Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27

Organizational Leadership Network (OLN) Program
(requires separate registration)

Saturday, October 27

11:00 a.m.-4:30 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

1:30-3:00 p.m.
Emerging Solutions
Select from four engaging sessions offered concurrently. No pre-registration is required.

  • Building Successful Academic Practice-Partnerships
    Hear from the 2018 award winners on strategies to develop and enhance exemplary academic-practice partnerships.
    • University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions and Kaiser Permanente
    • University of the Incarnate Word School of Nursing and Health Professions and Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital
    • University of Utah College of Nursing and Juvenile Justice System
  • Elevating Your Advocacy Voice: Fine-tuning Federal Advocacy Strategies
    Come hear an action-packed presentation with readily applicable advocacy strategies that are often used at the Federal level but may be extrapolated to your state advocacy work. Learn to increase your influence and elevate your voice across levels of policy makers.
    Speaker: Rachel Stevenson, MA, Director of Government Affairs, AACN, Washington, DC
  • Leveraging AACN’s Partnerships to Streamline Operations
    Discover how to leverage AACN’s partnerships to streamline your school’s operations and improve the student experience. Come hear how your colleagues are attracting top students to their programs while hitting enrollment targets, meeting diversity goals, and gaining access - at no cost - to powerful admissions software. Attendees also explore a turnkey solution to student background checks and an innovative new strategy to enhance the clinical experience of your students and track their competency development.
    Speakers: Lisa Rosenberg, PhD, RN, Associate Dean of Students, Rush University, College of Nursing, Chicago, IL; Cathy Wilson, Director of Admissions, Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD; Marcella Rutherford, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN, Dean of Nursing, Nova Southeastern University, College of Nursing, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Preparing the Nursing Workforce for Community Based-Care
    There has long been a debate on the appropriate balance in preparing nurses for hospital versus community-based care. Why has making this shift been so difficult? Even in the face of positive community-based outcomes such as an improved patient and family experience, and a reduction in cost, most schools of nursing still focus on the provision of care in tertiary care centers. In this session, Dr. Lamb examines factors that have influenced education for community-based care and explores priorities and strategies to move the dialogue to action.
    Speaker: Gerri Lamb, PhD, RN, Research Professor, Director of the Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

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

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Opening Plenary Session
The Impact of the Social Determinants of Health: The Perspective of the DC Chief Medical Examiner

A graduate of Howard University, Dr. Mitchell is board certified in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology, a Fellow with the National Association of Medical Examiners, and is the Chief Medical Examiner for Washington, DC. In this role, he is uniquely positioned to understand the social determinants of health that lead to violence or an early death affecting most communities. He has a keen interest in public health issues. He has dedicated his life to the service of others both personally and professionally; his position in the Medical Examiner’s Office allows him to do just that.
Speaker: Roger A. Mitchell, Jr, MD, FASCP, Chief Medical Examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Washington, DC

4:45-5:45 p.m.
AACN Orientation for New Members, New Deans, Associate Deans, and Prospective Members
Discover all that AACN has to offer, how membership can benefit you and your organization, and how you and your faculty can pursue opportunities to engage in advancing AACN’s mission and strategic priorities.
Hosted by AACN’s Membership Committee

6:30 p.m.
Connect @ Dinner (Optional)
This is a great opportunity for you to make new connections while enjoying the local cuisine with other meeting participants! Simply choose from our pre-selected restaurants posted near the registration desk and sign-up. Guests are responsible for their own tabs and share transportation costs (if any). See you at 6:15 p.m. in the hotel lobby!

6:30 p.m.
Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) Alumni Dinner
If you are a LANP fellow, please join us at a local restaurant to network across cohorts and enjoy the cuisine and ambiance of Washington, DC. Sign-up at the registration desk no later than 5:00 p.m. - so please get your name on the list early! Guests are responsible for their own tabs and transportation costs (if any). Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:15 p.m.!

Sunday, October 28

7:00 a.m.
Daybreak Workout
Join the group a few minutes early at the hotel entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue for a self-guided walk departing promptly at 7:00 a.m.

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

8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Morning Mingle Coffee & Tea

9:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Learning Center (Exhibits) Open
Get exclusive access to high-profile exhibitors and network with peers as you view and learn about innovative products and services.

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Informal Breakfast Discussions
Bring your breakfast and join colleagues in similar administrative situations to discuss issues of mutual interest:

  • New Dean Dialogue*
    Gather for a thought-provoking 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 two years or less.
  • Associate/Assistant Dean Dialogue*
    Come join your colleagues for a forum dedicated to the needs and issues of associate/assistant deans and explore matters of concern to you and your peers.
  • Special Interest Groups*
    Join colleagues in similar administrative situations for discussion on the latest issues:
    • Administration of Master’s-Entry Programs
    • Administration of Non-Nursing Programs
    • Administration of Private/Proprietary Programs
    • Collective Bargaining
    • Reporting to a Non-Nurse Dean

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Leadership Plenary: Updates on Policy from the Federal Perspective
Much has been happening in the policy arena in Washington, DC in recent months. While some pieces of legislation have passed, others have been gridlocked. Policy is constantly undergoing change. Come hear a national leader in governmental policy at the Federal level speak to the most pressing policy issues of the day.
Speaker: TBD

10:30-10:45 a.m.
Stretch Break

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Like-schools Focused Discussions
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
  • Academic Health Centers (AHC)
  • Private Colleges/Universities without an AHC
  • Public Colleges/Universities without an AHC

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own) & Visit Learning Center

1:30-3:00 p.m.
Welcome & Plenary Session
Moral Courage: Doing the Right Thing in the Face of Your Fears

The fear of judgment by one’s peers keeps individuals from developing Moral Courage. If you eliminated the fear, shame and doubt, would you live differently? The application of Moral Courage, saying and doing what you feel is right, should build trust, keep relationships healthy, and allow you to face your deepest fears. An environment that supports Moral Courage creates a positive culture and empowers the individuals in it.
Speaker: Irshad Manji, Founder, Moral Courage Project, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Welcome and Introductions: Ann Cary, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Kansas, and Board Chair, AACN

3:00-3:30 p.m.
Networking Break and Visit Learning Center

3:30-4:30 p.m.
John P. McGovern Lectureship Award
The Whole World is Watching
Presented in honor of Dr. John P. McGovern for his noted clinical practice and research, AACN is proud to announce that this year’s award recipient is Lt. General Patricia Horoho, USA, Retired. As the first woman and the first nurse to hold the position of Army Surgeon General, Ms. Horoho has commanded the US Army Medical Command-which provided healthcare services to 3.9 million active and retired military personnel and their families. She was also the first nurse and woman to serve as the commander of the Walter Reed Health Care System. Amazingly enough, she was in the Pentagon when it was hit by terrorists on 9/11 and led efforts at the impact site to triage victims even when being directed to find cover by the FBI.
Speaker: Lt. General Patricia Horoho, USA, Retired, CEO, OptumServe, Eden Prairie, MN

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

4:45-6:00 p.m.
Plenary Session
Moral Resiliency: Leading with Integrity

In 2014, Dr. Rushton co-led the first National Nursing Ethics Summit that created an agenda for 21st Century Nursing Ethics. Dr. Rushton is currently designing, implementing and evaluating the Mindful Ethical Practice and Resilience Academy (MEPRA) to build moral resilience in frontline nurses. She has identified innovative methods to cultivate moral resilience and design a culture in health care that supports ethical practice. Strategies to promote resilience while maintaining one’s integrity will be presented.
Speaker: Cynda Rushton, PhD, RN, Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics, Professor of Nursing & Pediatrics, School of Nursing and School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
At the close of this session, hear a brief presentation by CCNE on their 20th Anniversary Celebration and kick-off for the evening’s reception with a champagne toast.

6:00-7:30 p.m.
“Welcome to DC” Reception, Exhibits, and a Celebration of the 20th Anniversary for CCNE
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 sponsored by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Monday, October 29

6:30 a.m.
Daybreak Workouts
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.

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

7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Registration Open
AACN Booth & Tech Bar and Networking Lounge Open

7:30-8:30 a.m.
CCNE Forum: Driving Program Quality and Effectiveness Through Accreditation: Introducing the Revised CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs
The 2018 revision of accreditation standards brings new opportunities for engagement and enhanced understanding of expectations regarding program quality and effectiveness. What has remained the same in the standards and what has changed? How might the changes impact nursing programs at the baccalaureate and graduate levels? When do the revised standards go into effect? What assistance and resources are available to program administrators and faculty during the transition to the revised standards? Come hear leaders of the CCNE Standards Committee outline the changes and share their perspectives and insights.
Speakers: Debra Davis, PhD, RN, Professor, College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL and CCNE Standards Committee Co-Chair; and Jane C. Voglewede, JD, Former Legal Counsel at Sanford Health (MeritCare Health System), Fargo, ND and CCNE Standards Committee Co-Chair

8:30-8:45 a.m.
Stretch Break

8:45-9:45 a.m.
Leadership Update: Revising the AACN Essentials: Re-envisioning Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education
Speakers: Chairs of the AACN Essentials Task Force

9:45-10:00 a.m.
Stretch Break

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
AACN Membership Meeting
Facilitated by Board Chair Ann H. Cary, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

  • Award Presentations
  • Like-Schools Reports and Issues Forum
  • 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.

12:00-2:15 p.m.
Lunch (on your own) OR join the Fireside Chat with Ms. Manji at 1:00 p.m.

1:00-2:15 p.m.
Reflections on Moral Courage: A Fireside Chat with Ms. Manji
Bring your lunch and join a lively discussion on moral dilemmas in nursing education and practice. In a ‘Fireside Chat’ format, Ms. Manji takes questions from the audience on the most pressing issues in nursing education and practice and provides practical suggestions on how to implement moral courage.
Speaker: Irshad Manji, Founder, Moral Courage Project, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Collaborating to Meet Tomorrow’s Workforce Needs
Back by popular demand, two half-day sessions have been planned for all Deans/Directors, Associate Deans/Directors and any affiliated Chief Nursing Officers who serve as practice partners. Issues germane to academic-practice partnerships, workforce pipeline, and models of care/learning are highlighted.

1:30-5:30 p.m.
CNO Registration Open

2:30-3:00 p.m.
Academia and Practice: Welcome and Opening
Overview of the mission and strategic priorities of the work of the AACN-AONE Advisory Committee, and an announcement of a campaign for nursing leaders to elevate partnerships to address workforce shortages.
Judy Beal, DNSc, RN, Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Simmons College, Boston, MA, Chair- Elect, AACN Board of Directors, AACN-AONE Advisory Committee; Deborah Zimmermann, DNP, RN, CNO and VP of Patient Care Services, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, VA, Co-Chair, AACN-AONE Advisory Committee, AONE Board of Directors; Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, President and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC; Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, Incoming CEO, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Chicago, IL

3:00-4:30 p.m.
Academia and Practice Plenary: Innovative Solutions to Advance Healthcare Transformation
Highlights from three innovative partnerships transforming health care.

  • Duke University Health System and Duke University School of Nursing
    Mary Ann Fuchs, DNP, RN, Vice-President of Patient Care and System Chief Nurse Executive, Duke University Health System, and Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Duke University School of Nursing; and Marion Broome, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, Vice-Chancellor for Nursing Affairs, Duke University, and Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs for Nursing, Duke University Health System, Durham, NC
  • Emory Healthcare and Emory University School of Nursing
    Sharon Pappas, PhD, RN, Chief Nurse Executive, Emory Healthcare, and Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Baystate Medical Center and Elms College School of Nursing
    Christine Klucznik, DNP, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Vice-President, Patient Care Services, Baystate Medical Center and Kathleen Scoble, EdD, RN, Dean and Professor, Elms College School of Nursing, Chicopee, MA

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

5:00 -6:00p.m.
Academia and Practice Synthesis: Advancing Academic Nursing - Where Do We Go from Here?
Includes engagement strategies at state organizations to advance academic-practice partnerships.
Speakers: Greer Glazer, PhD, RN, Dean, Schmidlapp Professor of Nursing, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, Cincinnati, OH; Randy Rasch, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, Michigan State University College of Nursing, East Lansing, MI

6:00 -7:00 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Networking Reception

7:15 p.m.
Capitol 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 7:15 p.m. from the hotel entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue. See you there!

Tuesday, October 30

6:30 a.m.
Daybreak Workout
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, AACN Booth & Tech Bar, and Networking Lounge Open

8:30-9:15 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

9:15-10:30 a.m.
Academia and Practice Roundtable Discussions: Models of Care, Models of Learning
Models and strategies that guide practice and teaching, particularly in light of current innovations and the constant change seen in the health care arena. Using a roundtable format, the two following questions will be addressed:

  • What are the ideal characteristics of models of care that you need now and in the future?
  • What are the ideal characteristics of models of learning that you need now and in the future?
Facilitators: Members of the AACN-AONE Advisory Committee

10:30-11:00 a.m.
Networking Break

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Academia and Practice Closing Plenary: Transforming Health Care - A Vision for the Future
A presentation of futuristic ideas about what models of care and learning will be needed to transform health care with emphasis on the important role that strong academic-practice partnerships play in launching these cutting-edge changes.
Speaker: TBD

Additional note:
Due to November Midterm Elections, Members of Congress and staff are expected to be in their respective districts and states. Therefore, a formal “Hill Day” will not occur during this year’s Academic Nursing Leadership Conference. AACN will still feature two policy and advocacy sessions, as well as host a virtual advocacy day to reinforce key legislative priorities.

CE Credit Hours
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Participants may earn up to a total of 15.75 continuing education (CE) credit hours for the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference.