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  • Dr. Anne Thomas Passed Away on July 26, 2019

    July 30, 2019

    AACN was saddened to learn that Dr. Anne Thomas, associate dean for academic affairs at Michigan State University College of Nursing, passed away on July 26, 2019. As the immediate past president of National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and former NONPF Board member, Dr. Thomas was true champion for nurse practitioner education and practice who was committed to scholarship, mentoring, and service. She will be missed by her many friends and colleagues in the academic nursing community. Working with her family, NONPF has set up The Dr. Anne Thomas Memorial Fund in her honor, which will support the Leadership Mentor Program.

  • Assistant Professor Elected to Serve as President of the National Black Nurses Association

    June 27, 2019

    Dr. Martha Dawson, Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has been elected to serve as the 13th President of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Inc. for a two-year term. She will be sworn in as the 13th president at the 47th annual NBNA Institute and Conference in New Orleans later this month.

  • Nursing Professor Earns APIC's Highest Honor

    June 13, 2019

    Dr. Mary Lou Manning, professor of nursing at Thomas Jefferson University (PA), is the recipient of the Carol DeMille Achievement Award from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Presented at the APIC annual conference in Philadelphia on June 12, Dr. Manning earned the distinction for her visionary leadership and contributions to the field of infection prevention and control.

  • School of Nursing Dedicates Atrium to Former Dean Colleen Conway-Welch

    June 3, 2019

    The atrium in the new $23.6 million Vanderbilt University School of Nursing building has been named after Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch, who served as dean for 29 years and is credited with transforming nursing education at Vanderbilt and nationally. The Colleen Conway-Welch Atrium, dedicated at a June 5 ceremony, will serve as the main entrance to the school and connect all four of the nursing school’s buildings.

  • Dean Terri Weaver Selected to Deliver “Lecture of Excellence” on Sleep Medicine

    May 31, 2019

    Dr. Terri Weaver, Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing and Member-at-Large of the AACN Board of Directors, became the first nurse ever to deliver the prestigious Thomas Roth Lecture of Excellence at SLEEP 2019, the world’s largest meeting devoted entirely to clinical sleep medicine and sleep circadian research. Dr. Weaver is an internationally recognized expert on the effect of daytime sleepiness on daily behaviors.


  • New Dean Appointments

  • Dr. Sherrill Smith selected as dean of the School of Nursing in the University of Wyoming's College of Health Sciences

    June 21, 2019

    Dr. Sherrill Smith has been selected as dean of the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing in the University of Wyoming’s (UW) College of Health Sciences. Dr. Smith currently serves as full professor in the College of Nursing and Health at Wright State University (OH). She will begin her new role at UW August 1. Current Dean Mary Burman will be step back into the UW nursing faculty. Dr. Burman has served as dean of the School of Nursing since 2007.



  • New Partnerships & Grant-Funded Initiatives

  • LMU-CSON Awarded $1.9 Million Grant

    July 9, 2019

    Lincoln Memorial University-Caylor School of Nursing has received the largest grant in the history of the school, a 4-year, $1.9 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will support the university in promoting partnerships with primary care clinical facilities in rural and underserved areas while increasing the number of advanced practice nursing graduates.

  • $2.6 Million Grant Awarded to Fairfield University Nursing School

    July 9, 2019

    Fairfield University and the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies has received a 4-year, $2.64 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, which will support the University’s Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwifery programs. The grant funds will also provide an opportunity for students to working in interprofessional teams and to incorporate evidence-based telehealth approaches In delivering care to underserved patients across the lifespan.

  • Shepherd School of Nursing Receives $2.7 Million Grant to Help Fight Opioid Problem

    July 4, 2019

    The Shepherd University School of Nursing (WV) has received a 4-year, $2.7 million Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will be used for an Innovative Modalities for Rural Nurse Practitioner Education and Collaboration to Transcend Health Disparities program designed to encourage advanced-practice nurses to work in rural West Virginia communities helping underserved populations

  • NDSU And Essentia to Provide Nurse Practitioners to Rural Clinics Thanks to $1.5 Million Grant

    July 1, 2019

    EachThe School of Nursing at North Dakota State University (NDSU) has received a 4-year, $1.5 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, which will allow NDSU and Essential Health to provide a DNP residency program to serve rural clinics. The first group of NDSU newly graduated family nurse practitioners will begin their residency in the fall. 

  • FAU Receives $1.5 Million to Train Veteran Nursing Students to Care for Other Veterans

    June 26, 2019

    Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing have received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to form a primary care workforce of practicing registered nurses who understand the unique needs of military veterans and are ready and willing to serve rural and underserved communities.