Racism Affects Health and Wellness

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The American Academy of Nursing's (Academy's) mission is to
improve health and achieve health equity by impacting policy through nursing leadership, innovation, and science. The Academy strongly believes that violence, discrimination, and racism have a direct impact on determinants of health, exacerbate health inequities, and can lead to long-term trauma. We strive to utilize nursing leadership, innovation, and science to promote policies that will achieve health equity.

2021-2024 Strategic Plan

EDI Statement

Racism Affects Health & Wellness

Gun Violence and Racism are Public Health Crises

Celebrating Nursing Diversity

Creating a Culture of Belonging within the Nursing Profession

2021 Bystander Training Workshop

Coronavirus Resource Page

Latest Policy News

March 20: The Academy sent comments to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee with recommendations on how to remedy current nursing and health care workforce shortages with policy solutions. Some of the recommendations in the letter included removing barriers to the advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) workforce and supporting the current and future nursing workforce through investment in workforce development, increasing data collection for enhanced solutions, and addressing workplace violence. Read more.

March 8: The Academy, along with 150 other health care organizations, joined a letter to appropriations leaders requesting $500 million in funding for the Agency for Healthcare and Research and Quality (AHRQ) for fiscal year (FY) 2024. This request reflects an inflation adjustment and the demonstrated need to expand and accelerate investments to inform decision-making on the health care system as it recovers from the pandemic. Read more.

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American Academy of Nursing's Signature Initiatives

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The Institue for Nursing Leadership houses the Academy’s work to place more nurses on governing boards, commissions and task forces with an emphasis on federal and gubernatorial appointments and governing boards of national organizations aligned with the Academy’s strategic plan. The Institute posts an essay every month to help prepare Fellows for appointments. Read more.


Edge Runners

The Edge Runner initiative recognizes nurse-designed models of care and interventions that impact cost, improve healthcare quality and enhance consumer satisfaction. Through its Edge Runner program, the Academy is mobilizing its fellows, health leaders and partner organizations to recognize nurses who are leading the way with new ideas to transform the health system. Read more.



Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS), works to advance goals related to nursing and healthcare research, scientific training, learning opportunities, and career development. CANS advocates for increased support of nursing science to benefit all people and the good of society by enhancing communication among nurse scientists and the public. Read more.