Essentials Webinars and Programs

  • Upcoming Webinars & Programs
  • On-Demand Webinars
  • On-Demand Sessions
  • Member Presentations

Upcoming Webinars

The AACN Essentials and the Graduate Student - What Does it Mean for Me?
Thursday, February 2, 2023 | 4:00-5:00 pm (ET)

The AACN Essentials were approved by the AACN membership in 2021 and outline a framework towards a competency-based approach for nursing education. As a graduate student, how do you fit into this transition? What does competency-based education mean and how will it differ from the previous approach to nursing education? What does this transition mean for practice? As a current graduate student, you may be wondering how you fit in and how you will be affected. Whether you have just started your program or are nearing its completion, the new AACN Essentials will have an impact on nurses in various stages of the profession. Join this webinar to hear the speakers explore competency-based education and share what you may expect to see in nursing practice.
Speaker: Brittany Hay, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor, University of South Florida

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Upcoming Programs

2023 Doctoral Education Conference

Passion, Purpose, & Partnerships: Inspiring Excellence in Doctoral Nursing Education
January 19-21, 2023, Coronado, CA

  • Incorporating Climate Change into Doctor of Nursing Practice Curricula
    Speakers: Mary Quinn GriffinPhD, RN, Professor, Institutional Researcher, School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and Margaret Rafferty, DNP, APRN, Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY
  • Envisioning the 2021 Essentials in a DNP Strategic and Financial Business Planning Course     
    Speakers: Sheryl Stogis DrPH, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL, and Rebecca Kathleen Vortman, DNP, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago

On-Demand Webinars

NOTE: The webinar series is free to deans, faculty, staff, and students from AACN member schools of nursing

Introduction to the 2021 Essentials

Competency-Based Education

Curriculum Redesign

On-Demand Sessions

Implementing Curriculum Change

Competency-Based Education and Assessment



Member Presentations

The Essentials and the CNL Competencies
This presentation was given at the CNL Summit, hosted virtually by AACN February 17-19, 2022.
Presenter: Dr. Jackie Barber, Dean, Morningside University, Commissioner, CNC Board of Commissioners.

The Re-Envisioned AACN Essentials: What Lies Ahead?
This presentation was given at the Professional Nurse Educators Group (PNEG) Conference hosted by the Mayo Clinic on October 1, 2021.
Presenters: Dr. Jerry Mansfield, Mount Carmel Health System; Dr. Cynthia McCurren, University of Michigan-Flint; and Dr. John McFadden, Barry University.


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