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  • AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

    News, Newsletter— January 26, 2022

    On January 25, 2022, the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing  (which includes AACN as a member) released findings from a national survey of over 5,600 nurses showing that racism is a substantial problem for t...


  • Rounds With Leadership: Engagement, Advocacy, and Impact

    Rounds with Leadership— January 26, 2022

    As we look ahead to the promise of a new year – one that will most certainly bring new challenges and opportunities – we find inspiration in the words of poet and activist Amanda Gorman. Her latest poem, titled New Day’s Ly...


  • AACN Invites Faculty and Students to Pilot Population Health and Social Determinants of Health Case Studies

    Announcement— January 26, 2022

    AACN is seeking BSN faculty and nursing students to pilot in the Spring 2022 semester one of two new case studies focused on population health and the social determinants of health concepts across the continuum of care. Twen...


  • AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

    News, Newsletter— January 19, 2022

    On January 12, 2022, Lydia Saad with Gallup released the polling organization’s annual ranking of honesty and ethics across various professions in an article titled Military Brass, Judges Among Professions at New Image Low...


  • AACN Announces 2022 Award Recipients for NIDA Substance Use Disorder Training Award

    Student News— January 18, 2022

    Congratulations to R. Shavon Clark, DNP Student, University of South Florida College of Nursing, and Nadia Oyama, DNP Student, Chaminade University of Honolulu on receiving the 2022 AACN  and the National Institute of Drug A...


  • Data Spotlight: The Impact of Insufficient Clinical Sites on Baccalaureate Program Admissions

    Research— January 11, 2022

    For more than a decade, schools of nursing have struggled to increase enrollments due primarily to an insufficient supply of faculty and clinical placement opportunities for students. While the COVID-19 pandemic has increase...



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

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.