Resources for Deans

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

Latest AACN Announcements & Initiatives for Members
  • AACN Rounds with Leadership: Accelerating Momentum for Change

    July 28, 2021

    Meet AACN’s New Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Vernell Dewitty and see AACN’s latest steps to serve as a primary advocate for advancing DEI-focused initiatives in academic nursing.

  • AACN Launches New Leadership Network with DEI Focus

    July 26, 2021

    In keeping with our strategic priorities, AACN is pleased to announce the launch of its eighth Leadership Network: The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Network (DEILN). This latest network grew out of AACN’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Group (DEIG), which was launched in 2018 to bring nursing school faculty and staff together to provide guidance to AACN and member schools on meeting diversity goals. With membership in DEIG now surpassing 120, AACN moved to evolve this advisory group into an official Leadership Network.

  • Print Copies on Sale Now: The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education

    July 7, 2021

    Used to define quality in nursing education, The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education outline the necessary curriculum content and expected competencies of graduates from baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. With the endorsement of the new AACN Essentials by the membership in April 2021, academic nursing is moving toward a new model and framework for nursing education using a competency-based approach.

  • Registration Now Open for the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference

    June 1, 2021

    Join us for this premier event, designed specifically for academic nursing leaders, to reconnect and re-energize with fellow colleagues and to impact nursing education and the future of nursing. The conference program features thought-provoking views and trendsetting ideas, award-winning speakers, and educational content carefully selected to help strengthen your role as an academic nursing leader.

  • AACN Announces 2021 Election Results
    February 10, 2021
    AACN is pleased to announce the results of its 2021 election to fill seats on the AACN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee.

  • 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

Rounds with Leadership

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

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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. 

Learn More About Award Winners

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