Nursing organizations and associations help promote the nursing profession and nursing education. In addition, they provide information, opportunities and resources for nursing students and educators alike. Here are a few you may find helpful.
The AACN’s focus is on baccalaureate and graduate level nursing education. More than 700 schools of nursing belong to the organization.
The AACN promotes quality nursing education standards by developing graduate competency expectations used by nursing schools. The association also assists nursing educators in implementing its standards, while working to improve health care and increase public awareness and support for professional nursing education. AACN maintains programs in education, research, data collection, publications and federal advocacy, hosts conferences and webinars, and seeks to advance nursing education in areas of special interest.
The AACN maintains a databank of statistics collected from surveys on student enrollments, graduations, and other trends in nursing education. It produces the Journal of Professional Nursing, a monthly email AACN News Watch, and a variety of publications for nursing students, educators, and administrators. The AACN also maintains a broad collection of news, information and resources for nursing students on its website.
The ANCC, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is the largest nurse credentialing organization in the world, with a mission to promote excellence in nursing through credentialing programs. The organization also accredits continuing nursing education organizations, and promotes safe and positive health care work environments.
Advanced practice nursing certifications provided by the ANCC include Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). Upon meeting qualifications, advanced practice nurses may be certified in a number of nursing specialty areas, including:
The ANCC provides educational support to nurses who are working toward credentials. The Knowledge Center on the organization’s website contains resources and educational material to assist professional nurses who wish to obtain certification or maintain their credentials.
The NLN advances the science of nursing education, by promoting evidence-based education and the scholarship of teaching. NLN members include nurse educators and leaders in all levels of nursing programs, from practical to doctoral.
By promoting professional development for nursing faculty, the NLN ensures that they have the updated skills to prepare tomorrow’s nurses for an increasingly complex health care system. The NLN also offers continuing education credits for its faculty development programs, in topics such as informatics and clinical education.
NLN members are invited to connect with other members and share their knowledge by contributing to research and nursing educational materials, presenting at conferences and providing feedback on important issues to advisory councils.
The NLNAC is a nationally recognized accrediting agency for nursing education programs, including clinical doctorate, master’s, bachelor’s, associate’s and practical programs. When schools of nursing seek accreditation from the NLNAC, the first step is candidacy. Candidate status means eligibility requirements have been met for accreditation.
To receive accreditation, program candidates must then meet standards and criteria in the following areas:
Candidates are then assigned mentors to assist with program self-review on the way to accreditation.
The NSNA’s mission is to mentor students preparing to become RNs and promote the profession’s standards, ethics and skills. The nonprofit organization has about 60,000 student nurse members who receive support in their professional development as they work toward joining the nursing profession. The NSNA offers educational resources, career guidance and leadership opportunities. The Foundation of the NSNA awards scholarships to qualifying nursing students.
The NSNA invites members to become involved in Leadership U, which promotes leadership and management skills development. In addition, it hosts an annual convention, as well as a Midyear Conference with workshops, career development panels, state board exam reviews, networking opportunities and leadership activities.
The NSNA’s website features a career center as well as information on scholarships, programs, publications and other resources for student nurses.