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

December 21: The Academy, along with forty-seven members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC), joined a letter thanking Congressional leaders for introducing the National Nursing Workforce Center Act of 2022 (H.R.8817/S.4844). This legislation would offer an important step forward to gather additional data on needs within the nursing workforce. Read more.

December 2: The Academy, along with sixty-one members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC), joined a letter urging Congress to pass top legislative priorities addressing the needs of nursing education, practice, and research before the end of the 117th Congress. Read more.

December 1: The Academy, along with eleven members of the APRN Workgroup submitted comments in response to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) request for information on designing a national directory of healthcare providers and services so that patients can get accurate information regarding providers. Read more.

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Important News & Dates

2023 Dues Renewal

February 9: 2023 Fellowship Applications Due

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.