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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 participating in the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow program. The course can be used by an individual learner or 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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New Monograph on Belongingness in Academic Nursing

Discover practical strategies to enhance engagement in academic nursing. AACN's latest monograph, "Building a Culture of Belonging," provides actionable recommendations for schools to foster a positive culture among students, faculty, and staff. Learn how aligning values with actions can lead to a more positive student experience, increased faculty engagement, and long-term success.

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Featured Publication

The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education

Used to define quality in nursing education, the AACN Essentials outline the necessary curriculum content and expected competencies of graduates from baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. With the endorsement of the new AACN Essentials by the membership in April 2021, academic nursing is moving toward a new model and framework for nursing education using a competency-based approach. 



AACN White Paper

Practice Experiences in Entry-Level Post-Licensure Nursing Programs

On April 15, 2024, the AACN Board of Directors endorsed a new white paper titled Practice Experiences in Entry-Level Post-Licensure Nursing Programs. This document replaces a previous version titled Expectations for Practice Experiences in RN to Baccalaureate Curriculum that was released in 2012. The white paper was revised to reflect changes in health care and align with the expectations for entry-level post-licensure programs outlined in the 2021 AACN Essentials.

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New Era Report

New Era Report

AACN's report titled Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing 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.

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