Agenda

Saturday, March 21

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Registration, AACN Info Booth and Networking Lounge Open
AACN’s Info Booth is your gateway to the association! Stop by to get more insight on the unique benefits, leadership opportunities, and services to you and your school of nursing. AACN staff is happy to assist with technology questions as well, such as accessing the AACN App and your MyAACN community. If you would like to unwind, check your e-mail, charge your devices, or meet with your peers, stop by our Networking Lounge.

11:00-12:15 p.m.
Committee Meetings

12:15-1:00 p.m.
First-Time Attendee Meet and Greet 
Join us at the First-Time Attendee Meet and Greet hosted by the AACN Program Committee. Connect with fellow first-time attendees, ask questions, and jump start the meeting. We look forward to seeing you!

1:00-2:00 p.m.
New Member Orientation
Discover all that AACN has to offer, how membership can benefit you and your organization’s work to advance nursing excellence and explore multiple opportunities for you to engage in advancing AACN’s mission and strategic priorities.
Hosted by AACN’s Membership Committee

1:30-3:00 p.m.
Plenary
How Gratitude Can Transform Nursing 

Sponsored by the AACN Nursing Advancement Professionals (NAP) Network
In this interactive session with national philanthropy leader, Betsy Chapin Taylor, our deans, directors and leaders in alumni, marketing and fund development will gain greater insight into the critical importance of gratitude in shaping advancement in higher education today. Learn about best practice, strategy, and tips and tools for best results. 
Speaker: Betsy Chapin Taylor, FAHP, President, Accordant Philanthropy, Jacksonville, FL

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Emerging Solutions*

  • Beyond Diversity: Creating Inclusive Excellence
    Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Lectureship Award 
    Speaker: Mary Koithan, PhD, RN, Associate Dean, Associate Professor, Endowed Professor, Ann  Furrow College of Nursing, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Building Learner Abilities: The Shift to Competency Based Education
    Speaker: Jean Bartels, PhD, RN, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Emerita, Dean and Professor of Nursing Emerita, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, and Consultant, AACN Essentials Revision Task Force

3:00-3:30 p.m.
Networking Break

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Emerging Solutions*

  • Emerging Healthcare Technologies
    Speaker: Roy Simpson, DNP, RN, Assistant Dean, Technology Management, Professor, Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Atlanta, GA
  • Beyond Diversity: Creating Inclusive Excellence
    Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Lectureship Award 
    Speaker: Mary Koithan, PhD, RN, Associate Dean, Associate Professor, Endowed Professor, Ann  Furrow College of Nursing, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Building Learner Abilities: The Shift to Competency Based Education
    Speaker: Jean Bartels, PhD, RN, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Emerita, Dean and Professor of Nursing Emerita, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, and Consultant, AACN Essentials Revision Task Force

4:30-4:45p.m.
Stretch Break

4:45-6:00 p.m.
Here to Serve: Rounds with AACN Leadership
Join AACN leadership for updates on the association’s priorities, strategic initiatives, and new developments. AACN Board Chair Ann Cary and President/CEO Deb Trautman 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.

6:30 p.m.
Capitol Walk and Talk with AACN President/CEO Deb Trautman
Get in your daily exercise before the day ends! Join AACN President/CEO Deb Trautman for this optional walk. The group departs promptly at 6:30 p.m. from the hotel entrance. See you there!

Sunday, March 22

6:30 a.m.
Daybreak Workout

7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Registration and AACN Info Booth Open

9:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
AACN Learning Center Open

9:30-10:15 a.m.
Re-envisioning the Essentials: A Task force Update 

10:15-10:45 a.m.
Stretch Break

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Like-Schools Focused Discussions

  • Small/Liberal Arts Colleges
    Facilitator: Janet Reagor, PhD, RN, Avila University, Kansas City, MO
  • Academic Health Centers (AHC)
    Facilitator: Marion Broome, PhD, RN, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Private Colleges and Universities
    Facilitator: Shannon Smith, DNP, RN, Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC
  • Public Colleges and Universities
    Facilitator: Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, AL

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:30-3:00 p.m.
Welcome & Keynote
Health Care in an Information Age: How Health Care Providers and Consumers Can Make One Another Better

Join the bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and social critic Anna Quindlen as she discusses the helpful relationship that can be forged between daily living, healthcare, and technology.  
Speaker: Anna Quindlen, Author, Journalist and Social Critic

3:00-3:30 p.m.
Networking Break

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Plenary
Leading Innovation in Systems: Nursing Talent, Teams, Trends, and Tactics

Healthcare education and systems are experiencing massive disruptions. High performing organizations use rigorous Innovation to adapt to the changing market. This presentation will discuss the ways leaders can build innovation into their systems in order to create the future.
Speaker: Dan Weberg, PhD, RN, Head of Clinical Innovations, Trusted Health, San Francisco Bay Area, CA

4:30-5:00 p.m.
Networking Break

5:00-6:00 p.m.
Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Lectureship Award
The Future of Health Care: Finding Common Ground in Divisive Times
Many would argue that we live in a time of unprecedented divisions on multiple fronts- generational, regional, partisan, and professional. Dr. Kirch draws on his experiences in government, academic health centers, and associations to discuss the drivers of these divisions and, most importantly, describe how health care can and should become the place in which we find national (and even global) “common ground.”
Speaker: Darrell Kirch, MD, Former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC

6:00-7:30 p.m.
“Welcome to D.C.” Networking Reception
Join us for our Networking Reception in the Learning Center. End the day enjoying light fare and mingling with friends and colleagues.

Monday, March 23

6:30 a.m.
Daybreak Workout

7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration and AACN Info Booth Open

7:00-9:00 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Advocacy to Action: AACN Legislative Priorities for Capitol Hill Visits

9:00-10:30 a.m.
AACN Membership Meeting and Issues Discussion Forum
Facilitated by AACN Board Chair Ann H. Cary, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University, Marieb College of Health and Human Services, Fort Myers, FL

  • Membership Business Meeting
  • Like-School Reports and Issues Forum

The AACN Membership Meeting is only open to member deans/directors, emeritus and honorary members, and invited prospective member deans/directors. Voting is limited to the AACN member dean representative only. Voting devices are distributed on Monday morning and deans must show their badges to claim a device.

10:30-11:00 a.m.
Networking Break 

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Plenary
Think Big: Overcoming Obstacles and Utilizing Strengths to Re-Envision and Thrive

Think Big is an inspirational story for dreaming big, setting goals, and the steps you need to take to get there. Jennifer Arnold discusses her life experience and philosophy to triumph over unique challenges and adversity. 
Speaker: Jennifer Arnold, MD, Medical Director, Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Neonatologist St. Petersburg, FL

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:00-5:00 p.m.
Capitol Hill Visits
Bus service to Capitol Hill begins at 12:15 p.m. with continuous loops until 6:30 p.m. 
AACN Deans, Directors and Students are invited to “Caucus & Connect” in-between their Capitol Hill visits to sit and reflect, enjoy light refreshments and snacks, and strategize prior to the next Hill visit. 
(Room 325 in the Russell Senate Office Building from 1:00-4:30 p.m.)

5:00-6:30 p.m.
AACN Congressional Reception
Last Bus leaves Hill at 6:45 PM
Join AACN’s Government Affairs Committee, Board of Directors, and special invited staff from the Administration and Congress for a unique networking opportunity. AACN Deans, Directors and Students will be able to celebrate a productive and impactful day on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and their staff. Heavy Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Rayburn Foyer, Rayburn House Office Building. 

Tuesday, March 24

6:30 a.m.
Daybreak Workout

7:00-9:00 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Conversation and Coffee

  • Deans of Minority Serving Nursing Schools
  • Be a Leader Among Leaders- Opportunities for Engagement at AACN
  • Leadership Development Program Opportunities
  • New Dean Dialogue 
  • Peer-Peer Dialog- Issues of the Day

9:00-11:30 a.m. 
AACN Essentials Program and Workshop for Deans: A Deep Dive into the New Essentials
Join your colleagues for an interactive and dynamic working session providing opportunity for discussion, feedback and recommendations as we advance the new re-envisioned essentials. 
Speakers: Representatives from the Leadership Team of the AACN Essentials Revision Task Force