Essentials References

AACN is compiling a list of of references for the new AACN Essentials. If you have an article to share, please contact AACN's Chief Communications Officer, Robert Rosseter at

Giddens, J., Douglas, J.P. & Conroy, S. (2022). The Revised AACN Essentials: Implications for Nursing RegulationJournal of Nursing Regulation, 12(40, 16-22.

Giddens, J. (2020). Demystifying concept-based and competency-based approaches. Journal of Nursing Education, 59(3):123-124.

Kavanagh, J. & Sharpnack, P. (2021) Crisis in competency: A defining moment in nursing education. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 26(1), Manuscript 2. Accessible online at

Leaver, C., Stanley, J. & Goodwin Veenema, Tener. (2022).Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the future of nursing educationAcademic Medicine, 97(3S), S82-S89.

Moreau, K.A (2021). Exploring the connection between programmatic assessment and program evaluation within competency-based medical education programs. Medical Teacher, 43(3):250-252.

Saunders, M.M. (2022, May/June). The Implications of the New Essentials on the CNS Profession—Let's Respond! Clinical Nurse Specialist, 36(3), 129-130.  DOI: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000668

Sirianni, G., Takahashi, S., & Myers, J (2020). Taking stock of what is known about faculty development ion competency-based medical education: A scoping review paper. Medical Teacher, 42(8):909-915

Publish Your Work

The Journal of Professional Nursing is AACN’s peer-reviewed official journal and is the leading source for scholarly publication related to the AACN 2021 Essentials and Essentials implementation in nursing education. Of particular interest are articles on how to integrate the Essentials into the curriculum and implementing competency-based education. To discuss your manuscript idea, contact editor Dr. Patricia Morton at