The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Board of Directors met in Washington last week and our work reflected our strong and continuing commitment to advance progressive reforms made possible by the passage of the Affordable Care Act nearly one year ago. During the last year, AAN has built relationships and made the case for supporting key nursing provisions of the Act, moving more nurse-led innovations into practice and, ultimately, improving the quality and affordability of health care delivered to the public. Harnessing the enthusiasm and expertise of our Fellows, we are advancing the blueprint delineated within our strategic agenda.
The Board has joined me in commissioning a new AAN Task Force to address the Future of Nursing. Co-chaired by Linda Burnes Bolton and Julie Fairman, the task force has been charged to recommend actions that AAN should take in responding to the IOM Report , “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” We have asked the task force to focus on three report recommendations that are particularly aligned to AAN’s mission:
- Expanding opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative improvement efforts;
- Preparing and enabling nurses to lead change to advance health; and
- Building an infrastructure for the collection and analysis of interprofessional health care workforce data.
Central to the work of the new task force will be collaboration with our 18 Expert Panels and existing alliances, including the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity initiative (BAGNC)
, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS)
, and Raise the Voice
campaign. The Expert panels and ongoing initiatives will be inventoried for their ongoing activities as well as their advice on the development of the priority tactics that will advance our plan and the report’s recommendations. The first report for this task force will be shared with the Board at the end of June.
As we introduce a new task force, we have disbanded the Workforce Commission, initially commissioned in 2000. The Workforce Commission, chaired by Pam Cipriano, exemplified what it means to exceed expectations. Their success in examining the demand side of nursing care has resulted in new knowledge and policy development. We are grateful for the quality of their work and their exceptional level of productivity.
AAN continues to work on behalf of appointing nurse leaders to positions of influence. Since 2010, the Academy has successfully advanced the nominations of four Fellows – Mary Naylor, Hugh McKenna, Peter Buerhaus, and Kathleen C. Buckwalter – and is continuing this work at federal and state levels. Twelve nominations are currently pending.
Our voice is growing, as evidenced by the increase in media requests to the American Academy of Nursing. Print journalism and e-journalism are carrying our message about the IOM Report and health reform to a wider audience. Recent examples include a New York Times
Letter to the Editor by Virginia Tilden, the chair of the End of Life Task Force, and placement in a comprehensive feature on health reform in Remapping Debate, called “Nurses to the Rescue?”
The plans for our Annual Meeting, scheduled for October 13-15, are taking shape. Under leadership of co-chairs Judith Baggs, Ruth Kleinpell and Colleen Goode, we are developing a program that addresses nursing’s significant contributions to health promotion, research, and evidence-based care.
Our work continues on behalf of AAN and we hope our Fellows will be in touch with us to share your advice.
Catherine Gilliss, DNSc, RN, FAAN
The American Academy of Nursing is pleased to conclude the first quarter with news that reflects well on our membership’s resolve to advance health policy and move the Academy’s mission forward. We received 176 new Fellowship applications by the February 25 deadline, have outpaced last year’s rate of membership renewals, and increased gifts from donors. Thank you for reaffirming your belief in this organization and for advancing the names of your esteemed nurse colleagues to join us in generating, synthesizing and disseminating nursing knowledge.
Through the support of our committed Board of Directors and staff, your contributions have never been more vital as we hone in on ways to implement the recommendations inherent in the Institute of Medicine Report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” Through opportunities on one of our Expert Panels, Task Forces, or Committees, you are encouraged to share your extensive experience and effect positive change on the nation’s complex health care system.
To best mobilize our resources, the Academy is actively strengthening its database to identify Fellows’ various areas of expertise and service on boards, councils and commissions. To that end, advancing the nominations of Fellows at the local, state and national level is a priority dictated in our strategic plan.
In early March, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Campaign for Action introduced 10 new Regional Actions Coalitions (RACs), joining RACs in New York, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, and California, to ensure the needs of a patient-centered, high-quality health care system are met. The new RACs will reside in 10 states: Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Virginia and Florida.
If you are a Fellow and a member of a participating RAC, I would like to know. Pleases send an email to me at
It has been almost a year since the passage of health reform, and the Academy continues on course to transforming care by empowering nurses and enhancing evidence-based research. We’re looking forward to a successful second quarter.
Cheryl G. Sullivan, MSES
CEO, American Academy of Nursing
- American Academy of Nursing 38th Annual Meeting and Conference: Health Promotion across the Lifespan: Focus On Evidence
October 13-15, 2011
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
Registration opens: May 1, 2011
- Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science 2011 Special Topics Conference and Poster Session: Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research: The Intersection of Nursing Science and Health Care Delivery
October 12, 2011 Washington, DC
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
Fellows have until April 1, 2011, to submit payment for their 2011 dues. Dues can be renewed online at www.aannet.org
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Rates as of February 1, 2011:
Applications for Living Legends, Honorary Fellows, Aging Award and IOM Scholarship are now available:
- Fellow: $465
- Emeritus: $175
- International: $175
IOM Scholar in Residence
: The IOM Nurse Scholar-in-Residence program, sponsored by AAN, the American Nurses Association and American Nurses Foundation, provides a year-long leadership opportunity in health policy at the Institute of Medicine. It is designed as an immersion experience to facilitate nurse leaders engaging in a prominent role in health policy development at the national level. Please click here for 2011-2012 application information. Application materials are due June 30, 2011. Living Legend Nominations
: The Living Legends award recognizes extraordinary lifetime achievement. Applicants must have been a Fellow in good standing or an Emeritus Fellow for at least 15 years and have made sustained contributions to nursing and health care throughout their career. Please click here for the 2011 Nomination Form. Applications are due May 15, 2011.
Honorary Fellow Nominations: Honorary Fellows are individuals recognized by the Academy who are not eligible for regular Fellowship (non-nurses). These individuals will be recognized for making outstanding contributions to health care and/or nursing. Please click here for the 2011 Nomination Form. Application materials are due May 15, 2011.
Nurse Leader Award in Aging: The focus of the award is on leadership and significant accomplishments, contributions, productivity, competence and mentorship in the field of aging and gerontological nursing. Please click here for the 2010 Nomination Form. Application materials are due May 15, 2011.
Raise the Voice:
Academy leadership and staff are preparing for this year’s first call of the Raise the Voice Advisory Council, chaired by Governor Edward Rendell. We’ll discuss with them the tactics we plan to use to achieve the objectives for the second phase of the campaign and hear from one of our esteemed Edge Runners. We’ll also highlight our two newest Edge Runner models, TRIAD and the Family Practice Counseling Network.
As we featured in the last e-newsletter, AAN and SternerTurner Media have undertaken an ambitious photojournalism project, “A Nursing Life: Serving the Nation.” The project will ultimately feature the work, communities, and patients of six Edge Runners. We are proud to feature four of them on our website. Work on documenting the remaining sites is underway and we will bring you plans for the exhibition of all of the works in the coming months.
As we continue to advance the names of qualified nurse leaders for various national commissions and advisory committees, AAN recognizes that the bulk of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is being done at the state level and that the class of new governors presents new opportunities. We are pleased to note that discussions with state nursing association directors have also begun so that AAN might support nominees for state commissions and task forces as they arise and ensure that nursing’s voice is represented.
The Academy also continues to respond to proposed regulations and frameworks. Most recently, AAN responded to The Joint Commission’s proposed Primary Care Home designation for ambulatory care settings, as well as the National Institute for Nursing Research’s five-year strategic plan. Each of these will be posted to the AAN website in the coming weeks. Future of Nursing Task Force:
Along with organizations and individuals across the country, AAN has committed to advancing the recommendations put forth in the Institute of Medicine’s report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” Specifically, the Academy has convened a Future of Nursing Task Force that will identify tactics and integrated activities of the Academy that will advance AAN’s strategic plan while assisting in the implementation of recommendations 2, 7, and 8, which focus on enabling nurses to lead change and establishing an infrastructure for workforce data.
The Task Force will examine feedback and activities of AAN Expert Panels and other committees and programs, as well as reach out to Fellows. Please let us know what you or your organization is doing to assist in implementing the recommendations. Manager for Policy & Development Laura Thornhill can be reached at
The Academy continues to disseminate organizational achievements and accomplishments of Fellows to a variety of interested audiences. Numerous news releases, features and special calls to action have been posted on the website or broadcasted via email.
Miss an article? See below for links.
The Academy is actively growing its social media presence, garnering more than 600 followers on Twitter and nearly 800 fans on Facebook. Social media is increasingly vital to establishing a voice in today’s competitive 24-7 news cycle and to building relationships and partnerships with individuals and organizations. We encourage all Fellows to join us on Twitter and Facebook and engage in the conversation.
Nursing Outlook and Nursing Outlook Talk:
March 2011 | Vol. 59, No. 2
Nursing Outlook will publish two special issues this year: one on Health Literacy, the other on Development of Gerontological Nursing Science, Education and Practice. In addition, featured in the May/June issue will be a collection of commentaries on the Jan/Feb article: "The DNP: A National Workforce Perspective.”
In conjunction with National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the AAN Expert Panel on Emerging and Infectious Diseases posted a blog entry on nursingoutlooktalk.com, restating the key points from their policy brief, which called for routine testing for HIV/AIDS. The blog post was written by co-chairs Rosanna DeMarco and Joe Burrage. Visit nursingoutlooktalk.com to read and post comments.
Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity:
The Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) program released an evaluation brief, which includes tangible outcome data and annual survey information about the leadership development program and its graduates.
BAGNC has awarded a total of 129 pre-doctoral scholarships and 87 Claire M. Fagin post doctoral fellowships since 2000. The scholarships and fellowships are aimed to recruit, prepare, and launch the careers of people who aspire and have the ability to become faculty members and ultimately leaders in geriatric nursing.
Since receiving their awards, the current and former scholars and fellows report that they have:
- Published over 1,100 papers relevant to the care of older adults, almost all peer-reviewed;
- Received over $72 million in grants related to the care of older adults;
- Taught over 11,000 undergraduate students in courses containing at least 50 percent gerontological content; and
- Formally mentored over 1,000 master’s students on topics related to the care of older adults.
Click here to view the evaluation brief.
Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative (GPNC):
The Academy’s Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative (GPNC) announced a new short video: “Discover Mental Health: The Forgotten Piece in Elder Care.” The video conveys that while not every student will become a geropsychiatric nurse, almost all nurses at some point in their careers will care for older adults with mental health issues. Therefore, they will need the requisite knowledge, skills and compassion to improve the quality of life for this most challenging, rewarding and neglected population.
View the video at: www.youtube.com/watch
This video can be used as a standalone resource or segments can easily be excerpted for specific uses.
Check out the GPNC’s other product on the Portal of Online Geriatric Education (POGOe) at www.POGOe.org/product/20660
containing a set of geropsychiatric nursing competency enhancements, key concepts, and a definition of geropsychiatric nursing.
For more information on the GPNC, please see www.aannet.org/GPNCgeropsych
. If you have questions or concerns, contact Pamela M. Dudzik, GPNC Project Coordinator, at
American Academy of Nursing 38th Annual Meeting and Conference: Health Promotion across the Lifespan: Focus On Evidence
October 13-15, 2011
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
Registration opens: May 1, 2011 Objectives:
- Frame nursing’s long-standing contribution to health promotion as a critical component of health reform.
- Showcase evidence-based innovations in health promotion across the lifespan for their relevance in meeting public need.
- Evaluate ways that health promotion can infuse and direct local, regional, and national policy agendas.
- Stimulate ideas for expanding research and innovation in health promotion.
Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science 2011 Special Topics Conference and Poster Session: Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research: The Intersection of Nursing Science and Health Care Delivery
October 12, 2011 Washington, DC
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
- Dr. Debra Barksdale, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- Dr. Nicky Cullum, University of York, UK
- Dr. Patricia Grady, National Institute on Nursing Research
- Dr. Susan Horne, ISIS, Inc.
- Dr. Patrick McNees, University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Dr. Pamela Mitchell, University of Washington
- Dr. Robin Newhouse, University of Maryland
- Dr. Patricia Stone, Columbia University
If you have news you wish to share in the next Fellows On the Move, please send a message to Tim Tassa at
In December, Karen S. Martin, a Health Care Consultant at Martin Associates, Omaha, NE, received the Ruth B. Freeman Award from the Public Health Nursing Section in November during the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Martin received the award for her distinguished career and accomplishments involving practice, administration, research, policy, and information technology. The focus of her career is the Omaha System, a standardized terminology designed to enhance practice, documentation, and information management.
In February, Fran Roberts was named Healthcare Group Vice President for Strategic Alliances for The Healthcare Group of DeVry Inc.
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently awarded its first $50,000 AACN Impact Research Grant to Ruth Kleinpell, Director, Center for Clinical Research, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, and Professor, Rush University College of Nursing. Kleinpell will explore the impact of telemedicine on ICU nursing care with co-investigators from Sutter Health, Sacramento-Sierra region, CA.; Baptist Health South Florida, Miami; Resurrection Health Care, Chicago; UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester; and Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor. They will conduct a two-phase study to assess the impact of telemedicine on nursing care, including barriers and benefits, and identify priority areas of care that are needed for the development of competencies and standards for tele-ICU nursing.
The Health Care Foundation (HCF) of Greater Kansas City has appointed AAN Board Member Karen Cox the Vice Chair of their Board of Directors. HCF is dedicated to eliminating barriers and promoting quality health for the uninsured and underserved in their service area.
Loretta C. Ford, who served as Dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing from 1972 to 1985, was named as one of 11 new inductees to the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Ford is an internationally renowned nurse leader whose name is nearly synonymous with the words “nurse practitioner.” In 1965, she and Henry Silver, a pediatrician, pioneered the first nurse practitioner model at the University of Colorado. Today, there are more than 140,000 nurse practitioners in the United States alone. You can read more details about her legacy to the School of Nursing, her impact on the nursing profession, and her Women’s Hall of Fame induction in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.
Donna L. Berry has been named the Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS) 2011 Distinguished Researcher. She is director of the Phyllis F. Cantor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. The honor recognizes her outstanding research contributions that have enhanced the science and practice of oncology nursing. Berry will be honored for the award at the Distinguished Researcher Session at ONS’s 36th Annual Congress, April 28-May 1, 2011, in Boston. She is widely recognized for her research involving patient-centered oncology care and leadership within oncology research
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