NursingCAS Dispatch

Stay Connected & Informed

Welcome to the NursingCAS Dispatch – a monthly newsletter intended to keep you up to date with current happenings at NursingCAS. The newsletter will feature:

    • User Updates to keep you in the loop, so you can keep your team and applicants in the loop.
    • NursingCAS by the Numbers, a metric to showcase application statistics and other relevant data.
    • NursingCAS Know-How, an in-depth examination of a NursingCAS feature.
    • Social Beat, which will feature nursing and admissions news from around the web.

User Updates

Program Configurations are Due on July 19

Please note, 2019-2020 program configurations must be submitted for review by July 19 to ensure the NursingCAS team has enough time to review your programs prior to the August 15th launch. If you plan to post programs later in the cycle, you can wait to submit them for review.

To complete your program configurations, login to the WebAdMIT PreLaunch site. Prelaunch is a “staging” environment that allows you to configure programs for the new cycle without impacting the current cycle. Prelaunch is similar to the sandbox environment in that it is not connected to the live environment (“production”). Learn more about PreLaunch here.

A configuration training session is scheduled for July 11 at 3:00 PM ET. To join the training use this link, Learn more and register.

Note: only primary contacts and/or WebAdMIT users who are responsible for setting up programs have access to the configuration tool in the WebAdMIT PreLaunch site. Contact Ann or Joe from the account management team with questions or to gain access.

Important Staffing Updates

NursingCAS is administered by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and its technology partner, Liaison International. Kayetlin “Katie” Wheeler recently joined the NursingCAS team at AACN as the NursingCAS Outreach Coordinator. Katie has a background in communications and higher education, her most recent experience was with the University of Texas Permian Basin. Additionally, Dan Hyman will join the NursingCAS team at Liaison and will be focusing on recruitment and retention of nursing programs.

Caroline (Allen) Kane will be leaving her position at AACN on July 17 for a new role at the American Academy of Nursing. Since 2009, Caroline has served as the lead staff member for NursingCAS who was responsible for launching and directing the first application service offered exclusively for nursing programs nationwide. AACN is very grateful to Caroline for her exemplary service on behalf of academic nursing.

During the staffing transition process, please continue to contact the NursingCAS Account Management Team at Liaison, Ann Donnelly ( or 617-612-2064) and Joe Clark ( or 617-612-2930), for assistance. You can also email us at

Participate in the NursingCAS Virtual Recruitment Fair to Reach More Applicants

All NursingCAS-affiliated programs are invited to leverage the power of technology to reach more prospective students and applicants interested in graduate level and second degree nursing programs on September 19, 2019 during the Virtual Recruitment Fair.

  • Communicate with applicants both domestically and internationally
  • Utilize multimedia broadcasting and presentation features
  • Interact live with prospective applicants in your own chat room (group and private)
  • Reach sought-after applicants in this unique cost-effective way
  • Zero travel required


Live Chat Help Available to Applicants

To access this new feature, applicants needs to Visit the Applicant Help Center and click on the “Live Chat” button at the bottom of the page to connect,

View Program-specific Transcript Instructions

Applicants can view program-specific instructions for transcript requirements in the Colleges Attended section.

By the Numbers

We currently have 21 schools signed up for the CareerEco Discover Nursing Virtual Fair on September 19th! Are you one of the 21? If not sign up here by tomorrow to save $200!

 NursingCAS Know-How

Best Practices for Driving Prospective Students to Your NursingCAS Application

In order to help you drive prospective students to apply to your school, NursingCAS has created a “Best Practices” resource page. In this resource you will find tips and tricks to maximize the number of applicants who discover and apply to your nursing programs through NursingCAS.

We have also included a Call to Action Button that you are welcome and encouraged to download and place on your website.

You can download a .png, or .jpg version. Roughly 15% of traffic to are referrals, meaning that prospective students find NursingCAS through school Websites. In order to maximize the effectiveness of these referrals and push prospective applicants to your school’s listing on the NursingCAS application, it is important to have an effective Call-to-Action (CTA). A CTA is a button or link that encourages a prospect to take action. It can be as simple as a “click here” hyperlink within a paragraph, but we encourage you to use other strategies to make a user more likely to engage, such as making your CTA a button. Below is a CTA button you can download and post on your own school’s Website.

Inform Applicants on How to Apply to your School via NursingCAS:
  1. Provide succinct, clear instructions on your Website stating you process applications through NursingCAS.
  2. Hyperlink directly to the NursingCAS application from your school’s Website.
  3. Place a CTA button on your school’s Website and link to this blog post on what NursingCAS is so applicants have a better understanding of the service. Note: be sure to hyperlink to from the CTA button image on your Website.

See more details and recommendations on

Social Beat

Creative Ways to Prevent Melt and Empower Enrolled Students

Summer is a glorious time for an undergraduate admissions staff. The sun is shining. The campus is quiet. It’s time to use some of those hard-earned vacation days. But wait, you begin noticing the dreaded “CANCELLED” status next to students who were recently “ENROLLED.” Summer melt begins to plague your favorite season.

Worry not, admissions pro! Here are eight ways for you to maintain those enrollment numbers so that you can spend your vacation stress-free.

Positive Work Environments: Good for Nurses, Patients, and Hospitals

Clinician burnout—emotional exhaustion, difficulty relating to others, and a lack of feelings of accomplishment—is well documented, and it has serious consequences for nurses, their patients, and the hospitals and health systems where they work. Burnout is associated with high turnover, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, and in some cases, medical error.

One Nurse’s Path to a Career in Rural Healthcare

I first became interested in becoming a nurse during my senior year of high school. My parents instilled in me at a young age that I should always strive to help those in need. This core value led me to nursing, and I have never looked back.

A Hospital Introduced a Robot to Help Nurses. They Didn’t Expect it to be so Popular.

Nurses are in high demand: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reportsthat the number of jobs for nurses will grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than other jobs. The current shortage has left hospitals in a crunch—and a few hospitals in Texas recently turned to an unusual solution: a robot named Moxi.

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