American Association of Colleges of Nursing
|American Association of Colleges of Nursing|
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|Headquarters||One Dupont Circle, NW
Washington, D.C., United States
|President||Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN|
|CEO||Geraldine P. Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN|
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Established in 1969, the AACN now represents nursing schools more than 725 universities and four-year colleges in the United States. The program of the AACN is focused on the following key areas or goals:
- To establish quality standards for bachelor's degree and graduate-degree nursing education
- To assist deans and directors of nursing schools to implement those quality standards
- To influence the nursing profession to improve health care
- To promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate education, research, and practice in nursing.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), a unique asset for the nation, serves the public interest by setting standards, providing resources, and developing the leadership capacity of member schools to advance nursing education, research, and practice.
In all of AACN's programs and services, continuous attention is directed to core principles:
- Respecting and including diversity of opinion, experience, and culture.
- Open and responsive communication
- Quality, efficiency and accountability in the implementation and evaluation of activities
- Positioning through integrity
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. AACN's educational, research, federal advocacy, data collection, publications, and special programs work to establish quality standards for nursing education; assist deans and directors to implement those standards; influence the nursing profession to improve health care; and promote public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.
From an original 121 member institutions in 1969, AACN today represents more than 725 member schools of nursing at public and private universities and senior colleges nationwide. These schools offer a mix of baccalaureate, graduate, and post-graduate programs. The dean or chief nurse administrator serves as the representative to AACN, though the association serves all members of the academic unit. AACN maintains seven Leadership Networks for nursing school faculty and staff involved in instructional development, research, organizational leadership, faculty practice, business operations, graduate student recruitment, and communications/development. Each network hosts an annual meeting for participating members.
Curriculum Standard: Using a national consensus-based process, AACN has led the development of a series of Essentials documents that outline competency expectations for graduates of baccalaureate, master's, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. Using these documents, schools of nursing are able to ensure they adhere to the highest standards for their educational programs and meet accreditation guidelines. AACN also has published quality indicators for research-focused doctoral programs, a white paper on the Clinical Nurse Leader, and guidelines defining the essential clinical resources for nursing education, research, and faculty practice.
Government Advocacy: In government relations and other advocacy, AACN works to advance public policy on nursing education, research, and practice. AACN is a leader in securing sustained federal support for nursing education and research; in shaping legislative and regulatory policy affecting nursing schools; and in ensuring continuing financial assistance for nursing students.
Accreditation: An autonomous arm of AACN, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing effective nurses. Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. CCNE is the nation's leading accrediting agency for baccalaureate and master's level nursing programs, and has recently initiated processes to accredit DNP programs and post-baccalaureate nurse residencies.
Research and Data Services: Each year, AACN surveys all baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs as part of its work to maintain the Institutional Data System, a comprehensive databank reporting current statistics on student enrollments and graduations, faculty salaries and demographics, budgets, institutional resources, and other trends in baccalaureate and graduate nursing education.
Conferences and Webinars: Dean and faculty development is a high priority for AACN, evidenced by the many national meetings, conferences, and Webinars sponsored every year. The semi-annual meetings in Washington, D.C. advance the business of the association and enable deans and directors to collaboratively address issues of concern. Faculty and staff development is accomplished by a number of conferences geared toward educators teaching in baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral nursing programs as well as those engaged in faculty practice. Senior faculty and aspiring deans are specifically served by the Executive Development Series and the Leadership for Academic Nursing Program. AACN also offers Webinar series offered for nurse educators teaching in baccalaureate and higher degree programs.
Special Projects: AACN actively seeks grant-funding to launch initiatives of special interest to nurse educators working in baccalaureate programs. These projects are currently focused on end-of-life nursing care, quality and safety education for nurses, and cultural competency. AACN is currently working to advance the integration of the Clinical Nurse Leader(CNL) role into the healthcare delivery system while promoting the benefits of CNL certification. Other ongoing projects include advancing the adoption of nurse residency programs, facilitating the transition to the Doctor of Nursing Practice, and the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation.
AACN publishes the bi-monthly Journal of Professional Nursing and Syllabus newsletter, a monthly email advisory AACN News Watch, and a variety of other publications for nursing educators, administrators, students, and researchers. In addition, AACN collaborates with Peterson's to produce the Peterson's Guide to Nursing Programs, the only comprehensive directory of accredited baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in the U.S. and Canada. As needed, AACN produces position statements, news releases, issue bulletins, white papers, fact sheets, and other timely reports on a wide variety of topics. AACN also maintains a wealth of Web resources, including faculty tool kits, information for prospective nursing students, and the latest news on professional issues, including the nursing shortage and diversity in nursing.
Newsletters and Publications
AACN Syllabus AACN's bimonthly newsletter reports the latest Association activities and developments in nursing higher education. Coverage includes interviews with top policymakers, updates on federal legislation and regulatory policy, and discussion forums on a range of critical issues in nursing education, nursing research, and health care.
AACN News Watch News Watch is an email advisory covering the association’s new initiatives, political advocacy, publications, conferences, collaborations, and other activities aimed at meeting the needs of member institutions.
AACN Faculty Link Every month, faculty teaching full- or part-time in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) will receive this newsletter about free Webinars on faculty development topics, funding opportunity alerts, enrichment opportunities, announcements about awards and scholarship programs, government advocacy resources, and bulletins on nursing education news.
GNSA Bulletin The Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) Bulletin provides members of the GNSA with up-to-date information about upcoming Webinars, scholarships, grants, career resources, and other opportunities of special interest to nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs.
AACN Policy Beat AACN Policy Beat monthly newsletter is incorporated with AACN's News Watch and provides members and constituents with a more in-depth discussion of current government affairs issues that impact nursing education and research.
AACN is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, each of whom represents a member institution. The Association has several standing committees, including the Government Affairs, Finance, Nominating, Membership, and Program Committees, and sponsors task forces on a variety of professional concerns.
Board of Directors
President: Jane Kirschling, University of Maryland
President-Elect: Eileen Breslin, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Treasurer: Margaret Faut Callahan, Marquette University
Secretary: Juliann Sebastian, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Ann Cary, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Greer Glazer, University of Cincinnati
Eleanor Howell, Creighton University
Cynthia McCurren, Grand Valley State University
Patsy Ruchala, University of Nevada, Reno
David Vlahov, University of California-San Francisco
Joanne Warner, University of Portland
Executive Director: Geraldine Bednash