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AACN's Vision for Nursing Education Task Force

In 1993, AACN released the position statement on Nursing Education’s Agenda for the 21st Century, which was later updated in 1999. In addition, AACN issued a position statement in 1997 titled A Vision for Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education: The Next Decade, which was retired in 2011. Since these visionary documents were published, AACN has broadened its mission, expanded its reach to the entire academic nursing enterprise in baccalaureate and graduate level programs, and led in the creation of new expectations for practice. Dramatic changes in nursing education as well as healthcare delivery also have occurred prompting the need for AACN to establish a new vision for nursing education to guide the development of academic programs (baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral) that prepare graduates with the competencies needed to positively impact health and health care. The resulting position statement will provide the foundation for the revision of the AACN Essentials.  

The Task Force will: 

1. Clarify preferred educational pathways and the preparation necessary to succeed in evolving and future roles for nursing professionals (e.g., entry into practice, transitions into practice, preparation of nursing faculty).

2. Evaluate the future needs of the nursing workforce. 

3. Consider academic nursing’s role in promoting population health, addressing the social determinants of health, and advancing interprofessional engagement.

4. Propose overarching and broad-based curricular recommendations for baccalaureate and graduate programs (e.g., implications of common versus diverse curricula, strengthening the science foundation in the discipline, reconsidering clinical education models). 

Review the 1997 and 1999 position statements (retired) on Nursing Education’s Agenda for the 21st Century and A Vision for Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education: The Next Decade

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

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Christine Pacini, PhD, Chair
Dean and Professor
University of Detroit Mercy
McAuley School of Nursing
4001 W McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 993-1208

Mary Bishop, DNP, Faculty Representative
MSN Director & Assistant Professor
University of West Georgia
Tanner Health System School of Nursing
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118
(678) 839-5641

Ginny Bowman, MSN, Practice Representative 
Director, Nursing Programs
MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 792-6563

Jean Giddens, PhD
Dean and Professor
Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Nursing
P.O. Box 980567
1100 East Leigh Street
Richmond, VA 23298
(804) 828-5174

Jeanne-Marie Havener, PhD
Director of Nursing
Castleton University
62 Alumni Drive
Castleton, VT 05735
(802) 468-1262

Cynthia McCurren, PhD, Board Liaision
Dean, Kirkhof College of Nursing
Grand Valley State University
301 Michigan Street, NE
Suite 300
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 331-3558

Joan Shaver, PhD
Dean and Professor
University of Arizona
College of Nursing
P.O. Box 210203
1305 N. Martin Avenue
Tuscon, AZ 85721
(520) 626-6152

Joan Stanley, PhD, AACN Staff Liaison
Chief Academic Officer
(202) 463-6930, ext. 254

Rick García, PhD, AACN Staff Liaison
Director of Nursing Education
(202) 463-6930, ext. 251