Innovations in Professional Nursing Education

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This award recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change. Innovation awards, including a monetary prize of $1,000, will be given annually in four institutional categories:

  • Small School
  • Academic Health Center (AHC)
  • Private School without an AHC
  • Public School without an AHC

The deadline for applying is June 2, 2017

See past award winners

Award criteria:

Schools submitting nominations were ask to show that the programmatic innovation:

  • Served as a catalyst for change within the curriculum and/or educational mission of the institution
  • Has the potential for replication and dissemination
  • Has involved teams of faculty when possible (e.g., across programs, disciplines)
  • Is consistent with AACN’s mission and vision
  • Demonstrates advancement of professional nursing education

Submitting a Nomination

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For more information, contact AACN Membership Director Beth Aronson at 202-463-6930, ext. 263 or