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New Essentials Implementation Webinar Series

To facilitate the transition to a new approach to nursing education, AACN is pleased to announce a new webinar series, which will highlight cutting-edge strategies to implement the new Essentials. This initial series will consist of 5 webinars that will span September through November 2021. The first webinar will provide a broad overview about the implications of the new Essentials for education and practice. Webinars two through five will help you navigate a step-by-step approach to implementing competency-based education. 

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

Webinars will be recorded and available to watch on-demand after the webinar date.


Webinar 1 aired on September 16 at 1:00 pm (ET)
 The Re-envisioned Essentials: Infusing Innovation in Academic Nursing

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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Webinar 2 aired on  September 28 at 1:00 pm (ET)
Introduction to Competency-Based Education 

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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Webinar 3 aired on October 13 at 2:00 pm (ET) 
Beginning Steps for Building a Competency-Based Curriculum

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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Webinar 4: October 26 at 1:00 pm (ET)
Teaching Effectively in a Competency-Based Curriculum 

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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Webinar 5: November 16 at 1:00 pm (ET)
Assessment Strategies for a Competency-Based Curriculum 

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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