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  • AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

    Newsletter— July 6, 2022

    In the Journal of Nursing Care Quality , Dr. Emily Drake and colleagues from the University of Virginia posted an article titled Master's Prepared Clinical Nurse Leaders: 2 to 10 Years Post-Graduation. This study assesses t...


  • Data Spotlight: Trends in Nursing PhD Programs

    Research— July 6, 2022

    Generating strong interest in the PhD in nursing (and similar research-focused doctorates) is a priority for the profession. Although less than 1% of today’s nursing workforce has earned a PhD (NCSBN, 2021), these individual...


  • Rounds with Leadership: Moving Beyond the Pandemic

    Rounds with Leadership— June 29, 2022

    Responding to COVID-19 has had a transformative impact on what we teach, how we teach, and how we practice. Nursing programs moved quickly to adapt curriculum to ensure that graduating nurses at all levels are better prepare...


  • AACN’s Response to the Supreme Court Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

    Press Release— June 24, 2022

    In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, AACN is deeply concerned about the impact this decision will have on the public’s health, health equity, and safe nursing pract...


  • AACN Issues New Report on Doctor of Nursing Practice Education

    Research, Announcement— June 21, 2022

    AACN is pleased to announce the release of a new study summary titled The State of Doctor of Nursing Practice Education in 2022 . This report provides the latest national data on trends in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) p...


  • GNSA Bulletin - June 2022 Edition

    Student News— June 14, 2022

    Searching for a job can simultaneously spark hope, excitement, and anxiety. Perhaps you have graduated or reached a milestone in your academic trajectory that allows you to take on new opportunities. Maybe you are ready t...



New Publication

The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education CoverThe Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education

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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


Featured Data Reports & Publications

2021-2022 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing 

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New Era for Academic Nursing Report

AACN is pleased to announce the release of a new report titled Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing, which addresses how baccalaureate and higher degree schools of nursing can amplify their role in improving health and health care at the local, state, and national levels.

2021-2022 Salaries of Instructional and Administrative Nursing Faculty in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing

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New Recommended CNL Practice Experiences

AACN has released a list of 24 experiences that are deemed to be critical for preparing CNL graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively perform in diverse practice settings and systems upon graduation. The list was developed by an Expert Panel comprised of CNL faculty, representatives from practice, and practicing CNLs.

2021-2022 Salaries of Deans in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing

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Official Journal of the AACN

Keep pace with continuing changes in legislative, regulatory, ethical, and professional standards that affect your nursing career with this bimonthly scholarly journal.