AACN Awards

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has a long tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the nursing profession. Learn more about AACN's awards and past recipients below.

Current Call for Nominations

Member and Faculty Nominated Awards
Board Nominated Awards
White Coat Ceremony Funding

AACN will select 50 schools interested in hosting a Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for new nursing students in Fall 2019. Participating schools will receive $1,000 in financial support to host a ceremony, which typically features the recitation of an oath, receipt of a commemorative Gold Foundation pin, an address by an eminent role model, and a reception for students and invited guests. The specially designed pin symbolizes the student’s role in championing compassionate care. These events also may include a welcome by the dean, the president of an affiliated hospital, or other respected leader who represents the value system of the school and the profession the students are about to enter. 

The criteria that will be considered when selecting schools for this program include the application submission date, geographic diversity, and representation among AACN’s four institutional types: Small Schools; Academic Health Centers (AHCs); Private School without an AHC; and Public School without an AHC. 

View the schools already awarded. Schools may only be awarded once. Please check this list before you apply.

Recognizing Excellence at AACN's Annual Academic Nursing Leadership Conference: