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AACN Mission

AACN drives excellence in acute and critical care for nurses, patients and families.

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AACN is dedicated to creating a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families where acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.


As AACN works to promote its mission and vision, it is guided by values that are rooted in, and arise from, the Association’s rich history, traditions and culture. Our values are the foundation upon which we build our relentless pursuit of excellence. AACN’s members, volunteers and staff will honor the following:

  • 1Integrity — We demonstrate sound judgment, ethical behavior and accountability in all we do.

  • 2Inclusion — We build an equitable culture, inviting the full contribution of all people.

  • 3Transformation — We drive change and innovation to positively impact the healthcare system and improve the lives of patients, families and nurses.

  • 4Leadership — We advocate and influence to achieve optimal outcomes and healthy work environments.

  • 5Relationships — We collaborate and advance partnerships, honoring each individual to strengthen the collective.

2023 Annual Report

History of AACN

Explore the history of AACN and the many milestones over the years from humble beginnings in 1969 to today's exceptional community of 100,000+ nurses. View AACN's full history.

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AACN Certification Corp.

Expand your understanding of AACN’s certification organization.

AACN Boards

Meet the nursing professionals who guide our community.


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Presidents’ Speeches

Be inspired by words of wisdom from AACN leaders past and present.

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