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Faculty Link Newsletter: July 2021

Published July 12, 2021

AACN Faculty Link Newsletter

July 2021 Issue

2021 Virtual IPEC Institute
The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will hold its next Institute virtually on October 12, 14, 19 and 21, 2021. The upcoming institute is geared toward interprofessional faculty teams and their academic and/or practice partners looking to advance their commitment to team-based care. This program is designed for educators and practitioners looking for tools and strategies to lead, develop, and implement existing work in the area of interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Learn more and register here.
Join the Conversation on AACN Connect
AACN Connect is the place to have your voice heard in the academic nursing community.
Here's what fellow members are talking about:
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Student Success Academic Coaching
  • Grief Programs for Students
See more discussions and chime in on these important conversations via AACN Connect
Present at AACN's Newest Faculty Conference: Transform 2021
Graphic - AACN's Transform Conference - Call for Abstract Period Open
AACN will hold the first ever Transform conference December 2-4, 2021 in Dallas, TX. With sessions focused on The Future of Nursing Education: Innovation, Inclusion, and Influence, this special event will bring together faculty from baccalaureate and master’s programs with thought leaders across the spectrum of higher education and health care. 
Transform 2021 will showcase innovations focused on programs, courses, initiatives, and evaluation strategies that address the many changes and challenges in nursing education.
We welcome abstracts submissions related to the following topical areas:
  • Academic Nursing: Excellence and Innovation
  • Leading and Advancing Improvements in Health, Health Care, and Higher Education
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Submit an Abstract

Call for Abstract Submission Deadline: August 6, 2021

Faculty Scholars Grant Application Deadline Approaching
Logo - Foundation for Academic Nursing
The Foundation for Academic Nursing, the philanthropic arm of AACN, recently announced a second round of funding for the AACN Faculty Scholars Grant Program. The program is aimed at highlighting the innovative work being led by nurse educators to redesign teaching and learning at AACN member schools. 
Two $25,000 faculty grants will be awarded this year. The focus of proposed scholarly activities should reflect current issues in nursing education or practice and support of AACN’s strategic priorities.
Application Deadline: August 6, 2021.

Application Cycle Open for the Diversity Leadership Institute
AACN is pleased announce the opening of the application cycle for the second Diversity Leadership Institute. The central focus of the Diversity Leadership Institute is to provide an overview of the evolution of diversity and inclusion and the role of Diversity Officers in academic nursing and nursing practice.
Is AACN's Diversity Leadership Institute A Fit For You?
Apply today if you are interested in:

  • connecting diversity strategic planning with institutional strategic planning
  • expanding the diversity leadership role both internally and externally
  • developing new community connections
  • leveraging diversity leadership councils, faculty senate, and student affairs to create curricular interventions
  • connecting diversity research, assessment, and experience
Application Deadline: November 1, 2021.

Recognize Your Graduate Students by Submitting a Nomination
The past year has had a profound impact on the academic nursing community and the future of nursing education. Now, more than ever, it’s important to uplift outstanding work by students preparing to enter the field. 
AACN and the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) are accepting nominations for the following awards: 
The GNSA Award for PhD-DNP Collaboration Excellence recognizes excellence in collaboration among students in PhD and DNP programs. Award recipients will offer examples for how future doctoral students can collaborate in ways that advance nursing science and practice.

The Outstanding PhD/DNS Dissertations and DNP Project Awards showcases outstanding dissertations and DNP projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. Many doctoral students are advancing ground-breaking research and practice innovations that are worthy of national recognition and could serve as exemplars for other students to emulate.

Nomination Deadline: August 28, 2021

New Resource Available Highlighting Updates on AACN's New Essentials  
Graphic - AACN - The Essential Update
AACN is committed to providing resources, education, and guidance to assist member schools in implementing the new AACN Essentials and to help all stakeholders understand this historic shift in nursing education. To keep you abreast of the latest news and opportunities, AACN is introducing The Essential Update, a new regular feature in the Faculty LinkAACN News Watch, and Syllabus newsletters. 
This update will spotlight:
  • AACN news and information pertaining to the Essentials
  • Upcoming conference sessions, webinars, and training opportunities
  • New discussion forums and opportunities for engagement
  • Newly added tool kit resources and examples of best practices
  • Journal articles on the Essentials and related concepts
  • Member news related to efforts to transform nursing education
Please send any information regarding your school’s efforts to implement the AACN Essentials to

Annual Registration Open for AACN's Leadership Networks
Enrollment is now open for AACN’s Leadership Networks, which provide unique enrichment and engagement opportunities for nursing school faculty and staff. Enrollment is ongoing and can happen at any time during the membership period from July 1 - June 30.

Mark Your Calendar: AACN's Upcoming Conferences
Banner - Plan to Attend this year's AACN Conferences
October 30-November 1, 2021 | Washington, DC
November 9-10, 2021 | Virtual Event
December 2-4, 2021 | Dallas, TX
January 20-22, 2022 | Naples, FL
March 25-26, 2022 | Washington, DC
March 26-28, 2022 | Washington, DC
April 4-5, 2022 | Salt Lake City, UT
April 20-22, 2022 | Salt Lake City, UT

AACN Career Center: New Bulk Posting Options Available 
Career Center
Increase the Reach with New Advertising Options!
AACN's Career Center is the online resource dedicated to employment opportunities in nursing education. If your school needs to fill multiple staff vacancies, we encourage you to purchase one of AACN’s bulk packages that allows you to post job vacancies throughout the year. See advertising options here.
For additional information and AACN's job board policies, see FAQs page. If you have any questions, please contact

Featured On-Demand Webinars
Upcoming Webinars

Is your license up for renewal soon? Earn CE credits at your convenience by exploring AACN's on-demand webinars! All webinar recordings are available at no charge to faculty, staff, and students from member schools.
Upcoming Webinar
Featured On-Demand Webinars

For assistance in registering for webinars, contact

Washington Weekly
Washington Weekly

Recent Washington Weekly Issues
July 7 Edition
AACN's Government Affairs and Policy team reflects on the first half of 2021 and provides an overview of the advocacy work and successes from these past six-months. 
June 30 Edition 
COVID-19 Update: Ongoing Focus on Vaccine Distribution and Administration; AACN Attends the Atlantic’s Health Equity Summit; and Deadline Extended for Faculty Loan Repayment Program.  Read more
June 23 Edition
Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Engage Nursing Students in Future Health Emergency Response; Senate Hosts Hearing on the Pandemic’s Impact on Higher Education; The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act Included in Senate Hearing; MACPAC June Report Released: Includes Recommendations to Increase Access to Behavioral Health Services. Read more
June 16 Edition
AACN Attends National Health Equity Summit; Senate Committee Addresses Mental Health; Mark Your Calendar: CMS to Host Vaccine Outreach Webinars. Read more

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