Professional organizations and associations to help you in your chosen career path.
For Nurse Practitioners:
- American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The AANP offers everything from membership benefits to advocacy, educational resources, and state and practice-specific resources for NPs.
- American Nurses Association (ANA). Known as the ANA Enterprise, this site offers CE courses, credentialing programs, and important updates on policies and nursing practice.
- National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP). Governed by an elected body, the NANNP is a unified voice of neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) and neonatal clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) with industry support, professional development, and an interactive community.
- Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (OAAPN). Although the OAAPN is a state organization, it’s a great example of a well-run professional group dedicated to supporting advanced practice nurse specialties, including CRNAs, CNPs, CNMS, and CNS. Live outside Ohio? Search online for your state’s equivalent.
- National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialties (NACNS). On a national level, the NACNS also supports advanced degree nurses. You can expect to find everything from business guide toolkits to policy updates and educational and professional development resources.
For Nursing Students:
- National Student Nurses Association (NSA). If you’re a student nurse, this organization is for you—it provides information on scholarships to help you finance your education, annual meetings, and leadership opportunities so you can make a difference in nursing before you even graduate.
- Dermatology Nurses Association (DNA). In a growing field, the DNA is a valuable resource with certification opportunities for both nurses and Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioners (DCNP).
- Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). Specifically for ER nurses, this association offers trauma training, membership opportunities, government relations, and of course, resources to improve your hands-on practice.
- Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). Cancer is an incredibly broad topic, and if you work in oncology, resources are vital to your practice. Thanks to ONS, you can get equipped with videos, toolkits, podcasts, courses, and even podcasts.
- American Psychiatric Nurses Association. The field of mental health nursing is both different than almost every type of nursing and encompassing of almost every other type of nursing, and as such, it deserves its own association.
- State Nursing Associations. Every state has its own nursing association that you can join; most are through your state’s union and will be able to give you educational and policy information that affects your patient care.
- National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (NALPN). LPNs are a valuable member of the nursing community, and the NALPN works with and for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses and students to help them advance their careers.
- National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc. (NAPNES). NAPNES also promotes and defends the practice, education, and regulation of LPNs, LVNs, and practical nursing education resources.
- National League for Nursing (NLN). The NLN is an organization dedicated to nurse educators, whom, you could argue, are the mainstay of the entire nursing field.
For Physician Assistants:
- American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA). This organization represents more than 131,000 PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the uniformed services.
- Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). The PAEA focuses on excellence in PA education, fostering faculty development, and advancing the body of knowledge that defines quality education and patient-centered care. It’s an excellent resource if you’re looking for more in-depth info on becoming a PA or would like to teach PA courses.