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AACN Board of Directors Approves Common APRN Doctoral-Level Competencies

Published January 16, 2018

The AACN Board of Directors approved the final competency document Common Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Doctoral-Level Competencies at its recent meeting. In response to the recommendations of the AACN APRN Clinical Training Task Force, AACN convened the APRN Competency-Based Education for Doctoral-Prepared APRNs Work Group in 2016. The group consisted of members representing each of the four APRN roles and representatives of 25 organizations involved in education, licensure, certification and accreditation of APRNs. Chaired by Dr. Laurie Lauzon Clabo from Wayne State University, the purpose of the Work Group was to establish a cross-organizational dialogue on the current status of competency-based education with the goal of exploring the development of a common taxonomy for competencies for the doctoral-prepared APRN. charged with developing the APRN Doctoral Competencies recommended that the next step be a face-to-face meeting of the workgroup to identify the current state of competency-based education and assessment in all four APRN roles. 

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Organizations Participating in the Common APRN Doctoral-Level Competencies Work Group

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Certification Corporation
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • American Midwifery Certification Board
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia
  • Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association
  • International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
  • National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • National Association of Neonatal Nurses
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists
  • National Certification Corporation
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
  • Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

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