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Essentials Revision Task Force

AACN has a long history of leadership in the establishment of the educational benchmarks and expected outcomes of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education programs. In keeping with this tradition, this task force is charged with the development of three separate but aligned documents that delineate the expected competencies of graduates of baccalaureate, master’s, and DNP programs as well as the essential curricular elements that are to be present in these programs. With the task force divided into three workgroups by degree type, the task force as a whole will:

1. Using the AACN Vision for Nursing Education Position Statement as a basis, identify how healthcare trends and expectations will influence nursing’s roles and practice within healthcare delivery for the next decade.

2. Assess the practice community’s expectations for nursing graduates.

3. Make recommendations on the Essential areas to be addressed; consider the use of the interprofessional domains of practice used by the APRN Common Doctoral Competencies work group.

4. Review and agree on common definitions for competence, competency, and competency framework.

5. Reach agreement among the task force members on format, process to reach consensus, and expectations for transition to competency-based education.

6. Align the competencies for baccalaureate, master’s and DNP education, ensuring that they are appropriately leveled and advance nursing practice across the healthcare system and continuum of care.

7. Develop recommendations and strategies for AACN and the full contingent of academic programs to disseminate and implement the new Essentials.

Essentials Revision Leadership Team Members

Baccalaureate Essentials:

  AACN Staff Liaisons:

Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, Chair
Dean, Virginia Commonwealth University
1100 East Leigh Street, Room 4009J
PO Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298-0567
(804) 828-5174
jgiddens@vcu.edu

Linda Caldwell DNSc, ANP-BC, Consultant
lindacaldwell19@gmail.com

Master’s Essentials:

Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN, Chair
Dean, Grand Valley State University
Cook Devos Center for Health Sciences
301 Michigan St., NE
Room: 300 CHS
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
(616) 331-3558
mccurrec@gvsu.edu


Nancy DeBasio, PhD, RN, Consultant
nodebasio@gmail.com

DNP Essentials:

John McFadden, PhD, CRNA, Chair
Dean, Barry University
Barry College of Nursing and Health Sciences
421 N 21st Ave,
Hollywood, FL 33020
(305) 899-3208
jmcfadden@barry.edu


Jean Bartels, PhD, RN, Consultant
jbartels@georgiasouthern.edu

          Joan Stanley, PhD, CRNP
Chief Academic Officer
(202) 463-6930 ext.  254
jstanley@aacnnursing.org

Rick García, PhD, RN
Director of Nursing Education
(202) 463-6930 ext. 251
rgarcia@aacnnursing.org 

Kathy McGuinn, MSN, RN
Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice Partnerships
(202) 463-6930 ext. 262
kmcguinn@aacnnursing.org

Jabari Cooper
Nursing Education Assistant
(202) 463-6930 ext. 250
jcooper@aacnnursing.org

Shirin Samimi-Farr
Project Coordinator
202-463-6930 ext. 229
ssamimifarr@aacnnursing.org

AACN Board Liaison:

Christie Shelton, PhD, RN,
Dean, School of Health Professions & Wellness
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Rd. North
Jacksonville, AL 36265
256-782-5428
cshelton@jsu.edu

Charge to Workgroups and Timeline

Baccalaureate Essentials
Master’s Essentials
DNP Essentials
Projected Timeline

Charge to the Workgroup on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Entry Level Professional Nursing Practice

1. Using the AACN Vision for Nursing Education Position Statement as a basis, identify how healthcare trends and expectations will influence nursing’s roles and practice of the baccalaureate nursing graduate within healthcare delivery for the next decade.

2. Assess the practice community’s expectations for baccalaureate nursing graduates and how these may change over the next ten years. 

3. Considering AACN’s Vision for Nursing Education create a framework for baccalaureate nursing education and curriculum.

4. Develop recommendations for a finite set of competencies within each identified domain/Essential area of practice for all baccalaureate nursing graduates, including BSN, RN-BSN, and accelerated BSN; competencies must be measurable.

5. Describe a set of observable behaviors for each competency. 

6. Develop recommendations for the practice learning experiences necessary to assure that baccalaureate nursing graduates are prepared for safe and high-quality nursing practice, including the placement within the curriculum, types, and length.

7. Address the use of simulation in the curriculum for the preparation of baccalaureate nursing graduates. 

Baccalaureate Essentials Revision Workgroup Members:

Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, Chair 
Dean, Virginia Commonwealth University
1100 East Leigh Street, Room 4009J
Richmond, VA 23298-0567
(804) 828-5174
jgiddens@vcu.edu

Lori Escallier, PhD, RN
Dean, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
College of Nursing
450 Clarkson Avenue 
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 270-7632
lori.escallier@downstate.edu 

Jacqueline Hill, PhD, RN
Dean, Southern University and A&M College
801 Harding Blvd, 
Baton Rouge, LA 70807 
(225) 771-3266
jacqueline_hill@subr.edu 

Kristin Lee, MSN, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City
UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies 
2464 Charlotte St, 
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 235-5312
leekri@umkc.edu 

Kim Litwack, PhD, RN
Dean & Professor, University of WI – Milwaukee, 
College of Nursing
Milwaukee, WI  53201-0413
(414) 229-4189
litwack@uwm.edu 

Mary M. Morin, MSN, RN
Vice President, Sentara Medical Group/Sentara Occupational Health Services
Sentara Medical Group 
600 Gresham Dr, 
Norfolk, VA 23507
(757) 252-3067
MMMORIN1@sentara.com  
                       Marcella Rutherford, PhD, RN
Dean, Nova Southeastern University 
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796 
(954) 262-1963
rmarcell@nova.edu 

Martha Scheckel, PhD, RN 
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, Viterbo University
Viterbo University School of Nursing
900 Viterbo Drive 
La Crosse, WI 54601
(608) 796-3670
mmscheckel@viterbo.edu 

Casey Shillam, PhD, RN-BC 
Interim Dean, University of Portland 
University of Portland School of Nursing 
5000 N Willamette Blvd, 
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 943-8143
shillamc@up.edu 

Marge Wiggins, DNP, RN 
VP Patient Care, Maine Medical Center
22 Bramhall Street 
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 662-2751
wiggim@mmc.org 

Danuta Wojnar, PhD, RN
Associate Dean for UG Education, Seattle University 
College of Nursing
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 296-2544
wojnard@seattleu.edu 

Linda Caldwell, DNSc, ANP-BC, Consultant
Phone: (617) 692-0222
lindacaldwell19@gmail.com  

 

 

Charge to the Workgroup on The Essentials of Master’s Education for Professional Nursing Practice

1. Using the AACN Vision for Nursing Education Position Statement as a basis, identify how healthcare trends and expectations will influence nursing’s roles and practice of the master’s nursing graduate within healthcare delivery for the next decade.

2. Assess the practice community’s expectations for master’s nursing graduates and how these may change over the next ten years. 

3. Considering AACN’s Vision for Nursing Education and recommendations for master’s entry into nursing programs, identify the competencies that differentiate the second-degree master’s graduate from the baccalaureate graduate.

4. Develop recommendations for a finite set of competencies within each identified domain/Essential area of practice for all master’s nursing graduates; competencies must be measurable. This should include all entry-level (second-degree) master’s nursing graduates as well as all post-baccalaureate master’s graduates.

5. Describe a set of observable behaviors for each competency. 

6. Develop recommendations for the practice learning experiences necessary to assure that master’s nursing graduates are prepared for safe and high-quality nursing practice, including the placement within the curriculum, types, and length.

7. Address the use of simulation in the curriculum for the preparation of master’s nursing graduates. 

Master's Essentials Revision Workgroup Members:

Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN Chair
Dean, Grand Valley State University
Cook Devos Center for Health Sciences
301 Michigan St., NE
Room: 300 CHS
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
(616) 331-3558
mccurrec@gvsu.edu

                      

Vincent Hall, PhD, RN
Program Director, Master’s in Nursing Programs, Walden University
100 S Washington Ave 900
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(828) 275-9871
vincent.hall@mail.waldenu.edu

     

Angela Amar, PhD, RN
Dean, University of Las Vegas, School of Community Health Science 
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(702) 895-3011
angela.amar@unlv.edu 

 

Connie Miller, DNP, RNC-OB
Chair, General Nursing and Health Education Division, University of Arizona
College of Nursing
1305 N Martin Ave, Room 319
Tucson, AZ 85721-0203
(520) 626-1787
cmiller2@email.arizona.edu

     

Erica Hooper Arana, DNP, RN
Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco
School of Nursing and Health Professions
2130 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 994-3904
edrana@usfca.edu

 

Jenny Schuessler, PhD, RN
Dean & Professor, University of West Georgia
Tanner Health System School of Nursing
1601 Maple St,
Carrollton, GA 30118
(678) 839-5624
jschuess@westga.edu

     

Carol Buck-Rolland, EdD, APRN 
Clinical Professor, Vice Chair, Graduate Nursing Program, University of Vermont
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
230 Rowell Building
Burlington, VT 05405-0068
(802) 656-3381
Carol.Buck-Rolland@med.uvm.edu

 

Mary Stachowiak DNP, RN, CNL
Assistant Professor, Director Clinical Leadership Track
Rutgers School of Nursing
65 Bergen Street, Room 1120-A
Newark, NJ 07101
stachome@sn.rutgers.edu


     

Jill Case-Wirth, MSN, MHA
CNO, WellStar Health System
Atlanta, GA
(470) 644-0009
jill.casewirth@wellstar.org

 

Rachel Start, MSN, RN
Director of Ambulatory Nursing Practice
Department of Patient Care Services
Rush Oak Park Hospital
520 S. Maple Avenue
Oak Park, Illinois, 60304
(708) 660-6837
rachel_start@rush.edu

     
Beverly Havens Foster, PhD, RN
Clinical Professor, Chair of Honors Program, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill 
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, S Columbia St,
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 966-4995
Bev_Foster@unc.edu 
  Nancy DeBasio, PhD, RN Consultant
nodebasio@gmail.com 

 

Charge to the Workgroup on The Essentials of Doctor of Nursing Practice Education for Advanced Nursing Practice

1. Using the AACN Vision for Nursing Education Position Statement as a basis, identify how healthcare trends and expectations will influence nursing’s roles and practice of the DNP nursing graduate within healthcare delivery for the next decade.

2. Assess the practice community’s expectations for DNP nursing graduates and how these may change over the next ten years. 

3. Considering the APRN Common Doctoral Level Competencies as foundational work, develop recommendations for a finite set of competencies within each identified domain/Essential area of practice for all DNP graduates; competencies must be measurable. 

4. Describe a set of observable behaviors for each competency that would be expected of each graduate.

5. Recommend the content and/or courses to be included in a doctoral nursing core that would be expected of all doctoral nursing students (practice and research-focused). 

6. Develop recommendations for curricular expectations including final product and practice learning experiences necessary to assure that DNP nursing graduates are prepared for safe, high-quality nursing practice. Recommendations should be relevant to all areas of practice or program tracks.  

7. Address the use of simulation in the curriculum for the preparation of DNP graduates. 

DNP Essentials Revision Workgroup Members:

John McFadden, PhD, CRNA, Chair
Dean, Barry University
Barry College of Nursing and Health Sciences
421 N 21st Ave
Hollywood, FL 33020
(305) 899-3208
jmcfadden@barry.edu

                      

Susan Swider, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, Rush University
Rush University College of Nursing
600 S Paulina St 1080
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-8826
susan_m_swider@rush.edu

     

Jacklyn Barber, EdD, RN
Dean and Professor, Morningside College
School of Nursing
1501 Morningside Ave.
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-5156
barber@morningside.edu

 

Anne Thomas, PhD, ANP-BC
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Michigan State University College of Nursing
Life Science Building
1355 Bogue St, Rm #A220
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 432-1172
thom1530@msu.edu

     

Eileen Fry-Bowers, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, University of San Diego
Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 260-4550
efrybowers@sandiego.edu

                                     

Tracy Williams, DNP, RN
Senior Vice President and System CNO, University of Kentucky
315 College of Nursing Building
751 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536-0232
(859) 323-5108
tracy.williams@nortonhealthcare.org

     

Susan E. Mullaney, MPPA/MPH, RN
VP, Center of Clinician Advancement
United Health Group
susan_e_mullaney@uhg.com

 

Marisa Wilson, DNSc, RN
Associate Professor, Specialty Track Coordinator, MSN Nursing Informatics
School of Nursing/Family, Community, and Health Systems
UAB School of Nursing, The University of Alabama-Birmingham
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294
(205) 934-5360
mwilsoa@uab.edu

     

Susan Ruppert, PhD, FNP-C
Professor/Associate Dean, Cizik School of Nursing
University of Texas HSC
7000 Fannin St #1200
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 500-2164
Susan.D.Ruppert@uth.tmc.edu

 

Geraldine Young, DNP, FNP-BC
Director for Graduate Nursing Programs and Associate Professor of Nursing, Kentucky State University 
Betty White-400 Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 597-6961
Geraldine.young@kysu.edu

     
Allison Squires, PhD, RN
New York University
Rory Meyers College of Nursing
433 First Avenue, Room 656
New York, NY 10010
(212) 992-7074
aps6@nyui.edu 
  Jean Bartels, PhD, RN, Consultant
jbartels@georgiasouthern.edu 

 

Projected Timeline

Essentials-Timeline