Program Outcome/AACN Essentials

AACN Executive Summary
The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008)
The Essentials  serves to transform baccalaureate nursing education by providing the curricular elements and framework for building the baccalaureate nursing curriculum for the 21 st century. These Essentials address the key stakeholders’ recommendations and landmark documents such as the IOM’s recommendations for the core knowledge required of all healthcare professionals. This document emphasizes such concepts as patient-centered care, inter-professional teams, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, patient safety,informatics, clinical reasoning/critical thinking, genetics and genomics, cultural sensitivity, professionalism, and practice across the lifespan in an ever changing and complex healthcare
environment,

Essentials I-IX delineate the outcomes expected of graduates of baccalaureate nursing programs. Achievement of these outcomes will enable graduates to practice within complex healthcare systems and assume the roles: provider of care; designer/manager/coordinator of care; and member of a profession. Essential IX describes generalist nursing practice at the
completion of baccalaureate nursing education. This Essential includes practice-focused outcomes that integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes delineated in Essentials I – VIII. The time needed to accomplish each Essential will vary, and each Essential does not require a separate course for achievement of the outcomes

(Taken directly from The Essentials of a Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008.)