Academic Progression in Nursing

The Academic Progression in Nursing Program (APIN) has concluded a four-year project to identify and develop the most promising strategies for creating a more highly educated nursing workforce.  APIN was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in partnership with the nursing Tri-Council, and was administered by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).   The APIN National Program Office (NPO) selected nine states to design and test potential models of academic progression to support increasing the number of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80% of the workforce, as recommended in the IOM report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.  The models center on intentional and carefully constructed partnerships, and build on the existing infrastructure of widely available community colleges as well as university expertise for providing baccalaureate education.  APIN grantees and other innovators developed a number of variations on this partnership approach, demonstrating that it is sufficiently flexible for adaptation across a broad landscape.  Key elements of successful partnership models include alignment of curriculum and specific aspects of supportive infrastructure, while cose collaboration and support from practice partners remains critical to success.

This website is designed to serve a resource to those seeking more information on developing sucessful academic progression pathways.  Please, check back for updates to the resource libary where you can find guidance on topics that include national nursing accreditation, practice partner engagement, workforce data, regulation, and other topis.


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Establishing a Leadership Structure

Establish a leadership structure to guide the work The leadership team should start with a core group of five to seven individuals. This group must include community college and university representatives.

I. Pre-Engagement, II. Engagement
Tool. February 24, 2017

Accreditation Agencies Joint Statement on Academic Progression

The Accreditation Commission Educa-tion in Nursing (ACEN), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) acknowledge that nurses need access to seamless academic progression to meet evolving workforce demands and patient needs of the future.

II. Engagement
Tool. February 24, 2017

Nursing Education Data Sources Summary

National sources of data to describe state?level characteristics of the nursing workforce

I. Pre-Engagement, II. Engagement, III. Collaboration, IV. Integration, V. Data, Results and Evaluation
Tool, Webinar. February 24, 2017