American Organization of Nurse Executives

Since 1967, the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) has provided leadership, professional development, advocacy and research to advance nursing practice and patient care, promote nursing leadership excellence and shape public policy for health care nationwide. AONE is a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association.

Our Mission
To shape health care through innovative and expert nursing leadership.
Our Vision
Global Nursing Leadership—One Voice Advancing Health.


Core Business

Nurse Leader Education

AONE provides nurse leader education programs for executives, directors, managers and clinical leaders. Topics range from health care finance, CENP and CNML review courses, shared governance and emerging leader competencies. AONE's annual meeting has over 50 concurrent sessions as well as multiple nationally known keynote speakers. Continuing education credits is available for most AONE programs.

Professional Association Membership

AONE serves its members by

  • Offering information that support and enhance the management, leadership, educational and professional development of nursing leaders.
  • Providing vision and actions for nursing leadership to meet the health care needs of society.
  • Influencing legislation and public policy related to nursing and patient care issues.
  • Facilitating and supporting research and development efforts that advance nursing administration practice and quality patient care.

Advocacy and Public Policy

In collaboration with the American Hospital Association, AONE ensures the perspective and needs of nurse leaders are heard and addressed in public policy issues related to nursing and patient care. Our advocacy activities include the federal legislative and regulatory arenas, as well as promoting the value of nursing leadership and its invaluable contribution to the greater health care team in pursuit of quality patient care.

Thought leadership

AONE develops Guiding Principles, Tool Kits, position statements and articles on all topics effecting nurse leaders. Resources are available in the Resource Library. With AONE membership, you also receive access to AHA members-only content.

Key Initiatives

Center for Care Innovation and Transformation (CCIT)

AONE is proud to continue the work of Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) with the new program Center for Care Innovation and Transformation (CCIT). The program serves as a resource for nurse leaders seeking to transform not only the way they care for patients, but also the culture in which they find themselves working, so that innovation and transformation become a daily pattern.

AONE Foundation for Nursing Leadership Research and Education (AONE Foundation)

The AONE Foundation was established in 2010 to support the research and educational priorities of AONE. Activities and programs include annual seed grants to fund nursing research projects and honoring nurse executives and researchers for their work to advance the field of nursing leadership.

AONE Certification

The AONE Credentialing Center (AONE-CC)—a division of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)—offers two Certifications: Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) and Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML). The CENP is geared to nurse leaders who are engaged in executive nursing practice. The CNML, offered in partnership with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), is developed for nurse leaders in the nurse manager role.

Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN)

AONE serves as the national program office for the Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) is a grant initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in partnership with the Tri-Council. APIN collaborates with state Action Coalitions and their partners to accelerate implementation of promising practice that will help states achieve our goals of seamless academic progression and increasing the number of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.

AONE Governance

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