Nothing is more powerful than informed and focused nurses working to shape policies that positively affect patients and their families. Individual nurses and professional organizations must take a stand on policies, laws and regulations that impact our daily work.

The experienced and trusted voices of nurses are vital to the national dialogue if we are to realize our vision of a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families where acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.

A coordinated effort is needed to be most effective in advancing major health policy issues. AACN is a member of several coalitions, including Critical Care Societies Collaborative, the Nursing Community Coalition, the Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education Network, American Nurses Association's Organizational Affiliates, and National Academy of Medicine - Clinician Wellbeing Collaborative.

Advocacy Initiatives

We advocate for nurses, patients and their families in many ways. Our areas of focus are highlighted below.