AACN News—April 2007—Practice

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Vol. 24, No. 4, APRIL 2007

New E-Learning Program for Nurse Managers on the Horizon

Every day in hospitals across the country, nurse managers assure that care standards are followed and technology is used correctly in financially sound clinical units. How nurse managers learn to carry out those complex responsibilities directly affects the quality of patient and family care in every healthcare organization.

A landmark national partnership between AACN and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) will result in the first comprehensive e-learning program for new frontline managers, assistant managers, charge nurses and aspiring managers. Presented in a Web-based interactive form, Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation offers 40 contact hours of continuing nursing education (CNE) credit, and can be accessed anytime, any place, offering an affordable training solution that addresses the real issues nurse managers face in the workplace. In addition, experienced managers can use the modules within the program to refresh or fill knowledge gaps.

Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation will set the national standard for nurse manager training using a self-paced, engaging design that will be effective regardless of knowledge, motivation, computer experience or technical access.

“The opportunity to access the Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation program on a 24/7 basis will help nurse managers balance their educational journey with the demands of their role,” said AACN CEO Wanda Johanson, RN, MN. “The interactive, modular form will allow them to learn in increments and immediately apply what they have learned to their work environment.

Learn Center Debuts

New System Makes Managing Online Learning Easier

A new learning management system (LMS) designed to deliver enhanced services to AACN E-Learning customers is set to launch.

Existing ECCO and Basic ECG Interpretation customers will change to the new LearnCenter LMS from the longstanding MentorU platform in May and June. The migration schedule and details of the change will be provided later.

The reason for the change is multifaceted:
• The new system is very user-friendly and technically sophisticated. Learning administrators will find the system easy to use.
• Reporting mechanisms for learner usage and assessments offer administrators and managers more depth.
• There is increased administrative control over test-taking and certificate approval.
• CE record keeping is improved, with certificates always available to print.
• Large numbers of users who are starting at the same time can be imported into the system in a batch.
• Distribution of end-user licenses is set to match purchases, reducing or eliminating potential overcharge fees.
• Learning administrators can create and manage groups, removing inactive learners after they complete their coursework.

AACN is excited about the benefits of this enhanced LMS and is committed to making the transition as easy as possible for its loyal users. Additional information, including frequently asked questions, is available online at www.aacn.org/ecco.

Evidence-Based Practice

July 1 Is the Deadline to Apply for AACN Nursing Research Grants

Clinical Inquiry Grant
This grant funds an award of up to $500 to qualified individuals carrying out clinical research projects that directly benefit patients and/or families. Interdisciplinary projects are especially invited. Ten awards are available each year.

End-of-Life/Palliative Care
Small Projects Grant
This grant funds an award of up to $500 to qualified individuals carrying out a project focusing on end-of-life and/or palliative care outcomes in critical care. Examples of topics are bereavement, communication issues, caregiver needs, symptom management, advance directives and life support withdrawal. Two awards are available each year.

Medtronic Physio-Control-AACN
Small Projects Grant
Cosponsored by Medtronic Physio-Control, this grant funds an award for up to $1,500 to a qualified individual carrying out a project focusing on aspects of acute myocardial infarction, resuscitation or sudden cardiac death, such as the use of defibrillation, synchronized cardioversion, noninvasive pacing, or interpretive 12-lead electrocardiogram. Examples of eligible projects are patient education programs, staff development programs, competency-based educational programs, CQI projects, outcomes evaluation projects, or small clinical research studies. One award is available each year.

To learn more about AACN’s research priorities and grant opportunities, visit the Research area of the AACN Web site or e-mail research@aacn.org.
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