The American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to leading and empowering DONs/DNSs with best-in-class education, resources, legislative representation, and a strong collaborative community that advocates for and ensures resident-directed long-term and post-acute care communities. 

During a series of Nurse Leadership Summits convened during 2015, nurse leaders across the country identified the need for a strong national professional nursing association that would empower nurses as leaders, lead the change for a new care delivery model, and elevate the voice of our profession. In March 2016, AADNS launched with the objective to meet these needs and to advance resident-directed care. Currently, AADNS represents more than 5,750 facilities and the dedicated professionals working in those facilities.

Mission Statement

To support the professional development, empowerment, and success of our members with resources optimizing return on members' investment.

Vision and Values

Our vision is to be the respected voice and pre-eminent organization providing leading-edge information and education relevant for our members. 

Our values:

  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Inspiration
  • Influential

Who are our members?

Our members include:

  • Directors of nursing services/directors of nursing
  • Vice presidents of clinical nursing
  • Assistant directors of nursing services
  • Corporate nursing officers
  • Other nursing executives and leaders