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Nursing Organizations

Here's a list of nationally known nursing organizations.  Contact them for more information about your specialty, to find out about conferences and events, or to subscribe to their publications.


American Academy of Nursing
The AAN serves the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, syntheses, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.

American Assembly for Men in Nursing
An organization for nurses to meet, discuss, and influence factors that affect men as nurses.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing
AACN is the national voice for America's baccalaureate and higher-degree nursing education programs. Its main goal is the establishment of quality standards for nursing students who are working to obtain their bachelor and graduate degrees by helping the nursing profession improve healthcare through its influence, and by promoting public support of nursing education, research, and best practices.

American Nurse Credentialing Center
The leading nursing credentialing organization in the US, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is passionate about helping you as an individual nurse or as a team of nurses in a healthcare setting on your journey to nursing excellence.

American Nurses Association
ANA strives to advance the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and lobbying Congress and regulatory agencies on healthcare issues that affect nurses and the public. (American Nurses Association State and Regional Offices)

American Nurses Foundation
The ANF is a national philanthropic organization that promotes the continued growth and development of nurses and services to advance the work of the nursing profession.

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

AWHONN is the foremost nursing authority that advances the health care of women and newborns through advocacy, research and the creation of high quality, evidence-based standards of care.

Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)
CNA is a group of registered nurses collectively contributing to the health of Canadians and the advancement of nursing.

Chi Eta Phi Sorority
A professional association for registered professional nurses and nursing students (both male and female) dedicated to elevating the plane of nursing and increasing interest in the field of nursing.

International Council of Nurses (ICN)
ICN Code for Nurses is the foundation for ethical nursing practice throughout the world. The ICN standards, guidelines, and policies for nursing practice, education, management, research, and socio-economic welfare are globally accepted as the basis for nursing policy.

Minority Nurse
Minority Nurse provides resources and information pertaining to education, career development, and minority health for the growing population of minority nurses in America.

Muslim Nurses Association
The goal of the North American Muslim Nurses Association is to create a venue for Muslim nurses to gather, network and to discuss relevant topics.

National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association (NANAINA)
NANAINA strives to serve the professional needs of Alaska Native and American Indian nurses, and is committed to working t



National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service NAPNES is dedicated to the promotion of quality nursing service through the practice of licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses.

National Association of Directors of Nursing (NADONA)
NADONA/LTC is the only professional nonprofit association specifically serving Directors and Assistant Directors of Nursing in Long Term Care.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses
NAHN is committed to the recruitment and retention of Hispanic men and women into nursing and the professional development of Hispanic nurses.

National Black Nurses Association

The NBNA's mission is to provide a forum for collective action by black nurses to investigate, define and advocate for the health care needs of African Americans and to implement strategies that ensure access to health care, equal to, or above health care standards of the larger society.

National League for Nursing
This organization is dedicated to advancing quality nursing education that prepares the nursing workforce to meet the needs of diverse populations in an ever-changing health care environment.

National Student Nurses Association
The NSNA is dedicated to organizing, representing, and mentoring students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses.

Nurses Christian Fellowship
This group looks to establish and advance a community of Christian nurses and nursing students within the nursing profession.

Nurses Organization for Veteran Affairs
This organization is dedicated to shaping and influencing healthcare in the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Nursing Organizations Alliance

This alliance is a coalition of nursing organizations united to create a strong voice for nurses. It sponsors the Nurse In Washington Internship (NIWI) program.

Philippine Nurses Association of America
The PNAA is an organization dedicated to upholding the image and fostering the welfare of Philippine Nurses in the United States.

SEIU Nurse Alliance
A labor union for nurses working to improve patient care, enhance the nursing profession, and build a better future for nurses and their families.

Sigma Theta Tau International
Honor Society of Nursing providing leadership and scholarship in practice, education, and research to enhance the health of all people.

Space Nurses Society
The SNS provides a forum for the discussion and exploration of issues related to nursing in space and its impact on our understanding of earthbound nursing.

Student Nurse Journey
This organization aims to decrease the drop out rate of student nurses by giving them resources to help them through school.

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