Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. 

Here are some things to know about cloud computing:

  • Saving documents to the “cloud” is an acceptable format in which to store AACN chapter records.
    • Chapter records must be saved for three years.
    • Educational records must be saved for four years.
  • Chapters also may save their records to flash drives, or as hard copies.
  • Currently, the two major sources for cloud computing are Drop Box and Google Drive.
    • Both have apps that can be downloaded to a smart phone or tablet, so documents can be accessed from anywhere.
    • Both services are free, up to a certain amount of storage used.
      • You’ll be required to establish a free email account.
      • Be sure that email account is a chapter account rather than an individual account.
  • Passwords can be established by the chapter.
    • Don’t share them with everyone as that compromises sensitive documents, such as bank statements.
  • Once you’ve established a chapter account and password, you can upload files to Drop Box or Google Drive, and share them with others.


For more information on these two services, visit their websites:


AACN 11/2013

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