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/Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Private Colleges/Universities
  • Public Colleges/Universities
  • Academic Health Centers (AHC)

2021 Nominations due June 3, 2021

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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
Nomination Process

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 in October 2020.

Submission Process

All nominations should be electronically submitted via the online application.

The 2021 call for nominations deadline is June 3, 2021.

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

Congratulations to the 2020 Award Recipients!

Lakeview College of Nursing

2020 Award Winner - Small/Liberal Arts Colleges

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Immaculata University

2020 Award Winner - Private Colleges/Universities

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University of Missouri-Columbia

2020 Award Winner - Public Colleges/Universities

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Uniformed Services University

2020 Award Winner - Academic Health Center

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