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January 2014 News Watch

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January 2014

  1. Enrollment Growth Slows at U.S. Nursing Schools
  2. AACN Applauds NCSBN for Creating New Resource on State Regulations
  3. Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program Accepting Applications
  4. Register Now for the Faculty Development Conference
  5. Master’s Education Conference and Evidence-Based Practice Conference
  6. Apply Now for AACN Leadership Programs
  7. AACN Search Committee Moving Forward to Recruit Next CEO
  8. Upcoming Faculty Webinars
  9. Meet AACN's New Dissertation and Capstone Award Winners
  10. Wisconsin Initiative Addresses the Nurse Faculty Shortage
  11. AACN to Launch New Member Services System
  12. AACN and the CDC Announce New Public Health Fellowship Opportunity
  13. Read the Latest Policy Beat
  14. Last Chance to Sponsor the Student Policy Summit
  15. Join an AACN Leadership Network Today
  16. AACN’s CNL Certification Exam Review Course Coming Soon
  17. CNC Announcements
  18. Leveraging NursingCAS for Effective Results in Graduate Programs
  19. 2014 ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Courses
  20. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  21. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  22. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
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1. Enrollment Growth Slows at U.S. Nursing Schools
AACN has released preliminary survey data showing that enrollment in entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs increased by 2.6% from 2012 to 2013, which marks the lowest enrollment increase in professional registered nurse (RN) programs over the past five years. Findings are based on data reported from 720 of the 858 schools of nursing in the U.S. (83.9% response rate) with baccalaureate and/or graduate programs. Though RN enrollment increased for the 13th consecutive year, nursing schools have identified a shortage of faculty and clinical education sites as potential barriers to realizing future growth and meeting the nation’s need for healthcare providers.
AACN’s annual survey is the most reliable source for actual (versus projected) data on enrollment and graduations reported by the nation’s baccalaureate- and graduate-degree programs in nursing. This year’s 2.6% enrollment increase for entry-level baccalaureate programs is based on data supplied by the same schools reporting in both 2012 and 2013. To download a graphic depicting enrollment changes in baccalaureate nursing programs from 1994-2013, see
Preliminary AACN data also show a strong enrollment surge in baccalaureate nursing programs designed for practicing nurses looking to expand their education in response to employer demands and patient expectations. The number of students enrolled in baccalaureate degree completion programs, also known as RN to BSN programs, increased by 12.4% last year (512 schools reporting). This year marks the 11th year of enrollment increases in these programs and offers further validation of the desire among nurses to advance their education to remain competitive in today’s workforce. Read more about preliminary findings from AACN's 2013 survey at
2. AACN Applauds NCSBN for Creating New Resource on State Regulations
In November 2013, the AACN Board of Directors formally approached the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) about creating a real-time repository of information on state regulations impacting the oversight and approval of distance-based nursing programs. This response was made on behalf of member schools seeking current information about each state’s specific requirements. Given the strong relationship between the NCSBN and the individual boards of nursing, the AACN Board believed that NCSBN was in the best position to develop such a repository. In a letter to membership dated January 16, AACN President Jane Kirschling reported that the NCSBN is moving ahead with creating this new resource.

AACN applauds the NCSBN for taking decisive action and creating this online resource, which will be of great benefit to all nursing education programs. For more background information on state regulations related to distance education programs and AACN’s response, click here.
3. Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program Accepting Applications
AACN, with support from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, is currently offering a eighth round of scholarship funding to underrepresented minority (URM) nursing students who plan to work as nursing faculty after graduation. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral nursing program or a clinically-focused master’s degree program.

Click here for the 2014 application and details.
Applications must be received by Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

See Previous Scholarship Winners
4. Register Now for the Faculty Development Conference
Join AACN in Fort Worth, TX for the annual Faculty Development Conference on February 6-8, 2014. This conference is aimed at those new to the faculty role and those who would like to gain more self-confidence in teaching in baccalaureate and higher degree programs. Sessions address key aspects of the faculty role, creating an active learning environment, clinical teaching and evaluation, and other topics of interest to those who wish to improve their teaching practice.

The deadline for early registration is January 24, 2014. For program details, registration, hotel, and transportation information, visit:

Special Discount Offer for GNSA Members
Members of AACN's Graduate Student Nursing Academy (GNSA) who are full-time students can receive a special half price conference registration fee. If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please send an email to including your name, email, institution name, and current program.

Exhibitors & Sponsors
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5. Master's Education Conference and Evidence-Based Practice Conference
Join colleagues at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley in Scottsdale, Arizona for three distinct and complementary events offered to meet the leadership development and networking needs of those engaged in master’s level nursing education.

Two pre-conferences offered February 26-27, 2014:

The Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Pre-Conference
The EBP Pre-Conference focuses on the critical need for integrating EBP into graduate programs. For more information and to register, click here.

Faculty Practice Pre-Conference:
Dollars and Sense:
Positioning Faculty Practice for the Future

This pre-conference is designed for those who promote, administer, and engage in faculty practice. Content will address sustainability, successful faculty practice, federal issues, and the scholarship of practice. For more information and to register, click here.

Sponsorship Packages

Click here to view sponsorship opportunities.
Master's Education Conference:
Master's Nursing Education: Essential to the Future of Health Care

February 27-March 1, 2014
This conference brings together deans/directors, academic administrators, and nursing faculty from master’s programs focused on direct care roles (e.g., Clinical Nurse Leaders and nurse educators) and indirect care roles (e.g., public health nurses, informaticists, clinical research coordinators, and nurse administrators/managers).Plenary topics include Best Practices in Nursing Education; Facilitating Quality Writing by Master’s Students; CCNE Overview of New Accreditation Standards; The Affordable Care Act: A Toolkit for Educators; and Extending Faculty Reach: Preparing Effective Preceptors. Concurrent sessions, posters, and abstract presentations allow participants to pursue topics of personal interest.

For more information and registration for each of these events, visit
6. Apply Now for AACN Leadership Programs

2014 AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP)
Now in its 13th year of operation, AACN’s Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) has become the preferred professional development experience for faculty aspiring to leadership roles and for nursing schools looking to facilitate succession planning. This program is available to mid- to upper-level faculty who are preparing to lead the nursing academic unit or are new to the dean/director role. This competitive program provides participants with a focused assessment experience, a range of content and exercises related to successful executive leadership, and the opportunity to establish a peer network that fosters long-term partnerships and shares growth and development.

LANP’s five-day program will be held from July 27 – 31, 2014 at The Westin Annapolis in Annapolis, MD.

Applications must be received by AACN no later than midnight (EST) on April 1, 2014 in order to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the selection committee. Final notifications will be made by May 1, 2014. Complete application information is available at

2014 AACN/Wharton Executive Leadership Program

AACN is pleased to announce the call for applications for the third annual executive leadership program for seasoned Deans/Directors. Offered at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, this four-day program from August 11-14, 2014 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 Executive Leadership Program 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 apply for the program, click here. All applications must be received by midnight (EST) on May 16, 2014. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Admitted candidates will be notified the week of May 26, 2014.

For more information, visit

For Inquiries about either program application contact:
Brianna Bruce
Conference Assistant
(202) 463-6940 ext. 261

For questions about either program contact:
Mary Bondmass
Director of Faculty Development
(202) 463-6930 ext. 259
7. AACN Search Committee Moving Forward to Recruit Next CEO
The AACN Search Committee is moving forward with its work to recruit the next Chief Executive Officer to lead the association. Working with the search firm Korn/Ferry International, the committee has developed a job description for the CEO role, which is now posted online at Please note that applications will be accepted by Korn/Ferry through February 14, 2014 with the goal of installing a new CEO by June 2014. Interested candidates may contact Korn/Ferry directly for more information and instructions by sending an email to
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8. Upcoming Faculty Webinars
February 5, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
Creating Civil Learning Environments: A Call to Arms
February 13, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
February 20, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET)
Overview of AACN's CNL Certification Exam Review Course
February 24, 2014
2:00 - 3:30 pm (ET)
For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Anna Kathryn Pierce, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 227.
9. Meet AACN's New Dissertation and Capstone Award Winners
Nancy Crego, PhD, RN, CCRN
University of Virginia
AACN's Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award, given for an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing or DNS program, was presented to Dr. Nancy Crego (pictured right) who graduated in 2013 with her PhD from the University of Virginia. For her study titled Influencing Pediatric Sedation Safety, Dr. Crego utilized big data to discover sedation practices, compared nurse and physician sedation teams, and made recommendations for evidence-based practice guidelines. To read more about her dissertation, click here.

Honorable mentions went to:
Erica Schorr from the University of Minnesota for her dissertation titled Characterization of the Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Symptom Experience

Yafen Wang from Case Western Reserve University for her dissertation titled Associations Among Academic Stress, Dispositional Optimism, and Resourcefulness in Fifth and Sixth Graders in Taiwan

Jennifer L. Titzer,
University of Southern Indiana
AACN's Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award, given for an outstanding capstone from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, was presented to Dr. Jennifer L. Titzer (pictured right). Dr. Titzer graduated in 2013 with her DNP from the University of Southern Indiana. For Dr. Titzer’s capstone project, titled Nurse Manager Succession Planning: Strengthening Health Systems for the Future, she developed and implemented a model for strategic succession planning for the chief nursing officer in a large hospital system. To read more about her capstone,To read more about her capstone, click here.

Honorable mentions went to:

Joelle Hargraves from Chatham University for her capstone titled Glycemic Control in Cardiac Surgery Patients: Revising and Educating Nurses on an Evidence-based Insulin Infusion Protocol

Rebecca Russo-Hill from Duke University for her capstone titled Screening for Depression in Patients with Diabetes: Addressing the Challenge
10. Wisconsin Initiative Addresses the Nurse Faculty Shortage
Four University of Wisconsin (UW) System nursing programs are offering new fellowship and loan forgiveness programs to encourage nurses to pursue doctoral degrees or postdoctoral training and assume nurse educator positions in Wisconsin. The overall goal is to address the nursing faculty shortage. The $3.2 million Nurses for Wisconsin initiative—funded through a UW System Economic Development Incentive Grant—comes in response to predictions that Wisconsin could see a shortage of 20,000 nurses by 2035.
This new initiative will provide fellowships to nurses enrolling in doctoral programs at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee or UW Oshkosh. All pre- and postdoctoral fellowships will provide opportunities for mentorship in the nurse educator role. The predoctoral fellowships will support students pursuing either PhD or DNP degrees. Predoctoral nursing fellows will receive tuition, fees, and stipends in exchange for a three-year commitment to teach at a UW System nursing school. Postdoctoral fellowships to advance nursing research and evidence-based practice also will be supported. The postdoctoral nursing fellows will receive a renewable one-year fellowship, with stipend and benefits, as part of a three-year teaching commitment in a UW system nursing program. In addition, the four project schools are offering loan forgiveness as an incentive to attract new nursing faculty with a PhD or DNP degree. Enrollment information for the Nurses for Wisconsin initiative can be found online at
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11. AACN to Launch New Member Services System
AACN is updating its member services and Web site 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
  • 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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12. AACN and the CDC Announce New Public Health Fellowship Opportunity
As part of our collaborative work with the CDC, AACN is now accepting applications for a new nurse fellowship focused on public health preparedness and medical counter measures for health security. Working with a team of dynamic public health professionals, the nurse fellow will focus on developing an operational readiness assessment tool. This 12-month fellowship is open to recent DNP graduates and will be located at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Applications must be submitted by February 7, 2014. 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
13. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
This month’s edition of Policy Beat features the 2014 AACN Faculty Policy Intensive fellows selected for this highly competitive program. Also reported are the latest funding opportunities from the National Health Service Corps, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and Indian Health Service. In addition AACN is proud to present “The Lay of the Land: Healthcare Policy’s Political Landscape in 2014,” a Webinar led by Senior Policy Advisor Julie Shroyer from the law firm Polsinelli. To view the January issue of AACN Policy Beat, visit

14. Last Chance to Sponsor the Student Policy Summit
There are still a few opportunities available to sponsor the fifth annual Student Policy Summit. Depending on the level of support, sponsors can receive complimentary student registrations, place personalized items or information in the conference bags given to attendees, have their logos printed on Summit water bottles, and more. Help AACN create the next generation of policy experts for our profession! For a complete list of sponsorship packages available, click here.
Summit sponsorship opportunities are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Requests to sponsor must be received by Friday, February 7, 2014. To find out more or to become a sponsor, contact AACN Government Affairs Manager Lauren Inouye at or 202-463-6930 ext. 271.
15. Join an AACN Leadership Network Today
AACN's Leadership Networks provide information, networking, and professional development for nursing school faculty and staff. The Networks bring peer professionals together to share best practices and success stories, sharpen leadership skills, and take full advantage of AACN resources. Professionals engaged in a variety of functions within the nursing academic unit are represented among the seven networks. The Networks foster professional growth and development, information sharing, communication, and discussion of key issues among nursing school faculty and staff at member institutions. Networking within these groups are facilitated through programs, meetings, and electronic communications. For more information and to join one of the leadership networks, go to
16. AACN's CNL Certification Exam Review Course Coming Soon!
The only comprehensive online review course that reflects the content outline of the CNL Certification Exam.

Developed by practicing CNLs and academicians, the course will be offered in 12 modules and may be used by individuals preparing for CNL certification or by other healthcare professionals seeking contact hours. With each module, you will have 24/7 access. Successful completion will require reviewing the entire presentation, passing an assessment, and completing an evaluation.

To be added to the mailing list to receive information when registration commences, type “CNL Certification Exam Review Course Info” in the subject line and send an email to Horacio Oliveira, AACN’s Education Policy and Special Projects Coordinator.
17. CNC Announcements
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) is currently seeking volunteers to serve on the CNC Board of Commissioners and the Marketing Committee. The deadline to apply is February 7, 2014. For information and to apply, go to
CNC has launched the Clinical Nurse Leader Channel on You Tube. To view the first video, Defining the Certified Clinical Nurse Leader, go to

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18. Leveraging NursingCAS for Effective Results in Graduate Programs
Join an upcoming session at an AACN Conference (Doctoral Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Naples, January 29 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM – RSVP NOW or Master’s Education Conference at the Scottsdale Doubletree Paradise Valley, February 28 from Noon – 1:30 PM – RSVP NOW) to learn more about using NursingCAS and applying strategic enrollment management techniques to recruit graduate students.

Students use NursingCAS to research and apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating nursing schools nationwide. NursingCAS can help your school:
  • Gain access to a wider pool of qualified applicants
  • Cultivate a pipeline of prospective students and applicants
  • Meet recruitment goals and enhance diversity in the nursing student population
  • Reduce administrative costs and staff time typically devoted to processing application materials
  • Access real-time data on applicants that can be easily sorted and segmented
  • Move to an automated versus paper-based application system
  • Create customized, on-demand school-specific reports and generate comparative reports on your applicant pool vs. the entire NursingCAS applicant pool
  • Access excellent data on an individual and aggregate basis that can be used to complete annual reports for state boards, accreditation agencies, and other external and internal constituencies
  • Manage, sort, communicate, review, and report on prospective students and applicants
  • Execute an online admissions committee review (including scoring)
  • Engage in information sharing among staff and across campuses and departments

AACN launched NursingCAS in 2010 to help direct prospective students to open seats in nursing programs and to collect data on nursing applicant and admissions trends. Improvements continue to be made to NursingCAS based on feedback received from schools and applicants, and a new version of NursingCAS is launching in Fall 2014.
Past:   Future:
For schools interested in joining the service, please visit AACN's Web site for more information or contact Caroline Allen, Senior NursingCAS Manager at or 202-463-6930 ext. 258, with any questions or to set up an individual Webinar for your school and staff at your convenience.
For more information visit To learn more now, watch a video case study about NursingCAS.
19. 2014 ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Courses

In 2014, there will be 12 national End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) train-the-trainer courses in eight cities across the US. ELNEC courses are provided for various specialties and interest groups. For example, specific curricula are available for those who:
  • Teach in a DNP program and/or participate in DNP clinical practice (National Cancer Institute provides funding for this course)
  • Lead or provide care for the seriously ill in an advanced practice role
  • Provide care to seriously ill children, including perinatal and neonatal
  • Manage and provide care for those practicing in critical care settings, acute care, hospice, long-term care/skilled nursing facilities/nursing homes

For more information on this project, go to and/or contact Pam Malloy, Director of the ELNEC Project at AACN at
20. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
In October, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for mentoring interventions specifically designed to help physicians and nurses in training and early practice to be more humanistic in their patient care. The Foundation has chosen eight programs, two of which have a nursing focus. All grantees will receive $25,000 in funding over a 2-year timeline. The mentoring programs with a nursing focus are being led by Margaret Brommelsiek, PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing & Health Studies; and Alice Fornari, EdD, RD, North Shore Long Island-Jewish Health System. For more information, click here.
21. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing received a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to develop a program to help veterans with military medical experience more easily transition into the nursing profession.The program, Veterans Career Advancement in Nursing (Veterans CAN!), is designed to provide veterans with military medical experience or training the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. For more information, click here.
The University of Portland School of Nursing will host "The Portland Model Dedicated Education Unit: A Journey to Future Possibilities" on July 19, 2014 at the Portland Hilton and Executive Tower in downtown Portland OR. The conference will focus on strategies for DEU implementation, evaluation and quality improvement as well as lay the groundwork for establishing a community of DEU scholars, faculty, and administrators. Angela McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN will be the conference keynote speaker. For information on submitting an abstract or conference registration, please visit
22. Opportunities and Resources to Consider
The John A. Hartford Foundation, Inc. has endowed a Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. Geriatric Nursing Scholarship in honor of Mathy Mezey, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University, College of Nursing. The naming of the scholarship recognizes Dr. Mezey’s lifelong work dedicated to geriatric nursing education and to improving the quality of care for older people. The NEF Mathy Mezey Fund will provide monies to students specializing in geriatric nursing at both the master’s and doctoral levels of education. NEF, Inc. has served as the largest, private, non-profit professionally endorsed source of funding for advanced study in nursing for over 100 years. Awards are provided to nursing students in accredited master’s and doctoral programs, preparing leaders in education, practice, and research. For funding information see
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