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.
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