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Updates on the AACN Essentials

  • January 19, 2022
    On January 27 at 2:00 pm (ET), AACN will commence the second series of Essentials Implementation Webinars with a session titled Essentials Implementation: Creating a New Future Together led by Dr. Casey Shillam from the University of Portland. For more details on upcoming webinars and to register, click here.

  • January 12, 2022
    AACN is  offering sessions at the virtual Doctoral Education Conference that focuses on facilitating the transition to the new Essentials. The sessions will be held on Friday, January 21.  To find out more about these sessions and to register for the conference, click here.

  • January 5, 2021
    AACN is pleased to announce the launch of the Essentials Discussion Corner created to help faculty have robust conversations about the AACN Essentials

  • December 22, 2021
    AACN is pleased to announce that seven new events are planned for our popular Essentials Implementation Webinar Series. Spanning January-April 2022, the upcoming webinars will focus on integrating entry-level and advanced competencies into nursing curricula, moving to competency-based education, curriculum mapping, transformation through innovation, and cross-curriculum collaboration.

  • December 15, 2021
    The Essentials Implementation Tool Kit is a continuously evolving resource designed to assist faculty in implementing the new standards. Faculty have created several curriculum mapping tools to help schools align their programs with the new competency expectations. The new tools are posted online. In addition, a presentation given by three AACN leaders - Dr. Jerry Mansfield, Mount Carmel Health System; Dr. Cynthia McCurren, University of Michigan-Flint; and Dr. John McFadden, Barry University - for the Mayo Clinic earlier this fall is now accessible online. The presentation is titled The Re-Envisioned AACN Essentials: What Lies Ahead?

  • December 8, 2021
    The upcoming QSEN International Forum will be hosted in Denver, CO on June 1-3, 2022 with sessions reflecting the conference theme: Aligning the New AACN Essentials and QSEN: The Future of Quality and Safety Competencies in Nursing Education and Practice. The QSEN Institute has issued a call for abstracts for presentations or posters that describe innovative projects or research related to competencies in healthcare education or practice focused on quality and safety. Abstracts are due by January 1, 2022. Click here for more details.

  • December 1, 2021
    With nearly 16,000 registrations for AACN’s first Essentials Implementation Webinar Series, faculty nationwide were introduced to the new competency expectations for nursing graduates as well as steps for implementing a competency-based approach to nursing education. All webinars are available for free on-demand. AACN has posted a new Q&A summary to address some frequently asked questions that were raised by webinar attendees. Stay tuned for details on 2022 Essentials Implementation Webinars, which will focus on curriculum mapping and evaluation, implementing advanced-level competencies, embracing innovation, and other core topics.

  • November 3, 2021
    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. Click here to view the working group members.

  • October 27, 2021
    AACN is pleased to announce that the new AACN Essentials Implementation Steering Committee has been formed to help guide the transition to the new competency standards. The committee is co-chaired by leaders in education and practice, including Jackie Dunbar-Jacob from the University of Pittsburgh and Jerry Mansfield from the Mount Carmel Health System. Other members include Bimbola Akintade, University of Maryland; Kristine L'Ecuyer, Saint Louis University; Susan Ruppert, University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston; Maureen Swick, Atrium Health; Holisa Wharton, Lander University; and Cynthia McCurren, University of Michigan-Flint (Board Liaison). Click here to read the Committee’s charge.

  • October 20, 2021
    In the September/October issue of Syllabus, the teaching tools developed by the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) are considered in light of the new competency expectations. The Essentials identify hospice/palliative/supportive care across the lifespan and with diverse populations as one of the four spheres of care critical to nursing practice. To support the efforts of schools moving to enhance and standardize their palliative care education, ELNEC is providing free access to its entry- and advance-level curriculum for review. Contact to request access.   

  • Dorothy DulkoSeptember 1, 2021
    AACN is pleased to welcome Dorothy Dulko, PhD, ARNP-BC, AOCNP, WHNP-BC, to the staff in the new role of Implementation Director of the AACN Essentials. Dr. Dulko brings over 30 years of experience as an advanced practice nurse, hospital administrator, educator, and researcher. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Dulko, who will lead AACN’s efforts to facilitate implementation of the new Essentials.

  • August 25, 2021
    Nurse Educator 
    has published a collection of eight articles on the new AACN Essentials, specifically Domain 5: Quality and Safety. Written by Dr. Gerry Altmiller from The College of New Jersey and colleagues, all articles may be accessed for free.  

  • August 18, 2021
    New Essentials Implementation Webinar Series

  • August 11, 2021
    Read the Executive Summary of the Essentials
  • August 4, 2021
    References Now Available

  • July 28, 2021
    Upcoming AACN Programming on Implementing the New Essentials

  • July 21, 2021
    Q&A with Practice Leaders on the Essentials Task Force
  • July 14, 2021
    Upcoming AACN Programming on Implementing the New Essentials

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