In 2014, the AACN Board of Directors established the Futures Task Force to develop 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. See the Futures Task Force Report. As part of its charge, the task force conducted an organizational assessment to determine if AACN is well positioned to meet the needs of all internal and external stakeholders given the expansion of our mission and reach. In order for AACN to truly serve as the catalyst for innovation in nursing education that will improve health and health care, the task force recommended in its final report that AACN should “explore opportunities for alternative governance structures that will support nimbleness, innovation, timeliness, collaboration, and inclusivity (e.g. advisory councils, different board models, expanded memberships, emphasis on generative role for governance).”
The Task Force will:
1. Explore governance structures that support nimbleness, innovation, timeliness, collaboration, and inclusivity.
2. Consider advisory councils, different board models, and expanded membership opportunities.
3. Ensure membership constituents are provided opportunities for full engagement and are optimally positioned for success.
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