Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been Dean and Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing (Richmond, Va.) since July 2013. Dr. Giddens has had national influence on nursing education through her involvement with academic progression in nursing, curriculum expertise, as a consultant and author, and most recently as a coleader of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials revision process. Dr. Giddens received a BSN from the University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kan.), an MSN from the University of Texas (El Paso), and a PhD from Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colo.). She is also an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow program, 2011 Cohort.