The mission of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing is to advance higher education in nursing. The organization sets standards and competencies for the field, develops educational and curricular resources, builds leadership capacity of nursing faculty and academic leaders, and advocates for nursing education, research and practice. Over 750 nursing schools around the country are members.
The Journal of Professional Nursing, a bimonthly periodical produced by the organization, highlights clinical, legislative, regulatory and ethical topics of interest to nurse education. Annual conferences and seminars provide nurse educators a forum to discuss critical industry issues and receive continuing education. The organization’s Institutional Data Systems and Research Center collects survey data on national nursing student enrollment, graduations and faculty and staff salaries. Government affairs staff provides fact sheets and media alerts on pending local and national legislation, statistics and industry trends.
The organization also conducts research and evaluation to advance its goals. One example is an effort to test and evaluate a faculty training program that incorporates quality and safety competencies into pre-licensure nursing education.