Academic Nursing

AACN is the driving force for innovation and excellence in academic nursing. Together with our members, AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Advancing Academic Leadership for New Deans
Geared toward new deans and those in the role for up to 2 years, this program provides an intensive 12-month experience led by the Center for Creative Leadership. This comprehensive program includes four- face-to-face meetings, three of which are tied to AACN meetings, as well as the expectation that participants will develop and implement a leadership project at their home institutions utilizing the principles they are learning.

Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing (ELAN)
A leadership program for upper level faculty who have experience in academic administration roles and chief academic officers new to the role. The program includes a week-long intensive seminar that allows for a select group of fellows to become immersed in a unique leadership experience.

Nursing Advancement Professionals (NAP) Conference

The annual Nursing Advancement Professionals Conference provides an opportunity for nursing education advancement, development, marketing, and communications professionals to explore future trends in academic nursing, share success stories, develop innovative new strategies, and to establish a resource network of peers.

Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals (GNAP) Conference
The GNAP Conference provides an opportunity for graduate nursing admissions professionals to share their successes, develop new strategies, and establish a resource network of peers. Join this diverse group comprised of individuals responsible for graduate nursing student recruitment, admissions, marketing and programming for lively discussions and networking opportunities.

Business Officers of Nursing Schools (BONUS) Annual Meeting
The BONUS Annual Meeting offers those who work on the administration side of nursing education a great opportunity to explore future trends in academic nursing, strategies to strengthen alternative sources of revenue, learning skills for budget forecasting and new budget models, opportunities for leadership and team building, and so much more. Learn from renowned thought leaders, meet face-to-face with BONUS network members, and take away innovative strategies to help you succeed in your role back home.