will be notified of the status of their submission(s) no later than November 13, 2013. For information on submitting an abstract to the Doctoral Education Conference, please visit For information on submitting an abstract to the Faculty Practice Pre-Conference, please visit

Please direct questions to Brianna Bruce at or 202-463-6930 ext. 261.

Call for Abstracts: CNL Summit

The 2014 Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Summit will be held January 16-18, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Anaheim, CA. AACN is now accepting abstracts that showcase CNL initiatives or innovations in education and/or practice. All abstracts must be emailed, faxed or mailed, postmarked no later than October 20, 2013. For further details, visit

For more information on the CNL Summit, contact Horacio Oliveira, CNL Project Coordinator,, 202/463-6930, ext. 250.
9. Upcoming AACN Conferences for 2013 and 2014

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.
10. 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, 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
11. Upcoming Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) Webinars
Is the DNP Right For Me?
Friday, September 20 at 1:00 pm (ET)
Changing demands in our nation’s complex healthcare environment require today’s nurses to be prepared with the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure quality patient outcomes. To meet this need, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is offered to prepare nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice, in any of four advanced practice nursing roles.
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:
12. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This month's edition of Policy Beat highlights Marilyn Tavenner, the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as the recipient of AACN's 2013 Policy Luminary Award. In addition, learn about the opportunities to advocate during AACN's upcoming Fall Semiannual Meeting. Also included in this edition are recent updates to the CMS DME requirements and proposed legislation to include APRNs as providers eligible to receive a temporary payment rate under Medicaid. Policy Beat also features opportunities for public comment, Webinars, and policy fellowship information. To view the September issue of AACN Policy Beat, visit
13. CNC Announcements

AACN and CNC Now Accepting Applications for the CNL Vanguard Award
AACN and CNC are now accepting applications for the CNL Vanguard Award. The deadline to apply is October 11, 2013. This national award recognizes a certified CNL for innovative and outstanding professional performance and advocacy of the CNL role. In addition, the award promotes the contributions of the CNL in transforming healthcare. The 2014 recipient will be recognized at the CNL Summit, January 16-18, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Anaheim, CA.

CNC Seeks Volunteers to Serve as Item Writers
CNC is recruiting volunteers to serve as item writers. To apply, please submit a brief letter explaining your interest in serving as an item writer and summarize your professional experience. The letter must be submitted with a current resume or curriculum vitae. Go to CNC’s Get Involved page for more information, or contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Executive Director, at
14. What's New with ELNEC
In March 2013, 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 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 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
15. 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 online, 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 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.

October 15, 2013
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA
Register Now

October 27, 2013
7:30-8:30 am
JW Marriott Hotel (Coincides with AACN’s Fall Semiannual Meeting)
Washington, DC
Register Now

November 13, 2013
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Rush University (Coincides with AACRAO’s Strategic Enrollment
Management Conference)
Chicago, IL
Register Now

November 21, 2013
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside (Coincides with AACN’s Baccalaureate Education Conference)
New Orleans, LA
Register Now

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.

16. 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:
17. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
East Tennessee State University’s College of Nursing has received a three-year HRSA Advanced Nursing Education grant for $1,124,999. The program director is Sheila Smith, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor. The title of this grant is “Building APN Capacity for the Interprofessional Management of Multiple Chronic Conditions.” This funding will provide opportunities for nursing graduate students, as well as graduate students from the university’s other academic health sciences center programs (as well as social work and psychology) to participate as a team to manage underserved and uninsured individuals with multiple chronic conditions who come to the university’s nurse-managed community health center clinics. For more information, visit
18. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
Dr. Patricia Abbott, associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, has been appointed to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) eHealth Technical Advisory Group (TAG). TAGs are comprised of prominent, international experts to provide guidance and expertise to the WHO on dedicated topics. The eHealth TAG is a newly formed group focusing on information and communication technologies for health. For more information, visit
19. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
  • The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research will be holding its 2013 Gala Celebration of NINR and FNINR’s 20th Anniversary on Wednesday, October 16, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. For more information, visit
  • The Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge will be held again in February 2014! Interprofessional teams from schools of pharmacy, medicine, nursing and other health professions are invited to participate in this year’s Challenge. Join your fellow students in engaging with your community in a dialogue about the importance of taking medications as directed for improved health. Mark your calendars for informational calls on October 2 at 3:00 pm (ET) and October 8 at 11:00 am (ET). Click here to sign up for calls. For more information about the Challenge visit,
  • Watching the film ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare will now qualify you for one and half (1.5) CNE credits from Nurses from around the country can join the millions tuning in to elevate and deepen the national dialogue about our healthcare system and our role in leading it out of crisis! To complete the assessment for CNE credits, you can watch the film on DVD or download the film from iTunes,, or a number of other digital providers. NOTE: ESCAPE FIRE is available for only 99 cents on iTunes through September 30!
  • The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is seeking doctoral nursing students interested in boosting their basic or clinical research careers by becoming an NINR Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) Fellow starting fall of 2014. Applications are due no later than Monday, December 2, 2013, at 5:00 pm (ET). For more information, visit or contact Dr. Mary B. Engler, NINR Division of Intramural Research Training Program Director.
  • The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) announced a call for applications for its Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy. Applications for the new Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy cohort will be accepted through December 31, 2013. The 2014-2015 cohort will begin in early 2014. Program details, including information about identifying a potential mentor or mentee, are available online.
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