Conference Program

  • Live Event
  • Pre-Events
  • Post-Events
Sunday, October 18

1:00-2:00 p.m. 
Here to Serve: AACN Updates and Rounds with AACN Leadership    
Join AACN leadership for updates on the association’s priorities, strategic initiatives, and new developments. AACN Board Chair Susan Bakewell-Sachs and President/CEO Deb Trautman provide an overview of the association’s work to transform academic nursing and serve our members. Come ask questions and learn more about how this work can impact and elevate your school of nursing.
Speakers: Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, Dean, Vice President for Nursing Affairs, Professor, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, and Chair, AACN Board of Directors, and Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC        

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Plenary: The Imperative of Civility and Community in Uncertain Times
John P. McGovern Lectureship Award     

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in a variety of unprecedented and unpredictable ways. Pandemic-associated issues and other challenges can result in heightened levels of stress, which in turn, can lead to acts of incivility. In a climate of uncertainty and unpredictability, recommitting to collegiality, community, and civility by all members of the academic community is more important than ever. This engaging and thought-provoking session provides a deepened and empirical understanding of incivility and its impact and provides a variety of evidence-based strategies to foster civility and healthy academic work environments.            
Speaker: Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, Professor Emeritus, School of Nursing, Boise State University, Boise, ID, Nursing Advisor, ATI, Nursing Education, and Author

4:00-5:00 p.m.
Plenary: The Future of Health Care: Finding Common Ground in Divisive Times
Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Lectureship Award   
Many would argue that we live in a time of unprecedented divisions on multiple fronts- generational, regional, partisan, and professional. Dr. Kirch draws on his experiences in government, academic health centers, and associations to discuss the drivers of these divisions and, most importantly, describe how health care can and should become the place in which we find national (and even global) “common ground.”
Speaker: Darrell Kirch, MD, President Emeritus, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington DC, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Monday, October 19

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Leadership and Diversity: During a Pandemic Disruption
This discussion looks at different approaches taken to lead through the challenges of 2020.  Together we learn how to prepare leadership for any disruption and intentionally lead your school to success.
Panelists: Angela Amar, PhD, RN, Dean, School of Nursing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, and Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing & Health Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Facilitator: Sean Olson, CEO and Co-founder, Renogize Professional Coaching

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Like-Schools Focused Discussions
Discuss vital topics important to your institution during facilitated virtual roundtables. You may select your group based on affinity and/or interest in agenda items:

  • Small/Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Private Colleges/Universities 
  • Public Colleges/Universities
  • Academic Health Centers

2:00-3:00 p.m. 
AACN Membership Meeting
Facilitated by Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, Dean, Vice President for Nursing Affairs, Professor, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, and Chair, AACN Board of Directors

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Looking Ahead – Election 2020 and Beyond
As our nation continues to grapple with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepares for the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election, join former Congressmen Alan Wheat (D-MO) and John Shadegg (R-AZ) for an inside look into what lays ahead. Our bipartisan experts pull from their years of experience on and off Capitol Hill and share election outlooks as we continue to address current and future healthcare challenges.
Speakers: Honorable Congressman Alan Wheat, D-MO, and Honorable Congressman John Shadegg, R-AZ

Tuesday, October 20

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Coffee and Conversations 

  • Associate/Assistant Dean Dialogue 
    Join your colleagues for a forum dedicated to the needs and issues of associate/assistant deans and explore matters of concern to you and your peers.
  • Deans of Minority Serving Nursing Schools
    Meet with other deans and directors from minority serving nursing schools and share success stories as well as how you may be addressing challenges.
  • New Dean Dialogue
    Gather for a thought-provoking conversation about the opportunities and challenges of a new deanship. Explore the latest opportunities for leadership development within AACN. This forum is aimed towards individuals who have been in a dean or director position for two years or less.

11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Plenary: Challenging Assumptions - Innovating Through Chaos
Healthcare education and systems are experiencing massive disruptions. High-performing organizations use rigorous innovation to adapt to the changing market. This presentation discusses how leaders can harness the energy of chaos to mobilize teams and create the future nursing education.
Speaker: Dan Weberg, PhD, RN, Head of Clinical Innovations, Trusted Health, San Francisco, CA    

12:30-3:30 p.m. (break 1:45-2:15 p.m.)  
AACN Essentials: Continuing the Conversation
The AACN Board of Directors appointed a task force to update the Essentials to reflect today’s healthcare and higher education environment, a transition to competency-based education, and alignment across baccalaureate and graduate degrees. This session includes a brief presentation on the progress of the Task Force to date, and a deep dive opportunity for small group discussion and wrap-up summary from the Task Force leadership.

3:30 p.m.
Conference Closing 
Speakers: Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, Dean, Vice President for Nursing Affairs, Professor, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, and Chair, AACN Board of Directors, and Janie Heath, PhD, RN,  Dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing, College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, and Chair, AACN, Program Committee

Thursday, October 1 | 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
ANLC Virtual Experience: Get Started
Get started with the ANLC-Month Long Virtual Experience. AACN staff offers participants a guided tour through the conference virtual experience highlighting opportunities to optimize conference engagement, joining peers in discussion and forward-thinking exchanges, to access interactive plenary and emerging solution. 

Friday, October 2 | 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Lessons Learned from COVID-19: Shaping the Future for Academic Nursing
It is critical that we review the lessons learned so far from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is imperative that policymakers, nurse educators, and the organizations and systems that oversee and provide health care understand the unique characteristics associated with nursing’s role in health care and public health emergency preparedness. Competency-based education and training activities are required to prepare the nursing workforce for these roles.
Speaker: Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, RN, Professor, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Thursday, October 8 | 1:00-2:00 p.m.
AI – Key to Accelerated Learning and Innovation in Academic Nursing
Listen to an expert explain how AI can drive pedagogy, transform curricula and advance innovation within schools of nursing. Learn about leveraging neurolinguistic-friendly data visualization to accelerate learning, updating curricula to enable Big-Data-powered learning, and experience how evidence streams from Big Data.
Speaker: Roy L. Simpson, DNP, RN, Assistant Dean, Technology Management, Professor, Clinical Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 

Thursday, October 15 | 1:00-2:00 p.m.
2020 Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award and New Era for Academic Nursing Award: A Showcase of Excellence

  • Building Successful Academic-Practice Partnerships: 2020 Award Recipients
    Farmingdale State College Department of Nursing, Molloy College School of Nursing, St. Joseph’s College Department of Nursing, and the Asthma Coalition of Long Island 
  • New Era for Academic Nursing Award:  2020 Award Recipient 
    Columbia University School of Nursing and New York-Presbyterian Hospital

The Academic-Practice Partnership Award recognizes member schools and their practice partners who are identified as model academic-practice partnerships. The New Era for Academic Nursing Award recognizes AACN member institutions that have successfully implemented recommended strategies from AACN's report Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing.

Friday, October 16 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
New Member Orientation 
Learn how AACN membership can benefit you and your organization, and how you can engage to advance academic nursing along with AACN’s mission and strategic priorities. (All are welcome.)
Hosted by AACN’s Board of Directors and Membership Committee 

Wednesday, October 21 | 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Solution Circle: Accreditation for Nursing Continuing Professional Development and Interprofessional Continuing Education
Sponsored by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
ANCC Accreditation Executive Leaders provide an overview of the criteria and processes for accrediting organizations to provide nursing continuing professional development (ANCC contact hours) and interprofessional continuing education (IPCE credit). Outcomes of organizations accredited by ANCC only and by the Joint Accreditation program are shared. Time will be provided for discussion and Q&A.  

Friday, October 23 | 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Advancing Academic Leadership for New Deans (AALND) – Presentation of Independent Learning Projects 
Hear four of your colleagues present their independent learning projects developed through AACN’s LEADS program Advancing Academic Leadership for New Deans. These projects focus on community initiatives, partnerships, and state, regional, or national policy that benefit the participant’s organization and /or academic nursing. 

Tuesday, October 27 | 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Membership Innovation Awards 2020: Recognizing the Re-envisioning Traditional Models for Nursing Education

  • Public Colleges and Universities: University of Missouri-Columbia 
  • Private Colleges and Universities: Immaculata University 
  • Small/Liberal Arts Colleges: Lakeview College of Nursing 
  • Academic Health Centers: Uniform Services University 

The Innovation Awards program is designed to recognize the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change. Hear the latest trends in innovation and accomplishments of this year’s award recipients. 

Friday, October 30 | 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Meaningful Recognition of Faculty: Leveraging the Power in the Academic Setting 
A panel of academic leaders discuss use of meaningful recognition as solution to mitigate faculty burnout and subsequent turnover of nursing faculty and discuss the impact to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. The panel provides insights into application of meaningful recognition as a powerful leadership tool, inviting the audience to participate through small group discussion and questions and answers during the session. 
Panelists: Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, EdD, RN, Professor, Dean Emerita, Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX; Patricia Hurn, PhD, RN, Dean, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; and Deborah Jones, PhD, RN, Senior Vice President and Dean, School of Nursing, Rebecca Sealy Distinguished Centennial CHair, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX
Facilitator: Cynthia D. Sweeney, DNP, RN, Vice President for Nursing, The DAISY Foundation


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Times are listed in Eastern Time (ET). Program subject to change.

Academic-Practice Partnerships: Collaborating to Prepare Nursing Students for Practice

Friday, October 16 | 1:00-3:00 pm (ET)
Special Session Hosted by AACN's Organizational Leadership Network (OLN)

Join us as we explore ways academic and healthcare system leaders enhance professional collaboration and communication as we respond to societal healthcare issues. We discuss strategies to enhance the synergy between academic and practice partners relative to preparing students for practice.
Speaker: Jill Case-Wirth, RN, Senior Vice President/Chief Nurse Executive, WellStar Health System

(This session is open to all attendees)

Learn more about OLN and join today!

Forward-Thinking Exchanges

Don't miss the opportunity to connect with peers and partners to exchange experiences, new ideas and strategies. Take advantage of ANLC's virtual networking events to meet, reconnect and re-energize with fellow academic nursing leaders.

Stay tuned for more information on these engaging networking opportunities!

CE Credit

AACN is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.