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  • AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

    — September 21, 2022

    On September 1, 2022, the Journal of Nursing Education published an editorial by Dr. Vernell DeWitty, AACN’s Senior Consultant for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Dr. Danielle McCamey, Founder and President of DNPs o...


  • AACN and NIDA Announce Call for Proposals for Evidence-Based Practice Proposals on Substance Use Disorder Treatment

    Announcement— September 15, 2022

    The NIDA Blending Initiative: Moving Science from Research to Practice, will award up to $10,000 for a project grant to a graduate student (Master’s, Doctoral, or Post-Doctoral) from an accredited program at an AACN member s...


  • Register for AACN's NursingCAS Demonstration Webinar

    Announcement— September 14, 2022

    Register now to attend the webinar NursingCAS Overview: A Demonstration of the Student Application and Admissions Management Portal, September 22, 3:00 pm (ET) . Learn how AACN’s Nursing Centralized Application Service (Nur...


  • Faculty Link Newsletter: September 2022

    Faculty News, Newsletter— September 12, 2022

    AACN is pleased to announce a call for pilot schools for a new initiative funded by Johnson & Johnson aimed at preparing new graduates to meet the competency expectations outlined in the AACN Essentials.


  • Call for Pilot Schools: A Competency-Based Approach to Leadership Development and Resilience for Student Nurses

    Press Release— September 8, 2022

    AACN is pleased to announce a call for pilot schools for a new initiative funded by Johnson & Johnson aimed at preparing baccalaureate nursing graduates to meet the competency expectations outlined in the AACN Essentials . ...


  • GNSA Bulletin - September 2022 Edition

    Student News— September 8, 2022

    Hello GNSA members! I hope you are all having a great start to the academic year. The fall semester can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. You may have great expectations for this year and have already set goal...



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.