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Rounds with Leadership

Cynthia McCurren, AACN Board Chair and Deborah Trautman, AACN President and CEOWelcome to Rounds with Leadership, a forum for AACN’s Board Chair and President/CEO to offer commentary on issues and trends impacting academic nursing.

January 25, 2023 - Forging Ahead with Competency-Based Education

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 leaders projected that it would likely take 3 or more years for schools to adapt their entry- and advanced-level nursing programs using a competency-based approach to education.

Now, 2 years into the transition process, it’s clear that schools have made great progress in evolving their programs to prepare more practice-ready nurses. Many schools have engaged faculty in determining how well their programs align with the new competency expectations and are identifying gaps. Others are developing creative ways to assess student competency using current and newly conceived strategies. The work to map curricula with the Domains, Competencies, and Sub-competencies outlined in the Essentials is well underway using a variety of tools posted on the AACN website. Faculty also are collaborating more closely with practice colleagues to rethink clinical learning experiences and jointly operationalize the Essentials.

To better assess efforts underway, AACN conducted a member survey last fall to collect baseline data on how implementation efforts are proceeding. A total of 328 member schools responded to the survey (38.1% response rate), including schools representing a range of institutional types (large and small, public and private, rural and urban, etc.). The survey found that 92% of deans and 82% of faculty support the implementation of the 2021 Essentials. Most AACN member schools strongly endorse the new approach to nursing education outlined in the Essentials with 85% of schools committed to transitioning to competency-based education.

The survey also found that:

  • 57% of schools have started curriculum mapping on their entry-level programs; 48% have started mapping their advanced-level programs
  • 55% of schools have allocated resources to implement the Essentials
  • 47% of schools have identified practice partners to work with on the transition to new Essentials

The survey also highlighted areas where more education and faculty development are needed to facilitate the move to competency-based education (CBE). Schools reported that the majority of faculty (68%) have not received formal training in CBE, and most do not have experience with designing CBE assessments in the classroom (68%) or in the clinical setting (58%). To support the move to CBE, most schools cite AACN’s Essentials Implementation Webinars as most useful for faculty development in addition to on-the-job training and mentoring by more experienced faculty.  Click here for a summary of survey findings.

AACN remains committed to assisting schools with implementation efforts, and we encourage you to review the resources currently available, including the recently updated Essentials website and implementation Tool Kit, which features a teaching resource database, curriculum mapping tools, on-demand webinars and conference sessions, and member school Implementation Spotlights. We also are planning a series of regional workshops this spring to help support your faculty development efforts with a focus on CBE.  Watch for complete details on these dynamic training opportunities in the coming weeks.

Past Rounds with Leadership

December 21, 2022 - Celebrating the Season
November 30, 2022 - Making Progress with Advancing DEI
October 26, 2022 - Turning 10:  Celebrating the Graduate Nursing Student Academy
September 28, 2022 - Integrating Nursing Education and Practice
August 31, 2022 - In Memory of Donald Jonas: Nursing Advocate, Leader, and Friend
July 27, 2022 - Shaping the Future of Doctoral Nursing Education
June 29, 2022 - Moving Beyond the Pandemic
May 25, 2022 - Reimagining Nursing Education
April 27, 2022 - Sustaining a Culture of Safety
March 30, 2022 - Advancing a Strategic Plan
February 23, 2022 - New Dimensions in Leadership
January 26, 2022 - Engagement, Advocacy, and Impact
December 22, 2022 - Wishing You Good Health and Well-Being
October 27, 2021 - Following the Data
September 29, 2021 - Incubating Innovation
August 25, 2021 - First Steps Toward Implementing the Essentials
July 28, 2021 - Accelerating Momentum for Change
June 30, 2021 - Charting the Future of Academic Nursing – Part II
May 26, 2021 -  Charting the Future of Academic Nursing – Part I
April 28, 2021 -  Sustaining the Nurse Faculty Population
March 31, 2021 - Divining the Data
February 24, 2021 - Collaboration, Community Engagement, and a Cure
January 27, 2021 - New Year, New Congress, New Administration
December 23, 2020 - Building a Solid Foundation
October 28, 2020 - Co-Creating the Future of Academic Nursing
September 30, 2020 - Combating Racism and Cultivating Inclusion
August 26, 2020 - Moving Towards Reopening Schools of Nursing
July 22, 2020 -  Bridging the Distance
June 24, 2020 -  Is Paying for Clinical Preceptors in Our Future?
May 27, 2020 -  Investing in the Future of Academic Nursing
April 29, 2020 -  Sustaining Nursing Education Pathways
March 25, 2020 -  Rising to Meet the Challenge
February 19, 2020 -  The Year of the Nurse Educator
January 29, 2020 -  A 2020 View of the Nursing Workforce
October 23, 2019 -  Building on the Past, Envisioning the Future
September 25, 2019 - A Legacy of Risks and Rewards
August 28, 2019 -  Academic Nursing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
July 31, 2019 - A Time for Generative Thinking
June 26, 2019 - Celebrating the Power of Compassionate Care
May 29, 2019 - On the Front Line of the Opioid Crisis
April 24, 2019 - Galvanizing Support for Nursing Now USA
March 27, 2019 - Advocating for the Future of Nursing
February 27, 2019 - Monitoring Trends in Higher Education
January 30, 2019 - Taking Action to Champion the PhD in Nursing
November 28, 2018 - Artificial Intelligence
October 24, 2018 - AACN LEADS: Your Leadership Journey Accelerated!
September 26, 2018 - The Nursing Community Coalition Celebrates 10 Years
August 29, 2018 - Collaborating to Advance the PhD in Nursing
July 25, 2018 - Exercising Thought Leadership
June 27, 2018 - Moving Nursing Science from the Margin to Mainstream
May 23, 2018 - Rallying Support for Nursing Education
April 25, 2018 - Watching the Numbers
March 28, 2018 - Surveying the Landscape of Higher Education
February 28, 2018 - With Appreciation
January 31, 2018 - Strengthening the Pipeline to the PhD
November 29, 2017 - From Dialogue to Collaboration
October 25, 2017 - Bridging the Nurse Faculty Shortage
September 27, 2017 - Joining the Conversation about Competency-Based Education
August 23, 2017 - A Time for Moral Courage
July 26, 2017 - Leading the Way
June 28 - 2017 - Understanding Health Equity
May 24, 2017 - A Global Commitment to Advancing Academic Nursing
April 26, 2017 - Why We Need to Talk About Nursing Science
March 22, 2017 - Vital Directions for Nursing
February 22, 2017 - Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
January 25, 2017 - New Year, New Home Base for AACN
November 16, 2016 - The Lame-Duck Session and the New Administration
October 26, 2016 - Harnessing the Power of Technology
September 28, 2016 - Contemplating the Future of Higher Education
August 24, 2016 - Taking the Lead on Information Curation