About Us


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), established in 1969, is the largest specialty nursing association in the United States. Located in Aliso Viejo, California, AACN is dedicated to meeting the needs of its 80,000 members who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

A large part of our success comes from our employees. We go to great lengths to hire the best and most dynamic professionals in their fields. Working in a supportive team environment, our values of accountability, respect, leadership and integrity guide us in our daily work.

Current Job Opportunities

Visit our online site at AACN Career Center.


Patients and their families rely on nurses at the most vulnerable times of their lives. Acute and critical care nurses rely on AACN for expert knowledge and the influence to fulfill their promise to patients and their families. AACN drives excellence because nothing less is acceptable.


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 history, traditions and culture. AACN, its members, volunteers and staff will honor the following::

  • Ethical accountability and integrity in relationships, organizational decisions and stewardship of resources.
  • Leadership to enable individuals to make their optimal contribution through lifelong learning, critical thinking and inquiry.
  • Excellence and innovation at every level of the organization to advance the profession.
  • Collaboration to ensure quality patient-and family-focused care. 

An Ethic of Care

AACN's mission, vision and values are framed within an ethic of care and ethical principles. An ethic of care is a moral orientation that acknowledges the interrelatedness and interdependence of individuals, systems and society. An ethic of care respects individual uniqueness, personal relationships, and the dynamic nature of life. Essential to an ethic of care are compassion, collaboration, accountability and trust. Within the context of interrelationships of individuals and circumstances, traditional ethical principles provide a basis for deliberation and decision making. These ethical principles include:

Respect for Persons: a moral obligation to honor the intrinsic worth and uniqueness of each person; to respect self determination, diversity and privacy. Beneficence: a moral obligation to promote good and prevent or remove harm; to promote the welfare, health and safety of society and individuals in accordance with beliefs, values, preferences and life goals. Justice: a moral obligation to be fair and promote equity, nondiscrimination, and the distribution of benefits and burdens based on needs and resources available; to advocate on another's behalf when necessary.

Employee Benefits

We offer competitive wages and a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • generous vacation and holiday package
  • 403(b) retirement plan and other benefits to serve you.


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