Key Statements, Beliefs and Philosophies Behind the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (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.

Vision

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.

Values

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.