Faculty Development Pre-Conference

Implementing the Essentials: A Deep Dive into Strategies, Actions, Results

NOTE: This event has reached capacity and is no longer accepting registrations.

November 30, 2022

The Faculty Development Pre-Conference is an informative and engaging program that has been re-envisioned this year to focus on implementation of the AACN Essentials. Faculty at all levels will learn practical strategies for adapting their curricula, review AACN resources that support the Essentials implementation, explore the fundamentals of competency-based education, and receive guidance on curriculum mapping. Seasoned academic nurse leaders will share their expertise and key principles for innovative course design while addressing aspects of the faculty role related to creating an active learning environment, robust clinical teaching, and effective student evaluation.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Identify existing AACN resources supporting implementation of AACN Essentials.
  • Describe curriculum mapping and identify the curricular revisions required to map to the Essentials.
  • Interpret competency-based education for implementation of Essentials.
  • Understand evidence-based simulation scenario template incorporating the AACN Essentials: entry level and advanced level, as a resource for assessment of competency.
  • Recognize how a comprehensive approach to elevating mental health and resilience, for faculty, staff and students is applied, and aligns with the Essentials, Domain 10.

Who Should Attend:

Individuals new to the faculty role looking to gain confidence in teaching and experienced faculty seeking to expand their skillset.

How to Attend: 

The Faculty Development Pre-Conference is offered as an in-person event prior to Transform 2022.

Conference Venue:

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601


Wednesday, November 30

7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast & Poster Presentations

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Plenary*
Navigating Essentials Implementation: Exploring Tools and Tips for Success

Transitioning to the new AACN Essentials presents a unique opportunity for faculty to re-envision nursing education and impact the future of health care. Don’t miss this deep dive into implementing the Essentials, including successful strategies to implement curricular change. Come connect with your peers and share details about your school’s implementation successes and challenges.
Casey Shillam, PhD, RN, Dean, Professor, School of Nursing and Innovations, University of Portland, Portland, OR

10:15-10:30 a.m.
Stretch Break

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Practical Approaches for Developing a Competency-Based Nursing Curriculum
Moving to competency-based teaching and assessment will transform nursing education and better prepare graduates to face the challenges and complexities of today’s healthcare system. With the 2021 AACN Essentials outlining the competencies nursing students must achieve, faculty must be prepared with the right knowledge, skills, and attitudes to deliver competency-based education effectively. Mapping the curriculum is step one in reimagining curricula, but what comes next? Join us for this presentation that will engage attendees in hands-on practice with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to reframe curriculum to a competency-based approach.
Speaker: Jacquelyn McMillian-Bohler, PhD, APRN, Director, Institute for Educational Excellence, School of Nursing, Duke University, Durham, NC

11:30-11:45 a.m.
Stretch Break

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Moving to Competency-Based Education: Creating a Structure, Process, and Defined Outcomes to Make it Happen
Transforming to competency-based education (CBE) by implementing the AACN Essentials requires organizational models and processes that include intentional faculty development. We must be committed to transforming curricula that garner graduates who are competent, consistent, resilient and lead with a social justice lens, and are practice ready! This presentation and interactive session will focus on utilizing a faculty-led model to approach these curricular revisions detailing a structure, process, and outcomes framework. Mapping to the New Essentials, Gapping, and next steps in the revisions process will be detailed.  Strategies to integrate CBE will be included, and approaches to faculty development and stakeholder involvement will be shared. Participants will have the opportunity to use the presenter’s organizational structure and course mapping templates in breakout groups for individual application. 
Dawn Mueller-Burke, PhD, CRNP, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

12:45-2:00 p.m.
(on your own)                                                                                       

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Incorporating the Essentials into Simulation Scenarios and Utilizing Simulation to Assess Competencies
This workshop will introduce the presenter’s evidence-based simulation scenario template incorporating the AACN Essentials: entry level and advanced level. This session will provide a theory burst of why it is important to incorporate the Essentials into the scenario to prepare the learner for competency. Discussion around how to utilize simulation to assess competencies will occur. Using a storyboard, participants will begin developing a scenario that integrates the Essentials. This will allow them to complete a full scenario at a later date.
Speaker: Carol Fowler Durham, EdD, RN, Professor, Director Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; and KT Waxman, DNP, RN, Professor, School of Nursing, University of California San Francisco, and Director, California Simulation Alliance, San Francisco, CA

3:00-3:15 p.m.
Stretch Break

3:15-4:15 p.m. 
Panel Discussion

Critical Inquiry into Essentials Implementation: Exploring Frequently Asked Questions
Join an expert panel of speakers who will address key questions frequently asked by faculty engaged in implementing the Essentials. Astute perspectives and key strategies will be shared, including a closer look at the roles of faculty and practice partners in ushering in a new era of innovation and competency assessment.
Carol Fowler Durham, EdD, RN, Professor, Director Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; Jacquelyn McMillian-Bohler, PhD, APRN, Director, Institute for Educational Excellence, School of Nursing, Duke University, Durham, NC; Dawn Mueller-Burke, PhD, CRNP, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD; Casey Shillam, PhD, RN, Dean, Professor, School of Nursing and Innovations, University of Portland, Portland OR, and KT Waxman, DNP, RN, Director California Simulation Alliance, Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of California, San Francisco, CA

4:15-4:30 p.m.
Stretch Break

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Closing Plenary

Sustaining Mental Health and Resilience in Academic Nursing
With increasing numbers of nurses reporting burnout, depression, and compassion fatigue, sustaining the mental health and well-being of the nursing workforce must be a priority. Mental illness prevention measures can meaningfully impact the incidence and prevalence of stress-related injury and illness. Presently, the application of these interventions for faculty, staff, and students in schools of nursing is not yet standard practice. Explore one school’s comprehensive approach to elevating mental health and resilience, which aligns with Domain 10 (Personal, Professional and Leadership Development) of the Essentials, which calls for practical strategies to preserve life, prevent harm, and promote recovery.
Sean Convoy, DNP, APRN, Associate Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, Duke University, Durham, NC

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception with Poster Presentations

Registration Fees

NOTE: This event has reached capacity and is no longer accepting registrations.

Faculty Development Pre-Conference
November 30, 2022
  StandardEnds Nov. 1 LateStarts Nov. 2
AACN Member $299 $399
AACN Non-Member $399 $499


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Health & Safety:

The safety of attendees and staff is our top priority – we will follow all relevant protocols and CDC guidelines and will work closely with the hotel to promote the recommended practices at the time of the event.

Entry Requirement

Last updated September 20, 2022

Your well-being is AACN’s No. 1 priority!

AACN has revised its policies for the health and safety of in-person conference attendance. All meeting attendees, speakers, partners, and AACN staff are required to show verification of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of travel in order to obtain access to event spaces. Unvaccinated individuals or those unable to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will not be permitted to attend. AACN will be utilizing a Digital Verification Process through Health Pass by CLEAR, which provides a secure, digital verification of your vaccination status or negative test results via the free CLEAR mobile app. AACN will provide detailed instructions to all in-person attendees approximately 10 days prior to the conference start date.

AACN will continue to monitor any new developments and evaluate what is needed to ensure you are comfortable and we meet safely. We will keep all participants updated as we get closer to the event.


The State of Illinois has no mask mandate; therefore, wearing masks is currently optional.

Duty of Care

Last updated September 20, 2022

By attending the Faculty Development Pre-Conference, you agree to abide by and engage in conduct that is beneficial to health and safety of all attendees. This includes, but is not limited to, providing verification of vaccination or proof of negative COVID-19 test, and not attending any events if you are ill or have been recently exposed to COVID-19 or other transmittable disease.


AACN Conference Team
Phone: 202-463-6930
Email: conferences@aacnnursing.org