CNS Professional Organizations — Networking and Connecting With Colleagues

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
AACN is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 nurses who are charged with the responsibility of caring for acutely and critically ill patients. The association is dedicated to providing our members with the knowledge and resources necessary to provide optimal care to critically ill patients. Member of the Critical Care Societies Collaborative.

Journals: American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), Critical Care Nurse, AACN Advanced Critical Care

AACN Certification Corporation
The AACN Certification Corporation, a separately incorporated company, develops and administers the CCRN, PCCN, CCNS and ACNPC specialty exams, and the CMC and CSC subspecialty exams. In collaboration with AONE Credentialing Center we also offer the CNML exam. The primary purpose of the AACN Certification Corporation is to promote and enhance consumer health and safety by establishing and maintaining high standards of professional practice excellence through certifying and recertifying nurses in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

American Thoracic Society (ATS)
Member of the Critical Care Societies Collaborative

Journal: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS)
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), founded in 1995, exists to enhance and promote the unique, high value contribution of the clinical nurse specialist to the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups, and communities, and to promote and advance the practice of nursing.

Journal: Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice

Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
Member of the Critical Care Societies Collaborative

Journal: Critical Care Medicine

Society for Clinical Nurse Specialist Education (SCNSE) 
The Society for Clinical Nurse Specialist Education (SCNSE) is an international organization dedicated to advancing the development of clinical nurse specialist education and ensuring the continuing viability of the CNS role.

 

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