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Faculty Link Newsletter: December 2021

Published December 13, 2021

AACN Faculty Link Newsletter

December 2021 Issue

Program Changes Announced Regarding 2023 Macy Faculty Scholars Program
The Macy Faculty Scholars Program, provided by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, is designed to nurture the careers of promising educators in medicine and nursing. The foundation recently announced two changes to the program. Interested participants can learn more about the changes here. Full details related to the 2023 cycle are now available via this program brochure. The application cycle opens on April 1, 2022 and will close on August 1, 2022. Visit the website to learn more. 

Register Now for the 2022 Virtual IPEC Institute
The February 2022 IPEC Institute is an advanced program for those trying to sustain or strengthen their interprofessional education for collaborative practice programs while increasing faculty readiness and student preparation around inclusion, diversity, health equity and advocacy. The interactive Institute program is designed for interprofessional teamsbut also welcomes select individual participants. This year's institute, themed IPECP IDEAS: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Advocacy Stories, is not one to miss!  Register, or learn more about the institute to be held February 1, 3, 8, and 10 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:
  • Faculty Advisor Best Practices
  • Faculty and Students Needed for Research Study
  • Acute Care NP Faculty and Practice Shortage
See more discussions and chime in on these important conversations via AACN Connect
AACN Announces Third Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing (ELAN) Cohort
Photo Collage - Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing, Cohort III
AACN is pleased to announce that 45 nursing faculty from across the nation completed the virtual weeklong intensive for the Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing (ELAN) program, held October 18-21, the first of three learning components. ELAN is part of AACN’s leadership development portfolio, AACN LEADS, and is specifically designed for aspiring deans and senior faculty in leadership roles. 
Faculty from ELAN’s third cohort come from 23 states and represent an array of institution types, including small liberal arts programs, public and private schools, and large academic health centers. View ELAN participants here and learn more about the backgrounds of these incredible faculty leaders. 
Application Cycle for ELAN's Fourth Cohort Now Open
Faculty interested in participating in ELAN are invited to apply to participate. The program, referred to as "a life changing experience" by a past attendee, provides faculty with a focused assessment experience, a range of content and exercises related to successful executive leadership, and the opportunity to establish a peer network that fosters long-term partnerships and collegial support. The application deadline is March 15, 2022. 

AACN Recognizes Faculty Award Recipients at Transform 2021
AACN is proud to recognize our recent award recipients!
Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award
This award recognizes pioneering nurse faculty with more than five years of teaching experience at AACN member schools. Faculty who teach in didactic and/or clinical settings were considered for this award.
Photo: Deborah Jones, Kathleen Halcomb, and Debroah Trautman at Transform 2021
2021 Recipient: Kathleen Halcomb, EdD, APRN
Clinical Transition Coordinator, Frontier Nursing University
Novice Faculty Teaching Awards
This award recognizes excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by novice faculty at AACN member schools.
Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award
2021 Recipient
James Alberding, DNP, CRNA
Associate Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Photo: James Alberding
If you know someone who has made significant contributions to academic nursing, see the current calls for award nominations and nominate a trailblazer today.

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 to help all stakeholders understand this historic shift in nursing education.  stakeholders understand this historic shift in nursing education. 

New Curriculum Mapping Tools Posted
The Essentials Implementation Tool Kit is a continuously evolving resource designed to assist faculty and others engaged in implementing the new Essentials. Faculty have created some curriculum mapping tools to help schools align their programs with the new AACN Essentials. The following tools are available:

Featured AACN Conferences
Graphic - AACN's CNL Summit
Doctoral Education Conference
Nursing Science and Practice: Creating Equity through Doctoral Education
January 20-22, 2022 • Naples, FL

This year's conference will focus on innovations related to advancing inclusive excellence, diversifying the workforce, and sustaining program excellence. 
CNL Summit
A Contemporary Look at the CNL: Leadership and Versatility
February 17-19, 2022 • Orlando, FL
The Call for Abstract Period is open! We invite faculty, nursing administrators, practicing CNLs and students to submit abstracts that showcase initiatives and innovations in either CNL education or practice. Submit your abstract by December 16, 2021.

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 nurse faculty teaching in baccalaureate and higher degree programs.
Nurse faculty are called to prepare new nurses to provide quality care and lead in an environment undergoing rapid change. This critical work calls for faculty to teach the importance of navigating complexity while working to build equitable systems wherever they practice. 5B can serve as an excellent teaching tool to help faculty achieve these goals. 
Faculty are encouraged to use this tool kit, which includes teaching exemplars, teachable moments, an instructional guide, and more.

Upcoming Leadership Network Events
AACN's Leadership Networks provide information, networking, and professional development for nursing school faculty and staff. The networks bring peer professionals together to share best practices and success stories, sharpen leadership skills, and take full advantage of AACN resources.
We encourage faculty to attend the upcoming conferences hosted by some of AACN's Leadership Networks! Learn more about how to join and find the leadership network for you at the AACN website here
Upcoming Leadership Network-Hosted Events
January 19, 2022 • Naples, FL
January 20, 2022 • Naples, FL
March 25-26, 2022 • Washington, DC
April 4-5, 2022 • Salt Lake City, UT

Upcoming Webinars
Upcoming Webinars

Is your license up for renewal soon? 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.
Upcoming Webinars
December 15 @ 2:00 pm (ET) » 1 Hour CE Credit
January 18 @ 3:00 pm (ET) » 1 Hour CE Credit
We also invite you to participate in our on-demand webinars if you were unable to attend in real time. 

For assistance with registering for webinars, contact

Career Center
AACN's Career Center is the online resource dedicated to employment opportunities in nursing education. 
Explore the latest vacancies in nursing education, administration, practice, and research by visiting AACN's Career Center here.
For Job Seekers
View a comprehensive list of employment opportunities at U.S. nursing colleges and universities. Positions include:
  • Dean/Director
  • Associate Dean/Director
  • Faculty
  • Instructor
  • Administrator
  • Staff Development Specialist
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Nursing Researcher
For Employers
Reach thousands of potential applicants from the nursing education, administration, practice, and research arenas with your employment opportunity advertisement on AACN's Career Center Job Board.
*Feature Your School's Logo and Ad Placement in Monthly Career Center Email*

December ELNEC Update
Many of you may have just returned from AACN Transform in Dallas, TX. There was a lot of conversation centered around the Hospice/Palliative/Supportive Care sphere in The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education. ELNEC (The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium) hosted a booth, where faculty members Drs. Andra Davis (University of Portland) and Megan Lippe (UT-San Antonio) networked and provided information on how the ELNEC Undergraduate/New Graduate and ELNEC Graduate online curriculum can support efforts to address this sphere.   

Washington Weekly
Washington Weekly

Recent Washington Weekly Issues
December 8 Edition
AACN Sends Letter to Senators Urging Inclusion of Nursing Provisions in the Build Back Better Act; Biden Administration Announces COVID-19 Guidance in Response to New Variant; and Federal Government Shutdown Adverted: President Signs Continuing Resolution. Read more
December 1 Edition
Build Back Better Act Heads to the Senate: Take Action Today!; Federal Funding Opportunities; and AACN Attends Webinars Focused on the Future of Health in America. Read more
November 17 Edition
House Expected to Take Up Build Back Better Act in the Coming Days; Final CMS Comments Include AACN-Supported Priorities; AACN Attends ASPR Stakeholder Webinar on Public Health; Recognizing National Rural Health Day on November 18. 
November 10 Edition
Markup and Hearings on Mental Health and COVID-19; Deadline Extended: Apply for a $10,000 NIDA Grant Award Today; and Health Resources and Services Administration Releases Interactive Dashboard. Read more

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