Great Nursing Associations to Join

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Written by Kathleen Walder Content Writer, IntelyCare
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Reviewed by Ann Real, BSN, RN Content Writer, IntelyCare
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You probably became familiar with some professional nursing associations to join, like the National Student Nurses Association, while in nursing school. As a working nurse, you’ve probably heard of many more.

Do a quick web search, and you’ll find numerous local, national, and international organizations devoted entirely to nursing. Which ones are right for you? To help you decide, we’ve compiled a list of nursing associations with the broadest audience, followed by a list of all national, state, and international nurse organizations.

Why Should You Join a Nurse Association?

Why bother learning about nursing associations to join? Well, these groups serve all kinds of purposes. It makes sense that if you are a respiratory nurse, you would probably benefit from becoming a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care. You’ll find many specialty-specific groups like that. You’ll also find state and regional nurse groups.

If you’ve taken a leave of absence from nursing but are considering returning to the field, joining an association can not only inform you of the latest medical developments, but can also help you network and find employment.

The more significant, more generalized national associations for nurses benefit the field in many ways. Here are some of the things nursing associations and organizations can provide to help further the profession as a whole and also impact your career:

  • Continuing education and professional development
  • Scholarships
  • Promoting and enacting policies that benefit nurses and patients
  • Setting standards of excellence and accreditation
  • Safeguarding the proper treatment of nurses
  • Advancing public health policy
  • Providing a liaison to government organizations like the CDC
  • Producing educational material, including journals and websites
  • Promoting and coordinating mentorship in nursing

General Nursing Associations to Join

Here are 10 of the top associations and organizations for nurses:

1. American Assembly for Men in Nursing

AAMN encourages men of all ages to become nurses and join together with all nurses in strengthening and humanizing healthcare. The organization supports men who are nurses to grow professionally.

2. American Association of Colleges of Nursing

As the collective voice for academic nursing, AACN serves as the catalyst for excellence and innovation in nursing education, research, and practice.

3. American Association of Nurse Practitioners

AANP spearheads the movement to empower NPs to advance quality healthcare through practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership.

4. American Nurses Association

ANA strives to improve patient care through supporting both individuals and organizations to advance the nursing profession. From advocating in the halls of Congress, to setting the bar for credentialing worldwide, the greater ANA Enterprise exists to give every nurse the best chance of success.

5. American Nurses Credentialing Center

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) credentials both organizations and individuals who advance nursing.

6. Association for Nursing Professional Development

ANPD supports the specialty practice of nursing professional development for the advancement of healthcare outcomes.

7. National Association of Health Care Assistants

The CNA Association stands together to demonstrate professional pride and advocate for policies and practices that advance certified nursing assistants in their careers as well as their personal lives.

8. National Association of Hispanic Nurses

Since 1975, NAHN has been the nation’s leading professional society for Latino nurses. With a growing membership and more than 40 local chapters, NAHN represents the voices of Latino nurses across the country.

9. National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses

NALPN has been the voice for LPNs/LVNs since 1949, offering continuing education, certifications, scholarships, guidance and professional advice, member support and networking.

10. National Black Nurses Association, Inc.

NBNA serves as the professional voice for over 200,000 African-American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students, and retired nurses from the USA, Eastern Caribbean, and Africa.

Additional Broad Interest Nursing Associations to Join 

  1. Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
  2. American Academy of Nursing
  3. American Board of Nursing Specialties
  4. American College Health Association
  5. Association for Nursing Professional Development
  6. Center to Champion Nursing in America
  7. National Institute of Nursing Research
  8. National League for Nursing
  9. National Organization of Practical Nursing Education and Service
  10. National Student Nurses’ Association
  11. Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation
  12. Nurses Peer Support Network
  13. Nursing Beyond Borders
  14. Nursing Ethics Network
  15. Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
  16. Society of Nurses in Advanced Practice

Full List of Nursing Associations

U.S. National Nursing Associations

Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses

Academy of Neonatal Nursing

Advanced Practice Nurses of the Ozarks

Advanced Practice Nurses of the Permian Basin

Advanced Practitioners for the River Region

Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association

Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

Alzheimer’s Association

American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing

American Academy of Nursing

American Assembly for Men in Nursing

American Assisted Living Nurses Association

American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)

American Association for the History of Nursing

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Association of Critical Care Nurses

American Association of Diabetes Educators

American Association of Heart Failure Nurses

American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants

American Association of Managed Care Nurses

American Association of Moderate Sedation Nurses

American Association of Neuroscience Nurses

American Association of Nigerian Nurses

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators

American Association of Nurse Attorneys

American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses

American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses

American Board for Occupational Health Nurses

American Board of Nursing Specialties

American College Health Association

American College of Cardiovascular Nurses

American College of Nurse-Midwives

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association: Council on Cardiovascular Nursing

American Holistic Nurses Association

American Medical Association

American Medical Informatics Association/ Nursing Informatics Working Group

American Nephrology Nurses Association

American Nurses Association

American Nurses Credentialing Center

American Nursing Informatics Association

American Organization of Nurse Executives

American Psychiatric Nurses Association

American Society for Pain Management Nursing

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition: Nurses Section

American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses

American Society of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses

American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgical Nurses, Inc.

American Thoracic Society: Nurses Section

Army Nurse Corps Association

Arthritis Foundation

Association for Nursing Professional Development

Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing

Association of Camp Nurses

Association of Child Neurology Nurses

Association of Community Health Nursing Educators

Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Association of Nurse Practitioners in Business, Inc.

Association of Nurses in Aids Care

Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing

Baromedical Nurses Association

Carolinas Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners

Center for American Nurses

Center to Champion Nursing in America

Certification Board of Perioperative Nursing

Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc.

Dermatology Nurses’ Association

Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association

Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS)

Emergency Nurses Association

Endocrine Nurses Society

Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

Infusion Nurses Society (see intravenous)

International Association of Clinical Research Nurses

Lupus Foundation of America

Midwest Nursing Research Society

Muscular Dystrophy Association

NAPNAP Foundation

National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners

National Association Directors of Nursing Administration/Long Term Care

National Association of Bariatric Nurses

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care

National Association of Disease Management & Wellness Professionals

National Association of Hispanic Nurses

National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses

National Association of Neonatal Nurses

National Association of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health

National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

National Association of Rural Health Clinics

National Association of School Nurses

National Association of State School Nurse Consultants

National Black Nurses Association, Inc.

National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

National Gerontological Nurses Association

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

National Institute of Nursing Research

National League for Nursing

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Nurses in Business Association

National Nursing Staff Development Organization

National Organization of Practical Nursing Education and Service

National Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education

National Private Duty Association

National Student Nurses Association

Navy Nurse Corps Association

NCNA Council of Nurse Practitioners – Coastal Region

NCNA Council of Nurse Practitioners Eastern Region

NCNA Council of Nurse Practitioners Wake Central Region

North American Nursing Diagnosis Association

Northeast Pediatric Cardiology Nurses Association

Northern Nurse Practitioner Association

Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives

NP Council of Miami-Dade

Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation

Nurse Practitioner Society of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association

Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health

Nurse Practitioners: It’s About Time

Nurse Without Borders

Nurses Christian Fellowship

Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs

Nurses Peer Support Network

Nursing Ethics Network

Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International

Oncology Nurses Society

Organization for Associate Degree Nursing

Philippine Nurses Association of America

Respiratory Nursing Society

Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Beta, Chapter-At-Large

Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing

Society for Vascular Nursing

Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.

Society of Nurses in Advanced Practice

Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head/Neck Nurses

Society of Pediatric Nurses

Society of Trauma Nurses

Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates

Southern Gulf Coast Nurse Practitioner Council

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners

The National Association of School Nurses for the Deaf

The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers

Transcultural Nursing Society

Travel Nursing

Treasure Coast Nurse Practitioners

Uniformed Nurse Practitioner Association

Valley Advanced Practice Nurse Association

Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA)

Volusia Flagler Advanced Practice Nursing Council

West Coast Council of Advanced Nursing Practice

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN)

State Nursing Associations

Alabama Nursing Associations

Central Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association

North Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association

Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama

River Region Advanced Practitioners

West Alabama Nurse Practitioners

Alaska Nursing Associations

Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association

Alaska Nurses Association

Department of Health and Social Services, Section of Public Health Nursing

Department of Labor, Alaska Job Center Network, Health Care Employment Search

National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association

Arizona Nursing Associations

American Psychiatric Nurses Association (Arizona Chapter)

Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association

Arizona Emergency Nurses Association

Arizona Nurses Association

Arizona Organization of Nurse Executives

Arizona Public Health Association

Black Nurses Association of the Greater Phoenix Area

Philippine Nurses Association of Arizona

School Nurses of Organization of Arizona

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (Phoenix Chapter)

Arkansas Nursing Associations

American Psychiatric Nurses Association (Arkansas Chapter)

Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association

Arkansas Nurses Association

Arkansas School Nurses Association

Arkansas State Board of Nursing

California Nursing Associations

Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association

California Coalition of Nurse Practitioners

Coachella Valley Chapter of Nurse Practitioners

Northern California Chapter of GAPNA

Nurse Practitioner Council of Palm Beach County

Orange County NAPNAP Chapter

Sacramento Valley Chapter of NAPNAP

San Diego Chapter of NAPNAP

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Sarasota County Nurse Practitioners

Silicon Valley Chapter for Nurse Practitioners

Colorado Nursing Associations

Colorado Rocky Mountain Chapter of NAPNAP

Colorado Society of Advance Practice Nurses

Northern Colorado Nurse Practitioner’s Coalition

Southern Colorado Advanced Practice Nursing Association

Connecticut Nursing Associations

Connecticut Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Society

Connecticut Nurses Association

Delaware Nursing Associations

Advanced Practice Nurse Council of the Delaware Nurses Association

Delaware Coalition of Nurse Practitioners

District of Columbia Nursing Associations

Nurse Practitioner Association of the District of Columbia

Florida Nursing Associations

Central Florida Advanced Nurse Practitioner Council

Florida Association of Neonatal NPs

Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners

Florida Chapter of GAPNA

Florida Chapter of NAPNAP

Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nursing

Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of GAPNA

Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of NAPNAP

Florida Nurse Practitioner Network – FNPN

Florida Nurses Association

Florida Panhandle Nurse Practitioner Coalition

Manatee Area Council for Advanced Nursing Practice – MACANP

North Central Florida Advanced Practice Nurses

Nurse Practitioner Council of Collier County

Nurse Practitioner Council of Miami-Dade

PAs and NPs of the Florida Keys

South Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses, Inc.

Tallahassee Area Council of Advanced Practice Nurses

Tampa Bay Advanced Practice Nurses Council

Tampa Bay Simulation Network

Georgia Nursing Associations

Atlanta Chapter United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Central Georgia Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Georgia Chapter of GAPNA

Georgia Nurses Association

Gwinnett Chapter United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

South Georgia Association of Nurse Practitioners

United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia

United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of West Georgia

Wiregrass Nurse Practitioner Association

Hawaii Nursing Associations

Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association

Hawaii Association of Professional Nurses

Hawaii Nurses Association

Student Nurses Association (SNA)

Idaho Nursing Associations

Idaho Nurses Association

Idaho Nurses Association

Nurse Practitioners of Idaho

Wake Central Nurse Practitioner Council

Illinois Nursing Associations

Chicago Chapter of NAPNAP

Illinois Chicago Chapter – National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Illinois Nurses Association

Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing

Indiana Nursing Associations

Indiana Chapter of NAPNAP

Intermountain Advanced Practice Nurses Association

Iowa Nursing Associations

Iowa Association of Nurse Practitioners IANP

Iowa Society of Nurse Practitioners

Kansas Nursing Associations

Greater Kansas City Chapter of NAPNAP

Kansas State Nurses Association

Lake County PA & NP Organization

Kentucky Nursing Associations

Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives

Kentucky Nurses Association

Louisiana Nursing Associations

Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners

Louisiana Center For Nursing

Louisiana Nursing Home Association

Louisiana State Nurses Association

Maine Nursing Associations

American Nurses Association – Maine

Maine NP Association

Maine SGNA

Maine Society of Peri Anesthesia Nurses

Maine State Nurses Association – National Nurses United

OMNE: Nursing Leaders of Maine

Maryland Nursing Associations

Maryland Academy of Advanced Practice Clinicians

Maryland Nurses Association

Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland

The NP Association of Maryland

Massachusetts Nursing Associations

Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners

Massachusetts Nurses Association

Michigan Nursing Associations

Great Lakes Chapter of GAPNA

Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners

Michigan Nurses Association

Minnesota Nursing Associations

Association of Southeastern Minnesota Nurse Practitioners

Minnesota Affiliate of National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

Minnesota Association of Occupational Health Nurses

Minnesota Chapter of the Developmental Disabilities Nursing Association

Minnesota Directors of Nursing Administration

Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association

Minnesota Nurse Practitioners

Minnesota Nurses Association

Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing

Minnesota Organization of Registered Nurses

School Nurse Organization of Minnesota

Mississippi Nursing Associations

Mississippi Nurses Association

Mississippi Association of Nurse Practitioners

Mississippi Nurses Association, NP Special Interest Group

Missouri Nursing Associations

Missouri Coalition of Nurses in Advanced Practice

Missouri Nurses Association

Montana Nursing Association

Montana Nurses Association

Nebraska Nursing Associations

Nebraska Nurse Practitioners

Nebraska Nurses Association

Nevada Nursing Associations

Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association

Nevada Nurses Association

New Hampshire Nursing Associations

New Hampshire NP Association

New Hampshire Nurses Association

New Jersey Nursing Associations

New Jersey State Nurses Association

New Mexico Nursing Associations

New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence

New Mexico Emergency Nurses Association

New Mexico Native American Indian Nurses Association

New Mexico NP Counsel

New Mexico Nurses Association

New York Nursing Associations

New York State Nurses Association

NP Association of New York State

NPA Brooklyn Queens Chapter

NPA Manhattan Bronx Chapter

Nurse Practitioners of New York

The Nurse Practitioner Association Greater Rochester

The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State

North Carolina Nursing Associations

Metrolina Coalition of Nurse Practitioners

North Carolina Nurses Association

North Dakota Nursing Associations

North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association

North Dakota Nurses Association

Ohio Nursing Associations

Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses

Ohio Chapter of GAPNA

Ohio Nurses Association

Oklahoma Nursing Associations

Association of Oklahoma Nurse Practitioners

Oklahoma Nurses Association

Oregon Nursing Associations

Nurse Practitioners of Oregon

Oregon Holistic Nurses Association

Oregon Nurses Association

Polk County Advanced Practice Nurses Association

Pennsylvania Nursing Associations

BuxMont Nurse Practitioner Group

Nurse Practitioners of Central Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners

Pennsylvania Nurses Association

Pennsylvania-Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Redding Area PA & NP Alliance

Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania

Rhode Island Nursing Associations

Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (Rhode Island Chapter)

Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Rhode Island

Rhode Island State Nurses Association

Student Nurses’ Association of Rhode Island

South Carolina Nursing Associations

South Carolina Nurses Coalition

South Carolina State House

South Dakota Nursing Associations

Nurse Practitioner Association of South Dakota

South Dakota Nurses Association

Tennessee Nursing Associations

Chattanooga Area Nurses in Advanced Practice

Greater Memphis Area Advanced Practice Nurses

Middle Tennessee Advanced Practice Nurses

Northeast Tennessee Nurse Practitioners Association

Tennessee Council of Advanced Practice Nurses

Tennessee Nurses Association

West Tennessee Nurse Practitioners Alliance

Texas Nursing Associations

Austin Advanced Practice Nurses

Brazos Valley Nurse Practitioner Association

East Texas Nurse Practitioner Association

Galveston Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses – GCAPN

Houston Area Chapter of NAPNAP

Houston Area Nurse Practitioners – HANP

Metro West North Texas Nurse Practitioners

North Harris Montgomery Advanced Practice Nurse Society

North Texas Nurse Practitioners

Texas Clinical Nurse Specialists – TxCNS

Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of GAPNA

Texas Nurse Practitioners

Texas Nurses Association

Utah Nursing Associations

Utah Chapter of NAPNAP

Utah Nurse Practitioners, Inc

Utah Nurses Association

Vermont Nursing Associations

Vermont Nurse Practitioners Association

Victoria Area Nurse Practitioners

Virginia Nursing Associations

Virginia Council of NPs

Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners

Washington Nursing Associations

ARNPs United of Washington State

Midwives of Washington

Mount Baker Nurse Practitioners Association

Puget Sound Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society

Puget Sound NP Association

WA State NP Group

Washington State Nurses Association

West Virginia Nursing Associations

West Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists

West Virginia Nurses Association

Wisconsin Nursing Associations

Metro Milwaukee Nurse Practitioners

Wisconsin Nurses Association

Wyoming Nursing Associations

Wyoming Council for Advanced Practice Nursing

Wyoming Nurses Association

International Nursing Associations

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools

ICN – International Council of Nurses

International Association for Human Caring

International Association of Forensic Nurses

International Association of Nurse Anesthetists

International Childbirth Education Association

International Council of Nurses Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network

International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing

International Nurses Society on Addictions

International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses

International Society for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses

International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care

International Society of Nurses in Genetics

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