2023 Member News Archive

February 2023


  • Dr. Bernadette Melnyk will step aside as dean of The Ohio State University College of Nursing on June 30, 2023. Dr. Melnyk, who also serves as the nation’s first vice president for health promotion and chief wellness officer (CWO) at an institution of higher education, will continue full-time in the VP/CWO role at Ohio State. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Patricia Thomas is the new acting dean at Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON), effective January 6, 2023. Dr. Thomas previously served as the associate dean for faculty affairs at Wayne State University’s (WSU) College of Nursing. Before joining WSU’s faculty, she served as the assistant dean and as an associate professor, then later as associate dean at KCON from 2016-2019. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Rochester (UR) Medical Center and School of Nursing has established a program to provide a tuition-free education for 33 nursing students per year. The UR Nursing Scholars Program will cover 100% of tuition costs for Accelerated Bachelor’s in Nursing (ABSN) students at the university, after passing their NCLEX-RN® licensure exam and in exchange for committing to work at participating UR Medicine facilities for 3 years after graduation. Read more >>

December 2023


  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has received a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for its leadership program, Academy for Diverse Emerging Nurse Leaders. The academy is a five-day immersive fellowship specially designed to train nurses from backgrounds underrepresented in nursing leadership who are in early leader roles in health systems and nursing schools and/or those committed to expanding and supporting diversity in nursing leadership. The program is produced in partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Read more >>

  • The National Institute on Aging has awarded a five-year, $3.5 million grant to Dr. Carolyn Clevenger and Dr. Ken Hepburn from the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing to study an online tool’s capacity to increase caregiver mastery. The program employs state-of-the-art, interactive learning methods that can be accessed asynchronously, providing flexible use for busy caregivers to help them understand and master the navigator role in which they find themselves. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing has received a $364,502 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture that will allow a specialized education outreach to healthcare professionals in the Mid-South Delta region to improve care for patients with sickle cell disease. The principal investigator for the grant is Dr. Sara Day, assistant dean for Community and Global Partnerships. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Rachel Blankstein Breman, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, has received two grant awards, both of which aim to address the critical need to improve communication in maternity care. Dr. Breman received a three-year, $1 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality as well as a one-year, $60,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Public Health (in collaboration with the Maryland Patient Safety Center and Your Birth Partners), which will fund interactive webinars on how to implement trauma-informed care for all birth workers in Maryland. Read more >>
     
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded grants to several faculty researchers at The Ohio State University College of NursingDr. Jodi Ford, professor and assistant director of the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth, is a principal investigator on a five-year, $6.9 million grant as part of NIH’s Helping to End Addiction Long-Term initiative. Dr. Shannon Gillespie, assistant professor, received a five-year, $3.8 million grant to study how models of postpartum primary care affect the health of mothers and infants during the first year after childbirth. Dr. Michelle Failla, research assistant professor, received a five-year, $2.6 million grant to understand how pain is experienced by adults with autism.
     
  • Dr. Kimberly Glassman has been appointed dean of the Mount Sinai Phillips School of Nursing and vice president for Nursing Academic Affairs of the Mount Sinai Health System, effective December 29. Dr. Glassman has been a leader in higher education administration and health care throughout her career at New York University (NYU) Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Her roles there included clinical professor, senior associate dean of Academic Affairs, associate dean of Partnership Innovation, and senior vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer of NYU Langone Medical Center. Read more >>
     
  • Frontier Nursing University has named Dr. Paula Alexander-Delpech, current chief diversity and inclusion officer, as the university’s first dean for Inclusive Excellence and Student Success. The creation of this leadership position is an innovative step to centralize all the university’s student services, such as orientation, academic advising, registration, retention, student activities and organizations, and counseling. Read more >>
     
  • The Dorothy and Jim Kennedy Health Sciences Building will be the new home of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC) School of Nursing thanks to an $8 million gift from the Kennedy Foundation, Inc. ─ the single-largest individual gift in the school’s history. The building will be named after the parents of Kennedy Foundation trustees Jim Kennedy III, Elizabeth Kennedy Spratlin, and Molly Kennedy. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing (SON) will receive a $2 million gift to establish the Holly Goodling Bell, CRNP and Gordon M. Bell, DDS Endowed Chair in Health and Community Systems at the school. Holly Goodling Bell is a 1974 graduate of the SON. The endowment is designed specifically for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and is set to become a pivotal asset in recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty members, driving innovation and progress within the field, and enriching the educational experience for nursing students. Read more >>
     
  • Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing has received a fourth gift from philanthropists William E. Conway, Jr., co-founder and co-chairman of The Carlyle Group, and his wife, Joanne, bringing their total investment of the college to over $10 million. This funding will support more than 500 Villanova nursing students over the next 5 years. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has announced the appointment of Dr. Heather Congdon to the role of director for the University Center for Interprofessional Education. Dr. Congdon, professor in the Department of Practice, Sciences, and Health Outcomes Research within the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, comes to the role after having spent nearly two decades at UMB. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Lauren Ghazal, assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, was honored with STAT Wunderkind recognition at the recent STAT Summit in Boston, MA, where she participated in a panel discussion. Dr. Ghazal utilizes her professional and personal experiences in cancer care, nursing, and economics to research the cancer survivorship needs of adolescents and young adults, with a focus on the financial impacts of cancer on these age groups. Read more >>

November 2023


  • The University of South Carolina (USC) and Lexington Medical Center have a public-private partnership in which the medical center is constructing a new $22 million Clinical Education Building to house the BSN and Master’s into Practice Entry programs. The new building will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, a new 20,000 square-foot simulation center, and faculty, staff, and advising offices. The goal of the partnership is to increase the number of pre-licensure nursing graduates per year from 220 to 400 over the next 5-7 years. Read more >>
     
  • The National Institute of Nursing Research has awarded a 5-year, $1.7 million grant to Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing faculty for research training in women's health and intersectionality using data science and health information technology. The grant will prepare nurse scientists to employ data science and health information technology to improve women’s health while considering the social determinants of health. Read more >>
     
  • A nearly $1.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will help Troy University recruit and retain nursing students through the increased use of simulation-based education programs. The grant will enable the creation of the school’s Recruitment/Retention in Simulated Education (R.I.S.E) initiative, which will focus on utilizing simulation activities to recruit students into the nursing program, facilitate students’ progression through the program, and prepare them to care for patient populations facing inequities and limited access to health care. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing has received a nearly $9 million HRSA grant to increase access to maternity care across Alabama. The grant will help the Nurse-Family Partnership program expand its services (such as home visits, midwifery, and behavioral healthcare) into 27 additional counties across the state over the next 5 years. Read more >>

October 2023


  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing and the University of Tennessee Medical Center recently celebrated the opening of the BSN Scholars Facility. The new state-of-the-art simulation and learning lab was funded by the medical center for the BSN Scholars, a groundbreaking academic-practice partnership that provides nursing students with an opportunity to learn at a respected academic health center. Read more >>
     
  • Tampa General Hospital, in conjunction with the University of South Florida (USF), will invest $4.4 million across 6 years in the university to establish a new nursing simulation lab with a goal of remedying the state’s nursing workforce shortage. The new facility will feature 12 clinical examination rooms, 4 simulation learning labs, a multipurpose learning lab, high-fidelity simulation rooms, debriefing classrooms, and control rooms. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Utah College of Nursing celebrated the 75th anniversary of its creation with a gala and ceremony honoring nurses who graduated from the program over 50 years ago. Participants included the school’s distinguished alumni, supporters, past and present faculty and staff, and students. Read more >>
  • The Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has been awarded a 7-year, $10.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the causes of increased death and disease and to ultimately reduce their prevalence. The work of the grant will be the creation of CIRCLE — the Center for Indigenous Resilience, Culture, and Maternal Health Equity — to serve Oklahoma and the Southern Plains. Read more >>

  • The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has received a 4-year, $2.6 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to continue its Collaborative Academic-Practice program, which improves advanced practice nursing education and increases recruitment and retention in rural, tribal, and medically underserved populations. Read more >>

  • With support from two HRSA grants totaling $1.5 and $1.7 million, the University of Maine School of Nursing has introduced a comprehensive program to enhance workforce diversity and resilience and prevent nursing burnout. An interdisciplinary health science team published the research design protocol, Wellness in Nursing Education to Promote Resilience and Reduce Burnout: Protocol for a Holistic Multidimensional Wellness Intervention and Longitudinal Research Study Design in Nursing Education in JMIR Research Protocols.

  • The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing has been awarded a $2 million grant to create the Joanne and William Conway Nursing Scholarship Program. The gift will be used over 4 years to recruit and support accelerated second-degree BSN students. Read more >>

  • Three University of Maryland School of Nursing faculty members have been awarded Nurse Support Program II (NSP II) grants totaling nearly $1 million. NSP II grants aid in increasing nursing capacity in Maryland by implementing statewide initiatives to grow the number of nurses prepared to serve in faculty roles and by strengthening nursing education programs at state institutions. Grants are funded through the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. Read more >>

  • Dr. Holli DeVon, professor and Audrienne H. Moseley Endowed Chair in Community Research at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing, has been awarded more than $3 million over 4 years from the National Institute of Nursing Research for her research study, which will test the efficacy and duration of effect of acupuncture therapy for patients suffering from stable angina. Read more >>

  • Two faculty at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing have been awarded grants. Dr. Christine Cogil, associate professor, has been awarded a $2.6 million, multifunctional HRSA grant that will help educate the future of nurses prepared to treat the rural and underserved. Dr. Katherine Zychowski, professor, has been awarded a $2.6 million NIH grant for her ongoing research in pre-clinical and clinical models examining uranium mine dust exposure and circulating extracellular vesicles.

  • The University of South Florida (USF) and Tampa General Hospital (TGH) are teaming up on a new simulation center that will help train future nurses. TGH is investing $4.4 million over 6 years to support the center’s planning and implementation. The center will be located at the USF Health College of Nursing on the Tampa campus. Read more >>

  • The Tennessee Higher Education Commission has approved a proposal for a joint BSN program operated by the University of Tennessee (UT) Health Science Center College of Nursing and the UT Southern Jeanette M. Travis School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The joint program will welcome its first cohort in Fall 2024 and will use a mixture of face-to-face, hybrid, and asynchronous learning in its curriculum. Read more >>

  • Three faculty members from the Cizik School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston received multiyear NIH grants totaling more than $8.5 million. Dean Dr. Diane Santa Maria will expand testing of a mobile health intervention aimed at HIV prevention among youth experiencing homelessness; Dr. Janet Van Cleave, associate professor, will study the implementation and effectiveness of a patient-reported symptom tool for head and neck cancers; and Dr. Daphne Hernandez, associate professor, will explore the association between the level of eviction risk during the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing mental distress. Read more >>

September 2023


  • Faculty members of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing are participating in a new Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) initiative funded with a $3.9 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Health. The program will evaluate innovative models of nursing care that include screening and responding to social drivers of health to better meet the needs of all VUMC patients. Read more >>
     
  • Old Dominion University School of Nursing has been awarded a $2.6 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant aimed at increasing the number and diversity of advanced practice registered nurses who will be equipped to serve rural, underserved, and disadvantaged populations in Virginia. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Wyoming School of Nursing was recently awarded a 5-year, $2.5 million HRSA award for advancing the behavioral health integration at the Albany Community Health Clinic. The primary goal of the program is to expand the number of nurse practitioners, counseling, social work, and nursing students completing clinical rotations within a fully integrated, nurse-led, primary care team, which provides mental health and substance use disorder services to patients across the lifespan. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Maine (UMaine) School of Nursing has received a 4-year, $1.96 million HRSA grant to provide financial assistance and new educational opportunities to aspiring family nurse practitioners, with the goal of improving access to primary care in rural and underserved regions of Maine. The grant will allow UMaine Nursing to provide financial support to approximately 40 students pursuing an MSN degree with a family nurse practitioner concentration. Read more >>
     
  • An interprofessional research team at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) received a 5-year, $2.8 million RO1 award from the National Institute on Aging for their project titled "Annual Wellness Visit Policy: Impact on Disparities in Early Dementia Diagnosis and Quality of Healthcare for Medicare Beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s Disease and its Related Dementias." The investigators include Dr. Huey-Ming Tzeng, a professor at the UTMB School of Nursing. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos has been selected as director of The Institute for Policy Solutions at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, a new health policy, research, and practice institute that will be based in Washington, DC. His appointment begins January 2, 2024. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos was previously dean and Bessie Baker Distinguished Professor of the Duke University School of Nursing and vice chancellor for Nursing Affairs. Read more >>
     
  • The new School of Nursing within the College of Science and Health at William Paterson University has opened this fall, with Dr. Minerva Salinas Guttman as the founding associate dean. Dr. Guttman most recently served as the Ferguson Endowed Chair in the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Applied Health at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Read more >>
     
  • On June 23, Illinois State University held a groundbreaking ceremony for the school’s new $18 million Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) Simulation Center. The 16,000-square-foot building will enable MCN to increase enrollment by 400 students. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2024. Read more >>
     
  • On August 31, Pittsburg State University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the university’s new $8 million simulation hospital, marking a new era of nursing for students in the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing. The building includes simulated hospital rooms, associated control and preparation rooms, debriefing rooms, a waiting area, and a nurse’s station. Read more >>

August 2023


  • Dr. Yolanda Ogbolu is the new dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). She succeeds Dr. Jane Kirschling, who retired at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year. Previously, Dr. Ogbolu was an associate professor at UMSON and served as chair of UMSON’s Department of Partnerships, Professional Education, and Practice and co-director of its Center for Health Equity and Outcomes Research. She was appointed to the UMSON faculty in 2010 as deputy director of the school’s Office of Global Health and became its director in 2015. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Texas at Austin (UT) has appointed Dr. Eun-Ok Im as dean of the School of Nursing. Dr. Im was recently the senior associate dean for research and innovation and the Edith Folsom Honeycutt Endowed Chair in the School of Nursing at Emory University. She will begin her appointment September 1. She succeeds Dr. Alexa Stuifbergen, who will step down after 14 years as the school’s dean. From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Im was a professor of nursing at UT Austin. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Holly Jeffreys is the new dean of the West Texas (WT) A&M College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She succeeds Dr. J. Dirk Nelson, who is now the founding dean of Abilene Christian University’s College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Jeffreys led WT’s Department of Nursing since August 2020. She serves on the Texas Health Care Advisory, is president-elect for the Texas Deans & Directors for Professional Nursing Programs, and is legislative ambassador for the Texas Nurse Practitioner Policy Council. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Teresa Kelechi has been appointed interim dean at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Nursing. A nurse researcher and certified wound care nurse and gerontological clinical nurse specialist, she has held numerous intramural and extramural leadership roles over nearly four decades of service to MUSC, including serving as the associate dean for research and PhD studies and the director of the college’s Symptom Self-Management Center. She is the holder of the David and Margaret Clare Endowed Chair. Read more >>
     
  • The College of New Jersey has been awarded a $33 million capital facilities grant by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education of New Jersey as part of the joint solicitation of four revolving Capital Facilities Bond programs. The awarded funds will be used for the college’s “Educating New Jersey’s Next Generation Health Workforce” plan. Renovations of instructional and academic support space will create new offices for the Department of Nursing, Department of Public Health, and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Read more >>
     
  • Two faculty members at Rush University’s College of Nursing recently received grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Dr. Ben Remor Inventor, director of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program, received funding to provide traineeship stipends to primary care nurse practitioner students, especially students from under-represented communities in nursing. Dr. Maiko Yamashita, director of the Nurse Anesthesia program, received new funding to increase diversity of certified registered nurse anesthetist students and enhance clinical learning experiences in rural and urban areas.
     
  • The University of Maine School of Nursing has received a 4-year, $1.96 million HRSA grant to provide financial assistance and new educational opportunities to aspiring family nurse practitioners, with the goal of improving access to primary care in rural and underserved regions of Maine. The grant, from HRSA’s Advanced Nursing Education Workforce program, will allow the school to provide financial support to approximately 40 students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a family nurse practitioner concentration. Read more >>
     
  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at New Orleans’ School of Nursing has been awarded a HRSA grant of $2.6 million over the next four years to help increase the number of care providers in rural parts of Louisiana. The funding is intended to boost the number of nurse practitioners and nurse midwives prepared to provide primary care services, mental health and substance use disorder care, and maternal health care to underrepresented populations in rural, urban, tribal, and underserved areas in the state. Read more >>
     
  • Shepherd University’s School of Nursing has received a $2.6 million, four-year HRSA grant designed to increase the number of primary care family nurse and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners in the region. The grant will allow Shepherd to cover yearly tuition and fees for 30 graduate and certificate students. Read more >>

July 2023


  • Mercy College has announced the launch of a new School of Nursing and the appointment of Dr. Kenya V. Beard as the inaugural dean. The launch of the school will enable Mercy to further enhance its nursing programs, better serve its students, and help meet the growing need for nurses. Previously, Dr. Beard was the associate provost at Chamberlin University, dean of nursing and associate health sciences at Nassau Community College, and associate professor at City University of New York. Read more >>
     
  • Hunter College has appointed Dr. Ann Marie Mauro as the next Joan Hansen Grabe Dean of the School of Nursing, effective July 10. Most recently, Dr. Mauro was the director of the Nursing Education Program and visiting professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she provided leadership for the online EdD, MEd, and post-master’s certificate programs. Previously, she was the dean of Nursing and Health Studies at Monmouth University. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Christopher Coleman is the new dean of the School of Nursing at Oakland University. Previously, Dr. Coleman served as the Mark & Maureen Miller head of nursing and professor at Purdue University, West Lafayette, School of Nursing; associate dean and professor at Indiana University School of Nursing, Fort Wayne; and in faculty positions at the University of California Los Angeles, Rutgers University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Kristi Stinson has been appointed interim dean at Seton Hall University College of Nursing. She joined Seton Hall as a faculty member in 2013 and has been an associate professor in the undergraduate program. Her contributions to the college include serving as assistant chair of adult courses and chair of the undergraduate department from 2019 to 2023. Read more >>
  • The Cizik School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has received a $2.6 million, 4-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will provide financial support to 25 nurse practitioner students per year. The grant also will enable the school to expand curriculum, strengthen academic-clinical partnerships in underserved rural and urban areas, and provide professional development for preceptors and faculty. Read more >>

  • The MGH Institute of Health Professions has received a grant of nearly $6 million to prepare nurse educators, making it the only educational institution in New England to receive a share of the U.S. Department of Labor’s $78 million effort to expand and diversify the nation’s nursing pipeline. Comprised of 25 universities and hospitals across the country, the Nursing Expansion Grant Program is giving $5.885 million to the MGH Institute over 5 years. Read more >>

  • The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing has received a grant of more than $3.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to address the need to grow and diversify Alabama’s nursing education workforce. Associate professor Dr. Susan Welch secured the funding from the department’s Employment and Training Administration’s Nursing Expansion Grant Program. Specifically, these grants will increase the number of nursing instructors and educators. Read more >>

  • The University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Nursing has been awarded a 4-year grant worth $2.5 million to increase the number of nurse practitioners prepared to provide primary care to underserved and rural communities around Guilford County and nationally. A team of faculty members led by Dr. Wanda Williams received HRSA funding through a grant with the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce program. The grant runs from July 1 through June 30, 2027. Read more >>

  • Leaders from the University of West Georgia (UWG) and Georgia Highlands College recently signed a partnership agreement to provide a seamless pathway for nursing students between the two institutions. Students who complete the BSN requirements from Georgia Highlands College will benefit from a smooth transition into the MSN program offered at UWG’s Tanner Health System School of Nursing, reducing the amount of time required for students to obtain their master’s degree. Read more >>

June 2023


  • Dr. Julie Sanford has been named dean of The University of Alabama (UA) Capstone College of Nursing, effective August 1. She moves to UA after serving as dean and professor with the School of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Sanford serves as Secretary on the AACN Board of Directors. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Hyochol “Brian” Ahn is the new dean of the University of Arizona College of Nursing, effective May 22.  Previously, Dr. Ahn was a professor and associate dean for research at the Florida State University (FSU) College of Nursing and founding director of the FSU Brain Science & Symptom Management Center. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Christina Sun, associate professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in LGBT health research in Botswana and Taiwan for the 2023-2024 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Read more >>
     
  • University of Rhode Island College of Nursing Dean Dr. Betty Rambur has been reappointed as a commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which holds a significant role in advising Congress on Medicare policy. She was originally appointed to the commission in 2020. Read more >>
     
  • AACN staff members recently were honored at two school of nursing award ceremonies. Dr. Brigit Carter, AACN’s Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, was presented with the Outstanding DNP Faculty Member Award during a ceremony at Duke University School of Nursing. (Dr. Carter retired from Duke in January 2023 and joined AACN the following month.) At the University of Maryland School of Nursing All Alumni ReunionDr. George Zangaro, AACN’s Chief Policy and Scientific Officer, was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award.  
     
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing assistant professor Dr. Marci Lee Nilsen has received a National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute MERIT award for $3.1 million to research the effects of head and neck cancer treatment. Her grant titled “Radiation-Induced Fibrosis and Co-occurring Adverse Treatment-Related Effects in Head and Neck Cancer Survivors” will begin July 1. Read more >>
     
  • With a new 5-year, nearly $6 million grant from the U.S Department of Labor’s Nursing Expansion Grant Program, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis aims to improve diversity in the healthcare workforce. The grant will allow the school to prepare new nursing faculty and address the health equity gap in America’s underserved communities. Read more >>
     
  • The Montana Office of Rural Health/Area Health Education Center, the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, and Colleges of Nursing at the University of Colorado, Montana State University, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, Utah, and Wyoming have partnered to create a clinical nursing faculty and preceptor academy for the Rocky Mountain region. This program provides training and tools to strengthen and support clinical nursing faculty and preceptors working in rural and frontier parts of the mountain west. Read more >>

May 2023


  • The University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing has been selected as a recipient of the University of California Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative. This prestigious program is designed to attract underrepresented minorities to doctoral programs with the long-term goal of developing nursing faculty that reflect California’s diversity. The initiative, Nursing Professoriate Pathway Program: From Bench-to-Community, will work to recruit and support underrepresented minority students over the next 5 years. Read more >>
     
  • A gift of $7 million to the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) from the Bedford Falls Foundation-DAF, a donor-advised fund established by Bill and Joanne Conway, will create 218 Conway Scholarships over the next four years. In addition, UMSON has received a Conway Innovation Challenge grant of $145,000, which will fund a pilot of UMSON’s Nursing Professional Residency for Outstanding Faculty from the Conways’ Bedford Falls Foundation Charitable Trust. Read more >>
     
  • The Seton Hall University College of Nursing has received a second grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey for “Expansion of the Seton Hall University College of Nursing Online Nurse Practitioner Curriculum Using Innovations in Simulation." The project’s focus is to further expand nurse practitioner students’ education using online simulation and new telehealth technology to augment online nursing programs. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Houston (UH) has received a transformational $20 million gift from UH alumnus Andy Gessner and his wife Barbara to help bolster the nursing workforce. The gift to the UH College of Nursing will strengthen nursing education and research, fund scholarships and fellowships for students, and ultimately increase the number of highly educated nurses in the workforce. In recognition of the generous gift, the college has been renamed the Andy and Barbara Gessner College of Nursing. Read more >>
  • Dr. Trisha Leann Horsley has been named dean of the School of Nursing at Texas A&M University, effective July 1. Dr. Horsley’s career includes administrative, faculty, and healthcare service at the University of Oklahoma and South Dakota State University. Most recently she served as professor and dean of the College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Angela Amar has been appointed as the new dean of the New York University (NYU) Rory Meyers College of Nursing, effective August 1. An accomplished leader, advanced practice psychiatric nurse, and researcher studying sexual and dating violence, Dr. Amar joins NYU from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Nursing, where she has been dean and professor since 2018. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Larry Z. Slater has been appointed dean of the School of Nursing at Quinnipiac University, effective June 26. Dr. Slater is joining Quinnipiac from the University of Memphis, Loewenberg College of Nursing, where he serves as associate dean for academic programs and clinical professor. He will succeed Dr. Lisa O’Connor, who plans to return to the faculty next spring after serving as dean since 2018. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Lori Popejoy is the new dean of the University of Missouri Sinclair (MU) School of Nursing, effective May 1. She has served as interim dean of the school since July 2022. Dr. Popejoy, who earned her BSN, MSN, and PhD degrees at MU, joined the nursing school faculty in 2007. Before serving as interim dean, she was the associate dean for innovation and partnership and an associate professor in the school. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Victoria Vaughan Dickson has been selected as dean of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, effective August 1. She currently is the John W. Rowe Professor in Successful Aging at New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing, where she is also the Assistant Dean for Research Innovation and Director of the Pless Center for Nursing Research. She earned her BSN from Temple University and her MSN and PhD from University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.  Read more >>

April 2023


  • Sacred Heart University has received a $2.5 million grant from CT Health Horizons to help address the shortage of healthcare workers in the state and nation by expanding its nursing and social work programs. The grant is part of a three-year, $35 million initiative that CT Health Horizons has launched in partnership with the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, the state’s Office of Workforce Strategy, the University of Connecticut, the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, multiple state agencies, and the Connecticut Hospital Association. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing (UTHSC) has added three colleges to its Partnership Enrollment Programs, bringing the total to eight colleges in the Mid-South and New Orleans. This expansion increases opportunities for students from a variety of educational backgrounds to continue their baccalaureate and advanced nursing degrees at UTHSC. Read more >>
     
  • The Ohio State University has selected Dr. Karen Rose as the next dean of the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2023. Dr. Rose currently serves as the college’s vice dean and is a tenured professor and director of the college’s Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management, and Complex Care. She joined the college’s faculty in 2019 after arriving at Ohio State from the University of Tennessee. Previously, she held numerous roles at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, including director of the school’s PhD program. Read more >> 
     
  • Dr. Clementina D. Ceria-Ulep has been appointed permanent dean of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing, effective April 1, 2023. She served as acting dean from August 1 to October 31, 2021, and as interim dean since November 1, 2021. Dr. Ceria-Ulep joined the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene faculty at UH Mānoa in 1993 where she taught in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Read more >> 
     
  • Dr. Shawn B. Collins has been appointed dean of Loma Linda University School of Nursing. Dr. Collins, who has served as acting dean since August 2022 following the retirement of Dr. Elizabeth Bossert, has been associate dean for academic affairs and graduate programs since 2019. He previously served as a professor of nursing and held numerous leadership roles at Western Carolina University, including director of the nurse anesthesia program. Read more >> 
     
  • Dr. Azita Emami has been appointed as the next dean of the Yale School of Nursing, effective August 1, 2023. Dr. Emami is currently the executive dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Washington (UW). She earned her RN and PhD in medical sciences from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, where she served as the head of the Division of Nursing. She moved to the United States to take on the role of dean of the College of Nursing at Seattle University, serving there until 2013, when she joined UW. Read more >> 
     
  • Dr. Butch de Castro has been appointed the next dean of Seattle University’s College of Nursing and will hold the Robert J. and Mary H. Bertch Endowed Professorship in Nursing Leadership. Currently serving as the inaugural associate dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and professor in the Department of Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing at the University of Washington’s School of Nursing, he will join Seattle University on July 1. Current dean Dr. Kristen Swanson is retiring at the end of the academic year. Read more >> 
     
  • Dr. Tia Bell has been named as the new dean of the Alan and Sue Leighton School of Nursing at Marian University, effective May 22, 2023. Prior to joining the Leighton School of Nursing, Dr. Bell was assistant dean at the University of Indianapolis School of Nursing. Previously, she served as both the online program director and assistant professor/clinical site coordinator at UIndy. Read more >> 
     
  • Dr. Angela Bentley is the new director of the nursing program at Illinois College. Dr. Bentley has spent the last 5 years as an assistant professor of nursing at Millikin University in Illinois. She arrives at the program during a major expansion. Illinois College announced the addition of a four-year clinical nursing degree program in April 2020. The program has quickly grown to enroll more than 100 nursing majors and pre-nursing students and is expected to continue to expand. Read more >> 
     
  • The Villanova University Fitzpatrick College of Nursing has been awarded a Conway Innovation Challenge Gift from Bedford Falls Foundation to pilot an accelerated Clinical Faculty MSN to impact the nursing shortage. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has committed to partner with Villanova Nursing in this pilot. Read more >> 
     
  • The ANA Enterprise has announced that Dr. G. Rumay Alexander, professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will assist the enterprise as senior inclusion advisor. In this role, Dr. Alexander will provide guidance, expertise, and support across a wide range of programs, including the ongoing work of the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing. Read about the Commission here
     
  • The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has selected their sixth cohort of ambassadors, which includes 11 nurse scientists from AACN member schools. Ambassadors are selected from a national pool of applicants based on their abilities to advance public, health professional, and policymaker awareness of the critical research agenda advanced by NINR. See the full list of new ambassadors here.  

March 2023


  • Northern Arizona University recently received a $6.4 million grant as part of an Arizona Department of Health Services initiative meant to address the state's nursing shortage. The university was one of five institutions across the state to receive a total of $43.1 million in grant money. Read more >>
     
  • The University of Connecticut School of Nursing and School of Social Work have been awarded more than $6 million through the new CT Health Horizons program to address statewide shortages in social workers and nurses. Read more >>
     
  • The School of Nursing at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has been awarded a grant of nearly $1 million by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration to help address a statewide nursing shortage. The grant will be used to provide high-quality, simulated clinical learning exercises, enabling the school to increase the number of admitted students by at least 25 percent. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Christopher Coleman has been named the new dean of the Oakland University School of Nursing. His tenure will begin in late spring. Currently serving as professor at Purdue University School of Nursing, Dr. Coleman previously served as associate dean and professor at Indiana University, Fort Wayne School of Nursing. He also has held faculty positions at the University of California, Los Angeles; Rutgers University; Virginia Commonwealth University; and the University of Pennsylvania. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Lixin (Lee) Song, vice dean of research and scholarship at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing, has received a Translational Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STARs) award in the amount of $600,000 to support her ongoing research and the development of a Center for Holistic Care of Cancer Patients and Their Family Caregivers at the school. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Karen Moore, associate professor of nursing at Saint Louis University’s Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing, has received a Fulbright Specialist Award. Dr. Moore, who studies global health and international exchange, will spend up to 6 weeks in Ireland developing the DNP role and curriculum and strengthening ongoing international nursing exchange at Dublin City University, while also working on the development and curriculum for simulation within their nursing curriculum. Read more >>
     
  • Dr. Mary A. Nies, professor at Idaho State University School of Nursing, has been named the recipient of the Western Institute of Nursing’s (WIN) 2023 Distinguished Research Lectureship Award. This annual award recognizes a senior investigator whose research career has made substantial and sustained contributions to nursing. Dr. Nies will receive her award and deliver her address at the WIN conference in April. Read more >>
     
  • The College of Nursing at Texas Woman’s University has received a $100,000 gift from Ardent Healthcare. The gift will be used to create an endowment to support scholarships for undergraduate nursing students and to fund salary enhancements for full-time faculty who demonstrate inspired teaching and a commitment to clinical practice and safety in hospice, palliative, and home health care. Read more >>

January 2023


  • Dr. Patricia Bruckenthal has been named the new dean of Stony Brook University’s (SBU) School of Nursing. Dr. Bruckenthal became a clinical instructor in the Department of Neurology in SBU’s School of Medicine in 1989 and later joined the School of Nursing as a clinical assistant professor, where she has held a range of roles over the years. She became chair of the Department of Graduate Studies in Advanced Practice Nursing in 2010, and in 2016 was promoted as associate dean for Research and Innovation and professor in the School of Nursing. Last year she was named interim dean of the school before her appointment as dean.
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  • Dr. Kristen Abbott-Anderson is the new dean at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Nursing, effective January 3, 2023. Dr. Abbott-Anderson most recently was director of the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society and a professor in the College of Allied Health and Nursing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She succeeds Dean Emerita Dr. Linda Young, who retired in June after more than a decade of leadership at UW-Eau Claire.
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