Sponsored by Nurse.com by OnCourse Learning, this award recognizes outstanding contributions made by an individual or a group that champion diversity, inclusion, and sustainability in nursing education.
The purpose of the AACN Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award is to recognize a faculty member who systematically investigates questions related to student learning and the conditions under which it occurs in order to improve outcomes.
The purpose of the AACN Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award is to recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing at AACN member schools by faculty with more than five years of teaching experience. Faculty who teach in didactic and/or clinical settings will be considered for this award.
The purpose of the AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Awards is to recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by novice faculty at AACN member schools. Two awards will be presented each year, with one award presented in each of the following categories below.
The Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award will be presented to faculty teaching in either classroom or online settings.
The Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award will recognize outstanding faculty teaching in clinical setting.
This inaugural award recognizes AACN member institutions that have successfully implemented recommended strategies from AACN's report Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing. This award was presented for the first time at the 2017 AACN Academic Nursing Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
This award recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change. Innovation awards will be given in four institutional categories: Small School; Academic Health Center (AHC); Private School without an AHC; and Public School without an AHC.
This annual award recognizes AACN member institutions involved in highly productive and model academic-practice partnerships. Up to three awards will be presented at AACN's Academic Nursing Leadership Conference (formerly Fall Semiannual Meeting).
AACN created this awards program to recognize and showcase outstanding dissertations and final DNP projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. Many doctoral students are advancing ground-breaking research and practice innovations that are worthy of national recognition and could serve as exemplars for other students to emulate.
- Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award for an outstanding dissertation from a student in a PhD in nursing or DNS program. A dissertation is an original research project that focuses on advancing nursing science and developing new evidence with the potential to guide nursing practice.
- Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award for an outstanding final project from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. A DNP project demonstrates high-level mastery of an area of advanced nursing practice and focuses on the translation of evidence into practice.