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Nursing Resources: Professional Organizations

Nursing (and other allied health) students will find the resources in this guide helpful for investigating and/or researching topics and issues in the field of nursing.


American Nurses Association The preeminent nursing organization in the U.S. dedicated to the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Established in 1969 to help educate nurses working in the then newly developed intensive care units, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the world's largest specialty nursing organization.
National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) Dedicated to the clinical care of older adults across diverse care settings. Members include clinicians, educators, and researchers with vastly different educational preparation, clinical roles, and interest in practice issues. 
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Focused on transforming the care and culture of serious illness, with a focus on closing the gap in what could be a critical shortage of hospice and palliative professionals needed to care for the aging Baby Boomer population.
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Organized to advance the science and education of psychiatric-mental health nursing. It is committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing, health, wellness and recovery promotion through identification of mental health issues, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders.
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses Dedicated to promoting the health of women and newborns by strengthen the nursing profession through the delivery of superior advocacy, research, education and other professional and clinical resources to nurses and other health care professionals.
Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) Focused on improving the image of the medical-surgical nursing, develop standards for medical-surgical nursing practice, and creating a Core Curriculum for establishing the essence of the medical-surgical nursing practice.

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