Conference Program

  • In-Person
  • Virtual

In-Person Schedule

Saturday, March 25

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Registration Open

11:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Attendee Lounge Open

12:00-5:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Showcase Open
Access high-profile exhibitors and sponsors showcasing innovative and forward-thinking products and services. Take time throughout the day to visit the vendor booths and identify strategic partners to fulfill your institutional needs.

12:15-1:00 p.m.
First-Time Attendee Meet & Greet

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Emerging Solutions
Don’t miss these deep-dive learning opportunities that illustrate practical tips through a fusion of lecture-based instruction, case studies, peer learning, and interaction.

  • Assessment and Competency Based Education: What Deans Need to Know
  • Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Nuts and Bolts of AACN Essentials Implementation

2:00-2:30 p.m.
Networking Break & Visit Exhibitor Showcase

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Emerging Solutions
Don’t miss these deep-dive learning opportunities that illustrate practical tips through a fusion of lecture-based instruction, case studies, peer learning, and interaction.

  • Assessment and Competency Based Education: What Deans Need to Know
  • Nuts and Bolts of AACN Essentials Implementation
  • Revisiting What is Core: IPEC Core Competencies Revisioning Project Updates 

3:30-4:00 p.m.
Networking Break & Visit Exhibitor Showcase

4:00-5:00 p.m.
Welcome and Here to Serve: Rounds with AACN Leadership
Join us for an interactive forum with AACN’s Board Chair and President/CEO addressing issues, trends, and strategic priorities impacting academic nursing. Come prepared with your questions for AACN Leadership!
Speakers:
Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN, Chair, AACN Board of Directors, and Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI, and Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC

5:15-6:15 p.m.
New Member Orientation and Wine & Cheese Social
Hosted by AACN’s Board of Directors and Membership Committee
Learn how AACN membership can benefit you and your organization, and how you can engage to advance academic nursing along with AACN’s mission and strategic priorities. Enjoy a light reception conducive to discussion and networking.

7:00 p.m.
Capital Walk-and-Talk
Meet your daily exercise goal! Join AACN President/CEO Deb Trautman for this optional envigorating walk. The group departs promptly at 7:00 p.m. from the hotel entrance. See you there!

Sunday, March 26

6:30-7:30 a.m.
Running and Walking Groups
Meet with other early risers at the hotel entrance for a 30-minute run or 60-minute morning walk.

7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Registration Open

7:30-9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Showcase Open
Access high-profile exhibitors and sponsors showcasing innovative and forward-thinking products and services. Take time throughout the day to visit the vendor booths and identify strategic partners to fulfill your institutional needs.

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Coffee & Conversations

  • Deans of Minority Serving Nursing Schools
    This session explores opportunities and challenges of Deans of nursing schools with high enrollment of students of color.
     
  • Dean Leadership Development Showcase
    Join your colleagues for a dynamic session focused on emerging issues and new approaches to executive leadership. Graduates of AACN’s Advancing Academic Leadership for New Deans program will present their final projects, which focus on addressing challenges and opportunities of interest to new and experienced deans. Come for the conversation, the inspiration, and a lively exchange of ideas.

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Solution Circles

Learn from industry experts in a collaborative format by examining current challenges in the field of academic nursing. 

9:30 a.m.-12 :00 p.m. (Networking Break 10:30-11:00 a.m.)
Like-Schools Focused Discussions

Join colleagues and collaborate on vital topics important to your institution.

  • Small/Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Public Colleges/Universities
  • Private Colleges/Universities
  • Academic Health Centers

12:00-2:00 p.m.
Lunch
(on your own) & Visit Exhibitor Showcase

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Plenary

Keeping the Humanity in Health Care
Having served as a caregiver to both her husband who suffered a traumatic brain injury after he was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq, as well as to her father as he battled and ultimately succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease, Lee Woodruff understands the healing powers of compassion and human connection. Her stories of respect and kindness by healthcare professionals are reminders that the human side of health care is just as important to the patient and their families as the medical treatments they receive. Woodruff’s candor, warmth, and humor will provide attendees with a revived sense of motivation and renewal for the extraordinary work that they do.
Speaker: Lee Woodruff, Author, Speaker, Westchester County, NY

3:00-3:30 p.m.
Networking Break & Visit Exhibitor Showcase

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Plenary

Driving Innovation in Medicare: Creating a More Person-Centered and Equitable Healthcare System

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is committed to adapting care delivery models to achieve better care for patients, smarter spending, and healthier communities. Join Dr. Fowler for a stimulating discussion on national efforts to advance value-based care at the federal level and achieve equitable health outcomes through high quality, affordable, and person-centered care. Academic nursing’s role in sustaining healthcare quality and advocating for change will be highlighted.
Speaker: Elizabeth Fowler, PhD, JD, Deputy Administrator and Director, CMS Innovation Center, Baltimore, MD

4:30-5:00 p.m.
Networking Break & Visit Solution Provider Showcase

5:00-6:00 p.m.
Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Lectureship Award

The Struggle for Trust: Infusing Humanism into Health Care
Gold Foundation President and CEO Dr. Richard Levin will discuss the battering of trust in American society and its consequences for nurses and the health professions at large. In an era plagued by health misinformation and diminished regard for science, the value of expertise is under attack. Clinicians are exhausted and despairing from the moral injury of caring for those who deny the truth about what biomedical science brings to caring.  Nurses remain the most trusted profession in the nation but sustaining the nursing workforce and the other healthcare professionals is a challenge of new urgency. We need leaders to guide us out of this crisis, and the solutions must be interprofessional. Dr. Levin will focus on the power of humanism and the human connection to restore trust and pave a brighter future for nurses, physicians, and all patients under our care.
Speaker: Richard I. Levin, MD, President, and CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

6:00-7:00 p.m.
Deans Networking Reception
Join us for our Networking Reception at the end the day to enjoy light fare and mingling with friends and colleagues.

Monday, March 27

6:30-7:30 a.m.
Running and Walking Groups
Meet with other early risers at the hotel entrance for a 30-minute run or 60-minute morning walk.

7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Registration Open

6:30-8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

7:00-8:30 a.m.
Tips and Tools for Effective Capitol Hill Visits
Effective messaging is the essence of successful advocacy on Capitol Hill! Join State Grassroots Liaisons and AACN‘s Government Affairs Committee for practical information, insights and guidance in preparation for your Monday afternoon meeting with Members of Congress. Attendees will be seated with their state delegations.
Facilitated by AACN Government Affairs Staff and Prime Advocacy Staff

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Peer-to-Peer Dialogue: Issues of the Day

Join your colleagues to discuss recent hot topics impacting academic nursing. Come share your insights while listening to and learning from your peers.

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Solution Circles

Learn from industry experts in a collaborative format by examining current challenges in the field of academic nursing.

9:00-10:00 a.m.
Plenary

Practicing with Intention and Purpose: Redoubling Our Power to Heal
Dr. Awdish, a best-selling author and physician, shares her firsthand account of a harrowing patient care experience and how nurses taught her to approach the practice medicine in a different way.  The lessons she learned were a catalyst to finding a path towards practicing with greater intention and purpose. With a focus on healing health care, the presenter will discuss how to initiate change by giving primacy to patient and provider narratives, building resilience in teams and systems, and investing in our community.
Speaker: Rana Awdish, MD, Author

10:00-10:30 a.m.
Networking Break

10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
AACN Business Meeting

Presiding: Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN, Chair, AACN Board of Directors, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan-Flint, MI
The AACN Business Meeting is only open to member deans/directors, emeritus and honorary members, and invited prospective member deans/directors.

Member deans interested in submitting an issue for discussion or a resolution during the business meeting should contact COO Jennifer Ahearn at jahearn@aacnnursing.org.

1:00-5:00 p.m.
Capitol Hill Visits
Bus service to Capitol Hill begins at 12:00 pm from the Fairmont (M St. Entrance) with continuous loops until 4:30 pm. As a reminder, students attending AACN's Student Policy Summit will be in attendance for Hill Day and are encouraged to travel with their Dean to Capitol Hill. To ensure you are registered for Hill Day and can join your students on these visits, please contact Rachel Stevenson at rstevenson@aacnnursing.org .

1:00-4:30 pm
Caucus and Connect

Location: 902 Hart Senate Office Building
AACN Deans, Directors, and students are invited to  “Caucus and Connect” in-between their Capitol Hill visits to sit and reflect, enjoy light refreshments and snacks, and strategize prior to the next Hill Visit.

5:00-6:30 p.m.
AACN Congressional Reception
Last Bus leaves Hill at 6:45 p.m.
Location- TBD
AACN Deans, Directors and Students will be able to celebrate a productive and impactful day on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and their staff. Heavy Hors d’oeuvres will be served. 

 

Virtual Schedule

Saturday, March 25

12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Virtual Exhibitor Showcase Open

Access information about high-profile exhibitors and sponsors showcasing innovative and forward-thinking products and services.

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Emerging Solutions
Don’t miss these deep-dive learning opportunities that illustrate practical tips through a fusion of lecture-based instruction, case studies, peer learning, and interaction.

2:00-2:30 p.m.
Break

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Emerging Solutions
Don’t miss these deep-dive learning opportunities that illustrate practical tips through a fusion of lecture-based instruction, case studies, peer learning, and interaction.

3:30-4:00 p.m.
Break

4:00-5:00 p.m.
Welcome and Here to Serve: Rounds with AACN Leadership
Join us for an interactive forum with AACN’s Board Chair and President/CEO addressing issues, trends, and strategic priorities impacting academic nursing. Come prepared with your questions for AACN Leadership!
Speakers:
Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN, Chair, AACN Board of Directors, and Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI, and Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC

Sunday, March 26

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Virtual Exhibitor Showcase Open
Access information about high-profile exhibitors and sponsors showcasing innovative and forward-thinking products and services.

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Virtual Coffee & Conversation

What Keeps You Up at Night?

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Plenary

Keeping the Humanity in Health Care
Having served as a caregiver to both her husband who suffered a traumatic brain injury after he was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq, as well as to her father as he battled and ultimately succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease, Lee Woodruff understands the healing powers of compassion and human connection. Her stories of respect and kindness by healthcare professionals are reminders that the human side of health care is just as important to the patient and their families as the medical treatments they receive. Woodruff’s candor, warmth, and humor will provide attendees with a revived sense of motivation and renewal for the extraordinary work that they do.
Speaker: Lee Woodruff, Author, Speaker, Westchester County, NY

3:00-3:30 p.m.
Break

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Plenary

Driving Innovation in Medicare: Creating a More Person-Centered and Equitable Healthcare System
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is committed to adapting care delivery models to achieve better care for patients, smarter spending, and healthier communities. Join Dr. Fowler for a stimulating discussion on national efforts to advance value-based care at the federal level and achieve equitable health outcomes through high quality, affordable, and person-centered care. Academic nursing’s role in sustaining healthcare quality and advocating for change will be highlighted.
Speaker: Elizabeth Fowler, PhD, JD, Deputy Administrator and Director, CMS Innovation Center, Baltimore, MD

4:30-5:00 p.m.
Break

5:00-6:00 p.m.
Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Lectureship Award

The Struggle for Trust: Infusing Humanism into Health Care
​Gold Foundation President and CEO Dr. Richard Levin will discuss the battering of trust in American society and its consequences for nurses and the health professions at large. In an era plagued by health misinformation and diminished regard for science, the value of expertise is under attack. Clinicians are exhausted and despairing from the moral injury of caring for those who deny the truth about what biomedical science brings to caring.  Nurses remain the most trusted profession in the nation but sustaining the nursing workforce and the other healthcare professionals is a challenge of new urgency. We need leaders to guide us out of this crisis, and the solutions must be interprofessional. Dr. Levin will focus on the power of humanism and the human connection to restore trust and pave a brighter future for nurses, physicians, and all patients under our care.
Speaker: Richard I. Levin, MD, President, and CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Monday, March 27

9:00-10:00 a.m.
Plenary

Practicing with Intention and Purpose: Redoubling Our Power to Heal
Dr. Awdish, a best-selling author and physician, shares her firsthand account of a harrowing patient care experience and how nurses taught her to approach the practice medicine in a different way.  The lessons she learned were a catalyst to finding a path towards practicing with greater intention and purpose. With a focus on healing health care, the presenter will discuss how to initiate change by giving primacy to patient and provider narratives, building resilience in teams and systems, and investing in our community.
Speaker: Rana Awdish, MD, Author

10:00-10:30 a.m.
Break

10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
AACN Business Meeting

Presiding: Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN, Chair, AACN Board of Directors, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan-Flint, MI
The AACN Business Meeting is only open to member deans/directors, emeritus and honorary members, and invited prospective member deans/directors.

Member deans interested in submitting an issue for discussion or a resolution during the business meeting should contact COO Jennifer Ahearn at jahearn@aacnnursing.org.

Continuing Education

AACN is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Eligible attendees may receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) for participating in AACN conferences.

Please note program is subject to change.