Resources for Deans

Welcome to this web resource designed specifically for Deans at AACN member institutions. 

COVID-19 Nursing Student Support Fund

The COVID-19 Nursing Student Support Fund provides one-time grants to nursing students enrolled in AACN member schools who need financial support to complete their nursing programs and/or meet life expenses. 

With more than 2,800 applications received, nursing students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia were chosen for support following a competitive application process.  The Foundation for Academic Nursing is seeking additional support from other corporate and individual donors for this fund to expand our ability to help more nursing students in need.  

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Latest AACN Announcements & Initiatives for Members
  • AACN Launches New National Campaign to Elevate Academic Nursing’s Role in Administering the COVID-19 Vaccine

    January 19, 2021

    Through this initiative, nursing schools will pledge their support to safely engage faculty, students, and other stakeholders in the work underway to administer the vaccine and educate citizens on protecting themselves against this public health threat.

  • AACN Issues New White Paper to Support Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

    December 15, 2020

    As a primary advocate for advancing diversity and inclusion within schools of nursing, AACN is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has endorsed a new white paper titled Promising Practices in Holistic Admissions Review: Implementation in Academic Nursing. This new resource provides a roadmap for schools looking to recruit more students from underrepresented groups into the nursing profession using evidence-based strategies and admissions redesign.

  • Meeting Highlights and Reports from 2020 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference Now Available

    November 10, 2020

  • 2020 National Faculty Meeting Underway – November 15 through December 30

    November 5, 2020

    AACN is asking member schools to schedule a second National Faculty Meeting between November 15 and December 30, 2020 to share the current draft of the Essentials with faculty and practice partners and collect any input. AACN has put together several tools and resources for schools to facilitate a meaningful dialogue. These resources include an overview video, link to the latest draft Essentials, a summary of feedback from a recent input session at the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference, proposed discussion questions, and a link to provide feedback from your institution.

  • New Call for Video Submissions on Diversity

    October 22, 2020

    AACN announced  a  call for videos for a new section of our Gallery of Leadership focused on addressing racism and inequality and fostering inclusive learning environments. We invite deans to submit a video and share insights on how your school is working to help end racism and foster equitable change.

  • 2020 Faculty Vacancy Survey Results Now Available

    October 6, 2020

  • Discover Nursing Virtual Fair – October 7, 2020

    September 15, 2020

    AACN is excited to announce the NursingCAS Discover Nursing Virtual Fair will be on Wednesday, October 7! This Virtual Fair is offered only to NursingCAS participating schools and allows programs to chat virtually with prospective students in their own personalized chat rooms in this live, online event.

  • Deadline Extended for Nominations for AACN's Diversity & Inclusion Award

    September 11, 2020

    Nominations must be made by representatives of AACN member institutions. Nominations are limited to one from each member school. The award and lectureship opportunity is presented annually at the AACN Deans Annual Meeting. View award details.

  • AACN Announces Fall Faculty Forum, A Virtual Event for Faculty

    August 31, 2020

    Sessions focus on a variety of topics related to AACN’s work on re-envisioning the Essentials. In addition to generous networking opportunities, attendees are invited to submit and review virtual poster abstracts, which showcase the use of technology, digitally innovative learning and teaching strategies, and competency-based assessment methods currently in use that will facilitate the transition to the new Essentials. View event details

  • Registration Now Open for the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference

    July 29, 2020

    Deans and Associate/Assistant Deans of AACN Member Schools of Nursing are invited to join peers during the month of October to hear from leading experts, trendsetters, and academic and legislative speakers on driving innovation and excellence in nursing.  This virtual experience begins October 1, with a live online event October 18-20, and post-conference content through October 30.

  • June 2020 Like Schools Virtual Discussions

    July 21, 2020

    AACN hosted four virtual like schools discussion forums. During these stimulating discussions, member schools shared what is happening at their institution while learning about strategies and success stories.

  • AACN and Scrubin Uniforms Partner to Provide PPE to U.S. Schools of Nursing

    July 6, 2020

    AACN and Scrubin Uniforms announce a new partnership, which will make it easier for schools of nursing to acquire the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed for nursing students engaged in clinical coursework.

  • Gallery of Leadership Recognizing Academic Nursing's Contribution to Addressing COVID-19

    May 18, 2020

    AACN has created this gallery to spotlight insights and inspirations from member deans whose faculty and students are leading efforts to confront the pandemic in their communities. Member deans are encourage to submit a video for inclusion in the gallery. Submission deadline is July 15.

  • Foundation for Academic Nursing Announce AACN Faculty Scholars Grant Program

    May 7, 2020

    AACN is pleased to announce the creation of a new program designed to spark innovation and excellence in academic nursing. The AACN Faculty Scholars Grant Program will provide funding support to nurse educators whose scholarly activities reflect current issues in nursing education or practice and support AACN’s strategic priorities.

  • Dr. Susan Bakewell-Sachs from Oregon Health & Science University Appointed Chair of the AACN Board of Directors

    March 23, 2020

    AACN is pleased to announce that Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and vice president for nursing affairs at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing, has been appointed Chair of the AACN Board of Directors.

  • Considerations for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response in U.S. Schools of Nursing

    March 12, 2020

    AACN has developed some recommendations for our member schools to consider as they move ahead with their plans to address the COVID-19 outbreak in their local communities and campuses.

  • AACN's 2020 Deans Annual Meeting Cancelled

    March 10, 2020

    Given the unfolding public health concern posed by the Coronavirus and the critical leadership roles our members play on campus and in their home communities related to care delivery and prevention, AACN has moved to cancel the Deans Annual Meeting, Executive Development Series for Deans, Student Policy Summit, and the Nursing Advancement Professionals Conference planned for March 19-24, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators

    March 2, 2020

    To support the information needs of nursing school deans, faculty, students, and other stakeholders, AACN has developed this resource center to highlight key information sources about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) found on the web.

  • Conference Opportunity for Graduate Students

    February 26, 2020

    The 2020 Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) Conference, which is exclusively tailored for students in master’s and doctoral programs, will be held in Washington, DC August 13-14, 2020. Sessions will focus on meeting students’ professional formation and leadership development. Reflecting the theme of Celebrating the Future of Nursing: A Graduate Nursing Student Summit, the conference will offer sessions on leadership development, political advocacy, mentoring, nursing innovation, and personal brand development.

  • AACN Announces 2020 Election Results

    February 20, 2020

    AACN is pleased to announce the results of its 2020 election to fill seats on the AACN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee.

  • Announcing Regional Meetings on AACN's Re-Envisioning of the Essentials

    January 14, 2020

    AACN will host four regional meetings to collect feedback from our members and stakeholders. Register Now! Participation is limited to the first 200 registrants.

  • Follow up & Highlights from AACN's 2019 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference

    November 4, 2019

    Thank you to the deans, directors, and colleagues who joined us in Washington, DC for the 2019 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference (ANLC). For those who were not able to attend, highlights from this conference are now posted on the web, including the Essentials presentation, PowerPoint presentations, committee reports, notes from the like-schools discussions, and photo galleries. To access these materials, please log-in to AACN's Conference Highlights web page.

  • Upcoming Opportunities for Member Feedback and Engagement on the AACN Essentials

    September 23, 2019

    AACN is planning a number of opportunities for members to provide input on draft documents produced by the task force as we work to reach consensus around the competency expectations of future graduates.

  • AACN Announces New PhD Pathway Discussion Group

    September 9, 2019

    AACN has created a dedicated community space for all member discussions concerning the PhD Pathway.

2020 Award Winners in Excellence in Academic Nursing

At the 2020 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference (ANLC), AACN presented several awards to individuals and member schools for their outstanding contributions to nursing education, research, and practice. 

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Rounds with Leadership

A new forum for AACN’s Board Chair and President/CEO to offer commentary on issues and trends impacting academic nursing.

Read the latest forum