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May 5, 2017

Task Force Updates and Opportunities for Member Feedback

As part of the work to advance AACN’s new Strategic Plan, AACN established 5 Task Forces in 2016. Please note the information below on reports and opportunities for member feedback. Final task force reports and position statements will be presented to membership at the 2017 Fall Semiannual and 2018 Spring Annual Meetings.


May 2, 2017

Funding Opportunity for White Coat Ceremonies

This year, AACN will identify 50 schools interested in hosting a Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for new nursing students in Fall 2017. Participating schools will receive $1,000 in financial support to host a ceremony, which typically features the recitation of an oath, receipt of a commemorative pin, an address by an eminent role model, and a reception for students and invited guests.


January 24, 2017

AACN Announces CNL Visionary Leader and Vanguard Awards

AACN is pleased to announce that Ms. Elizabeth Murphy, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy Health Saint Mary's, is the recipient of the 2017 CNL Visionary Leader Award. The highest honor presented by AACN to practice leaders making significant contributions to advancing the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) initiative, this award will be presented at the 2017 CNL Summit in Atlanta, GA on February 22, 2017.


December 12, 2016

Seeking Member Input: Preferred Vision of the Professoriate Position Statement

The AACN Task Force charged with revitalizing the preferred vision of the professoriate position statement is seeking member input on the revised position statement before it is presented for AACN Board review and a full membership vote.


November 18, 2016

Employment of New Nurse Graduates and Employer Preferences for Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses

In August 2016, AACN conducted its seventh online survey of nursing schools offering baccalaureate and graduate programs in the U.S. to better assess the experience of new graduates in finding employment during these tough economic times. For the fifth consecutive year, AACN asked schools to identify if employers in their region were requiring or preferring that new Registered Nurse (RN) hires have at least a baccalaureate degree in nursing.


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