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February 5, 2016

AACN Announces Election Results for New Members of the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee

AACN is pleased to announce the results of its 2016 election to fill seats on the AACN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee.


December 22, 2015

AACN Awards CNL Visionary Leader and Vanguard Awards

AACN is pleased to announce that Grace Sotomayor, Chief Nursing Executive at Carolinas Medical Center, and Mary Lou Wesley, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of the Sparrow Health System, are the joint recipients of the 2016 CNL Visionary Leader Award. The highest honor presented by AACN to practice leaders making significant contributions to advancing the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) initiative. The awards will be presented at the 2016 CNL Summit in Long Beach, CA this upcoming January 14, 2016. The CNL Vanguard Awards, which recognize the innovative work of CNL-certified nurses and CNL nurse educators, will also be presented to Robert J. LaPointe from the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA and Sally O'Toole Gerard from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT.


December 9, 2015

AACN's President and CEO Testifies Before Congress

AACN's President and CEO Deborah E. Trautman presented testimony this morning before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on the need to reauthorize Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs. Dr. Trautman was invited to testify on behalf of academic nursing to underscore the impact Title VIII programs has on sustaining the nursing workforce, including the supply of nurse faculty, researchers, and advanced practice clinicians.


November 16, 2015

AACN Selects New Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars

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.


November 10, 2015

AACN Supports Joining Forces Wellness Week

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.


November 2, 2015

AACN Endorses New Roadmap to Elevate the Organization's Role as the Voice for Academic Nursing

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.


October 23, 2015

AACN Launches New Initiatives to Maximize Academic Nursing's Role in Shaping Health Policy

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.


October 21, 2015

AACN Partners with the White House to Educate America's Nurses on Prescription Drug Abuse

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.


October 1, 2015

AACN Selects New Members of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy Leadership Council

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).


August 27, 2015

New Class of Academic Nursing Leaders Named AACN-Wharton Leadership Fellows

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.


August 13, 2015

APGF & AACN Select 60 Nursing Schools for White Coat Ceremonies

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.


August 7, 2015

New White Paper on the DNP: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations

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.


June 29, 2015

AACN Mourns the Loss of Former President Rachel Booth

Rachel Z. Booth, PhD, Professor and Dean Emerita of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing, and former President of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), died June 24, 2015. She was the third dean of the UAB School of Nursing, serving in that position from 1987 until her retirement in 2005. Dr. Booth served as AACN President from 1994 to 1996.


June 23, 2015

Gold Foundation & AACN Provide New Funding for White Coat Ceremonies

Building on the success of last year’s collaboration, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and AACN are pleased to announce that new funding is available to nursing schools wishing to initiate a White Coat Ceremony in Fall 2015. Designed to promote the importance of compassionate care, a White Coat Ceremony is traditionally held at the beginning on an academic year to welcome and initiate new nursing students, while underscoring the importance of humanistic, patient-centered care.


June 10, 2015

AACN Applauds New Legislation to Secure Future Investments in Nursing Education & Practice

AACN expresses great appreciation to Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and David Joyce (R-OH), co-chairs of the House Nursing Caucus, for introducing the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2713). Keeping America healthy demands an investment in the nursing workforce, including clinicians that provide direct patient care and the faculty who educate them. As the largest segment of the healthcare workforce, nurses are central to the team of providers who create, maintain, and promote a patient-centered healthcare delivery system.


May 28, 2015

AACN President Addresses the IOM Evaluation Committee on the Future of Nursing Report

At a public forum held in Washington, DC, AACN President Eileen Breslin presented remarks before the Committee for the Evaluation of the Impact of the Institute of Medicine Report on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.


May 11, 2015

AACN Selects Firm to Conduct National Study on Nursing’s Role within AHCs

AACN pleased to announce that Manatt Health Solutions, the interdisciplinary policy and business advisory division of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, has been selected to conduct a national survey and assessment on how to best position nursing schools to thrive within academic health centers (AHCs).


March 22, 2015

APRN Clinical Training Task Force Report Brief

The Board of Directors of AACN convened a task force to offer recommendations on re-envisioning APRN clinical education with a focus on advancing new strategies and models to prepare the growing number of APRNs needed to address current and evolving healthcare needs. Chief recommendations and action steps in the task force’s final report include...


March 13, 2015

CNC Announces Second Annual Certified Clinical Nurse Leader Day

The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) announced the second annual celebration of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification. Certified CNL® Day —which will be observed on March 19— recognizes nurse professionals around the country who have advanced their careers by earning the CNL credential. Certified CNL® Day coincides with Certified Nurses Day™ a day set aside to honor certified nurses worldwide who make significant contributions to improving patient outcomes.


March 12, 2015

High Ranking Appointment for Dr. Mary Wakefield

AACN is thrilled to report that Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, has just been appointed as Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


March 9, 2015

New AACN Data Confirm Enrollment Surge in Schools of Nursing

According to new data released today by AACN, enrollment in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral nursing programs increased last year as more nurses answered the call to achieve higher levels of education.


March 2, 2015

AACN Awards CNL Visionary Leader and Vanguard Awards

AACN is pleased to announce that Nancy Hilton, Chief Nursing Officer from St. Lucie Medical Center in Florida, is the recipient of the 2015 CNL Visionary Leader Award. The highest honor presented by AACN to practice leaders making significant contributions to advancing the Clinical Nurse Lead


February 27, 2015

ELNEC Celebrates 15 Years as a Leading Advocate for Enhancing Palliative Care

ELNEC is celebrating 15 years of promoting excellence in palliative care education. To date, over 19,500 nurses and other healthcare professionals – representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 85 countries – have attended an ELNEC train-the-trainer course, which provides a comprehensive set of teaching resources to better prepare health professionals to care for patients with life-limiting illnesses.


February 25, 2015

AACN Releases New Talking Points on RN Workforce Projections through 2025

AACN has developed a set of talking points to help outline the HRSA report’s projections focused on the RN population while underscoring the need to focus future workforce growth on addressing the shortage of baccalaureate- and graduate-prepared nurses.