Defining Scholarship for Academic Nursing Task Force

In 1999, AACN’s membership voted to endorse a position statement on Defining Scholarship for the Discipline of Nursing, which focused on four aspects of scholarship that are salient to academic nursing – discovery, teaching, applications in clinical practice, and integration of ideas from nursing and other disciplines. This document was developed to clarify the scholarly work of nursing in academic settings and has been used extensively over the past 17 years to guide promotion, tenure, and merit reviews for nurse educators. Given the changes that have occurred within health care and higher education since 1999, and in light of the new definition of academic nursing contained in the AACN-Manatt report, this landmark AACN position statement should be revisited to ensure that it fully captures contemporary expectations related to nursing scholarship.

The Task Force will:

1. Evaluate AACN’s 1999 Position Statement on Defining Scholarship for the Discipline of Nursing in light of the new definition for Academic Nursing, as outlined in the AACN-Manatt report Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing.

2. Propose a definition of scholarship as related to education, research, and practice that accounts for trends in new research methods, concerns for improving health, and multiple ways of knowing.

3. Differentiate how scholarship might be operationalized by nurses prepared in research-focused and practice-focused doctorates.

4. Consider contemporary issues around tenure and how they are related to production of nursing scholarship. 

5. Describe the integration of scholarship across institutional missions and how scholarship is promoted via improvement science, participatory action research, team science, and big data and how it is translated to practice.

Please address your comments to either the chair or AACN staff liaison noted.

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Robin Newhouse, PhD, Chair
Dean, School of Nursing 
Indiana University
600 Barnhill Drive, NU 130
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 274-1485

Donna Berry, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 632-1909

Rosanne Burson, DNP
DNP Program Coordinator
Associate Professor
McAuley School of Nursing 
University of Detroit Mercy
McAuley School of Nursing
4001 W McNichols
Detroit, MI. 48221
(586) 292-1246

Carol Dorough, EdD
Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Mount Vernon Nazarene
800 Martinsburg Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
(740) 392-6868 ext. 3261

Barbara Johnson, PhD
Dean, School of Nursing
Belhaven University
1500 Peachtree Street
Jackson, MS 39202
(601) 968-8935

Jean McSweeney, PhD
Associate Dean, College of Nursing
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 W Markham, #529
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 296-1982

Katherine Pereira, DNP
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Duke University
Room 3055, 307 Trent Drive
Durham, NC 27710
(919) 684-4244

Kristen Swanson, PhD
Dean, College of Nursing
Seattle University
Garrand 200E
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 296-5670

Patricia Thompson, EdD
CEO, Sigma Theta Tau International
The Honor Society of Nursing
550 W. North St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Joan Vitello, PhD
Dean, Graduate School of Nursing 
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
(508) 856-5081

Kathy McGuinnAACN Staff Liaison
Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice Partnerships
Special Advisor for Quality Initiatives
(202) 463-6930 ext. 262

Rick Garcia, PhDAACN Staff Liaison
Director of Nursing Education
(202) 463-6930 ext. 251