AACN News Watch June 2014

  1. AACN President Eileen Breslin Attends White House Briefing
  2. Meet AACN's New CEO Deborah Trautman
  3. Dr. Bednash Receives Multiple Honors for Her Distinguished Career
  4. Interprofessional Survey Produces New Data on Clinical Training Issues
  5. Call for Interprofessional Curriculum in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  6. AACN Launches New Facebook Page
  7. Khan Academy, AACN, and Jonas Center Introduce Online Learning Materials
  8. RWJF NCIN Program Awards Grants to Fund 400 Scholarships
  9. Dr. DeWitty Honored with ANA's Mary Mahoney Award
  10. Don't Miss AACN's Summer Seminar in Santa Fe
  11. Nurse Appreciation Hits Newsstands and Launches Online
  12. Order Free Medicine Safety Educational Materials
  13. Register Now for Upcoming 2014-2015 Conferences
  14. Seventh Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute Announced
  15. Current Calls for AACN Award Nominations
  16. Upcoming Faculty Webinar
  17. Volunteer to be a CNL Item Writer
  18. Read the Latest Policy Beat
  19. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  20. Member News, Announcements, and Awards
  21. Opportunities and Resources to Consider

1. AACN President Eileen Breslin Attends White House Briefing

On June 10, Dr. Eileen T. Breslin, President of AACN, was invited to the White House to attend a special briefing from President Barack Obama, who announced enhancements to federal programs designed to help alleviate student debt. The Administration announced its commitment to working with AACN to provide comprehensive information about repayment options and federal student aid resources available to America's graduates including nursing students.

Dr. Breslin (front row, in red) was joined at this event by Chandra Burnside, AACN's former Associate Director of Government Affairs who is now a master's degree candidate in the Clinical Nurse Leader program at the University of Virginia. Representatives from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Association also attended to lend their support of the Administration's initiative. For more photos from the event and additional information about federal initiatives focused on alleviating the debt burden of students, see the current issue of AACN Policy Beat.

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2. New CEO Deborah Trautman Featured on AACN Web Site

AACN was pleased to welcome Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, as its new CEO on Monday, June 16, 2014. To better introduce our new leader to AACN members and stakeholders, a new Meet the New CEO section has been added to the AACN web site, which includes links to Dr. Trautman's bio, recent articles about her, a Q&A, and related news. To access this resource, see www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/meet-the-new-ceo.

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3. Dr. Bednash Receives Multiple Honors for Her Distinguished Career

Dr. Geraldine "Polly" Bednash ended her 28-year tenure as the CEO of AACN on June 15, 2014. In recognition for her distinguished career as one of the nation's leading advocates for professional nursing education, research, and practice, Dr. Bednash was honored recently with a flurry of prestigious awards and recognitions, including:

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4. Interprofessional Survey Produces New Data on Clinical Training Issues

In a recent report released by the Center for Workforce Studies at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), survey data show that more than 80% of deans and directors from nurse practitioner, physician, and physician assistant programs are concerned about the availability of clinical training sites needed to provide hands-on educational experiences for health profession students. The survey results also show that payment incentives for community-based sites are relatively uncommon and that the greatest challenge is finding primary care sites. This report was produced in collaboration with AACN, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, AAMC, and the Physician Assistant Education Association.

Titled Recruiting and Maintaining U.S. Clinical Training Sites, the new report provides valuable insight into the common concerns of each discipline regarding shortages in clinical training sites and the strategies used to address this issue.

To download the entire report, see www.aamc.org/clinicaltrainingjointreport.

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5. Call for Interprofessional Curriculum in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

AACN and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in support of the AAMC/AACN Life Long Learning in Interprofessional Education initiative, is soliciting MedEdPORTAL/IPE portal resources that address the specific needs for teaching healthcare quality improvement and patient safety to learners from all health professions and across the educational continuum. AAMC and AACN will award four $2,500 awards in a competition for high quality educational materials that could be developed into peer-reviewed MedEdPORTAL Publications. Eligible submissions will follow the IPE QI/PS curriculum development process. Submissions will be evaluated based on their adherence to the curriculum design process; applicability to interprofessional learners; focus on quality improvement and/or patient safety; and plans for dissemination. This call will result in credible, peer-reviewed instructional materials for educators, administrators, and students in health professions.

Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm (ET). Winning submissions will be chosen and their authors notified on August 15, 2014.

For full details, see https://www.mededportal.org/icollaborative/about/initiatives/lifelonglearningcall.

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6. AACN Launches New Facebook Page

AACN is excited to announce the launch of its very own Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/AACNursing. This new social media outlet will allow AACN constituents (deans, faculty, and students at member schools) to interact with AACN on a more social level while also getting the latest information about AACN activities and initiatives. In addition to AACN's Twitter and LinkedIn page, please join our other social media communities, by visiting www.aacn.nche.edu/about-aacn/social-media.

Don't Forget to Check Out AACN's Online Collaboration Community!

In additional to our public social media communities, AACN operates its own Online Collaboration Community exclusively for faculty and deans of member schools. This online forum serves as an additional communications platform that enables members to share knowledge and best practices by networking via discussion boards, posting resources, exploring topics of shared concerns, and forming strategic alliances. Members of the community also enjoy on-demand access to more than 150 archived webinars on topics ranging from best teaching practices to interprofessional education to executive leadership and many others. To gain access to the Online Collaboration Community, click here

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7. Khan Academy, AACN, and Jonas Center Introduce Online Learning Materials

The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (Jonas Center), Khan Academy, and AACN are pleased to announce that 55 new healthcare lessons in 9 topic areas are now available online to supplement the learning of healthcare students, practitioners, and patients worldwide. The partnering organizations launched an international competition last fall to identify content creators interested in developing hundreds of video-based lessons with supporting practice questions. The first wave of this innovative content is available at no cost on the Khan Academy Web site. This new resource will be of particular interest to nursing students preparing for the NCLEX-RN®, as 158 sample exam questions are now included among the material posted. If you are interested in helping to write NCLEX-RN style questions, please email Dr. Karen Kesten at AACN at kkesten@aacn.nche.edu.

To access the free learning materials, see www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/NCLEX-RN.

To receive regular updates when new videos are released, follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/khanacademy.

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8. RWJF NCIN Program Awards Grants to Fund 400 Scholarships

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently announced awards to 52 schools of nursing that will comprise the final cohort of RWJF's prestigious New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). For the 2014-2015 academic year, the schools will receive grants to support traditionally underrepresented students who are making a career switch to nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate or master's degree program. NCIN is a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

For more information and a list of the schools receiving grants, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/news/articles/2014/ncin-final-cohort.

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9. Dr. DeWitty Honored with ANA's Mary Mahoney Award

AACN is pleased to announce that Dr. Vernell DeWitty, Deputy Director of the New Careers in Nursing program administered by AACN, was recently honored with the American Nurses Association's (ANA) prestigious Mary Mahoney Award. Created to honor the first African American graduate nurse in the U.S., the Mary Mahoney Award recognizes significant contributions to advancing equal opportunities in nursing for members of minority groups. Dr. DeWitty was recognized for her work to enhance diversity in the nursing student pipeline at the ANA's National Awards Ceremony held June 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. Also recognized at this event was Dr. Michael Evans, dean of the Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Nursing, who received the ANA's Luther Christman Award for contributing to the advancement of men in nursing. To view a video segment from the awards ceremony, see http://youtu.be/yBYunSsbrrg.

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10. Don't Miss 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, 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.

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11. Nurse Appreciation Hits Newsstands and Launches Online

Nurse Appreciation, a special publication created by Mediaplanet for USA Today, contains articles related to nursing education, leadership, and careers. To read the online issue, which was developed in collaboration with AACN and other nursing organizations, click here.

AACN's recently retired CEO, Geraldine "Polly" Bednash, is featured in an interview on nursing leadership, which you can read by clicking here. To view the digital version of the campaign, click Nurse Appreciation.

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12. Order Free Medicine Safety Educational Materials

AACN is pleased to partner with the Know Your Dose campaign to promote safe acetaminophen use among consumers and healthcare providers. At KnowYourDose.org, you can order free educational materials in English and Spanish for delivery directly to your office. In addition to having resources on hand for display and distribution, KnowYourDose.org features tools for patients, including an interactive medicine label reader and online educational acetaminophen game. And at OTCSafety.org, you can find safe medicine storage educational materials from the Up and Away campaign, which helps to ensure that parents and caregivers keep all medicines up and away and out of sight of children. For more information, contact sarah.whitworth@gmmb.com.

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13. Register Now for Upcoming 2014-2015 Conferences

Special 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 and it may not be combined with other conference discounts. For more information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/conferences or contact Nadia Beverage, Associate Director for Conferences at nbeverage@aacn.nche.edu or at 202-463-6930, ext. 240.

July 20-23, 2014

Summer Seminar
Eldorado Hotel
Santa Fe, NM

October 24-25, 2014

Organizational Leadership Network (OLN) Meeting
JW Marriott
Washington, DC

October 25-28, 2014

Fall Semiannual Meeting
JW Marriott
Washington, DC

November 19-20, 2014

Fall Executive Development Series
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace
Baltimore, MD

November 20 2014

Instructional Leadership Network (ILN) Meeting
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace
Baltimore, MD

November 20-22, 2014

Baccalaureate Education Conference
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace
Baltimore, MD

Click here for details on 2015 conferences

For more information, contact Nadja Beverage, AACN Conference Manager at nbeverage@aacn.nche.edu or at 202-463-6930, ext. 240.

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14. Seventh Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute Announced

Register now for the Interprofessional Education Collaborative's (IPEC) faculty development Institute on October 1-3, 2014 at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, VA. The institute will provide health professions faculty and their interprofessional education (IPE) colleagues with quality time and dedicated space for guided learning, team-based planning activities, and consultation with experts and peers in order to emerge with a programmatic action plan for IPE. For more information and to register for the institute, visit https://ipecollaborative.org. Those interested in attending are encouraged to begin assembling their teams, as conferences typically reach capacity soon after registration opens. For more information and additional assistance, contact Program Manager Shelley Porte at sporte@aacn.nche.edu.

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15. Current Calls for AACN Award Nominations

Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award

This annual award recognizes AACN member institutions involved in highly productive academic-practice partnerships.The awards committee is looking for submissions that represent the full spectrum of AACN member institutions, including nominations from small schools, public, and private schools. The award is presented annually at the AACN Fall Semiannual Meeting. Deadline to submit a nomination is June 20, 2014. For more information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/leading-initiatives/academic-practice-partnerships.

Outstanding Dissertation and Capstone Awards

This awards program recognizes and showcases outstanding dissertations and capstone/scholarly projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. Deadline to submit a nomination is September 15, 2014. The awards will be presented in January at AACN's annual Doctoral Education Conference in two categories:

  • Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award: For an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing or DNS 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/scholarly project from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. A capstone/scholarly project demonstrates highlevel mastery of an area of advanced nursing practice and focuses on the translation of evidence into practice.

For award criteria and detailed nomination information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards/excellence-in-advancing-nursing.

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16. Upcoming Faculty Webinar

Academic-Service Partnerships:Efficiency and Efficacy Between Organizations Efficiency and Efficacy Between Organizations
June 25, 2014
2:00-3:00 pm (ET)

For past Webinars, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/webinars/past-webinars.

For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Anna Kathryn Pierce, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at or 202-463-6930, ext. 227.

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17. Volunteer to be a CNL Item Writer

CNC is currently recruiting CNLs to serve as item writers for the CNL Certification Exam. Service as an item writer will begin in the fall of 2014. For more information, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/cnl-certification/pdf/8-2013-Call-For-Item-Writers.pdf. The deadline to apply is July 17, 2014. Questions? Contact Tracy Lofty, CNC's Executive Director, at tlofty@aacn.nche.edu.

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18. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat

This month's edition of Policy Beat highlights AACN's President Dr. Eileen T. Breslin's recent attendance at a White House ceremony on policies addressing student loan debt. Read about the confirmation of the new Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, and the latest update on the FY 2015 appropriations process. Also included in this month's edition are enrollment updates on the Health Insurance Marketplace. To view the June issue of AACN Policy Beat, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/government-affairs/policy-beat.

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19. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives

  • Dr. Marita Titler, associate dean of clinical scholarship and practice development at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, will co-lead the patient-engagement component of a $30 million national Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and National Institutes of Health study. The study will endeavor to find effective, evidence-based strategies to address the personal and public health burden of falls suffered by older adults. For details, click here.
  • The National Institutes of Health recently awarded Dr. Mary Lou Sole, Interim Dean at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing, a $2.3 million grant to determine if regular removal of fluids that accumulate in the mouth and the back of the throat can also help prevent aspiration. Dr. Sole will be conducting her study over the next 4 years at intensive care units at Orlando Regional Medical Center, a part of Orlando Health. The grant will determine if the protocol she's developed aids in preventing complications of the ventilator. For details of this study, contact Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala: 407-823-6120, zenaida.kotala@ucf.edu.

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20. Members News, Announcements, and Awards

Dr. Lynda L. Wilson, professor and assistant dean for International Affairs in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has been selected to serve a two-year term on the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing panel. The panel was established by Sigma Tau International and is chaired by Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Dean Emerita and Professor and former AACN Board Member Dr. Martha Hill. For more information, click here.

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21. Opportunities and Resources to Consider

  • The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has issued a series of recommendations and immediate next steps that healthcare organizations and health professions schools should take to spur meaningful partnerships with patients, families, and communities to link interprofessional practice and education. The report, Partnering with Patients, Families, and Communities: An Urgent Imperative for Health Care, stems from the Foundation's April 2014 conference that brought together patients, leaders of patient advocacy organizations, healthcare educators, and leaders of healthcare organizations to make recommendations for the urgent reform of both health professions education and healthcare practice in partnership with patients, families, and communities. On July 22, Macy will be hosting a Web conference that provides the opportunity to ask questions and hear from those who helped shape the recommendations. To RSVP, click here.
  • The National Interprofessional Education and Practice Collaborative to Advance Million Hearts now has nearly 90 colleges participating and integrating the free Million Hearts Module into both baccalaureate and master's programs to teach students how to improve population cardiovascular health. To join this initiative, visit www.millionhearts.osu.edu or contact Dr. Bernadette Melnyk at Melnyk.15@osu.edu.
  • The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University College of Nursing, as a partner in the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers, has developed online learning opportunities that are available through the Hartford Institute's E-learning Center (registration required). Topics in geriatrics are interdisciplinary and cover the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of acute, chronic and life threatening diseases and disabilities, including dementia. Continuing education in nursing is available. For more information, click here.

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