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

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Latest Policy News

May 8: The Academy, along with members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto a letter urging Congress to take action on top appropriations and legislative priorities that impact nursing education, workforce, practice, and research. This letter comes as we celebrate National Nurses Week 2023. Read more.

May 4: The Academy, along with members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto a letter to Members of Congress commending their support of S. 131/H.R. 618, the Improving Access to Workers Compensation for Injured Federal Workers Act. This bipartisan legislation would retire outdated barriers in the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) that limit the ability of NPs to provide care and treatment for injured or ill federal employees. Read more.

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Important News & Dates

May 25: 2023 Health Policy Conference Abstracts Due

September 13: CANS Virtual Advanced Methods Conference

October 5-7: 2023 Health Policy Conference

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.