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Welcome & Opening PlenaryPhoto of Rear Admiral Aisha K. Mix

Protecting the Public's Health: Prioritizing Health Equity and Climate Change

Sunday, October 31, 2021 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET
The nation’s public health priorities are constantly evolving as nurse leaders work to strengthen and transform our nation’s health. Through her role as Chief Nurse Officer at the US Public Health Service, Rear Admiral Mix will discuss current public health concerns, such as climate change and health equity. Come learn from a seasoned leader with more than 20 years of experience in nursing as a clinician, public health practitioner, educator, and emergency manager. Participants will dig deeper into today’s public health landscape and consider how academic nursing can engage to help keep communities safe.

Rear Admiral Aisha K. Mix, DNP, RN
Assistant Surgeon General & Chief Nurse Officer
U.S. Public Health Service
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The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity

Sunday, October 31, 2021 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
The National Academy of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, challenges nursing leaders and other stakeholders to prioritize advancing health equity and addressing the systemic inequities and public health disparities exacerbated by the pandemic. The report lays out a series of recommendations to help our nation meet the need for a stronger, more diversified nursing workforce that is prepared to provide care and promote health and well-being among nurses, individuals, and communities. Dr. Susan B. Hassmiller, senior scholar in residence and adviser to the president on nursing at the National Academy of Medicine together with Dr. Marshall Chin and Dr. Greer Glazer who served on the committee that released the report, will be part of a panel moderated by Dr. Susan Bakewell-Sachs, Chair, AACN Board of Directors. Discover how nurse leaders can advance the report recommendations.

Susan Hassmiller, Greer Glazer, and Marshall ChinSusan Hassmiller, PhD, RN
Senior Advisor for Nursing

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Greer Glazer, PhD, CNP, RN
Dean Emeritus and Schmidlapp Professor of Nursing

College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati
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Marshall Chin, MD, MPH
Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics

Department of Medicine, University of Chicago
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Dorothy A HoggJohn P. McGovern Lectureship Award Plenary

Leading through Change: Insights from the Retired A.F. Surgeon General

Sunday, October 31, 2021 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. ET
In the fields of health care and higher education, change is constant. How you manage this uncertainty will determine the impact you will have as an academic nurse leader. Being able to lead through change will keep your organization moving forward and inspire others to join you on the quest to meet your mission. Please join us for this special presentation from one of the highest-ranking nurses in the U.S. military. With preparation as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Lt. Gen. (Retired) Dorothy A. Hogg is the Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force who also serves as the first Surgeon General of the U.S. Space Force. Discover the keys to this leader’s success and how you can apply the lessons she has learned at your school of nursing.

Lt. Gen. (Retired) Dorothy A. Hogg

Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon

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John P. McGovern Lectureship Award
This award honors John P. McGovern for his noted clinical practice and research, and distinguished record of scholarship, skill, and service. Award recipients are chosen by the AACN Board of Directors on the basis of their scholarship and the notability of their contributions to nursing, health care, or higher education. Recipients address the membership at AACN's Academic Nursing Leadership Conference.

Here to Serve: AACN Updates and Annual Address on the State of Academic Nursing  

Saturday, October 30, 2021 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET
Join AACN leadership for updates on the association’s priorities, strategic initiatives, and new developments. AACN Board Chair and President/CEO provide an overview of the association’s work to transform academic nursing and serve our members. Ask questions and learn more about how this work can impact and elevate your school of nursing.

Susan Bakewell-Sachs and Deborah TrautmanSusan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN

Chair, AACN Board of Directors
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Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN
President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Colleges of
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Closing Plenary

Advancing Self-Care and Wellness in Academic Nursing

Monday, November 1, 2021 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET
Deans have the ability to create an environment that promotes well-being for students, faculty, and staff. This session explores the importance of placing one’s own well-being as a high priority. Nursing leaders have the opportunity to create school or department policies that promote a culture of well-being. Specific ideas are discussed that contribute to a healthier work environment such as team norms, boundary setting, and mindful practices.   

Eileen O'Grady and Jean JohnsonEileen O’Grady, PhD, RN
CEO and Wellness Coach
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Jean Johnson, PhD, RN
Dean Emeritus, Professor, School of Nursing

George Washington University
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