The AACN Essentials: A Primer for Nurse Educators

The AACN Essentials: A Primer for Nurse Educators

The newly revised document by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), “The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education,” propels the competency-based education movement forward and will transform how nurses are educated for entry-level and advanced roles. This presentation will provide the participant with an overview of the factors that led to the revision of “The Essentials,” introduce the domains, competencies, subcompetencies, and foundational concepts described in the document, explore the implications of the revisions for education and practice, and highlight some of the resources and strategies available to assist stakeholders during the implementation phase of the model.


John McFadden

John McFadden, PhD, CRNA is a Professor of Anesthesiology and serves as the Dean of Barry University’s College of Nursing & Health Sciences. As a seasoned faculty member and higher education executive, he partners with faculty, staff and community partners to create opportunities for students to engage in values-based professional education. His work is built on his belief in inclusivity, collaboration, and community service. Dr. McFadden entered the Academy as an experienced clinician and hospital administrator; he maintained a clinical practice through 2018 and continues to teach graduate level courses. He has published and presented nationally and internationally on evidence based practice, anesthesia pharmacology and trends in higher education. He has been recognized and awarded for his work on the boards of state and national professional associations and most recently co-chaired the revision of the “Essentials” document for the American Association of College of Nursing. Dr. McFadden holds a PhD in Nursing, and Masters’ degrees in Health Care Administration, Nursing and Anesthesiology.