The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science was established in 2000 as an open membership entity of the Academy. The mission is simple: Better Health Through Nursing Science. The Council works to
- Be a strong voice of nurse scientists at the national and international levels;
- Support the development, conduct and utilization of nursing science; and
- Facilitate life-long learning opportunities for nurse scientists.
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).