AACN News Watch May 2014

  1. Dr. Deborah Trautman Named CEO of AACN
  2. Vote for Most Influential People in Healthcare
  3. Arnold P. Gold Foundation and AACN Initiate White Coat Ceremony
  4. NCSBN Launches New Distance Education Resource
  5. Register Now for AACN's Summer Seminar in Santa Fe
  6. Special AACN Conference Discount
  7. AACN and NONPF Issue Joint Response to NY Times Op-Ed on NPs
  8. NursingCAS Open House & Enrollment Management Workshop
  9. New Funding Available through the Faculty Loan Repayment Program
  10. Meet AACN's Newest Scholarship Winners
  11. Proposals Sought for Lifelong Learning in Interprofessional Education Program
  12. Call for Expert Faculty Volunteers
  13. Call for Proposals for Academic/Public Health Partnership Evaluation Projects
  14. Nurses Week Promotion Yields Almost 250 Faculty Vacancy Announcements
  15. AACN Award Nominations: Deadlines Approaching
  16. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  17. Upcoming Faculty Webinars
  18. Subscribe to the GNSA YouTube Channel
  19. CNL Certification Exam Review Course & Upcoming Exam Registration
  20. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  21. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  22. Opportunities and Resources to Consider

1. Dr. Deborah Trautman Named CEO of AACN

On April 24, 2014, AACN named Deborah E. Trautman, PhD, RN, as its new chief executive officer, effective June 16. Dr. Trautman currently serves as executive director of the Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Transformation at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Appointed by the AACN Board of Directors, Dr. Trautman will replace Geraldine Polly Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN, who has served with distinction as AACN's CEO for 28 years. Dr. Bednash will serve as CEO until June 13. "I'm honored and excited to take the helm of this important and respected organization," Dr. Trautman said. "My goal is to bolster AACN's longtime mission of finding new ways to improve the quality of nursing care by re-envisioning traditional nursing roles, strengthening nursing education programs, and striving to create a more highly educated nursing workforce." To read the full press release, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/news/articles/2014/new-ceo.

2. Vote Now for the Most Influential People in Healthcare

Voting closes Friday, June 13 for Modern Healthcare Magazine's annual ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. AACN is pleased to see that both our incoming CEO Deborah Trautman and our retiring CEO Geraldine "Polly" Bednash have been nominated for the list this year. In addition to voting for these AACN representatives, we encourage you to consider voting for these nurse leaders who are also on the ballot: Maureen Bisognano, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Karen Daley, American Nurses Association; Susan Hohenhaus, Emergency Nurses Association; Sister Carol Keehan, Catholic Health Association; Beverly Malone, National League for Nursing; Diana Mason, American Academy of Nursing; Marilyn Tavenner, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Deidre Walton, National Black Nurses Association; and Marla Weston, American Nurses Association. For the past few years, nurses have been under-represented on this high-profile list, which is something we all have the power to change by simply casting a vote. Vote now!

3. Arnold P. Gold Foundation and AACN Initiate White Coat Ceremony

In support of a collaborative partnership announced last fall, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and AACN have announced that a lead gift of $500,000 for this ground-breaking program is being generously provided by APGF Trustee Elaine Adler and her husband Mike, Co-Founders of the Adler Aphasia Center. With the help of this lead gift, APGF and AACN are pleased to announce plans to pilot the first-ever Gold Foundation Nursing White Coat Ceremony at 100 nursing schools nationwide to emphasize the commitment of incoming nursing students to provide compassionate care.

For the pilot program, AACN will identify 100 schools interested in hosting a White Coat Ceremony for new nursing students in Fall 2014. Nursing schools interested in participating in the pilot program are encouraged to complete the online application found at https://aacn.wufoo.com/forms/apgfaacn-white-coat-ceremony-application. All applications must be received by May 30, 2014. For more information about this program, please contact AACN project coordinator Shelley Porte at sporte@aacn.nche.edu.

4. NCSBN Launches New Distance Education Resource

For the first time, all requirements that boards of nursing have for distance education programs are available in one convenient location on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Web site. You can search by jurisdiction to learn specific board of nursing distance education rules and regulations, and how to comply with them. This information can be found at www.ncsbn.org/208.htm.

5. Register Now for AACN's Summer Seminar in Santa Fe

Join your colleagues in magical Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 20-23, for a fascinating and fun program that will introduce attendees to new tools and alternative approaches that empower academic leaders to manage healthy transitions, diminish toxicity in the environment, optimize opportunities for thoughtful change, and engage in culture crafting. Our setting is the iconic Eldorado Hotel, located just a few steps from the historic Santa Fe Plaza and within walking distance of a host of local treasures, including the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Canyon Road art galleries, and much more in a city steeped rich in history. Bring your family and a team of colleagues to enjoy the area's many attractions and gain valuable leadership strategies. For more information and to register, click here.

6. Special AACN Conference Discount

AACN is pleased to offer a special discount to faculty and deans from member schools who register for AACN conferences scheduled between July 2014 and June 2015. AACN Members who register online by August 1 will pay only $349 per conference for specific conferences-a $50 discount per conference. The discount applies to selected conferences scheduled between July 2014 and June 2015, and it may not be combined with other conference discounts. For more information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/conferences or contact Nadia Beverage, Conference Manager at nbeverage@aacn.nche.edu or at 202-463-6930, ext. 240.

7. AACN and NONPF Issue Joint Response to NY Times Op-Ed on NPs

On May 1, AACN President Dr. Eileen T. Breslin joined with Dr. Sheila Melander, President of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), to issue a joint response to a recent opinion piece in the New York Times by Dr. Sandeep Jauhar titled "Nurses are not doctors." In his article, Dr. Jauhar challenges the preparation of nurse practitioners (NPs) to practice independently as well as the ability of NPs to provide high quality, cost-effective care. In the AACN-NONPF response, Drs. Breslin and Melander refute these claims, argue that NPs pose no risk to patient safety, and point to the growing body of evidence that shows that the outcomes of care from equivalent services provided by NPs and physicians are the same. Click here to read the original New York Times op-ed and here to read the joint AACN-NONPF response.

8. NursingCAS Open House & Enrollment Management Workshop June 12-13

book your hotel reservation at the Hilton Boston Back Bay for a reduced rate of $249/night. Attendees will learn more about how to leverage and benefit from NursingCAS, which provides an online application for students to research and apply to multiple programs of interest at participating schools. This AACN-led service also provides web-based admissions management software for schools to use to help with the application and review process; including the ability to conduct an online review (individual and committee), customized scoring and ranking, GPA calculations, interview tracking, reporting and other tools.

See the Program Brochure to view a full agenda and details. Please visit www.aacn.nche.edu/nursingcas for more information or contact Caroline Allen, AACN's Senior Manager for NursingCAS, at 202-463-6930 ext. 258 or callen@aacn.nche.edu with any questions. There is no cost to participate in NursingCAS and all training, software, and support are free.

9. New Funding Available through the Faculty Loan Repayment Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration's Faculty Loan Repayment Program is now accepting applications for the 2014 award cycle. The program supports health professions educators who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and serve a vital role in preparing the next generation of healthcare professionals. The financial assistance offered through the Faculty Loan Repayment Program decreases the economic barriers associated with pursuing a career as a health professions educator preparing the next generation of health professionals. The program provides up to $40,000 in loan repayment in exchange for a two-year service commitment at an eligible accredited public or non-profit private health professions schools. Applications are due June 26, 2014 by 7:30 pm (ET). For more information on the Faculty Loan Repayment Program, see: www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/repayment/Faculty/index.html.

For more information on the application see, click here.

A technical assistance conference call will be held to answer questions regarding the application process:

Date: May 27, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Dial 1-888-391-7045, Passcode: 2240736

10. Meet AACN's Newest Scholarship Winners

AACN is pleased to announce the latest scholarship winners from three separate awards programs funded by AfterCollege, CertifiedBackground.com, and Hurst Review Services. These programs were created to support outstanding students seeking baccalaureate and graduate degrees in nursing. Please join us in congratulating the following scholarship recipients:


  • Erin Garner, DNP Student, University of Minnesota
  • Megan Keenan, BSN Student, University of Nevada Reno

Hurst Reviews

  • Andrea Davies, Accelerated BSN Student, George Washington University
  • Chisenga Nyendwa, Accelerated BSN Student, University of Massachusetts-Amherst


  • Gloria Calderon, DNP Student, University of Florida
  • Renisha Campbell, PhD Student, University of California San Francisco
  • Lisa Dickey, MSN Student, University of Central Arkansas
  • William Smith, Accelerated BSN Student, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

For more details on these scholarship programs, see www.aacn.nche.edu/students/scholarships.

11. Proposals Sought for Lifelong Learning in Interprofessional Education Program

AACN and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in support of the AAMC/AACN Lifelong Learning in Interprofessional Education initiative, are soliciting proposals for educational resources that address the specific needs for teaching health care quality improvement and patient safety to learners from all health professions and across the educational continuum. Four proposals will be selected for a $2,500 award to support development and will be available through MedEdPORTAL®.

12. Call for Expert Faculty Volunteers

AACN, the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, and Khan Academy have partnered to create free, peer-developed and reviewed professional online resources to help nurses prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®). Together, these institutions hosted a competition to create videos related to content found on the NCLEX-RN®. Competition winners are producing video content that will be accessible to health care students and professionals worldwide.

AACN is seeking expert faculty volunteers to create NCLEX-RN® style practice questions. Volunteer faculty will develop sample questions, answers, and hints.

Qualification for volunteers:

  • Experience and expertise in teaching this nursing content
  • Excellent test item writing skills
  • Meets deadlines effectively
  • Comfortable learning and using online tools (specifically the online tool Trello)
  • Ability to commit up to 5 hours per week for practice test item construction and review

Applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter describing their qualifications and their curriculum vitae or resume. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2014 or until a core set of volunteers is found, whichever comes first.

For additional information or questions, please contact Dr. Karen Kesten, AACN's Director of Educational Innovations at kkesten@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, ext. 274.

13. Call for Proposals for Academic/Public Health Partnership Evaluation Projects

The AACN-CDC Cooperative Initiative is pleased to announce a call for proposals for two small evaluation projects to increase the evidence base in the impact of academic/practice partnerships in public/population health.

The small grants are intended to support primary and secondary data analysis focused on the impacts of selected interventions undertaken as part of an existing academic/practice partnership that involves a nursing school together with a public health or population health focused community partner and/or a local health department.

Eligible applicants should be current members of AACN and involved in an existing graduate or undergraduate academic/practice partnership that has been functional for at least 2 calendar years. Applicants will be asked to provide documentation of their partnership arrangement and a designated primary investigator from the academic partner to coordinate the evaluation project.

Response Date: May 31, 2014
Award Date: June 15, 2014
Project completion: January 31, 2015

To view the full call for proposals and instructions on how to apply, click here.

14. Nurses Week Promotion Yields Almost 250 Faculty Vacancy Announcements

In honor of National Nurses Week, AACN offered member schools an opportunity to post free faculty vacancy announcements on our Web-based Faculty Career Link. Many schools took advantage of this offer, and almost 250 faculty vacancies in over 112 schools of nursing are now posted online at www.aacn.nche.edu/career-link/faculty-vacancies. Please feel free to forward this announcement to your graduate students who may be considering teaching opportunities. For more details on how Faculty Career Link can help you meet your recruitment needs, see www.aacn.nche.edu/career-link/advertise-a-position.

15. Deadlines Approaching for AACN Award Nominations

Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award

This award recognizes excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing at AACN member schools by faculty with more than five years of teaching experience. Faculty who teach in didactic and/or clinical settings will be considered for this award. Deadline to submit an application is June 4, 2014. For award criteria and detail application information visit, www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards/excellence-and-innovation.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award

This award recognizes a faculty member who systematically investigates questions related to student learning and the conditions under which it occurs in order to improve outcomes. Deadline to submit an application is June 4, 2014. For award criteria and detail application information visit, www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards/scholarship-of-teaching.

Novice Faculty Teaching Awards

This award recognizes excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by novice faculty at AACN member schools. Two awards will be presented each year: one for didactic and one for clinical teaching. Deadline to submit an application is June 4, 2014. For award criteria and detail application information visit, www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards/novice-faculty-teaching-awards.

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. Innovation awards, including a monetary prize of $1,000, will be given in four institutional categories: Small School; Academic Health Center (AHC); Private School without an AHC; and Public School without an AHC. Deadline to submit a nomination is June 6, 2014. For award criteria and detailed nomination information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards/innovations.

Sr. Bernadette Armiger Award

One of the highest honors a person can receive from AACN is the Sr. Bernadette Armiger Award, which recognizes a nursing leader who has made significant contributions to AACN and its goals, to nursing education, and to the advancement of the profession. Deadline to submit a nomination is June 6, 2014. For award criteria and detailed nomination information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards/sister-bernadette-armiger.

16. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat

This month's edition of Policy Beat outlines recent legislation passed in Connecticut and Minnesota to recognize APRNs as full practice providers. AACN is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Policy Luminary Award-further details in the full edition. Also highlighted in this edition are results from HRSA's 2012 National Sample Survey of Nurse Practitioners, recent Senate testimony submitted by AACN on federal investments in research innovation, and recognition surrounding 2014 National Nurses Week.To view the May issue of AACN Policy Beat, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/government-affairs/policy-beat.

17. Upcoming Faculty Webinars

AACN is pleased to announce upcoming Webinars exclusively for faculty teaching in AACN member schools and students affiliated with the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA). For additional details and to register for these free Webinars, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/webinars.

Preparing Nurses to Address Care Transitions: Strategies, Competencies and Achieving Quality Outcomes

June 5, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)

A Twelve-Year Look Back:
The University of Pennsylvania Nursing Academic-Practice Partnership

June 13, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET)

Academic-Service Partnerships: Efficiency and Efficacy Between Organizations

June 25, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)

18. Subscribe to the GNSA YouTube Channel

click here and remember to subscribe to the channel so that you can stay updated as new interviews are uploaded.

For faculty assistance in registering for GNSA Webinars, contact Marta Wall at mwall@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, ext. 220. For more information on the GNSA, click here.

19. CNL Certification Exam Review Course and Upcoming Exam Registration

AACN is pleased to announce that registration is now open for 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. To access and register for the review courses or individual modules, click here.

For more information about the CNL Certification Exam Review Course, contact AACN's Education Policy Coordinator Horacio Oliveira at holiveir@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930.

June 6, 2014 is the next deadline to register for the CNL Certification Exam (testing period is July 13-August 9, 2014). Reminder: To be eligible to sit for the CNL Certification Exam, a student may be in their last term of a CNL education program or have graduated from of a CNL education program. Eligibility requirements will be waived for faculty of CNL education programs until December 31, 2016. For information about eligibility, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/cnl/certification/eligibility.

Questions? Contact Tracy Lofty, CNC's Executive Director, at tlofty@aacn.nche.edu.

20. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives

  • The University of Maryland School of Nursing has been awarded an 18-month, $200,000 grant through the Who Will Care? Project Hope initiative. Project Hope is an enhanced support program designed to increase retention, graduation, and first-time pass rates on the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) of students for whom English is a second language. For more information, visit http://nursing.umaryland.edu/news/5281.
  • Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing has received a $50,000 grant to support mental health services at the school-based health center in Proviso East High School. Loyola's school-based health center was one of nine facilities to receive this grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation in partnership with the School-Based Health Alliance. For more information, visit www.luc.edu/nursing/homenews/luccvscaremarkgrant.shtml.

21. Members News, Announcements, and Awards

  • Fairfield University has announced the appointment of Dr. Lynn Babington as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective May 23, 2014. Dr. Babington has served as dean of the School of Nursing at Fairfield University since 2012 and also holds an appointment as Professor of Nursing. She has extensive experience in academic, hospital, and clinical settings. For more information, click here.
  • Dr. Judith Karshmer, dean of the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions and chair of the CCNE Board of Commissioners, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of California Nurse Leaders, a statewide organization that develops nurse leaders and advances the professional practice of nursing in order to improve the health of California communities. In this position, Dr. Karshmer will represent the voice of California nurse leaders in academia. For more information, click here.

22. Opportunities and Resources to Consider

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) plans to invest an additional $960,000 in stipends to as many as 12 nursing students pursuing advanced degrees to become nurse educators through the company's Project RN nurse education partnership program. Project RN's 2014 grant awards include $80,000 stipends over 36 months for one student at 12 schools. Students pursuing master's or doctoral level nursing degrees at the selected universities were eligible to apply for the CareFirst-funded stipends and were selected by each university on an individual basis. The stipends can be used by students beginning classes in the spring or fall semesters of 2014. Since 2007, Project RN has helped alleviate the shortage of qualified nurse educators in regional schools with grant recipients committing to teach nurses at schools in Maryland, D.C. or Northern Virginia for at least three years after receiving their degree. For more information, click here.
  • The application deadline has been extended to June 1 for the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, NYU College of Nursing and The National Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence Geriatric Nursing Research Workshop post-doctoral scholars program hosted at NYU. This is an opportunity for researchers in academia or hospitals to participate in a week-long, intensive summer seminar for an in-depth mentoring experience on conducting research with nationally recognized gerontologic nursing researchers. Contact Kim.Cheng@nyu.edu or visit www.hartfordign.org/research/summer_scholars.