American Assoc. of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
Providing the best care for our patients and their families requires continuous learning and current resources. It requires active sharing and networking with colleagues and co-workers. It also requires a commitment to growth, both professional and personal. When you belong to AACN, you are a member of the largest professional organization for acute and critical care nurses—nearly 100,000 strong—with unlimited access to the unique and standard-setting resources we create for and with our members.
AACN’s major initiatives include:
AACN Professional Development offers a broad range of learning opportunities, including four annual conferences, live webinars, certification review programs, and a variety of self-paced, online E-learning courses. Developed by national experts, our AACN educational programs provide high-quality content to suit the diverse professional development needs of high acuity and critical care nurses.
AACN Certification sets the standards for high acuity and critical care nursing. Our highly respected certification programs validate nurses’ knowledge, skills and abilities, declaring a commitment to excellence and dedication to patient care.
AACN Circle of Excellence recognizes the excellence and contributions of up to 25 high acuity and critical care nurses annually who achieve optimal outcomes for patients, families and the nursing profession.
AACN Beacon Award for Excellence provides tools to assist hospital units on their excellence journey, recognizing units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care.