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  • AACN Statement on Fraudulent Nursing Schools

    Announcement— February 3, 2023

    AACN applauds the Department of Justice for shutting down a corrupt scheme involving three fraudulent nursing schools in Florida engaged in selling phony nursing diplomas and transcripts to individuals seeking nursing positi...


  • GNSA Bulletin - February 2023 Edition

    Student News— February 1, 2023

    Last summer marked the last in-person professional conference I attended for 2022. The Graduate Nurse Student Academy (GNSA) conference, held in Washington DC, featured an amazing line up of nurse leaders and graduate studen...


  • AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

    News, Newsletter— February 1, 2023

    On January 31, 2023, the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing posted a new series on Addressing Disabilities in Healthcare as open access content for all to read. The seven articles in this collection address both nurses wi...


  • Rounds with Leadership: Forging Ahead with Competency-Based Education

    Rounds with Leadership— January 25, 2023

    When AACN membership endorsed the latest iteration of the Essentials in April 2021, we knew the transition to this new model and framework for nursing education would take time and ingenuity. AACN’s task force and Board le...


  • Jonas Philanthropies Establishes New Home Base for its Nursing Division at AACN

    Press Release— January 19, 2023

    Jonas Philanthropies, one of the nation’s leading sources of support for doctoral nursing education and other critical healthcare priorities, is pleased to announce the establishment of a new home base for its nursing progra...


  • AACN Releases New Vision to Guide the Use of Technology in Academic Nursing

    Press Release— January 10, 2023

    AACN is pleased to announce the release of a new Vision for Sharing Data and Information Across Nursing Education, Practice, and Regulation. Approved by the AACN Board of Directors, this document calls for developing an inte...



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 AACN 2021 Essentials

AACN is committed to providing resources, education, and guidance to assist member schools in implementing the  AACN 2021 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.  

The Essential Update spotlights:

  • 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 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.