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  • 50 U.S. Schools of Nursing Awarded Funding to Host White Coat Ceremonies

    Press Release— July 30, 2021

    The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and AACN announced that 50 schools of nursing nationwide were selected to receive funding to host White Coat/Oath Ceremonies for incoming students in the 2021-2022 academic year. Through this co...


  • AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

    News, Newsletter— July 28, 2021

    On July 21, 2021, the Communivax Coalition, which is convened by the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, issued a new report on Carrying Equity in COVID-19 Vaccination Forward: ...


  • Rounds with Leadership: Accelerating Momentum for Change

    — July 28, 2021

    Launching the new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Network earlier this week represents AACN’s latest step to serve as a primary advocate for advancing DEI-focused initiatives in academic nursing. Members of this ...


  • New Student Scholarship Recipients Announced

    Student News— July 21, 2021

    AACN is pleased to announce the latest scholarship winners from three scholarships programs funded by CastleBranch and Hurst Review Services. These programs were created to support outstanding students seeking baccalaureate ...


  • Save Your Seat: NursingCAS Application Overview Webinar for Students

    Student News— July 20, 2021

    Register to attend next week’s webinar Preparing and Strengthening Your NursingCAS Application on Tuesday, July 27, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm (ET).


  • Historic Increases Proposed for Title VIII Funding and NINR

    Press Release, Policy— July 15, 2021

    AACN applauds the House Appropriations Committee for advancing the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS-ED) spending bill, which includes major new investments in nursing education and ...


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 rrosseter@aacnnursing.org.


Featured Data Reports & Publications

2020-2021 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.

2020-2021 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.

2020-2021 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.