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Seeking Member Input: Defining Scholarship for Academic Nursing Position Statement

Published May 24, 2017

In July 2016, the AACN Task Force charged with revitalizing the definition of scholarship for academic nursing position statement began their work. The Board requested they evaluate: 1) the 1999 position statement, in light of the 2016 report on Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing; 2) propose a definition of scholarship as related to education, research, and practice; 3) differentiate how scholarship might be operationalized by nurses prepared in research-focused and practice-focused doctorates; 4) consider contemporary issues around tenure;  and 5) describe the integration of scholarship across institutional missions, and how scholarship is promoted.  

Chaired by Dr. Robin Newhouse, Dean and Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the Task Force is now seeking member input on the revised position statement before it is presented to the AACN Board in January 2018 for review and a full membership vote at the AACN Deans Annual Meeting (formerly Spring Annual Meeting) in March 2018.

Please review the latest draft of the position statement.  All feedback must be received by close of business June 9, 2017.  Please send feedback to Kathy McGuinn, Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice Partnership and Special Advisor for Quality Initiatives at  All feedback will be carefully considered and analyzed for common themes. 

For more information on the charge and members of the Task Force, visit AACN's Task Force page.

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