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

November 17: The American Academy of Nursing Releases Position Statement on Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention. Read more.

November 17: The Academy, along with 70 other health care organizations, joined a letter to House and Senate appropriations leaders requesting $261.5 million for the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. This $20 million increase would help OSH respond to high rates of e- cigarette use among youth and the continuing impact of tobacco use. Read more.

October 26: The Academy, along with 56 organizations from the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC), joined a letter thanking Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard and David Joyce for introducing the Improving Care and Access to Nurses (I CAN) Act (H.R. 8812). The ICAN Act would remove outdated barriers in the Medicare and Medicaid programs that currently prevent APRNs from practicing to the full extent of their education and clinical training. Read more.

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Important News & Dates

November 16: The Academy held a Special Virtual Meeting to Vote on Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws. The meeting met quorum and 100% of Fellows in attendance voted in the affirmative. See updated bylaws here.

December 1:
2023 Dues Renewal Opens

December 6: Policy Dialogue - Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Mobilizing Nursing Leadership to Advance Global Equity

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Celebrating 50 Years

This year, the Academy has worked tirelessly to advance our policy priorities: Advancing Health Equity & Championing Wellness; Promoting Innovation & Sustainability; Reducing Patient, Provider, & System Burden.



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.

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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.

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The Institute 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. Click here to view the essays.

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