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Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is the only specialty nursing organization dedicated to the practice of medical-surgical nursing. Its mission is to promote excellence in medical-surgical nursing.
AMSN is a vibrant community of approximately 10,000 medical-surgical nurses who care about improving patient care, developing personally and professionally, advocating for the specialty of medical-surgical nursing, and connecting with others who share their compassion and commitment. The strategic goals focus on workplace advocacy; evidence-based practice, research and knowledge: professional development; national leadership and influence; and organizational health. The AMSN mission is to promote excellence in medical-surgical nursing. Medical-surgical nurses use their powerful voice and focused action to continuously improve patient care.

Academy of Neonatal Nursing
The mission of the Academy is to provide quality neonatal education and programs at a reasonable cost to all health care professionals. The Academy of Neonatal Nursing achieves this mission through professional, peer-reviewed publications, educational conferences, and offering books and other materials to newborn health care professionals. As a professional nursing organization our dedication to your education is absolute. Using techniques that provide cost-effective learning modalities, the Academy strives to make your membership dollars stretch as far as possible. Join today and become part of the 7,900 neonatal nurses who make the Academy the world's largest neonatal nursing association.

American Academy of Nursing
The American Academy of Nursing comprises nursing leaders in practice, education, research, management, and policy making. AAN's mission is to provide the nursing profession with visionary leadership, focus the contributions of nursing leaders, advance scientific knowledge, and influence the development of effective health care policies and practices. Home page links include publications and conference information.

American Assembly of Men in Nursing
The objectives of AAMN are to: encourage men to become nurses and join with other nurses in strengthening and in humanizing health care; support those men already in nursing and the education of society to the benefits of men nurses; advocate for men's health issues. On online membership form is available.

American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN)
American Association for the History of Nursing is a professional organization open to everyone interested in the history of nursing. The organization's purposes are to: (1) stimulate national and international interest in the history of nursing, promote collaboration among its supporters, and encourage research in the history of nursing; (2) Promote the development of centers for the preservation and use of materials of historical importance to nursing; (3) Serve as a resource for information related to nursing history; (4) Produce and distribute materials related to the history and heritage of the nursing profession.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
AACN is a national association for America's baccalaureate-and higher-degree nursing education programs. AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education; assist deans and directors to implement those standards; influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate education, research, and practice in nursing. Site links include: government affairs; publications and position statements; conference calendar; educational standards; special projects; media relations; and career link.

American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
The vision of AACN is a healthcare system, driven by the needs of patients, where critical-care nurses make their optimal contribution.

American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses is a specialty organization serving nurses throughout the world. Site information includes: AANN career advancement program; news; registration form, association awards program.

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)
The AANA is the professional association representing CRNAs nationwide. The AANA has produced educational and practice standards, implemented a certification process for nurse anesthetists, and developed an accreditation program for nurse anesthesia education. Site links to: patient/professional/member resources.

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN)
AAOHN is the professional association for registered nurses who provide on the job health care for the nation's workers. Links at this page: publications, journal, news, employment, resources, continuing education, conference/certification information.

American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP)
This site reports the activities of the American College of Nurse Practitioners including conference information and gives brief legislative updates affecting the nursing profession. Contact information is provided.

American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
The ACNM provides research, accredits nurse-midwifery education programs, administers and promotes continuing education programs, establishes clinical practice standards, creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress. The mission of ACNM is to develop and support the profession in order to promote the health and well-being of women and infants within their families and communities. Home page links to: find nurse-midwives; education and certification; chapter information; and I nternet resources.

American Holistic Nurses' Association (AHNA)
The American Holistic Nurses' Association is dedicated to bringing the concepts of holism to every arena of nursing practice. Links are offered to: description, mission, happenings/events, AHNA Certificate Program in Holistic Nursing.

American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) AMIA is an association in the United States dedicated to the development and application of medical informatics in the support of patient care, teaching, research, and health care administration. Site links to: meetings and education events; membership; structure and operations; publications; and medical informatics and related issues.

American Nephrology Nursing Association (ANNA) ANNA's stated mission statement is to advance the professional development of registerd nurses practicing in nephrology transplantation and related therapies to promte the highest standards of patient care. Links to: professional resources; upcoming events, member services and publications.

American Nurses Association (ANA) ANA advances 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 by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. Home page links to: state nurses organization, membership, credentialing center, affiliated organizations, reference room, products/services and others.

American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA)
The American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) promotes nursing informatics through networking, education, research, and professional activities.

American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) This source has information regarding the association and its goals while also providing general psychiatric, mental-health nursing resources such as the APNA Journal, mental health consumers' guides, and links to other related Web sites.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN)
The mission of ASORN is to foster excellence in ophthalmic patient care and to support the ophthalmic team through individual development, education, and evidence based practice

American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME)
Non-profit educational & research organization devoted to critical thought in health law, medicine, bioethics & patient care. ASLME offers 2 nationally know peer-reviewed journals, as well as national converences on emerging topics in law & medicine.

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) ASPAN is the professional specialty nursing organization representing nurses practicing in all phases of ambulatory surgery, preanesthesia and postanesthesia care. Site links include: mission statement and goals; historical information; organization; publications; education; scholarship and membership programs; clinical practice network; membership information; and online conference center.

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Online AORN is the professional organization of perioperative nurses that unites its members by providing education, representation, and standards for quality patient care. Links at this site include: education, clinical practice, business and industry, perioperative nursing, product/services.

Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses (APON) APON is a professional organization for registered nurses caring for children and adolescents with cancer and their families. Home page links include: membership information; educational publications; certification; grants/awards; continuing educaiton; newsletter and exhibits.

Association of Rehabilitation Nursing (ARN) ARN is an organization uniting rehabilitation nurses who care for individuals with chronic illness or physical disability. Home page links include: membership information, continuing education, publications, certification, networking opportunities, periodicals, and grants/scholarships.

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that promotes the health of women and newborns. AWHONN’s mission is to improve and promote the health of women and newborns and to strengthen the nursing profession through the delivery of superior advocacy, research, education and other professional and clinical resources to nurses and other health care professional.

Colorado Nurses Association (CNA) The Colorado Nurses' Association is a professional organization of registered nurses in Colorado. It is a constituent of the American Nurses' Association. The primary purpose of this association is to provide direction and a voice for the profession of nursing and nurses as leaders in health care. Home page links to: labor relations; legislative, Colorado Nurse Practice Act, State Board of Nursing.

The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
CGFNS operates programs that evaluate the education and licensure of internationally-educated nurses and other health care professionals who wish to practice in the U.S. The CGFNS Certification Program includes a credentials evaluation, a test of nursing knowledge that is administered twice a year throughout the world, and an English language proficiency examination. The Credentials Evaluation Service provides a report that analyzes the international education and licensure of applicants in terms of U.S. comparability.

Connecticut Nurses Association
The Connecticut Nurses' Association works for the improvement of health standards and availability of health care services for all people, high standards for nursing, the professional development of nurses, and the advancement of their economic and general welfare. Links to: calendar of events; and programs.

Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) ENA is the world's largest emergency nursing organization devoted entirely to the advancement of emergency nursing practice. Site links to: research; job opportunities, state councils, conference information, course information, benefits/services, products.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) GLMA's mission is to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and health care providers. GLMA's membership includes physicians, medical students, nurses, physician assistants, researchers, psychotherapists and other health professionals.

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)
An international professional association with the mission of promoting excellence in hospice and palliative nursing.

Last Acts
A National Coalition to improve care and caring near the end of life.

Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA)

The purpose of the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists to promote safe anesthesia care through advancement of the art and science of anesthesiology and to advocate CRNAs as high quality anesthesia providers.

Michigan League for Nursing (MLN)

Since 1952, The Michigan League for Nursing (MLN) has provided members the resources they need for professional and personal growth. Today, MLN is comprised of over 1,000 individual nurses, health care professionals, and consumers and over 125 health care agencies.

Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) MNRS developed this web page to share information about nursing research, funding sources, publications, program meetings, and about the Society. Site links include: preconferences; annual conference information; research grant information and more.

National Association of Neonatal Nurses Site links offered include: member benefits, conference schedule, chapter listing, international relations.

National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) NAON was established to promote education and research related to nursing care of persons with orthopaedic conditions. Additional links to: member services, events, and publications.

National Association of School Nurses, Inc. The National Association of School Nurses is a non-profit specialty nursing organization which represents school nurses exclusively. The mission of the National Association of School Nurses is to advance the practice of school nursing and provide leadership in the delivery of quality health programs to the school community.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. Click here for a list of State Board websites.

National Gerontological Nursing Association
The National Gerontological Nursing Association is a nursing specialty organization dedicated to improving the nursing care of the elderly. An online application form is included.

National League for Nursing
The National League for Nursing advances quality nursing education that prepares the nursing workforce to meet the needs of diverse populations in an ever-changing health care environment.

National Nursing Staff Development Organization (NNSDO)
NNSDO exists to: foster the art and science of nursing staff development; promote the image and professional status of nursing staff development educators; 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. An online membership applicaiton form is available.

National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN)
N-OADN is the leading advocate for associate degree nursing education practice and promotes collaboration in charting the future of health care education and delivery.

National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC)
The NWHIC is your one-stop gateway for women's health resources and materials for consumers and professionals.

New Jersey State Nurses Association
The New Jersey State Nurses Associaton (NJSNA), a federation member of the American Nurses Association, is organized for individual professional nurse members through its regions to participate in activities for the advancement of nurses and nursing and to promote the profession as an essential, independent and distinct social service.

Nurse Practitioner Association for Continuing Education (NPACE) NPACE is an organization that seeks to contribute to the improvement of healthcare in the US through strengthening and supporting qualified nurse practitioners and other nurses in advanced practice. This site has links to: a calendar (of events); database; mailing list and survey.

NursingNets mission is to help further the knowledge and understanding of Nursing for the public, and to provide a forum for medical professionals and students to obtain and disseminate information about nursing and medically related subjects.

Oncology Nursing Society
ONS Online is provided as a membership benefit to members of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). If you are a current ONS memmber, you may register online now. If you are not an ONS member, two options are available. Registered nurses are eligible for full ONS membership. You may register for ONS membership online now. You will be contacted regarding ONS Online membership. If you are not eligible for ONS membership, you may subscribe to ONS Online for a fee.

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

Society of Pediatric Nurses The Society of Pediatric Nurses was established in by nurses indicating their support and interest in forming an organization to improve the nursing care of children and their families, and to further the development of pediatric nursing as a subspecialty within the profession of nursing. Home page links include: membership (online application form available); education opportunities; and publications/products.

State Nurses' Associations Click here to access websites of State Nurses' Associations.


Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada ANAC is a non-governmental, non-profit organization whose membership works mainly in First Nations Communities. An affiliate group of the Canadian Nurses Association, it is the only Aboriginal professional nursing organization in Canada. Links to: background, membership, publications, announcements.

Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses The Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses is a non-profit, specialty organization dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of care provided to critically ill patients and their families. Home page links include: upcoming events, membership, bulletin board, and journal highlights.

Canadian Nursing Students Association The Canadian Nursing Students' Association (CNSA) is the national voice of Canadian nursing students. Their goal is to increase the legal, ethical, professional, and educational aspects which are an integral part of nursing. CNSA is actively dedicated to the positive promotion of nurses and the nursing profession as a whole.

Canadian Intravenous Nurses Association The Canadian Intravenous Nurses Association is an association which unites all nurses initiating and maintaining I.V.'s. Site information includes: meetings, objectives, membership, benefits, award/incentive programs, and courses.

International Council of Nurses The International Council of Nurses (ICN), established in 1899, is a federation of national nursing organizations. Over 120 member nations belong to the ICN Council of National Representatives. The quadrennial ICN Congress includes a student assembly. The NSNA President is the official representative of U.S. nursing students at the student assembly. The next Congress takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 10 - 15, 2001.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) The RCN is a professional union of nurses. It's run by nurses for nurses. The RCN is a major contributor to the development of nursing practice and standards of care, is a provider of higher education through the RCN Institute and is a registered charity.

Sigma Theta Tau Honor International - Society of Nursing Site links to: Center for Nursing Scholarship, Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library, international book service, chapter web sites, publications.