Designing the Complete Nursing Education Experience

AACN Conference Survey Report

Kahler Slater collected survey responses from over 40 nursing schools at this fall’s AACN Academic Nursing Leadership Conference. Below are some of the highlights that leadership, faculty and students see as the largest opportunities and hurdles for nursing education.

Despite the industry trend towards interprofessional education, many schools of nursing still struggle to integrate into other professions.


Simulated Exercises.

Specially Designed Courses.

Schools Of Medicine.

Access to other Disciplines / Time to Prepare.

Nearly 25% of schools reported facility/building constraints as a leading factor to incorporating other professions. Click here to learn more about Creating Spaces That Foster Collaboration And Understanding.


Changes in health care and technology are the leading impetuses for changes to many school of nursing’s curricula. Here are the top 4 areas that have expanded:


Adult Inpatient Care


Pediatric Health


Behavioral Health


Community Health

With an aging population and a more patient-centered health care system, it is important for nursing schools to effectively train their students for the continuum of care. One vital component of this continuum is the growing need to educate for geriatric nursing. Read more about Geriatric Learning Environments.

Here’s what schools of nursing reported as the largest influence on nursing education:

Health Care Reform / Integrated Care


Active Learning / Changing Classroom

Diversity & Culture

Did you know that your facilities have a direct correlation to your school’s ability to attract and retain faculty? Click here to learn how you can update your simulation lab to ensure you have the optimal environment for your students and educators.

Whether you are considering a new building or ways to update your current facility, we’re always happy to discuss strategies on how to get started integrating the latest trends in nursing education. Feel free to contact Larry Schnuck or Mary Le Johnson to discuss.

Larry Schnuck, AIAVice President, Team Leader Higher Education
Larry Schnuck, AIAVice President, Team Leader Higher Education

When it comes to designing higher education experiences, Larry is a true expert. Sought out by colleges and universities around the country for his expertise, he provides strong design leadership for our medical, nursing, dental and allied health sciences clients. He not only understands, but is setting the trends, methodologies and technologies in interdisciplinary education.

Mary Le Johnson, AIA, ASIDPrincipal, Team Leader Higher Education
Mary Le Johnson, AIA, ASIDPrincipal, Team Leader Higher Education

Mary Le has over 20 years of successfully designing research, health science and science environments. She is known for her creative problem-solving and the development of innovative and sustainable design solutions. 

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