Essentials Tool Kit Working Groups

Working Groups Charge:

The Essentials Faculty Tool Kit has been created to provide recommendations and exemplars for faculty in the development and transition to competency-based education and competency-based assessment.  The recommended first step when implementing the Essentials is for faculty to read the new Essentials, and crosswalk the Essentials to their curricula. Faculty will be able to use the exemplars provided for each of the ten Domains and concepts across Domains as they begin to transition alignment of their curricula to the new Essentials.  The tool kit template includes recommendations and examples of learning strategies, resources, recommended content, and assessment strategies for each of the ten Essentials domains. Recommendations are provided for both entry-level as well as advanced-level nursing education.

Domain Working Groups

Domain 1: Knowledge for Nursing Practice

Headshot of Marlaine Smith

Marlaine Smith, PhD
Florida Atlantic University

Headshot of Peggy Chinn

Peggy Chinn, PhD
University of Connecticut
Professor Emerita of Nursing

Headshot of Leslie Nicoll

Leslie Nicoll, PhD
Maine Desk, LLC


Domain 2: Person-Centered Care

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Sandy Rajamohan, PhD
Roberts Wesleyan College
Associate Professor of Nursing

Headshot of Rick Zoucha

Rick Zoucha, PhD
Duquesne University
Professor/Chair of Advanced Role and PhD Program

Headshot of Adrian Hordon

Adrian Hordon, PhD
Landmark Health
Executive Director, Clinical Education & Operations

Headshot of Susan Brasher

Susan Brasher, PhD
Emory University
Assistant Professsor

Headshot of Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson, PhD
Duquesne University
Clinical Associate Professor


Domain 3: Population Health

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Susan Swider, PhD
Rush University
Director, Advanced Public Health Nursing Program & Transformative Leadership: Population Health Program

Lisa Campbell

Lisa Campbell, DNP (she, her, hers)
The University of Texas at Tyler
Professor, Director Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, Student Advisor Graduate Program

Headshot of Judy Didion

Judy Didion, PhD
Oakland University
Dean and Professor

Marva Price

Marva Price, DrPH
Duke University
Associate Professor Emerita

Headshot of Gina Johnson

Gina Johnson, MS
The University of Kansas
Clinical Assistant Professor

Headshot of Susan Harrington

Susan Harrington, PhD
Grand Valley State University
Associate Professor

Domain 4: Scholarship

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Robin Newhouse, PhD
Indiana University
Dean and Distinguished Professor

Headshot of Rosanne Burson

Rosanne Burson, DNP
University of Detroit Mercy
Associate Professor

Headshot of Katherine Moran

Katherine Moran, DNP
Grand Valley State University
Associate Dean


Domain 5: Quality and Safety

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Gerry Altmiller, EdD
The College of New Jersey

Headshot of Gail Armstrong

Gail Armstrong, PhD, DNP
Oregon Health and Science University


Marjorie Godfrey, PhD
University of New Hampshire
Research Professor


Domain 6: Interprofessional Partnerships

Headshot of Jane Kirschling

Jane Kirschling, PhD
University of Maryland
Dean and Professor, School of Nursing

Headshot of Brenda Zierler

Brenda Zierler, PhD
University of Washington

Headshot of Mayumi Willgerodt

Mayumi Willgerodt, PhD
University of Washington
Associate Professor / Vice Chair of Education


Lisa Singleterry, PhD
Western Michigan University
Interim Director and Associate Professor


Domain 7: Systems-Based Practice

Rachel Start

Rachel Start, MSN
Rush University Medical Center
Associate Vice President

headshot of Jerry Mansfield

Jerry Mansfield, PhD
Mount Carmel Health System/Trinity Health
Chief Nursing Officer, Ohio Region


Kimberly S. Glassman, PhD
New York University
Clinical Professor, Senior Associate Dean

Lydia Rotondo

Lydia Rotondo, DNP
University of Rochester
Associate Dean and Professor

Headshot of Shannon Sapp Layton

Shannon Sapp Layton, DNP
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Assistant Professor


Ana Stoehr, PhD, RN
George Mason University
Term Assistant Professor


Domain 8: Information and Healthcare Technologies

Headshot of Maria Wilson

Marisa Wilson, DNSc
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Associate Professor / Chairperson

Headshot of Alvin Jeffery

Alvin Jeffery, PhD
Vanderbilt University
Assistant Professor

Headshot of Susan Newbold

Susan Newbold, PhD
Nursing Informatics Boot Camp
Healthcare Informatics Educator and Consultant

Dan Weberg

Dan Weberg, PhD
The Ohio State University
Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice

Headshot of Dorcas Kunkel

Dorcas Kunkel, DNP
Jacksonville University
Adjunct Professor

Headshot of Debra Wolf

Debra Wolf, PhD
Chatham University
Director and Professor

Domain 9: Professionalism

Headshot of Nelda Godfrey

Nelda Godfrey, PhD
The University of Kansas
Associate Dean

Headshot of Darlene Del Prato

Darlene Del Prato, PhD
SUNY Polytecnhic Institute
Chair, Department of Nursing

Headshot of Susan Strouse

Susan Strouse, PhD
Grand Valley State University
Associate Professor

Headshot of Amy Hite

Amy Hite, DNP
Pittsburg State University


Domain 10: Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development


Debra Albert, DNP
New York University - Langone Health
Chief Nursing Officer

Headshot of Curry Bordelon

Curry Bordelon, DNP
University of Alabama Birmingham
Associate Professor

Headshot of Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez, DNP
Uniformed Services University
Assistant Professor



Concept Working Groups

Concept: Clinical Judgement

Headshot of Mary Ann Cantrell

Mary Ann Cantrell, PhD
Villanova University

Headshot of Laura Klenke-Borgmann

Laura Klenke-Borgmann, MSN
University of Kansas Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor


Concept: Communication

Headshot of Joy Goldsmith

Joy Goldsmith, PhD
University of Memphis
Professor, Communication Studies

Smita Banerjee

Smita Banerjee, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Behavioral Scientist

Headshot of Laureen Donovan

Laureen Donovan, PhD
Shepherd University
Assistant Professor

Headshot of Elaine Wittenberg

Elaine Wittenberg, PhD
California State University - Los Angeles
Assistant Professor, Communication


Concept: Compassionate Care

Headshot of Lisa Beasley

Lisa Beasley, DNP
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Assistant Professor

Headshot of Weihua Zhang

Weihua Zhang, PhD
Emory University

Headshot of Ab Brody

Ab Brody, PhD
New York University
Associate Professor

Headshot of Tina Antill Keener

Tina Antill Keener, PhD
West Virginia University
Assistant Professor


Concept: Diversity Equity and Inclusion

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Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Associate Professor

Headshot of Brigit Maria Carter

Brigit Maria Carter, PhD
Duke University
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Headshot of Billie Vance

Billie Vance, PhD
West Virginia University
Clinical Associate Professor

Headshot of Lisa Muirhead

Lisa Muirhead, DNP
Emory University
Associate Professor


Concept: Ethics

Headshot of Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, PhD
Georgetown University

Headshot of Pamela Grace

Pamela Grace, PhD
Boston College
Associate Professor

Headshot of Sarah Vittone

Sarah Vittone, DBe
Georgetown University
Assistant Professor


Concept: Evidence-Based Practice

Headshot of Kim Olszewski

Kim Olszewski, DNP
Bloomsburg University
Associate Professor

Headshot of Lynn Gallagher-Ford

Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD
Ohio State University
Director of Transdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice and Clinical Innovation

Headshot of Julie Slade

Julie Slade, DNP
Chatham University
Associate Professor

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Sheila Quinn, PhD
Stockton University
Associate Dean and Chief Nurse Administrator

Headshot of Cindy Zellefrow

Cindy Zellefrow, DNP
Ohio State University
Director, Academic Core, Fuld Institute for Evidence-Based Practice


Concept: Health Policy

Headshot of Mikki Meadows-Oliver

Mikki Meadows-Oliver, PhD
New York University
Clinical Professor

Headshot of Garrett Chan

Garrett Chan, PhD
President & CEO

Headshot of Nancy Rudner

Nancy Rudner, DrPH
University of Alabama Birmingham
Associate Professor

Headshot of Alex Hoyt

Alex Hoyt, PhD
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Assistant Professor


Concept: Social Determinants of Health

Headshot of Sabita Persaud

Sabita Persaud, PhD
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Associate Dean, Associate Professor

Headshot of Maria Wilson

Marisa Wilson, DNSc
University of Alabama Birmingham
Associate Professor

Headshot of Kumhee Ro

Kumhee Ro, DNP
Seattle University
Assistant Professor

Headshot of Dula Pacquiao

Dula Pacquiao, EdD
Rutgers University