In This Section


"I would strongly encourage anyone, seasoned in higher education or new to the profession to attend and get involved. BONUS membership provides you access to a wealth of information and other professionals dealing with the same issues. It’s the first professional organization I have encountered that is more collaborative than competitive. We are all there to further nursing and that really makes a difference."

Jason A. Wright
Senior Associate Dean
Finance & Administration
Columbia University School of Nursing

"I am constantly amazed by the camaraderie of the members and grateful for the sense of belongingness. The topics discussed and presented in the conferences are extremely informative and helpful in fulfilling my role in the school. Members learn and pull strength from each other during the meeting and through the continued communication in AACN Connect BONUS Community Platform. Being a BONUS member is a great privilege and I would highly recommend to anyone in the School of Nursing to join this wonderful community!"

Karis P. Wolfe, MBA
Assistant Dean of Business & Operations
Chief Business Planning Officer
WVU School of Nursing

Business Officers of Nursing Schools (BONUS) Network

Group photo of BONUS members in Denver, CO - Business Officers of Nursing Schools NetworkBusiness Officers of Nursing Schools (BONUS) is dedicated to facilitating networking among those who work in the administration of nursing education and to providing education in areas of business, technology, and financial and administrative management of nursing schools.

BONUS Member Login

Who Should Join? 

Business officers, fiscal managers, and personnel involved in the operational management of nursing programs.

Why Join?

Whether you are just starting out in the profession or you are proudly looking back at a lifetime of achievements, membership in the BONUS Leadership Network is of extraordinary value.

As a member, you can take advantage of the following benefits

  • Be involved and share experiences in a national network of leaders and subject matter experts through an exclusive BONUS Community, a online community platform just for BONUS members. 
  • Participate in conferences geared around subjects of common interest.
  • Serve on working groups such as AACN conference programming and advisory groups.
  • Opportunities to earn (or receive) CEU credits with a network member discount.
  • Volunteer to serve on a Leadership Network Steering Community. 


History of BONUS

In the late fall or early winter of 1985 a very important questionnaire graced the desk of every Dean whose school was a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).  The purpose of this survey was to determine the level of interest in having a conference designed to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and to identify common problems in the fiscal affairs of nursing schools. Read more.

Past BONUS Conferences

Steering Committee

BONUS Committees

Operational Rules and Procedures

Otzman Award Recipients

The Jerry Otzman Founder’s Award was established by the BONUS steering committee on October 11, 1991. The award was established to honor Jerry Otzman, BONUS’ first president whose energy and inspiration led to the founding of BONUS. Jerry served as Chair of the organizing steering committee (1985-86 to 1988-89) and subsequently as BONUS’ first President in 1989-90. Jerry died October 17, 1991. Many who were privileged to work with Jerry were inspired by his dedication and untiring efforts to BONUS and were hopeful that this gesture would help keep his enthusiasm alive. This award is given every 5 years.

Award Recipients

1992 - Jerry Otzman, Wayne State University

1994 – Dan Junior, Yale University

1996 – Pat Hall, University of Utah

1998 – Mike Newsome, Virginia Commonwealth University

2003 – Cathy Reas, Vanderbilt University

2008 – Susan Donelan (posthumous), Boston College

2013 – Rudy Gomez, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

2018 - Susan Frey, Case Western Reserve University


Upcoming Conference

Business Officers of Nursing Schools (BONUS) Annual Conference - TRANSFORM - LEAD - LEARN - CONNECT

Business Officers of Nursing Schools (BONUS) Annual Meeting

April 26-28, 2023
Cape Coral, FL

Learn More

Join the Community

Connect with BONUS colleagues nationwide using AACN’s Online BONUS Community! This online forum provides a convenient way for you to ask for expert advice, seek practical solutions to everyday challenges, identify best practices, and share the latest news. Start a conversation, join in on a topic, or just check out what the platform is all about. The BONUS Online Community is available to BONUS Network Members only.  

Log into MyAACN