National Nursing Associations

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National Nursing Organizations represent numerous fields of practice and offer multiple benefits to members. Click on the organizational title to visit their web sites.

Specialty organizations (Don't find what your looking for? Click here for more National, State & International Organizations)

National Nurses Staff Development Organization -The purpose of NNSDO is to foster the art and science of nursing staff development, promote the image and professional status of nursing staff development, encourage and support nursing research and application of research findings in practice, and provide a platform for nurses engaged in staff development practice to discuss issues and make decisions related to the continuing evolution of the field of nursing staff development.

Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) - The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is the only national professional nursing specialty organization dedicated to adult health/medical-surgical nurses.

American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) - AAACN is the only specialty nursing association providing education to ambulatory care and telehealth nurses.

The American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses (AASCIN) - The Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals is the premier, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to advancing the care of people with spinal cord injury/dysfunction (SCI/D).

American College of Nurse Practitioners - The American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP), located in Washington, DC, is a national, non-profit membership organization whose mission is to ensure a solid policy and regulatory foundation that enables Nurse Practitioners to continue providing accessible, high quality healthcare to the nation. ACNP’s unique membership structure consisting of both individual nurse practitioners as well as national and state NP organizations unites the diverse practice specialties of NPs.

American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) - The mission of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) is to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for individuals with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.

Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) - Whether you are a staff nurse or manager in an emergency department, an administrator, prehospital, flight, pediatric or trauma emergency nurse, an emergency clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, student or educator, you can benefit from membership in ENA. No matter your level of experience, or the size of your emergency department, membership in ENA contributes to your professional growth.

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association - A unique membership organization with individual membership levels for the Advanced Practitioner, Generalist Nurse, LP/VN, Nursing Assistant and Associate (non-nursing) - HPNA's nursing expertise makes us the authority in the area for the specialty nursing resources, information, and direction. HPNA supports the nursing team's compassionate work with the patient and their family as they journey through the experience of life-limiting illness.

National Association of Bariatric Nurses - The National Association of Bariatric Nurses was formed in 2004 out of a recognized need for the nursing profession to dedicate resources, knowledge, and research towards improving the life and nursing care of people suffering from obesity.

National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses -NAON was designed to promote the highest standards of nursing practice by educating its practitioners, promoting research, and encouraging effective communication between orthopaedic nurses and other groups with similar interests.

The Professional Association of Nurse Travelers PanTravelers - a non-profit association, is a professional organization to advance and protect the nursing profession specialty of travel nursing. The Association's primary mission is to foster safe, fair, and humane work environments for Healthcare Travelers including the estimated 25,000 Registered Nurse Travelers employed in travel nursing in the U.S.

Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) - The Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates is a professional organization committed to excellence in clinical practice and research through education of its members, patients, family and community.

National Student Nurse Association - mentors the professional development of future nurses and facilitates their entrance into the profession by providing educational resources, leadership opportunities, and career guidance.

Honor Societies
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing - The vision of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s people.

Nursing Sororities
Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. - a professional association for registered professional nurses and student nurses (male and female) representing many cultures and diverse ethnic backgrounds. The mission of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated is to provide service for humanity, elevate the plane of nursing and to increase interest in the nursing profession./>

Specialty Certification Centers

ANCC - The American Nurses Credentialing Center

ABNS - The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), formerly the ABNS Accreditation Council, is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification. ABSNC accreditation is a peer-review mechanism that allows nursing certification organizations to obtain accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest quality standards available in the industry.

Listing of Approved Certification Programs by the ABNS

Recognition of a Nursing Specialty, Specialty Nursing Scope Statement, and Specialty Nursing Standards of Practice
This book explains the criteria that must be met for ANA to recognize a nursing specialty, and to approve that nursing specialty's scope of practice statements and acknowledge the standard of practice for that specialty. [pdf]