Academy Initiatives

There is no one solution to today's health challenges our nation faces, but the American Academy of Nursing has many unique, timely solutions that have proven track records of success. Solutions that warrant the attention of policymakers; solutions that are centered around nursing; and, most importantly, solutions that the Academy is ready to share.

Edge Runners

Raise the Voice is a platform for the nursing community to press for new thinking in the health debate. The initiative helps the Academy take its call for change to Congress, the administration, the medical community and every other group engaged in that debate. As part of Raise the Voice, the Academy is showcasing nurse Edge Runners—the practical innovators who have led the way in bringing new thinking and new methods to a wide range of health care challenges.

Expert Panels

The Academy’s expert panels further the mission of the Academy by reviewing the current research and needs within their field and making recommendations on projects or initiatives that the Academy should undertake to transform health policy and practice.

The six newly appointed Academy Jonas Policy Scholars will provide support to expert panel chairs in advancing the work of the expert panel to inform and shape policy and improve the health of the public.

Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science

The Council, an open membership entity of the Academy, acts as a strong voice for nursing science at national and international levels by developing, conducting, and utilizing nursing science to disseminate research findings across individuals and groups in scientific and lay communities. The Council also facilitates life-long learning opportunities for nurse scientists.

Have You Ever Served in the Military?

Have You Ever Served in the Military? is a new awareness campaign to improve the health of veterans. Have You Ever Served in the Military? encourages healthcare providers to ask about their patients’ military background.

Institute for Nursing Leadership

All fellows have a duty to serve and improve the health of their community and country. Many Academy fellows have been appointed or elected to serve governments and organizations at the national and local levels.