Academic Nursing

AACN is the driving force for innovation and excellence in academic nursing. Together with our members, AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.

New Report Available on the Future of Faculty

February 23, 2023

AACN has prepared a Summary Report on the Future of Faculty Forum, which has an overview of the faculty shortage including the latest data, steps for building a shared understanding of the challenges before us, and strategies for boosting faculty supply.  The Future of Faculty Forum provided a fresh opportunity to amplify the national dialogue on ways to mitigate the faculty shortage and generate strong interest in faculty careers. Together we will continue to seek answers and advance solutions needed to fortify the nurse educator role. 

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New Publication

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Printed copies now available for purchase. Visit AACN's Online Store

Introducing The Essential Update: News and Opportunities Related to the New AACN Essentials

AACN is committed to providing resources, education, and guidance to assist member schools in implementing the new AACN Essentials and to help all stakeholders understand this historic shift in nursing education. To keep you abreast of the latest news and opportunities, AACN is introducing The Essential Update, a new regular feature in AACN News Watch and other member communications, including the Syllabus newsletter and Faculty Link.  

This update will spotlight:

  • AACN news and information pertaining to the Essentials
  • Upcoming conference sessions, webinars, and training opportunities
  • New discussion forums and opportunities for engagement
  • Newly added tool kit resources and examples of best practices
  • Journal articles on the Essentials and related concepts
  • Member news related to efforts to transform nursing education

Please send any information regarding your school’s efforts to implement the AACN Essentials to