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Directory of Nursing Organizations

This guide features a list of nursing organizations across the nation. We also explain what nursing organizations are, the reasons to join them, and the membership process.

Why Join a Nursing Organization?

Nurses join professional organizations for a wide range of reasons. Some sign on for the learning opportunities and career development. Others become members to network with fellow nurses or have a chance to advocate for the industry. Whatever your reason, belonging to an association is a great way to stay active in your field. That's why we've put together this guide to professional nursing organizations. Here, we'll give you a rundown of some of the biggest benefits of joining one and offer a directory of organizations that cater to a variety of nursing fields.

❶ Nursing Mentorships

Nursing school is great for learning the procedures, practices and terminology of the nursing profession but when it comes to adjusting to the colossal learning curve, few things are as valuable as a mentorship. Mentors have stood where you stand; they've learned the ropes, they've endured the trials and they've navigated the nursing institutions. For nurses who have recently graduated or are just launching their careers, mentors can serve as practical guides, helping them understand their daily duties and shepherding them as they adapt to the chaos and real-world practice of nursing.

More importantly, though, they can help new nurses adjust to the physical and emotional stresses of nursing; things like managing workloads, taking time out for mental health and understanding the big picture can mean the difference between burnout and sanity.

This is where nursing organizations can be invaluable. Many offer easy ways to connect to nurse mentors; we'll highlight several in our directory below.

❷ Networking With Other Nurses

Networking has become a dirty term, thanks in large part to the business world, where glad-handing, business card exchanges and using people to get ahead have become cliches. Networking in nursing organizations is different. It's a way to find camaraderie, learn new methods for growing in your practice, and connect with exciting job opportunities.

Nursing organizations offer lots of opportunities to network. Local, state and national conferences are common, and they are places where nurses have a chance to meet fellow professionals, ask questions, and learn new evidence-based practices. Most also offer virtual ways to connect, from forums and online chat to video conferencing and social media platforms. Our directory will link to plenty of organizations with unique opportunities for both in-person and virtual networking.

❸ Professional Development & Continuing Education

Nursing is an ever-changing field and nurses have to be lifelong learners to keep up. That's why professional nursing organizations offer lots of opportunities to learn. You'll find speaking engagements with leaders in the field, seminars in niche areas of nursing, and conferences where knowledge spreads across the industry. Many also offer continuing education in the form of courses and professional certifications; these can keep you informed and help you move into higher positions in the field.

Professional organizations in nursing often publish monthly or quarterly journals that advocate for the industry, introduce new research in the field, offer advice for best practices and provide job listings.


Can I join a nursing organization prior to enrolling in nursing school?

The answer is yes! Many schools boast nursing organizations designed for underclassmen who haven't started a nursing program yet. For those who have, there are professional organizations with memberships designed exclusively for nursing students. There's also the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA), which offers a wide variety of benefits including:

  • Career planning and professional portfolio help
  • Student membership discounts at other professional organizations
  • Scholarship and award opportunities
  • Subscription to the NSNA journal
  • Discounts on uniforms, supplies, hotels and certification exam prep

In addition, we offer preparation materials for the HESI Admissions Assessment Exam, the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN exam), and the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). These include vocabulary, what to expect from each section and practice tests to gauge your readiness for the real exams. To learn more about nursing degrees and careers, check out our nursing resources.


National Nursing Organizations (A-Z)

Below, in alphabetical order, we'll detail nearly 40 professional nursing organizations at the local, state and national levels. For each, we'll help you understand who they serve, what membership opportunities they offer, and any seminars or conferences they hold.

Advanced Practice Nurses of the Ozarks

Advanced Practice Nurses of the Ozarks (APNO) serves advanced practice nurses in the southwest Missouri area, offering access to networking opportunities, scholarships and meeting that cover topics from pediatrics to geriatrics and everything in between, including Cardiology, Nephrology, Rheumatology, Orthopedics and Psychiatry. Members also enjoy free continuing education courses, discounts to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and community involvement opportunities. Active APNs pay $65 a year; student memberships are available for $30.

Advanced Practice Nurses of the Permian Basin

Advanced Practice Nurses of the Permian Basin (APNPB) is open to active advanced practice nurses in the Permian Basin area of West Texas; other advanced practice professionals can become associate members without voting privileges. Benefits include job searches, virtual and in-person networking, advocacy opportunities and regular events.

Advanced Practitioners for the River Region

Advanced practice providers in the river counties of Alabama (Montgomery, Lowndes, Elmore, Dallas, and Autauga) can join the Advanced Practitioners for the River Region and enjoy benefits like monthly dinners, special speakers, volunteer opportunities and continuing education courses approved by the Alabama State Nurses Association. Members also get discounts on conferences and CE.

Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association

The Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA) is an international organization dedicated to bringing together professionals in the transport nursing field. This non-profit boasts 2,500 members who enjoy benefits like access to the Air Medical Journal, social networking, a career center, CE webinars and discounts on conferences. The ASTNA is also home to two professional nursing certifications: Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) and Certified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN).

American Association for the History of Nursing

Anyone interested in the history of the profession can join the American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN), whose goal is to preserve and understand the past to influence the future of the field. Members get access to Talking History presentations, the Nursing History Review publication and educational materials and research related to the study of nursing.

American Association of Managed Care Nurses

The American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN) is designed to give nursing students and professional RNs, LPNs, LCSWs and NPs access to case management resources, continuing education webinars, biannual professional conferences and the Journal of

Managed Care Nursing. AAMCN also grants a nursing certification: the Certified Managed Care Nurse (CMCN) credential, which demonstrates proficiency in managed healthcare. Members fees are $70 per year.

American Association of Moderate Sedation Nurses

To become a member of the American Association of Moderate Sedation Nurses (AAMSN), candidates must hold Sedation Certification, either ACLS or PALS Certification, a current registered nursing license and at least ten hours of training in moderate sedation. Benefits of the AAMSN include free credits for continuing education, discounts on sedation store products and advocacy opportunities within the field of sedation.

American Association of Nigerian Nurses

The National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA) joins the forces of the Nursing School Alumni in North America with all the Nigerian Nurses Associations, providing advocacy and support for Nigerian nurses in the U.S. and abroad. Chapters exist in 15 states and members have access to community outreach opportunities, publications and invaluable chances to connect with a strong community of Nigerian nurses (there are 6,000 in the Americas alone).

American Association of Nurse Attorneys

Individuals who practice both nursing and the law might be interested in joining the American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA), a non-profit made up of students, nurses and attorneys. TAANA addresses and researches legal issues within nursing, providing educational programs, client referrals, mentoring opportunities, a member directory and discounts on industry publications. There are also free webinars and an annual conference for members.

American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners

The American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners (AANLCP) unites nurses and non-nurse professionals in the life care planning field. There are several tiers of membership (starting at $225 per year); membership benefits include discounted/free webinars, discounts for the annual AANLCP conference, nurse directories and a chance to participate in the Lifeline Mentorship program.

American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses

The goal of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses (AASCIN) is to improve the care of patients with spinal cord injuries through advocacy, research and collaboration with spinal cord injury nurses and the rest of the industry. The AASCIN publishes the SCI Nursing journal, holds an annual conference, offers research grants to nurse members and awards excellence in the field with official recognition.

American College Health Association

Created to improve the health of college students across the country, the American College Health Association (ACHA) boasts a membership of 3,000 health and wellness professionals working in America's institutions of higher learning. If your institution is a member, you can join for free. If not, students and individuals can join for $35 and $195 a year, respectively. Members get access to several publications, the online community ACHA Connect, free online CE courses and virtual mentoring opportunities.

American Forensic Nurses

The American Forensic Nurses (AMRN) organization mostly offers educational courses that act as approved continuing education for nurses in forensics and related fields. Courses are available in forensic evidence collection, chain of custody, blood specimen collection and sexual assault examination. The AMRN also offers a Forensic Nursing Certificate in conjunction with the University of California-Riverside.

American Medical Informatics Association/ Nursing Informatics Working Group

The interdisciplinary American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) brings together 5,000 informatics professionals including physicians, nurses, engineers, researchers and more. These members collaborate to improve patient care through educational, professional development, leadership and networking opportunities. AMIA holds four major conferences each year, publishes two respected journals and gives members access to job listings, volunteering leadership positions and continuing education credits.

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition: Nurses Section

The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) offers a wealth of resources for members. You'll find learning opportunities like podcasts, webinars, continuing education, research toolkits and journals as a part of the organization's eLearning Center. There's also the annual ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conference, which offers networking, seminars, presentations and expos. Members also get professional development and leadership opportunities and access to a career center with resume review and job listings.

Army Nurse Corps Association

You can become a member of the Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA) if you are on active duty, part of the U.S. Army Reserve or National Guard, or you retired or were honorably discharged. $40 is good for two years of membership, which includes research grants, volunteering opportunities, ANCA community events, free lectures and a subscription to the organization's newsletter, The Connection.

Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation supports individuals living with arthritis by fundraising, contributing to research in the field and making connections to support systems for patients. It also maintains a community of professionals in the field including nurses. Healthcare professionals can enjoy benefits like access to the Live Yes! Arthritis Network, fellowships and INSIGHTS into Arthritis, a collection of resources to help nurses better serve their patients.

Association of Camp Nurses

Nurses who provide healthcare services at youth camps can join the Association of Camp Nurses (ACN), an organization that provides access to free webinars, an online forum for professionals, online chat groups, a member directory and discounts on store items, courses and medical supplies. Membership, which costs $60 per year ($30 for nursing students), also comes with the group's quarterly journal, CompassPoint.

Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Clinical preceptors and current or retired faculty members teaching at the bachelor's level and above in pediatrics can join the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (AFPNP) for $70 per year. Membership benefits include networking opportunities with colleagues in the field, curriculum development resources, special project opportunities and awards like the Outstanding Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Educator Award and the Outstanding Preceptor Award.

Association of Nurse Practitioners in Business, Inc.

The Association of Nurse Practitioners in Business serves nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists and certified registered nurse anesthetists who want to explore the intersection of the professional and business sides of the industry. Membership is free to nurse practitioners who are licensed or board certified; members participate in promotional activities, networking and continuing education.

Baromedical Nurses Association

The Baromedical Nurses Association (BNA) supports nurses across the globe working in the field of hyperbaric medicine by offering research, pathways to certification, continuing education and connections with other professionals in the discipline. The BNA also oversees the Certified Hyperbaric Nurse (CHRN) credential. RNs pay $75 per year and receive benefits like discounts on certification exams, international meetings and the chance to fill leadership roles by serving on committees.

Carolinas Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners

Nurses in South and North Carolina who are a part of the Carolinas Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (CANNP) have access to groundbreaking research in the field, chances to earn contact hours for continuing education, and participate in networking events including the annual CANNP Conference. Membership dues are $35 per year.

Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc.

The Chi Eta Phi Sorority includes a network of 8,000 registered professional nurses and nursing students. It's open to both male and female students and professionals, and it encompasses 41 undergraduate chapters and 101 graduate chapters across the country. Because you must be invited to become a member, membership is considered honorary; members can be awarded exclusive student nurse scholarships, participate in community programs and help promote a more inclusive, multicultural perspective in nursing.

Doctors of Nursing Practice

Not surprisingly, the Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNP) organization is dedicated to promoting the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and all the professionals who hold it or hope to. This group boasts an online community, the OUTCOMES newsletter and connections to job opportunities. Members have a chance to compete for grants and scholarships, find support for their university DNP program and attend the annual National DNP conference.

Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS)

For nurses and non-nurses in the Eastern United States who are interested in promoting and advancing nursing research, the Eastern Nursing Research Society is a great place to connect. A wide range of research groups are available through this non-profit including Global Health, LGBTQIA Health, Criminal Justice, Aging, Palliative Care and Early Career Nurse Scientists. Individual members and student members pay $145 and $75 per year, respectively, and get benefits like career services, travel scholarship opportunities and the Annual Scientific Sessions, a conference where nursing science takes center stage.

Endocrine Nurses Society

Members of the Endocrine Nurses Society have the opportunity to forge relationships with nurses and leaders in the endocrine healthcare industry, access to members-only online research and a subscription to Endocrine News. There are nursing research grants, discounts for international, national and local events, and the chance to earn the Betsy Love-McClung Outstanding Endocrine Nurse Development Award.

International Association of Clinical Research Nurses

The International Association of Clinical Research Nurses (IACRN) is the biggest organization in the world devoted to the field of clinical nursing. Members get to contribute their voices to research in the field, influence legislation and take leadership positions. They also have access to educational opportunities, a discussion board and discounted fees for the IACRN annual meeting.

Midwest Nursing Research Society

Nursing scholars and students in 13 midwest states are served by the Midwest Nursing Research Society. Regular members pay $238 per year while students pay $116; membership benefits include a membership directory, reduced fees for the annual conference, a subscription to the Western Journal of Nursing Research (WJNR) and membership to one free Research Interest Group (and $10 for the next two). A wealth of Research Interest Groups are here including Health of Diverse Population, Self Care, Gerontological Nursing Science and Adolescent Health.

NADONA

NADONA is a nonprofit professional nurses association dedicated exclusively to Nurse Leaders within the Long-Term Care Continuum. Their goal is to educate, support, and nurture their members to be the best they can be. They develop policies, procedures, and educational materials, including Certificates of Mastery, 6 Certifications, National Conferences, Webinars with CE, National Nurse Leader of the year, Circle of Excellence, Academy of Fellows, and Leadership programs. They have a peer reviewed quarterly journal, ”The Director”, that is recognized by the Library of Congress, and they also award 20 thousand dollars in scholarships annually.

NAPNAP Foundation

Since it was founded in 1978, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) has been the premier professional organization for pediatric nurse practitioners. Its goal is to increase participation in the field and promote interdisciplinary studies in pediatrics. Available are grants and scholarships for students, certification prep materials for aspiring PNPs, connections with local chapters and special interest groups, free pharmacology and CE courses and subscriptions to several industry publications. Memberships start at $200 for professionals and $115 for students.

National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners

Through the National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners (NADNP), DNPs can connect with other professionals in their community, post resumes to land jobs and attend webinars and national conferences. The NADNP is also home to a Dermatology Post Master's Certificate Program, which is designed for current PAs and NPs to move into dermatology.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses exists to unite nursing administrators, educational leaders and healthcare professionals around the nation, with a special focus on the Hispanic community. Any healthcare professional who wants to help this community can join to enjoy mentorship connections, professional liability insurance, continuing education opportunities and networking within the Hispanic nursing community. Local chapters also offer scholarships, community outreach and regular meetings.

National Association of Rural Health Clinics

The National Association of Rural Health Clinics focuses on serving underserved rural communities and supporting the healthcare workers who share their vision. Members of the organization get discounts on the Certified RHC Professional (CRHCP) course, reduced fees for the annual conference, sample files (surveys, checklists and forms) to use in rural clinics and access to the member directory.

National Association of State School Nurse Consultants

School nurses play an important role and the National Association of State School Nurse Consultants (NASSNC) exists to help foster and promote the health of school-age children. Applicants for membership must be registered nurses who consult on statewide school health services; they must be employed by a state agency. NASSNC members get professional development opportunities, chances to influence policymakers and access to specialty publications.

National Institute of Nursing Research

As a part of the National Institute of Health, the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) overarching goal is to improve the health of families, individuals, communities and populations around the country. They accomplish this by funding the scientific research that informs nursing practice across nearly every field of healthcare. Nurse researchers can apply for grants and publish their research in NINR publications.

Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health

Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH) supports practitioners in the field by offering research, elevating women's health issues in the national forum and providing educational and professional advancement. Memberships are available at several levels ($125 annually for WHNPs and CNMs and $40 for students) and they offer benefits like CE courses on the NPWH eLearning Portal, a subscription to Women's Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs, discounts on certification prep and major conferences and webinars on a variety of women's health subjects.

Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA)

Nurses in home health care can join the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) and its parent organization ElevatingHOME. Those who do have a chance to connect with mentors in the field, find unique, on-demand educational opportunities, engage with interactive online networking and download best-practices manuals. Members also get discounts with vendors and corporate partners who provide products and services to home healthcare practitioners.

Volusia Flagler Advanced Practice Nursing Council

Founded to provide support for Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) in the Central Florida region, the Volusia Flagler Advanced Practice Nursing Council (VFAPNC) offers a job search, a provider directory and advocacy services at the state and federal levels. Events like symposiums, dinners and educational talks are frequent, and memberships are relatively inexpensive: $25 for grad students, $30 for retired APNs and $55 for those who are currently practicing.

West Coast Council of Advanced Nursing Practice

The West Coast Council of Advanced Nursing Practice serves nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners and midwives in Western Florida, specifically in Pinellas County and Tampa. Members attend events covering a wide range of topics in advanced nursing, have access to a member directory for networking and can post resumes and peruse job listings in the area.

Expert Answers to Common Questions about Resources for Nursing Students

Ask the Experts

Navigating nursing school is exciting, but it can also be confusing and difficult. At Study.com, we're committed to helping students along their educational and career paths. To help future nurses prepare, we posed the following questions to coordinators, professors, and student leaders in the field of nursing.

  • Why did you get into the field of nursing?
  • What advice do you have for a student who is preparing to become a nurse?
  • What tips do you have for preparing for and passing the nursing exams?
  • What tips and tricks do you have for easing the financial burden of nursing school?
  • How do you recommend nursing students find support and community among their peers and other nurses?
  • What are your most helpful self-care tips for nurses during challenging times, from a tough case to supporting patients during COVID-19?

You can read their biographies and responses below.

ERGIE INOCIAN, EdD, RN, CNOR, CMSRN

Dr. Ergie Pepito Inocian joined Duquesne University School of Nursing as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2020. He earned his BSN and Doctorate in Education from Southwestern University-Philippines in 2007 and 2015, respectively, and his Master of Science in Nursing in 2009 from Cebu Normal University, a recognized Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the Commission on Higher Education in the Philippines. Dr. Inocian is a Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR) issued by the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI), and is a Registered Nurse (RN) in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Ireland and USA.

What advice do you have for a student who is preparing to become a nurse?

Be goal-oriented. Focus on what you want to achieve and keep an open mind with the endless opportunities in nursing.

What tips do you have for preparing for and passing the nursing exams?

Continuously improve on your study habits. Read more books and make use of all available resources to understand better the concepts in nursing.

What advice do you have for easing the financial burden of nursing school?

There are financial assistance which you can avail, explore these. Find an employer who provide as well sponsorship for continuing education.

What are your most helpful self-care tips for nurses during challenging times, from a tough case to supporting patients during COVID-19?

Make friends. Study with them. Utilize peer tutors and look for someone who can mentor you. Do not be afraid to ask and approach your professors, they are always willing to help and guide you to succeed. Join clubs/professional organizations where you can make linkages. Maintain a balance work-life. Eat healthy, get a good sleep before and after work. If you have other personal interests, pursue them such as traveling etc. Be optimistic and keep a positive attitude. Give yourself a "me" time.

Pam Smyth

I have been a nurse for 30 years starting with my LPN in 1992, working in nursing education for the last 10 years

Why did you get into the field of nursing?

Initially because someone suggested it, but once I started I knew it was where I belonged

What advice do you have for a student who is preparing to become a nurse?

Don't be in a rush, faster is often not better. Work hard on your math and sciences.

What tips do you have for preparing for and passing the nursing exams?

My best advice is to teach it to someone. Even if it is just your cat. Take your notes and teach it to someone.

What advice do you have for easing the financial burden of nursing school?

Apply for every scholarship you can find. Get a job at a hospital. Hospitals will often pay for tuition

What are your most helpful self-care tips for nurses during challenging times, from a tough case to supporting patients during COVID-19?

Join student nurse associations and create peer study groups. Make self care a top priority, and not just something you will do "if you have time." Exercise is important, even if it is just a walk. Read a good book and spend time with friends.

Andreea Meier

Andreea Meier, DNP, MSN, RN is the Dean of the College of Nursing and College of Health Sciences at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC. Dr. Meier earned her BSN, MSN, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees from the University of Michigan School Of Nursing, with an emphasis on Advanced Nursing Management and Nursing Research. She has been actively engaged in a number of national and regional professional service organizations, and is committed to employing best practices for nursing education. Her specialty areas include Community Health Nursing, Nursing Education, and Nursing Leadership.

Why did you get into the field of nursing?

It was a wonderful opportunity to work within a respected profession and help others. It was also one of the few undergraduate programs that promised a rewarding career right out of school, with ample opportunities for graduate education and professional development in the role. Nursing is so versatile- there’s no limit to what kind of nurse you can become, and there are very few other disciplines that have the opportunities and expanse that nursing does.

What advice do you have for a student who is preparing to become a nurse?

Nursing school is challenging but rewarding. Be prepared to dedicate most of your time to your learning during the time that you are in school, and consider finding employment as a nurse’s aid or patient care technician in a hospital or health care office while you are in school because it will better prepare you for the role and culture.

What tips do you have for preparing for and passing the nursing exams?

Study, study, study! Utilize your instructors’ office hours, and form study groups with your peers.

How do you recommend nursing students find support and community among their peers and other nurses?

A great way to achieve this is to consider working as a nurse’s aid or patient care technician during the time that you are in nursing school to really learn and appreciate the roles within a health care organization and to better understand the value and role of the nurse within that organization. Joining the Student Nurses Organization at your own school is also a great way to find a community of like-minded individuals, as well as the American Student Nurses Organization, which is a national professional organization for students.

What are your most helpful self-care tips for nurses during challenging times, from a tough case to supporting patients during COVID-19?

Get rest, reach out to friends, spend time with friends and family to keep your relationships strong, and find a hobby or an outlet to channel your creativity and “fun” time.