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  • Diversity Digest Newsletter: Fall 2021

    Diversity, Newsletter— October 21, 2021

    The  Diversity Digest  is a quarterly newsletter that highlights AACN's diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and efforts from AACN member schools promoting DEI in the academic nursing community.


  • AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

    Newsletter— October 20, 2021

    On October 18, 2021, Dr. Karen Cox, president of Chamberlain University, published an opinion piece in Inside Higher Ed titled Holistic Admissions Is Just a Start . Given our nation’s demographics and existing gaps in e...


  • Data Spotlight: Trends in Hispanic/Latino Students in U.S Nursing Programs

    Research— October 20, 2021

    According to 2020 Census data, 51.1 percent of the U.S population growth from 2010 to 2020 was due to growth in the Hispanic/Latino population. This segment of the population expanded from 50.5 million in 2010 to 62.1 millio...


  • National Call to Action for Nurse Faculty Recognition

    Press Release— October 20, 2021

    Daisy Foundation issues a call to action for schools of nursing to recognize and celebrate their nursing faculty as role models in compassionate nursing practice.


  • AACN Seeks Feedback for New Position Statement on the Research-Focused Doctorate

    Announcement, Membership— October 15, 2021

    Today, the Task Force is releasing a draft of the new position statement on the research-focused doctorate for your review and feedback. As part of the consensus-building process, AACN is seeking comments from AACN members a...


  • AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

    News, Newsletter— October 13, 2021

    On September 16, 2021, Dr. Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and member of the AACN Board of Directors, contributed a guest column to Knox News titled Building a...


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.