The Academy serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Every day across America, the Academy and its members create and execute knowledge-driving and policy-related initiates to drive reform of America's health system.
Academy's more than 2,400 members, known as Fellows, are nurs...ing's most accomplished leaders in education management, practice and research. Fellows include association executives; university presidents, chancellors, and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; researchers; and entrepreneurs.
Fellows have been recognized for their extraordinary nursing careers and are among the nation's most highly-educated citizens: more than 90% hold doctoral degrees and the rest have completed masters programs. Invitation to the fellowship represents more than recognition of one's accomplishments within the nursing profession. Academy fellows also have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the Academy and to engage with other health leaders outside the Academy in transforming America's health system.
The Academy's annual policy conference, held each October, offers fellows and other interested parties (attendance is not limited to fellows) an opportunity to share ideas and help develop new strategies for nurses to drive the transformation of America's health system. Meetings during the conference also create opportunities for emerging nurse leaders to learn more about the Academy and its work, and to exchange ideas.
Nursing Outlook, a bi-monthly journal, provides innovative ideas for nursing leaders through peer-reviewed articles and timely reports. Each issue examines current issues and trends in nursing practice, education and research, offering progressive solutions to the challenges facing the profession. The journal provides nursing educators, policy makers, administrators and practitioners with practical advice, new teaching methods and recruiting techniques, curriculum and health policy developments, and information on proposals that will affect the profession. Nursing Outlook is included in MEDLINE, CINAHL, and the Journal Citation Reports Social Science Edition.
The American Academy of Nursing was founded in 1973 under the aegis of the American Nurses Association; the Academy now is an independent affiliate of the ANA.