Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science



The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) is signature initiative of the American Academy of Nursing (Academy) with open membership. Any individual interested in nursing science can join CANS. Fellowship in the Academy is not required for any category of membership in CANS.

CANS serves to integrate nursing science into health, wellness, and social justice decisions. As a national voice for the profession’s science, CANS disseminates the results of nursing research though conferences and champions each stage of a scientists career through development and training programs. CANS amplifies the voice of nursing science in national and global conversations setting the direction of health care research priorities and advises the Academy to assure that policy is evidence-based.

The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science was established in 2000 as an open membership entity of the Academy with the mission: Better Health Through Nursing Science.

Strategic direction for the Council is provided by a leadership council made up of representatives from the four regional nursing research societies: Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS), Southern Research Nursing Society (SNRS), Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS), and Western Institute of Nursing (WIN), as well as Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) (ex-officio).

Visit the Council's website for more information and to become a member