Featured Speakers

Drs. Ann Cary and Deborah Trautman

Here to Serve: AACN Updates and Rounds with Leadership                                                     
Kick off AACN’s 50th Anniversary meeting by joining AACN’s leadership for updates on the association’s priorities, strategic initiatives, and new developments. AACN Board Chair Ann Cary and President/CEO Deb Trautman will provide an overview of the association’s work to transform academic nursing and serve our members.  Come ask questions and learn more about how this work can impact and elevate your school of nursing. 


Dr. Phil Dickison

Chief Officer, Operations and Examinations, National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Next Generation NCLEX: Vision and Progress
Dr. Dickison is immersed in the planning for Next Generation NCLEX, the next state board examination that will incorporate the assessment of clinical reasoning utilizing new testing theory and question design. The focus of this presentation addresses the many questions and misperceptions regarding the new NCLEX.


Doris Kearns Goodwin

Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Where Do We Go From Here? Leadership in Turbulent Times
Doris Kearns Goodwin, a White House Fellow in the Lyndon B. Johnson administration, is a biographical author of past U.S. presidents. Not only a New York Times bestselling author, she also won the Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front During World War II. An expert in the doctrine of leadership, Ms. Goodwin relies on the lessons of the past to shed light on cultural, economic, and political transformations that define today’s turbulent times.


Dr. Malcolm Cox

Consultant, and Former Chief Academic Affiliations Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs

John P. McGovern Leadership Award                                                                                 
Preparing for the Next Generation of Health Professionals: Mapping a Strategy of Success
As a leader in academic medicine, Dr. Cox was able to have significant impact on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in his role as Chief Academic Affiliations Officer. And as the recipient of the McGovern Lectureship Award, his presentation focuses on the disruptive innovations, systems thinking, and practice redesign, while limiting risk and demonstrating value to meet public health needs.


50th Anniversary Celebration Panel: Reflecting on Impact & Celebration Toast 

AACN has altered the fabric of academic nursing significantly in the last 50 years. Trends come and go, political pressures abound, and technology has made its mark on nursing education models and pedagogy. Hear this panel of past AACN leaders describe the agility needed to survive in the ever-changing landscape of higher education.

Enjoy a celebration toast at the conclusion of this panel presentation. 

Panelists: Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, PhD, RN, Chief Executive Officer, GDB & Associates, Arlington, VA and former Chief Executive Officer, AACN; Jean Bartels, PhD, RN, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Emerita, Professor of Nursing Emerita, School of Nursing, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA and former AACN Board President; and Kathleen Long, PhD, RN, Professor and Dean Emerita, College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL and former AACN Board President


Dr. Terry Fulmer

President, John A. Hartford Foundation

Age Friendly Health Systems: Nursing’s Central Role       
With the extension of years of life, it is imperative that we ensure quality of health and healthcare for older adults. The John A. Hartford Foundation, in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association are working together to further this aim to ensure comprehensive, evidence-based quality care for older adults. An organizing framework for an age-friendly public health system is presented from five inaugural health systems, along with lessons learned from a variety of challenges related to the care of the older adult. Finally, strategies on how to engage the workforce, families and communities in this initiative are underscored.