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 740 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 enterprise, including faculty, administrative staff and students. 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.
AACN seeks a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who embodies best practices in nursing leadership. A successful candidate would include one who is:
Key stakeholders of the organization continue to diversify. They include baccalaureate colleges of nursing as well as advanced nursing programs; accreditation agencies; health systems; inter professional associations; national and state policy leaders; advocates at all levels of government; and international collaborators as the demand for US nursing standards related to education, research and practice increases need for training. Ideal candidates for this opportunity will need to be agile and able to build opportunities with a broad group while maintaining a core focus of best in class nursing standards and advocacy.
The CEO is responsible for the overall leadership and management of AACN. In conjunction with the Board, the CEO will work to enhance the strategic plan and implement that plan in support of AACN’s mission. He/she is responsible for guiding the development and implementation of the programs, policies and practices of the association. More specifically, the CEO will:
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