Ongoing Collaborative Activities

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AACN participates in long-term collaborations with other associations and healthcare leadership groups to improve the lives of critical care nurses, patients and families.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN-Colleges) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
AACN serves on the AACN-Colleges and NONPF nurse practitioner education task force, which provides a forum for input on nurse practitioner education and related topics.

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)
AACN representatives serve on committees and participate in workgroups on topics including infusion safety, monitoring of patients receiving opioids and alarm management.

Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC)
Since 2000, AACN has partnered with American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society and Society of Critical Care Medicine. Representing more than 150,000 critical care professionals, the CCSC leverages its collective and multi-professional expertise through education, research and advocacy efforts to improve care for America’s critically ill and injured.

Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education (LACE)
AACN actively participates in the LACE work group to implement the APRN Consensus Model, and does continuing outreach with program directors to review and approve curriculum for their programs.

National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being
Since 2017, AACN has been a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, a network of more than 60 organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout.

Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC)
AACN is a member of the NOBC, which helps nurses build leadership skills and brings their unique perspective to corporate, health-related, and other boards, panels, and commissions.

Nursing Organizations Alliance (NOA)
AACN belongs to and attends meetings of the Nursing Organizations Alliance, which is a coalition of nursing organizations united to be a strong voice for nursing.

Nursing Workforce Development Programs and the National institute of Nursing Research
In alignment with our efforts to promote nursing education and research, AACN works with the Nursing Community Coalition to ensure that federal funding for Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII) and National institute of Nursing Research (NINR) remains strong. Title VIII programs support nursing education at all levels and provide support for institutions that educate nurses for practice in rural and medically underserved communities. The NINR, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), lays the groundwork for evidence-based nursing practice and also helps to provide needed faculty to support the education of future generations of nurses.

World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN)
The WFCCN represents critical care nursing at an international level. AACN is a voting member of this group, which is comprised of critical care nursing associations from more than 40 countries and regions.