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The national dialogue about the need to re-envision health care is accelerating change for those working within the U.S. healthcare delivery system.  For registered nurses, the pace of change is relentless and typically fueled by the need to improve access, raise quality, and lower costs. Within the past decade, major reforms in health care have created a mandate for innovation in the education of professional nurses, creating unparalleled opportunities and challenges for schools of nursing. Today’s focus on meeting the triple aim (1. improving the quality of patient care; 2. improving the health of patient populations and communities; and 3. lowering the per capita costs of health care) have created a demand for new models of education and practice.

Through its mission to advance nursing education, research, and practice, AACN has also experienced dramatic changes during this timeframe and has taken the lead in advancing new models of nursing education for a transformed system of health care. As part of this evolution, the organization has broadened its mission, expanded its reach to the entire academic nursing enterprise in baccalaureate and graduate level programs, and led in the creation of new expectations for practice.

To better meet constituent and workforce needs, AACN convened a Futures Task Force in 2000 that resulted in a new organizational structure for the association and new processes for achieving its expanded mission. Given the significant new issues and expectations now facing the work of nursing and health care, the AACN Board of Directors has determined that the time is right to reassess our current operations with a goal of seeking new recommendations for the future work of AACN.
Therefore, the Futures Task Force is charged to:

1) Conduct a broad assessment of the major trends shaping nursing practice and the implications for transformation of nursing education and research. The task force should seek input from a broad base of constituents, both internal and external to AACN.

2) Conduct an assessment of current AACN programs and structures and their capacity to respond to the challenges identified.

3) Provide the AACN Board with a set of recommendations regarding potential new efforts that can be implemented to support the mission of the organization and assure support for the development of a nursing workforce for the future.

Please address your comments to either the chair or AACN staff liaison noted.

C. Fay Raines, PhD, Chair,
Emeritus Member
The University of Alabama in Huntsville


Greer Glazer, PhD
Board Liaison
Dean, University of Cincinnati
College of Nursing
Box 210038
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0038
(513) 558-5330
Fax: (513) 558-9030

Carol Aschenbrener, MD
2854 28th Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
(p) 202-518-6840
(cell) 202-256-6781

Judy Didion, PhD
Private Institution Representative
Dean, Lourdes University
College of Nursing
6832 Convent Boulevard
Sylvania, OH 43560
FAX: (419) 824-3985


Susan Fetsch, PhD
Small School Representative
Former Dean, Avila University
School of Nursing
11901 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64145-1698
(816) 501-3672
FAX: (816) 501-2413


Kathleen Gallo, PhD
Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer
The Center for Learning and Innovation
North Shore-LIJ Health System
1979 Marcus Avenue, Suite 101
Lake Success, NY 11042
(516) 396-6147



Philip Greiner, DNSc
Public Institution Representative
Director, San Diego State University
School of Nursing
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-0254
(619) 594-6384
FAX: (619) 594-2765


Eleanor Howell, PhD
Dean and Professor, Samford University
Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

(205) 726-2629

Teri Murray, PhD
Dean, Saint Louis University
School of Nursing
3525 Caroline Street
Saint Louis, MO 63104-1099
(314) 977-8909
FAX: (314) 977-8949

Teri Britt Pipe, PhD
Academic Health Center Representative
Dean, Arizona State University
College of Nursing and Health Innovation
550 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0698
(602) 496-2200
FAX: (602) 496-0873


Joie Whitney, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean for Research
University of Washington
School of Nursing
Box 357266
Seattle, WA 98195-7266
(206) 685-2264


Deb Trautman, PhD, AACN Staff Liaison
Chief Executive Officer
ext. 223

Jennifer Ahearn, MBA, AACN Staff Liaison
Chief Operating Officer
(202) 463-6930 ext. 228