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  • AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

    News, Newsletter— September 15, 2021

    In the September-October 2021 issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing , Dr. Adejoke Ayoola from Calvin University and her colleagues published a new article titled Strategies to Promote and Sustain Baccalaureate Stud...


  • Data Spotlight: Trends in Clinical Nurse Specialist Education

    Research— September 15, 2021

    Unlike other APRN programs (Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwife), enrollment in masters’ and post-master’s CNS programs has been declining over the last 10 years


  • Register Now for Upcoming Discover Nursing Virtual Fair - October 7

    Student News— September 14, 2021

    Visit college booths to chat with current nursing students, admissions teams, and faculty from nursing schools nationwide. Register now for free!


  • Faculty Link Newsletter: September 2021

    Faculty News, Newsletter— September 13, 2021

    This month's newsletter features several opportunities for nurse faculty  including, new leadership education modules, upcoming conferences, DEI  tool kit, and much more! 


  • GNSA Bulletin - September 2021 Edition

    Student News— September 1, 2021

    Meet the new GNSA Leadership Council and find how to network with students from across the country.  View Call for Applications for Upcoming GNSA Digital Innovators Program, and much more! 


  • Register Now for Upcoming Webinar on NTF's Draft Standards

    Announcement— September 1, 2021

    In response to requests from AACN members and other stakeholders for more opportunities to learn and ask questions about the draft Standards for Quality Nurse Practitioner Education, the National Task Force (NTF) on Quality ...


New Publication

The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education CoverThe Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education

Printed copies now available for purchase. Visit AACN's Online Store

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.