Become an AANN Volunteer
One of the major reasons the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) continues to grow and thrive is the many hours of work contributed by our dedicated volunteers.
We value the time and efforts of our volunteer members and invite you to join their growing ranks. Volunteering provides you with opportunities to network with other neuroscience nurses and to become a leader in the field. The time commitment required varies widely for each committee and there is something for everyone!
Review the list of committees and projects in the online volunteer form (requires member login) and find an area where you would like to contribute your time and talents. Volunteer today and help ensure AANN's continued success.
Available Volunteer Committee Opportunities
Volunteer terms start at or right after the Annual Educational Meeting. Depending on when you complete your volunteer application, it may be several months before you are contacted about an opportunity, but the Board of Directors strives to appoint all interested parties to serve AANN.
The Advocacy Committee is charged with promoting and influencing legislative and regulatory public policies that advance the field of neuroscience nursing as well as excellence in patient care.
Annual Meeting Planning
The Annual Meeting Planning Committee leads the development and planning of the AANN Annual Educational Meeting based on the mission of AANN.
The Awards Committee is responsible for evaluating applications and selecting award recipients for the Rising Star in Clinical Practice, Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing, Outstanding Chapter of the Year, Excellence in Clinical Patient Care, Excellence in Neuroscience Nursing Education, and the Mary Decker Mentorship awards.
AANN Board Mentorship Program
This program is designed to provide a neuroscience staff nurse the opportunity to sit on the AANN Board of Directors as a mentee and non-voting member for one year. The goal of this program is to help develop and support future AANN leaders by giving the mentee exposure to the Board. Any AANN member who is a neuroscience staff nurse is welcome to apply for the position. The selected mentee will travel to 3 face-to-face Board meetings and attend 3 conference calls per year. Read more about the program and time commitment in the AANN Board Mentorship Handbook. Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 9, 2019.
The chapter facilitator oversees and guides chapter leaders to meet all responsibilities. He/she will facilitate professional development of chapter leader members and networking opportunities through the Chapter Leadership group.
Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) Editorial Board
Members of the Editorial Board are AANN members with current knowledge and expertise in both neuroscience nursing and publishing. Editorial Board members serve as an advisory group to establish goals, direction, and policy recommendations for AANN’s CPGs.
Clinical Science: Research, EVP, and Quality
We are currently seeking a chair for this committee.
Members of the Education Approver Committee review individual activity applications based on the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) criteria.
The Educational Products Committee oversees the development of new educational products and training programs and provides systematic review/evaluation of existing ones.
We are currently seeking an Education Provider Chair who will be responsible for ensuring compliance in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of AANN educational programs according to American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA) continuing education credit criteria and the American Nurses Association (ANA) Standards of continuing education.
The Finance Committee supports the association through work with the Chair and staff to: develop the annual budget for approval by the board, conduct an annual audit, including hiring an independent auditor and reviewing the audit report and any recommendations, complete tax filing requirements, and provide oversight of the association’s investments, including the selection of an external financial advisor as appropriate, in conjunction with the board and staff.
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing (JNN) Editorial Board
Members of the Editorial Board are AANN members with knowledge and expertise in both neuroscience nursing and publication. Editorial Board members serve as an advisory group to establish goals, direction, and policy recommendations for JNN.
The Nominating Committee prepares and submits a slate of officers, directors-at-large and nominating committee members with at least two candidates for each position to the organization for election.
The Annual Meeting Poster Committee, under the direction of the annual meeting co-chairperson, assists with the planning of the AANN Annual Meeting based on the mission of AANN.
Special Focus Groups
Special Focus Groups provide an avenue for AANN members to network within a specific clinical area via professional and clinical focused discussion which take place electronically or at the annual meeting. SFG facilitators comprise the SFG Committee consisting of a board liaison, chair, facilitators and co-facilitators.
Tri-Board Mentorship Program
We are currently seeking mentors and mentees for the tri-board mentorship program. The goal of this program is to provide neuroscience trainees and practice professionals the opportunity for mentoring in clinical, research, and clinician educator pathways, as well as advice regarding career development. Download the Tri-Board Mentorship Program Handbook for more information.
Mentee applicants must be AANN members and nurses with an interest in mentorship in the furthering of their neuroscience career. Successful mentees are willing to assume responsibility for their own learning and growth. Applications are due by March 27, 2019.
Any experienced neuroscience nurse that is an AANN member may apply to serve as a mentor. The experienced mentor should be a source of support for nurses/student nurses, available to answer questions, provide insight, and encourage involvement within AANN, ABNN, or AMWF. Applications are due by March 27, 2019.
Thank You for Contributing to the Neuroscience Nursing Field
Thank you for your interest in contributing your time and talents to AANN and furthering the field of neuroscience nursing. If you aren't a member, learn about the benefits of joining AANN and get involved.