AACN News Watch, August 2015

AACN News Watch

August 2015

  1. New AACN White Paper on the Implementation of the DNP
  2. Meet the 2015 Class of AACN-Wharton Fellows
  3. Gold Foundation and AACN Select 60 Nursing Schools for White Coat Ceremonies
  4. AACN Leaders Publish Article on PhD Nursing Education in Nursing Outlook
  5. AACN CEO Delivers Remarks to the IOM Committee
  6. New Webinar Series Kicks Off this Fall
  7. AACN and CDC Announce Funding Opportunities and Recipients
  8. Read the Latest Issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing
  9. AACN Seeks Director of Faculty Initiatives
  10. NCIN Policy Brief Posted on AACN Web site
  11. CCNE Constituents Elect New Board and Nominating Committee Members
  12. Call for Expert Faculty Reviewers
  13. Deadline Near for Applications for AACN's Diversity Award
  14. Call for Abstracts—2015 Baccalaureate Education Conference
  15. Register Now for Upcoming AACN Conferences
  16. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat
  17. Call for Nominations for AACN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee
  18. 20,000th ELNEC Trainer Recognized
  19. New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives
  20. Opportunities and Resources to Consider

1. New AACN White Paper on the Implementation of the DNP

Considering the changing landscape in health care and higher education over the last 10 years as well as the dramatic growth of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs, the AACN Board of Directors convened a task force to review the current state of DNP programs, clarify curricular and practice expectations as outlined in the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (DNP Essentials), and highlight practice scholarship and academic partnership opportunities.

The DNP Implementation Task Force has prepared a new a white paper as an important resource for the evolution of the practice doctorate in nursing. The paper includes recommendations to describe and clarify the characteristics of DNP graduate scholarship, the DNP project, efficient use of resources, program length, curriculum considerations, practice experiences, and collaborative partnership guidelines. Following the task force’s recommendations are a glossary, references, a list of task force members and appendices to provide examples that support the individual recommendations.

The AACN Board approved this white paper in July 2015.

Download the full report from the Task Force on the Implementation of the DNP

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2. Meet the 2015 Class of AACN-Wharton Fellows

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View the 2015 Fellow Directory

AACN is pleased to announce the fourth 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.

Using a competitive process, 40 academic nursing leaders were selected this year to participate in the AACN-Wharton program (click below the photo to see the roster of this year's Fellows), which convened in Philadelphia, PA on August 10-13, 2015. 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.

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3. Gold Foundation and AACN Select 60 Nursing Schools for White Coat Ceremonies

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and AACN have announced that 60 schools of nursing were selected to receive funding support to host White Coat Ceremonies, which emphasize the importance of providing compassionate care among health professionals. Launched last year, this collaboration between APGF and AACN was developed to promote humanistic, patient-centered care among future generations of registered nurses. Though White Coat Ceremonies have been conducted by medical schools for more than 20 years, the APGF-AACN initiative marks the first time a coordinated effort has been developed to offer similar events at schools of nursing. Last year, 100 nursing schools in 43 states plus the District of Columbia received financial support and guidance to offer a White Coat Ceremony, which typically consists of the recitation of an oath, the cloaking of students in a white coat, an address by an eminent role model, and a reception for students and invited guests. Students also were given a specially designed pin that serves as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to providing high quality care. This year, 60 new nursing schools in 33 states plus the District of Columbia were selected to receive funding to inaugurate their own White Coat Ceremony in Fall 2015.  View listing of schools selected to participate.

For more information about this program, contact AACN project manager Shelley McKearney at smckearney@aacn.nche.edu.

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4. AACN Leaders Publish Article in Nursing Outlook on PhD Nursing Education

The July-August issue of Nursing Outlook includes the article, “Sustaining Excellence and Relevance in PhD Nursing Education,” authored by AACN President Eileen Breslin, President-Elect Juliann Sebastian, Chief Executive Officer Deborah Trautman, and Chief Communications Officer Robert Rosseter. In the article, the authors discuss how preparing the next generation of nurse researchers with a passion for scientific inquiry and a desire to teach is critical to advancing the nursing profession and, more importantly, to bridging the gaps in health care. The responsibility for educating future stewards for the profession and developing new knowledge of the discipline rests largely with our nation's nursing schools, particularly those institutions offering research-focused doctorates. These degree programs, which typically confer the PhD, must feature curricula that address core and emerging areas of science as well as research training experiences that facilitate interprofessional engagement in this era of team science.

The abstract for this article, along with access options for the full text, can be found here.

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5. AACN CEO Delivers Remarks to the IOM Committee

As part of a workshop convened by the Committee for the Evaluation of the Impact of the Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, AACN Chief Executive Officer Deborah Trautman presented remarks on nursing education and workforce data. The workshop took place July 27 in Washington, DC. Dr. Trautman explained to the committee that AACN’s comprehensive databank on current statistics related to the pipeline into nursing programs, faculty demographics, and trends in nursing education. She also discussed AACN’s annual survey on the Employment of New Nurse Graduates and Employer Preferences for Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses.

The workshop was webcast, and archived videos are available online.

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6. New Webinar Series Kicks Off this Fall

AACN Webinars

AACN is pleased to announce upcoming Webinars for Fall 2015! American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) contact hours will be awarded to those who attend an entire Webinar and complete the electronic evaluation process after the Webinar.

View all Webinars (including archives), submit future topics, and search for Webinars by date and topic.

Enhancing Patient Safety Through Simulation
August 26 at 2:00 pm (ET)
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Relevancy of Genomics to Nursing Practice and Education/Genomic Basic Primer
September 8 at 2:00 pm (ET)
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Standard of Best Practice: Simulation-Enhanced Interprofessional Education
September 15 at 2:00 pm (ET)
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Challenges of Educating Nurses for Genomics: Overcoming Barriers and Integrating Creative Strategies
September 17 at 2:00 pm (ET)
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Pharmacogenomics, Nursing Practice, and Education
September 22 at 2:00 pm (ET)
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Group Work in Online RN-BSN Programs Part I: Projected Outcomes and Student Experiences
September 24 at 2:00 pm (ET)
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Precision Medicine: Genomic Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications
September 29 at 2:00 pm (ET)
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The Promise and Challenge of Genomic Health: Developing the Workforce and Using Genomic Information
October 6 at 2:00 pm (ET)
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Group Work in Online RN-BSN Programs Part II: Faculty Facilitation and Evaluation
October 8 at 2:00 pm (ET)
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For assistance in registering for Webinars, contact Kate Priddy, Faculty Programs Assistant, at kpriddy@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, ext. 261.

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7. AACN and CDC Announce Funding Opportunities and Recipients

AACN and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are pleased to announce new fellowship opportunities focused on cardiovascular disease prevention and health promotion. Funded by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, these programs provide support to master’s level and doctoral-level prepared nurses looking to improve cardiovascular health. Applications must be submitted by September 19, 2015. View complete details on program eligibility, available funding, and application requirements. For questions, contact the CDC Project Coordinator, Nidia Gaona.

The AACN/CDC Academic Partnership Project is also pleased to announce the two recipients of the DNP Evidence-Based Projects funding opportunity. These two $10,000 project grants are intended to support evidence-based projects that contribute to population health outcomes.

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Read more about the recipients work.

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8. Read the Latest Issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing

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The July-August issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing (JPN) features a guest editorial by Dr. Jean Giddens (dean, Virginia Commonwealth University) on “The Innovation Paradox.” Dr. Giddens discusses how nurse educators are being challenged to consider different approaches to the process of teaching students, clinical practice, and conducting research, with a special emphasis on collaboration and evidence-based approaches. Free download of the editorial is available. JPN is a benefit of membership to all AACN members. Questions regarding your subscription can be directed to the journal’s publisher Elsevier (800-654-2452; JournalsOnlineSupport-usa@elsevier.com).

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9. AACN Seeks Director of Faculty Initiatives

AACN is seeking a Director of Faculty Initiatives to oversee programs addressing the professional development needs of faculty at AACN member schools. The position provides an opportunity for you to make a national impact on nursing education and expand your professional career.

In addition, the director plans innovative educational activities including webinars, online modules, and written materials; administers award programs; serves as staff liaison for leadership development programs; and serves as association representative on various health advisory groups.

For more information on how to apply, visit our website.

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10. NCIN Policy Brief Posted on AACN Web Site

A New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) policy brief on “Lessons Learned from the Evaluation of a National Scholarship Program for Traditionally Underrepresented Students in an Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing Program” has been posted on AACN’s Web site. The brief is based on the result of evaluations conducted by both Educational Testing Services (ETS) and AACN.

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11. CCNE Constituents Elect New Board and Nominating Committee Members

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The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has successfully completed its 2015 elections process.  Elected to the CCNE Board were Dr. Judith Lewis (incumbent), Dean at the School of Nursing, D’Youville College (NY), as a representative of chief nurse administrators; Dr. Susan Ruppert (incumbent), Professor at the School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (TX), as a representative of faculty; Dr. Elizabeth Ellis, Director of Medical Operations Advanced Practice Providers at Memorial Hermann Medical Group (TX), as a representative of practicing nurses; and Ms. Andrea Hochhalter, President of Hochhalter Building Solutions (MN), as a representative of public consumers.

CCNE Nominating Committee members elected for 2016 include Dr. Lori Escallier, Professor and Associate Dean at the School of Nursing, Stony Brook University (NY); Dr. Lee Ridner, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at the School of Nursing, University of Louisville (KY); Dr. Elizabeth Ritt, Professor of Nursing, Benedictine University (IL); and Dr. Michelle Upvall, Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Central Florida (FL). The members of the committee elect one of its members to chair the committee the following year. The 2015 committee elected Dr. Debbie Nogueras, Academic Director of the Tri Cities Campus and Associate Professor at the College of Nursing, Washington State University (WA), to serve as committee chair in 2016. More information about the election results is available on CCNE's website.

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12. Call for Expert Faculty Reviewers: 2015-2016 PhD/DNP Awards

AACN is seeking expert faculty to review nominations and applications for the 2015-2016 Outstanding Dissertation and DNP Project Awards. These awards recognize and showcase outstanding dissertations and final DNP projects completed by students in research and practice focused doctoral programs. Reviewers will be expected to determine the degree to which the nominations and applications meet the specific award criteria.

Reviewer expectations/qualifications:

  • Doctoral preparation
  • Expertise in mentoring doctoral students in dissertation or DNP project implementation
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to participate in consensus-building conference calls

Applicants are encouraged to submit an online form that includes a cover letter describing their qualifications and their curriculum vitae.

Deadline for submission: September 4, 2015 or until a core set of reviewers is found, whichever comes first. For any questions, contact mbondmass@aacn.nche.edu.

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13. Deadline Near for Applications for AACN's Diversity Award

Last year, AACN created the Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Lectureship Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions made by an individual or a group that champions diversity, inclusion, and sustainability in nursing education. This award is presented at the Spring Annual Meeting. The deadline for applications for the 2016 award is September 15, 2015. View full award criteria.

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14. Call for Abstracts for 2015 Baccalaureate Education Conference

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2015 Baccalaureate Education Conference

Optimizing Strategies for Success
November 19-21, 2015
Buena Vista Palace, Orlando, FL

AACN invites abstracts describing programs, courses, initiatives, or evaluation strategies that characterize the conference theme, as well as those illustrating any aspect of the changes and challenges of baccalaureate education in nursing. Of particular interest are abstracts that highlight:

  • Holistic Admissions
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Population Health
  • Teaching across Generations

Detailed information about the 2015 conference program will be available in late August.

Submit Your Abstracts

DEADLINE - SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

View All Upcoming Calls for Abstract

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15. Register Now for Upcoming Conferences

Organizational Leadership Network (OLN) Program

October 23-24, 2015
JW Marriott, Washington, DC

Fall Semiannual Meeting

October 24-27, 2015
JW Marriott, Washington, DC

View Schedule at a Glance

Fall Executive Development Series

November 18-19, 2015
Buena Vista Palace, Orlando, FL

National Nursing Informatics Deep Dive

November 18, 2015
Buena Vista Palace, Orlando, FL

Instructional Leadership Network (ILN) Program

November 19, 2015
Buena Vista Palace, Orlando, FL

Baccalaureate Education Conference

November 19-21, 2015
Buena Vista Palace, Orlando, FL

View Future AACN Conferences 2016-2019

Visit AACN's Conference webpage for additional information or if you have questions, contact Nadja Beverage, Associate Director of Conferences, at nbeverage@aacn.nche.edu or 202-463-6930, ext. 240.

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16. Read the Latest AACN Policy Beat

Policy Beat

This month’s edition of Policy Beat summarizes comments submitted by AACN in response to the NIH’s Request for Information on their NIH-wide Strategic Plan. Additionally featured are multiple opportunities and resources for advocates during the August Congressional Recess, and an updated version of AACN’s tool kit on the Health Insurance Marketplace for nursing faculty. Read the newly released Grants Forecast from the Department of Health and Human Services, and AACN’s newest campaign to highlight emerging nurse scientists.

View the August issue of AACN Policy Beat.

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17. Call for Nominations for AACN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee

AACN's Nominating Committee has issued a Call for Nominations for candidates to fill five Board seats and two vacancies on the Nominating Committee. The committee will choose the slate of candidates at the 2015 Fall Semiannual Meeting based on nominations and the committee's deliberations. The positions under consideration are:

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Board member-at-large (three vacancies)
  • Nominating Committee (two vacancies)

Those submitting a nomination must complete the following forms: a Nomination Form, Consent Statement Form, Nominations Biographical Data Form, and Personal Statement. Forms should be submitted via e-mail to AACN Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Ahearn at jahearn@aacn.nche.edu. Forms will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on October 24 at the registration desk during the Fall Semiannual Meeting. The slate of candidates will be presented during the Business Meeting on October 26, 2015.

To download the forms and/or for more information, click here.

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18. 20,000th ELNEC Trainer Recognized in Atlanta, GA

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At the 167th national/international ELNEC train-the-trainer course, held July 2015 in Atlanta, GA, Jackie Liebdzinski, a nurse from North Huntingdon, PA, was recognized as the 20,000th person to attend an ELNEC course.  This added significance, as ELNEC continues to celebrate its 15th year of providing palliative care education to nurses around the globe. For further information about ELNEC and future courses, including courses in Kona, HI; Houston, TX; Washington, DC; Tirana, Albania; and Salzburg, Austria, visit ELNEC's Website.

ELNEC is a Partnership Between AACN and City of Hope Medical Center:  Celebrating 15 Years of Palliative Care Education

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19. New Partnerships and Grant Initiatives

  • Dr. Philip A. Greiner, Professor and Director, School of Nursing, San Diego State University, is the Principal Investigator/Project Director on a three-year, $2.5 million Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program award from the Health Resources and Services Administration. This award will create a county-wide geriatric education center, provide graduate education using an interprofessional geriatric team approach to care for people with ADRD and memory disorders, and expand community education about ADRD through partnerships with the University of California - San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Geriatrics; the County of San Diego, Health & Human Services Agency, Aging and Independence Services (AIS); the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation; the Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties; Glenner Memory Centers; and Southern Caregivers Resource Center of San Diego. Read more >>
  • New York University College of Nursing was awarded a three-year, $750,000 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to help improve healthcare providers’ understanding of how language barriers impact 30-day readmission rates from home care and home health care resource utilization among limited English proficiency (LEP) patients recently discharged from the hospital, with a secondary aim of understanding their impact on functional status. Dr. Allison Squires will serve as the study’s principal investigator. Read more >>

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20. Opportunities and Resources to Consider

  • Senior-level female administrators (typically deans and above) are invited to register for the American Council on Education’s 86th National Women’s Leadership Forum, an interactive program for those seeking a college or university presidency, vice presidency, or major deanship. The three-day program will be held December 2-4 in Arlington, VA.
  • Two Saint Louis Science Center-Unlocking Life's Code Interprofessional Education Symposiums are being offered free to practicing nurses and educators on August 31 and September 1, 2015 at the Saint Louis Science Center that will highlight the relevance of genomics to healthcare and present strategies for integration in nursing. Both sessions will end with a tour of the genome exhibit. Registration for the programs is free but required as attendance is limited.  Obtain more information and register online.  Future locations of the traveling exhibit include Portland, OR and Milwaukee, WI.
  • The American Boards of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, along with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation are seeking interprofessional teams of faculty from three primary care disciplines in medicine, as well as nursing, pharmacy, behavioral health or other health professions, for Professionals Accelerating Clinical and Educational Redesign (PACER). This three year program will build high-functioning interprofessional faculty teams equipped to transform their clinical practices and educational programs to prepare trainees to work together in high performing patient-centered medical homes. Additional information about how to apply to the program can be found here.

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