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  • AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

    News, Newsletter— January 19, 2022

    On January 12, 2022, Lydia Saad with Gallup released the polling organization’s annual ranking of honesty and ethics across various professions in an article titled Military Brass, Judges Among Professions at New Image Low...


  • AACN Announces 2022 Award Recipients for NIDA Substance Use Disorder Training Award

    Student News— January 18, 2022

    Congratulations to R. Shavon Clark, DNP Student, University of South Florida College of Nursing, and Nadia Oyama, DNP Student, Chaminade University of Honolulu on receiving the 2022 AACN  and the National Institute of Drug A...


  • Data Spotlight: The Impact of Insufficient Clinical Sites on Baccalaureate Program Admissions

    Research— January 11, 2022

    For more than a decade, schools of nursing have struggled to increase enrollments due primarily to an insufficient supply of faculty and clinical placement opportunities for students. While the COVID-19 pandemic has increase...


  • Faculty Link Newsletter: January 2022

    Faculty News, Newsletter— January 10, 2022

    Leadership development has been a cornerstone of AACN’s programs and services since its inception. If sharpening your leadership skills is one of your New Year resolutions, we invite you to explore some of AACN's opportuniti...


  • Rounds with Leadership: Wishing You Good Health and Well-Being

    Rounds with Leadership— December 22, 2021

    For nearly two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has put academic nursing leaders in crisis mode, requiring us to quickly respond to real and evolving challenges to the sustainability of our programs, to the health and well-being...


  • NursingCAS Hosts Successful Application Webinar

    Announcement— December 15, 2021

    AACN successfully hosted a NursingCAS application webinar last week with 3,683 prospective student registrants. The webinar's goal was to help students navigate the NursingCAS admissions application and increase submissions ...



New Publication

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

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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


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.