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Implementation Tool Kit

Sample Resources from the Essentials Implementation Tool Kit

The Essentials Tool Kit is a continuously evolving resource designed to assist faculty and others engaged in implementing the new Essentials, including the transition to competency-based education and competency-based assessment. The Tool Kit will provide recommendations and examples of learning strategies, suggested resources, recommended content, and assessment strategies for each of the 10 domains and 8 concepts identified in the Essentials. Recommendations will be provided for both entry-level and advanced-level nursing education.
Tool kit content is reviewed regularly for currency and relevance with new resources added as appropriate. 

Draft Resources from the Implementation Working Groups

The following tool kit resources are in draft format and will soon undergo a formal peer review. AACN is in the process of creating a searchable database to help faculty and curriculum designers access the many learning and assessment strategies contained in the Essentials Tool Kit.



Curriculum Tools

The following tools were developed by faculty to help schools align their programs with the new AACN Essentials.

General Resources


Share Your School's Efforts

Please send any information regarding your school’s efforts to implement the new AACN Essentials to

New Essentials Implementation Working Groups Formed

AACN is pleased to announce that 73 leaders representing nursing education, research, and practice have been appointed to serve on new AACN Essentials Tool Kit working groups. With individual groups formed to address each of the 10 domains and 8 concepts identified in the Essentials. The volunteers engaged in this work will identify learning strategies, recommended content, and assessment measures to help schools transition their programs to meet the new competency expectations.

View the Working Group Members

To facilitate the transition to a new approach to nursing education, AACN created a webinar series, which highlights cutting-edge strategies to implement the new AACN Essentials

View Webinars

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