AACN's Leadership Networks

Leadership-NetworksAACN's Leadership Networks provide information, networking, and professional development for nursing school faculty and staff. The Networks bring peer professionals together to share best practices and success stories, sharpen leadership skills, and take full advantage of AACN resources. Professionals engaged in a variety of functions within the nursing academic unit are represented among the seven networks.

The Networks will foster professional growth and development, information sharing, communication, and discussion of key issues among Nursing school faculty and staff at member institutions. Networking within these groups will be facilitated through programs, meetings and electronic communications.

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Membership Benefits
  • Conferences and educational events offered at a discount to members
  • Access to a members-only community, to connect you with colleagues nationwide
  • Access to the Network Membership Directory
  • Electronic publication, AACN News Watch, AACN's weekly email advisory
  • Opportunities to serve in leadership roles on the Network Steering Committee
  • Free subscription to Syllabus, the bimonthly newsletter of AACN
  • AACN communications, including press releases, governmental affairs bulletin, grant funding opportunities, issue bulletins and special announcements.
Network Goals
  • Provide opportunities for networking at AACN meetings
  • Operate an online community for the interchange of information
  • Provide educational programs of value to the community of members at meetings
  • Disseminate/transfer/share the latest trends affecting nursing school faculty and staff
What Leadership Network is Right for Me?
BONUS
DEILN
GNAP
FLN
NAP
OLN
PLN
RLN
Business Officers of Nursing Schools (BONUS)

Business Officers of Nursing Schools (BONUS) is dedicated to facilitating networking among those who work in the administration of nursing education and to providing education in areas of business, technology, and financial and administrative management of nursing schools.

Who Should Join: Business Officers of Nursing Schools (BONUS) is dedicated to facilitating networking among those who work in the administration of nursing education and to providing education in areas of business, technology, and financial and administrative management of nursing schools.

Upcoming Meeting: 
BONUS Annual Meeting
April 21-23, 2021
Captiva Island, FL
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Want to learn more? Visit the BONUS website or reach out to the BONUS Steering Committee for questions.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Leadership Network (DEILN)

The DEILN supports the efforts of AACN member institutions and academic nursing at the local, regional, and national levels to advance diversity and inclusion. These efforts include, but are not limited to:

  • Sharing evidence-based promising practices
  • Engaging with the membership
  • Providing consultative services
  • Convening networking forums

The goal of DEILN is to align its efforts with the strategic diversity goals and objectives of AACN and the larger nursing community.

Who Should Join?

Membership in DEILN is open to all faculty, deans, and staff with an interest in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. This network will be of particular interest to diversity officers, administrators responsible for multicultural/diversity affairs, and those serving in or aspiring to similar roles.

Upcoming Meeting:

DEILN Virtual Annual Meeting
August 31, 2021 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Registration and details coming soon!


Want to learn more? Visit the DEILN website!

Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals (GNAP)

Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals is a diverse group comprised of nursing education administrators and faculty responsible for graduate nursing student recruitment, admissions, marketing, and programming. The purpose of the group is to provide an opportunity for those most involved in recruiting graduate nursing students to share their successes, develop new strategies, and to establish a resource network of peers.

Who Should Join: Professionals engaged in recruiting students into graduate programs.

Upcoming Conference: 
GNAP Conference
April 5-7, 2021
Houston, TX
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Want to learn more? Visit the GNAP website or reach out to the GNAP Steering Committee for questions.

 

Faculty Leadership Network (FLN)

Formerly known as the Instructional Leadership Network and the Faculty Resource Network.

The Faculty Leadership Network provides a forum for nursing faculty to explore real world issues, pose pedagogy questions, and exchange ideas related to teaching and curriculum in professional nursing education. The primary purpose of the FLN is to facilitate faculty networking and foster development of its members through webinars, conference sessions, and electronic communications that support the evolution of teaching and learning.

Who Should Join: Faculty whose main focus is teaching didactic and clinical courses in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs.

Want to learn more? Visit the FLN website or reach out to the FLN Steering Committee for questions.

 

Nursing Advancement Professionals (NAP)

The Nursing Advancement Professionals is designed for advancement professionals with responsibilities and interests in areas of nursing philanthropy, public relations, marketing, alumni relations and institutional advancement.

Who Should Join: Development officers, advancement professionals, and public relations leaders from nursing programs.

Upcoming Conference:
NAP Meeting
March 19-20, 2021
Washington, DC
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Want to learn more? Visit the NAP website or reach out to the NAP Steering Committee for questions.

 

Organizational Leadership Network (OLN)

The Organizational Leadership Network (OLN) is comprised of nursing academic leaders with broad administrative responsibilities, including associate deans and assistant deans. The OLN fosters professional growth and development, information sharing, communication, and discussion of key issues. Networking within these groups will be facilitated through programs, meetings and electronic communications.

Who Should Join: Designed for nursing academic leaders with broad administrative responsibilities, including associate deans and assistant deans.

Upcoming Conference:
OLN Virtual Event
October 16-17, 2020
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Want to learn more? Visit the OLN website or reach out to the OLN Steering Committee for questions.

 

Practice Leadership Network (PLN)

The Practice Leadership Network (PLN) is comprised of nursing faculty who administer faculty practice programs and those actively engaged in faculty practice.

Who Should Join: Nursing faculty who administer or are engaged in faculty practice programs.

Upcoming Conference:

Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
January 20, 2021
Coronado, CA
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Want to learn more? Visit the PLN website or reach out to the PLN Steering Committee for questions.

 

Research Leadership Network (RLN)

The Research Leadership Network (RLN) is comprised of nursing faculty who have leadership roles facilitating research within their nursing programs. The Research Leadership Network will foster professional growth and development, information sharing, communication, and discussion of key issues. Networking within these groups will be facilitated through programs, meetings and electronic communications.

Who Should Join:  Nursing faculty who have leadership roles facilitating research within their nursing programs.

Upcoming Conference:
RLN Program
January 21, 2021
Coronado, CA
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Want to learn more? Visit the RLN website or reach out to the RLN Steering Committee for questions.

 

Upcoming Leadership Network Conferences

Organizational Leadership Network (OLN) Program
October 29-30, 2021
Washington, DC 

Faculty Leadership Network (FLN) Luncheon (Pre-Conference to Transform 2021 Conference)
December 2, 2021
Dallas, TX 

Research Leadership Network (RLN) Program (Pre-Conference to Doctoral Education Conference)
January 20, 2022
Naples, FL 

Nursing Advancement Professionals (NAP) Conference 
March 25-26, 2022
Washington, DC

Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals (GNAP) Conference
April 4-5, 2022
Salt Lake City, UT

Business Officers of Schools of Nursing (BONUS) Meeting 
April 20-22, 2022
Denver, CO

 

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Please direct questions to Beth Aronson, AACN's Director of Membership and Business Development, at baronson@aacnnursing.org or 202-463-6930, extension 263.