American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Every day across America, the Academy and its members create and execute knowledge-driving and policy-related initiates to drive reform of America's healthcare system.

AAN's more than 2,100 members—known as Fellows—are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education management, practice and research. Fellows include association executives; university presidents, chancellors, and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; researchers; and entrepreneurs.

Fellows have been recognized for their extraordinary nursing careers and are among the nation's most highly-educated citizens: more than 90% hold doctoral degrees and the rest have completed masters programs. Invitation to the fellowship represents more than recognition of one's accomplishments within the nursing profession. Academy Fellows also have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the Academy and to engage with other health care leaders outside the Academy in transforming America's health care system by
•Enhancing the quality of health and nursing care,
•Promoting healthy aging and human development across the life continuum,
•Reducing health disparities and inequalities,
•Shaping healthy behaviors and environments,
•Integrating mental and physical health care, and
•Strengthening the nursing and health care delivery system, nationally and internationally.

Nursing Outlook, a bi-monthly journal, provides innovative ideas for nursing leaders through peer-reviewed articles and timely reports. Each issue examines current issues and trends in nursing practice, education and research, offering progressive solutions to the challenges facing the profession. The journal provides nursing educators, policy makers, administrators and practitioners with practical advice, new teaching methods and recruiting techniques, curriculum and health policy developments, and information on proposals that will affect the profession. Nursing Outlook is included in MEDLINE, CINAHL, and the Journal Citation Reports Social Science Edition.

American Assembly for Men in Nursing

The purpose of AAMN is to provide a framework for nurses, as a group, to meet, to discuss and influence factors, which affect men as nurses. AAMN is the only professional organization for nurses that has improved gender inclusion in nursing profession by offering an environment of belongingness and collective learning for its members to excel in the profession.

AAMN Objectives include:
•Encourage men of all ages to become nurses and join together with all nurses in strengthening and humanizing health care.
•Support men who are nurses to grow professionally and demonstrate to each other and to society the increasing contributions being made by men within the nursing profession.
•Advocate for continued research, education and dissemination of information about men's health issues, men in nursing, and nursing knowledge at the local and national levels.
•Support members' full participation in the nursing profession and it's organizations and use this Assembly for the limited objectives stated above.

AAMN is a national organization with local chapters recognized and sanctioned under the Bylaws of AAMN. Chapters may have independent bylaws and a separate dues structure. Membership in the national organization does not require membership in a local chapter.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), serves the public interest by setting standards, providing resources, and developing the leadership capacity of member schools to advance nursing education, research, and practice.

In all of AACN's programs and services, continuous attention is directed to core principles:

  • Respecting and including diversity of opinion, experience, and culture.
  • Open and responsive communication
  • Quality, efficiency and accountability in the implementation and evaluation of activities
  • Positioning through integrity
    • The vision for the profession by 2020 is, highly educated and diverse nursing professionals will lead the delivery of quality health care and the generation of new knowledge to improve health and the delivery of care services. The vision for AACN by 2020 is that AACN as a driving force for quality health care, will leverage member schools in meeting the demand for innovation and leadership in nursing education, research and practice.

American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)

The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) provides leadership, professional development, advocacy and research to advance nursing practice and patient care, promotes nursing leadership excellence and shapes public policy for health care nationwide. AONE is a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association.

AONE Mission
To shape health care through innovative and expert nursing leadership

AONE Vision
Global Nursing Leadership—One Voice Advancing Health

AONE serves its members by:
•Providing vision and actions for nursing leadership to meet the health care needs of society.
•Influencing legislation and public policy related to nursing and patient care issues.
•Offering member services that support and enhance the management, leadership, educational and professional development of nursing leaders.
•Facilitating and supporting research and development efforts that advance nursing administration practice and quality patient care.

Center to Champion Nursing

The Center to Champion Nursing is working to transform health care through nursing by mobilizing coalitions representing nurses, other health providers, consumers, educators and businesses. Backed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is driven by evidence-based recommendations from the Institute of Medicine.

To promote implementation of recommendations in the Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

All Americans have access to high-quality, patient-centered care in a health care system where nurses contribute as essential partners in achieving success.

Campaign History
The campaign launched in November 2010, shortly after release of The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, a landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report. The report was the product of a two-year effort by the IOM and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to address the challenges facing the health care delivery system and the nursing profession.

Campaign Leadership
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) leads the campaign, which is coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and RWJF. RWJF believes that our nation cannot adequately address the challenges facing our health care system without also addressing the challenges facing the nursing profession. The AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. Everything we know about health care tells us we must build – and empower – a health care work force that meets the real needs of patients and families.

More than 80 health care and nursing, business and consumer organizations share the goal to transform health care through nursing. They know that nurses are instrumental to a health care system that provides seamless, accessible, quality care for every American.

Council on Physician and Nurse Supply

In response to this growing challenge, the Council on Physician and Nurse Supply (CPNS), an independent, multi-disciplinary national organization of healthcare professionals, was created to:

■ Study trends in nurse and physician supply and demand.
■ Identify educational, demographic, clinical, technological, cultural and other factors that dictate the number of physicians and nurses in the workforce and the number of healthcare professionals needed.
■ Generate data and commentary to provide an informed context for examining U.S. physician and nurse supply needs.
■ Suggest ways to meet projected demands.

The Council on Physician and Nurse Supply is committed to addressing the challenges of nurse and physician supply and demand. In addition to researching healthcare staffing shortages and proposing solutions, addressing such issues also involves the dissemination of actionable information.

Michigan Council of Nursing Education Administrators (MCNEA)

The Michigan Council of Nursing Education Administrators (MCNEA) represents the academic nurse leaders of associate degree and practical nursing programs in Michigan.The goals of MCNEA are to:

  1. Impact the direction of nursing education in Michigan.
  2. Monitor the direction of legislative issues regarding health care and nursing.
  3. Contribute to the professional development of the membership.
  4. Maintain a communication network for MCNEA members.

MCNEA supports the Robert Wood Johns Foundation Future of Nursing campaign. MCNEA has membership at the Coalition of Michigan Organizations of Nursing (COMON) and the Michigan Nursing Education Council (MNEC).

Michigan Nursing Student Association

Through its members, MNSA works to create environments where nursing students can achieve their full potential. MNSA provides leadership to its members and the public as the voice of nursing students within the State of Michigan.

MNSA is committed to providing the highest quality resources to its members. The Michigan Nursing Student Association is a non-profit constituent of the National Student Nurses Association, representing nursing students throughout the state of Michigan.

Michigan Organization of Nurse Leaders (MONL)

Never before has health care been more exciting or challenging, nor has the need for creativity, innovation and leadership been more crucial. Today’s nurse leader must orchestrate change while maintaining the essential components of patient care. MONL is the nurse leader’s partner in meeting these challenges.

MONL is...
•a STATE organization with powerful, influential and active representatives
•a DISTRICT organization with active meetings at the local level that serve the needs of individual members
•an organization of INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS who are involved, knowledgeable, and informed

The Michigan Organization of Nurse Leaders is to promote proactive nursing leadership and provide professional development and support for its members, acheiving objectives through a collaborative process while serving as a catalyst for shaping and influencing health care policy and delivery in Michigan.


National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA)

NAANA is the premier professional organization and advocate for American-Arab nurses. NAANA acts as an advocate for improved health care in the American-Arab community and as an expert resource for nurses and other health care providers regarding American-Arabs’ health care beliefs and practices.

1. Encourage and support the recruitment of Arab-Americans into nursing.
2. Promote the positive image of Arab-American nurses.
3. Facilitate the growth of membership in NAANA.
4. Educate healthcare providers about cultural practices of the Arab-American patients and families
5. Improve the health care of the Arab-American community through advocacy and education.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses - MI Chapter

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses’ mission is to promote Hispanic nurses in order to improve the health of our communities. Our organization is committed to promoting nursing careers for Hispanic youth and to mentor the Hispanic nurses in Michigan.

In response to the nursing shortage and as part of our mission, NAHN-MI has developed a scholarship program for Hispanic nursing students. Annually our organization awards several nursing scholarships to nursing students of Hispanic descent. Since 2001 our organization has provided Hispanic nursing students with over $28,000 dollars in scholarship monies. Membership is for any nurse licensed in the United States and its jurisdictions, who is interested in helping to solve the healthcare problems and support the healthcare needs of the Hispanic community. Our Michigan chapter provides members with the opportunity to the address issues impacting health care of Hispanics at the local and state levels. Benefits of chapter membership include local continuing education, and professional and social networking.

National Black Nurses Association

The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) was organized in 1971 under the leadership of Dr. Lauranne Sams, former Dean and Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama. NBNA is a non-profit organization incorporated on September 2, 1972 in the state of Ohio. NBNA represents 150,000 African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the USA, Eastern Caribbean and Africa, with 83 chartered chapters, in 34 states.

The NBNA mission “is to provide a forum for collective action by African American nurses to investigate, define and determine what the health care needs of African Americans are and to implement change to make available to African Americans and other minorities health care commensurate with that of the larger society.”

In 2003, the National Black Nurses Association became one of the five founding organizations of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, along with Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association, Inc., National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association, Inc.; National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Inc.; and, the Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. This collaboration gives voice to 350,000 minority nurses. Dr. Betty Smith Williams is the NCEMNA president and a past NBNA president.

Its goals include support for the development of a cadre of ethnic nurses reflecting the nation's diversity; advocacy for culturally competent, accessible and affordable health care; promotion of the professional and educational advancement of ethnic nurses; education of consumers, health care professionals and policy makers on health issues of ethnic minority populations; development of ethnic minority nurse leaders in areas of health policy, practice, education and research; endorsement of best practice models of nursing practice, education, and research for minority populations.

National League for Nursing

The National League for Nursing promotes excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the nation's health. Dedicated to excellence in nursing education, the National League for Nursing is the preferred membership organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. NLN members include nurse educators, education agencies, health care agencies, and interested members of the public. The NLN offers faculty development programs, networking opportunities, testing and assessment, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 33,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.

Founded in 1893 as the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses, the National League for Nursing was the first nursing organization in the United States. Today the NLN is a renewed and relevant professional association for the twenty-first century. Cited by the American Society of Association Executives for the “will to govern well,” the NLN is committed to delivering improved, enhanced, and expanded services to its members and championing the pursuit of quality nursing education for all types of nursing education programs.

The National League for Nursing, headquartered in Washington DC, is led by a board of governors elected at large by the membership for three-year terms. The volunteer president of the board works closely with the NLN's chief executive officer.