Opportunities and Resources to Consider

Opportunities and Resources to Consider

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July 2017

The report from the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery (GAPFON®) will be released online on July 28. The report is the result of meetings with the GAPFON® core panel, as well as with healthcare leaders in seven global regions who discussed the future of nursing and midwifery in advancing global health. The released report will be in English, and a Spanish version will be available in August.

A free Opioid Use Disorder Training course has been created by Aimee Techau, a graduate student in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Colorado. In March, Ms. Techau was selected by AACN and the National Institute of Drug Abuse to receive a training award to support an evidence-based project focusing on Substance Use Disorders treatment practices. Visit the site here.

Help the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program develop the next generation of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to nursing and health care. Institutions that offer research-focused PhD programs in nursing are eligible to apply. Application deadline is September 14 at 3:00 pm (ET).

June 2017

AACN has released the new Recommended CNL Practice Experiences, a list of 24 experiences that are deemed to be critical for preparing CNL graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively perform in diverse practice settings and systems upon graduation. The list was developed by an Expert Panel comprised of CNL faculty, representatives from practice, and practicing CNLs. The AACN white paper on Competencies and Curricular Expectations for Clinical Nurse Leader Education and Practice (2013) served as a foundation for the discussion and development of the recommended experiences. The draft list of practice experiences was validated through an online survey sent to all CNL program directors and to the CNL Community. Feedback from the survey was considered by the Expert Panel prior to finalizing the list of recommended practice experiences.

To help nurses find the right job and thrive in their roles, Nurse.com has published its "Pave Your Nursing Career Path" digital resource guide, containing nearly 20 articles and resources to help nurses navigate the job market and improve their knowledge base.

As part of the dissemination of the Workforce Improvement Project, Academic-Practice Partnerships for Emergency Preparedness, a conference—"Strengthening Academic-Practice Partnerships: A Toolkit for Implementing Population Focused Disaster and Chronic Disease Preparedness"—will be held July 27 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Registration is free (food and lodging not included). Register by July 20. This project is partially funded through an AACN and CDC Cooperative Agreement with the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Saint Louis University, and Johns Hopkins University.

The HRSA 2017 Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP) Application closes on June 29 at 7:30 PM (ET). For more information on FLRP, visit HRSA's website and read the Application & Program Guidance before beginning the application.

May 2017

Showcase Your School With AACN-TV
AACN-TV is an online portal showcasing the latest innovations in academic nursing and the work underway to prepare the next generation of professional nurses. Through an affiliation with New Media News TV, AACN member schools have access to high quality video services at a discounted rate to produce videos for AACN-TV (and other purposes) that may be used to:

  • Recruit new students and faculty
  • Illustrate pathways into nursing and career options
  • Highlight nurse-led research efforts
  • Profile faculty members and/or students
  • Spotlight community-based health services
  • Showcase curricular innovations
  • Accomplish other outreach goals

AACN will promote the videos produced for AACN-TV to a national audience via media outreach, at upcoming conferences, through the association’s nursing school directory, and the AACN app. Schools interested in finding out more – including production requirements, timeline, and costs – are encouraged to contact producer Danny Cohen. For additional information, contact AACN’s Chief Communications Officer Robert Rosseter.

Celebrating 10 years of productive partisanship, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) will be hosting their "Preparing Health Care Providers for Obesity Care" event in Washington, DC on June 7. Educators from over 20 organizations representing a dozen health professions have collaborated to develop this first-ever set of interdisciplinary educational competencies for the prevention and treatment of obesity. This free event will be webcast and will be posted as a video recording after the event.

Registration is still open for the 2017 National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers Conference — "The Nursing Workforce & Health Reform: Trends and Opportunities in a New Political Era." The conference takes place June 7-9 at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, CO, and will focus on the changes in health care and how the workforce centers and researchers can work collaboratively to strengthen the nursing workforce. AACN President and Chief Executive Officer Deborah Trautman is on the planning committee for the Forum.

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are presenting the SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Program, a 2-day workshop that includes lectures, casestudies, and working sessions to educate healthcare epidemiologists on how to effectively lead a response to public health emergencies and facility-level outbreaks. Attendees will learn how to implement appropriate infection control policies and develop the skills needed for emergency response and incident management. The program will be held June 20-21 in Philadelphia. Registration is complimentary for all, but is required in advance. Space is limited.

April 2017

The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) is providing a CDC funded grant for the development of educational case studies in five topic areas around immunization. The case studies should be applicable to undergraduate nursing students. Public health and clinical health professions institutions of higher education in the U.S., specifically offering education in immunizations, and are APTR institutional members are eligible. For more information visit APTR's website. Deadline for submission is May 8.

In recognition of the vital role that nurses fulfill, the Jonas Center created an online continuing education course,
Lead Poisoning in Children, which is free until June 13. The goal of this continuing education program is to enhance nurses’ ability to reduce lead poisoning in children.

Free access to Adolescent SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment) curriculum, resources, and continuing education credits to nurse preceptors at placement sites of bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral programs. This resource is only available until September 30 with limited space. Complete the
online application and access the free training and continuing education credits. Space is limited.

Nurse Week Special: Advertise Free in AACN's Career Link

In honor of National Nurses Week (May 6-12), AACN is pleased to offer member institutions the opportunity to advertise faculty vacancy announcements for free in Career Link during the month of May. To take advantage of this offer, please submit your ad(s) online. The deadline to submit ads is Friday, April 21, 2017View advertisement template for Career Link.

Candidates from around the world will visit Career Link in search of positions including:

  • Dean/Director
  • Associate Dean/Director
  • Faculty
  • Instructor
  • Administrator
  • Staff Development Specialist
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Nursing Researcher

March 15, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, which recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Applications are comprehensive, covering all aspects of campus diversity and inclusion. One of the goals of the application process is to help institutions of higher education assess their diversity efforts in order to build on their success and improve where necessary. Deadline to apply for this award is June 15.

Apply and receive free access to adolescent screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) curriculum for nursing, social work, and interprofessional education programs. This opportunity is open to nurse preceptors at placement sites of bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral nursing education programs. Participants receive free, unlimited access to Kognito’s SBI with adolescents' simulation through September 30, access to free adolescent SBIRT resources, and free continuing education credits with a certificate of completion. Complete the online application here. Space is limited.

PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) is now accepting applications for the 2017 Advisory Panel member selection cycle. Find out more about the current openings on each advisory panel, learn about the requirements and expectations for submitting an application, the process for submitting a third-party nomination, and the application review and selection process. Third-party nominations and applications deadlines are March 31 by 5:00 PM (ET).

Applications are being accepted for the 2017 American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Board of Directors Student Scholarship. Up to 30 total graduate and pre-licensure/undergraduate students will be selected to participate in this program and receive registration, travel and lodging expenses to attend the APNA 31st Annual Conference, 1-year complimentary membership in the APNA, and the opportunity to learn more about the field directly from psychiatric-mental health nurses practicing across the country. Application deadline is May 8.

Registration for the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR) “Precision Health: From ‘Omics’ to Data Science” Boot Camp opens April 3. Registration will close when the course is full. The Boot Camp will address the latest advances in genomics, pharmacogenomics, nutrigenomics, metabolomics, microbiomics, and data science as well as the associated ethical, legal, and social implications of precision health. The Boot Camp will take place August 7-11 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.


February 15, 2017

A call for proposals has been released for the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP). Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the AMFDP acts on the belief that an ever-changing health care landscape requires capable, diverse leadership. The program works to increase diversity among medical, nursing, and dentistry faculty. Up to 10 selected program scholars are eligible for: a four-year postdoctoral award of up to $420,000; an annual stipend of $75,000; an annual grant of $30,000 to support research; and additional awards available through partnership organizations. Applicants are sought from “historically disadvantaged backgrounds,” which refers to challenges individuals may have faced because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, physical, learning, or other disability, or who are first-generation college graduates. Applications are due March 15, 2017.

The 2017 NINR Summer Genetics Institute (SGI) will be held June 5–30, 2017, on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD. The SGI is a one-month, intensive research training program that provides participants with a foundation in molecular genetics appropriate for use in research and clinical practice. The 8-credit-hour, graduate-level program includes both classroom and laboratory components. Nursing graduate students, faculty, and clinicians who are citizens or permanent U.S. residents may apply. Applicants should demonstrate potential for a highly productive research or clinical career.The program is sponsored by NINR with no tuition costs to the attendees. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2017, and two letters of recommendation are due March 15, 2017.

Apply for the 2017 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program, which provides funds to participants to repay a portion of their outstanding qualifying educational loans. If accepted, the program pays for 60% of unpaid nursing education debt over two years, with an option to extend to a third year for an additional 25% of the original balance. In exchange, applicants must work for a minimum of two years in one of the thousands of Critical Shortage Facilities across the country, including hospitals, clinics, and other facilities experiencing a critical shortage of nurses. Applications are being accepted through February 23 until 7:30 pm (ET).

February 1, 2017

The NIDA Blending Initiative: Moving Science from Research to Practice will award up to $10,000 for a project grant from a graduate student (Master’s, Doctoral, or Post-Doctoral) from an accredited program at an AACN member school. This grant is intended to support projects that contribute to a student’s knowledge of Substance Use Disorder (SUD)  and advance research, dissemination, and adoption of evidence- based SUD treatment. The award will be disbursed in three equal payments after receipt and acceptance of the required progress reports. Proposals are due February 24, 2017. Awards will be announced on March, 10, 2017. Learn More and Apply Online >>

January 18, 2017

The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APRT) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are currently accepting applications for two case study development projects: The first will develop a series of interprofessional problem-based case studies in population health for public health and clinical health professions students. The aim is to deepen health professions students’ understanding and ability to apply population health concepts and principles through exploration and analysis of three CDC and HHS initiatives: Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5), Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), and Million Hearts.  The second case study project will develop a problem-based case study aimed at deepening health professions students’ understanding of the value of public health–health care collaboration through exploration of the CDC 6|18 Initiative. Application deadline is January 31, 2017. View the Population Health RFP View the 6|18 Initiative RFP.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched its call for applications for the second cohort of
Clinical Scholars, Culture of Health Leaders, Health Policy Research Scholars, and Interdisciplinary Research Leaders. Listen to a prerecorded webinar to get more information about each program, hear more about what RWJF is looking for in a successful applicant, and learn what you'll need to apply.

NORC at the University of Chicago is working with AACN, the Council on Social Work Education, the Center for Clinical Social Work, and technology partner Kognito to develop and evaluate an adolescent screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) curriculum for nursing, social work, and interprofessional education programs. The program is open to educators and trainers of associate, baccalaureate, master's and/or doctoral level students. Participants will receive FREE access to adolescent SBIRT training materials and to the online SBI with Adolescents simulation.
Complete the online application. Rolling application deadline until all slots are filled.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) seeks grant reviewers to objectively evaluate a competitive group of grant applications against the published criteria in the HRSA Funding Opportunity Announcement. HRSA has specific interest in the following: health professions training, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, organ transplantation, primary care for underserved people, rural health. If you have expertise in these areas and are interested in becoming a HRSA Grant Reviewer,
register in the HRSA Reviewer Recruitment Module.

December 2, 2016

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is soliciting abstracts for health workforce research presentations for the 13th Annual AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference, which will be held May 3-5, 2017, in Arlington, VA. The theme this year is Working Together for Health: Aligning the Health Workforce with Population Needs. The AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference is the premier opportunity for researchers, educators, and policymakers to meet and discuss state and federal workforce issues. Abstracts will be accepted online through January 6, 2017. More information and a link to submit can be found AAMC's website.

The Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program (HRSA-17-067) seeks to expand upon the efforts that began in FY 2015 under the Advanced Nursing Education (ANE) Program to increase academic-practice partnerships around the country. The ANEW Program supports innovative academic-practice partnerships to prepare primary care advanced practice registered nursing students to practice in rural and underserved settings through academic and clinical training. Eligible applicants include entities that provide registered nurses with training that leads to master's and/or doctoral degrees that prepare nurses to serve as primary care nurse practitioners, primary care clinical nurse specialists, and nurse-midwives. Closing date for applications is January 25, 2017.

The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) are looking to select the third cohort of FNINR Ambassadors to join in its advocacy efforts. This select group of advocates will work side-by-side with current ambassadors to influence Congress and educate the public on the goals and vision of NINR—leaders who are passionate about the mission of NINR and can help raise awareness and garner support for nursing research and specifically NINR research initiatives. The application deadline is December 10.
The Macy Faculty Scholars Program is now accepting applications for its new cohort of Faculty Scholars. The program identifies and nurtures the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. With support from the Macy Foundation, scholars will implement new educational innovations at their home institutions and participate in career development activities. In addition to salary support of up to $100,000 per year for two years, chosen scholars will also receive opportunities for further career development through national meetings and participation in Macy Foundation activities. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2017, and all applications must be completed online. For more information about the selection criteria as well as instructions on how to apply to the program, visit the website. The Foundation is also hosting an informational webinar for applicants on December 13 at 2:00 pm (ET).
The Satcher Health Leadership Institute Health Policy Leadership Fellowship Program is actively recruiting candidates for the 2017-2018 postdoctoral fellowship, which begins September 2017.  The fellowship is a multi-disciplinary training program designed to provide postdoctoral professionals with the specific knowledge, skills, and experiences to prepare them for leadership roles promoting policies and practices to reduce disparities and advance health equity. The Institute is particularly interested in developing leaders from underserved, underrepresented, and racial and ethnic minority populations with a strong commitment to health equity. The deadline for applications is January 13, 2017.

October 19, 2016

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) will be accepting applications for the 2017 summer season from November 1, 2016 through March 1, 2017. SHPEP is a free, six-week summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students from communities underrepresented in the health professions. SHPEP is supported through funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and now incorporates learning opportunities for students interested in careers across the health professions, including nursing.
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion announce the availability of small grants to develop problem-based case studies aimed at deepening health professions students' understanding of the significance of social determinants of health (SDOH) and how to incorporate information and insights about SDOH into their work. Application deadline is October 25.
The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research is also accepting applications for the
2017 Paul Ambrose Scholars Program. The program introduces health profession students to influential public health professionals and prepares them to be leaders in addressing population health challenges at the national and community level. This unique program provides mini-grant funds for students to implement a Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators focused project within a student's community or at their school. Application deadline is November 18.
Interprofessional Education and Practice eBooks are now available on iTunes for free. These eBooks are designed to provide clinicians with information regarding the care for older adults in interprofessional teams. Funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the IPEP eBooks were built on the foundation of two programs: NYU3T: Teaching, Technology, and Teamwork and Geriatrics Interdisciplinary Team Training.
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Board of Directors has voted to provide NCSBN courses “Understanding Substance Use Disorder in Nursing” and “Nurse Manager Guidelines for Substance Use Disorder” free of charge for all nurses and nursing students. Both continuing education courses award contact hours upon successful completion.
Applications are now open for the
Innovation Award for Health Care Provider Training and Education. Hosted by the American College of Sports Medicine, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and the Bipartisan Policy Center, this award recognizes health professional training programs that are ahead of the curve in providing nutrition, physical activity, and obesity counseling education to their students. Application deadline is November 11.
Peace Corps' Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) is seeking volunteers to serve in Liberia, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda to help address critical shortages of health care professionals. GHSP is specifically seeking nurse faculty to build institutional capacity and help strengthen the quality of medical and nursing education.

October 12, 2016

New 2016 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies


AACN and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) recognized the need to revisit the 2010 adult-gerontology competencies to present them within the same framework as the other population foci to make it easier for faculty to cross-walk competencies across the NP curriculum. From 2015-2016, the joint work group reviewed and updated the adult-gerontology competencies. The work group includes representatives of both AACN and NONPF with expertise in adult-gerontology ACNP and/or PCNP curriculum development. The work group invited review of the competencies in an external validation process, and the final competencies reflect the feedback obtained in this step. The 2016 version of the competencies include both sets of adult-gerontology NP competencies. Each set is presented in a table format to emphasize the relationship of the population-focused competencies with the NP core competencies. The expectation is that an educational program will prepare the student to meet both sets of competencies. Download the new 2016 version from AACN's Website.

September 28, 2016

Third International Conference
Catalyzing Nursing Education and Scholarship for Global Health
April 2-4, 2017 - Miami, Florida
This global forum will spotlight key issues in nursing education that extend to nursing research, nursing practice, and health policy. Academic administrators, nursing faculty, clinical researchers, representatives from health and education ministries, professional nursing associations, and graduate nursing students are invited to come exchange ideas, knowledge, and research related to the conference themes:

  • Promoting excellence in education through accreditation
  • Creating future nurse leaders to transform care
  • Meeting population health needs: Analysis of curriculum development
  • Innovations and technology in education
  • Strengthening nursing education through cross-border partnerships
  • Creating global nurses: Cross-border study and research opportunities for nursing students
View Call for AbstractsDue December 14, 2016

September 21, 2016

The Bureau of Health Workforce's Nurse Faculty Loan Program funding opportunity announcement (HRSA-17-066) is now open. The goal of NFLP is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty in order to increase the nursing workforce. Eligible entities include public or private nonprofit accredited schools of nursing offering educator coursework as part of an advanced education nursing degree program(s) that prepares students to serve as nurse faculty. This program will provide funding from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 (1 year). Approximately $24.6 million is available to fund approximately 90 awards. The deadline for applications is November 14, 2016.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is now accepting applications for their Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program. The purpose of NWD is to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities that are underrepresented among registered nurses.  This program will provide funding from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021 (4 years). Approximately $12.5 million is available to fund approximately 25 grants. The deadline for applications is November 14, 2016.

The 2016 PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) Annual Meeting will take place November 17-19 in the greater Washington, DC area. Scholarships are being offered to help patients, caregivers, and graduate students in health fields attend. The scholarships cover the costs of travel, hotel, and registration, as well as an allowance for other expenses. The application deadline is September 30, 2016.

Register for the SBIRT Challenge: An Exploration of Implementation Barriers, Facilitators, & Sustainability in Social Work & Inter-professional Health Training Programs webinar offered on October 27 at 3:00 pm (ET). This free webinar will discuss the barriers and facilitators experienced when implementing SBIRT education.