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Dr. Kathleen A. Long Elected as President of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing

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For Immediate Release

Dr. Kathleen A. Long Elected as President of the
American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Drs. Jean Bartels, Dorothy Powell, and Roberta Olson Also Elected
to Serve on the AACN Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 5, 2002 -- Kathleen A. Long, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the University of Florida School of Nursing, was elected to serve a two-year term as President of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Dr. Long assumed the presidency at AACN's annual meeting held last week in Washington, D.C.

"Kathy Long has been an outspoken advocate for baccalaureate and higher degree nursing education for more than 20 years," said Dr. Carolyn A. Williams, AACN's immediate Past President and Dean of the University of Kentucky School of Nursing. "Dr. Long brings a dynamic mix of visionary leadership, political savvy, intellectual strength, and high energy to her new role as president which will serve the association well."

Highlights of Dr. Long's distinguished career include serving as a faculty member, administrator, and/or consultant at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, Husson College, and Montana State University. She was the dean at the Montana State University College of Nursing from 1990 to 1995, and is currently Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing at the Health Science Center of the University of Florida.

On the national level, Dr. Long has served on the advisory board to the U.S. Office of Rural Health Policy and was an invited member of the Advisory Group of Deans of Schools of Nursing providing input to President Clinton's Task Force on National Health Care Reform.

Dr. Long's strong ties to AACN include service on task forces that developed two landmark documents, The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and Nursing Education's Agenda for the 21st Century, and most recently as chair of the Task Force on the Education and Regulation of Professional Nursing Practice. She has served several terms on AACN's Board including a term as Secretary.

Dr. Long is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and is a certified clinical specialist in child and adolescent psychiatric/mental health nursing. She has been elected to membership in Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Delta Omega, and is a Life Fellow in the American Orthopsychiatric Association. Dr. Long's clinical work, research, and publications have focused on child and family mental health, rural health, and health issues affecting American Indian peoples.

"Preparing a highly educated nursing workforce in the interest of improving health care is central to the role AACN plays in the nursing and higher education communities," explained Dr. Long. "As AACN's President, I plan to further this mission by working to build consensus on future directions for nursing education, pursuing legislative support for nursing education and research, and raising public awareness about the importance of nurses in health care delivery."

AACN's Board Secretary Jean E. Bartels, PhD, RN, was chosen as AACN's new President-elect and will assume the presidency in spring 2004. Dr. Bartels is Professor and Chair of the School of Nursing at Georgia Southern University. She previously held the position of Professor and Chair of Nursing at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI. She currently serves on the statewide Georgia Board of Nursing Education Committee and provides regional, national, and international consultations on accreditation processes, community-based nursing education, outcome assessment, performance assessments, and in other key topic areas. In addition to her work as Board Secretary from 1999-2001, Dr. Bartels has served AACN as chair of the Program Committee, faculty for the Community-Based Education project funded by the Helene Fuld Health Trust, and member of the Steering Committee for the creation of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Joining Drs. Long and Bartels on the Board as newly elected members include Dorothy L. Powell, EdD, RN, FAAN, elected as Board Secretary; and Roberta K. Olson, PhD, RN, chosen to serve as Member-at-Large. Dr. Dorothy Powell is the Associate Dean for Nursing at Howard University's College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. Dr. Powell's close association with AACN includes service on the Board of Directors from 1997-2001; chair of the By-laws Committee; membership in the Government Affairs, Nominating, and Finance Committees; and AACN's liaison to the Friends of the Division of Nursing. A respected leader within the nursing profession, Dr. Powell currently serves on NIH's National Advisory Council on Nursing Research, on the Board of the Southeastern Regional Education Board, and on the Board of the Washington, DC Area Health Education Center.

Dr. Roberta Olson presently serves as Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University. Over the course of her career, she has served in the American Nurses Association's House of Delegates; been President of state nurses association in both Missouri and South Dakota; assumed the role of Secretary of the Midwest Alliance in Nursing; and served as Associate Dean at the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston and the University of Kansas. Dr. Olson's active participation in AACN includes membership on the Mentor/New Deans, Finance, and Executive Development Committees, and service on the task forces on Distance Education and Diversity.

Board members reelected for a second term at the spring meeting included Member-at-Large Cynthia Flynn Capers, PhD, RN, dean of the University of Akron College of Nursing; and Member-at-Large Mary Mundt, PhD, RN, dean of the University of Louisville School of Nursing.


The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 580 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.


Robert Rosseter, 202-463-6930, ext. 231