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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.