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Rounds with Leadership

Cynthia McCurren, AACN Board Chair and Deborah Trautman, AACN President and CEOWelcome to Rounds with Leadership, a forum for AACN’s Board Chair and President/CEO to offer commentary on issues and trends impacting academic nursing.

September 28, 2022 - Integrating Nursing Education and Practice

As the work to transition to the 2021 AACN Essentials moves ahead at schools nationwide, we encourage academic nursing leaders to use this opportunity to make new and stronger connections with their partners in practice. AACN was intentional about involving practice leaders in the development of the new competency standards to ensure that nursing education remains in sync with the current and future needs of the healthcare system. Partnerships are forming to rethink clinical learning experiences, identify skills assessment measures, enhance the practice readiness of new graduates, and meet many other shared goals. Click here to see what practice leaders are saying about the Essentials.

AACN has a long history of calling for deeper engagement between education and practice, and we now include practice representatives on our Board of Directors as well as on most of our committees and task forces. Our landmark report on Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing explores how nursing schools can amplify their role in improving health and health care at the local, state, and national levels. One of the report’s principal recommendations is:  Academic nursing should partner to advance new clinical models and promote accountable care. Among the many strategies that may be deployed to meet this goal include creating clinical practice roles for faculty in partnering health systems via shared appointments and inviting faculty and practice leaders to serve on each other’s governing bodies and boards (i.e., the nursing dean serves on the hospital board; the CNO serves on the school’s governing council).

The benefits of engaging more closely with practice partners are many. Partnerships can be used to create systems for nurses to achieve educational and career advancement, prepare nurses for leadership roles, provide mechanisms for lifelong learning, and provide a structure for nurse residency programs and other clinical learning opportunities. Formal partnering arrangements are typically built on mutual goals, respect, and shared knowledge.

For schools looking to establish new connections, AACN has developed a set of Guiding Principles for Academic-Practice Partnerships, which offers practical advice and success strategies. In addition, AACN has created an online resource section to support partnership development, which features an Implementation Tool Kit to inform the development, growth, and evaluation of partnerships; a Partnership Expectation and Outcomes Matrix to assist with goal setting and impact assessment; and dozens of exemplars featuring winners of AACN’s Academic-Practice Partnership Award.

Share Details About Your Partnerships

AACN is looking to showcase successful academic-practice partnerships that have been effective at expanding your program’s reach, addressing the faculty shortage, and meeting community care needs.  We are particularly interested in hearing from smaller schools to find out how these programs are structured with the goal of sharing exemplars with your colleagues nationwide.  Please send a brief written or video description of your partnership with any related web links to

Past Rounds with Leadership

September 28, 2022 - Integrating Nursing Education and Practice
August 31, 2022 - In Memory of Donald Jonas: Nursing Advocate, Leader, and Friend
July 27, 2022 - Shaping the Future of Doctoral Nursing Education
June 29, 2022 - Moving Beyond the Pandemic
May 25, 2022 - Reimagining Nursing Education
April 27, 2022 - Sustaining a Culture of Safety
March 30, 2022 - Advancing a Strategic Plan
February 23, 2022 - New Dimensions in Leadership
January 26, 2022 - Engagement, Advocacy, and Impact
December 22, 2022 - Wishing You Good Health and Well-Being
October 27, 2021 - Following the Data
September 29, 2021 - Incubating Innovation
August 25, 2021 - First Steps Toward Implementing the Essentials
July 28, 2021 - Accelerating Momentum for Change
June 30, 2021 - Charting the Future of Academic Nursing – Part II
May 26, 2021 -  Charting the Future of Academic Nursing – Part I
April 28, 2021 -  Sustaining the Nurse Faculty Population
March 31, 2021 - Divining the Data
February 24, 2021 - Collaboration, Community Engagement, and a Cure
January 27, 2021 - New Year, New Congress, New Administration
December 23, 2020 - Building a Solid Foundation
October 28, 2020 - Co-Creating the Future of Academic Nursing
September 30, 2020 - Combating Racism and Cultivating Inclusion
August 26, 2020 - Moving Towards Reopening Schools of Nursing
July 22, 2020 -  Bridging the Distance
June 24, 2020 -  Is Paying for Clinical Preceptors in Our Future?
May 27, 2020 -  Investing in the Future of Academic Nursing
April 29, 2020 -  Sustaining Nursing Education Pathways
March 25, 2020 -  Rising to Meet the Challenge
February 19, 2020 -  The Year of the Nurse Educator
January 29, 2020 -  A 2020 View of the Nursing Workforce
October 23, 2019 -  Building on the Past, Envisioning the Future
September 25, 2019 - A Legacy of Risks and Rewards
August 28, 2019 -  Academic Nursing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
July 31, 2019 - A Time for Generative Thinking
June 26, 2019 - Celebrating the Power of Compassionate Care
May 29, 2019 - On the Front Line of the Opioid Crisis
April 24, 2019 - Galvanizing Support for Nursing Now USA
March 27, 2019 - Advocating for the Future of Nursing
February 27, 2019 - Monitoring Trends in Higher Education
January 30, 2019 - Taking Action to Champion the PhD in Nursing
November 28, 2018 - Artificial Intelligence
October 24, 2018 - AACN LEADS: Your Leadership Journey Accelerated!
September 26, 2018 - The Nursing Community Coalition Celebrates 10 Years
August 29, 2018 - Collaborating to Advance the PhD in Nursing
July 25, 2018 - Exercising Thought Leadership
June 27, 2018 - Moving Nursing Science from the Margin to Mainstream
May 23, 2018 - Rallying Support for Nursing Education
April 25, 2018 - Watching the Numbers
March 28, 2018 - Surveying the Landscape of Higher Education
February 28, 2018 - With Appreciation
January 31, 2018 - Strengthening the Pipeline to the PhD
November 29, 2017 - From Dialogue to Collaboration
October 25, 2017 - Bridging the Nurse Faculty Shortage
September 27, 2017 - Joining the Conversation about Competency-Based Education
August 23, 2017 - A Time for Moral Courage
July 26, 2017 - Leading the Way
June 28 - 2017 - Understanding Health Equity
May 24, 2017 - A Global Commitment to Advancing Academic Nursing
April 26, 2017 - Why We Need to Talk About Nursing Science
March 22, 2017 - Vital Directions for Nursing
February 22, 2017 - Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
January 25, 2017 - New Year, New Home Base for AACN
November 16, 2016 - The Lame-Duck Session and the New Administration
October 26, 2016 - Harnessing the Power of Technology
September 28, 2016 - Contemplating the Future of Higher Education
August 24, 2016 - Taking the Lead on Information Curation