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AACN is Joining Forces
For Veterans, Military Service Members,
and Their Families

Joining Forces is a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families. The initiative aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of our society – citizens, communities, businesses, schools, non-profits, faith-based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government – to ensure military families have the support they have earned. Spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, Joining Forces focuses on three key priority areas – employment, education, and wellness, while engaging in a comprehensive effort to raise awareness about the service, sacrifice, and needs of military families.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to be working with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, and other stakeholders to  engage nursing schools nationwide in the Joining Forces initiative.  To date, 660 schools of nursing in all 50 states have pledged their support to enhance the preparation of the nation’s nurses to care for veterans, service members, and their families.

Schools Pledging Their Support  |  Organizations Pledging Their Support

On April 11, 2012, AACN President Jane Kirschling and CEO Polly Bednash were invited to join with First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and other nursing leaders at the national launch event celebrating nursing’s support for the Joining Forces campaign. The event was held at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and hosted by Dean Afaf Meleis.

Photo courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
and photographer I. George Bilyk

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Sign Up Your School of Nursing

All Schools of nursing are invited to participate in the Joining Forces campaign by committing to the following pledge:

My school of nursing commits to supporting the Joining Forces initiative by:

  • Educating America’s future nurses to care for our nation's veterans, service members, and their families facing post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, and other clinical issues;
  • Enriching nursing education to ensure that current and future nurses are trained in the unique clinical challenges and best practices associated with caring for military service members, veterans, and their families;
  • Integrating content that addresses the unique health and wellness challenges of our nation’s service members, veterans, and their families into nursing curricula;
  • Sharing teaching resources and applying best practices in the care of service members, veterans, and their families;
  • Growing the body of knowledge leading to improvements in health care and wellness for our service members, veterans, and their families; and
  • Joining with others to further strengthen the supportive community of nurses, institutions, and healthcare providers dedicated to improving the health of service members, veterans, and their families.

Together with the larger healthcare community, nurse educators commit to raising the quality of care available to our nation’s military personnel in our work to prepare future generations of nurses.