Welcome to the Essentials Tool Kit

The Essentials Tool Kit is a continuously evolving resource designed to assist faculty and others engaged in implementing the new Essentials, including the transition to competency-based education and competency-based assessment. The tool kit provides the following:

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Teaching Resource Database

This database includes extracted resources from the 18 Domain and Concept Tool Kit Working Groups. This database is continuously evolving and new teaching resources will be posted. All resources will be reviewed regularly for currency and relevance with new resources added as appropriate.  Each resource includes the following:

  • Overview and How to Use
  • Recommended Learning Strategies
  • Recommended Assessment Strategies
  • Possible Courses 
  • Additional Resources and Publications
  • Subcompetencies Mapping to Domains

NOTE: Tool kit content is reviewed regularly for currency and relevance with new resources added as appropriate.

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Curriculum Mapping Tools

 Tools developed by faculty to help schools align their programs with the 2021 Essentials.

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Implementation Spotlights

Showcases member schools efforts to adapt their nursing programs to meet the expectations outlined in the 2021 Essentials. Spotlight includes:

  • Approaches used to revise curriculum to meet the new standards
  • Tools or strategies that help advance the work
  • Practice partnerships and how they are implementing new learning and assessment measures

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Showcase Your Success Strategies and Expertise

Submit a Teaching Resource to the Database

Do you have a specific resource or teaching tool that can help faculty implement the 2021 Essentials into their curriculum? Note: All submissions will undergo a peer-review process.

Submit a Resource

Share Your School's Implementation Efforts

AACN is interested in hearing from member schools about efforts to adapt nursing programs to meet the expectations outlined in the 2021 Essentials. Consider the following questions. Please send us a short summary of the work underway at your school for publication in an upcoming issue of News Watch

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Submit a Video

AACN invites members to share their efforts to adapt nursing programs to meet the expectations outlined in the 2021 Essentials.  Submit a video to be featured in this new section of our online Gallery of Leadership by completing the form below.

Submit a Video