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Published August 20, 2017

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Deadline Extended for Call For Abstracts
New Submission Deadline Extended To August 28.
AACN invites you to submit YOUR abstract to theFaculty Development Conferenceand/or theBaccalaureate Education Conference. Content must relate to each conference as stated below and as further outlined in the detailed Call for Abstracts.

Register for the Second Annual Compassion in Practice Education Course
After a highly successful 2016 inaugural course, the Schwartz Center is thrilled to offer their second annual interprofessional continuing education course, Compassion in Practice: Achieving Better Outcomes by Maximizing Communication, Relationships and Resilience, to be held October 29-30, 2017, in Boston.Learn more and register here.

Download AACN App for Upcoming Conferences
The AACN meeting app provides all of the information and materials you need to navigate AACN's conferences!
App Features:
  • Attendee Directory
  • Session Browsing
  • Personalized Schedule
  • Handouts
  • CE Certificate
  • Exhibitor Listings
  • And much more!
To download the AACN app, please visit theApp Store (Apple)orGoogle Play (Android).
Search for AACN within the app to find our Guidebooks.

See What's New At AACN!

AACN is moving forward with exciting changes on several fronts, including relocating our offices, launching a newly redesigned website, introducing new email addresses, and much more. We want to share this news with you as a member and make sure you are fully up to date on what to expect from AACN.

AACN has moved its headquarters to655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC. At its new home base, AACN is co-located with peer associations representing medicine, dentistry, physician assistant education, and veterinary medicine.View FAQs.

Coinciding with the office move, AACN has launched its newly redesigned website, which may be accessed at Web users will enjoy a sleek design, improved search capabilities, new job board, online collaboration communities, and enhanced membership engagement content.

Fifty Nursing Schools Nationwide Awarded Funding to Host White Coat Ceremonies
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and AACN have announced that 50 schools of nursing across the nation were selected to receive funding support to host White Coat Ceremonies, which emphasize the importance of providing compassionate care among health professionals.
To date, 260 nursing schools in 48 states plus the District of Columbia have received support and guidance to offer a White Coat Ceremony, which typically consists of the recitation of an oath, an address by an eminent role model, and a reception for students and invited guests. Students also are given a specially designed pin that serves as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to providing high quality care.View listing of schools selected to participate in this year.

For more information about this program, contact AACN Faculty Initiatives Assistant Sydny Grossman at

Meet AACN's 2017 Wharton Fellows
Presented at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, this four-day program is taught by Wharton faculty, who present relevant and timely content designed to advance chief academic administrators to a higher level of leadership.

Using a competitive process, 30 academic nursing leaders were selected this year to participate in the AACN-Wharton program on August 7-10, 2017. 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. Offered since 2012 the reach of this program has been broad across the nation and impacting all types of our membership. This class in particular represented 20 states with individuals representing small/ liberal arts institutions (4), public schools without academic health centers (5), private institutions without academic health centers (9), and academic health centers (12).

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 LANP Fellows!

AACN’s prestigious and highly competitive Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) has been preparing future deans and other top administrators for more than 15 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 2017-2018 Fellows attended a five-day workshop in Chaska, MN, where they participated in intensive classes and exercises related to effective academic leadership.

Register Today for AACN's Academic Nursing Leadership Conference
We are pleased to announce that AACN's Fall Semiannual Meeting has been retooled and moving forward will be referred to as the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference. Open exclusively to AACN Member Deans/Directors and Associate/Assistant Deans/Directors, this prestigious conference connects members with noted thought leaders to discuss key organizational, funding, and legislative challenges and opportunities impacting nursing education. Join us in Washington DC from October 28-31, and immerse yourself in a rich learning environment focusing on ‘Leading Together: Harnessing Our Collective Strengths’.

*NEW THIS YEAR - Conference Live Streaming*

“Get a taste” of AACN Conferences and watch select sessions via our live streaming. Pre-registration will be available closer to events along with detailed information posted on our conference websites. We hope you join us!

Reality-Based Leadership: Implications for Academic Nursing Leadership
Cy Wakeman, author of Reality Based Leadership, will provide dynamic examples and specific strategies to start leading first and managing second in an academic environment. Utilizing innovative methodologies, this presentation will emphasize how to deal with the facts of your reality while minimizing the drama. A dynamic visionary and a skilled leader, Ms. Wakeman will share her approach to reducing conflict and solving long-term problems.

Speaker:Cy Wakeman, MS, President and Founder, Reality-Based Leadership, Omaha, NE

VisitAACN's Conference webpage for additional information or if you have questions, contact

AACN's Fall Webinars Coming Soon

AACN offers a full complement of free webinars each year for member faculty, graduate students, practice partners, and other stakeholders interested in academic nursing. AACN awards American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) contact hours to those who attend the entire webinar and complete the electronic evaluation process.

Save the date for the Fall 2017 lineup of AACN webinars covering topics such as advocacy, emergency preparedness, precision medicine, member innovations, self-care, and more!

CCNE Accreditation: Understanding Standard IV & the Collection and Reporting of Key Data
Tuesday, September 19 at 2 pm (ET)

IPE Panel Presentation: Assessment of Interprofessional Practice
Wednesday, September 20 at 2 pm (ET)

2017 USPHS IPEC Award Winners: University of Central Florida
Thursday, October 5 at 2 pm (ET)
CCNE Accreditation: A Dialogue about Expectations for Clinical Practice Experiences
Tuesday, October 3 at 2 pm (ET)

CCNE Accreditation: ABCs for New Chief Nurse Administrators and Faculty
Thursday, November 2 at 2 pm (ET)
Visit AACN's website to submit future topics and search for archived webinars by topic.

Technical Assistance
For assistance in registering for webinars,

Current Calls for AACN Award Nominations
This award recognizes and showcases outstanding dissertations and final DNP projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. Nominations may be made by the dean, doctoral department chair, dissertation committee chair, or capstone project advisor.Letters of Nomination are due September 13.
Sponsored by by OnCourse Learning, this award recognizes outstanding contributions made by an individual or a group that champion diversity, inclusion, and sustainability in nursing education.Deadline to submit a nomination is September 13.

Faculty Career Link
AACN's Career Link is an online resource dedicated to employment opportunities in nursing education that features a comprehensive list of available vacancies in U.S. nursing colleges and universities.

Advertise a Position
Reach thousands of potential applicants from the nursing education, administration, practice, and research arenas with your employment opportunity posted in AACN's Career Link.

Important Update - New Pricing and Online Platform
On August 15, AACN Career Link moved to a new and improved online platform. New features will include immediate job postings, selection of job posting date, enhanced job search capabilities, direct payment access, and a new look and feel to ads. The pricing structure has changed given the new platform. Advertisements will be published in 30-day installments at$250 for AACN members and $350 for non-members. In addition, AACN Career Link has a new upgraded feature for ad(s) to include a featured border for an additional $50 per ad. Ads will have a character limit (max 2000 characters).

If you have any questions, please view FAQ page or contact us.

Join AACN's Leadership Networks
Networks-NW.pngHave you considered joining an AACN Leadership Network? The networks are more than 1,600 members strong and growing every month. The networks foster professional growth and development, information sharing, communication, and discussion of key issues among nursing school faculty and staff at member institutions.

Featured Leadership Networks:

The Organizational Leadership Network (OLN)is comprised of nursing academic leaders with broad administrative responsibilities, including associate deans and assistant deans, and focuses on topics including communications in times of change, future demands of the role, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, and tools to promote organizational leadership.

Register now for the2017 OLN Program, October 27-28 in Washington, DC.

TheInstructional Leadership Network (ILN), which will soon be known as the Faculty Resource Network (FRN), is comprised of nursing faculty responsible for educational programs, including curriculum development experts and faculty with teaching or curriculum as their primary responsibility. This network fosters professional growth and development, information sharing, communication, and discussion of key issues.

Attend the2017 ILN/FRN Program Sessionon November 16 included in 

AACN'sBaccalaureate Education Conferencein Atlanta, GA.

You can learn more about the networks and become a member today on the AACNwebsite. If you are not sure what network is right for you, reach out to AACN's Membership Department for guidance,

Washington Weekly

Policy Beat

Inside this week's edition of Washington Weekly: CBO reports on the impact of terminating cost-sharing reduction payments ahead of upcoming deadlines for the ACA insurance marketplace; The "primary care funding cliff" threatens the sustainability of programs that provide care for millions; and AACN moves toward interprofessionalism as it settles into its new headquarters.


View AACN's Washington Weekly\


Are Your Undergraduate Students Prepared to Meet the 17 AACN CARES Competencies Recommendations?


ELNEC-Undergraduate, the exciting new online curriculum designed to meet the AACN CARES Document, can assist you in making sure your nursing program meets these competencies and your students are well prepared to care for those with serious illness!

In the first 6 months of the project, ninety-five schools across the nation have viewed the curriculum and many of them are enrolling their second cohort of students this fall. If you have not yet contacted us about enrolling, don’t delay! If you are from the Cambia-grant funded states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Utah, this is the last academic year to enroll your students free of charge.

Currently, over 3,250 users have viewed this impressive 6-module on-line curriculum! More than 11,200 individual modules have been completed and over 1700 students have completed the entire curriculum since January 2017.

The evaluations of the modules have been extremely positive. Faculty have appreciated being able to easily integrate the curriculum into their already packed syllabi by simply assigning the modules as part of the coursework. Students have reported being so grateful to have this content. It’s not too late to get your students enrolled for Fall 2017.

View more information. For additional details about the AACN CARES document and the curriculum, contact Dr. Polly Mazanec at


CNC Reminders and Announcements

CNC Welcomes New CNCBOC Members and Item Writers

Join CNC in congratulating and welcoming two new members to the CNC Board of Commissioners and thirteen new members to the Item Writers Committee! Each will serve a three-year term beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2020.  Learn more.

CNC Board of Commissioners:

  • Gordana Dermody, PhD, RN
  • Christina Lupo, MSN, RN

Item Writing Committee:

  • Elena Capella, EdD, MSN/MPA, RN
  • Bridget Drafahl, PhD, RN-BC
  • Alma Holley, BSN
  • Diane Horton, MSN, RN
  • Jo Ellen Inman-Puckett, RN
  • Deirdre Jackson, MSN, RN
  • Meghan Lorbiecki, MSN, RN
  • Terrye Moore-Harper, MSN, RN
  • Danijela Pavlic, DNP, RN
  • Jessica L. Peck, DNP, RN
  • Joanne F. Roy, PhD, RN-BC
  • Laree J. Schoolmeesters, PhD, RN
  • Janice Wilcox, DNP, RN

Exam Registration Deadline

October 27 is the registration deadline for students and CNL faculty to register for the Fall 2017 CNL exam testing period (this applies to November 27-December 8, 2017).

View more information and register.

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