The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) is a
national association of nurses. The goal of AAN is to
improve public health by using the contributions of
nursing leaders to transform the healthcare system.
Nursing Outlook is the official publication of AAN,
which is published bi-monthly. AAN seeks to spread
nursing knowledge to advance health policy. AAN
has about 1800 members known as Fellows.
According to AAN, more than 80% of their members
hold doctoral degrees and the rest have completed
AAN has 22 expert panels on diverse issues from acute and critical care to womenís
Those panels are as follows: Acute and Critical Care; Aging; Breast Feeding;
Child/Adolescent/Family; Cultural Competence; Emerging and Infectious Diseases;
Environmental Health; Genetic Health Care; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender,
Queer (LGBTQ) Health; Global Nursing and Health; Health Behavior; Magnet
Advancement; Maternal & Infant Health; Military/Veterans Health; Nursing Informatics &
Technology; Nursing Theory-Guided Practice; Nursing & History; Palliative and End of
Life Care; Psychiatric/Mental Health/Substance Abuse; Quality Health Care; Violence;
and Women's Health.
These panels review research and needs in their area and make suggestions to AAN on projects and/or
initiatives to change health policy and practice. AAN was founded in 1973 as part of the American Nursing
Association but later began an independent group. It has been headquartered in Washington DC since