AACN Leadership Networks


AACN's Leadership Networks provide information, networking, and professional development for nursing school faculty and staff. The Networks bring peer professionals together to share best practices and success stories, sharpen leadership skills, and take full advantage of AACN resources. Professionals engaged in a variety of functions within the nursing academic unit are represented among the seven networks.

The Networks will foster professional growth and development, information sharing, communication, and discussion of key issues among Nursing school faculty and staff at member institutions. Networking within these groups will be facilitated through programs, meetings and electronic communications.

Network conferences and meetings are planned around issues of common interest and typically focus on best practices and creative solutions to shared concerns. Participating members have access to a listserv, customized Web sites, and a host of AACN resources, including publications, grant funding opportunities, government affairs bulletins, and other opportunities. Members work with AACN staff to create Web content, coordinate conferences, and develop resources to assist members in their work.

  • Business Officers of Nursing Schools Network (BONUS) is comprised of business officers, fiscal managers, and personnel involved in the operational management of nursing programs.
  • Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals Network (GNAP) is comprised of professionals engaged in recruiting students into masters and doctoral degree programs in nursing.
  • Instructional Leadership Network (ILN) is comprised of nursing faculty responsible for educational programs, including curriculum development experts and faculty with teaching and/or curriculum as their primary responsibility.
  • Nursing Advancement Professionals Network (NAP) is comprised of development officers, advancement professionals, and public relations leaders from nursing programs.
  • Organizational Leadership Network (OLN) is comprised of nursing academic leaders with broad administrative responsibilities, including associate deans and assistant deans.
  • Practice Leadership Network (PLN) is comprised of nursing faculty who administer faculty practice programs and those actively engaged in faculty practice.
  • Research Leadership Network (RLN) is comprised of nursing faculty who have leadership roles facilitating research within their nursing programs.

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