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See the latest resource for holistic review, an effective admissions strategy that assesses an applicant’s unique experiences alongside traditional measures of academic achievement. 

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Holistic Admission Review Training

This workshop training  is designed to help universities consider a broad range of factors reflecting the applicant’s academic readiness, contribution to the incoming class, and potential for success both in school and later as a professional.  For more information contact Vernell DeWitty at

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Diversity & Inclusion

AACN is a primary advocate for advancing diversity and inclusivity within academic nursing.

Role of Holistic Admission in Schools of Nursing

Dr. Julie Zerwic from the University of Illinois at Chicago, discusses the importance and need for Holistic Admissions at schools of nursing. She also highlights the benefits of participating in the AACN Holistic Admission Review Workshop.

Organizational Culture: Why Diversity Matters

Jacinta Gauda is an executive coach and expert communications trainer. She has developed talent acquisition and global corporate diversity programs for leading corporations.  This presentation highlights the best diversity practices in academic environments.

Diversity - Why Does it Matter?

Angela Amar is an associate professor and assistant dean for BSN Education in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. This presentation describes the influence of demographic changes and discuss strategies to navigate intercultural interactions to better meet the needs of patients, coworkers, and organizations.

Registration Now Open for AACN HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant Summit and Regional Meetings

The HRSA Nursing Workforce Grantee Summit and Regional are designed for HRSA grantees ONLY and are invitation only events.  Please register for both the summit and regional meeting if you have been awarded a HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant and have a fully executed contract with AACN for technical assistance support.

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Summit Registration
The AACN HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grantee Summit will be hosted on November 14 -15, 2018 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, LA. This is a invitation only event.  Please complete the online registration form to confirm your attendance. Note that schools may send a maximum of four (4) participants to the summit.

Regional Meetings Registration
AACN will host five (5) regional Holistic Admissions Review Leadership and Unconscious Bias Workshops. Please complete the registration form to confirm your attendance. Each school will select a minimum of two (2) and maximum of four (4) to participants to attend one of the five Holistic Admissions Review Leadership Workshops. Schools are free to determine who should attend these meetings, but all attendees will have to participate in the Holistic Admissions Workshop offered  at your nursing school during 2017-2018.  Participants should have some responsibilities for the implementation of holistic admission review process at your school. 

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Christine Downing at (202) 463-6930 ext. 266 or
Diversity in the News
  • New Careers in Nursing Nationwide 2007-2017 Database Now Available

    July 25, 2018

    The New Careers in Nursing Nationwide, 2007-2017 database was designed to evaluate the New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) program. NCIN aimed to provide a streamlined pathway for those individuals who held a bachelor degree but no healthcare experience, to diversify the nursing workforce by identifying underrepresented minorities who were interested in the nursing profession, and to provide individuals with leadership and mentoring opportunities and allow them to cultivate skills as future nursing educators.

  • AACN Seeks Faculty for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Group (DEIG)

    May 2, 2018

    AACN is currently seeking faculty members to serve as a convening body to unite expertise, experience, and guidance for academic nursing in Leading Across Differences.

  • AACN Diversity & Inclusion Member Needs Survey

    April 4, 2018

    The AACN Diversity and Inclusion Committee request AACN Member School Deans/Directors/Chairs participation in the first Diversity & Inclusion Member Needs Survey. We aim to understand diversity and inclusion awareness, programming and initiatives for students, staff and faculty at your nursing school and institution.

  • Drs. Bankston and Glazer to Receive OnCourse Learning Diversity Award

    March 21, 2018

    AACN and by OnCourse Learning joined forces to create this award that recognizes outstanding contributions made by an individual or a group that champion diversity, inclusion, and sustainability in nursing education. 

  • New Bid to Overhaul College Admissions - Inside Higher Education

    January 22, 2018

    Editor Scott Jaschik profiles how a number of high school districts and a few states have moved to require high school students to complete more sophisticated projects to assess their eligibility for a high school diploma, and their preparation for college and the world of work. This new approach provides new ways for college admissions officers to determine student achievement and is used in some institutions to enhance efforts to admit and retain a more diverse group of students.

  • AACN Partners with 24 Nursing Schools to Advance Holistic Admission Review

    August 30, 2017

    AACN developed a structured NWD Technical Assistance Program that features an assessment of admissions practices, an on-site Holistic Admissions Review workshop, student recruitment and retention strategies, and models for building a successful mentoring program. A total of 24 out of 30 NWD grant recipients are working with AACN to complete the required training.

  • Membership Approves Position Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Academic Nursing

    March 20, 2017

    During the business meeting of AACN’s Spring Annual Meeting (held March 20, 2017 in Washington, DC), an overwhelming majority of members in attendance voted to adopt the Position Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Academic Nursing.