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Philadelphia, PA (October 23, 2015)

The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) announced its newly elected 2015-2016 Board of Directors during the AAMN 40th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 24-26, 2015. The new Officers and Board Members took office at the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting during the conference and includes:


  • President-Elect - Brent MacWilliams, PhD, ANP-BC
    Associate Professor/Nurse Practitioner, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
  • Secretary - Ronnie Ursin, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
    Division Director, Reading Health System

Board Members

  • Board Member - Raymond Phillips, PhD, MS, RN, CNS
    Chief Nurse, VA Northern California Health Care System
  • Board Member - Scott Johnsen, BSN, RN
    West Suburban Medical Center
  • Board Member - Dale Pfrimmer, MS, RN, NE-BC
    Nurse Administrator, Mayo Clinic

"I’m excited and eager to continue working with AAMN Board of Directors and lead the Assembly on its mission of advancing men in nursing,” said President Bob Patterson, who will be mentoring President-Elect Brent MacWilliams. "With health care reform in full swing, new roles identified for nurses, and interprofessional practice in place, this is a great time to be a nurse."

The 2015-2016 AAMN Board of Directors is composed of the following nurse leaders:

  • President - Bob Patterson, MSN, RN, DNP(c)
    Administrative Director of HealthImpact
  • President-Elect - Brent MacWilliams, PhD, ANP-BC
    Associate Professor/Nurse Practitioner, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
  • Immediate Past President - William T. Lecher, DNP, MBA, MS, RN, NE-BC
    Senior Clinical Director, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Vice President - Lavoy Bray Jr., MEd, BSN, RN
    Department of Defense
  • Chairman - Ed Halloran, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
    Everybody Needs A Nurse
  • Secretary - Ronnie Ursin, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
    Division Director, Northern Louisiana Medical Center
  • Treasurer - Tony Roberson, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC
    Associate Professor, University of Miami, School of Nursing & Health Studies
  • Board Member - Robert Hess, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Executive Vice President, Gannett Healthcare Group
  • Board Member - Jason Mott, PhD, RN
    Assistant Professor, Bellin College
  • Board Member - Jerry Browne, BSN, RN
    Lymphoma Practice Nurse, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Board Member - Raymond Phillips, PhD, MS, RN, CNS
    Chief Nurse, VA Northern California Health Care System
  • Board Member - Scott Johnsen, BSN, RN
    West Suburban Medical Center
  • Board Member-Dale Pfrimmer, MS, RN, NE-BC
    Nurse Administrator, Mayo Clinic

The American Assembly for Men In Nursing
PO Box 7867
Philadelphia, PA 19101-7867
Phone: (215) 243-5813
Contact: Karen J. Mota, Account Executive

American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) Special Pre-Conference Event

Creative Dialogue Series: Reflective Practice and Professional Artistry: Dialogue and Insights Through the Use of Narrative

September 23, 2015
3-5 pm University of Minnesota School of Nursing
Healthy Communities Innovation Center
Reflective Practice and Professional Artistry: Dialogue and Insights Through the Use of Narrative: RSVP

As a result of attending this narrative performance participants will be able to:

  1. Gain insight into narrative construction through reflective practice.
  2. Describe how reflection contributes to professional artistry through the use of narrative.
  3. Understand how narrative is a robust research tool for developing both professional knowledge and artistry.

Special Guest Faculty

Christopher Johns PhD, RN is currently a visiting professor at University of Bedfordshire where he directs his self-styled school of reflective practice, narrative and performance and supervises doctoral students using reflexive narrative. His new book- ‘Becoming a mindful leader: freedom to lead’ will be published by Palgrave Macmillan later this year. This book is grounded in a meta-analysis of over 80 reflexive narrative masters in health care leadership dissertations he supervised over a twelve year period (2002-2014). He is currently working on a 5th edition of “Becoming a Reflective Practitioner’ for Wiley-Blackwell. Dr. Johns lives in Cornwall, England with Otter, his wife and Jerry their Labrador retriever.

Drexel Online Partners with AAMN

Through a collaboration between The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) and Drexel University Online, you can now earn a top-ranked degree or certificate and receive special tuition rates when you enroll in one of Drexel’s distinguished online programs. (Tuition reductions vary from program to program. To find out the exact reduction you will receive for your program of interest, please click here. Employees may also be eligible for tuition assistance for job-related programs through their organization's benefits policy and deferred tuition payment plans through Drexel.

Drexel Partnership Features & Benefits:

  • 10-40% off the regular on-campus tuition rates for the online programs
  • Convenient online format; no commuting or career interruption
  • Top-ranked programs from one of "America's Best Colleges 2014"
  • Coincides with tuition reimbursement, loans, and grants
  • No application fee

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Tina Lloyd, Partner Liasion, directly at 215-571-4314 or via e-mail at

Enter a Chance to Win a Trip to Philadelphia!

It is a great opportunity for members to spend some time in the city of Philadelphia, learn more about their program of interest as well as online learning with Drexel University Online. The attached flyer explains the contest and details on how to enter to win.

The link to your dedicated partner page is the following:


The 2015 Leadership Succession Committee is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for AAMN elected office. 2015 Positions for Election:

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • 3 Board Members

The term of office for each of these positions is two years and begins at the close of the 40th Annual AAMN conference, September, 2015. The responsibilities and duties for each can be viewed on the following link: Please refer to Article VII. Officers and Duties, and Article XI. Elections for specific detail.

The AAMN board of directors meets 90 minutes monthly via internet and telephonic technology. There are 1-2 in-person board meetings annually; one associated with the annual conference in the fall, and the other in Philadelphia at the national office. Board members are expected to attend these and the annual conference each year. AAMN is also a working board, so nominees need to have sufficient time for volunteer leadership, in addition to the monthly meeting. To be eligible for nomination, AAMN members need to be a Registered Nurse.

The 2015 AAMN Leadership Succession Committee is interested in developing a slate of candidates for this year’s election that include, but are not limited to, the following characteristics:

1. Diverse candidates, specifically:
a. Race and ethnicity
b. Gender identity
c. Current or past military experience
d. Geographic or regional
2. Prior board experience with other associations and organizations
3. Competencies: integrity, governance, strategic planning, leadership, communications, team effectiveness, business acumen, financial operations
4. Visibility in the nursing community - - - locally, regionally, nationally
5. AAMN experience, including AAMN chapter involvement

Nominations should be submitted to, placing “AAMN Nomination” in the subject line.

Members may nominate other members or individual members may nominate themselves.

The 2015 AAMN Consent to Serve, Candidate Bio sketch Form, and photo will need to be completed and submitted bay all nominees no later than the Friday, July 31, 2015, 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Click here to view the Nomination Form (Note: This form contains fillable fields, please download and send to

Click here to view the Consent to Serve Form

2015 AAMN Leadership Succession Committee Members

Chairperson: Bill Lecher, Senior Clinical Director, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Members: Christopher Coleman, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Jerry Durham, Chancellor, Allen College
Brent MacWilliams, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Dale Pfrimmer, Nurse Administrator, Mayo Clinic

NOVA’s 35th Annual Meeting,
Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 –Saturday, June 13th, 2015
Washington, DC

Meeting Brochure
For more information on NOVA click here.


Philadelphia, PA (March 27, 2015)- The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) is excited to launch its new personalized membership portal. This new portal will bring direct service to its members and transform networking and communications opportunities among its membership. This portal has been designed to benefit its members and to provide a one-stop shop for all membership needs.

Through the portal, members will now be able to:

  • Purchase and manage membership
  • Network with members through the member directory
  • Read the latest AAMN news
  • Shop in the Online Store
  • Register for the 2015 Annual Conference

……And much more!

“AAMN is all about serving its members. I’m excited about this new portal and eager to hear what our members have to say about it. I hope our members will take full advantage of this cutting-edge technology to stay connected with AAMN and to access its services. ” said Bob Patterson, AAMN President.

Contact: Karen Mota, Account Executive
Phone: (215) 243-5813

AAMN was selected as a founding member of the Nurses on Boards Coalition, a group of national nursing organizations working together to increase nurses’ presence on corporate and non-profit health-related boards of directors throughout the country.

Chapel Hill Celebrates 25 Years As An AAMN Chapter

A presentation of the certificate acknowledging the longest serving Chapter of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing was made in Chapel Hill, NC to the University of North Carolina Hospital and Nursing School today [1 December, 2014]. Awarded at the AAMN Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO in October, AAMN Chairman, Edward J. Halloran, made the presentation to Dr. Eric Hodges and Dean Donna Havens. The Chapter was formed in 1989 by nurses from UNC Hospitals and the Chapel Hill Nursing School to educate the public about careers for men in nursing and to support the brotherhood of men in the nursing profession.

From Left to Right: Eric Hodges, Chapter President, School of Nursing Dean Donna Havens and AAMN Chairman Edward Halloran Dr. Eric A. Hodges, RN was the first man ever promoted on the tenure-track in the 64 year history of the School of Nursing in Chapel Hill.

American Assembly of Men in Nursing

AAMN is the only professional organization for nurses that has improved gender inclusion in nursing profession by offering an environment of belongingness and collective learning for its members to excel in the profession.

AAMN strived to develop a program that would assist schools in its accreditation activities. AAMN's program to recognize Excellence in Nursing Education Environments Supportive of Men (the recognition program) is designed to provide evidence to stakeholders that a specific program is gender - inclusive. Read more about it here.