In 1993, AACN released the position statement on Nursing Education’s Agenda for the 21st Century, which was later updated in 1999. In addition, AACN issued a position statement in 1997 titled A Vision for Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education: The Next Decade, which was retired in 2011. Since these visionary documents were published, AACN has broadened its mission, expanded its reach to the entire academic nursing enterprise in baccalaureate and graduate level programs, and led in the creation of new expectations for practice. Dramatic changes in nursing education as well as healthcare delivery also have occurred prompting the need for AACN to establish a new vision for nursing education to guide the development of academic programs (baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral) that prepare graduates with the competencies needed to positively impact health and health care. The resulting position statement will provide the foundation for the revision of the AACN Essentials.
The Task Force will:
1. Clarify preferred educational pathways and the preparation necessary to succeed in evolving and future roles for nursing professionals (e.g., entry into practice, transitions into practice, preparation of nursing faculty).
2. Evaluate the future needs of the nursing workforce.
3. Consider academic nursing’s role in promoting population health, addressing the social determinants of health, and advancing interprofessional engagement.
4. Propose overarching and broad-based curricular recommendations for baccalaureate and graduate programs (e.g., implications of common versus diverse curricula, strengthening the science foundation in the discipline, reconsidering clinical education models).
Review the 1997 and 1999 position statements (retired) on Nursing Education’s Agenda for the 21st Century and A Vision for Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education: The Next Decade.
Please address your comments to either the chair or AACN staff liaison noted.
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