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Professional Nursing Associations

NurseJournal Staff
Updated November 23, 2022
Should you join a professional nursing organization? Learn how these organizations can help your nursing career and explore national, state, and specialized nursing organizations.
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There are many advantages to joining a professional nursing organization. Professional associations offer an array of career-enhancing resources for nurses at every stage of their professional life.

These organizations sponsor professional development and continuing education opportunities, certification training, and networking events. Many provide job banks, interview assistance, and resume preparation services. Associations that represent nursing specialties help their members stay aware of recent developments through newsletters, journal subscriptions, and meetings that showcase the latest research, policies, or legislation.

This guide is not comprehensive, but it offers a representative roundup of major national, state, and specialization focused nursing associations and organizations.

National Nursing Associations

National professional nursing organizations play a critical role in strengthening the profession, building networks, and providing nurses from varied backgrounds and interests with visibility and resources. Organizations like those listed below represent the profession’s voice. They advocate on behalf of their members, encourage quality patient care and best practices, and sponsor a host of activities that help nurses stay informed and accountable.

AJM Nursing Educational Consultants

Alliance for Clinical Transition

Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

Alpha Tau Delta, National Fraternity for Professional Nurses

American Academy of Nurse Entrepreneurs

American Academy of Nursing

American Association for Men in Nursing

American Association for the History of Nursing

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Nurses Association

American Nurses Foundation

American Organization for Nursing Leadership

Army Nurse Corps Association

Asian American / Pacific Islander Nurses Association

Association for Nursing Professional Development

Association of Cameroonian Nurse Practitioners in the United States

Black Nurse Entrepreneurs

Black Nurses Rock

BSN 80/20 Task Force

Campaign for Action

Charity Association of Student Nurses

Chinese American Nurses Association

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Doctors of Nursing Practice

Endocrine Nurses Society

Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association

Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research


Military Officers Association of America Uniformed Services Nurse Advocates Virtual Chapter

National American Arab Nurses Association

National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service

National Association of Catholic Nurses – USA

National Association of Hispanic Nurses

National Association of Indian Nurses of America

National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses

National Black Nurses Association

National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers

National Institute of Nursing Research

National League for Nursing

National Nurses in Business Association

National Nurses United

National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities

Professional Nursing Associations By Specialty

Nursing specialties have expanded in response to a growing national demand for healthcare. These specialties allow nurses to pursue certifications that focus on a particular patient population or practice area. Nursing organizations dedicated to these in-demand specializations help members stay abreast in their fields, increase their earning potential, and achieve professional growth.

Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators

American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing

American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board

American Assisted Living Nurses Association

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

American Association of Heart Failure Nurses

American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants

American Association of Managed Care Nurses

American Association of Neuroscience Nurses

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses

American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing

American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses

American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses

American Board of Managed Care Nursing

American Board of Neuroscience Nursing

American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification

American Cannabis Nurses Association

American College of Nurse-Midwives

American Correctional Nurses Association

American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation

American Nephrology Nurses Association

American Nursing Informatics Association

American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association

American Psychiatric Nurses Association

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses

American Society of Registered Nurses

Association of Camp Nursing

Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Association of Ghanaian Advanced Practice Nurses Abroad

Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

Association of Post Graduate Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Programs

Association of Public Health Nurses

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses – Armed Forces Section

Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations

Dermatology Nurses’ Association

Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association

eChapter of Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

Forensic Nursing Network

Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation

National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care

National Association of Neonatal Nurses

National Association of Nigerian Nurse Practitioners USA

National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists

National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses

National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses Foundation

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Acute Care Special Interest Group

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners eChapter

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Foundation

National Association of School Nurses

National Association of School Nurses for the Deaf

National Association of State School Nurse Consultants

National Black Nurse Practitioner Association

National Indian Nurse Practitioners Association of America

National Network of Career Nursing Assistants

National Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur Network

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education

Nurse Practitioners In Women’s Health

Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health

Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation

Oncology Nursing Foundation

Oncology Nursing Society

Organization of Wound Care Nurses & Allied Healthcare Professionals

Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

Respiratory Nursing Society and Interprofessional Collaborative

Society for Vascular Nursing

Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses

Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates

Society of Pediatric Nurses

Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates

The Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses

Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society

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Nursing Associations By State

While national and specialized nursing organizations offer members a variety of benefits, state nursing associations help nurses stay connected and informed in the area where they live and work.

State associations like the following represent an array of specialties and interest groups. Membership in a state or regional organization helps nurses establish professional networks, stay current on policy and regulatory changes affecting their regional work environments, and gain access to employment listings and continuing education information.

Nursing Associations By Region

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