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Press Releases

  • AACN and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Announce New Funding Opportunity for Nursing Schools to Champion Compassionate Care

    April 22, 2021

    This year, the Gold Foundation is providing $50,000 in funding to schools of nursing to offer White Coat/Oath Ceremonies, which are designed to promote patient-centered care among students entering nursing school.

  • Bold Action Taken to Transform Nursing Education and Strengthen the Nation’s Healthcare Workforce

    April 7, 2021

    AACN is pleased to announce the adoption of a new model and framework for preparing registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, and nurse specialists. On April 6, deans from the nation’s schools of nursing affiliated with AACN approved The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education, which delineates competency expectations for graduates of baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. This historic and bold move will transform how nurses are educated for entry-level and advanced roles. 

  • Student Enrollment Surged in U.S. Schools of Nursing in 2020 Despite Challenges Presented by the Pandemic

    April 1, 2021

    According to new data released today by AACN, student enrollment in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral nursing programs increased in 2020 despite concerns that the pandemic might diminish interest in nursing careers. In programs designed to prepare new registered nurses (RNs) at the baccalaureate level, enrollment increased by 5.6% with 251,145 students now studying in these programs nationwide. AACN’s annual survey findings are based on data reported from 956 of the 1,035 nursing schools in the U.S. (92.4% response rate) with baccalaureate and/or graduate programs.

  • CastleBranch Expands Scholarship Support for Nursing Students Through AACN’s Foundation for Academic Nursing

    March 18, 2021

    AACN is pleased to announce that CastleBranch, Inc., a leading provider of customizable screening and clinical experience solutions for health profession students, has committed $250,000 in new funding to provide scholarships to nursing students in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs.

  • AfterCollege Relaunches Scholarship Program through AACN’s Foundation for Academic Nursing

    March 11, 2021

    AACN is pleased to announce that the AfterCollege-AACN Nursing Scholarship has been renewed and will be administered by AACN’s Foundation for Academic Nursing. This annual $10,000 commitment will provide the opportunity for nursing students to complete their education and enter the nursing profession.

  • AACN Announces 2021 Election Results for Board of Directors and Nominating Committee

    February 10, 2021

    AACN is pleased to announce the results of its 2021 election to fill seats on the AACN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. With votes cast by member deans from the nation’s nursing schools with baccalaureate and higher degree programs, those selected to serve as AACN’s top leaders include...

  • AACN Recognizes Excellence and Innovation in Clinical Nurse Leader Education and Practice

    February 1, 2021

    AACN and CNC are pleased to announce the latest winners of the annual Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Awards, which recognize exceptional CNLs in academia and practice. Honorees include Latasha Kast, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNL from the UPMC Passavant, selected for the CNL Vanguard Award for exemplary practice as a CNL, and Rosemary Hoffmann, PhD, RN, CNL from the University of Pittsburgh, who will receive the CNL Educator Award. Both awards will be presented during the opening session of the virtual CNL Summit planned for February 25-27, 2021.

  • AACN’s Foundation for Academic Nursing Announces First Future Nurse Leader Scholarship Award Recipients

    January 29, 2021

    The Foundation for Academic Nursing, the philanthropic arm of AACN, is pleased to announce the first two graduate students to receive the Deborah E. Trautman Future Nurse Leader Scholarship. With funding provided by Liaison International, AACN’s partner in NursingCAS, the inaugural award winners are Taylor Bell, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student from the University of Florida, and Karina Strange, a PhD student from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

  • AACN Launches New National Campaign to Elevate Academic Nursing’s Role in Administering the COVID-19 Vaccine

    January 19, 2021

    AACN announces the launch of a new national campaign to accelerate the engagement of nursing schools in efforts to vaccinate the public against COVID-19. Through this initiative, nursing schools will pledge their support to safely engage faculty, students, and other stakeholders in the work underway to administer the vaccine and educate citizens on protecting themselves against this public health threat.

  • Congress Passes Bipartisan Year-End Spending and COVID-19 Relief Bill

    December 22, 2020

    AACN applauds Congress for passing H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which provides additional COVID-19 relief and funds the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. Specifically, this bipartisan bill provides $1.4 trillion in FY 2021 federal appropriations and increased investments for nursing education and research.