American Academy of Nursing

American Academy of Nursing
Purposeto serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge
2,500 elected Fellows
Eileen Sullivan-Marx[1]
AffiliationsAmerican Nurses Association

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) is a professional organization that generates, synthesizes, and disseminates nursing knowledge to contribute to health policy and practice for the benefit of the public and the nursing profession. Founded in 1973, the organization is an independent affiliate of the American Nurses Association (ANA).[2] The organization publishes a bimonthly journal known as Nursing Outlook.[3]

Members of the organization are invited on the basis of leadership and accomplishments and designated as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). This status should not be confused with the FAAN status granted by the American Academy of Neurology. Ninety percent of the Fellows are doctorally prepared; the others hold a master's degree and bachelor's degree.[3] As of 2014, there are approximately 2300 members.

The academy's highest honor is its Living Legend designation. Nominees for Living Legend status must have held the FAAN designation for at least 15 years. As of December 2012, the organization has named 82 nurses as Living Legends.[4]


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  1. ^ "Eileen Sullivan-Marx". Rory Meyers College of Nursing. NYU. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  2. ^ "News Release: Dr. Jeannie Cimiotti of the College of Nursing To Be Inducted As a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing In October 2013". Rutgers University. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "About The Academy". American Academy of Nursing. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  4. ^ "Loyola University professor named Living Legend by American Academy of Nursing". Archived from the original on February 24, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Penn Nursing Alumna Eileen Sullivan-Marx Named President-Elect for the American Academy of Nursing". Penn Nursing. University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 20 February 2021.

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