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.

EDI Statement

Celebrating Nursing Diversity

Racism Affects Health & Wellness (Statement)

Gun Violence and Racism are Public Health Crises (Statement)

Creating a Culture of Belonging within the Nursing Profession (Webinar)

Policy Work to Promote Gender-Affirming Care

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Latest Policy News

January 25: The Academy, along with 41 members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) sent a letter to Representative David Scott (D-GA-13) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), in opposition to the Protect Lifesaving Anesthesia Care for Veterans Act of 2023 (H.R.3347/S.2070). The Protect Lifesaving Anesthesia Care for Veterans Act of 2023 would unnecessarily, and unjustifiably, restrict access for our Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to practice at the full extent of their education and training within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), adversely impacting the health care of our nation’s veterans. Read more.

January 24: The Academy joined an amicus brief along with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other health care organizations related to an appeal of the August 2022 amicus brief challenging the state of Texas’s efforts to investigate gender-affirming care as “child abuse.” 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.