What are the Major Professional Organizations for DNP Nurses?

Major professional nursing organizations serve as important entities for furthering advanced practice nursing in general, including the interests of doctorate-prepared nurses.

DNP nurses can use professional organizations to:

  • Find continuing education and professional development opportunities
  • Stay up-to-date on current trends in practice and legislative changes
  • Become part of the collective voice for state and federal advocacy issues
  • Connect with peers and engage in networking opportunities
  • Access research tools, statistics, publications, positions statements, and other professional resources

The following professional organizations are also excellent repositories of information for APRNs and nurse leaders, including DNP nurses:

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Nursing Organizations for DNP Nurses in Direct Clinical Roles

Professional associations for APRNs are an important part of advancing quality healthcare through practice, education, research, and more. These associations have also been closely involved with the fight for APRN practice autonomy in recent years and have backed legislative and regulatory efforts to ensure nurse practitioners and other APRNs can practice to the fullest extent of their training and education.

They are also responsible for setting standards for excellence in education and practice for APRNs and, through membership, provide APRNs with access to a strong professional network, access to outstanding learning opportunities and resources, and much more.

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Nursing Organizations for DNP Nurses in Non-Direct Clinical Roles

Nursing organizations for DNP nurses outside of direct patient care roles are important for promoting professional development, driving policy change, and bringing together nurses to create communities rich in networking, sharing, and collaboration.

Nursing Organizations for DNP Nurses in Specialty Nursing Roles


Specialty certification opportunities, practice tools and resources, opportunities to get involved in clinical research, the latest clinical practice information, and state/federal legislative updates are all reasons DNP nurses become involved in specialty nursing organizations.