AACN is pleased to announce that five new Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars have been selected through the national scholarship program funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future. Launched to address the faculty shortage and enhance diversity among nurse educators, this AACN-administered program provides generous financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds who aspire to teach in our nation's schools of nursing.
In recognition of Veterans Day, the AACN is pleased to announce its support and participation in Joining Forces Wellness Week 2015 (JFWW). JFWW was initiated to increase awareness about the unique health needs of our nation's veterans, service members, and their families by educating healthcare providers and students across the country.
AACN has endorsed a bold new set of recommendations to better position the organization as the nation's leading voice for academic nursing. Developed by AACN's Futures Task Force, the recommendations provide a strategic framework for the association's work in the areas of nursing education and research, healthcare redesign, interprofessional engagement, health policy formation, leadership development, strategic collaboration, and information curation among others.
AACN is pleased to announce three initiatives that promote greater engagement of nurses in the health policy arena and develop new thought leaders for the profession. AACN's Health Policy Advisory Council (HPAC), Faculty Policy Think Tank, and Invitational Policy Faculty Symposium will help facilitate a larger footprint for the profession locally and globally on issues impacting health and healthcare.
AACN joined the Obama Administration and more than 40 other healthcare provider groups to announce new efforts to address the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic in the United States. AACN is a committed partner in this work and will be launching a national nursing education initiative among our members and supporting an important public awareness campaign. The severity of this crisis continues to rise, and AACN plans to take a leadership role for the academic nursing community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more Americans die each year from drug overdoses than in motor vehicle accidents, and the majority of those overdoses involve prescription medications.
AACN is pleased to announce that six nursing students have been selected to serve two-year terms on the national Leadership Council of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA).
AACN is pleased to announce the fourth class of nursing deans and academic leaders who have successfully completed the AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program. Offered in collaboration with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, this world-class leadership development experience has now graduated 127 Fellows from 41 states and the District of Columbia. Initial funding for this program was generously provided by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and AACN announced that 60 schools of nursing were selected to receive funding support to host White Coat Ceremonies, which emphasize the importance of providing compassionate care among health professionals.
The AACN Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing (AACN, 2004) changed the course of nursing education by recommending that advanced nursing practice education be moved to the doctoral level. A decade later, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is widely recognized as one of the discipline’s two terminal degrees and the preferred pathway for those seeking preparation at the highest level of nursing practice.