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AACN Supported Campaigns

Smoke-Free Campus Policies for Schools of Nursing and College Campuses
College campuses provide a opportunity for smoke/tobacco-free environment, and over 1,000 college campuses have gone smoke-free. Nursing students and faculty deserve a healthy place to live, learn, and teach. The American Academy of Nursing passed a resolution in support of Smoke-Free Campus Polices for Schools of Nursing and College Campuses in May 2013 and developed resources to help Schools of Nursing become smoke/tobacco-free. AACN’s Board of Directors endorsed this resolution in January 2015

Know Your Dose Campaign
This national campaign promotes safe acetaminophen use among consumers and healthcare providers. The campaign offers free educational materials in English and Spanish to help patients learn more about the appropriate use of acetaminophen.

Million Hearts Campaign
Million Hearts® is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts® brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke. Education modules on preventing heart attacks and strokes are available for nursing students and faculty.

Script Your Future
Organizer by the National Consumers League, this campaign seeks to raise awareness about the importance of medication adherence as a vital first step toward better health outcomes. In partnership with more than 100 public and private stakeholder organizations, the campaign provides tools to help patients and healthcare professionals better communicate about ways to improve medication adherence.


Faculty Development

Harvard Macy Institute - a collaborative effort of faculty from Harvard Medical School, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration to create and foster a worldwide community of scholars working on innovative change in medical education at the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing professional development levels.

Interprofessional Professionalism Collaborative - a coalition of eleven leading health professions organizations including AACN, maintains a Web site to share news and resources with faculty about the group’s ongoing work to assess and measure professionalism across all members of the healthcare team.

Tobacco Free Nurses - is a national initiative funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help nurses and student nurses stop smoking.

Nursing Associations

America in Grief (Sigma Theta Tau International) - serves as a hub of essential online resources including information about biological or chemical terrorism, coping strategies, and what to say to children.

American Academy of Nursing - an organization of distinguished leaders in nursing who have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the profession and to health care.

American Assembly for Men in Nursing - to provide a framework for nurses, as a group, to meet and to discuss and influence factors, which affect men as nurses.

American Association for the History of Nursing - fosters the importance of history as relevant to understanding the past, defining the present, and influencing the future of nursing.

American Nurses Association - represents Registered Nurses 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 lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

American Organization of Nurse Executives - provides leadership, professional development, advocacy, and research in order to advance nursing practice and patient care, promote nursing leadership excellence, and shape healthcare public policy.

Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (Australia & New Zealand) - represents the Deans and Heads of the Schools of Nursing in universities that offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in nursing and midwifery throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN) - an international membership organization that promotes excellence in nursing doctoral education globally. Membership is comprised of doctoral educators and doctoral students.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses - serves the nursing and healthcare delivery needs of the Hispanic community and the professional needs of Hispanic nurses.

National Black Nurses Association - represents African-American nurses and provides a means for nurses to investigate, define, and advocate for the health care needs of African Americans.

National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations - a national collaboration of ethnic minority nurse associations.

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

National Student Nurses Association - represents students in Diploma, ADN, Baccalaureate, generic Masters and generic Doctoral programs preparing students for Registered Nurse licensure, as well as RNs in BSN completion programs.

Nursing Organizations Alliance - is a coalition of nursing organizations united to create a strong voice for nurses.

Organization for Associate Degree Nursing - acts as the leading advocate for associate degree nursing education and practice, and promotes collaboration in charting the future of health care education and delivery.

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing - committed to scholarship, leadership, and excellence in the nursing profession.

Nurse Specialty Associations

Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses - enhances the knowledge, leadership skills, clinical expertise, and professionalism of the adult health/medical-surgical nurse.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners - formed to promote the high standards of health care delivered by nurse practitioners and to act as a forum to enhance the identity and continuity of all nurse practitioner specialties.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses - committed to providing the highest quality resources to maximize nurses' contribution to caring and improving the healthcare of critically ill patients and their families.

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists - represents Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

American Association of Nurse Attorneys - serves as a resource network and support group for nurse attorneys and educates the public on matters of nursing, health care, and the law.

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses - advances the profession of occupational and environmental health nursing as the authority on health, safety, productivity, and disability management for worker populations.

American College of Nurse-Midwives - promotes 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 College of Nurse Practitioners - focuses on advocacy and keeping NPs current on legislative, regulatory, and clinical practice issues that effect NPs in the rapidly changing health care arena.

American Psychiatric Nurses Association - provides leadership to advance psychiatric-mental health nursing practice, improves mental health care for culturally diverse individuals, families, groups and communities, and shapes health policy for the delivery of mental health services.

American Society of Pain Management Nurses - dedicated to promoting and providing optimal care of patients with pain, accomplished through education, standards, advocacy, and research.

Association for Death Education and Counseling - dedicated to promoting excellence in death education, bereavement counseling and care of the dying.

Association of Nurses in AIDS Care - committed to meeting the needs of nurses in HIV/AIDS care, research, prevention, and policy.

Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses - advances the highest standards of care for children and adolescents with cancer and their families through education, research, certification, advocacy and affiliation.

Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses - promotes quality patient care by providing perioperative registered nurses with education, standards, services, and representation.

Association of Rehabilitation Nursing - promotes and advances professional rehabilitation nursing practice through education, advocacy, collaboration, and research to enhance the quality of life for those affected by disability and chronic illness.

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses - dedicated to establishing and promoting the highest standards of health for women and newborns.

Citizen's Health Care Working Group - provides a forum for a nationwide debate about improving the health care system to provide every American with the ability to obtain quality, affordable health care coverage.

Emergency Nurses Association - serves the emergency nursing profession through research, publications, professional development, and injury prevention.

Home Healthcare Nurses Association - provides a forum for members to discuss and refine the professional, educational, and conceptual aspects of their home care practice.

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association - promotes the highest professional standards of hospice and palliative nursing care.

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists - exists to enhance and promote the unique, high value contribution of the clinical nurse specialist to the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups, and communities, and to promote and advance the practice of nursing.

National Association of Neonatal Nurses - supports and promotes neonatal nursing.

National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses - promote education and research related to nursing care of persons with orthopaedic conditions.

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners - advocates for children (infants through young adults) and provides leadership for pediatric nurse practitioners who deliver primary care in a variety of settings.

National Association of School Nurses - improves the health and educational success of children and youth by developing and providing leadership to advance school nursing practice.

National Gerontological Nursing Association - seeks to effectively improve the care and well-being of older adults.

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties - provides leadership in promoting quality nurse practitioner education.

National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities - works to promote the full inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities and chronic health conditions into nursing careers.

Oncology Nursing Society - committed to providing the best cancer care possible.

Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association - develops and promotes nurses as leaders in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Society of Pediatric Nurses - premier resource for nurses caring for children and their families.

Tobacco Free Nurses - is a national initiative funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help nurses and student nurses stop smoking.

Nursing Research

Alliance for Aging Research - leading citizens advocacy group dedicated to improving the health and independence of Americans as they age through public and private funding of medical research and geriatric education.

Eastern Nursing Research Society - a community for nurses interested in promoting research in the Eastern Region of the United States. Contact janet.boyle@unh.edu.

Midwest Nursing Research Society - promotes, disseminates and utilizes nursing research throughout the Midwest, influencing the growth in quality and quantity of nursing research.

National Institute of Nursing Research - supports clinical and basic research to establish a scientific basis for the care of individuals across the life span--from management of patients during illness and recovery to the reduction of risks for disease and disability and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

Pan American Health Organization - a branch of the World Health Organization that offers publications on a number of health-related topics. PAHO promotes primary health care strategies.

Program for the Study of Health Care Relationships - a partnership between Yale and University of Connecticut schools of nursing, provides a forum for the coordinated study of the dynamics of relationships among patients, caregivers, practitioners, providers, payers and others involved in patient care.

RN Work Project.org - The RN Work Project is a national study of new nurses, focusing on career changes and work attitudes.

Southern Nursing Research Society - an organization for nursing researchers in the southern regions.

Western Institute of Nursing - a community for nurses interested in promoting research in the Western Region of the United States. Contact win@ohsu.edu.

Other Related Links

American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics - devoted to critical thought in health law, medicine, bioethics, and patient care.

Association of Academic Health Centers - dedicated to advancing the leadership of academic health centers in health professions education, biomedical and health services research, and health care delivery.

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing School - evaluates the education and licensure of internationally-educated nurses and other healthcare professionals who wish to practice in the U.S.

Doctors of Nursing Practice, Inc. - a corporation formed by a group of advanced practice nurses working together to promote and enhance the profession and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Education USA – This State Department resource assists students with finding, applying and preparing for study at an accredited US college or university.

ExploreHealthCareers.org (EHC) - a free, multi-disciplinary, interactive health careers website designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to students seeking information about nursing and health careers.
This comprehensive resource has been administered by the American Dental Education Association since 2006.

Foundation for Blood Research - provides information on the Practice-Based Genetics Curriculum for Nurse Educators as well as a variety of other topics for educators.

ConsultGeriRN - is a comprehensive Web site providing current best practice information on care of older adults.

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) – Focused on enhancing care globally, HVO connects volunteer nurse educators from the U.S. with healthcare providers in resource-poor countries in need of training and education. AACN has supported the nursing division of Health Volunteers Overseas since 1999.

International Association for Human Caring - advances the body of knowledge of caring and caring research within the discipline of nursing.

Lung Cancer Alliance - November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Order a free educational kit here.

Medicare Rights Center - a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that older adults and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care. Helpful, reliable Medicare information for consumers and professionals is available at their Web site.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing - provides a list of State Boards of Nursing and information on the NCLEX examination.

National Environmental Education & Training Foundation - has launched a new website and environmental health training tools for pediatric health care providers, including PowerPoint Presentations and Resources developed by leading experts in the field of pediatric environmental health education. 

NurseZone.com - provides nurses with professional resources, clinical news, feature nursing stories, educational and job opportunities, and directs visitors to intriguing discussions among nurse colleagues.

NursingCenter.com - an interactive web community and portal created by nurses for nurses as a comprehensive source of nursing information.

Oregon Center for Nursing - provides the latest updates on statewide initiatives that impact nursing education and practice in Oregon.

Transcultural Nursing Society - to promote transcultural nursing knowledge and competencies globally through education, research, consultation, and clinical services.

Veterans Health Administration Nursing Strategic Healthcare Group - information about the new Nurse Qualification Standards and the National Nursing Education Initiative.