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American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
"AACN is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 nurses who are charged with the responsibility of caring for acutely and critically ill patients."
There is a national organization out there to serve just about every nursing specialty. Check out the following sites to find out more about these nursing skill areas.
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)
"Founded in 1931, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional association for more than 37,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student nurse anesthetists."
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN)
"AAOHN is dedicated to advancing and maximizing the health, safety and productivity of domestic and global workforces by providing education, research, public policy and practice resources for occupational and environmental heath nurses."
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
"The mission of AANP is to empower all nurse practitioners to advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership."
American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM)
"The mission of ACNM is to promote the health and well-being of women and infants within their families and communities through the development and support of the profession of midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives, and certified midwives."
American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)
"The American Psychiatric Nurses Association, APNA, is a professional membership organization of nearly 5,000 members committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric mental health nursing, health and wellness promotion..."
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
"The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) is the national association committed to improving patient safety in the surgical setting."
Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC): The Thanatology Association
"ADEC is one of the oldest interdisciplinary organizations in the field of dying, death and bereavement. Its nearly 2,000 members include a wide array of mental and medical health personnel, educators, clergy, funeral directors and volunteers."
Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN)
"ARN's mission is to promote and advance professional rehabilitation nursing practice through education, advocacy, collaboration, and research to enhance the quality of life for those affected by disability and chronic illness."
Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)
"The mission of the Emergency Nurses Association is to advocate for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing practice."
Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA)
"Our mission is to support, promote and advance the nation’s network of VNAs who provide cost-effective and compassionate home healthcare to some of the nation’s most vulnerable individuals, particularly the elderly and individuals with disabilities."
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)
"Established in 1986, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is the nation's largest and oldest professional nursing organization dedicated to promoting excellence in hospice and palliative nursing care."
National Association of Orthopedic Nurses (NAON)
"The National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that exists to enhance the lives and careers of Orthopaedic Nurses."
Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA)
"The Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (also known as National Flight Nurses Association) is a nonprofit member organization whose mission is to advance the practice of transport nursing and enhance the quality of patient care."
Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN)
"To date, SPN is the only broad-based pediatric nursing organization founded for all nurses involved in the care of children and families."
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
"ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas, recognize healthcare organizations for nursing excellence through the Magnet Recognition Program®, and accredit providers of continuing nursing education.