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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).