Join AACN & Partners to Support the White House's
National Joining Forces Campaign

Dear Colleagues,                                                                    

AACN is proud to be partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, and all sectors of the nursing profession to support the national Joining Forces campaign. To advance this important work, we are looking for individual schools to pledge their support for this initiative by March 29, 2012.
Joining Forces is a comprehensive national campaign launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they deserve. Joining Forces is calling on all health professionals to be aware of the specific health issues facing service members, veterans, and their families. With the end of the war in Iraq and the drawdown in Afghanistan, over one million service members are projected to leave the military in the next five years. Some will return amputees, and some will quietly suffer with the “invisible wounds of war,” including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), depression, and other challenges. Our nation’s nurses must be prepared to care for this distinct patient population.
Taking Action
AACN is committed to galvanizing nursing schools throughout the nation to action and support the Joining Forces campaign. Schools are encouraged to pledge their support by visiting the following link:
All schools pledging their support will receive national exposure for their commitment, and the list of participating schools will be shared with the White House in advance of a national kick-off event recognizing nursing’s commitment to Joining Forces.
Participating schools will also be provided with a template for a press release that we ask you send after 3:00 pm ET on April 11. Please register your support and complete the online pledge by March 29, 2012.
Together with the larger healthcare community, nurse educators are encouraged to commit to raising the quality of care available to our nation’s military and veterans in our work to prepare future generations of nurses. For more information on Joining Forces, see or
AACN’s Joining Forces Webinar Series

To showcase innovative approaches to preparing nurses to care for service members and veterans, AACN is planning a free Webinar series to commence in conjunction with National Nurses Week in May. AACN is currently seeking presenters to participate in an online panel presentation scheduled for May 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm EST. Nursing faculty and researchers wishing to share their work as part of this series are encourage to contact AACN’s Director of Faculty Programs Laura Petri and share details about your educational approach. Dr. Petri can be reached at or 202-463-6930, ext. 270.
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