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University of Rhode Island — Nursing

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There is a wide range of information regarding nursing organizations available online, including specialty areas of practice at the Nursing Alliance; below are some of the major general organizations.

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
    AACN is the national voice for America's baccalaureate and higher-degree nursing education programs. Its main goal is the establishment of quality standards for nursing students who are working to obtain their bachelor and graduate degrees by helping the nursing profession improve healthcare through its influence, and by promoting public support of nursing education, research, and best practices.
  • American Hospital Association
    AHA addresses healthcare issues and trends.
  • American Nurses' Association
    ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2.9 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive & realistic view of nursing, & by lobbying Congress & other regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses & the public.
  • Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
    CGFNS International provides products & services that validate international professional credentials & support international regulatory & educational standards for healthcare professionals. CGFNS International protects the public by ensuring that nurses & other health care professionals educated in countries other than the U.S. are eligible & qualified to meet licensure, immigration & other practice requirements in the U.S.
  • U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook
    DLT provides labor statistics for registered nurses.
  • Hospital Association of Rhode Island
    HARI focuses its attention on RI healthcare; workforce issues and trends.
  • International Council of Nurses
    ICN Code for Nurses is the foundation for ethical nursing practice throughout the world. The ICN standards, guidelines, and policies for nursing practice, education, management, research, and socio-economic welfare are globally accepted as the basis for nursing policy.
  • Johnson and Johnson Health Care Systems. Inc.
    J & J has a wealth of information on nursing as a career with links to educational and scholarship information. It provides 'Profiles in Nursing' with statements from practicing nurses from a wide number of specialties talking about opportunities in their specialty fields. There are also profiles of student nurses.
  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses
    NAHN is committed to the recruitment and retention of Hispanic men and women into nursing and the professional development of Hispanic nurses.
  • National Black Nurses Association
    NBNA works to recruit & retain Black men & women into nursing & promotes the professional development of Black nurses.
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing
    The NCSBN is comprised of the Boards of Nursing in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia & four (4) U.S. territories: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, & the Virgin Islands. NCSBN's programs & services include developing the NCLEX licensing exams, performing policy analysis, & promoting uniformity in the regulation of nursing practice.
  • National Institute for Nursing Research
    The mission of NINR is to promote & improve the health of individuals, families, communities & populations by funding & conducting clinical & basic research studies & research training re: health & illness across the life span.
  • National League for Nursing
    This organization is dedicated to advancing quality nursing education that prepares the nursing workforce to meet the needs of diverse populations in an ever-changing health care environment.
  • National Student Nurses' Association
    NSNA mentors the professional development of future nurses & facilitates their entry entrance into the profession by providing educational resources, leadership opportunities, & career guidance.
  • New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program
    A 2008 scholarship initiative by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) designed to help alleviate the nation's nursing shortage. Preference will be given to students from underrepresented groups in nursing and / or those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Nurses for a Healthier Tomorrow
    NHT focuses on careers in nursing.
  • Nursing Organizations Alliance
    A collection of organizations that are a member of the Nursing Organizations Alliance.
  • RI State Nurses Associations
    RISNA is the state branch of the American Nurses Association; links to RI nursing education information.
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
    International Honor Society of Nursing providing leadership and scholarship in practice, education, and research to enhance the health of all people.