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New 2016 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies

AACN and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) recognized the need to revisit the 2010 adult-gerontology competencies to present them within the same framework as the other population foci to make it easier for faculty to cross-walk competencies across the NP curriculum. From 2015-2016, the joint work group reviewed and updated the adult-gerontology competencies. The work group includes representatives of both AACN and NONPF with expertise in adult-gerontology ACNP and/or PCNP curriculum development. The 2016 version of the competencies include both sets of adult-gerontology NP competencies. Each set is presented in a table format to emphasize the relationship of the population-focused competencies with the NP core competencies. The expectation is that an educational program will prepare the student to meet both sets of competencies.

New Holistic Admissions Review Tool Kit Available

Holistic review is a university admissions strategy that assesses an applicant’s unique experiences alongside traditional measures of academic achievement such as grades and test scores. It is designed to help universities consider a broad range of factors reflecting the applicant’s academic readiness, contribution to the incoming class, and potential for success both in school and later as a professional. Holistic review, when used in combination with a variety of other mission-based practices, constitutes a “holistic admission” process. Many colleges and universities have employed a holistic admission process to assemble a diverse class of students with the background, qualities, and skills needed for success in the profession.

5th Edition of the Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs Now Available

This document is the culmination of a year of review by the National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education (NTF) to ensure that these national, consensus-based evaluation standards remain current.This document offers an important resource for those involved in the preparation, credentialing, and licensing of nurse practitioners. The evaluation criteria, combined with accreditation standards for graduate programs in advanced practice nursing, provide a basis for evaluating all nurse practitioner (NP) programs.

Master’s Essentials Tool Kit

This tool kit provides: key resources that will assist schools as they engage in curricular redesign to incorporate the Master’s Essentials; suggestions on integrative learning strategies that will strengthen clinical and scientific learning and leadership development in efficient and effective ways; development of strong academic-practice partnerships to improve clinical and scientific learning; and a forum for sharing innovative curricular and program ideas across schools.

Position Statement on the Research-Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing

Policy Statement from the Tri-Council for Nursing on the Educational Advancement of Registered Nurses

Advanced Practice Adult-Gerontology and Baccalaureate Competencies

Lifelong Learning in Medicine and Nursing

A joint publication of AAMC and AACN funded by the Josiah Macy Foundation

Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education