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:
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.
- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
- National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
- American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
- American College of Nurse-Midwives
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.
- American Organization for Nursing Leadership
- National League for Nursing (nurse educators)
- Clinical Nurse Leader Association
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.
- Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
- American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
- American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
- American Psychiatric Nurses Association
- American Society of Pain Management Nurses
- Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
- Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
- Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses
- Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
- Emergency Nurses Association
- Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
- National Association of Neonatal Nurses
- National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses
- National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners
- National Association of School Nurses
- Oncology Nursing Society
- Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association
- Society of Pediatric Nurses