Saturday, October 28
Sunday, October 29
Monday, October 30
Tuesday, October 31

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Registration, TechBar, and Networking Lounge Open
AACN staff is available throughout the conference to assist with your registration and to answer any of your questions related to the association, its benefits, and services. Do you have questions about the AACN App, how to tweet and use other social media tools, how to update your AACN Profile in MyAACN, and/or use the AACN Connect – the new online collaboration community? Our TechBar staff has the answer along with other practical technology information. Also, make time to stop by the Networking Lounge to unwind, check your e-mail, or meet with your team. 

12:00-1:15 p.m.
Committee Meetings


1:30-2:45 p.m.  
Emerging Solutions
Select from five engaging sessions offered concurrently prior to the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference. No pre-registration is required. 

  • Building Successful Academic Practice-Partnerships
    Hear from the 2017 award winners on strategies to develop and enhance exemplary academic-practice partnerships.
    • University of Buffalo School of Nursing and Catholic Health System’s Sisters of Charity Hospital
    • University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing and The Queen’s Health System
    • University of Minnesota School of Nursing and Fairview Health System/MHealth

  • Insights & Updates from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

  • Planning and Optimizing Budget Allocations
    Budgets that are allocated by the President and Provost for your institution may be driven by several competing forces such as the needs of fellow deans, state support, your ability to negotiate, and carryover dollars to name a few. During this session, learn about strategies to manage and maintain an allocated budget.
    Speaker: Kathleen Scoble, EdD, RN, Dean and Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Elms College, Chicopee, MA

  • Going from 0 to 60 Quickly: Responsibility Centered Management Budgeting
    Dean McCauley is a skilled administrator in the application of Responsibility Centered Management Budgets. Many institutions are moving to this model which promotes an incentives-based budget that is transparent, has flexibility, and provides rewards for being cost-effective. Come develop your understanding of this budget model.
    Speaker: Linda McCauley, PhD, Dean and Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

  • Social Mission Metrics Study: Nursing Participation and Implications        
    The Social Mission Metrics Study aims to create a tool that can be used to identify the level of engagement of U.S. nursing, dental, and medical schools in social mission activities, track them over time, and/or allow a school to compare itself to other schools. In this session, the principal investigator of the study describes how the Social Mission Metrics Survey was created, shares lessons learned from field testing the survey at nursing schools across the country, and discusses how the survey and similar initiatives can help advance a social mission in nursing education. The Study is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Health Resources and Service Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce.
    Panelists: Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Milken Institute School of Public Health, Co-Director of the George Washington University Health Workforce Institute, George Washington University, Washington, DC; Sonal Batra, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, George Washington University, Washington, DC; Karen D. Bankston, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Clinical Practice, Partnership, and Community Engagement, College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH; and Faye J. Grund, PhD, RN, Dean and Administrative Officer, Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Ashland University, Ashland, OH

  • Why We Give: Successful Strategies for Higher Education Advancement      
    Advancement is an ever-increasing need within Schools of Nursing. Our speaker has extensive leadership and management experience having served on the boards of WHO Roll Back Malaria, the Global Health Council and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.  She has built a coalition of committed partners and increased donor support at Johns Hopkins while leading the process of developing action plans. She has raised over $600 million USD for reproductive health programs in Africa. Expert in mobilization of the private sector, foundations, individuals and government agencies, she provides take home strategies to help you meet your advancement goals.  
    Speaker: Akudo Anyanwu, MD, Associate Dean, Development and Alumni Relations, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

2:45-3:15 p.m. 
Networking Break

3:15-4:30 p.m. 
Emerging Solutions (repeated)

4:30-4:45 p.m.
Stretch Break

4:45-5:45 p.m.
Orientation for New Members and Networking Forum     
Discover all that AACN has to offer, how membership can benefit you and your organization’s work to advance nursing excellence, and explore multiple opportunities for you to engage in advancing AACN’s mission and strategic priorities. Open to new deans, prospective members and associate deans.
Hosted by AACN’s Membership Committee
6:30 p.m.
Networking Dinners
A great opportunity for you to connect with other participants while enjoying the local cuisine! Simply choose from our pre-selected restaurants posted near the registration desk and sign-up – it’s just that easy. Participants are responsible for their own tabs and share transportations costs (if any).

6:30 p.m. 
Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) Alumni Dinner
Come reconnect with the Alums from LANP and see what your colleagues have been accomplishing. Dinner is held a local restaurant and participants are responsible for their own tabs. 

7:30 p.m.
Capital Walk and Talk 
Join AACN President/CEO Deb Trautman for this optional walk. Get in your daily exercise before the day ends while enjoying some of DC’s sights! The group departs promptly at 7:30 p.m. from the hotel entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue.

6:30 a.m.
Optional Daybreak Workouts 

  • Yoga
    Start your day with a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga session. Yoga mats are provided for the first 30 participants.

  • Early-Bird Walking Group
    Join the group a few minutes early at the hotel entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue for a self-guided walk departing promptly at 6:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Registration, Tech Bar, and Networking Lounge Open

9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Learning Center Open
Get exclusive access to high-profile exhibitors and network with peers as you view and learn about innovative products and services. Open Sunday only.

9:00-10:15 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 the AACN Government Affairs Committee for practical information, insights and guidance in preparation for your Monday afternoon meeting with Members of Congress.

10:15-10:45 a.m.
Networking Break

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Focused Discussions
Join colleagues and collaborate on vital topics important to your institution. Agendas are posted onsite and no preregistration is required. Participants may choose which group to attend based on affinity and/or interest in agenda items: 

  • Small/Liberal Arts Schools
    Facilitator: Leesa McBroom, PhD, RN, Chair, Department of Nursing, William Jewell College, Liberty, MO

  • Academic Health Centers (AHC)
    Facilitator: Doreen Harper, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

  • Private Colleges/Universities without an AHC
    Facilitator: John McFadden, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL

  • Public Colleges/Universities without an AHC
    Facilitator: Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, RN, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

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

12:15-1:30 p.m. 
Optional Luncheon Presentation      
Elevate Your Enrollment Management Strategy: The NursingCAS Lab

Join this interactive panel discussion to learn how NursingCAS 3.0 provides state-of-the-art technology to elevate your program’s enrollment management activities.  Please RSVP for this luncheon session to ensure entry, and to receive an admission ticket with your name badge on-site at the registration desk. Ticket must be presented to enter the session. 
Separate Registration Required

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Plenary Session
Futuristic Problem Solving: Applying the Latest Technology Using the Lens of an Inventor 

Pablos Holman is a futurist, inventor, innovator, and one of the most renowned hackers in the world with a unique view of problem-solving and breaking and building new technologies - talents that he uses at his lab in Seattle, where he leads 150 scientists and engineers who are building solutions to the world’s problems. In his lab, Pablos is leading a wide variety of futuristic invention projects to enhance and save our world, including a fission reactor powered by nuclear waste and a device that can shoot mosquitoes out of the sky with lasers to help eradicate malaria – part of a mission he is on, with funding from Bill Gates. Pablos wants to inspire people to create solutions, to invent, and to problem-solve – looking at the world through the lens of an inventor.
Speaker: Pablos Holman, World-renowned Hacker, Inventor, Viral TED Speaker, Problem Solver, Seattle, WA

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

4:00- 5:30 p.m.
John P. McGovern Lectureship Award  
Creating and Sustaining Healthy Workplace Environments   

This award honors Dr. John P. McGovern and recipients are chosen on the basis of their scholarship and the notability of their contributions to nursing, health care or higher education. AACN is proud to announce that this year’s award winner is Dr. Linda Burnes Bolton. Dr. Burnes Bolton serves on the Board of Trustees for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, leads at the system level for nursing at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, California and is one of the principal investigators at the Burns and Allen Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai. Her contributions to the profession have been far reaching and profound. 
Speaker: Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPh, RN, Chief Nursing Office, Director of Nursing Research,  Professor of  Medicine,  and Vice President of Cedars-Sinai Health System, Los Angeles, CA

5:30-7:00 p.m.
“Welcome to DC” Networking Reception         
Our opening reception provides a great forum to network, mingle with friends and colleagues, and to once again visit our Learning Center. There is no better way to kick-off the meeting than by attending this event, which is generously supported by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 

7:00 pm 
AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program Alumni Dinner
Reconnect with the Alums from the AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program and see what your colleagues have been accomplishing. Dinner is held a local restaurant and participants are responsible for their own tabs. 


6:30 a.m.
Optional Daybreak Workouts 

  • Yoga
    Start your day with a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga session. Yoga mats are provided for the first 30 participants.
  • Early-Bird Walking Group
    Join the group a few minutes early at the hotel entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue for a self-guided walk departing promptly at 6:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration, Tech Bar, and Networking Lounge Open

7:30-9:15 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:30 a.m.
AACN Task Force Updates  

  • AACN’s Vision for Nursing Education
  • Academic Progression in Nursing
  • Defining Scholarship for Academic Nursing Task Force
  • Governance Task Force

9:30-10:00 a.m.
Good Morning Coffee and Tea Break

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.         
AACN Membership Meeting
Facilitated by Board Chair Juliann G. Sebastian, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

  • Recognition of AACN Award Winners 

    • Emeritus Membership Award
    • Sister Bernadette Armiger Award
    • Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Awards
    • Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Awards
    • New Era for Academic Nursing Award

  • Like-Schools Reports and Issues Forum 

  • Association Business Meeting 

The business meeting is open only to AACN members: institutional member deans/directors, associate/assistant deans/directors, emeritus and honorary members, and invited prospective member deans/directors. If voting is to occur, it is limited to the AACN member dean representative only. Voting devices are distributed on Monday morning and deans will be asked to show their badges to claim a device.

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:30-5:00 p.m.
Capitol Hill Visits 
Bus transportation between the JW Marriott and Capitol Hill begins at 12:30 p.m.
Boxed lunches will be served in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G11, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. (for attendees who registered to make Hill visits only). Take time to break between Hill meetings and debrief with your colleagues over lunch. 

5:30-7:00 p.m.
Open House at AACN’s New Headquarters Office 
We invite you to see AACN’s new headquarters on 655 K Street NW, Suite 750 in Washington, DC.
Guests are responsible for their own transportation and must present their picture ID at the office building.

6:30 a.m.
Optional Daybreak Workouts 

  • Yoga
    Start your day with a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga session. Yoga mats are provided for the first 30 participants.
  • Early-Bird Walking Group
    Join the group a few minutes early at the hotel entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue for a self-guided walk departing promptly at 6:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration, Tech Bar, and Networking Lounge Open

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

8:15-9:15 a.m. 
Breakfast Forums
Bring your breakfast and join colleagues in similar administrative situations to discuss issues of mutual interest: 

  • Associate/Assistant Deans Dialogue    
    Come to this inaugural breakfast forum dedicated to the needs and issues of associate/assistant deans and explore matters of concern to you and your peers. 

  • Leadership Development at AACN     
    Opportunities exist for leadership development from aspiring leaders to seasoned deans; come hear what AACN has to offer and what is in the planning stages for you and your faculty.

  • New Deans Dialogue
    Gather for a learning conversation about the opportunities and challenges of a new deanship. This forum is aimed towards individuals who have been in a dean or director position for no longer than two years. 

  • Special Interest Groups  
    Join colleagues in similar administrative situations for these self-moderated group discussions. Look for numbered signs inside the meeting room (1-5) to identify the discussion location:

    • Administration of Master’s-Entry Programs 
    • Administration of Non-Nursing Programs                                               
    • Administration of Private/Proprietary Programs 
    • Collective Bargaining
    • Reporting to a Non-Nurse Dean      

9:15-9:30 a.m.
Stretch Break    

9:30-10:30 a.m. 
Plenary Session
National Policy Priorities to Address the Opioid Addiction Crisis
Learn about the current initiatives of the National Institute for Drug Abuse to address the opioid crisis and how health professionals, educators, and policymakers are engaged as part of the solution. 
At the beginning of the session, the 2017 AACN Lois Capps Policy Luminary Award will be presented to Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute and Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America at the start of this session.
Speaker: Wilson Compton, MD, MPE, Deputy Director, National Institute for Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

10:30-11:00 a.m.
Good Morning Coffee and Tea Break

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
Closing Plenary Session
Serving the International Community in End of Life Care: Leading Significant Change in Kenya
Juli McGowan Boit, trained in the U.S. as a nurse practitioner, has been instrumental in the building of two palliative care centers in rural Kenya. She and her interprofessional team have been providing compassionate care for those at end of life. This powerful work has been captured in a documentary that has won four national/ international film festival awards. Come hear about this awe-inspiring work from an outstanding nurse.
Speaker: Juli McGowan Boit, Founder and International Director, Living Room Ministries International, Kenya, Africa