List of Nursing Associations

Looking to network with nurses in your specialty? Or want to be more involved in the community? Then peruse this list of nursing associations to find the organization for you.


Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses - A professional organization committed to promoting high standards of nursing practice in the areas of health promotion and prevention of illness in adults. Certification information, events, and forum.

Alpha Tau Delta - A national fraternity for professional nurses to promote growth through networking. Membership information, history and traditions, and list of awards.

American Academy of Nursing - An organization of distinguished leaders in the field of nursing who have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the profession and to health care. Includes membership information, news, and events.

American Assembly for Men in Nursing - Provides a forum to discuss and influence factors that affect men as nurses. Membership and convention information, online forum.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses - AACN is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 nurses who are charged with the responsibility of caring for acutely and critically ill patients. The association is dedicated to providing our members with the knowledge and resources necessary to provide optimal care to critically ill patients.

American Association for the History of Nursing - Fosters the importance of history in guiding the future of nursing. Membership and conference information, online gift shop, and nursing history calendar. Also provides photographs of the graves of historically significant nurses with short biographies.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Advancing education and research for the largest health profession. View headline nursing news, upcoming conference details and membership information.

American Association of Diabetes Educators - A multidisciplinary organization of health professionals who teach people with diabetes. Contains membership and chapter information, position statements and resources.

American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants - Dedicated to the professional enhancement of registered nurses practicing in a consulting capacity in the legal field. Conference, certification information and educational resources provided.

American Association Of Managed Care Nurses - Established in 1994 in response to an identified need to educate nurses about managed healthcare. Membership, chapter, certification and conference information.

American Association of Neuroscience Nurses - Dedicated to improving the care of the neuroscience patient and to furthering the interests of health professionals in the neurosciences. Membership information, events, and bulletin board.

American Association of Nigerian Nurses - Includes mission statement, membership information, and application (PDF).

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists - Includes membership, conference, and patient information, position statements and accredited programs.

The American Association of Nurse Attorneys - Association for nurse attorneys, nurses in law school, and lawyers in nursing school, as well as other interested professionals. Membership, conference and foundation information, history and chat area.

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses - Professional association for registered nurses who provide on-the-job health care for the nation's workers. Contains membership, conference and educational information, job postings and discussion boards.

American Association of Spinal Cord Nurses - Includes membership information, bylaws, position statements, events, and legislative updates.

American Board for Occupational Health Nurses - Includes mission, news, frequently asked questions, and certification information.

American Board of Nursing Specialties - Maintains a national peer review program for nursing specialty certifications. Includes history, standards, and lists of regular and associate members.

American Holistic Nurses Association - Provides membership, certification and conference information, online chat and message boards.

American Nephrology Nurses Association - Open to nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of nephrology patients. Site contains membership information, job postings, legislative news, and journal abstracts.

American Nurses Association - Represents the interests of the nation's 2.6 million registered nurses. Membership, conference and certification information, publications, legislation and CEUs online.

American Nursing Informatics Association - Offers membership and certification information, educational and networking opportunities, and conferences.

American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)  - Subsidiary of the American Hospital Association (AHA). National organization of over 5,000 nurse leaders who design, facilitate, and manage care.

American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association - Offers membership and conference details, continuing education articles, and a partial history.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association - The organization's official website with membership information, APNA Journal, job links, news and resources.

American Radiological Nurses Association - Promotes excellence and continuity of patient care in diagnostic or therapeutic imaging environments. Contains membership, educational and certification information.

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses - Represents nurses practicing in all phases of ambulatory surgery, preanesthesia and postanesthesia care. Includes membership information, position statements, list of publications, and scholarship programs.

Association of Community Health Nursing Educators - Includes membership and publication information, events. [Adobe Acrobat]

Association of Nurses in AIDS Care - Committed to the education and development of nurses involved of the care of HIV positive individuals, and promoting the health, welfare and rights of HIV infected individuals.

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses - Organization promoting professional rehabilitation nursing practice. Contains membership, education and certification information, and information on subscribing to the group's listserv.


Certification Board of Perioperative Nursing - Offers exam information, pop quizzes, FAQ, updates, and newsletter.


Dermatology Nurses Association - Membership, workshop, conference and certification information, job postings and calendar of events.

Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association - A non-profit professional nursing organization, founded to meet the professional needs of nurses serving individuals with developmental disabilities.


Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) - Research arm of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Nursing Association (MARNA) and the New England Organization for Nursing (NEON). Covers Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and District of Columbia.

Emergency Nursing Association (ENA) - Provides CEN and TNCC certification testing and review. Includes news, events, practice information, publications, and research.


Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association - Information about membership, publications, conferences and certification.


Intravenous Nurses Society - Organization dedicated to advancing the delivery of quality intravenous therapy through stringent standards of practice and professional ethics, and promoting research and education in the intravenous specialty.


League of Intravenous Nurses - Promote the education of nursing professionals for IV care through seminars and networking events. Contains membership, seminar and publication information.


National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists - Promotes and enhances the contribution of clinical nurse specialists to the health of individuals and communities.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses - Information on membership, local chapters, conferences, journal, scholarships, awards, and newsletter.

National Association of Independent Nurses - Offers mission statement, membership information, services, books, and frequently asked questions.

National Association of Neonatal Nurses - NANN has news, membership and meeting information, research projects, and links.

National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses - Promotes education and research related to nursing care of persons with orthopaedic conditions. Contains membership, certification, educational and legislative information.

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners - American professional organization of pediatric health care practitioners stressing infant and child disease prevention, growth and development, treatment of illnesses.

National Association of School Nurses - A non-profit specialty nursing organization which represents school nurses, and is dedicated to improving the health and educational success of children.

The National Association of School Nurses for the Deaf - Enhances the quality of health education and services to Deaf students through education, networking and promoting effective communication between Deaf and Hearing.

National Black Nurses Association - Facilitates collective action by black nurses to address health care needs of African Americans. Publishes Journal of National Black Nurses Association (JNBNA) biannually.

National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners - Organization for advanced practice nurses interested in the health care of older adults. Membership, committee and conference information.

National League for Nursing - The accrediting body for nursing education programs: Site provides nursing testing and exams, books, continuing education, achievement exams, and diagnostic readiness tests.

National Nursing Staff Development Organization - Advances the specialty of staff development. Contains news, trends, programs, resources and a discussion forum.

National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing - Advocate for associate degree nursing education practice, promoting collaboration in charting the future of health care education and delivery. View membership and officer information, and discussion board.

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties - Includes news, history, objectives, board members, committees, conferences, list of publications, and membership information.

Navy Nurse Corps Association - Promotes Navy nursing and holds reunions. Open to all retired, active duty, former active duty and reserve nurse corps officers.

Northeast Pediatric Cardiology Nurses Association - An organization promoting the health and welfare of infants and young adults with acquired or congenital heart disease by enhancing the art and science of pediatric cardiovascular nursing.

Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives - Includes membership information, strategic plan, board and committee list, and events calendar. [Membership required for some areas.]

Nurses Christian Fellowship - Professional organization and ministry which strives to bring a Christian outlook to nursing education and practice. Contact information, resources and calendar of events.

Nursing Ethics Network - Committed to the advancement of nursing ethics in clinical practice through research, education and consultation. Provides research reports, and online inquiries.

Nursing Organization of Veterans Affairs - A nationwide, voluntary organization composed of registered nurses employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Respiratory Nursing Society - Offers mission statement, membership information, calendar, and list of board members.


Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates - Is dedicated to the safe and effective practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing. Contains membership and scholarship information, news, position statements, resources and newsletter.

Society of Pediatric Nurses - A broad-based pediatric nursing organization founded for all nurses involved in the care of children and families.

Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates - Dedicated to excellence in the care of the urologic patient and the advancement of urologic nursing. Contains conference information and resources.


Virginia Nurses Online - Provides a list of affiliated organizations, and a bulletin board for industry news and events.

Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) - National association of not-for-profit community based home health providing agencies.