The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science was established in 2000 as an open membership entity of the Academy. The mission is simple: Better Health Through Nursing Science. The Council works to
- Be a strong voice of nurse scientists at the national and international levels;
- Support the development, conduct and utilization of nursing science; and
- Facilitate life-long learning opportunities for nurse scientists.
Strategic direction for the Council is provided by a leadership council made up of representatives from the four regional nursing research societies: Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) (ex-officio).