Round with Leadership - New Year, New Home Base for AACN

Published January 25, 2017

Welcome to Rounds with Leadership, a new forum for AACN’s Board Chair and President/CEO to offer commentary on issues and trends impacting academic nursing.

2017 arrives with a new opportunity for AACN to amplify its role as the voice of academic nursing within the larger healthcare arena.  The association is pleased to announce that it will be moving its headquarters office to 655 K Street in Washington, DC in late summer 2017.  At its new home base, AACN will be co-located with peer associations representing medicine, dentistry, physician assistant education, and veterinary medicine.

“The new office space is particularly appealing, as this address has become the nation’s most visible hub for interprofessional health profession education and collaborative practice,” said AACN Board Chair Juliann Sebastian.  “Relocating to this building will better position AACN to meet the needs of our 800 member schools of nursing and accommodate our expanding programming, services, and professional staff.” 

To facilitate the relocation, AACN has executed a lease agreement with 655 K Street and is taking steps to move its headquarters office – without a disruption in member services – by August 2017. This state-of-the-art building, owned by the Association of American Medical Colleges, also houses the American Dental Education Association, the Physician Assistant Education Association, and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

Much of AACN’s work with the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is centered at this downtown Washington, DC location. AACN was a founding member of IPEC whose work to develop competencies related to team-based care is transforming how health professionals across disciplines are being prepared for contemporary practice. The latest set of IPEC competencies, which were revised in 2016, may be downloaded from the web, and details on two upcoming IPEC faculty development institutes have now been released.

“With healthcare delivery moving to become primarily team-based, AACN welcomes the opportunity to work more closely with our colleague associations at 655 K Street, and we look forward to opportunities for synergy, shared advocacy, and innovation,” said AACN President and CEO Deborah Trautman. 

More details about AACN’s move will be released over the next several months.  AACN is planning an open house for all members to tour the new offices, which will coincide with the association’s Academic Nursing Leadership Conference (formerly the Fall Semiannual Meeting) in October 2017.