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  • AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

    News— August 10, 2022

    In the July 2022 Journal of Nursing Regulation , Dr. Ellen Kurtzman and colleagues from the AcademyHealth Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues Advisory Committee published a collection of abstracts on Nursing ...


  • Data Spotlight: Trends in Graduate Nursing Program Areas of Study

    Research— August 9, 2022

    From 2017 to 2021, the Nurse Practitioner track was the fastest growing area of study in terms of enrollment for both the master’s degree and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.


  • AACN Announces Call for Applications for NIH-Funded All of Us Research Grant Program

    Announcement— August 8, 2022

    AACN is pleased to announce a call for applications for the All of Us Research Program Mini-Grant Awards. Three awards of up to $10,000 are available for AACN member schools of nursing and their community partners who co...


  • Faculty Link Newsletter: August 2022

    Faculty News— August 8, 2022

    AACN invites you to submit an abstract to be considered for presentation at the Faculty Development Pre-Conference, Transform 2022, and the Diversity Symposium.


  • AACN Board of Directors Approves Two New Statements

    Announcement— August 8, 2022

    At its July meeting, the AACN Board of Directors approved two new statements that affirm the association’s support for the master’s degree in nursing and expectations regarding the preparation of nurse faculty. As part of it...


  • AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

    News, Newsletter— August 3, 2022

    On August 2, 2022, Inside Higher Ed editor Scott Jaschik published an article on Making the Case for Affirmative Action, which examines academia’s response to cases coming forward to the Supreme Court involving Harvard Uni...



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

2021-2022 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.

2021-2022 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.

2021-2022 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.