Health Policy

An AACN Advocacy Initiative

AACN has prioritized three major advocacy initiatives: healthy work environments, palliative and end-of-life care, and staffing and workforce development. In addition to our focused work in acute and critical care, we work with other organizations in coalition, lending our voice to advance these priorities. By participating in task forces, policy conferences and development of national standards and documents, AACN is working toward our vision of "a healthcare system where acute and critical care nurses can make their optimal contribution."

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses identified that for most health policy issues other organizations share many of same interests as AACN. For that reason, AACN works in collaboration instead of as an isolated organization. For nursing issues, we generally work with organizations like the American Nurses Association, Nursing Community and Nursing Organization Alliance. For critical care issues, we generally partner with the Critical Care Societies Collaborative, of which AACN is a founding member.


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