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Faculty Link Newsletter: October 2021

Published October 11, 2021


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AACN Faculty Link Newsletter

October 2021 Issue

Student Funding Opportunity: Call for Evidence-Based Practice Proposals on Substance Use Disorder Treatment

The NIDA Blending Initiative: Moving Science from Research to Practice will award up to $10,000 for a project grant from a graduate student (master’s, doctoral, or post-doctoral) in an accredited program at an AACN member school. This grant is intended to support a project that contributes to the student’s knowledge of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and advance research, dissemination, and adoption of evidence-based SUD treatment. Proposals are due November 3, 2021Learn more and apply here. 
Register for IPEC's First Free Virtual Poster Fair

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative's (IPEC) first ever Virtual Poster Fair Showcase will take place on Tuesday, October 19 at 4:00 PM (ET). The fair seeks to stimulate conversations around experiences trying out and implementing interprofessional education for collaborative initiatives. Don't miss this opportunity to network and learn from colleagues across the health professions on best IPE practices! Learn more and register here.
View the Latest Job Vacancies in Academic Nursing
Career Center
Explore the latest vacancies in nursing education, administration, practice, and research by visiting AACN's Career Center!  
Over 80 positions are currently posted. 
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:
  • Students Caring for COVID-19 Patients
  • Graduate Admission Requirements
  • AACN's New Essentials
See more discussions and chime in on these important conversations via AACN Connect
Latest 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 help all stakeholders understand this historic shift in nursing education. Faculty are invited to join us for the following upcoming webinars:
October 13 @ 2:00 pm (ET) » 1 Hour CE Credit
October 26 @ 1:00 pm (ET) » 1 Hour CE Credit
November 16 @ 1:00 pm (ET) » 1 Hour CE Credit

To date, more than 12,300 registrations have been received for the New Essentials Implementation Webinar Series. The first two installments of this series – The Re-envisioned Essentials: Infusing Innovation in Academic Nursing and Introduction to Competency-Based Education – are now available on-demand.
Please send any information regarding your school’s efforts to implement the new AACN Essentials to

National Nursing Survey: Understanding Racism in Nursing
Early this year, AACN joined leading nursing organizations to form the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing (the Commission). 
The Commission is requesting the participation of AACN member schools in a survey on racism in nursing in the workplace. Racism is defined as assaults on the human spirit in the form of biases, prejudices, and an ideology of superiority which persistently causes moral suffering and perpetuates injustices and inequities.
The purpose of this survey is to learn about your perceptions and lived experiences and to further understand the impact of racism on the nursing profession and patient outcomes. We encourage faculty to take this brief, confidential survey here. If you have any questions, contact the American Nurses Association at

Survey responses will be accepted through October 28, 2021.

Upcoming Webinars
Upcoming Webinars

Earn CE credits at your convenience by participating in AACN webinars! All webinars are available at no charge to faculty, staff, and students from member schools. 
October Webinars for Students and Faculty
October 12 @ 1:00 pm (ET) » 1 Hour CE Credit
October 12 @ 4:00 pm (ET) » 1 Hour CE Credit

AACN's Faculty Resource Central
AACN's Faculty Resource Center
AACN develops a variety of resources and tool kits to help nurse school faculty enhance curriculum and program development. Each month, AACN will use this space to highlight teaching resources, essential documents, curriculum guides, faculty tool kits, and other helpful content for nurse faculty teaching in baccalaureate and higher degree programs.

October's Featured Resource
Academic-Practice Partnership Tool Kit
Designed to facilitate the development, growth, and evaluation of academic-practice partnerships as a fundamental condition to advance nursing practice, improve quality of care, and enhance patient outcomes, the Academic-Practice Partnerships Tool Kit provides helpful guidance to facilitate new connections. In addition to exemplars, the tool kit covers a variety of topics, such as selecting partners, preparing for your first meeting, environmental factors, and more.

Spotlight on the Practice Leadership Network
As a faculty practice leader, it is imperative to maintain clinical competency and relevancy to deliver high-quality education to students. If you are an administrator or engaged in faculty practice at your school of nursing, AACN's Practice Leadership Network (PLN) is worth exploring! When you join the PLN, not only will you share experiences in a national network of like-minded leaders, but you will also participate in conferences around specific subjects of interest, earn CEU credits, and serve on working groups.

Explore Upcoming Faculty Conferences
Important Update Regarding In-Person Attendance at
AACN Conferences
AACN is committed to protecting the health and safety of conference attendees, partners, staff, and constituents. To enable in-person events to take place with lower risk to participants, effective October 1, 2021, AACN is requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for admittance to any AACN in-person meeting or event. Visit the AACN website for more information. 
2021 Diversity Symposium
Diversity Symposium
Strategize and Mobilize: Implementing DEI in Academic Nursing
November 9-10, 2021 | Virtual Event

Register and explore evidence-based approaches to ignite and sustain transformational change for inclusive excellence.
Transform 2021
Transform 2021
The Future of Nursing Education: Innovation, Inclusion, and Influence 
December 2-4, 2021 | Dallas, TX

Participate in this brand-new conference and 
discover the latest innovations impacting higher education and healthcare delivery.

Explore the Program  Register Now
Additional Upcoming Faculty Conferences
December 1-2, 2021 | Dallas, TX
December 1, 2021 | Dallas, TX
January 19, 2022 | Naples, FL
January 19, 2022 | Naples, FL
January 20-22, 2022 | Naples, FL
March 25-26, 2022 | Washington, DC

Washington Weekly
Washington Weekly

Recent Washington Weekly Issues
October 6 Edition
Federal Government Shutdown Adverted: Congress Passes and the President Signs CR; AACN Attends Virtual Event on COVID-19 and the Opioid Epidemic; and Update from HHS’ COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Meeting. Read more
September 29 Edition 
AACN Participates in 2021 Rally for Medical Research’s Virtual Hill Day; U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Included in House Passed National Defense Authorization Act; and Due October 1: Apply for a $10,000 All of Us Research Program Mini-Grant Award. Read more
September 22 Edition
AACN Attends Research!America 2021 National Health Research Forum; AACN Submits Comments to CMS on FY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule; and Register Today for AACN’s Virtual Hill Day on Monday, October 25, 2021.
Read more
September 15 Edition
Consideration on Build Back Better Act Continues and Biden Administration’s Pandemic Preparedness Plans. Read more

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