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									                            Commitment Letter Instructions

A letter of approval and commitment from your dean or department head is an essential
component of your application to attend the QSEN Faculty Development Institute. This letter
must be completed prior to submitting your application. AACN recognizes that deans and
department heads have tremendous pressures on their time. Therefore a sample template has
been developed in order to facilitate the writing of the letter. It need not be completed in this
exact format, but it should be saved, edited, and submitted as a cohesive letter on
university/school letterhead and signed by the dean or department head. Sections in the
sample that are not relevant may be deleted. Please note that letters lacking the required
information may delay the application process. When the letter is complete, it may be uploaded
to the online application with an electronic signature or submitted to AACN by fax or mail.

Note: There should be only one version of this letter from each SON, mentioning the
applicant(s) by name. If submitted online, a copy should be uploaded to each application.

AACN anticipates numerous applications will be submitted electronically. In order for AACN to
organize the volume of letters received, it is essential that you use the following guidelines for
titling your document. When saving the document for electronic uploading, please save it on
electronic letterhead as a Word or PDF file with the following name:

“DeanQSENEC-Letter_ School’s initials or email domain

               e.g.   DeanQSENEC-Letter_nyu.doc
                      DeanQSENEC-Letter_upenn.pdf


Letters may be faxed or mailed to the following:

QSEN Faculty Development
c/o Amy Jacks
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
202-785-8320 fax

Questions: Call 202-463-6930 ext. 273.
Sample Letter from Dean or Department Head to support QSEN applicant(s)

University/school letterhead
mm/dd/yyyy

Kathy McGuinn, MSN, RN, CPHQ
QSEN Project Director
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036

Dear Ms. McGuinn,
This letter serves to demonstrate my commitment to curricular changes that will enhance quality
and safety content in our nursing program. I recognize that faculty development is a necessary
precursor to successfully implementing and sustaining curricular change. Therefore, I am in full
support of the faculty member(s) mentioned below attending the Quality and Safety Nursing
Education (QSEN) Faculty Development Institute.


[Either:]

I am applying to send one faculty member to the Institute, to be partially supported by Phase III
of the QSEN grant up to a maximum of $350 as follows:

[Or:]

I am applying to send a team of two faculty members to the Institute, to be partially supported
by Phase III of the QSEN grant up to a maximum of $350 per person (total of $700) as follows:

Last Name           First Name       Credentials   Academic Rank         Position / Title

…………………… …………………. …………….. …………………..                                     ……………………………….

…………………… …………………. …………….. …………………..                                     ……………………………….

[Delete if not applicable:]
Additionally, I would like to send the following faculty member(s) to the same institute at the
expense of [name of academic institution.] I understand that these additional faculty members
will be accepted on a space-available, first-come-first-serve basis; will be liable for a registration
fee to cover materials and breaks; and will be responsible for all travel, accommodation, and
related expenses.

Last Name           First Name       Credentials   Academic Rank         Position / Title

…………………… …………………. …………….. …………………..                                     ……………………………….

…………………… …………………. …………….. …………………..                                     ……………………………….
Preferred Institute Location and Date:

As Dean / [other “head of nursing program” title] of [name academic institution], I am
aware that curricular change is an ongoing process that requires faculty time and dedication.
Therefore, I pledge to:

    1. Support the newly trained faculty in his/her/their efforts to critically assess the existing
       nursing curriculum.

    2. Contribute resources and support over the course of two years following the QSEN
       Institute to allow QSEN-trained faculty to:

             a.   Train other faculty members who do not attend the formal QSEN Institute
             b.   Develop evidence-based curricular changes
             c.   Implement curricular changes
             d.   Evaluate curricular outcomes related to curricular change

    3. Participate in AACN’s short-term and long-term evaluation of the project.

In order to strengthen your application, please include:

A paragraph (up to 150 words) about the applicant(s) and your reasons for choosing
him/her/them to attend the QSEN Faculty Development Institute.

And/or

A paragraph (up to 150 words) outlining your vision for infusing quality and safety content into
the curriculum.

Sincerely,

Electronic or original signature of dean, director, or other head of
nursing program required.

Title / Position
Name of Institution

								
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