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AACN Mission

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.

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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 rich history, traditions, and culture. AACN’s 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 every level of the organization to advance the profession


Collaboration to ensure patient- and family-focused care

Learn More About AACN

AACN Certification Corp.

Expand your understanding of AACN’s certification organization.

AACN Boards

Meet the nursing professionals who guide our community.


Discover the latest news related to AACN.

Presidents’ Speeches

Be inspired by words of wisdom from AACN leaders past and present.

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You’ll find contact information for our Customer Care team, national headquarters and specific departments and more on our Contact Us page.