Rounds with Leadership

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

October 28, 2020 - Co-Creating the Future of Academic Nursing

Each year, AACN hosts an invitational Thought Leaders Assembly to provide an opportunity for candid reflection, learning, and generative thinking around issues impacting the future of academic nursing. Bringing together a small group of invited guests, member deans, AACN’s Board of Directors, practice leaders, and senior staff, this event is designed to stimulate fresh thinking and better position AACN to serve as a catalyst for innovation and change.

In a year marked by a once-in-a-generation public health threat, racial justice uprisings, economic instability, wildfires and hurricanes, and a divided electorate, this year’s Thought Leaders Assembly was developed around the theme Lessons Learned: Exemplary Partnerships in Response to COVID-19.  With 44 individuals engaged in this virtual event, participants shared their insights on the importance of working together in teams to manage, support, adapt, and deal with uncertainty. Key topics of discussion, which were framed around the challenge of providing leadership in a “VUCA World” (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) included:

  • Leadership in turbulent times
  • Lessons learned by academic and practice leaders following the rapid response to COVID-19
  • Opportunities to strengthen academic-practice partnerships
  • Recommendations for re-envisioning future partnerships to ensure maximum impact

Working in small groups, participants discussed the challenges faced when navigating the outbreak of COVID-19, the new ways of working during this time of crisis, and the insights gained that will shape the future of academic-practice partnerships. When considering our collective experience over the past year, attendees also were asked about opportunities to transform partnerships as well as policy or structural barriers that we should work to eliminate. Participants identified over 50 potential strategies for strengthening or re-envisioning academic-practice partnerships, which are contained in the Thought Leader’s Assembly final report.

Threaded across all discussions was a respect for the power of partnerships. AACN’s work in this arena has been extensive, including our collaboration with the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) to establish guiding principles for effective partnerships; our groundbreaking report on Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing; and our Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award, which spotlights successful efforts led by  member schools and their counterparts in practice. By working together, academic and practice leaders can effectively co-create our preferred future by creating systems for nurses to achieve educational and career goals, infusing innovation into clinical education and practice models, providing nurses with new opportunities for leadership and scholarship, and upholding lifelong education as a hallmark of professional nursing.

Lessons learned from the generative discussion at this year’s assembly will be used to inform the work of the Essentials task force, the AACN-AONL Advisory Committee, and the Program Committee, which is responsible for the content at AACN’s annual conferences. 

The final report on the 2020 Thought Leaders Assembly is posted on the AACN website along with summaries of past events, which focused on pathways to the PhD, innovation in academic nursing, and the global workforce among other topics.

Past Rounds with Leadership

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