U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration

The Division of Nursing is the key Federal focus for nursing education and practice. The Division provides national leadership to assure an adequate supply and distribution of qualified nursing personnel to meet the health needs of the Nation. Grants are offered to improve access to health care by helping health professions training programs address some of the most pressing needs across the U.S. health workforce.

Review Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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NIH National Institute of Nursing Research - NINR

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) 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, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, promoting quality of life in those with chronic illness, and care for individuals at the end of life. This research may also include families within a community context. According to its broad mandate, the institute seeks to understand and ease the symptoms of acute and chronic illness, to prevent or delay the onset of disease or disability or slow its progression, to find effective approaches to achieving and sustaining good health, and to improve the clinical settings in which care is provided. Nursing research involves clinical care in a variety of settings, including the community and home, in addition to more traditional health care sites. The NINR's research extends to problems encountered by patients, families, and caregivers. It also focuses on the special needs of at-risk and underserved populations, with an emphasis on health disparities.

Review Date: Thursday, August 11, 2011

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American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

The mission of AANP is 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. AANP membership services include the following: providing a national communication network for grass roots nurse practitioners; advocacy for Legislative Action benefiting Nurse Practitioners; representation in issues of concern to Nurse Practitioners such as certification, liability insurance, third party reimbursement, and rural health; representation in national health forums such as the National Rural Health Associations, and the National Alliance of Nurse Practitioners; a resource base for practice, research, legislative and marketing assistance to grass roots and state organizations and individuals; conducting surveys and gathering information for use in documenting and furthering the identity and continuity of Nurse Practitioners in the promotion of high standards of health care throughout the nation; and providing national continuing education, CEUs and information concerning other regional and national conferences.

Review Date: Thursday, January 12, 2012

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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

This not-for-profit association was formed with a mission to help educate nurses working in newly developed intensive care units. AACN's vision is actualized by the following organizations: AACN, The Member Organization; The AACN Certification Corporation; and The InnoVision Group. As the Member Organization, AACN is committed to providing the highest quality resources to maximize nurses' contribution to care for critically ill patients and their families. Premier initiatives for the Association include the annual National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, and the Thunder Project II multi-site research project.

Review Date: Thursday, February 12, 2009

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American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Founded in 1931 and located in Park Ridge, IL., the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional organization for more than 30,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). As advanced practice nurses, CRNAs are the hands-on providers of 27 million anesthetics delivered in the United States each year. CRNAs practice in every setting where anesthesia is available and are the sole anesthesia providers in more than two-thirds of all rural hospitals.

Review Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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American College of Nurse-Midwives

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) establishes standards for the practice of nurse-midwifery. ACNM holds an annual convention, publishes a variety of educational materials, and refers consumers to locally practicing nurse-midwives. ACNM also cooperates with allied groups to improve services for mothers and infants.

Review Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

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American Nurses Association

In 1896 a group of nursing alumnae formed an organization that was incorporated as The Nurses Associated Alumnae in 1901. In 1911, the name was changed to the American Nurses Association (ANA). This professional organization offers services to nurses in such areas as continuing education, professional standards, conferences, governmental relations, economic and general welfare, and research, and provides services to its constituent nurses' associations in each State, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. ANA publications serve those in the profession as a forum for research and a voice among peers.

Review Date: Monday, April 12, 2010

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American Society of Human Genetics

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is a professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. The Society currently has nearly 8,000 active members, including researchers, clinicians, academicians, ethicists, genetic counselors, nurses and others who have a special interest in the field of human genetics. ASHG serves human genetics professionals, health care providers, and the general public by providing forums to share research results, advance genetic research, enhance genetics education, promote genetic services and support responsible social and scientific policies.

Review Date: Friday, November 25, 2011

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Association of Reproductive Health Professionals

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) was founded in 1963 as the education arm of Planned Parenthood® Federation of America (PPFA) and incorporated as an independent organization 1972. A leading source for trusted medical education and information on reproductive and sexual health, ARHP educates health care providers, informs consumers, and helps shape public policy. ARHP is a non-profit membership association composed of highly qualified and committed experts in reproductive health. ARHP members are health professionals in clinical practice, education, research, and advocacy and they include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, researchers, educators, pharmacists, and other professionals in reproductive health.

Review Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is a professional membership association, the purpose of which is to exchange information, experiences, and ideas; to promote understanding of the specialties of hospice and palliative nursing; and to study and promote hospice and palliative nursing research.

Review Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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Midwives Alliance of North America

Founded in 1982, the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) is an organization of North American midwives and their advocates. MANA's central mission is to promote midwifery as a quality health care option for North American families. The Alliance's goals are to: expand communication and support among North American midwives; form an identifiable and cohesive organization representing the profession of midwifery on a regional, national, and international basis; promote guidelines for the education of midwives and to assist in the development of midwifery education programs; promote research in the field of midwifery as a quality health care option; promote and support a woman's right to choose her care provider and place of birth; and promote public education and midwifery advocacy. Mothers Naturally is a public education program from the Midwives Alliance of North America.

Review Date: Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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National Association of School Nurses

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) advances the specialty practice of school nursing to improve the health and academic success of all students. NASN is committed to improving health outcomes and academic achievement for all students. School nurses contribute to their local communities by helping students stay healthy, in school, and ready to learn, and keeping parents and families at work. NASN is the voice for children’s health, working closely with Congress and federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education, to ensure that children have a healthy, successful and secure future.

Review Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses

The National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses (NFLPN), founded in 1949, offers membership to licensed practical/vocational nurses and students. As a professional organization it offers support and leadership to its members and advocates to secure recognition for LPNs within the health care community. Keeping LPNs informed about nursing issues and trends in health care is a major activity of NFLPN. It seeks to interpret the role of LPNs in the community and promotes high standards of practical nursing education, services, and practice nationwide. It serves as a source of information about practical practice standards, guidelines for continuing education, and guidelines for an expanded basic curriculum. The association emphasises continuing education and, as a member of the Council on the Continuing Education Unit, awards CEU credit for programs for LPNs from providers thoughout the nation.

Review Date: Friday, November 21, 2008

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Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.

A professional organization of nurses and associates dedicated to the safe and effective practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing. SGNA carries out its mission by advancing the science and practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing through education, research, advocacy and collaboration, and by promoting the professional development of its members in an atmosphere of mutual support.

Review Date: Friday, February 13, 2009

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Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Society (WOCN) is a professional, international nursing society of nurse professionals who are experts in the care of patients with wound, ostomy and continence problems. WOC nurses manage conditions such as stomas, draining wounds, fistulas, vascular ulcers, pressure ulcers, neuropathic wounds, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and functional disorders of the bowel and bladder. The WOCN Society is deeply involved in setting guidelines for patient care.

Review Date: Thursday, October 27, 2011

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