College of Nursing dean appointed secretary of national organization

Juliann Sebastian

Juliann Sebastian, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, was recently elected to serve a two-year term as secretary of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The announcement was made at the AACN’s 2010 Spring Annual Meeting held in Washington, D.C., at the end of March.

Sebastian, of Creve Coeur, Mo., feels honored and privileged to have the opportunity to serve AACN as secretary on the board of directors.

“This organization’s mission of promoting excellence in baccalaureate and higher degree nursing is critical to our future in health care,” Sebastian said. “We must ensure the provision of safe and excellent patient care, health promotion, illness prevention and advanced practice nursing primary care services and providing leadership in care delivery and health-care innovations. I look forward to working with colleagues also concerned about these issues and collaborating to find ways to make real contributions to nursing education, research, practice and leadership in health care for the future.”

Sebastian joined UMSL in 2006. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, and a doctoral degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

AACN’s educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications and other programs work to establish quality standards for undergraduate and graduate  nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate education, research, and practice in nursing — the nation’s largest health-care profession.

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