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Faculty Link Newsletter: November 2021

Published November 08, 2021

AACN Faculty Link Newsletter

November 2021 Issue
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. 
AACN Extends Feedback on the New Position Statement on the Research-Focused Doctorate
As part of the consensus-building process, AACN is seeking comments from AACN members and stakeholders from October 15-November 12, 2021. Feedback received from members and stakeholders will be critically considered by the task force for inclusion in the final statement.

Register for Upcoming Workshops 
Deans and faculty teaching in research-focused doctoral nursing programs along with other stakeholders are invited to participate in one of the two virtual workshops (November 8 and November 17) to provide feedback on the draft statement.
Apply for AACN's Diversity Lectureship Award
AACN's Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Lectureship Award recognizes outstanding contributions made by schools of nursing that champion diversity, inclusion, cultural humility, and community outreach.  Annual awards may be made to one school in each of the following categories:
  • Public Colleges/Universities
  • Private College/Universities
  • Small Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Academic Health Centers
Nominees must demonstrate excellence in nursing education in both the criteria and areas of achievements listed on the award page here. Each winner will receive a $1,000 award and plaque.
Deadline to submit an award application is January 15 at 12:00 PM (ET).
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
  • The New AACN Essentials
See more discussions and chime in on these important conversations via AACN Connect
Student Policy Summit Registration Now Open
March 27-28, 2022
Washington, DC

The AACN Student Policy Summit (SPS) is a two-day conference held in Washington, DC and is open to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled at an AACN member institution. Students who attend the Summit will enjoy an in-depth immersion in the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy. 
Meet the New AACN's Faculty Scholars
Foundation for Academic Nursing
The Foundation for Academic Nursing, the philanthropic arm of AACN, is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 recipients of the AACN Faculty Scholars Grant Program. Following.a competitive process involving 57 applications from facultly nationwide, the nurse educators to receive funding for their scholarly projects are Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for her work on Enhancing Nurse Practitioner Competency-Based Education and Assessment with Innovative Video Simulations, and Dr. Kristen Munyan from Oakland University for her work on Enhancing Laboratory Infrastructure to Support At-Risk and ESL StudentsRead the press release
Headshots of Laurie Kennedy Malone, PhD, University of North Carolina and Kristen Munyan, DNP, Oakland University
For more information about AACN's Foundation and the Faculty Scholars Grant Program, contact AACN’s Foundation Director, Dr. Katie Fioravanti, at

Are you Attending Transform 2021? 
Plan to Join Us at Transform 2021 | December 2-4, 2021 • Dallas, TX | Virtual
We’re just a few weeks away from AACN's Transform 2021 Conference with over 750 faculty members now registered!  
This new hybrid event combines AACN’s former Baccalaureate and Master’s Conferences and will provide a closer look at the latest innovations impacting higher education and health care. 
Don't miss this exciting program with sessions on entrepreneurship, improving health care through telehealth, achieving success during challenging times, using the power of influence to transform nursing education, and much more.
If you haven’t registered for the pre-conferences yet, there's still time to do so! Attendees can earn up to 16 CEUsNote that pre-conferences are in-person events only.
Pre-Conference Opportunities:

Additional Conferences for Fall-Winter 2021-2022

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.
2022 Doctoral Education Conference
Doctoral Education Conference
Nursing Science and Practice: Creating Equity through Doctoral Education
January 20-22, 2022 | Naples, FL

Register and explore evidence-based approaches to ignite and sustain transformational change for inclusive excellence.
2022 CNL Summit
CNL Summit
A Contemporary Look at the CNL: Leadership and Versatility
February 17-19, 2022 | Orlando, FL

The Summit provides a forum for both healthcare and academic audiences to showcase achievements in implementing the CNL role in education and practice. 

Call for abstracts and online registration coming soon!

NOTE: 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. 

The Essential Update - See the latest on the new  AACN Essentials
AACN Announces Steering Committee and Working Groups 

AACN is pleased to announce that 73 leaders representing nursing education, research, and practice have been appointed to serve on new AACN Essentials Tool Kit working groups. With individual groups formed to address each of the 10 domains and 8 concepts identified in the Essentials. The volunteers engaged in this work will identify learning strategies, recommended content, and assessment measures to help schools transition their programs to meet the new competency expectations. Click here to view the working group members.
Upcoming Webinar
Stay tuned for future webinar series in January-February 2022. 
Missed a webinar from the series? Visit AACN's website and register to watch them all on-demand. 
We want hear from you.
Please send any information regarding your school’s efforts to implement the new AACN Essentials to

Upcoming Webinars
Upcoming Webinars

All webinars are available at no charge to faculty, staff, and students from member schools. Eligible attendees may receive one continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hour per webinar. 
For assistance in registering for webinars, contact

Apply Now for Next Year's Leadership Programs 
Advancing Academic Leadership for New Deans
Led by the Center for Creative Leadership in collaboration with AACN, this program provides participants with an in-depth assessment experience, a range of content and exercises related to successful leadership, and the opportunity to establish a peer network that fosters long-term partnerships and collegial support. This 13-month program features four face-to-face meetings with work done virtually between sessions. Individuals will conduct a Learning Development project at their institution, and the top four projects will be presented at an AACN Conference. See AACN's website for program details, eligibility requirements, FAQs, and how to applyApplications are due January 15, 2022.
Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing (ELAN)
Launched in 2018 as part of the AACN LEADS portfolio, ELAN provides aspiring deans and senior faculty a number of interactive opportunities to enhance their executive leadership skills. ELAN is a year-long fellowship and will kick off with an in-person week-long workshop. ELAN participants will take advantage of a leadership immersion, which includes peer coaching, team-building, and advanced simulations. See AACN's website for program details, eligibility requirements, FAQs, and how to applyApplications are due March 15, 2022.

See Additional AACN LEADS Opportunities

Call for Nominations for 2022 CNL Awards
AACN and the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) are now accepting nominations for the 2022 CNL Educator Award and the CNL Vanguard Award. 

CNL Vanguard Award
The CNL Vanguard Award recognizes a certified CNL for innovative and outstanding professional performance and advocacy of the CNL skill set. In addition, the award promotes the contributions of the CNL in transforming health care. View eligibility and nomination process. 
CNL Educator Award
The CNL Educator Award recognizes a CNL faculty member or program director for innovative and outstanding preparation and advocacy of CNLs. In addition, the award promotes the contributions of the CNL faculty member in transforming nursing education and promoting innovation in both academia and practice. View eligibility and nomination process. 
Presentation of Awards
The 2022 recipients will be recognized at the CNL Summit, which will be held February 17-19, 2022 in Orlando, FL.  The award recipients will receive a complimentary registration and a $500 award to attend the 2022 CNL Summit and Research Symposium, a commemorative award, and a CNL lapel pin. Applications must be received on December 5, 2021 by 5:00 pm (ET).
Contact Shantal Hall, CNC’s Director, at shall@aacnnursing or Dr. Joan Stanley, AACN’s Chief Academic Officer, at  

AACN's Faculty Resource Central
AACN's Faculty Resource Center

AACN develops a variety of resources and tool kits to help nursing 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 tools for nursing faculty teaching in baccalaureate and higher degree programs.

November's Featured Resource:
Well-Being and Resilience
In support of AACN’s recent member resolution calling for academic nursing leaders to promote practices that enhance optimal well-being and resilience, AACN has created a new web resource focused on supporting healthy faculty, students, and staff. The site has been curated to include updates on AACN’s advocacy and outreach work related to well-being; an introduction to content in the new AACN Essentials focused on personal, professional, and leadership development; and our collaborative work with other national organizations.
As a featured highlight, this new webpage spotlights AACN’s programming in the areas of well-being and resilience, including upcoming program sessions and webinars as well as links to past events.  On-demand webinars currently available for free to members include:
Faculty are encouraged to visit this page to receive regular updates on programs and resources designed to help you maintain mental health, strengthen resilience, and prioritize self-care.

We invite you to join FLN
Who Should Join?

Faculty whose main focus is teaching didactic and clinical courses in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs.

Why Join?

Whether you are just starting out in the profession or you are proudly looking back at a lifetime of achievements, membership in the FLN Leadership Network is of extraordinary value. As a member, you can take advantage of the following benefits

  • Be involved and share experiences in a national network of leaders and subject matter experts through an exclusive FLN Community, an online community platform just for FLN members. 
  • Participate in conferences geared around subjects of common interest.
  • Serve on working groups such as AACN conference programming and advisory groups.
  • Opportunities to earn (or receive) CEU credits with a network member discount.
  • Volunteer to serve on a Leadership Network Steering Community. 

Washington Weekly
Washington Weekly

Recent Washington Weekly Issues
November 3 Edition
Academic Nursing Leadership Conference: AACN Advocacy and Policy Recap; Consideration on Build Back Better Act Continues; and Open Enrollment Began November 1.
AACN’s Fall 2021 Virtual Hill Day Recap; Funds from the American Rescue Plan to be Used to Address Healthcare Workforce Shortage; and Request for Information: AHRQ's Role in Climate Change and Environmental Justice.
October 20 Edition
Senate Released Draft FY 2022 Spending Bills: Additional Investments in Nursing Education, Research, and Workforce; FDA Public Workshop on Opioid Prescriber Education; and AACN Attends Event on How to Bridge Gaps in Health Care.
October 13 Edition
Department of Education Announces New Actions Regarding the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; Urge Congress to Support and Pass the Student Assisted Vaccination Effort (SAVE); and Mark Your Calendar: Registration Opens Monday, October 18 for AACN's 2022 Student Policy Summit!
Stay Informed on AACN's Policy & Advocacy Efforts
Sign up for AACN’s Grassroots Network below, under “Quick Sign Up.” As a member, you’ll receive:
  • Action Alerts requesting you to contact Congress on timely issues 
  • Washington Weekly, AACN’s policy and advocacy newsletter
  • Updates on advocacy and policy opportunities and information

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