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Opportunities for Engagement in AACN

Review the many opportunities for deans, faculty, and graduate students to help shape the programs and services offered by AACN. Click here to view engagement opportunities.

Be a Leader Among Leaders

Opportunities for Leadership within AACN

Maximize your membership in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) by becoming a leader within our organization. AACN provides many opportunities for members to have an impact on nursing education at the national level through participation on task forces, committees, the Board of Directors, and in other high profile capacities. These opportunities facilitate leadership development and allow members to concentrate on areas of particular interest.

AACN realizes that its success is driven by its membership, and we are proud that more than 20% of our members currently serve in leadership capacities within the association. We also understand that if more members are actively engaged in the organization, AACN's policies and decisions will reflect more closely the views of our constituents.

We encourage you to consider becoming a leader among leaders by volunteering your time and energy to advancing AACN's mission and goals.

Leadership Opportunities

Typically, members are involved in the work of AACN in a progression that often begins with service on task forces, subcommittees, committees, and special appointments. Members would then have the service experience to be selected for placement on the ballot for an elected position. The Nominating Committee, an elected committee, is comprised of senior leadership in the organization and comes later in the progression.

Task Force Participation: Task forces are established by the AACN Board of Directors to focus on issues of primary concern to nursing school deans and faculty. Recent task forces have prepared action plans and recommendations to address leadership transition, education and regulation for professional nursing, the professional clinical doctorate.
Time commitment: Task forces generally meet twice a year during the Spring Annual and Fall Semiannual Meetings as well as via regular conference calls. Some task forces require additional in-person meetings.

Subcommittee Membership: Subcommittees are established to focus on a specific task or to plan AACN's annual conferences including the Baccalaureate, Master's and Doctoral Education Conferences. The Mentoring Subcommittee works to coordinate the New Dean Mentoring Program.
Time commitment: Subcommittees generally meet via regular conference calls.

Committee Membership: Committees support the work of the AACN Board in five areas and allow members to use their expertise to move the organization forward. The committees include Finance, Governmental Affairs, Membership, Program, and Nominating.
Time commitment: Committees generally meet twice a year during the Spring Annual and Fall Semiannual Meetings as well as via regular conference calls.

Special Appointments: Members are often asked to represent AACN on expert panels, national committees, and at regional conferences as opportunities arise. Appointments are made based on subject matter expertise and member interest.

Testimony Before Congress: AACN actively works with members to identify opportunities to provide testimony at congressional hearings on issues related to nursing education and research. The Governmental Affairs staff works with members to define messages and prepare comments.

Elected Positions - Board of Directors and Nominating Committee: AACN's Board of Directors governs the organization by setting priorities and taking strategic action. Elected board positions include the President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and seven Board Members-at-Large (click here to view the Call for Nominations. The Nominating Committee determines member's interest in serving on the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee, and prepares the slate of candidates for the annual election.
Time commitment: Board membership requires a significant time commitment including quarterly meetings, monthly conference calls, and participation on external committees, panels, and events as the AACN representative. The Nominating Committee meets twice a year during the Spring Annual and Fall Semiannual Meetings as well as via regular conference calls.

How to Get Involved

AACN members wishing to explore leadership opportunities within the organization are invited to register their interest by:

  • Completing the Membership Survey: The first step to participation within AACN involves completing the Membership Expertise found online in the Members Only section. After completing the survey, AACN staff will make every effort to match your interest and expertise with one of the many opportunities available.
  • Attending the Leadership Opportunities Forum: At the Spring Annual Meeting, AACN's President-Elect will host a forum on opportunities for members to share their expertise and explore leadership roles within AACN.

For more information on any of the opportunities described above, please contact Jennifer Ahearn at (202) 463-6930, extension 228 or jahearn@aacn.nche.edu.