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.Become a Member
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 at every level of the organization to advance the profession
Collaboration to ensure patient- and family-focused care
Explore the history of AACN and the many milestones over the years from humble beginnings in 1969 to today's exceptional community of 100,000+ nurses. View AACN's full history.
AACN changed name
National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) debuts,
AACN Certification Corporation founded,
CCRN critical care specialty certification launched
Critical Care Nurse launched,
Advanced Critical Care launched
American Journal of Critical Care launched
CCNS specialty certification introduced
Beacon Award introduced
PCCN certification launched
Healthy Work Environments standards published
ACNPC certification launched
CCRN-E certification introduced
AACN CSI Academy launched
CCRN-K certification launched
PCCN-K certification introduced
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