Innovations in Professional Nursing Education

About the Award

This award recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change. Innovation awards, including a monetary prize of $1,000, will be given annually in four institutional categories:

  • Small School
  • Academic Health Center (AHC)
  • Private School without an AHC
  • Public School without an AHC

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Call for nominations for 2019 will be announced in October.

Award Criteria

Schools submitting nominations must show that the programmatic innovation:

  • Shows evidence of execution and subsequent sustainability for at least 12 months after a full execution cycle
  • Serves as a catalyst for change within the curriculum and/or educational mission of the institution
  • Has the potential for replication and dissemination
  • Has involved teams of faculty when possible (e.g., across programs, disciplines)Is consistent with AACN’s mission and vision
  • Demonstrates advancement of professional nursing education

Nominations will be reviewed by the AACN Membership Committee with recommendations forwarded to the full
Board of Directors for endorsement. Programs receiving an award will be invited to send representatives to
accept the honor at the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference (formerly Fall Semiannual Meeting) in
October 2018.

Submission Process

All nominations should be electronically submitted via the online application.

Call for nominations for 2019 have not yet been announced.

For more information, contact AACN Membership Director Beth Aronson at 202-463-6930, ext. 263 or

2018 Award Winners

Saint Francis University

2018 Award Winner - Small Liberal Art School

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Rutgers - Camden School of Nursing

2018 Award Winner - Public Schools without an AHC

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Nebraska Methodist College

2018 Award Winner - Private Schools without an AHC

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University of Texas at Austin

2018 Award Winner - Academic Health Center

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