AACN News Watch August 2014
- APGF and AACN Select 100 Nursing Schools for White Coat Ceremonies
- New Class of AACN-Wharton Fellows
- AACN Kicks Off New Series of Webinars
- Reminder to Participate in AACN's Faculty Vacancy Survey
- Like AACN's New Facebook Page
- Congratulations to 2014-2015 LANP Fellows
- Nine State Coalitions Received Funding Through APIN Program
- Plan to Attend AACN's Fall Semiannual Meeting
- Call for Abstracts for 2014 Baccalaureate Education Conference
- CCNE Constituents Elect New Board and Nominating Committee Members
- Deadline Approaches for Outstanding Dissertation and Capstone Awards
- CNL Certification Exam Review Course
- Call for Applications: GNSA Policy Committee
- Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
- ELNEC Turns 15 in 2015
- Opportunity to Preview the New Version of NursingCAS
- New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
- Member News, Announcements, and Awards
- Opportunities and Resources to Consider
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and AACN have selected 100 schools of nursing to receive funding support to pilot White Coat Ceremonies, which are designed to instill a commitment to providing compassionate care among future health professionals. Funded by APGF Trustee Elaine Adler and her husband Mike, Co-Founders of the Adler Aphasia Center, this ground-breaking program was developed to promote humanistic, patient-centered care among incoming nursing students this fall.
Though White Coat Ceremonies have been an important rite of passage at medical schools for more than 20 years, this new collaboration between APGF and AACN marks the first time a coordinated effort has been developed to offer similar events at schools of nursing. In this pilot year, nursing schools in 43 states plus the District of Columbia were provided financial support and guidance to offer a White Coat Ceremony, which will consist of the recitation of an oath, cloaking of students in a white coat, an address by an eminent role model, and a reception for students and invited guests. Students also will receive a specially designed pin that will serve as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to providing high quality care. For a listing of schools selected to participate in this year, see www.aacn.nche.edu/wcc.
Following the pilot program, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and AACN are planning 2015 to be the inaugural year for the nationwide rollout of the White Coat Ceremony to a larger number of nursing institutions. For more information about this program, contact AACN program manager Shelley Porte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AACN is pleased to announce the third class of nursing deans who have successfully completed the AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program. Launched in 2012 in collaboration with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, this world-class enrichment experience is designed exclusively for top academic leaders in schools of nursing. This groundbreaking program, which now includes 87 graduates from schools nationwide, is generously sponsored in part by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.
Using a competitive process, 30 academic nursing leaders were selected this year to participate in the AACN-Wharton program (click on the photo to see the roster of this year's Fellows), which convened in Philadelphia, PA on August 11-14, 2014. Those selected represent a wide diversity of nursing programs, including large academic health centers, small liberal arts schools, public and private universities, rural and urban-based programs, and faith-based institutions.
For more information on this executive leadership program, see www.aacn.nche.edu/leading-initiatives/aacn-wharton-executive-leadership-program.
AACN is pleased to announce these upcoming Webinars for Fall 2014!
September 9, 2014
11:00 am - 12:00 pm (ET)
September 10, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET)
September 16, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
September 17, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET)
October 8, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET)
Stay tuned to www.aacn.nche.edu/webinars for more fall Webinars.
For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Brianna Bruce, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at email@example.com or 202-463-6930, ext. 261.
Faculty Vacancy Survey
The 2014-2015 AACN Faculty Vacancy Survey is due Friday, August 22, 2014. The data obtained from this survey are crucial to AACN's efforts to inform stakeholders, legislators, and the national media about the dire situation concerning faculty shortages. Your responses are very important. To access this brief survey online, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014FacultyVacancySurvey.
If you need assistance completing the survey, contact Yan Li, Research Coordinator, at 202-463-6930 ext. 236, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Rachael Arietti, Research Assistant, at 202-463-7930 ext. 244, email@example.com.
AACN recently launched its organizational Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/AACNursing. This new social media channel will allow AACN constituents (deans, faculty, and students at member schools) to interact with AACN on a more informal level while also getting the latest information about AACN activities and initiatives. In addition to AACN's Twitter and LinkedIn pages, 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 addition to our public social media outlets, AACN operates its own Online Collaboration Community exclusively for faculty, deans, and students of member schools. This 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.
AACN's prestigious and highly competitive Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) has been preparing future deans and other top administrators for more than 12 years. This structured professional development experience includes assessment and evaluation of leadership skills, identification of success strategies, and consultation to achieve long-term goals. In July, the 2014-2015 Fellows attended a five-day workshop in Annapolis, MD, where they participated in intensive classes and exercises related to effective academic leadership.
To find out more about the LANP program and this year's graduating class, see www.aacn.nche.edu/faculty/leadership-for-academic-nursing.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced that nine states have been awarded $300,000 grants in Phase II of its Academic Progression in Nursing program (APIN). APIN is advancing state and regional strategies aimed at creating a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. It is run by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) on behalf of the Tri-Council for Nursing, consisting of AACN, the National League for Nursing, American Nurses Association, and AONE. "Action Coalitions" in all nine states that were part of Phase I of the program have met or exceeded their benchmarks, and are receiving funding to continue their work for two additional years. Funding to the states over the four years will total $5.4 million. For more information, click here.
Mark your calendar and make plans to attend AACN's Fall Semiannual Meeting, to be held at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC, October 25-28.
The Fall Meeting brings AACN members together with noted thought leaders to discuss key funding, organizational, and legislative issues impacting nursing education. Each member school Dean/Director is invited to bring one or more Associate/Assistant Deans/Directors to the Fall Semiannual Meeting as a way to familiarize these senior academic leaders with content and issues they will find useful as they assist their deans and improve education in their settings. A reduced rate is offered for these representatives. All meeting sessions are open to Associate/Assistant Deans/Directors, who are particularly encouraged to register for the Organizational Leadership Network Program, and attend the free new-member orientation session late Saturday afternoon.
For more information and/or to register, click here.
Upcoming 2014-2015 Conferences
October 24-25, 2014
Organizational Leadership Network (OLN) Meeting
October 25-28, 2014
Fall Semiannual Meeting
November 19-20, 2014
Fall Executive Development Series
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace
November 20 2014
Instructional Leadership Network (ILN) Meeting
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace
November 20-22, 2014
Baccalaureate Education Conference
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace
January 22, 2015
CNL Research Symposium
Buena Vista Palace
January 22-24, 2015
Buena Vista Palace
January 28, 2015
Nursing Science and the Research-Focused Doctorate Pre-Conference Workshop
Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego, CA
January 28, 2015
Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego, CA
January 29-31, 2015
Doctoral Education Conference
Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego, CA
January 29, 2015
Research Leadership Network (RLN) Meeting
Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego, CA
View all remaining 2015 conferences at www.aacn.nche.edu/conferences .
Exhibiting and Sponsorship Opportunities
AACN offers a unique opportunity to market products and services to chief decision-makers at the nation's schools of nursing. AACN represents more than 750 schools of nursing at public and private universities and senior colleges nationwide. Click here to view current opportunities.
Questions? Contact Nadja Beverage, AACN's Associate Director for Conferences at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-463-6930 ext. 240.
AACN invites abstracts describing programs, courses, initiatives, or evaluation strategies that characterize the conference theme, addressing the many changes and challenges in baccalaureate and other professional entry-level programs. Of particular interest are abstracts that highlight:
- Innovation: Teaching, Curriculum, Clinical Placements, and/or Evaluation
- Educating a Diverse Workforce
Detailed information about the 2014 conference program will be available in late August.
For your convenience, AACN has implemented an electronic abstract submission and review process. Submitters simply access the designated site to create a log-in and password, and then input their abstract and contact information. Abstracts are formatted automatically and have approximately a 500-word limit (one page). Submitters may access the site as often as they like to modify the document until the final submission deadline, and have control over when the abstract is submitted. This is a blind review process, and reviewers do not see submitters' names or school affiliations.
Each abstract must be submitted electronically on or before September 5, 2014.
Contact Kristin Downs, Conference Assistant, at email@example.com or at 202-463-6930, ext. 232.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has successfully completed its 2014 elections process. Elected to the CCNE Board were Dr. Judith Karshmer (incumbent), Dean and Professor at the University of San Francisco (CA), as a representative of chief nurse administrators; Dr. Ruth Kleinpell (incumbent), Director, Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship at Rush University Medical Center, and Professor at Rush University (IL), as a representative of faculty; Dr. Lauren Goodloe (incumbent), Director of Medical & Geriatric Nursing and Administrative Director for Nursing Research, at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, and Assistant Dean for Clinical Operations at Virginia Commonwealth University (VA), as a representative of practicing nurses; Dr. David Marshall (incumbent), Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (TX), as a representative of professional consumers; and Ms. Nancy Jordheim (incumbent), Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at Fargo Public Schools (Retired) (ND), as representative of public consumers.CCNE Nominating Committee members elected for 2015 include Dr. Barbara Ann Messina (chair), Long Island University, C.W. Post (NY); Dr. Debbie Nogueras, Northern Arizona University (AZ); Dr. Susan Prion, University of San Francisco (CA); Dr. Sheila Smith, Pacific Lutheran University (WA); and Dr. Helen Taggart, Armstrong Atlantic University (GA). More information about election results is available at www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.
AACN created this awards program to recognize and showcase outstanding dissertations and capstone projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. The deadline for submission is midnight (EST) September 15, 2014. Two awards are available:
- Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award is 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 is for an outstanding capstone project from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. A capstone project demonstrates high-level mastery of an area of advanced nursing practice and focuses on the translation of evidence into practice.
- Dissertation/capstone project has the potential to advance nursing science, education, practice, and/or policy. Scholarly ideas show great promise and originality, and contribute new knowledge to the profession.
- Dissertation Award: Adds to the scientific base for nursing practice; advances understanding of a critical nursing issue; and demonstrates methodological sophistication.
- Capstone Award: Demonstrates a measurable improvement or impact on care delivery and/or patient outcomes; may be replicated in other settings.
- Only dissertations and capstone projects that have been successfully defended/completed may be considered for an award. Students must have defended/completed their dissertation or capstone/scholarly projects between October 1, 2013 and September 15, 2014.
- Awards are offered for "early career" doctoral program students/graduates. Students with previous doctoral degrees will not be considered.
- Student projects must be consistent with AACN's mission and vision.
Submitting a Nomination
Nominations may be made by the dean, doctoral department chair, dissertation committee chair, or capstone project advisor. One nomination for each program type may be sent from an individual school of nursing.
AACN is looking for volunteers with a PhD, DNS, or DNP degree to review award nominations for the 2014 Outstanding Dissertation and Capstone Awards.
It is anticipated that each reviewer will be responsible for reviewing and scoring (using a provided rubric) 8 - 10 nomination application packets. The applications will be available for review by close of business (COB) Thursday, September 18, 2014 and reviewers will have 2 full weeks (until COB Friday, October 3, 2014) to complete the review process. We are asking that faculty with a PhD or DNS degree review nominations for the Outstanding Dissertation Award, and that faculty with a DNP degree review for the Outstanding Capstone Award. For details on the award, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/membership/awards/excellence-in-advancing-nursing.
If you are interested in being a reviewer for these award-nomination processes, or if you have any questions, please contact Brianna Bruce, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-463-6930, ext. 261.
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.
The complete CNL Certification Exam Review Courses may be purchased for $279 or modules may be purchased separately for $59.
For a list of individual courses, and to access and register for the review courses or individual modules, see www.aacn.nche.edu/cnl/cnl-certification-exam-review-course.
Special note to Schools of Nursing: Institutions may purchase a license for $2,500, which allows up to 20 users to complete the entire exam review course. For more details on license information, click here.
For more information about the CNL Certification Exam Review Course, contact AACN's Education Policy Coordinator Horacio Oliveira at email@example.com or 202-463-6930.
The Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) is seeking applications for the GNSA Policy Committee. This select group of five graduate students will receive support to become highly skilled advocates and learn about the essential tools for effective advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. Members of this committee will offer insight to AACN on policy issues of importance to graduate nursing students. Through participation in this committee, members will have an opportunity to serve in a leadership role, enhance their professional development, and acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to be effective policy and advocacy leaders for nursing. Interested applicants must be a current GNSA Member and p articipate in quarterly conference calls during the year for 1-2 hours.
Applicants are asked to provide the following information:
- Current resume or curriculum vitae
- Short essay (no more than 500 words) outlining your professional interests in becoming an advocate for the profession and what contributions you bring to the committee serving in this role
- List of two references
The submission deadline for all applications is Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 5:00 PM ET. To complete an application, visit: www.aacn.nche.edu/students/gnsa/policy-committee-application.
Deans and faculty are encouraged to share this exciting opportunity with your students looking to develop leadership and advocacy experience.
Please direct any questions to AACN's Associate Director of Student Initiatives Marta Wall at firstname.lastname@example.org or AACN's Associate Director of Government Affairs Lauren Inouye at email@example.com.
This month's edition of Policy Beat highlights the 535 Project: The Congressional Connection's success in making contact with legislators in all 50 states. Learn how to maximize your advocacy this month with AACN's August Congressional Recess tool kit. Also featured is legislation to support biomedical research and an update on the FY 2015 appropriations process. To view the August issue of AACN Policy Beat, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/government-affairs/policy-beat.
Today, 85% of hospitals with 300 or more beds state they have a palliative care team. New nursing school graduates will be expected to provide palliative care, as they assess and manage older adults with multiple co-morbidities and orchestrate care to those with cancer and other chronic illnesses. Whether your graduates work in an acute care facility or out in the community, understanding palliative care will assist in the management of these patients with serious illness.
Nursing faculty and their clinical partners are invited to attend national End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) train-the-trainer courses. At each ELNEC course, participants are taught by national nursing leaders in palliative care and are given resources (i.e. PowerPoint slides, case studies, reference lists, supplemental teaching materials) so they can provide the content to their undergraduate/graduate nursing students. For more information about ELNEC, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/ELNEC or contact Pam Malloy, ELNEC Project Director and Co-Investigator of ELNEC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AACN is launching NursingCAS 3.0 on October 15 and a playground site to preview the new upgraded version of the centralized application service is now available online. To login to the playground site, click here and input "testuser" in the Username field and "playground1" into the Password field.
For those who plan to attend AACN's Fall Meeting in Washington, DC, we invite you to see a preview of NursingCAS 3.0 live, in-person on Monday, October 27 from 12:15 - 1:20 PM. Join us for "Innovations in Enrollment: NursingCAS 3.0" panel discussion and luncheon. And learn how the new, fully customizable version of NursingCAS provides state-of-the-art technology to elevate your program's enrollment management activities. Free up staff time, increase efficiency, and refocus resources on recruitment of best fit students. NursingCAS provides access to a robust applicant pool, vital data (including comparative national benchmarking reports) and helps direct students to opens seats. Applicants benefit from an easy, streamlined admissions process and a program-specific branded experience.
Please RSVP for the luncheon session at the Fall meeting, www.aacn.nche.edu/nursingcas/rsvp.
Schools interested in using the new NursingCAS platform, should submit an enrollment form by September 15. If you have questions or would like more information please contact AACN's NursingCAS Director, Caroline Allen, at email@example.com, or 202-463-6930 ext. 258 or visit www.aacn.nche.edu/nursingcas/join.
- The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the University of Louisville School of Nursing a two-year $670,000 Advanced Nurse Education Traineeship Grant to help 15 current and new family nurse practitioner (FNP) and adult-gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP) students pay for tuition, books, program fees, and living expenses. The first cohort of trainees begins this month. The ultimate goal of the grant is to increase the number of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who practice in medically underserved areas. For more information, click here.
- A research project led by the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis was approved for a $2.1 million award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study improving health for individuals with diabetes. The study is one of 33 proposals PCORI approved for funding to advance the field of patient-centered comparative effectiveness research and provide patients, health-care providers, and other clinical decision makers with information that will help them make better-informed choices. Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and Dean Heather M. Young will lead the research project at UC Davis. To learn more about the School of Nursing and its research and education programs, visit http://nursing.ucdavis.edu.
- Dr. Nan Gaylord, Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, has received $375,000 in funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration for an innovative pediatric advanced practice program-Collaborating in Caring for Chronically-ill Children (C4): Interprofessional Education to Care for Children and Families with Multiple Chronic Conditions. The program is designed to prepare interprofessional student teams to provide effective, family-centered care to children and their families with MCC across the spectrum of health care (inpatient, outpatient, and communities). Advanced practice nursing students will be eligible to choose educational pathways leading to pediatric primary care, acute care, or dual acute and primary care certification. Visit https://nursing.utk.edu to learn more.
- AACN President-Elect Juliann Sebastian, dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, is currently highlighted on the Web site of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). To read RWJF's interview with Dr. Sebastian, click here.
- Loyola University Chicago has established the Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education (ITIE) to educate future health-care providers and professionals to work as a team to better care for patients. This initiative will offer a joint curriculum with select classes for medical, nursing, public health, law, health systems management, business, bioethics, social work, nutrition and exercise science students to learn together. Forty-nine faculty ambassadors, representing broad areas of specialization, will come together to lead the curriculum, practice and culture change necessary to fulfill the mission of the institute. The institute also will encourage faculty development and scholarship in interprofessional education and leadership. Loyola is among the first universities in the United States to implement such a collaborative model. For more information on ITIE, click here.
- On September 3-4, 2014, the Institute of Medicine will hold a public workshop on the Future Directions of Credentialing Research in Nursing. This workshop aims to bring together participants with multiple perspectives to identify and assess a conceptual framework and research agenda for evaluating the impact of nursing certification and organizational credentialing on patient and nurse-related outcomes. For more information and to register, click here.
- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars Program has issued a Call for Proposals for the 2015 program, with a deadline of October 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm (ET). The goal of the program is to develop the next generation of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term leadership careers that advance science and discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to nursing and health care. For more information, click here.
- MedEdPORTAL® is a web-based platform provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) that promotes collaboration across health disciplines by facilitating the exchange of health educational materials, knowledge, and solutions. This integrated learning platform offers three services - Publications, iCollaborative, and the CE Directory. MEP's mission is to succeed as the most utilized, cited, and influential destination for health education. Site users may access content, and contributors may submit materials at no cost. Publications features classroom-tested educational materials that are scholarly pedagogical initiatives and meet the standards of a rigorous peer-review. iCollaborative supports learning through the sharing of non-peer reviewed educational innovations. The CE Directory encourages self-guided learning by promoting the availability of certified continuing education activities that may be completed online. For more information and to register for a free account with AAMC to use this free service, visit https://www.mededportal.org/about/faq.
- The 2014 version of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) is now available. Following a yearlong review and revision process, the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice recently released this updated version of the Core Competencies for use by public health practitioners, educators, and researchers. This set of foundational competencies builds on the 2010 version by adding and expanding concepts of increasing importance in a time of health reform and national health department accreditation, simplifying and clarifying the wording of competencies, and reordering competencies within domains to ensure a logical progression in the complexity of skills. A crosswalk of the 2014 and 2010 versions is also available to help with the transition to the new Core Competencies, as are additional resources and tools that support integration of the Core Competencies into workforce development efforts. As well, opportunities to learn more about the revisions are being planned, including a session at this fall's American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. For more information, visit phf.org/aboutcorecompetencies or contact Kathleen Amos at firstname.lastname@example.org.