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JPN Editor Develops Open Course on “Writing for Professional Journals”

"Writing for Professional Journals" is a course open to the public and licensed under Creative Commons. Dr. Patricia Morton, University of Utah College of Nursing Dean, and editor of the Journal Professional Nursing, authored the content as part of a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) while she was participating in the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow program. The course can be used by an individual learner or can be adapted in any way for a course in a college’s program of study. The course also may be helpful to practicing nurses in a professional development program. The course content includes 12 modules. Each module has accompanying video instruction, PowerPoint slides, reflection assignments, activity log workbook assignments, and suggested reading lists.

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The Essentials Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education

The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education

Used to define quality in nursing education, The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education outline the necessary curriculum content and expected competencies of graduates from baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.  Printed copies available for purchase through AACN's Online Store


Cover of 2022 AACN Annual Report

2022 Annual Report

Read about AACN highlights, accomplishments, and progress on key initiatives for the time period spanning July 2021 through June 2022. View past annual reports


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.

AACN Essentials

AACN is the driving force for innovation and excellence in academic nursing.  The Essentials Series delineates the national consensus by providing the elements and framework for building nursing curricula. To facilitate access to the Essentials documents, the AACN Board of Directors voted to have these documents posted on the Web for nurse faculty worldwide to download. The Essentials outline the necessary curriculum content and expected competencies of graduates from baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, as well as the clinical support needed for the full spectrum of academic nursing.

Baccalaureate Essentials

The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008)

The 2008 publication that defines the essential elements of baccalaureate education for professional nursing practice is now available from AACN. The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice provides an important framework for designing and assessing baccalaureate education programs for professional nursing practice. This publication is the result of a consensus-building process that included nursing educators, clinicians, executives, and researchers, as well as numerous nursing organizations. In the Baccalaureate Essentials, you will find…

  • The role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse
  • Professional values for baccalaureate nursing education
  • An outline of essential curriculum contents
  • Baccalaureate core competencies and knowledge
  • Suggested teaching strategies
  • And much more!
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Master's Essentials

The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011)

These revised Master’s Essentials, an update to an earlier version from 1996, reflect current and future nursing practice at the master’s level, which demands expert application of evidence-based practices, quality improvement methods, outcomes measurement, systems knowledge, and leadership skills. Nurses who obtain the competencies outlined in these Master’s Essentials will possess the advanced knowledge in the discipline and leadership skills needed to improve health outcomes in a number of current and emerging roles.

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DNP Essentials

The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006)

These Essentials define the curricular elements that must be present in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. Required by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for schools seeking accreditation for DNP programs, these Essentials outline the foundational competencies that are core to all advanced nursing practice roles, including the four nationally-recognized Advanced Practice Registered Nursing roles: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives.

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Clinical Resources Essentials

The Essential Clinical Resources for Nursing's Academic Mission (1999)

AACN's landmark publication defines the essential elements of clinical support for the full spectrum of academic nursing- undergraduate and graduate education, faculty practice, and research. The document identifies the facilitators and barriers to clinical access in nursing education, describes essential clinical-site learning experiences both for undergraduate and graduate nursing students, and outlines the clinical resources necessary for faculty practice and research to develop and flourish.

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