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Essentials Implementation Webinar Series

To facilitate the transition to the 2021 Essentials, AACN is offering an ongoing series of webinars to help schools implement the new competency expectations for professional nursing programs. These events highlight basic how-to’s as well as practical approaches to curriculum alignment and competency evaluation. To date, 12 webinars have been offered, including Beginning Steps for Building a Competency-Based Curriculum, Transforming Nursing Education through Curriculum Innovation, Curriculum Evaluation and Integration of Competencies, and Assessment Strategies for a Competency-Based Curriculum.

NOTE: The webinar series is free to deans, faculty, staff, and students from AACN member schools of nursing.   

Essentials Implementation: Creating a New Future Together - Aired January 27, 2022

The new AACN Essentials provides an opportunity for nurse educators to revolutionize the advancement of the nursing profession. Adoption of the Essentials will require significant organizational change for all member schools, including staff, faculty, administrative leaders, and students. This session will provide lessons learned from several schools’ curriculum revision experiences and lay the groundwork for nurse educators to facilitate these changes in an approach that is inclusive and collaborative while also meeting the goal of transitioning to competency-based education. 
Presenter: Casey Shillam, PhD, RN, Dean & Professor, School of Nursing, University of Portland, Portland, OR

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Implementation of Advanced-Level Competencies in Graduate Nursing Education - Aired February 9, 2022

As faculty in nursing graduate programs have become familiar with the Essentials, questions have surfaced about integration at the graduate level.  This webinar will explore the foundational elements, concepts, domains, and competencies in relation to graduate nursing programs.  Additionally, this webinar will offer resources for integration of the advanced educational competencies and sub-competencies in both Master’s and DNP level curricula.  Graduate nursing faculty will be reassured about what they are already doing and inspired by the opportunities offered by the new AACN Essentials.
Presenter: Gail Armstrong, PhD, DNP, ACNS-BC, CNE,  FAAN, Professor, Assistant Dean of the DNP Program, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

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Curriculum Evaluation and Integration of Competencies:  An Undergraduate Program Experience - Aired February 23, 2022

This webinar will present one nursing program’s use of competencies to drive undergraduate curriculum development. Using students learning outcomes, a framework of competencies statements was created to drive leveling of content, clinical evaluation expectations, and assessment methods. Faculty champions were identified at each level to ensure integration of the competencies. Faculty champions also lead the discussions to review and revise the competencies annually.
Presenter: Ann H. White, PhD, RN, NE-BC, Dean, College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN

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“How To’s” for Building a Competency-Based Education Program - Aired March 8, 2022

This webinar will discuss step by step processes that can be taken to move faculty colleagues toward competency-based education aligned with the new AACN Essentials. Approaches for conducting an effective and useful curriculum mapping will be discussed and strategies for making the process easier for colleagues will be demonstrated. Examples for application of the sub-competencies appropriate to pre-licensure, RN-BSN, and graduate education will be shared along with ideas to operationalize this new alignment on a small and large scale.
Presenter: Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN, Professor of Nursing, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

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Evaluating Master’s Level Curriculum: Mapping to Align with the New Essentials - Aired March 15, 2022

This webinar will focus on the integration of the new AACN Essentials of level 2 competencies into a MSN degree offering program.  A clinical educator track will be used as a case example for alignment to the level 2 competencies.  A process for outlining competencies to student learning from the perspective of a small Liberal Arts Nursing program will also be discussed. 
Presenter: Jacklyn Barber, EdD, MS, CNS, CNL, Dean and Professor of Nursing Education, Nylen School of Nursing, Morningside University, Sioux City, IA

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Transforming Nursing Education Through Curriculum Innovation - Aired March 23, 2022

This webinar will describe the faculty approach and process to curriculum transformation using the AACN Essentials as a framework at Indiana University School of Nursing. The first phase focuses on curriculum mapping for alignment of the new AACN Essential to courses, course competencies (i.e. objectives) and program outcomes. The next phase focuses on assessment strategies to evaluate student learning outcomes consistent with course competencies. Faculty are highly engaged through the faculty governance committees, embracing the opportunity as a pedagogical exercise to create a unified curriculum to support student success and teaching/learning excellence.
Presenters: Robin P. Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Dean of Indiana University School of Nursing and Distinguished Professor, Indiana University; and Rebecca Bartlett Ellis, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN

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Opportunities for Cross Curricular Collaboration: Implementing Competency-Based Learning - Aired April 13, 2022

This webinar will focus on the process of moving faculty through curricular transformation to competency-based learning across multiple entry and advanced level nursing programs.  Curriculum revision activities and opportunities for leveraging expertise in specific content domains and concepts across programs and sharing teaching/ learning resources will also be discussed. 
Presented by: Cheryl Lacasse, PhD, RN, AOCNS, Clinical Professor and Director of Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation, University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tucson, AZ; and Connie Miller, DNP, RNC-OB, CNE, Associate Clinical Professor and Division Chair, General Nursing and Health Education, University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tucson, AZ

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The Re-envisioned Essentials: Infusing Innovation in Academic Nursing - Aired September 16, 2021

This webinar will provide an overview of the new framework and model for nursing education and practice. Learn more about the foundational elements and core concepts outlined in the re-envisioned Essentials and what you need to know as you begin the transition to this new vision for academic nursing.
Presenter: Casey R. Shillam, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, University of Portland School of Nursing; and Marjorie S. Wiggins, DNP, MBA, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Maine Health System.

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Introduction to Competency-Based Education - Aired September 28, 2021

Explore the evolution of competency-based education from a “journeyman” approach to an ability-oriented, outcome-based framework to learning.  This webinar will relate the contemporary concepts and definitions of competency-based education to nursing education as expressed in the new AACN Essentials.
Presenters: Margaret Rauschenberger, MSN, RN, Professor, Dean of Nursing Emerita, and Associate Dean, School of Adult Learning and New Initiatives; Judeen Schulte, PhD, RN, Professor, JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions; and Ann Van Eerden, MSN, MS, RN, Associate Professor, JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions, Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI

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Beginning Steps for Building a Competency-Based Curriculum - Aired October 13, 2021

Join this webinar to learn about the importance of curriculum mapping, identifying gaps, and implementation of a curriculum based on the domains and competencies featured in the new Essentials. Learn how an early adopter has initiated implementation of the competencies and approach to nursing education.
Presenter: Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN, Professor, The College of New Jersey School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; Director, The College of New Jersey Quality and Safety Innovation Center

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Teaching Effectively in a Competency-Based Curriculum - Aired October 26, 2021

This webinar, Teaching Effectively in a Competency-Based Curriculum, will begin with the end in mind by emphasizing the importance of learner-centered behavioral outcomes.  This webinar will discuss the student’s role and the importance of strategies that require student engagement, experiential learning, and student self-assessment.  Approaches for growing faculty expertise will be explored.
Presenters: Margaret Rauschenberger, MSN, RN, Professor, Dean of Nursing Emerita, and Associate Dean, School of Adult Learning and New Initiatives; Judeen Schulte, PhD, RN, Professor, JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions; and Ann Van Eerden, MSN, MS, RN, Associate Professor, JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions, Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI

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Assessment Strategies for a Competency-Based Curriculum - Aired November 16, 2021

Moving to competency-based nursing education will require new approaches to assess student learning. This webinar will highlight principles for developing performance-based assessments and share examples that apply proven competency-based practices. 
Presenters: Margaret Rauschenberger, MSN, RN, Professor, Dean of Nursing Emerita, and Associate Dean, School of Adult Learning and New Initiatives; Judeen Schulte, PhD, RN, Professor, JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions; and Ann Van Eerden, MSN, MS, RN, Associate Professor, JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions, Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI

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