Advocacy Resources

Advocating for You and Your Neuroscience Patients

Through the leadership of AANN’s Advocacy Committee, AANN seeks to make your voice heard—advocating for the interests of neuroscience nurses and thus improving care and health outcomes for neuroscience patients and their families.


AANN provides legislative and advocacy tools to assist members with education and participation in the policy arena.

Advocacy Tool Kit

The purpose of the advocacy tool kit is to educate, inform, and encourage people interested in healthcare issues to become knowledgeable about the legislative process and become involved in health policy advocacy. Please use this information to take action to support neuroscience nurses to improve the nation's healthcare system.

Download the Advocacy Tool Kit

Tri-Board Advocacy Grid

The AANN, ABNN, and AMWF (Tri-Board) Boards have made advocacy their focus for 2021. The Boards convened a task force to put together an advocacy grid nurses can use as a tool to advocate for yourself, advocate for your patient, and advocate for your profession. The grid outlines the resources available from AANN, ABNN, and AMWF and includes links to the resources. 

Download the Advocacy Grid

Nurse Shortage Letter

Use this sample letter to contact your representative regarding the nursing shortage and pandemic response. 

Nurse Shortage Letter

Clinical Science Committee: Future of Nursing Report: Summary and Recommendations

January 5, 2023

The Clinical Science Committee (CSC) reviewed the report: The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2021) in an effort to identify actionable items pertinent to the mission, vision and strategic goals of American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN). Download the recommendations Clinical Science Committee Future of Nursing Report: Summary and Recommendations.

2017 White Paper: Full Report of AANN Progress on the IOM Report

Download this update on AANN’s progress in implementing the four key messages of the IOM Future of Nursing Report. 2017 White Paper: Full Report of AANN Progress on the IOM Report

Integrating the IOM Future of Nursing Report into the AANN Strategic Plan

Download AANN's response to the 2010 IOM report to learn how the association plans to integrate the recommendations and inspire nurses to lead. Published March 2012.

Understanding the AANN Future of Nursing White Paper: Changes to AANN's Future

Use this PowerPoint created by the IOM Task Force to implement the AANN White Paper.

The Future of Nursing

View this presentation on 2010 IOM report and implications for neuroscience nursing by Joanne V. Hickey, PhD RN APRN ACNP-BC FCCM FAAN.

Position Statements

AANN has released the following position statements. Download the statements or their press releases for more information: