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  • New Dean Appointments
  • Member News & Announcements
  • Grants and Partnerships

New Dean Appointments

  • Flynn Appointed as Dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing

    June 25, 2020

    Dr. Linda Flynn has been appointed dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing. She had served as interim dean since September 2019. Dr. Flynn now permanently takes the helm of the largest and most comprehensive nursing school in New Jersey, and one of the largest Doctor of Nursing Practice programs in the country.

    Dr. Marti Kubik Appointed Professor and the Director of the School of Nursing

    June 25, 2020

    George Mason University has announced that Dr. Martha (Marti) Kubik has been appointed as professor and director of the School of Nursing. Dr. Kubik most recently was a professor of nursing and former chair of the Department of Nursing at Temple University's College of Public Health.

    Allison Vorderstrasse Named Dean of UMass Amherst College of Nursing 

    January 31, 2020

    Dr. Allison Vorderstrasse has been named Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She will begin her appointment on July 1. Dr. Vorderstrasse currently serves as a faculty member and director of the Florence S. Downs PhD Program in Nursing Research and Theory Development at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

  • Henson Appointed as Dean of OBU College of Nursing 

    January 14, 2020

    Oklahoma Baptist University has appointed Dr. Robbie Henson as Dean of the university’s College of Nursing. Dr. Henson has served as Interim Dean since August 2019 and is the Lawrence C. and Marion V. Harris Chair of Nursing. Her duties as dean will begin immediately.

  • New Interim Dean at Florida State University's College of Nursing

    June 26, 2019

    Dr. Laurie Grubbs has been appointed Interim Dean at Florida State University’s (FSU) College of Nursing, effective July 1. A College of Nursing alumna and Professor Emerita, Dr. Grubbs spent 35 years as a faculty member in the FSU College of Nursing, including two years as associate dean from 2014 to 2016.

  • 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.

Member News & Announcements

  • University of Maryland Receives $500,000 Gift

    August 28, 2019

    The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has received a $500,000 gift from Mary Catherine Bunting, MSN ’72, CRNP, RN, to continue the work of UMSON’s Community and Public Health Environmental Initiative (CPHEI), which provides health oversight for children and families served by Baltimore City Early Head Start and Head Start centers. CPHEI is a collaborative effort with the Maryland Family Network to improve overall health and environmental health for children from birth until age five through programs that support their mental, social, and emotional development.

  • 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 Grants & Partnerships

  • East Carolina University Awarded $2.79 Million Grant from HRSA

    October 2, 2019

    HRSA awarded a $2.79 million grant to East Carolina University’s College of Nursing that will allow the school to create the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Academic-Clinical Practice Collaborative.

  • Humboldt State University Receives Endowment Fund to Address Local Shortage of Nurses

    September 12, 2019

    Humboldt State University’s (HSU) RN-to-BSN Nursing program has received a $300,000 grant from the Orvamae Emmerson Endowment Fund of the Humboldt Area Foundation. The grant will support HSU’s nursing program, which is designed to address a severe local shortage of nurses and to meet the specific needs of the region’s rural communities.

  • Northwestern State University Sign Agreement for Accelerated Nursing Degree

    September 6, 2019

    Northwestern State University and Centenary College of Shreveport have formalized an agreement that will allow Centenary graduates who hold a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry, or related science to pursue a BSN from NSU in an accelerated curriculum. The memorandum of understanding grants Centenary students preferred admission to the BSN Accelerated Curriculum, an intense, fast-paced program that helps students achieve the BSN degree within four semesters.

  • Mennonite College of Nursing awarded $2.8 million grant to support rural, underserved patients

    September 4, 2019

    The Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) at Illinois State University has been awarded a $2.8 million Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant funds efforts to prepare advanced practice nurses to serve rural and underserved settings—especially with primary care.

  • University of Rochester receives $1 million to enhance academic experience

    August 20, 2019

    The University of Rochester has received a $1 million Higher Education Capital Matching Grant from New York State to enhance the academic experience and serve additional students at the School of Nursing. The grant will help fund a $5 million expansion to the Loretta C. Ford Education Wing of Helen Wood Hall to create new teaching and learning space.

  • Case Western Reserve University awarded $2.14 million to help family caregivers of cancer patients

    August 20, 2019

    Researchers from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University have received a $2.14 million grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study ways to teach family caregivers skills to better care for their patients, as well as their own emotional and physical health.

  • University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty Members Awarded Over $2.4 Million

    August 20, 2019

    Four University of Maryland School of Nursing faculty members have been awarded Nurse Support Program II grants totaling more than $2.4 million. The grants aid in increasing nursing capacity in Maryland by implementing statewide initiatives to grow the number of nurses prepared to serve effectively in faculty roles, thereby increasing the number of students who can be enrolled in Maryland nursing schools and subsequently increasing the number of qualified nurses across the state.

    Indiana University School of Nursing receives Nearly $2 million NIH

    August 15, 2019

    Two faculty members from Indiana University School of Nursing have been award a $2 million grant from NIH to develop nurse scientists dedicated to looking for new ways to manage serious chronic diseases. The program will train nurses who have completed their master’s or PhD in nursing with an interest in conducting scientific research and reporting their findings.

  • The University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions Awarded $2.5M from HRSA

    August 8, 2019

    The University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions has been awarded a federal grant of nearly $2.5 million over 4 years from HRSA to develop an innovative academic-practice partnership for preparing Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students for practice with rural and medically underserved population.

  • The University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Nursing Partners with Health Centers on a $3.3M HRSA Grant

    August 5, 2019

    The University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Nursing is partnering with Erie Family Health Centers on a $3.3 million HRSA grant for health care improvements in underserved communities. The project will create a one-year post-graduate fellowship program called AdvancingPractice for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

  • Saginaw Valley State University Receives HRSA Grant to Fight Opioid Epidemic

    July 23, 2019

    A federal grant will allow Saginaw Valley State University to fight the opioid epidemic by equipping healthcare providers with the right tools. The school is receiving a 4-year, $2.8 million grant from HRSA to educate 100 nurse practitioners who are in the university's psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner post-graduate certificate program.

  • Sacred Heart University Receives $2.4-million Grant from HRSA

    July 22, 2019

    Sacred Heart University has received a $2.4-million grant from HRSA for the College of Nursing's new project called Alternatives to Opioids for Pain (ALTOP). ALTOP is being funded under the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program that supports academic clinical partnerships to prepare nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and nurse midwives for work in rural and underserved communities.

  • University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing awarded $2.7 million grant from HRSA

    July 18, 2019

    The University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from HRSA’s Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program. The grant was awarded to Dr. Anita Boykins, principle investigator, for the proposed Family Nurse Practitioner-Health Education & Access for Rural Tennesseans program, which will address the shortage of primary care and mental health professionals and improve health disparities for medically underserved populations in rural West Tennessee.

  • University of Southern Indiana’s Awarded Multiple Grants

    July 15, 2019

    The University of Southern Indiana’s (USI) College of Nursing and Health Professions has received just under $5.4 million in competitive federal funding to improve health outcomes for underserved populations in southwestern Indiana. USI received two new grants from HRSA: a $3.7 million grant to implement the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program and a $1.7 million grant to develop a nurse practitioner residency program serving underserved communities.

  • 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.

  • Penn State Awarded HRSA Grant

    June 18, 2019

    Penn State's College of Nursing and its collaborators have been awarded a $3,750,000 grant from HRSA to support medically underserved regions throughout rural Pennsylvania. This funding will support the development of educational programming and training for rural-based healthcare providers and caregivers, enabling them to deliver more age-friendly care.

  • Saint Martin’s University Receives 2.5M from Foundation

    June 3, 2019

    The Bruno and Evelyne Betti Foundation has made a commitment of $2.8 million to Saint Martin’s University to support the creation of dedicated facilities for the University’s nursing programs. The foundation’s commitment includes $2.5 million to cover the costs of the remodel and $300,000 to establish an endowment in support of nursing scholarships. In addition, Saint Martin’s Abbey has made a gift of $750,000 to support the renovation. This totals $3.5 million raised to ensure the success of the University’s nursing program.