Saturday, March 23

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Registration and AACN Connect Open
Networking Lounge Open
AACN Connect is your gateway to the association! Stop by to get more insight on the unique benefits, leadership opportunities, and services to you and your school of nursing. AACN staff is happy to assist with technology questions as well, such as the AACN App and MyAACN.
If you would like to unwind, check your e-mail, or meet with your peers, stop by our Networking Lounge.

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

1:30-2:45 p.m.
Emerging Solutions*

  • Returning to our Nursing Roots to Lead the Way in the Social Mission
    At the turn of the 20th century, Abraham Flexner wrote a ground-breaking report on the need to transform medical education, which ultimately led to changes in health professions education as well. Spring forward to the 21st century and a group known as the Beyond Flexner Alliance, interprofessional in makeup, has challenged the health professions to focus on our social mission: not to ignore science, but to go beyond science to promote health equity. Come hear a national thought leader provide a provocative presentation of nursing roots and the social mission-we have embraced this concept from our beginnings.
    Speaker: Brigit Carter, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, School of Nursing, Duke University, Durham, NC, and Board Member, Beyond Flexner Alliance: Social Mission in Health Professions Education, Washington, DC
  • Entering the Era of Genomic Medicine
    Catalyzed by the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, the last ~16 years have brought spectacular advances in genomics that dramatically empower the study of human biology and disease. The human genomics enterprise is now in the midst of an important transition, as the growing foundation of genomic knowledge is being used by researchers and clinicians to tackle increasingly complex problems in biomedicine. Revolutionary new DNA sequencing technologies now allow the routine generation of prodigious amounts of DNA sequence data, which are being used to gain new insights into the genomic bases of rare and common diseases. Meanwhile, effective clinical applications of genomics are now emerging. Together, these developments are ushering in the era of genomic healthcare.
    Speaker: Eric Green, MD, PhD, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
  • Emerging Healthcare Technologies: The Future is Here
    The landscape of higher education is changing rapidly due to a constant infusion of new and emerging technologies that are altering the way we think, plan and innovate. Artificial Intelligence, virtual reality, flexible sensors, in-the-moment learning, augmented reality, and robotics are all some of the new technologies/models either in testing or readily available. This innovator and entrepreneur will share a futuristic look at the technology that can be employed in the classroom or healthcare arena.
    Speaker: Rick Hall, PhD, FAND, Director of Health Innovation Programs, Director of the Executive Fellowship in Innovation Health Leadership, and Director of the Health Entrepreneur Accelerator Lab, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

2:45-3:00 p.m.
Networking Break with Refreshments

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Town Hall with AACN Board of Directors
Join AACN’s leadership for a Town Hall session to answer questions about AACN’s priorities, including items for vote and discussion at the Business Meeting on Monday, March 25: Vision for Academic Nursing, Academic Progression Position Statement and the Bylaws revisions; as well as other association priorities, including the revision of the Essentials documents, leadership development programs, and addressing PhD pipeline challenges.

Stretch Break

4:15-5:15 p.m.
Plenary Session, OnCourse Learning Award for Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability in Nursing Education
Diversity and Inclusion: A Journey Building Strength of Community through Differences by OnCourse Learning and AACN joined forces to create an award that recognizes outstanding contributions made by an individual or a group that champion diversity, inclusion, and sustainability in nursing education. Recipients are chosen by AACN’s Board of Directors; AACN is proud to announce that this year’s award recipient is Dr. Marian Broome. Very few of us are prepared as deans to lead diversity, inclusion, and equity excellence initiatives. Yet, it is imperative that we develop multiple strategies to increase the diversity, inclusion and equity of our colleges. Learn how one college addressed these issues. This session describes how one school of nursing built a strong community through differences that led to an organizational culture marked by inclusive excellence.
Speakers: Marion Broome, PhD, RN, Dean and Ruby F. Wilson Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs, Duke University and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for Nursing, Duke University Health System, Durham, NC

5:30-6:30 p.m.
AACN Orientation for New Members, New Deans, & Prospective Members, 
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.
Hosted by AACN’s Membership Committee

6:30-7:30 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Social for New Members, New Deans and New Dean Mentoring Program Participants
Participants of the New Deans’ Mentoring Program as well as new deans and representatives from prospective member and new member schools are invited to attend this wine and cheese social to meet members of the Board of Directors and the Membership Committee, who are available for dialogue, discussion and support.
Hosted by AACN’s Board of Directors and AACN’s Membership Committee

7:00 p.m.
AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program Alumni Dinner
Please join other Wharton Executive Leadership Fellows for an evening of collegiality in a relaxing social atmosphere and share your trials, tribulations and successes. Participants are responsible for their own tabs and share transportation costs (if any). Sign up at the registration desk. Reservations have been made at a local restaurant for 20 guests. We meet in the hotel lobby at 6:45 p.m.

7:00 p.m.
Networking Dinners
New at the Deans Meeting? Then 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. The dinners are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. - participants meet at 6:45 p.m. at the concierge desk in the hotel lobby.

7:30 p.m.
Capitol Walk-and-Talk
Get in your daily exercise before the day ends! Join AACN President/CEO Deb Trautman for this optional walk. The group departs promptly at 7:30 p.m. from the hotel entrance. See you there!

Sunday, March 24

6:30 a.m.
Optional Early-Bird Walking Group
Join the self-guided group a few minutes early in the hotel lobby for a walk departing promptly at 6:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Registration Open

8:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Networking Lounge Open

8:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Learning Center Open
Get exclusive access to high-profile exhibitors showcasing their innovative products and services in our Learning Center. Vendors have been carefully selected allowing you to identify strategic partners to fulfill your institutional needs. (Open Sunday only.)

8:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
AACN Connect Open

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

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Open Dialogue with AACN’s Board of Directors: Hot Topics for Membership Discussion* 
At this discussion-based session, participants have the opportunity to participate in AACN Board facilitated table-top conversations. Key points are captured, and a summary of notes is shared after the AACN Deans Annual Meeting with all participants. You may select and participate in two stimulating discussion topics - each discussion is 25 minutes long and participants rotate once among tables.

  • Table 1: Best Practices Related to Academic Progression
  • Table 2: Leadership Development Strategies and Needs
  • Table 3: Strategies for Faculty Success
  • Table 4: Strengthening the Pipeline into PhD Programs
  • Table 5: Assessing Outcomes of DNPs in Practice
  • Table 6: Strategies to Move to Competency-Based Education
  • Table 7: Technology in Higher Education and Healthcare
  • Table 8: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment
  • Table 9: Best Practices Related to Interprofessional Education and Measuring the Impact of IPE
  • Table 10: Preparing Nurse Educators
  • Table 11: Clinical Placements for APRN Students
  • Table 12: Educating to address the Social Determinants of Health and Enhancing Nursing’s Role in Improving Health Equity and Minimizing Health Disparities

10:30-10:45 a.m.
Stretch 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
    Facilitator: Janet Reagor, PhD, RN, Interim Dean and Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Avila University, Kansas City, MO
  • Academic Health Centers (AHC)
    Facilitator: Facilitator: Marion Broome, PhD, RN, Dean and Ruby F. Wilson Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs, Duke University and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for Nursing, Duke University Health System, Durham, NC
  • Private Colleges/Universities
    Facilitator: Facilitator: Michelle Johnson, EdD, APRN, Chief Nurse Administrator and Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Hawaii Pacific University, Kaneohe, HI
  • Public Colleges/Universities
    Facilitator: Facilitator: Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

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

12:15-1:15 p.m.
Lunch with ANCC’s Credentialing Program Leadership Team
How can the ANCC Magnet Recognition™ Program standards form a framework for curricula and how can the ANCC Pathway to Excellence™ Program’s standards be used to explore positive practice environments that give nurses a voice? Would you be interested in learning how the ANCC Accreditation Program implemented outcome-based continuing education credit, as compared to credit awarded for seat time? Do you have questions about your own ANCC board certification or want to know more about certification opportunities for your faculty and students? Learn all that and more at a lunchtime session dedicated to a meaningful conversation between you and the ANCC credentialing program leaders. Time will be allocated to exploring how ANCC can help you achieve your organizational goals so please be prepared for an interactive discussion. Space is limited to first 100 participants and lunch is provided.
This session is sponsored by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

1:30-3:00 p.m.
Welcome and Plenary Session
Leadership for the Future: Inspiring and Adapting in a Complex and Uncertain Environment
In order to inspire, you must build trust. And in order to innovate, you must accept some risk, empower those around you, and lead in necessary change. Dr. Henshaw, the key architect of West Point’s Leader Development System, will share strategic leadership approaches to move your organization forward in light of the uncertainty in healthcare, higher education, and volatility in the public policy arena. Emphasis will be on managing change.
Speakers: Todd Henshaw, PhD, President and Founder, Leader Development Associates and Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

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

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Claiming our Space: What is our Collective Responsibility?
Description: The American Nurses Association was the architect of Nursing’s Social Policy Statement and has been the driver for the social contract between nursing and society. This contract has evolved over time and demonstrates interplay with the Code of Ethics. Today, nursing is carving out its space in terms of our collective responsibility to social ethics, justice and individual health. What has our collective responsibility become? What space do we reside in with regard to our own mission as well as those of the other health professions? The president of ANA will offer an enlightening glimpse into the social evolution of nursing.
Speaker: Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, President, American Nurses Association, Chicago, IL

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

5:00-6:00 p.m.
Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Lectureship Award
Leadership and Scholarship: The Future of Interprofessional Education
The Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Lectureship Award was established in March 2014 to honor AACN’s previous CEO, who led the association for 28 years. Award recipients are chosen by the AACN Board of Directors on the basis of their leadership and/or scholarly contributions to interprofessional education. AACN is proud to announce that this year’s award recipient is Dr. Brenda Zierler. With a long and distinguished career exploring the relationships between the delivery of health care and outcomes using an interprofessional lens, Dr. Zierler has made a substantial impact on interprofessional education, practice and research. She holds academic appointments in the School of Nursing, School of Medicine and the School of Public Health at the University of Washington and is past chair of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative.
Speaker: Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, Professor and IPE Scholar, School of Nursing, University of Washington Health Sciences Center, Seattle, WA

6:00-7:30 p.m.
“Welcome to D.C.” Networking Reception
Join us for our Networking Reception in the Learning Center. End the day enjoying light fare and mingling with friends and colleagues.

Monday, March 25

6:30 a.m.
Optional Early-Bird Walking Group
Join the self-guided group a few minutes early in the hotel lobby for a walk departing promptly at 6:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration and AACN Connect Open
Networking Lounge Open

7:00-8:30 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m.-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

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
AACN Membership Meeting and Issues Discussion Forum
Facilitated by AACN Board Chair Ann H. Cary, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

  • Membership Business Meeting
  • Networking Break (10:30-11:00 a.m.)
  • Like-School Reports and Issues Forum

The AACN Membership Meeting is only open to member deans/directors, emeritus and honorary members, and invited prospective member deans/directors. Voting is limited to the AACN member dean representative only. Voting devices are distributed on Monday morning and deans must show their badges to claim a device.

12:30-2:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:00-5:00 p.m.
Capitol Hill Visits
Bus service to Capitol Hill begins at 12:30 p.m. with continuous loops until 6:30 p.m. AACN Deans, Directors and Students are invited to “Caucus & Connect” in-between their Capitol Hill visits to sit and reflect, enjoy light refreshments and snacks, and strategize prior to the next Hill visit. (Room 325 in the Russell Senate Office Building from 1:00-4:30 p.m.)

5:00-6:30 p.m.
AACN Congressional Reception
Join AACN’s Government Affairs Committee, Board of Directors, and special invited staff from the Administration and Congress for a unique networking opportunity. 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. Rayburn Foyer, Rayburn House Office Building.

Tuesday, March 26

6:30 a.m.
Optional Early-Bird Walking Group
Join the self-guided group a few minutes early in the hotel lobby for a walk departing promptly at 6:30 a.m.

7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration and AACN Connect Open
Networking Lounge Open

7:00-8:30 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

7:00-8:00 a.m.
Breakfast Forums
Bring your complimentary breakfast and start the day with one of these facilitated gatherings:

  • Be a Leader Among Leaders - Opportunities for Engagement at AACN
  • New Dean Dialogue
  • Leadership Development Program Opportunities
  • Peer to Peer Dialogue: The Issues of the Day

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Leadership Plenary
New Congress, New Focus: Perspectives from a Nursing Champion!

Newly elected Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, an RN from Illinois’s 14th Congressional District, is the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives, the first woman of color and millennial to represent her community, and a proud supporter of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act. Prior to her election, as a registered nurse and Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she worked to prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters and bioterror threats. Congresswoman Underwood earned her BSN at the University of Michigan, her MSN at Johns Hopkins University, and is a proud former policy intern at AACN! Come hear how all nurses can make an impact on influencing health policy as we enter the 116th Congress.
Speaker: The Honorable Lauren Underwood, U.S. Representative for Illinois's 14th Congressional District, Washington, DC.

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

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Re-Envisioning Academic Nursing: Progress to Date on the Revision of the AACN Essentials
The AACN Essentials Task Force has been charged to revise all three of the current essentials documents simultaneously. The Task Force is comprised of three work groups: Baccalaureate, Master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice, led by experienced leadership within the membership. The plan for action, associated timeline and opportunities for stakeholder engagement will be presented as it has unfolded and evolved over the last several months.
Speaker: Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, Yingling Endowed Chair, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, and Chair, AACN Baccalaureate Work Group; Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, and Chair, AACN Master’s Work Group; and John McFadden, PhD, CRNA, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Barry University, Miami, FL, and Chair, AACN Doctor of Nursing Practice Work Group

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

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Closing Plenary
The Sustainable Development Goals from WHO: What is Nursing’s Role to Address Global Challenges?

The sustainable development goals have been designed as a blueprint to address global challenges in the areas of poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice. The target date to achieve the goals is 2030-a very aggressive agenda. The third goal is Good Health and Well Being, and will require a coordinated, dedicated workforce for the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality, prevention of substance abuse, reduction of traffic related deaths, and universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services. Dr. Morrision-Beedy offers perspective on the WHO initiative and implications for nursing academia and leadership.
Speaker: Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, Chief Talent and Global Strategy Officer, Centennial Professor of Nursing and Fulbright Scholar, College of Nursing, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH