Technology Working Group

Working Group Charge:

With the adoption of the new AACN Essentials in April 2021, schools of nursing are expected to transition to competency-based education (CBE) and prepare graduates of professional nursing programs, entry-level and advanced level, with delineated core competencies. This transition, although expected to occur over three or more years, is significant and will require multiple changes in nursing programs, curricula, and learning/assessment strategies. Changes in higher education and health profession education are also occurring at a rapid pace, including the use and applicability of technology.

Based on a review of the potential applications, uses, benefits, and barriers/challenges for the use of technology to support the implementation of the new Essentials, the Working Group will:

  • Develop recommendations regarding the use of technology within academic nursing, including for the association, accreditation, nursing education programs, and students.   
  • Develop recommendations regarding existing or needed technology/digital tools to support the implementation of the new Essentials, such as for curriculum mapping, data collection and reporting, and competency attainment/tracking.  
    • Tools that support the needs of AACN, member schools, accreditors, and students.
    • Tools/products should be accessible to all member schools.
    • Recommendations should be prioritized and include potential costs (fiscal and human resources).
    • Recommendations should include appropriate standards for the technology, tools, and products to allow access and sharing.
  • Consult with others who have applicable expertise, as needed.
  • Provide input/oversight for the development/selection of technologies to support nursing education.
  David Bowersox, MBA
Vice Dean, Finance and Administration
Duke University
  Mary Joy Garcia Dia, DNP
Director, Nursing Informatics
New York Presbyterian Hospital
  Tao Le, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of Louisville
headshot of Janelle Sokolowich Janelle Sokolowich, PhD
Academic Vice President and Dean
Western Governors University
headshot of Melissa Stec Melissa Stec, DNP
Emory University
headshot of dan weberg Dan Weberg, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice
The Ohio State University
  Alison Whelan, MD
Chief Academic Officer
Association of American Medical Colleges
headshot of marisa wilson Marisa Wilson, DNSc
Associate Professor and Chairperson
University of Albama at Birmingham
  Joan Stanley, PhD, Staff Liaison
Chief Academic Officer